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3.49 | 28 ratings | 4 reviews | 18% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Live, released in 1986

Songs / Tracks Listing

CD 1:
1. Contrapunti
2. Maggio
3. India
4. Premessa a gioco di bimba
5. Gioco di bimba
6. Era inverno
7. Introduzione a truck of fire
8. Truck of fire
9. Preludio a frutto acerbo
10. Frutto acerbo
11. Alliante
12. Cemento armato
13. Era inverno
14. La porta chiusa
15. Collage

CD 2:
1. Whole lotta love
2. Aqualung
3. Suite Sospesi nell'ncredible
4. Suite I due pianeti
5. Suite Ritorno al nulla
6. Regina al troubadour
7. Radio felicita
8. Laserium floyd
9. Aspettando l'alba
10. Sguardo verso il cielo
11. Collage
12. Maggio

Line-up / Musicians

- Aldo Tagliapietra / vocals, bass and guitar
- Toni Pagliuca / keyboards
- Michi Dei Rossi / drums
- Germano Serafin / electric and acoustic guitars

Releases information

Recorded in 1975 - 1977

LP: King Records Japan
CD: Black Widow Records (2009) remastered with (5) bonus tracks

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LE ORME Live Orme ratings distribution

(28 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(18%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(39%)
Good, but non-essential (25%)
Collectors/fans only (7%)
Poor. Only for completionists (11%)

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Review by erik neuteboom
5 stars If I take a look at the Italian section of my progrock collection, it's a battle between PFM and Le Orme to be honoured as my favorite band. I tend to choose (early) Le Orme because of their splendid compositorial qualities, their huge musical skills, their great dynamics and their perfect blend of technical and emotional elements. In the mid-Nineties I traced this 2-live-CD (at the level of a good bootleg) in the catalogue of Musea, the known French progrock label/mail-order service. Eventually it turned out to be both one of my most expensive orders (almost US $ 45,-) as one of my most precious Italian progrock documents because "Live Orme" contains great renditions of all the 'classics' like "Contrappunti", "Maggio", "Gioco di bimba", "Era inverno", "Truck of fire", "Cementi armato", "Collage" and the surprising (but unfortunaltely short) covers from Led Zeppelin ("Whole lotta love") and Jethro Tull ("Aqualung"). I'm delighted about the wonderful changing atmospheres, from warm and melancholic (featuring the great, very distinctive Italians vocals and pleasant acoustic guitar) to compelling and bombastic in the vein of The Nice and ELP, what a stunning keyboardplay delivering lots of exciting Hammond organ and a dynamic rhytm-section!! THIS IS LE ORME AT THEIR BEST!!
Review by Finnforest
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4 stars A rare chance to hear live Orme in the '70s

Massimo is the man! Genoa's famous Black Widow Records has found the key to a live re-release which newer RPI fans have no doubt been waiting to hear. Originally released in the '80s on vinyl by a Japanese label I believe there may have been previous CD issues but they are likely rare and not remastered. But this new Black Widow release is the real deal with remastered sound and five bonus tracks.

The disc offers the chance to hear Le Orme live, recorded on dates between 1975-1977 in Mestre, Adria, Rimini, Modena, Parma, Varese, Milano, and Bologna. It has been digitally remastered and lovingly pressed onto two CDs. As far as classic RPI goes I found the album to be a wonderfully pleasant surprise. First, rather than getting material mostly from a current album, the set list provides a good overview to that point in time. There are generous selections of material from Collage, Uomo di Pezza, Felona e Sorona, Contrappunti, and Smogmagica. Second, while classic RPI fans are trained to expect tinny sound only a dog can hear from the scant rare 70s RPI offerings, here the sound is surprisingly good. As good as a modern day rock show? Of course not, but considering that we are in the mid 1970s and without a huge budget, the sound is adequate and respectable in my opinion.

Disc one begins with three strong tracks from the Contrappunti album and then their melodic hit "Gioca di Bimba" from the Pezza album. In the middle we are treated to an 11-minute unreleased track called "Truck of Fire" and a medley of tracks from Collage. Finally the disc closes with three bonus tracks from "Smogmagica" which is the album that introduced a more guitar-oriented sound to Orme. Disc two begins with two short teasers, Whole Lotta Love and Aqualung. Sadly they end before you can enjoy them but it shows the band was having fun at the shows. Then they launch right into a half-hour of my favorite Orme, the graceful Felona e Serona. It was such a treat for me to hear the precision of Dei Rossi's drumming here and Serafin's tasty electric leads with a more vibrant live sound. The meat of the track is so beautiful, drifting in and out of the flowing keyboards and guitar harmonics, the watery bass, the cymbal rides and forceful drumming pushing it. In the middle there is a monster guitar solo followed by another monster drum solo and some wild improv. (There are a few moments of static now and again, but not too bad). "Aspettando L'alba" synths are thrilling over the live guitar and majestic vocal. The crowd really appreciates another Collage medley near the end. Overall the show is filled with thrilling Orme keyboards, moog, mellotron, piano, in glorious baths both graceful and bombastic at various times. Aldo's smooth and relaxing vocals are a steady hallmark, and the tight bass and drums are the important third weapon. Germano Serafin's recent membership brought a muscular lead guitar to the sound which opened new doors for Orme though they are still primarily a big keyboard band. The second disc has two bonus tracks, the hard rocking "Sera" and from Pezza there is "La Porta Chiusa" which feels alive and aggressive! The sound quality of the bonus tracks is a clear step down from the main tracks but still well worth the time.

This album is an essential historical document for any Orme fan who appreciates the live experience. Unless you require perfect modern-era sound quality to enjoy music, it will surely please you, placing you front and center at an Orme show from 1975. How cool is that? My only complaint is that the inner booklet consists of just a few color pictures. For an occasion as festive as this there should have been ample liner notes from a bandmember or least a knowledgeable critic. That feels like a missed opportunity but don't let that stop you. This is a title that every "live music is better" bumper sticker fan will want to hear.

Review by stefro
4 stars A live double album from the groups tours undertaken between 1975 and 1977 that wasn't released until 1986, this spectacular concert album features this premier Italian prog band performing at their very peak to an enthusiastic audience in, amongst other places, Milan, Parma and Bologna. Those familiar with the group will, at a glance, see a series of classic Le Orme tracks filling the set-list, whilst brief, and welcome interpretations of Jethro Tull and Led Zeppelin tracks also feature. The sound is raw but powerful, and despite the occasional sonic glitch this highly-anticipated release - which, originally was only available in either Japan or Italy(lucky b*stards) - still stands up as a fine double-album that should be well-and-truly lapped up by both fans of the group and Italian progressive rock aficianado's. Captured amongst the highlights are storming versions of 'Contrappunti', 'Collage' and 'Maggio', as well as a full interpretation of their extraordinary 'Felona E Sorona' album, all done in a rocked-up style that adds a touch of Black Sabbath to the group's complex prog stylings. As live Italian prog items from the country and genre's 1970s golden era are especially rare, this live document is a hugely-welcome addition to the growing number of Italian prog reissues, and once for all, shows just how hard groups like Le Orme could rock out. Highly recommended. STEFAN TURNER, LONDON, 2011
Review by friso
1 stars Le Orme - Live Orme (1986)

Le Orme is a classic Italian melodic symphyonic prog group. As a vinyl collector it is kind of hard to find proper records of Le Orme in Holland, so I didn't hesitate to long when I found this reprint of 'Live Orme'. As many reviewers mentioned, this is a compilations of live recordings from Le Orme during its classic period. Lot's of important symphonic/progressive tracks and a complete version of Felona e Sorona. Don't take me wrong. Le Orme is an excellant band and the performance is good.

What other reviewers didn't mention was that the quality of the recording is like really poor. I would consider this to be a bad bootleg. I really dislike buying a record of poor quality without it being mentioned on the frontcover of the album. Don't think of that 'mediocre live recording' - this is just plain bad. Therefore I won't give more then one star, and in my humble opinion other reviewers haven't fully taken into account the way ratings should be given. A low-quality recording like this one is only suited for hardcore fans and completionists, those who really want to have some idea of how Le Orme sounded live and are willing to listen to music that sounds as if produced by a douche-radio.

Therefore, one star. I fellt deceived.

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