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Metamorfosi

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3.02 | 37 ratings | 9 reviews | 11% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1972

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. IL Sesto Giorno (4:36)
2. ...E Lui Amava I Fiori (4:38)
3. Crepuscolo (9:05)
4. Hiroshima (5:23)
5. Nuova Luce (3:55)
6. Sogno E Realta (5:57)
7. Inno Di Gloria (3:29)

Total Time: 37:03

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Line-up / Musicians

- Jimmy Spitaleri / vocals, flute
- Enrico Olivieri / vocals, organ, cembaro, piano, flute, synthesizer
- Roberto Turbitosi / vocals, bass
- Mario Natali / drums, percussion
- Luciano Tamburro / guitars

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CD by Vinyl Magic 2000/ BTF VM CD 003 (2000)

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METAMORFOSI E Fu IL Sesto Giorno ratings distribution


3.02
(37 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(11%)
11%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(30%)
30%
Good, but non-essential (43%)
43%
Collectors/fans only (16%)
16%
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)
0%

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Review by lor68
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3 stars Sorry for my low rate, actually this debut album is not bad, even though I prefer their second one. The problem is connected with the pretentious compromise between the 70's lyrics, very tough, the exigencies of the keyboardist, trying to emulate the virtuosity of EMERSON and the heavy guitar excursion, in a blend that I don't like very much, but it depends on our tastes naturally.

Make your choice, however I don't get crazy for this genre!!

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Posted Saturday, April 03, 2004

Review by hdfisch
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3 stars Although being aware that the songs on their debut album don't show by far not the high quality of their masterpiece Inferno I still regard this one as a quite good and nice album of 70's italian symphonic prog.

The opener Il Sesto Giorno is starting with very nicely played flute and keyboards and it continues with Spitaleri's strong vocals and great organ and guitar play. A very much classically influenced song and a highlight of the album....E Lui Amava I Fiori has nice harpsichord in the beginning, then it develops more in a rather average rock song, background vocs remind a bit to very early URIAH HEEP, at the end again harpsichord combined with flute. Also not really special, but a very nice listen! Crepuscolo, the longest track with almost 9 minutes starts with great drumming and organ. Later on there is a very nice guitar solo. This is one of my favorite tracks on here. Next song Hiroshima starts with pastoral organ play, then the exploding bomb and vocals with harpsichord are setting in. Although being a rather catchy and poppy tune I like this one as well, since vocals and musicianship are just awesome. Maybe not the stuff to listen over and over again, after a few listens it might becoming boring. But I use to listen such kind of albums not too often and this way it's each time an enjoyable listen. Nuova Luce is a more simple song as well, although played quite well and a nice listen. The remaining two songs are the weakest ones I have to say.

As a summary the first side of their debut album is for sure much better than the rest with "Crepuscolo" and "Il Sesto Giorno" being highlights.

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Posted Monday, February 28, 2005

Review by Sean Trane
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Folk
2 stars 2.5 stars really!!!

A rare Sicilian group, Metamorfosi is one of the most highly regarded prog act in Italy, but I could never see why this would be the case. This organ-lead quintet (more like a quartet if you ask me since the guitarist is non-existent) seems to be obsessed with religion (probably did not mesh too well with leftist activist groups like Area) and their first album is called And The Seventh Day Came, and the singing often close to gospel, singer Spitaleri's voice is slightly less aggressive than the average prog singer from his country, while his flute playing his often ethnic (Pan flutes) but not very present either, while the dominant alpha male is obviously Olivieri and his battery of keyboards, of which organs get the lion's share while the moog grabs the lioness' second choice. Released on the small Vedette label, and with a very basic artwork, the album also has a fairly mediocre production and muddy sound.

Opening on wind and Latino flute, the album is unable to shake a pop-feel and this open cheesy mass celebration of their deity, makes the album a very iffy affair for progheads not liking brainwashing. Of course such Religious ranting is not exactly to please an old pagan like me, but it doesn't always bother me (the Doobies Brothers' Jesus Is Just Alright With Me always gets to this writer's lower rocking instincts), but having to suffer Jesus chants all the way through the longer Crepusculo track is rather.. Irksome. Musically I didn't find them as resembling to ELP as everyone makes them out to be either. The organ is hardly Hammond-sounding and has more like a carnival sound, but it doesn't nearly have Emerson's eccentricities. No tracks actually stand out but Sogno is the least bland, IMHO.

While Metamorfosi's debut album (reissued on Vinyl Magic in Cd format) is not exactly what I'd call worth acquiring, there is absolutely no doubt that if you like their much superior Inferno album, you'll probably want this debut album as well, but it does not have that much going for itself.

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Posted Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Review by ZowieZiggy
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3 stars Delicate, emotional, melodic: these words perfectly describe my feeling when listening to this album. And what a treat for flute lovers!

"Il Sesto Giorno" holds it all. A wonderful opening number which also features excellent vocals. But the genre has offered many of these passionate vocalists. I can't really help to be laudatory when I hear such music.

This little known band forms part of the hordes of wonderful prog bands from the early seventies. Maybe that the themes here are somewhat too religious to my taste.

At times, it is difficult not to succumb to the beauty of the music performed on this album. "Crepusculo" is such a great track. Fantastic musicianship really, and if it were not these repetitive "Jesus" vocal lines, it would have been a jewel of a song. Still, the second highlight.

The music also flirts with some heavier sounds ("Hiroshima") not that far from the early Heep. This is of course related by the huge presence of keyboards throughout the album.

The problem with this work, is that some numbers are really bad. "Nuova Luce" for instance. Absolutely awful. Some sort of Italian gospel (you can imagine the result.). Press next for your piece of mind.

Things get better during "Sogno E Realta". One of the few songs in which the guitar can be clearly distinguished. Fine rhythm, but again the religious chorus is a bit too much. And my feeling about the closing Inno Di Gloria is mixed. Excellent instrumental parts but weak vocal ones.

Italian music lovers should listen to this album. It really holds some great musical moments, but other ones as well. In all, a good album. Three stars.

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Posted Monday, August 11, 2008

Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Neo Prog Team
4 stars Monster Italian Symphonic Rock band,formed at late 60's,when Sicilian singer Davide ''Jimmy'' Spitaleri met the members of the beat group ''I Frammenti'', led by keyboardist Enrico Olivieri.It took the new Rome-based band about two years to refine their sound and come up with a style closer to the rising force of progressive rock.The 29th May of 1972 was the date when their debut finally sees the light entitled ''E fu il seste giorno'' on Vedette Label (re-released on CD by Vinyl Magic in 2000) with lyrics dealing with the positives and negatives of the human nature and an obscure cover featuring Spitaleri in the role of Jesus Christ!

''E fu il seste giorno'' is one of the greatest examples of the growing progressive scene in Italy.Obviously Spilateri and Olivieri are the driving forces in this debut.Spilateri has a dramatic,emotional operatic color in his voice,making every sung line a pure heaven for the listener.Olivieri performs strongly, as he uses a variety of keyboards,including heavy amounts of organ,some tasteful Classical-sounding harpsichord and a few moog solos and grooves as well.Guitarist Luciano Tambourro is another major member for the band,delivering excellent guitar breaks and some really strong riffs and solos.The final result is a great album along the lines of BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO,DEEP PURPLE,NEW TROLLS and ATOMIC ROOSTER with lots of memorable moments and a high level of musicianship.Personally I liked this one a lot and recommend it to every prog fan without any exceptions or second thoughts!Excellent stuff!

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Posted Thursday, December 24, 2009

Review by Finnforest
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3 stars True metamorphosis right here

Metamorfosi are a part Rome, part Sicilian-rooted RPI band who released two albums back in the 70s and a later comeback album. Their second album "Inferno" is considered an RPI classic by many but this debut album is often overlooked. This is unfortunate because the album is very respectable and one of those fascinating bridge albums where you can hear the "metamorphosis" to progressive rock occurring right before you ears. This album was released about 6 months before "Inferno" showing what great leaps were being made in a small amount of time.

All of the dynamic weapons of "Inferno" are already on displays here, albeit in a more constrained and traditional format. That is what fascinates about listening to this. You can hear what is coming, but here they are still hanging onto the more traditional rock and pop song structures, even as the performances begin to morph. On "Inferno" the shift is complete, with the songs themselves blurring into weirdness and experiments. But here, you experience the same band and their formidable weapons but they are only on the verge of letting go, they are still clinging to the normality of the "song." What this means is that fans of real RPI may be disappointed, but fans of Italian pop with proggy interludes should well enjoy this.

Jimmy Spitaleri has one of the legendary voices of RPI. Bold and authoritative, deep and close to operatic, he commands the tracks while singing. Enrico Olivieri is the other leader here, an amazing keyboardist whose organ and piano are the striking trademark of the group. In Metamorfosi they have a great understanding for giving the voice and keyboards "space." They don't clutter the sound and in fact the guitar is a minor instrument in this band's sound. The rhythm section is very solid and you have a great stage to enjoy the two main assets of the group. You can "hear" everything they are doing.

The band is often described as "dark" but they really aren't, not in the same sense as a Jacula. They are simply majestic, the voice and organ tinged with an almost formal dryness that some think of as dark. It can sound gothic-classical at times but not quite dark. Highlights include the fabulous opener "Il Sesto Giorno" with a drop-dead gorgeous flute motif that is mixed with the piano/organ blend, the organ immersing you in a very classical, melancholic feeling. It's a great song just riding that edge, certainly prog, but short and still partially contained. "Crepuscolo" is a great 9-minute heavy ride with lots of jamming and intense vocals, the drummer goes totally snake on this one, and the bass is upfront and audible. This tracks gets the closest to the sound we will hear on the second album.

The remaining tracks still have the leftover 60s rock feel and make the album much less consistent than "Inferno" from a prog-rock perspective, but the better half of the songs have enough good stuff to thrill fans of the early RPI. A good transitional album of the subgenre, but again, not fully realized from a progressive perspective. Bottom line, two four-star tracks, some three star tracks, and one two star track. Of interest to RPI fans, not essential to anyone else.

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3 stars This solid debut from Metamorfosi demonstrates a powerful sound that would come into its own on their next album. Call it a work-in-progress: E Fu Il Sesto Giorno...captures a band not fully aware of their own talent. This unrealized potential will be fully exploited six months later on th ... (read more)

Report this review (#890058) | Posted by coasterzombie | Tuesday, January 08, 2013 | Review Permanlink

3 stars The first album released in 1972 "...E Fu IL Sesto Giorno". Art rock that makes canzone of Jimmy Spitaleri the main. Playing the organ and the cembalo is the baroque. The performance has been enhanced though tone quality alone is not bright. Especially, the base positively has the throb feelin ... (read more)

Report this review (#72919) | Posted by braindamage | Friday, March 24, 2006 | Review Permanlink

2 stars Their first album has that typical Italian Progressive sound we all go for it.Spitefully the tracks are more based on the vocals only and everyone which is waiting on the usual instrumental backing will be dissapointed. ... (read more)

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