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3.18 | 42 ratings | 6 reviews | 7% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1970

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Farfalle senza pois (3:11)
2. Shilaila dea dell'amore (4:14)
3. Spirit (6:16)
4. Chi sei tu, uomo (6:46)
5. Un'amico (4:36)
6. Bha-tha-hella (3:06)
7. Clakson (3:56)
8. Dei o confusione (3:32)
9. Induzione parte 1 e 2 (3:55)
10. Divertimento (2:41)

Total Time: 42:10

Line-up / Musicians

- Maurizio Cassinelli / drums, vocals
- Bambi Fossati / guitar, vocals
- Lio Marchi / keyboards
- Angelo Traverso / bass

Releases information

LP Ricordi CGD FGS 5073 / CD Mellow Records MMP 168 (1993)

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GLEEMEN Gleemen ratings distribution

(42 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(7%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(29%)
Good, but non-essential (45%)
Collectors/fans only (19%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by ZowieZiggy
3 stars This early version of "Garybaldi" works needs your attention.

Of course, we are talking here of some oldies of prog. The very early seventies. But wasn't it one of the best period in prog history? This band though is more on the heavy side and should have made their entry into the heavy prog genre instead of this RPI melting pot.

The psyche and upbeat "Farfalle Senza Pois" is certainly as brilliant as some of the best Anglo-American of the style (even if the latter ones were producing their work some two years prior to this one). I won't tell you that this album is an absolute jewel or must own: some tracks are quite forgettable like "Shilaila Dea Dell' Amore".

But if you are looking to some wild and heavy psychedelia, "Spirit" is probably a moment that you should share with "Gleemen". A highlight. Huge and heavy organ, wild guitar and superb drumming. What else? If you are keen on the great "Atomic Rooster", you should be interested in this album, for sure.

The guitar work from Bambi Fossati is also excellent and it is no wonder if Lise mentioned Hendrix or TYA in their bio.

The filiation with the heavy and bluesy "Hendrix" sounds are more than obvious while " Chi Sei Tu, Uomo" is being performed.It almost sound as a live track. Only that the percussive punch from the master is quite "ice-creamed" with a piano-bar sort of solo.

The next track is just a great performance: wild and heavy keys, huge drums and superb bass. The beat is really grandiose. When this type of song is being played, it is quite difficult to remain seated? Just think that this album was released by an Italian band in 1970. Very few of the Italian greats were effective by these pre-historical days, and only therefore "Gleemen" should be rewarded.

The band is even melodic during "Bha-Tha-Hella" which is a heavy psychedelic affair with some fine vocals I have to say. Again, early Purple and Hendrix are quite present on the bill during "Clakson".

If you are interested in the psyche sounds of the late middle sixties, this album definitely deserves your attention. It is not truly innovative since this musical source had been already approached some three years ahead. Still: as I have said, Italian bands were only showing their heads in those remote days.

This is quite a good album, not shy of lots coming from the West coast or the London underground at the same period (or somewhat earlier as I have mentioned already). Most of the songs are enjoyable but "Dei O Confusione" holds this little extra which makes it one of my fave out here.

Heavy-jazz is featured in "Induzione 1 & 2". This is the weakest part of this album, but the whole was such a good surprise that I can only recommend this work.

Three stars.

Latest members reviews

3 stars A lesser-known Italian Prog band, Gleemen (or I Gleemen or The Gleemen(?)), another term for a "wandering minstrel" [I just had to know, as the word certainly didn't look like Italian], released their at one time sole studio album, self-titled, in 1970. Their 2013-released return to the studio i ... (read more)

Report this review (#2689121) | Posted by DangHeck | Thursday, February 3, 2022 | Review Permanlink

4 stars GLEEMEN (1970) is a good interesting pioneering Psychedelic/Progressive rock album made in Italy and a powerful band. The band Gleemen and the album is quite influenced by the Psychedelic,Acid Hard Rock Blues sound of first Deep Purple,Vanilla Fudge,Cream and Jimi Hendrix Experience and with t ... (read more)

Report this review (#1398972) | Posted by RisingForce | Wednesday, April 15, 2015 | Review Permanlink

4 stars The Italian band Gleemen was created around 1965 in Genoa and played in some festivals making covers of Beatles and Stones in diversified versions. In 1970, they decided to release their self titled album led by a well-known figure in the progressive Italian scene, Pier Nicolò "Bambi" Fossati, treme ... (read more)

Report this review (#1078355) | Posted by Luciana Aun | Sunday, November 17, 2013 | Review Permanlink

2 stars Beat by beat. The Rock Progressivo Italiano scene did not happen over night. The forerunner was the Italian beat scene which branched out in all directions. One of the branches was the Rock Progressivo Italiano scene. But Italy also had a good blues scene. Being the forerunner of Garybaldi ... (read more)

Report this review (#387988) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Friday, January 28, 2011 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Pre Garybaldi formation, with Bambi Fossati as frontman, showing a superior ability to play the guitar. The album is ok, nothing special, although some interesting organ work. Anyway, the result as a whole is nice and enjoyable. ... (read more)

Report this review (#32999) | Posted by Melos | Thursday, March 31, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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