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Studio Album, released in 2013

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. La cometa (6:08)
2. Nenae (3:32)
3. Quando morir? (3:28)
4. Aereoporto (4:34)
5. Makumba Hotel (4:48)
6. Oratorio (3:04)
7. Una canzone (3:17)
8. Uomo rosa (2:54)
9. Topolino topel (2:01)

Total Time 33:46

Line-up / Musicians

- Henryk Topel Cabanes / vocals, composer & producer
- Gianfranco Coletta / guitar
- Federico Troiani / keyboards, vocals
- Dino Cappa / bass
- Roberto Senzasono / drums

Note: The actual instrumentation could not be fully confirmed at this moment

Releases information

Second unreleased album by the original band, recorded in 1974 and remastered in 2012

Digital album - Pinball Music (2010)

LP Poliedizioni ‎- MPE184 (2013, Italy)

CD Poliedizioni ‎- MPE211 (2013, Italy)

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REALE ACCADEMIA DI MUSICA La Cometa ratings distribution

(11 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(9%)
Good, but non-essential (55%)
Collectors/fans only (18%)
Poor. Only for completionists (18%)


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Review by Mellotron Storm
2 stars Well we have three (vocals, keyboards & drums) of the original members of that classic 1972 lineup on here. That's where the similarities end though. Mind you were talking almost 40 years later with this 2010 release so expectations shouldn't be too high. I must admit that I found this a tough one to get into at all.

"La Cometa" is a lightweight tune really with piano and vocals standing out. It does get fuller at times but I don't like this at all. "Nenae" is mellow with fragile vocals. I like it better late with those vocal melodies and that breezy sound. "Quando Moriro" is catchy and mid-paced with vocals. Not a fan (haha). Some violin as this has a Counrty flavour. "Aereoporto" has a reserved sound with vocals. It does pick up 1 1/2 minutes in. Best song so far.

"Makumba Hotel" doesn't even sound like the same band. Soft vocals, percussion and piano lead. It does get fuller and we get some guitar after 3 minutes. Easily my favourite tune on here. "Oratorio" is a Folk song while "Una Canzone" features what sounds like harmonica along with piano and violin. Vocals too but i'm not a fan. "Uomo Rosa" is like a Ragtime track. Yikes ! "Topolino Topel" is a short instrumental to end the record. An electronic flavour to this one.

I feel bad giving this once classic band 2 stars but I can't get into this one apart from one track. Fans only.

Review by andrea
3 stars In 1974 the same team of musicians that contributed to the recording sessions of the album credited to Adriano Monteduro and Reale Accademia di Musica, with the exception of Carlo Bruno on bass and the help from Pericle Sponzilli and others, recorded for the RCA label another album, "La cometa", that was supposed to be the first solo effort of Reale Accademia di Musica's vocalist Henryk Topel Cabanes. Nonetheless, during the seventies it was never released and the tapes got lost. As told by Henryk Topel in a 2013 interview for the site, the band split up soon after the release of their first eponymous album and they tried to survive in the music business as session men? "La cometa was recorded for RCA in 1974 soon after the record we made for Monteduro. The record company gave us much money for it and each of us decided to try his own solo career, some even took off for exotic countries and everything ended...". Before parting ways, the musicians from Reale Accademia di Musica contributed to the recording sessions of the 1975 album entitled 1930: Il domatore delle scimmie for the Italian pop singer Nada... Then the curtain fell.

It wasn't until 2010 that a tape with La cometa sessions re-emerged from oblivion and was finally digitally released under the name Reale Accademia di Musica on the Pinball Music label, as recalls Henryk Topel Cabanes in the aforementioned interview: "the master, whose only copy was kept by my old friend Stefano Fournier (who also took part in the recording) laid forgotten for many years. Not long ago I requested the rights to Universal, owner of all the historic material of RCA, and they told me they didn't have anything left, so I had the old tape remastered and brought it to light again...". Then, in 2013, a physical, remastered edition on CD and vinyl was released on the Poliedizioni label with a different art work. So, now we have the chance to listen to it...

The opener "La cometa" is a blues-rock piece inviting you to ride the tail of a bizarre, shining comet of sugar and silk, capable to transform every man into a poet and to change his mentality... Then it's the turn of "Nenae", a nice acoustic ballad with a dreamy atmosphere and romantic lyrics portraying a beautiful girl running free with bright, dancing colours in her hair. She leaves behind her mystical traces of love...

"Quando moriṛ" (When I will die) is a lively country rock piece. The lyrics evoke happiness and joy, the right song to play during the funeral of the protagonist, a man always ready to have fun... Next comes "Aereoporto" (Airport) that depicts in music and words the feelings of a man who is going to take off on a nightly flight...

"Makumba Hotel" is a beautiful instrumental track with an exotic atmosphere full of nocturnal suggestions. It could be a perfect score for an Italian film of the seventies... Then the calm "Oratorio" (Oratory) evokes memories from a childhood spent in a Catholic institute underlying the contradictions of a religious education.

"Una canzone" (A song) is a different version of a piece about the healing power of music recorded for the album Adriano Monteduro e Reale Accademia di Musica. The following "Uomo rosa" (Pink Man) could recall The Beatles of "When I'm Sixty-Four" or "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" and describes a peculiar, unreal character, a kind of erotic reverse of real people who dances for a while and then melts into the night? The short instrumental "Topolino Topel" (Mickey Mouse Topel) ends the album with a light touch and a rag time pace that could recall a silent black and white comedy film.

On the whole, an uneven work containing some interesting pieces and weaker ones but that is worth listening to.

Latest members reviews

4 stars An astonishing release of important archival recordings by the masters of melodic Italian folk rock; Reale Accademia Di Musica. If you "get" these guys, this is going to be one of the best finds you'll ever encounter. Imagine that their 1974 album with Adriano Monteduro was a double album an ... (read more)

Report this review (#1090632) | Posted by Jeff Carney | Sunday, December 15, 2013 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Ok I felt like I needed to do a 3 star review to hopefully bump up the dreadful 2.29 score that this album has. Why? In my humble opinion, I felt that 2.29 is not justified. This album is actually "good". Not great. Not a classic by any means and most certainly not in the same league as ... (read more)

Report this review (#1087663) | Posted by progbaby | Sunday, December 8, 2013 | Review Permanlink

3 stars La Cometa was supposed to be Reale Accademia Di Musica's second album - it was shelved for unknown reasons and remained unreleased until 2010. Composed exclusively by Henryk Topel, La Cometa was recorded in 1974 by a transitional formation of the band; core members Topel and Frederico Troiani ... (read more)

Report this review (#919939) | Posted by coasterzombie | Tuesday, February 26, 2013 | Review Permanlink

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