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FROM THE TREASURE BOX

Greenwall

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3.34 | 11 ratings | 3 reviews | 9% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2005

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Il cunicolo (5:05)
2-3. Dentro la cittą/Abbiamo ragione (6:51)
4. Dondolando su laghi di smeraldo (5:31)
5. Pollicino (6:58)
6. La gabbia (4:05)
7. Preludio.to the end (26:12)
8. Intro (3:20)
Ghost track
9. Lą, dove (1:45)

Total Time: 59:55

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Line-up / Musicians

- Andrea Pavoni / keyboards, piano, programming
- Fabio Zoeli Ciliberti / bass guitar and backing vocals
- Riccardo Sandri / guitars
- Michela Botti / vocals
- Andrea Moneta / drums, all percussion on "Lą, dove"
- Alfredo De Donno / keyboards

Guest musicians:
- Pierpaolo Ferroni / drums ("Preludio.to the end")
- Pierpaolo Ranieri / bass guitar ("Preludio.to the end")
- Alessandro Tomei / flute ("La gabbia", "Pollicino")
- Sofia Baccini / vocals ("Dondolando su laghi di smeraldo", "Il cunicolo", "Preludio. to the end")
- Francesco Chillemi / speaking voice ("Il cunicolo")

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CD Rock Revelation (Milan, Italy)

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GREENWALL From The Treasure Box ratings distribution


3.34
(11 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(9%)
9%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(45%)
45%
Good, but non-essential (27%)
27%
Collectors/fans only (9%)
9%
Poor. Only for completionists (9%)
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Review by Finnforest
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars For the wide-eyed there is wonder everywhere

Every once in a while an album clubs my cynical side into submission, and while he is unconscious, appeals to the wide-eyed lover of life that still lives in my heart. "From the Treasure Box" is one such album. Greenwall is a band led by composer and keyboardist Andrea Pavoni, a self-taught musician who began writing material at age 9 and playing organ at age 12. His influences are classical music and bands like PFM, Banco, and Orme, and you can hear those influences all over the recent effort "From the Treasure Box." The album is a collection of ideas from the mid 1980s that were given new life with additional composition present day and then recorded in Rome. To my ears the music is very classy modern symphonic progressive with some fusion, classical music, and neo-prog influences, and for me brings to mind the work of Fabio Antonelli's Mindflower and L'Estate di San Martino. All three bands bring some very elegant, stately, mature approaches to their sound while still leaving room for fun and excitement. For those not familiar with the above mentioned Italian groups a different comparison of general style might be 90s Oldfield albums like TB2 or TB3....not suggesting Greenwall "sounds" like Mike but rather that the grandiosity and care of composition is surely there. Another similar project would be Beppe Crovella's Tower...if you liked that you can be sure to appreciate this. Before discussing the music, two things must be mentioned right up front. First, for art lovers, the Vinyl Magic mini-LP sleeve is an absolute must. The art and packaging are simply fabulous with a gorgeous gatefold and the whimsical, fantastic artwork of Serena Riglietti gracing the lyrics booklet. They also provide a second lyric booklet in English-useful for getting the gist of what the song is about even as the concepts rarely translate all that effectively. Pavoni was wise to stick with Italian singing where the awkward translations do not reduce the impact as I've witnessed with other bands who try to use English. The second thing is the superb sound quality which for which Pavoni credits his Pro-Tools software for aiding the process.

The songs themselves carried a wealth of thrills and chills for me. Pavoni and De Donno (not sure who plays on what) do a spectacular job with keys ranging from modern synth sounds of several varieties to lovely piano. The vocalist for most of the album is Michela Botti and she sings like an angel, very emotional and lovely. Ciliberti's bass is often loud and thumping which I love and Monetta's drumming is commanding indeed. Occasionally the rhythm sounds can get a bit programmed and nightclub-sounding but only some tracks and frankly, they work for the most part quite well with the Greenwall sound. Guitarist Riccardo Sandri is reserved and doesn't have a ton of solos but look out when he does peels one off like at the end of "Pollicino," an exceptional and fluid lead. His leads on "Dondolando" are just pure joy as they dance with Michela's beautiful singing. This is followed by a gorgeous short instrumental with flute and acoustic, called "La Gabbia." And then there is "Preludio to the End" which is half the album, an epic clocking in at over 26 minutes! Does it live up to its Topographic-length aspirations? For me it certainly does, a carnival at night, a smorgasbord of keyboard delicacies. Lots of different sections come and go with interesting bridges and progressions. Guests contributing to Treasure Box include Sophya Baccini (of Presence), Pierpaolo Ferroni, Pierpaolo Ranieri, Alessandro Tomei, and Francesco Chillemi. The case might be made against "Treasure Box" by some that portions are overblown or that the sound may be too sentimental or "cheesy" for fans used to harder-edged metal and neo bands but as with L'Estate di San Martino, I had too much fun to care about my cynical side. I really loved this release both for the enthusiastic music, wondrous artwork, and overall vision. I recommend this album to fans of classical music, keyboard-loaded modern prog, and more mature composition (again, think 90s Oldfield), and good-natured, upbeat rock music. In Lise's bio of this band written after their second album, the last sentence of paragraph two says "If this band ever releases a third album that combines the compositional inspiration of the first with the technical polish of the latter, we'll definitely have a winner on our hands." Bingo. 7/10

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Posted Monday, June 23, 2008

Review by b_olariu
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4 stars Gardenwall seams to me, that is one of the unknown and unfairly unnoticed band coming from Italy, led by composer and keyboardist Andrea Pavoni who did an excellent job here in this third album, from 2005 named From the treasure box. From the music offered here, symphonic prog very much in the vein of old school italian prog like PFM , to the stunning booklet and artwork made by Serena Riglietti, Greenwall done one great release, at least for me, beacause I see the others are no so impressed as I am. The music is very symphonic melted with almost new age parts, neo prog arrangements, very much '80's in sound, but the result is quite intristing and damn good. Very catchy release with some kreat keyboards parts , from ELP similarities to a more darker attitude, Greewall make a almost no mistakes here. Duo female/male is very well puted here in this context, Sophia Baccini one of the guest invited on this release from Presence fame offered some of her vocal abilities on Dondolando su laghi di smeraldo ot Il cunicolo, great voice who fits perfect in this kind of music. A fairly solid album this From the treasure box, very low rated, without reason, or I don't hear any bad moments here, is very much in the good and great tradition of Italian prog school. The album concludes in almost half hour Preludio to the End, who realy must be heared by many prog listners as possible, realy fantastic job, from sythesisers, drums, vocal arrangements, all are top notch, realy. Nothing for me to do, only to give 4 stars , easy and without hesitation, one of the pleasent albums coming from Italy. Recommended.

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Posted Saturday, November 05, 2011

Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Neo Prog Team
3 stars Every daring musician should remain anxious and creative and Andrea Pavoni was no different.During the 90's he composed music, drawing influences from various sources that inspired him, coming up with the album ''Elektropuzzles'' (2000, Mellow Records), an amalgam of New Age and Electronic Music.Greenwall though remained his main priority, trying to establish a regular band for a second album.Pavoni & Greenwall survived through line-up changes and in 2005 they released the album ''From the Treasure Box'' on Rock Revelation.Half about of the album is performed by the normal band, the rest is performed by Pavoni along with guest musicians, including Presence's Sophya Baccini, who sung on three tracks.

The sound is on par with Greenwall's debut and this is well-performed Neo/Symphonic Prog with occasional jazzy and New Age flashes, quite mellow, carefully structured, without any killer track, but at the end the result is satisfying.Pavoni was never fond of impressive and virtuosic keyboard pyrotechnics and ''From the Treasure Box'' is another released, where melody comes first along with some very expressive Italian vocals by the two female singers, Sophya Baccini and Greenwall's regular singer Michela Botti (vocals are all in Italian).The arrangements are mostly based on the interesting piano and synth explorations of Pavoni, but they also offer some decent guitar parts, both electric and acoustic, having some jazzy or folky approach at moments.As aforementioned, not only the style of the new Greenwall release is comparable to their debut, but Pavoni came up with another very long and decent composition, the 26-min. ''Preludio...to the end'', an almost instrumental piece of Progressive Rock music with Pavoni's keyboards on the forefront.The strong influence of Classical Music, RICK WAKEMAN and E.L.P. is again more than obvious, Pavoni's performance is pretty acurate and flawless with bombastic synths, Fusion touches and grandiose piano themes, however the jazzy interludes and bass lines along with the plastic drum parts somewhat keep the track on ground instade of lifting it up.

Another decent album for all fans of keyboard-based Italian Prog.Smooth, secure but warm musicianship all the way.Recommended.

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Posted Saturday, March 09, 2013

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