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3.73 | 73 ratings | 3 reviews | 26% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1975

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Life Can Be Like Music (6:39)
2. Six Against One (7:04)
3. When We Were Young (5:52)
4. Fase (6:47)
5. I Heard A Butterfly (5:21)
6. Live Together Or Die (8:54)

Total time 40:37

Bonus tracks on 1993 CD release:
7. Il Fischio Del Vapore (1977 Single) (4:52)
8. Cono Di Gelato (Single b-side) (4:40)

Total Time: 50:11

Line-up / Musicians

- Alberto Ravasini / lead vocals, bass, acoustic guitar, recorder
- Roberto Giuliani / electric guitars, piano, backing vocals
- Sergio Lattuada / piano, electric piano, organ, backing vocals
- Maurizio Bianchini / horn, trumpet, percussion, vibraphone, backing vocals
- Leonardo Schiavone / clarinet, flute, alto & tenor saxes
- Sandro Lorenzetti / drums

- Tiziana Botticini / harp
- Eleonora de Rossi / violin
- Susannna Pedrazzini / violin
- Giovanna Correnti / cello
- Paolo Rizzi / double bass

Releases information

English lyrics version of the Italian album

Artwork: Wanda Monti with Cesare Monti (photo)

LP PAUSA Records ‎- PR 7002 (1975, US)

CD Mellow Records ‎- MMP 179 (1993, Italy) With 2 bonus tracks

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MAXOPHONE Maxophone (English lyrics) ratings distribution

(73 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(26%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(41%)
Good, but non-essential (25%)
Collectors/fans only (5%)
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Review by loserboy
4 stars This is another one of the classic all time prog recordings that are in my opinion essential to own. MAXOPHONE push the boundaries of prog music in this release bringing uncommon instrumentation together with traditional ones. Like so many great prog recordings, sound is critical in the delivery of the music and MAXOPHONE almost play on the listeners recognition of sound! MAXOPHONE blend trumpet with guitar and mellotron to create a fantastic sonic landscape for the listener.
Review by ZowieZiggy
3 stars As several of the Italian masters (to whom they don't belong IMO), "Maxophone" intended to capture the attention of a more spread audience and recorded an English version of their original (and sole) album.

But on the contrary of such a masterpiece as "L'Isola di Niente" which was brilliantly turns into "The World Became the World", the same feel can't be shared. Actually, this English version is quite a carbon copy of its original model. At times, vocals do remind us the good old Pete like during "Six Against One " (for the 1,000th time?.). Is it all necessary? The asking is in the finding. Still, one of my favourite song here.

I would recommend you to stick to the original version if you can find it. As I have wrote in some prior reviews from great Italian bands, at the time (some thirty five years ago), the only way to buy their records was to grab their English version of their work. At least at an affordable price. But times have changed.

As the original album, I am rating this one with three stars. "Maxophone" was another one album maker out of many Italian bands. Not the best one, but for sure not the worse either.

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4 stars An excellent album, no doubt about it. This is great symphonic progressive rock from Italy. Quite complex with lots of breaks and rhythm changes, the album sports a wide variety of instrumentation which outside the usual stuff also includes horns, saxophone, clarinet, cello, violin, harp etc. ... (read more)

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