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Murple

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3.90 | 107 ratings | 19 reviews | 29% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1974

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Antartide
2. Metamorfosi
3. Pathos
4. Senza un perchť
5. Nessuna scelta
6. Murple rock
7. Preludio e scherzo
8. Tra I filŪ
9. Variazioni in 6/8
10. Fratello
11. Un mondo cosŪ
12. Antarplastic

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Line-up / Musicians

- Mario Garbarino / bass, bongos, triangle
- Pino Santamariŗ / lead vocals, guitars, chorus
- Duilio Sorrenti / drums, timbales, gong, tympani
- Pier Carlo Zanco / lead vocals, keyboards, synthesizers, bowed contrabass, chorus

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LP Basf Fare 21 23137 F (1974)
CD Mellow Records MMP 121 (1992)
CD Akarma AK 1035 (2002)

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3.90
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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(29%)
29%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(47%)
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Good, but non-essential (19%)
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Collectors/fans only (5%)
5%
Poor. Only for completionists (1%)
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Review by Marcelo
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5 stars I can't recommend enough this album. One of my progressive rock favorites, there's no words to describe its beauty. About the story and adventures of a penguin called "Murple", the magnificent interplay between guitar and keyboards at the first fantastic and changing part, and excellent melodies and virtuoso solos at the second, makes it a must have. The Italian symphonic style at the top. Almost unknown, but waiting to be discovered. Listen it, you won't regret.

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Posted Saturday, December 20, 2003

Review by Sean Trane
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3 stars I rarely give more than three stars to Italian prog because of my musical inclinations. So if I gave three one this one it speaks for itself - good but nothing extremely urgent to discover. However , I think that among specialists (of which I am not) , this is considered a real peak in the genre. Strange but fascinating artwork on the fold-out sleeve.

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Posted Thursday, February 26, 2004

Review by Steve Hegede
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4 stars MURPLE were another one-shot band from the Italian 70's prog explosion. It is truely incredible when you think about the amount of high-quality music released in Italy between 1972-1977. The music on this CD, while having all of the elements needed to produce classic "Italian prog", can't be compared to any other band from the Italian scene (sure, I could spit out the names PFM, RDM, and BANCO but that wouldn't do justice to the music). The tracks are all connected to produce 2 side-long epics. Sections range from aggressive prog workouts consisting of heavy guitar, hammond organ, and pounding bass, to soft/melodic interludes, to early techno-sounding experiments (you really have to hear it to make up your mind). My only complaint is that while the CD cover states that both sides are 18-minutes each, in reality they are 16-minutes each (well, one side is almost 17-minutes). I don't know if this was an error in the printing process, or if it was done to hide the fact that the album is only 33-minutes long, but if you don't mind paying for a 33-minute album of high-quality prog then you're in for a classic.

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Posted Sunday, March 21, 2004

Review by Proghead
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4 stars Nice, one-shot Italian prog album. It's a bit strange that this only album from MURPLE would only receive a German release on the BASF label, but of course since been reissued on CD (first by Mellow Records, then by Akarma, with LP-type replication). The band seemed to have an unhealthy obsession about penguins, so much so, they believed they made friends with an imaginary penguin, and the whole concept behind "Io Sono Murple" is about the adventures of a penguin. Their stage set included inflatable penguins, not unlike PINK FLOYD giving us inflatable pigs during the "Animals" tour in 1977.

The band consisted of guitarist/vocalist Pino Santamaria, bassist Mario Garbarino, drummer Duilio Sorrenti, and keyboardist/vocalist Pier Carlo Zanco, who handled organ, piano, Eminent, and ARP Odyssey. This might not be the most mindblowing or original prog out there, but for those who enjoy such keyboard-driven prog acts as ELP or Le ORME would find much to enjoy here. The album is rather short, running at just under 35 minutes. It consists of a bunch of short songs that segue in to each other to make a continuous long play, but still remaning completely progressive. The music ranges from intense to more laid- back classically influenced, to jazzy and everything in between. Might not be up there with the best albums from PFM, BANCO, Le ORME, MUSEO ROSENBACH, OSANNA, etc., but this is still an album worth having.

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Posted Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Review by Andrea Cortese
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3 stars Another one-shot band from the huge Italian 70s progrock scene!

I‚??m glad I‚??ve found this excellent and mythic album in the good 2002 Akarma release‚?¶

I think Murple deserves now (and deserved then) more attention by any good progrock lover. I don‚??t know why the german label Basf didn‚??t take care of them! It‚??s hard and sad to imagine!

The four band members are: Pino Santamaria (electric and acoustic guitars, lead vocals, choirs), Mario Garbarino (bass guitar, triangle and bongos), Duilio Sorrenti (drums, gong, tumbadoras and tympani), Pier Carlo Zanco (lead vocals, choirs, organ, pianos, eminent, synth, bowed contrabass).

Their unique and marvellous record is a great conceptual-based work about the story of the penguin ‚??Murple‚?Ě who decides to go away from his own land, ‚??Antarctica‚?Ě, and to explore the rest of world.

A long prog-suite, almost entirely instrumental: excellent keyboards, synths (special mention to ‚??Nessuna Scelta‚?Ě i.e. ‚??No Choice‚?Ě, excerpt from the first part) and classic pianos (special mention to the introduction of the second part titled ‚??Preludio e Scherzo‚?Ě i.e. ‚??Prelude and Joke‚?Ě), awesome electric guitars parts and elaborate soli, powerful drums and strong bass parts. Nice the dreamy vocals provided by Pier Carlo Zanco. Fantasy-like and delicate atmospheres for a joyful progrock adventure! P.S. very nice cover ;)

This is "prog-delicacy" at the purest state! Go out and buy this wonderful gem now!

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Posted Thursday, December 29, 2005

Review by loserboy
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4 stars MURPLE unfortunately only released one album titled (I Am Murple) which stands out as a superb piece of 70's Italian Progressive Rock. Centred around the symphonic keyboard and piano work of Pier Carlo Zanco this album blends all of the progressive rock characteristics that made this such a beloved region for this art rock genre. Comprised of just two lengthy tracks (side one and side two) "Io Sono Murple" draws on the classic 70's Ital-prog vibes with gorgeous piano and synthesizer work mixed with fantastic guitar, bass and drum interplay. The 2 songs are both drop dead fantastic and contains the romanticism of "I Pooh" and LOCANDA DELLE FATE with the musical prowess PFM. Lyrics are sung in Italian and fit the music nicely. "Io Sono Murple" is also a concept album and tells the tale of a penguin that leaves his home in Antarctica, and encounters the Evil Man. Overall a fantastic album from start to finish.

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Posted Saturday, January 14, 2006

Review by andrea
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4 stars "Io sono Murple" is a concept album, formed by two long suites, about the feelings of a penguin compelled "to bow and act as a juggler", "like a reed bowed by the wind", "among the threads" of "a world of dwarfs and clowns" that "penetrates into your bones promising to be faithful without knowing any faith". Well, I quoted part of the lyrics trying to explain the subject with words while the wonderful album cover try to explain it with images. Now all that you have to do is close your eyes and listen to, because if the subject is rather strange the music is excellent.

Side A begins softly, but after two minutes there's an interesting drum solo leading to a short rock section with a good interaction between the instruments. "Antartide", "Metamorfosi" and "Pathos" are tightly bound together: there are many changes of rhythm and moods and no room for boredom in an album where classical inspired patterns are blended with rock influences in a personal way and with a great musicianship. Then, after seven minutes, on "Senza un perchť" (Without a reason), over a delicate piano part, shy lead vocals appear . "Poor creature / In the wreckage inside you / The prayer rises / It's sincere but / After you'll be wanting / Promised lands / All the great dreams / Without a reason.". The melodic lines are good but lead vocals in my opinion are the weak point of this album (actually Murple didn't have a real singer and the vocal parts where shared between the guitarist Pino Santamaria and the keyboardist Pier Carlo Zanco). After 10:30 an amazing church-like choir introduces to the following "Nessuna scelta" (No choice) with remarkable keyboards patterns in the background: ".You will teach me the bows / Of a juggler who always says yes / If you want, if you like you'll change me / Without telling me what you're doing / I will be the clay without shape / I can't do any choice". The closing section is the instrumental "Murple Rock" that features a remarkable guitar work.

Side B begins with "Preludio e schrzo", an amazing classical inspired "solo-piano section". After 2:55 lead vocals appear on "Tra i fili" (Among the threads) that was chosen to be the single promoting the album (but in my opinion this is not the best moment of this work). After 5:26 the good instrumental "Variazioni in 6/8", with keyboards in the forefront, reminds me of BMS' tracks like "Garofano rosso" or "Fino alla mia porta". After 7:35 lead vocals come back for "Fratello" (Brother) and "Un mondo cosž" (A world like that): in my opinion on this album lyrics are not particularly inspired and a little bit naÔve but luckily the vocal parts are short and almost all the sections of the suites feature also interesting instrumental interludes. The final instrumental "Antarplastic" is just a short reprise of the opener "Antartide".

In the whole "Io sono Murple" is a good album, though not a masterpiece. It could be an excellent addition to any Italian prog collection.

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Posted Sunday, June 11, 2006

Review by Atkingani
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4 stars I heard a whisper of MURPLE more than 30 years ago and this name echoed for decades inside my mind that in the end it turned into something like my personal urban legend. It's not surprising that when I noticed the band again in more recent times a strange feeling spot on me: oh, my god, they really existed; it wasn't my imagination that played with me. anyway, band and "Io Sono Murple", their sole release up to now (good news: they regrouped and are recording again) passed to the ground of the unconscious or the legendary.

This album, telling musically the adventures of a little penguin, was recorded in a highly progressive manner. It's all there: the concept, shown through a long suite which comprises the entirety of the album; the epic tracks, two songs in fact, each taking the full side of the old vinyl LP; the instrumentation, the harmonies, the atmosphere.

Tunes go from vibrant to poignant, all soaked in an aromatic eau-de-cologne of symphonic ingenuity - the several musical parts seem common but the set is sophisticated and unique. All in all, MURPLE does a study or essay of how to compose, arrange and play a cast of beautiful chords; although we might catch a weak point that damages slightly this opus: vocals; maybe unnecessary. Instrumental parts with the notorious duels between guitars and keys completed by powerful bass lines and sound drumming are the strongest parts here. Amid nice segments, the most obviously amusing is the final quarter with the three last songs that leaves a clear impression in the hearer's memories.

Several influences may be perceived along the album, but MURPLE seem to trail a route of their own, full of the required ingredients that make "Io Sono Murple" an excellent addition to any prog music collection. Recommended.

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Posted Saturday, February 02, 2008

Review by Finnforest
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3 stars A band. A penguin. Another Italian gem.

The next installment of the Italian lesser-know gems series would be Murple, a 4-piece one-shot band from Rome. They formed in 1973 at the peak of the early Italian scene and recorded their concept album about a penguin and his adventure. If it sounds too whimsical don't be put off-there is good music to be had here. The band premiered their live act at a festival in Naples and also played the Villa Pamphili Festival in Rome in September 1974. Their album is a nice mixture of symphonic and rock elements with just a touch of jazzy feel here and there. I would say keyboards are slightly more prevalent than guitar but not by much, both are used liberally. I can't speak to the lyrics, but the music is certainly not dark, but rather upbeat, positive, energetic prog perhaps sometimes comparable to the feel of Druid but only a bit. While the album has plenty of fans it was not appreciated by critics of the time, nor was it promoted by the German label that issued it. It and the band shared the same fate as so many other quality Italian groups. But now thankfully a new generation of critics is praising this lost album and word has it that three of the four original members have a new album in the works.

Part 1 begins with an extended quiet section where a distant synth backs some guitar pull-offs, bringing the song to life very slowly. It crescendos at 2 minutes with a drum solo. The band springs to life around 3 minutes in with organ and guitars off to the races. The bass and drumming are quite good although the bass is too low in the mix for my taste. Around 7 minutes the rocking stops for gorgeous piano leading to the first vocals. Murple vocals are not the best you'll ever hear but they are certainly good enough. What is great are the keyboards, nicely thought-parts well delivered via synths, organ, and piano, sometimes layered over each other to gorgeous effect. The classical piano sections are achingly beautiful to a piano nut like myself. The guitar player is also very good and lays down some nice, aggressive lead parts throughout. The Murple sound mixes well different thematic elements and volumes. The pieces move along with loud rock sections and softer melodic sections intertwined and always interesting. As others have mentioned the keyboards and guitars join together often creating a very rich sound tapestry. Towards the end of the side the lead guitar and bass engage in some feisty riffing punctuated by some rather shrill synth tricks that could have been left out. Part 2's beginning is my favorite part with its glorious 3 minute classical piano solo, just marvelous stuff with that Italian flair, some slow notes and other moments lightning fast on those ivories. The next section features great majestic tones with vocal harmonies, fluid bass and electric leads popping up in the back. The meat of the track, like side 1, shows good composition and a knack for interesting keyboard parts. The track builds to another energetic ending with all players kicking it into high gear..driving bass, soaring leads.then it suddenly stops for a surprise bit of violin.before our Penguin walks off into the sunset.

All is not perfect in Murple land however. Despite some good music the sound quality of the Mellow MMP-121 pressing I have leaves plenty to be desired. It lacks adequate punch on the low end and really needs a remastering job. I do not know if the Akarma version is better but I hope so. Another problem is that this CD appears to be taken from a Vinyl source as you can hear the snap/crackle/pop in a few places. It is not horrible sound by any means, just far from optimum. If you love classic Italian and are interested in this title I would not let the sound issue stop you unless you are only able to enjoy pristine quality. They do include a lyric sheet in Italian, no English translation. This title is certainly a must for classic Italian junkies and a decent consideration for others who might enjoy its energetic mix.

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Posted Thursday, April 10, 2008

Review by ZowieZiggy
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4 stars As many other Italian bands from the seventies, Murple only released one album. But a very good one. And the good news, is that they have just released a second one called Quadri Di Un Esposizione

It consists of two epic songs which are very well written IMO. The first one is a fantastic journey into the best of the Italian repertoire. Lush keyboards are wonderful. At times really hard while subtle and almost classic during other moments.

The vocal parts, although scarce are very pleasant as well. The whole piece is extremely varied; it is changing mood every minute or two. The listener has really no time to breathe and install himself in some comfortable and tranquil musical experience. His senses are always in alert during the whole of this long track, or combination of short tracks (the whole clocking at just over seventeen minutes).

The closing section is an extraordinary fusion between guitars and frenetic organ. Such a beautiful way to end a great piece of music.

The second track, is not as strong (but was it possible?). It sounds less cohesive, more a collection of several parts put together to fit an epic costume (which is the case by the way). It sounds also less personal, more Genesis. But the experience is also worth.

The piano play from Preludio is majestic, vocal sections are still emotive (Tra I Fili), the frenzy of the keys during Variazoni completely breaks the soft mood (which was not too bad at this time). The Fratello part features weaker vocals although the instrumental section is quite good actually. Just like Un Mundo CosŪ.

This is a very good album which I rate with four stars. An Italian jewel (as there are so many.).

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Posted Thursday, October 16, 2008

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars This is a concept album about the adventures of a penguin named Murple. Vocals are in Italian so I can't tell you much about it. While it shows 12 tracks on the back of the cd there really is only two just like the original LP's two side long suites.This recording is outstanding.The first song especially seems to change tempos and moods at every turn. The second track allows them to develope things a little more.

They sure don't stand in one place very long during the first track, perhaps like our penguin Murple. It opens with some spacey atmosphere for a minute then drums and organ take over. We get a calm before 3 minutes and then the song kicks into gear before 3 1/2 minutes. Nice organ ! This is great ! It settles quickly though before kicking back in at 5 1/2 minutes with guitar.This is quite moving. Organ comes ripping in a minute later as the tempo picks up. Vocals for the first time after 7 1/2 minutes and this is an emotional section too. The tempo picks up then settles after 9 1/2 minutes as piano comes in. A fuller sound with vocals 11 1/2 minutes in. I like the guitar here.Vocal melodies and a calm 14 minutes in but then here we go again to the end.

Side two opens with almost 3 minutes of impressive piano melodies and then vocals and guitar take over. Beautiful ! The tempo picks up 5 1/2 minutes in with keys and drums leading the way. It settles with guitar and vocals before 8 minutes and then organ and bass lead the way 9 1/2 minutes in. Vocals are back after 12 minutes and then it kicks back in after 14 minutes. It calms down before 16 minutes to the end. Our penguins escapade is over. Hope he's ok. Haha.

For me this is a solid 4 star record that is very well played and arranged.

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Review by Warthur
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4 stars One album wonders (until their belated reunion in 2008) Murple put out an intriguing concept album in the form of Io Sono Murple. With minimal vocals and production values reminiscent of a slightly earlier iteration of prog, the concept album portrays the adventures of an intrepid penguin explorer who heads off to visit the human world, only to discover that humans aren't nearly as nice to visitors as penguins are. Pier Carlo Zanco is the star player here, with his command of his keyboards pushing the album above the average and making this an interesting and worthwhile release for anyone looking to explore second-tier Italian prog bands.

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4 stars Despite the lack of commersial sucsess, this 30 minute long italian masterpiece shows the exelence of the progressive rock era. This album is one of the Greatest from italy. A variated collection of themes which melts together in to a fantastic penguins tale. the story and music blends perfectly ... (read more)

Report this review (#1218499) | Posted by Tord Bremnes | Sunday, July 20, 2014 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Some penguins provides what is close to being Rock Progressivo Italiano heaven. Murple was a one album wonder. But they reformed again and gave us another album. This is their first album and it was released back in 1974. It is obvious from the sound that the classical music focused bands fr ... (read more)

Report this review (#550569) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Saturday, October 15, 2011 | Review Permanlink

4 stars 'Io Sono Murple' (eng: 'I'm Murple') is a conmcept album based on the journey of penguin Murple. This is the story of the good lyrics. But the music is the magical part of this concept album because the lyrics are incorporated in the music, at the same style of Genesis. But the music, what le ... (read more)

Report this review (#238206) | Posted by 1967/ 1976 | Wednesday, September 09, 2009 | Review Permanlink

3 stars This album tells the tale of a penguin named Murple... and, not being able to understand Italian, that's all i've been able to gather about the story. Usually i don't mind lyrics in languages i can't comprehend, often i even prefer it... but on this album i can't help but feel i'm missing a big p ... (read more)

Report this review (#205253) | Posted by AdamHearst | Tuesday, March 03, 2009 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Io Sono Murple really is an "undiscovered gem" as has been said by other reviewers. I purchased this album just because of the other reviews that sang its praise, and also because the cover seemed to call out to me, "buy me, buy me." The album cover reminds me of the Beatle's movie "Yellow S ... (read more)

Report this review (#118217) | Posted by jfleischh | Thursday, April 12, 2007 | Review Permanlink

4 stars It's a shame that Io Sono Murple is the only release from this talented band. Io Sono Murple is an epic (albeit short) concept album about a penguin leaving his home (to be honest, I don't know much else about the story). As for the music, it's mostly keyboard driven, with wonderful melodic pa ... (read more)

Report this review (#81785) | Posted by Arsillus | Thursday, June 22, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars ****1/2This album has been a real grower for me. I remember being slightly disappointed when I first heard this and it was probably because I was exploring a lot of the biggest Italian classics at the same time. This is not the greatest Italian album ever but excellent nevertheless. The story of ... (read more)

Report this review (#40263) | Posted by geezer | Monday, July 25, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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