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Il Rovescio Della Medaglia

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Il Rovescio Della Medaglia ...Giudizio Avrai album cover
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Live, released in 1988

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. ...Giudizio Avrai Part 1 (8:09)
2. ...Giudizio Avrai Part 2 (8:52)
3. ...Giudizio Avrai Part 3 (9:13)
4. ...Giudizio Avrai Part 4 (10:13)
5. ...Giudizio Avrai Part 5 (9:05)

Total Time 45:32

Line-up / Musicians

- Enzo Vita / guitar
- Franco di Sabbatino / keyboards
- Stefano Urso / bass
- Gino Campoli / drums

Releases information

Live show from 1976, released on LP in 1988, RDML 75

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(38%)
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Review by Todd
3 stars A very nice surprise!!

This album came as a surprise to me in many ways. This band is one of my favorite in the RPI genre, but I didn't realize that this album existed until recently. Their first two albums are more along the lines of heavy prog and hard rock power trio with flute, with the thunderous bass of Stefano Urso commanding most of the attention. Then for their masterpiece, their third album Contaminazione, they added keyboardist Franco di Sabbatino. He immediately took a preeminent role in this amazing symphonic album. There are flashes of their first two albums, as well as bursts of flute from Pino Ballarini, but the keyboard and symphony take the lead. The band during this time was famous for their amazing liveshows, featuring quadrophonic sound and coordinated lights--just never seen in RPI bands during this time.

But disaster soon followed. Theft of their expensive equipment seemed to spell the end of the band. Vocalist/flautist Pino Ballarini soon departed, apparently replaced for a brief time by Michele Zarrillo from now defunct Semiramis. (What a show that would be!)

But about three years after that, the band was down to a quartet, with no vocalist. They performed this show in 1976 (some sources say 1975), which is completely different stylistically from their first two heavy albums and from their third symphonic album. This live show is keyboard-dominated as well, but this time the style is spacey atmosphere with a strong rhythm section and jazzy guitar outbursts. About 45 minutes of really fun improv. And despite it being a bootleg recording, the sound is pretty good. The band officially released the album in 1988, on limited run LP only. But you can find the entire album on YouTube. So have at it! Enjoy a slice of RPI history, and imagine what might have been. 3+ stars (Gnosis 10/15)

Review by Progfan97402
4 stars I didn't quite expect RDM to head in this direction after the classic Contaminazione/Contamination. Apparently they recorded a live demo right before they broke up and for some reason this recording appeared in 1988 as Giudizio Avrai. Not surprisingly the sound quality isn't great but the music is so good I could forgive that. Nothing at all like the classically derived classic of Contaminazione. This is all instrumental space rock with spacy synths, in fact it's hard for me but not to think of a more jammed version of Sensations' Fix. Imagine had this been a proper release recorded in a professional studio and RCA released this shortly after recording, we'd have a space rock masterpiece on our hands. Still we got a great space rock album but without the professional mixing and treatment it deserves. At least I can still hear all the instruments. This was hardly the first time RDM changed their sound. They were exploring psychedelic tinged hard rock on their first two albums, with La Bibbia and Io Come Io before turning to orchestrated classical prog on their landmark Contaminazione. Giudizio Avrai is a wonderful space rock album, despite the audio shortcoming, I can highly recommend, especially if you like Sensations' Fix.

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