Cherry Five

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Studio Album, released in 1975

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Country Grave Yard (8:18)
2. The Picture of Dorian Gray (8:28)
3. The Swan is a Murderer Part 1 (3:53)
4. The Swan is a Murderer Part 2 (5:07)
5. Oliver (9:30)
6. My Little Cloud Land (7:43)

Total Time: 43:19


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Line-up / Musicians

- Claudio Simonetti / keyboards
- Massimo Morante / guitars
- Fabio Pignatelli / bass
- Tony Tartarini / lead voice
- Carlo Bordini / drums, percussion

Releases information

Vinyl Magic Records VM 035 / CDrelease in 1993
Gruppo Editoriale Bixio Cinevox Records (CD MDF 349). Exclusive distribution by Pick Up Export (2001)

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Review by loserboy
4 stars CHERRY FIVE were a one-time spinoff from Italian band GOBLIN who managed to release this gem back in 1975. Vocals are well done, full of harmonies and are convincingly sung in English. The sound of CHERRY FIVE is hard to really peg down, but I draw allusions to many of the classic 70's Ital-Prog contemporaries with a dash of YES and ELP thrown in for good measure. CHERRY FIVE offer some great drum and keyboard interplay... (hammond, moog, electric piano and mellotron). Songs are nicely varied with some softer influences, some jazz Canterbury interludes and some fattier 70's classic Ital -Prog moments. Why not add this album to your gift registry for your wedding...


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Posted Thursday, March 18, 2004

Review by Steve Hegede
5 stars Intense, is a word that comes to mind when listen to this YES-influenced classic from the seventies. The band simply doesn't slow down for a minute as they rush through the multiple sections in each song. My only complaint is that they should have considered releasing an Italian version (like the MAXOPHONE album) of the album. The English vocals are okay (the accents are fine), but the music is really screaming for some Italian. If you're in the mood for YES-influenced music done with the energy, and optimism, of the 70's Italian prog scene then you will love this CD.


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Posted Sunday, March 21, 2004

Review by lor68
3 stars Well this issue was the Italian reply to such romantic progressive albums by YES, representing an Italian derivative work characterized by some cheesy vocals and good instrumental excursions as well: afterwards the band GOBLIN, much more dark-oriented, made his first important appearance (listen to their famous soundtrack for the horror movie by Dario Argento "Profondo Rosso"), but these latter did not reproduce the same sound and the output was controversial. CHERRY FIVE released only one issue and then the keyboardist Simonetti drove his experience into the ensemble by GOBLIN, becoming famous in the late seventies!! Recommended even though it is not completely essential!!


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Posted Thursday, April 01, 2004

Review by Proghead
5 stars If you're in to GOBLIN, then you should check in to CHERRY FIVE. The band consisted of vocalist Tony Tartarini and drummer Carlo Bordini, with three GOBLIN members (including Claudio Simonetti). I know little of Tony Tartarini, although I do have their self-entitled 1973 album from "L'Uovo di Colombo", and it states a certain "T. Tartarini" had written some of the material for that album, which I presume is Tony (although he wasn't a member of that band). Carlo Bordini had been previously with Paolo Rustichelli, and released an excellent album in 1973 on RCA called "Opera Prima" (which is worth checking in to, although the vocals aren't all that great, the keyboard work is amazing!).

CHERRY FIVE sounds little like GOBLIN, and is more in the YES/ELP vein. All the vocals are in English, and Tony Tartarini definately has a better voice than Carlo Bordini's old bandmate, Paolo Rustichelli, to say the least. Tartarini reminds me more of ACQUA FRAGILE's Bernardo Lanzetti. The album has six tracks, all of same quality, so it's hard picking out a standout. The album is stuffed with lots of great organ and Mellotron (electric piano and Moog are also used). If the wind sounds and music box that you hear between "The Swan is a Murderer Part 1" and "Part 2" sounds familiar, well, it was also used on GOBLIN's "Profondo Rosso".

Of course CHERRY FIVE's one and only album has often been accused and derided as being "derivative". Certainly originality is not on their side, but it's the inspired compositions that matter in my book, and the album has no problem in that department. Great album for those who like keyboard-led prog rock.


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Posted Saturday, May 01, 2004

Review by Andrea Cortese
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4 stars ".the duck hates you, the goose denies the pool, you find no more birds to talk to / the frogs are silent, the sun is dead / you have been living for centuries without love." (taken from The Swan Is A Murderer).

.another stunning Italian one-shot band from the seventies? Another forgotten name in all that vast ocean of the "italica musica virtus"? Not really! Only a jump back in time to the roots of the legendary GOBLIN! I own the 2002 Cinevox Record reissue which is officially distributed by Pick Up Export, settled in my town, Bassano del Grappa! That's why I could easily buy it ;) !!

The band initially appeared in a format named " Il Ritratto di Dorian Gray" (The Picture of Dorian Gray), curiously the homonymous second track of the Cherry Five album!. That line-up consisted of Claudio Simonetti (son of Enrico, famous pianist and conductor) on keyboards, Walter Martino on drums, Massimo Giorgi on bass guitar and backing vocals, Luciano Regoli on lead vocals, Fernando Fera and Roberto Gardin on guitars. This memberlist was very successful in Rome during the period 1970-1971.

In 1973 Claudio Simonetti, along with Massimo Morante and Giancarlo Sorbello went to London where they met the famous producer and sound engeneer Eddie Odford. They told he was impressed by their demos and decided to produce their first album. But first he had to complete the American tour of that year with Yes. In the meanwhile singer Clive Hartman (alias Haynes, or Heinz?) joined the band within the bass player Fabio Pignatelli and the drummer Carlo Bordini. This new band was called "Oliver" (.another track on the Cherry Five album!).

They stayed on playing concerts and recording session. But Yes extended their American tour and so Odford.the band, disappointed, had to turn back in Italy, leaving Clive in London. At the same time they send some demos to Cinevox label and they signed their first contract. Tony Tartarini replaced the English singer Artman and only then the band's name was changed into "Cherry Five".

The homonymous album was recorded in 1974 (within english vocals) but it had to wait for the release due to the fact that Bordini refused to undersign the contract with the Cinevox label. The remaining members went on and recorded Profondo Rosso as the Goblin! Only after their huge success Cherry Five was released (1976)!

The entire work goes very well from the beginning to the end.I'm impressed, really, didn't imagine such a high quality in instrumental parts.awesome indeed. Not very representative of the usual Italian symphonic prog, but a "forgotten" masterpiece in its essence! No doubt it is a must have in our collections!

Country Grave Yard is the stunning 8,18 mns long opener. The listener immediately understand that Yes are the main references of the band.then my favourite one: The Picture of Dorian Gray, another 8 mns long track that starts in a very soft and mellow duet between delicate keyboards and acoustic guitar. Soon an interesting and powerful crescendo that reminds me of the similar one in the Close to the Edge track!! A particular song, yet, with catchy atmosphere nice vocals. Not to mention the lyrics which already seem to show all the "horror" imaginery that'll be on the Dario Argento's movies and Goblin' soundtracks! Now it's the time of The Swan is a Murderer (part I and II, 9 mns all), another marvellous one played and sung with impressive musicianship! Nice story and lyrics (just see above, on the top of the review). Oliver.what could I say more? Another highlight (about 9,30 mns), in a darker vein played, it deserves a place in all the mp3 players of all the Progarchives' members! P.S. Particularly great work on bass guitar! The closer is My Little Cloud Land. A more dreamy music for more dreamy imaginery and lyrics: "Camels with a crown, dragonflies and bees, here / Fountains, glance of gold, drop of silver rain, here. This is a holy place, in which I feel the breath of life / I wanna stay here forever, I need a magic tune.".

Conclusion: the music speaks for itself! Five stars are low price for all the pleasure I felt in listening to such an opus! 43 minutes of long pleasure for any good prog-lover!

P.S. Heartfelt thanks to Erik Neuteboom whose sharp recommendations introduced me to the "darker side" of my own country's awesome and immense progrock field!!


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Posted Thursday, December 29, 2005

Review by NJprogfan
4 stars Fantastic Italian one-shot band whose album would have garnered a 5-star rating if it wasn't for the English sung vocals. I'm not saying they're awful, it's just that it probably would have meshed better if they sung in their mother tongue. Now, if you're a fan of early Yes circa 69'-70' then your in for a treat. These guys have the sound down pat! They don't copycat Yes songs, but the structure of the songs, especially "The Swan Is A Murderer Part 2" and "Oliver" scream early Yes. Pignatelli's bass playing is as thumping and nimble as Squire's bass playing during the early Yes years, just plain wonderful and Bordini's drumming is killer! Another highlight of the entire album is the sheer breakneck speed of all the songs, you'll have to catch your breath listening. The only rough song in the bunch is the last track, "My Little Cloud Land". It sounds dated even for a prog song recorded in 1975. It's too silly in parts with absolutely ridiculous lyrics. It's not a total waste though, but compared to the majestic "The Picture Of Dorian Gray" and "Country Grave- Yard" it's a weak closing number. But don't let that hinder your purchase of this album. It's an incredible symphonic album with excellent bass and drum playing. Singing is not the strongest, but that's okay they do try their best and it shows. 4.5 stars knocked down to 4.


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Posted Monday, May 07, 2007

Review by erik neuteboom
4 stars Strange, I added this band to Prog Archives and now I just noticed that my review has gone .. so here I am back again with this Italian Seventies Progrock gem! Cherry Five is a five pieve formation that included three musicians who later founded Goblin. The music on their eponymous album from '75 is very YES-oriented but the keyboards sound more virtuosic than bands like Druid, England or Mirthrandir. The album is a real treat for all progrock lovers: strong and fluent compositions, very melodic and flowing with many good ideas. The emphasis is on the keyboards like Hammond organ and vintage synthesizers but especially the 'Tronmaniacs' will be delighted! This is one of the gems of Italian progrock from the Seventies, a bit overlooked due to the attention for PFM, Le Orme, Banco and Goblin.


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Posted Friday, June 29, 2007

Review by Finnforest
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3 stars Hard-hitting, Yes-inspired origins of Goblin

The Cherry Five self-titled debut is an interesting album not quite like many of the other Italian progressive bands of the era. Rather than the elegant grandiosity of some the competition Cherry Five is a lean, mean machine with a sound that is breathlessly energetic, rocking, and tight. Curiously, at the time it arrived in the mid-70s the sound was a strangely retro one. Retro in that it sounds amazingly like the first two Yes albums, so much so that if Jon Anderson were singing for this band rather than Tony Tartarini you would think you were hearing extra material from the early Yes sessions of the debut and "Time and a Word." From the driving beginnings of "Country Grave Yard" you will think of Peter Banks era Yes and if you like the pre-Fragile era, you are in for a real treat. These guys are very tight players with nice vocal harmonies. There really is not a weak spot in that sense, the rhythm section is a blast to listen to and the lead playing is exuberant! There is plenty of mellotron and other vintage keyboards to compliment the excellent lead guitar work of Massimo Morante. Unfortunately the vocals are in English rather than Italian but aside from that they are acceptable. Carlo Bordini will blow your mind on the kit with his impressive fills all over the place, sounding a bit like a crazed Bruford in places. The performances are top notch even if the style is derivative, and the sound on the CD reissue is nice and punchy with good bass that will slam your head against the wall. The music here is not looking to break any new ground but rather to have a great time and it succeeds there with boundless enthusiasm. A good album to be sure but recommended mostly to Italian fans and early Yes fans. The members would eventually move on from this and assume the name Goblin, leaving the Cherry Five as an interesting novelty but not an essential progressive title. 3 affectionate stars.


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Posted Thursday, February 21, 2008

Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars CHERRY FIVE recorded only one album before band leader Claudio Simonetti and a couple of his other band mates went on to form GOBLIN. Interesting that Claudio pays tribute to his 2 previous bands THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY and OLIVER by naming songs after them on this album. He would also borrow musical pieces from this record and put them on GOBLIN's debut. I mention Simonetti a lot because he really is the main man here,his organ,keyboard and mellotron play absolutely shine. The music here is without question YES influenced and flavoured. That's putting it mildly, and I can understand some having a problem with that. For me it's just a pleasure to hear such well played and composed music. There are vocals and they are in English.

"Country Grave-Yard" is one of my favourites on this album. I especially like when the vocals come in before a minute with organ and then mellotron. An awesome sound is the result. The vocals are passionately good before the opening guitar melody returns after 2 minutes. An organ solo follows,and check out the bass ! More mellotron waves come and go as themes are repeated. The song ends with honking horns and sirens. "The Picture Of Dorian Gray" opens with some powerful organ as mellotron joins in. Acoustic guitar takes over. This is very pastoral. Mellotron is back until some uptempo organ arrives. Some nice drum work before vocals come in at 3 minutes. More great mellotron and bass a minute later. Guitar is prominant as well as it and the organ come and go. Great tune.

"The Swan Is A Murderer Part 1" opens with some energy as keys and drums lead the way. Vocals come in.There is an eerie calm with wind 3 1/2 minutes in. You can hear a music box playing. This continues into "The Swan Is A Murderer Part 2". The sound starts to build until it's full before a minute. Prominant bass as vocals arrive a minute later. Piano 3 minutes in as drums and piano dominate to the end of the song. "Oliver" opens with piano that gives way to some aggressive organ and drums. Vocals 2 minutes in. The organ and bass are great. A calm after 4 minutes as piano and guitar slowly play. Drums join in before mellotron kicks in at 5 minutes.The organ leads the way as the tempo picks up. A mellotron storm follows. Nice. Vocals are back 9 minutes in to end the song. This and the opening track are my favourites. "My Little Cloud Land" opens with some outstanding organ, drumming and guitar before the vocals arrive. Love the intro.The bass is chunky and I really like the way the vocals soar somewhat each time on the chorus as organ and drums sparkle.

CHERRY FIVE is a nice treat I will bring out every once and a while when I need something symphonic. Excellent.


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Posted Sunday, March 16, 2008

Review by Cesar Inca
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4 stars Cherry Five was a short-lived band that released a sole album: so far, nothing really special since this was the usual fate for most progressive bands in Italy (releasing 2 albums, at most). The extraordinary thing about Cherry Five is the set of circumstances that led to its inception ? it came out of the ashes of a previous act called Oliver, with keyboardist Claudio Simonetti and guitarist Massimo Morante joining forces with the other two musicians. But, before the Goblin era, all four went to England to audition vocalists, but eventually, the role was filled by yet another Italian person who had had his own progressive past as a member of L'Uovo di Colombo. So, the album "Cherry Five" was recorded in 1974, but post-production stopped while the band was negotiating the recording contract, so the album wasn't released until 1976, when a slightly altered line-up of the instrumentalists was already paving a firm career as Goblin. The released album was labeled under an invented name and with scarce information that omitted any mention of Goblin musicians. So, what about the music itself? Let me tell you that this band is one of the least Italian-sounding bands from this progressively prolific country ? their nuclear sound is more oriented to early Yes and, perhaps, Flash, translating their dynamics into the sort of stylish extroversion that was so common among the greater bands from the proto-prog era (Beggar's Opera, The Nice to a certain degree). At times, the instrumental excursions may also remind us of the aforementioned L'Uovo di Colombo, although it is true that the Cherry Five guys deliver a higher degree of energy and a more polished compositional creativity. The opener 'County grave-yard' bears a catchy drive, with a punchy rhythm scheme and guitar arpeggios complemented by electric piano syncopations. The organ and piano solos that emerge later on help to preserve the recurrent power, as do the effective bass guitar flourishes (very Squire-esque, indeed). . 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' starts on a very bucolic mode, with magical acoustic guitar phrases and mellotron layers, until the main body settles in and installs a specific sense of typical Yes-like flamboyance. The album's first half ends with Part 1 of 'The Swan Is a Murderer', which keeps on bringing business as usual ? stylish composition, tasteful arrangements, enthusiastic dynamics in the performances. This part ends with a musical box, ghostly whispers and a wild wind, fading out until it is taken back for Part 2. in this second part, the main musical ideas are taken to an enhanced sophistication, in this way completing the bombastic ambience that had been so explicit until now. All in all, the album's absolute gen has to be 'Oliver', 91/2 minutes of pure progressive joy. Influences from (the ever-present) Yes, ELP and Gracious! are easy to notice in the rockier moments, albeit not being overwhelming either. On the other hand, the more relaxed passages bring some of that Mediterranean sensibility that overall has forged that special essence of Italian symphonic progressive rock. A gem, indeed. 'My Little Cloud Land' wraps things up with a slightly lesser degree of intensity than on the preceding songs, but the bass interventions and synth solos are featured items through the track's development and variations. The piano coda and the gunshot sound emphasize the song's dramatic intentionality. So, this is "Cherry Five" as a whole, an efficient, effective piece of symphonic prog that deserves proper recognition from prog collectors everywhere: it may not be totally excellent, but it is much more than just good.


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Posted Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Review by Kazuhiro
4 stars Existence and the situation of the band that projects in the flow that derives at the dawn in Prog Rock of Italy might certainly be various. The trend of the market seen at the time of 1975 from especially 1972 was active. The existence of Cherry Five that only announces this album in the situation will be able to be called valuable existence in Prog Rock of Italy.

As for an original and expression of feelings part to which the band of Prog Rock of Italy had gone, a lot of unique cultures that the band in other countries doesn't have are involved. The rush power and the throb feeling of this Cherry Five will have been existence in a lot of bands where the diversity existed to which uniformity by the construction of a technical tune in respect to perform was done enough.

Generally, this band is known as an antecedent of the situation that reaches "Goblin". However, the united music characters and technical parts might have had the originality not installed only by Prog Rock of simple Italy. Certain part of composition of sound and tune. And, the impression that "Yes" and "Gentle Giant" are recollected will be given. However, the absorption of an original melody of Italy and music is expressed enough as their tastes.

The relation between about some respects and time can be enumerated if it thinks about the situation by centering on this Cherry Five. Part of creation of composition power of expression of feelings by Claudio Simonetti of keyboard player who will be known later as member of "Goblin" and guitar player's Massimo Morante and Bass player's Fabio Pignatelli and tune to rush. In addition, existence of "Il Ritratto Di Dorian Gray" that had existed as history of activity of music before this Cherry Five. And, the situation of the band that was called "Oliver" that derived from the band might have been in the part gradually exactly revolutionized in the market of Prog Rock of Italy. It is said that the member had already visited Britain as a guess at this time. Perhaps, it is guessed that it is reflected in lyrics all English to which the event at this time is sung by this album.

The existence of Carlo Bordini of the drum player known by the member of "Rustichelli&Bordini" might act overwhelmingly on the band, too. It contributes enough as a Music character of the band ..him.. the part of the nucleus. Part of construction of rhythm that supports band from the under and complete technology surely. And, the song of active Tony Tartarini gives the listener the impression of the axis of the band as a member of "L'uovo Di Colombo". The melody of the song completely contributes to an original tune that is. The flavor and originality that Italian Rock done at this time is good are equipped enough.

The activity of Cherry Five known well as a situation in which it went to "Goblin" for the above- mentioned description did not continue long as a result. The band by this member did not exist when the debut album of Cherry Five was announced because of the relation of the recording of "Profondo Rosso" of Goblin produced at the same time. The absorption of exactly good symphonic and the unique culture are uniting valuable existence. the Music character that Cherry Five didThe throb feeling and the rush power united overall might be overwhelming.

As for "Country Grave Yard", the theme of an original melody in close relation to six rhythms is impressive. Expression of feelings melody in close relation to straight rhythm. The part, the song, and the chorus of the keyboard and the guitar produce the sense of relief. Solo of the keyboard in close relation to the part of complete Rock is overwhelming. And, the composition with the tension that makes three rhythms a base is calculated from the part of ensemble of the band well. The rhythm and the melody developed one after another are tunes for them.

"The Picture Of Dorian Gray" starts in symphonic and a pastoral part. And, it is partial of the construction of a complex melody that is reminiscent of a few "Yes" and "Gentle Giant". Part of flavor that Rock to rush straight from 16 notes is good. The melody and the throb feeling are expressed enough. The part of the melody and the unison with a bright keyboard the guitar is impressive.

"The Swan Is A Murderer Part 1" produces the melody and the dash feeling of good symphonic. The melody with expression of feelings while taking the element of the chamber is constructed. A tune advanced as the rhythm of the shuffle is multiused will have a complete symphonic and classic element.

"The Swan Is A Murderer Part 2" shifts from the part of Intro with the tension to the part with the dash feeling. The band expresses ensemble exactly in union. The processing of the song and the chorus is complete. There is a flavor of good Italian Rock.

"Oliver" makes the tension with a good melody of the guitar and the keyboard. The composition in which a complex melody and eight rhythms developed one after another are not felt is splendid. The dash feeling and the tension continue. And, the melody with the anacatesthesia that appears during the tune and the line of Bass expand the width of the tune. It is possible to listen to very original development that is. The part of the dash feeling and five rhythms visited again heads for the top.

As for "My Little Cloud Land", ensemble of the band is splendid. It is expressed as a part where a melody that gives the sense of relief and original development are given. The music character of "Yes" and "Gentle Giant" might be reminiscent. However, the listener is told the element of complete Italian Rock enough. The continuousness of a complex melody and the rhythm in technical respect has good composition power.

Generally, it is known well as a band to reach "Goblin". However, the music character that they had constructed showed a high technology with originality enough. It is likely to always belong to a valuable position as an album of the band only announced.


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Posted Sunday, April 25, 2010

Review by Bonnek
3 stars The Cherry Five is an Italian prog album of a band with a strong Yes fascination and English vocals.

The biggest asset of the band is its musicians, who create energetic pieces with an amazing interplay between rhythm section, virtuoso guitar licks and keyboards. More then once they evoke the 71-72 Yes period, a good thing as far as I'm concerned, especially if it's done with so much bravura. The album's weakness comes from the vocalist, not so much due to his voice but because of his unremarkable and rather cliché vocal lines. I blame it on the choice for English lyrics. It's never easy singing in a foreign tongue of which you don't entirely master the rhythmical and harmonic qualities. Had he sung in Italian I'm quite sure this album would have been a lot better. For comparison, one only needs to look at the sub-par English-sung albums that PFL, Le Orme and Banco released.

A good album for fans of the Yes Album and Fragile, but the too obvious comparison doesn't entirely flatter Cherry Five. Recommended tracks: Country Graveyard and Oliver.


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Posted Saturday, September 18, 2010

Review by Nightfly
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4 stars Although there is only one Cherry Five album it is rightly regarded as an important record amongst Italian prog fans. Partly because it's such a good album in its own right, but also because three members would go on to form Goblin, a band that are best known for their film soundtrack work. In fact a band never existed called Cherry Five, this being just a name given to the project at a later date, the album being initially shelved and not released until a year or two later by which time Goblin were already up and running.

Six songs although you could probably consider The Swan Is A Muderer Parts 1 and 2 as one song in its own right, being split where side 1 would have ended on the original vinyl version, fading in again for side 2. This being the case, all tracks are around the eight minute mark give or take. Musically they play fairly complex, very lively and inventive prog and anyone familiar with early Yes (no doubt most people here) cannot fail to spot the similarities. The album is dominated by the fine keyboard work of Claudio Simonetti thought there's still plenty of space for the excellent guitar of Massimo Morante. Although I doubt they would have been an influence, bits here and there, particularly on opener Country Grave Yard remind me of Welsh psych rockers Man.

Unusually for an RPI album the vocals are sung in English and Tony Tartarini is a decent singer. Drummer Carlo Bordini (yes it is he who was later involved in the Rustichelli & Bordini project) and bassist Fabio Pignatelli are a busy rhythm section, driving the music along, often at a fair pace. Best track is The Picture Of Dorian Gray with its Hammond organ opening descending into some lovely acoustic guitar before finally exploding into a very Yes like piece. No doubt this song was named after another band that had featured Simonetti, Il Ritratto Di Dorian Gray, a band who's importance is more to do with which bands its members went onto than anything they achieved as a unit, but that's another story.

Overall an excellent album and one that all RPI fans will no doubt come to sooner or later.


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Posted Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Review by apps79
3 stars In fact the name of this 70's Italian group was Oliver, one of the few Italian bands to sing in English.Hailing from Roma they had an all-star line-up of drummer Carlo Bordini from Rustichelli e Bordini and later Goblin members Fabio Pignatelli on bass, Claudio Simonetti on keys and Massimo Morante on guitars.Oliver even traveled in England to audition a singer, eventually Clive "Artman" Haynes became the lead vocalist for a short period, but he was sacked and the band recruited Tony Tartarini (aka Toni Gionta from L' Uovo di Colombo) for the vocal work.The sole album of the band was recorded in 1974, but didn't see the light before January 76', eventually released under the name of Cherry Five.

Oliver were heavily influenced by the British Prog of the 70's, most notably from YES and GENESIS, and the fact they were quite talented resulted to challenging and complex arrangements with tight performances, but actually they did never escaped from the sound of their heroes, so not much was left to the imagination of the listener.Six nice and well- performed but unoriginal compositions is what this quintet left behind with strong symphonic leanings and a few Classic Rock and jazzy touches here and there, but the resemblance to YES' style becomes a bit annoying at moments.Of course the high level of the compositions makes the album far from boring.Lovely Classical-influenced interludes and solos performed on harpsichord and piano ala RICK WAKEMAN, strong organ leads, careful use of Mellotron, STEVE HOWE-like guitar workouts and deep bass work with evident lines from the work of CHRIS SQUIRE transform into complicated orchestral songs with shifting moods and sufficient instrumental passages.Tony Tartarini was known as an accomplished singer with L'UOVO DI COLOMBO and in ''Cherry Five'' he just prooves to be a decent frontman with an expressive and slightly GABRIEL-esque vocal color.

The rest of the story is more or less known.In 1975 Carlo Bordini, afraid that a contract with Oliver's label Cinevox could hurt his career as a session musician, refused to sign, and jumped off board along with Tartarini, propably this was the reason the album was not released in time.The rest of the crew moved on after changing their name to Goblin and had a succesful career with a more personal and unique sound.

''Cherry five'' comes as an equivalent to the works of Acqua Fragile and is likely to please more fans of British Prog than Classic Italian Prog due to the English lyrics and the strong British Prog influences.Pretty unoriginal but well-played Prog, that deserves a recommendation.


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Posted Saturday, November 17, 2012

Review by stefro
4 stars One of the country's few internationally-renowned outfits, the cult Italian group Goblin made their name producing stylishly creepy synth-prog soundtracks for legendary filmmaker Dario Argento, the director of such horror classics as 'Profondo Rosso'(1975) and 'Suspiria'(1977). However, before undertaking their collaborations with Argento, Goblin had previously produced an accomplished symphonic progressive rock album under the name of Cherry Five that was issued on the Italian Cinevox imprint during 1975. The album arrived several months after the group had returned home from London, the five-piece having failed to win a record deal from any of the British labels, and as a result exhibited a strong British influence obviously inspired by the likes of ELP, Genesis and Yes. It would provide a stark contrast to their later material as Goblin, with the 'Cherry Five' album featuring vocals and lengthy song-suites, yet would also provide a hint towards their blood-drenched future with such titles as 'The Swan Is A Murderer' and the Oscar Wilde-tribute 'The Picture Of Dorian Gray'. For those not in the know, Dorian Gray was a character in one of Wilde's only horror yarns, showcasing the Italian group's early affiliation for the genre that would eventually come to define them. Though this album was issed under the Cherry Five name, many see it as a Goblin product and, despite the stylistic differences, rightly so. The bulk of Goblin's work came in soundtrack form, yet they did release a pair of non-soundtrack albums during the latter half of the 1970's in the form of the excellent 1976 album 'Roller' and the less impressive 'Il Fantastico Viaggio Del Bagarozzo Mark' from 1978. Both albums exhibited streaks of Goblin's soundtrack work, especially 'Roller', yet also added strong elements of synthesized progressive rock, their sound flushed with snazzy keyboards and eerie effects. 'Cherry Five', with its intense instrumental flourishes, strong symphonic flavour and, at times, dazzling quickfire solos, makes for an exhilarating listen, especially so for Goblin fans, though those who enjoy the early-seventies work of the major British progressive rock groups should also find much to their liking. The album's highlights are many - almost every song is worth the price of admission thanks to an interconnecting musical flow that cleverly links one track to the next both stylistically and thematically - yet it is both the richly-drawn opener 'Country Graveyard' and the lengthy, jazz-tinged 'Oliver' that truly stand-out. Alongside the seminal soundtracks adorning both 'Profondo Rosso' and 'Suspiria' and the 1976 'Roller' album, this self-titled oddity remains one of the Italian group's key releases. Fans of symphonic prog in general are also in for a stylish, whirlwind-paced treat, the only disappointment being that Goblin/Cherry Five didn't make more full-on progressive rock albums. STEFAN TURNER, STOKE NEWINGTON, 2012


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Posted Thursday, December 06, 2012

Review by Warthur
4 stars The sole Cherry Five album sets itself apart from the rest of the Italian scene with the wide spread of UK prog influences it displays - indeed, vocalist Tony Tartarini sings in English, an oddity for all but the most internationally successful Italian bands at the time. At points some of the quirky instrumental passages remind me of Gentle Giant, whilst The Picture of Dorian Gray is nothing less than a loving tribute to Yes. (Seriously, put Jon Anderson on vocals and it sounds like something from The Yes Album.) Overall, not as original as the strange waters that some of this crew would sail under the Goblin flag, but still a worthy entry to the annals of the less well-known Italian prog bands.


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Posted Friday, July 05, 2013

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Report this review (#900179) | Posted by Suedevanshoe | Saturday, January 26, 2013 | Review Permanlink

3 stars The pre-Goblin band Cherry Five's only album. I do not know much about Cherry Five to be honest. The full story of this band is told somewhere else in ProgArchives. But I know that the music here is pretty remote from what Goblin released. Cherry Five does dynamic symphonic prog in the vein o ... (read more)

Report this review (#531879) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Sunday, September 25, 2011 | Review Permanlink

3 stars My opinion of this album has regrettably diminished with time. Once one of my favorite Italian Prog CDs, Cherry Five just hasn't aged terribly well and suffers from mediocre sound quality, imitative playing, and embarrassing lyrics. Still, the historical value of Cherry Five is off the charts, as ... (read more)

Report this review (#491516) | Posted by coasterzombie | Thursday, July 28, 2011 | Review Permanlink

5 stars To my mind--and ears--these guys are great musicians crafting intricate yet beautifully melodious songs à la a cross between ELP, FOCUS, GENESIS, THE ALLMAN BROTHERS, YES and GENTLE GIANT. Great keys, great acoustic and electric guitars, great vocals (YES- and KANSAS-like harmonies, lead sounds a bi ... (read more)

Report this review (#459496) | Posted by BrufordFreak | Sunday, June 12, 2011 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Cherry Five captured my attention more because represent the debut of Goblin (with diverse monicker and with vocals) that for the music, that, for to be precise, is good, very good. In truth Cherry Five produced an album of pure RPI, inspired by Genesis, Quatermass, ELP, Gentle Giant... Same ... (read more)

Report this review (#220827) | Posted by 1967/ 1976 | Friday, June 12, 2009 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This is one of those relatively unknown albums that you really need to check out if you're into the classic Symphonic Prog sound. This Italian band seemingly got most of its influence from British Prog albums such as YES- Time and a Word, GENESIS-Foxtrot, and maybe even some early ELP ... but ... (read more)

Report this review (#123994) | Posted by altaeria | Wednesday, May 30, 2007 | Review Permanlink

4 stars First of all: I'm not going to bang on about how much like Yes this album sounds like - I shall try to find something original to say... ;) Cherry Five is an album I have been wanting to hear since I first started listening to Goblin. To be honest, I thought Roller was a much beefier, funkier ... (read more)

Report this review (#117360) | Posted by ollie | Thursday, April 05, 2007 | Review Permanlink

4 stars The Italian YES! Well, maybe not so Italy-like because even the vocals were done in English. Witch I think is a pity because singing in their actual native language is one of the greatest trademarks of a good italian progressive band from the seventies. But, I have to agree that singing "Th ... (read more)

Report this review (#101166) | Posted by cherry5 | Thursday, November 30, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Strongly recommended! A true Prog masterpiece! This album really makes my head blow! A intensive, beautiful and complex album. The bass guitar is outstanding like (or superior) Chris Squire and the keyboards very creative. Guitar and Drums are very good too. Only the vocals don't follow the s ... (read more)

Report this review (#95471) | Posted by Marcelo Xanadu | Monday, October 23, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Album released in 1975 "Cherry Five". The only work of CHERRY FIVE. The title and lyrics are all English. Music influences by YES and GENTLE GIANT, and is extremely technical. It is a technical group that develops an exquisite performance, and the melody is also beautiful. The technique of t ... (read more)

Report this review (#75223) | Posted by braindamage | Monday, April 17, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars ****NEWS FLASH****Long lost early recordings from YES have recently surfaced and have been released under the name Cherry Five! No kidding...OK I'm kidding, but I got your attention. This 1975 lost classic is everything a prog head could want...from that classic sound i.e. mellos, hammonds, Chris Sq ... (read more)

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