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2.68 | 53 ratings | 7 reviews | 8% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1970

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Una Miniera (1969 Single) (4:06)
2. Cosa Pensiamo Dell'Amore (1969 Single) (3:22)
3. Lei Mi Diceva (1968 Single) (3:13)
4. Quella Musica (1969 Single) (3:52)
5. Corro Da Te (1970 Single) (3:06)
6. Sensazioni (1967 Single) (3:34)
7. Una Nuvola Bianca (1970 Single) (3:36)
8. Annalisa (1970 Single) (3:55)
9. Un'Ora (1969 Single) (2:50)
10. Io Che Ho Te (1968 Single) (2:43)
11. Visioni (1968 Single) (2:58)
12. Davanti Agli Occhi Miei (1969 Single) (3:14)

Total time 40:29

Line-up / Musicians

- Vittorio De Scalzi / guitar, vocals
- Nico Di Palo / guitar, vocals
- Mauro Chiarugi / keyboards
- Giorgio D'Adamo / bass
- Gianni Belleno / drums, backing vocals

Releases information

This is a compilation of singles released between 1967-1970.

LP Cetra ‎- LPX. 7 (1970, Italy)

CD Fonit Cetra ‎- CDLP 422 (1991, Italy)
CD Warner Fonit ‎- 3984 26612-2 (1991, Germany)

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NEW TROLLS New Trolls ratings distribution

(53 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(8%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(11%)
Good, but non-essential (45%)
Collectors/fans only (34%)
Poor. Only for completionists (2%)

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Review by andrea
2 stars This album is an heterogeneous collection of singles released between 1967 and 1970. Some tracks are quite good, though very far from the progressive mood of "Concerto grosso", "Searching for a Land" and "Ut".

"Una miniera" (A mine) is one of the best known New Trolls' songs. Lyrics are about an accident in a coalmine. Great harmony vocals and a style close to early Bee Gees... Good also the psychedelic "Sensazioni" and "Corro da te" with Jimi Hendrix reminiscences in the guitar parts. Not so bad "Lei mi diceva" and "Davanti agli occhi miei", beat ballads with psychedelic tints. But in my opinion the other songs are weak if not rather bleak (like "Una nuvola Bianca").

In the whole an album good only for die hard fans and collectors.

Review by DamoXt7942
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3 stars Can feel so easy. Not progressive, but at the same time not bad.

Sadly, the CD released by Warner Fonit, that I purchased, has no review or commentary in a sleeve. From what I have heard, the album is made up with previously released singles of New Trolls. Hum, surely, there's old flavour all around, and the songs are indeed pop and catchy, not as I have expected... (RA RA RA of the last song Davanti agli occhi miei should catch my heart strictly. :P ) But, please don't misunderstand, these songs have incomplete and pre-matured but really promising progressive seeds. I consider we can understand this sound could get the next progressive step and style.

Please get relaxed for your tired prog brain with this album. I can recommend to you.

Review by Tom Ozric
3 stars Here we have an album by one of Italy's most beloved Pop-groups, New Trolls. This album is actually a compilation of early 7 inch singles, much in the same way as Le Orme's 'L'Aurora Delle Orme' was prepared for the market-place. Not so much Prog-rock, but some well-crafted melodies and Proto-prog ideas abound, as demonstrated in quite a few songs. Opening tune 'Una Miniera' is a well performed and constructed song with a lovely melody and guitarist Nico Di Palo's (or is it Vittorio De Scalzi's ?) distinctive vocals, which shows-off at being a fine 'Hard-Rock' oriented voice. Backed by a somewhat syrupy string arrangement, it's understandable how it became a popular hit in their homeland. 'Cosa Pensiamo Dell'Amore', is firmly in the Psychedelic vein with it's bouncy 10/8 rhythm, cool organ play and blistering guitaring - this is such a great piece of music. 'Lei Mi Diceva' is rocking as anything, energetic rhythms with the fiesty guitar play actually steers this song towards the heavier end of late 60's Pop/Rock. 'Quella Musica' is a melancholic ballad, pleasant, but not really distinguishable from the many other bands churning out songs of this nature, where-ever they were from. 'Corro Da Te' starts off with some fuzzy guitar, and kicks in with an 'underground' sounding rhythm, rumbling bass and startling lead guitar breaks. Another fine track. 'Sensazioni' finishes up the first side with a song that reminds me of 'Gloria', although the mid-section features some shimmering organ and clever multi-part vocalising. 'Una Nuvola Bianca' is a surprisingly dazzling track, alternating between harder sounding verses awash with acid-guitars, to a catchy chorus. The introduction to 'Annalisa' has some strange organ and guitar sounds leading briefly into a heavier section, and simmers down into a fine pop-tune - again it's the organ and guitars providing the interesting musical colour here. 'Un'Ora' is a bit dull, though contains some Spanish guitar touches. 'Io Che Ho Te' is a rather generic late 60's pop song which just passes by. The 'beat' oriented 'Visioni' reminds me of something the Mamas and Pappas came up with in the West-Coast Psychedelic boom. I can't say I'm a big fan of this. 'Davanti Agli Occhi Miei' is up-tempo pop, with a cheerful melody and some tastefully played organ. Overall, from a Progressive viewpoint, this is by no means a guitar or organ driven music, the emphasis is really on the vocals, with the music providing the melody for the vocal lines. Of course, this was common practice for many groups at the time, although in some cases here, New Trolls offers up some inspired moments and creativity, making it a decent purchase, though perhaps for those wishing to trace back the band's humble beginnings.
Review by ZowieZiggy
2 stars This album from the "New Trolls" should sit better under the compilation umbrella since it is mostly (if not exclusively) made of earlier singles from the band. Very little prog to find here (like their debut) but a succession of some very good pop and melodic songs of which "Una Minera" is my favourite.

A deep psychedelic feel is also noticeable, but it is all but normal in these remote years: everyone (or almost) released psyche tunes. It also applies to "New Trolls" in their early days. A serious early Floyd feel is therefore present during all these parts of which "Corro Da Te" is the most obvious (but "Cosa Pensiamo?" and "Lei mi Diceva" are no others).

Italian psychedelia. Why not? Several songs are quite good actually: combining fine vocal melodies with an indescribable Italian touch. I feel so while listening to "Una Nuvola Bianca" and the fine "Annalisa" which features excellent keyboards.

Blunders are as well to be encountered, like "Un' Ora" or "Quella Musica" and "Io che Ho Te" which are just pure Italian pop songs from another age and of very little interest ("Davanti...").

This compilation offers a good angle on the early years of the band but at the same time, weak numbers are too many to rate it higher than two stars. Let's be aware though that several songs do deserve your attention and easily reach the four star rating (the psychedelic oriented ones).

Review by zeuhl1
3 stars The New Trolls had a prodigious output between 1967 and 1970-twelve singles were released with only Signore Io Sono Irish appearing on an album. This, their second album from 1970 is a collection of diverse stuff, the material here covers things released on 7" from their first single to right before their release of the seminal Concerto Grosso per I New Trolls album in 1971.

Although many will point you to their debut album collaboration with Fabrizio deAndre as the early one to get, this album will satisfy the prog fan a little more tangibly, as the elements of what became their distinctive sound are scattered heavily throughout: self written and self played material with strong melodies, excellent harmonies, searing guitar work, strident and powerful hard rock lead vocals that would make you turn your head in a crowded bar to say 'what was that?'. Arrangements start to get more complex and hints of what is to come from this band are becoming more evident.

From the opening song Una Miniera, a string driven ballad that hints at symphonic prog to come from more familiar Italian bands, (about a 1956 mining disaster in Belgium that killed 130 Italian miners) there is a strong melodic core to their work. Melancholic in the vein of some early Procol Harum, but not overwrought. The strings abate for a quick three second rock finale. Second song Cosa Pensiamo dell'Amore buzzes along in a lurching rhythm that is one of the stronger proto prog songs here-space is given for organ, drums bass and guitar to get playful before we are ushered out with a coda tribute to A Whiter Shade of Pale. Lei Mi Diceva starts off like a manic Monkees riff before quickly settling into a hybrid early Uriah Heep/Aphrodites Child bubbling bass propelled burst-nimbly played. Bassist Giorgio D'Adamo is a monster on much of the album. The much maligned Quella Musica follows, a syrupy ballad that most would pass by quickly until....halfway through the song it stops and transitions to a wordless vocal jam reminiscent of 1967-68 Beatles, complete with burning extended guitar solo and a some barely audible yelling and histrionic vocals just underneath the main vocal, subliminally setting an air of barely controlled chaos--urging the proceedings forward, nearly imperceptible, but it puts this into 'truly an anthem' category. Very subtle but effective trick. Great song in the long run with a fascinating brittle drum sound throughout the beginning. More early Deep Purple circa 1968 comes in on the raucous Corro Da Te, the B side of the single Una Nuvola Bianco. Hendrix influenced in elements. Side one comes to an end with their debut single, Sensazioni, that despite its 1967 trappings is powerful and very catchy. Odd that one of the better songs on the album is from that far back. Elements of Gloria by Them launch the song along until a Gentle Giant a capella section drops in out of nowhere. The song goes back to its theme and jams until the too soon ending. Overall, side one holds together pretty well and is much better than one would expect for a collection of late 60's singles.

The sounds of a forgotten dripping cavern being pried open starts side two: a little bit of Beck's Bolero and later Yardbirds powers the sound of the side opener, the aforementioned Una Novola Bianca where the band is sounding increasingly assured of what they can do in a studio and how they can write an arrangement that starts to deviate from the traditional pop song. Song two also opens with a trippy soundscape before Annalisa takes off in a crashing dizzying climb before the song gives way to an acoustic guitar driven power ballad, a radio friendly unit shifter that just can't help dipping back into some more prog sounding areas. Dances nicely between proto prog and pop within the same song comfortably. The same can't be said for Un'Ora, one of the throw aways on here-an overwrought string powered sappy ballad designed to please the suits at the label. Io Che Ho Te is more in a Beatle-ish vein with faux mellotron from the strings and winds but is another one that is a disposable string driven ballad. Visioni brings us back with heavy organ and psych guitar leading to another one of the catchier songs on this album-you will find yourself singing along with this one rather quickly. Very psychedelic pop sounding but a great song. This leads to the finale, the even catchier Davanti Agli Occhi Miei leads the call with a dervish guitar riff and vocal response that should have been a huge hit across Europe-this one you definitely will be singing in your head in traffic. Not prog but just a great rock anthem.

HInts of Vanilla Fudge, Deep Purple, early Traffic, late Yardbirds and some 1967-1968 Pink Floyd are in here-so do not expect a full on prog experience, this is the sound of a band in transition from formulaic pop to some more adventurous territory.

In the end, this is marred by only two clunkers on side two. Valuable as a window into the power of quickly evolving Italian pop scene, and for people who are really into New Trolls. For fans of RPI that have a soft spot for that late 60's early 70's transition from psych to prog sound. For more traditional RPI and prog fans, this is probably non essential. Me? Loved it from front to back. Was lucky to recently run into original first pressings from Italy of this and the first album on Cetra for semi reasonable prices-antique treasures!

3.25 stars for RPI fans. 2.5 stars for proto prog heads.

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2 stars A collection of euro-pop tunes, then....... This is a compilation of singles.......... and it show New Trolls from a totally different perspective than I expected. No symphonies, then. Just some tears and handkerchiefs ballads. Well, mostly ballads. One of the songs are about a coalmine disa ... (read more)

Report this review (#283260) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Monday, May 24, 2010 | Review Permanlink

3 stars As any other band leading the way out of beat-rock and into psychedelic-progressive rock in Italy back in the end of the 1960s (just think about early Le Orme and Formula 3), also the New Trolls - by far the most famous one in those years - had to satisfy their label by releasing catchy singles, ... (read more)

Report this review (#153300) | Posted by paolo.beenees | Friday, November 30, 2007 | Review Permanlink

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