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Another great entry from Italy. Intricate and complex, melodic and enjoyable. The style is a symphonic rock with arrangements and developments that make the most out of a rich and varied instrumentation. The delicate melodic work, shared by vocals, keyboards, guitars and flute, is supported by dynamic rhythms to create a sound that alternates from acoustic to electric. As good as the best BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO.

Fans of lush, complex symphonic progressive rock will adore "Forse Le Lucciole Non Si Amano Piu". This cd is sort of a final fulfillment of the potential of the symphonic progressive rock style, but this one is up there with BANCO's "Io Sono Nato Libero" and METAMORFOSI's "Inferno" as one of my favorite progressive rock albums ever. A masterpiece!!!

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4.10 | 306 ratings
Forse Le Lucciole Non Si Amano Pił
1977
2.18 | 30 ratings
Homo Homini Lupus
1999

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3.67 | 22 ratings
Live
1977
4.12 | 16 ratings
Live in Bloom
2012

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3.22 | 31 ratings
The Missing Fireflies...
2012

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 Forse Le Lucciole Non Si Amano Pił by LOCANDA DELLE FATE album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.10 | 306 ratings

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Forse Le Lucciole Non Si Amano Pił
Locanda delle Fate Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Ayrton_2112

5 stars (my first PA review! Forgive my excitement) The only flaw in this album is the year of publication: in 1978 progressive music was already losing appeal throughout Europe, particularly in Italy, so this work was ignored even by those who, few years before, would have paid more attention. Locanda Delle Fate's only album is actually as good the other masterpieces of the genre (a word I personally wouldn't use for more than 6-7 albums). The music proposed is a symphonic prog with piano and keyboards in first place, well supported by guitar and flute, continuous changes of rhythm and melodies, and most of all, a sweet romantic attitude, marked with a veil of sadness, that costantly emerges along the entirety of the tracklist. Highlights of the album are certainly the instrumental opener "A Volte un Istante di Quiete", sort of presentation of Locanda Delle Fate's technical abilities; the title-track and "Vendesi Saggezza", the longest songs, structured as mini-suites (no more than 10 minutes long) where piano and voice touch the highest level of pathos and creativity. Musicians are all inspired and gifted; Leonardo Sasso's voice is not technically perfect but, as well as other Italian prog singers like Claudio Canali (Biglietto Per l'Inferno), compensates with a great dose of passion and expressivity, with some resemblances with Ian Anderson. "Forse Le Lucciole..." will probably appeal to fan of Genesis and Renaissance above all, but any prog listener could hardly resist the delicate, melancholy atmosphere that permeates these seven tracks. Well aware of the meaning of a five-star rating, I cannot give a lesser one: in my opinion, this is one the highest marks ever reached by Italian progressive scene, unmissable in a good collection. (it's not even expensive to buy, if you're interested; surely not a slight...)

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 The Missing Fireflies... by LOCANDA DELLE FATE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2012
3.22 | 31 ratings

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The Missing Fireflies...
Locanda delle Fate Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Jeff Carney

3 stars What's a bit perplexing about this release is not the modern re-recording of old compositional ideas, but the questionable vintage source then used to complete them.

In fact, I found the modern recordings to sound absolutely brilliant. Better than could ever have been expected, they truly capture the spirit of how this musical work was surely envisioned in 1977. What is strange is that the 1977 recordings are from a distant audio source, when much of this material was already available via a different performance as a soundboard source, as evidenced by its release on Mellow in 1993. As I've noted in my review of that very Mellow CD, those recordings were absolutely butchered with digital noise reduction, but one would have to think the original tapes used by Mellow would exist. Could those tapes have provided a soundboard quality representation of the 1977 recordings which were used to finish out this fascinating, unreleased musical work?

I guess we can presume that the soundboard tapes available for Mellow's "Live" were unavailable for license or lost to the sands of time. I will say that the 1977 recordings of this material actually sound a bit better here than those on the Mellow CD. Again, this is down to the poor mastering on the Mellow CD. Nothing to do with a vast difference in performance.

So how to rate such a release? It's difficult, but given the quality of the modern version of LDF and their ability to capture a sound so truly similar to their original, I think 3 stars is entirely fair.

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 Live by LOCANDA DELLE FATE album cover Live, 1977
3.67 | 22 ratings

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Locanda delle Fate Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Jeff Carney

2 stars If ever you wish to understand why there is a sonic "crusade" against the use of digital noise reduction by many, this release is a fine example.

Even one of the finest reissue labels (Mellow) got burned by some engineer with the misuse of said technique, and the results are disastrous. Nice soundboard audio is simply ruined with no-noise here, and what I suspect were some bright, treble heavy choices on EQ are made to liven this up. But the sound of no-noise gating in and out is everywhere. It pulls at the vocals, and soft piano sections are so overcooked with it that you can sometimes hear the stuff ringing. The music often sounds like it is trapped under water, trying to grasp some air.

Perhaps not perfect recordings in the first place, but given the scarcity of live LDF, it would be wonderful to hear these get a proper release today.

The performances are excellent and it's essential for any devoted fan. However, I think the poor mastering will cause you to reach for this one only very rarely.

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 Forse Le Lucciole Non Si Amano Pił by LOCANDA DELLE FATE album cover Studio Album, 1977
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Locanda delle Fate Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Thai Divone

4 stars One of the most common problems of the Italian Prog scene was the problem of "one-album wonders", bands that gave us listeners a single masterpiece album and then vanished into the air. It is so common in the scene that it is a fear known throughout the entire fan and genre base. Locanda Delle Fate is one of those bands. The album is a unique masterpiece, a sensation of Prog-rck music that takes much inspiration from Genesis and the Romantic-period. Their almost classic in their style, but only almost, as the rock-ish side is no less than amazing.

A Volte un'Istante di Quiete opens with a very catchy and dynamic piano riff. Then guitars and rhythm section join in to create a sum greater that its parts. A nice dialog between the keyboards and the guitar ensues, before we come back to a lone piano on the 1:10 mark. Then a new motive ensues, and a new dialog between instruments. The band utilizes here the two keyboardists to the extreme, with some clever and elegant lines that complement each other. 2:21 and we change the atmosphere to a very ethereal one, led by a very nice flute, reminding me a bit of Camel (but only a little bit). 4:32 and we come back to our first motive, meeting it new and reborn. We then slowly venture towards the end with an amazing quadrolog from the guitars and keyboards.

The title track opens with a magnificent piano line, with vocals joining at the 30 seconds mark. Sasso sings beautifully, and the melodies in the background reminds a little bit of Genesis. 1:38 and it goes rock-y, with some great keyboards and guitars work, and the bass is great yet again. Sasso comes back and continues with his demonstration, reminding a bit of Banco's Vocalist in his talent and the ability to show emotions. Great bridges connect between the verses, each one better than its predecessor, moving between the rock and the classic, with an emphasis on the romantic. The bass lines are precise and minimalist, yet so amazing that it hurts. Jethro influences join the mixture. A great masterpiece and one that by itself puts Locanda Delle Fate in the same league with Il Balleto di Bronzo, PFM and the like. We're back to the beginning sound, finishing a full circle, before changing again.

Profumo Di Colla Bianca opens ethereal, simple, with no hubris whatsoever. After a minute Sasso sings over a lone Hammond, a bit later joined by a magnificent Grand Piano, before the rhythm section joins in. the music flows from place to place, letting us marvel at the stations along the way, but takes us at the exact right moment to the next one. Again we are presented with a very Hackett-y guitar, before the vocals return. The ending section is almost rock-ish, even outside of Locanda's classical standards, before coming back to a long piano.

Cercando Un Nuovo Confine starts with a nice fingerstyle guitar with vocals as sparkles that join the mixture. Some modest piano joins in, before we change to a bit more rhythmical music. The flute beginning at 1:56 is unique, and the music turns even more bass and drums based as we continue. They just control this track, this piece, even though they are sometimes covered by so many melodic levels. In certain instances throughout the song, the vocals harmonize each other, taking us all the way to heaven.

Sogno di Estunno comes next, and shows that even Locanda can do rock. It is pure rock, except for the instrument selection- flute as lead instrument, synth as second. At 1:14 we are presented with an interlude led by the piano and synth, before going rock-ish yet again. The transitions are mind-blowing, showing Locanda at their best. It is not a simple track, but it is way more communicative than one would guess. 2:48 and it goes a little spacey, before adding back the rock elements.

Non chiudere a chiave le stele is a great little ballad, showing a softer and tenderer side to the rock-ish Locanda of the earlier track. The fingerstyle guitars are magnificent, giving us a bit of an Italian Genesis, dueting with each other under some amazing vocals.

Vendesi Saggezza opens with some melancholic keyboards and guitar lines, before even melancholier vocals are added to the mixture. It slowly grows brighter, more optimistic. Drums join at 1:20, and bass becomes dominant 10 seconds or so later. 1:50 and it changes again, combining the early sound of the track with a more rock-ish feel, and adding a great guitar-flute duet to the mixture. Some great use of distortion ensues, serving as a base to the overdrive guitar and to the flute. We come back to vocals, this time over a rock-ish surface, before drifting away into a quicker sound. The music just continues to flow, and then we're presented with a great guitar solo, with the amazing voice of Sasso controlling and coordinating everything. 6:17 and we're changing again, enjoying a great keyboards work joined by some even greater synth work. The guitar underneath is exceptional as well. We change moods, we change atmospheres, we change rhythms at exactly the right moments, and it feels so natural, so fluid, so right.

New York closes the album. It opens quietly, gently, with nice instrumentation below the voice of Vevy, only to turn into a very anthemic piece. It feels right, and great, but for me there's not much else to say about it. A nice track, but that pales in comparison to the magnificence of the earlier ones.

And so the album ends, with a great feeling, but not a magnificent one. It is a masterpiece album, but far from being essential. 4 stars for being an excellent addition to Any Prog-Rock collection.

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 Live in Bloom by LOCANDA DELLE FATE album cover Live, 2012
4.12 | 16 ratings

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Locanda delle Fate Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Thierry

4 stars Locanda delle fate (i.e. 'the fairy's inn') certainly is Italy's best kept secret, as far as seventies prog is concerned. Just one record published by a major label but at the wrong time, in 1977, "Forse le lucciole non si amano pił" (i.e. 'Perhaps the fireflies don't love each other anymore') and the band quickly disappeared in the mist of oblivion. Yes, there was a second album ("Homo Homini Lupus") released in 1999 after a reunion of the band but? forget it! The San Remo label Mellow records released a live record in 1977 featuring material from the first work but it was just a testimony for collectors because of its poor sound. So this new opus, a live record (a 2010 concert in Milan) featuring the whole "Forse" record is welcome. If, as I said you don't know the band, imagine a kind of a lighter Banco: lighter vocals (but still a great singer, Leonardo Sasso, in the way of Francesco DiGiacomo), lighter music but still symphonic and keyboards dominated. I forgot beautiful flute parts. This time, this live document shows a great sound and a band in full bloom: the interpretation is superb (the full first album except one short song, a bonus track in fact called 'New York') and we have great supplements, I mean some new musical developments. Yes, the fans will be delighted. I was.

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 The Missing Fireflies... by LOCANDA DELLE FATE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2012
3.22 | 31 ratings

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Locanda delle Fate Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Progulator
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3 stars In my opinion, Le Lucciole Non Si Amano Piu was one of the best produced 70's prog albums. How did it manage to sound so spectacular compared to other recordings of the time? When it comes to The Missing Fireflies, essentially leftovers of the earlier album, it is likewise produced to a very satisfactory level. The overall sound, from the keys to drums is crisp, punchy, and full. The performances are inspired, especially Luciano's beautiful singing. There's really nothing to complain about here. The Missing Fireflies basically sounds exactly like it should've been on the original album, and it would have been, had their not been technical limitations on the album production. If one was to complain about something, it might be that they were hoping for something that sounded like a different album, but they didn't get it. Well, that wasn't really the purpose here, now was it. You get loads of keyboards and pianos dueling off in magical Italian fashion, gorgeous vocals, perhaps some of the best in Italian 70's, in my humble opinion, and compositions which show great use of transitions and moods while maintaining a magical romantic sort of atmosphere, all the while never being afraid to get 'proggy.'

My only beef with this release is the poor sound quality of the live tracks. Unfortunately, they sound like they were recorded on a microphone in the back of the concert hall and were never mixed. It's pretty bad, I'm not kidding. Nothing we can do about it. In the end, however, I wasn't hoping for a Locanda live album. I just wanted the extra studio tracks, which they delivered splendidly. A real treat for fans of the band and those in the mood for a bit of Italian 70's nostalgia.

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Locanda delle Fate Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Matti
Collaborator Neo-Prog Team

4 stars It was interesting to look quickly through the reviews of this album: one either praises it (often with five stars) or wonders what's the hype about. That reflects well my own reception, because I remember enjoying the music a lot right away, but on the long run I consider it rather mediocre and surpriseless. Even all too typical product from the late period of symphonic prog's era coming outside of England. This ALMOST could have come from Western, Middle or even Eastern Europe, with another language, of course. Well, maybe not Eastern Europe, with this kind of romanticism and song orientation. But one could find unknown bands from countries like Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden or France who made keyboard-oriented, accessible and poppish symphonic prog in the latter half of the seventies - and who have remained quite little known. Quite rarely those are quite this polished in production but they may be more exciting. Perhaps this album/band also gets extra points from being Italian. No, I don't mean this wouldn't sound very Italian indeed. Many have compared it to BANCO and I'm not one to disagree.

This is very easily enjoyed prog: there's a nice little amount of complexity (some tracks are approaching ten minutes), but most of all a lot of melodies and safety. Multiple keyboards include both Chopin-like pianism and wallpapers of synth. The sound is bright and clean, and the rhythm section sounds very competent too. The vocalist is a cross between the tenor of Banco and the pop star Zucchero. But as it often turns out to be: the easier it is to enjoy at once, the harder it is to remain excited by it. Nevertheless, this is very recommendable listening to anyone looking for accessible, melodic symph prog.

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Locanda delle Fate Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by andrea
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3 stars Ten years after the ephemeral reunion of the late nineties Locanda delle Fate came back with a renewed line-up. This time the reunion was mainly focused on the live activity and the band rearranged the old repertoire with a vintage taste for some live performances with excellent results and in 2010 they played their first concerts since the late seventies. The current line up features the veterans Leonardo Sasso (vocals), Luciano Boero (bass), Giorgio Gardino (drums) and Oscar Mazzoglio (Hammond, keyboards, minimoog) plus two new members: Maurizio Muha (piano, Moog, Mellotron) and Massimo Brignolo. In 2012 they released a new album on the independent label Altrock, "The Missing Fireflies", featuring some new studio versions of old pieces and some live tracks taken from a 1977 concert.

The studio version of "Crescendo" (Growing up) is amazing and the vintage sounds take you back in time... "How much of life is wasted by waiting for tomorrow / The petals of a Time without seasons fall down / Some leaves are dancing like butterflies for us all around / I try to catch them by it's time to growing up now...". This song was composed back in the seventies but it was never recorded in studio before and the new version respects the way it was conceived.

"Sequenza circolare" (Loop) is a fine, short instrumental composed by the newcomer Maurizio Muha and is a perfect introduction for another piece composed in the seventies and here recorded in studio for the first time, "La giostra" (The carousel). It's a beautiful, timeless track about the magic power of dreams... "She is clinging to my nerves that are taking off in orbit above me / I have no fear but standing here I can already see some mirages...".

The last studio track is a new version of "Non chiudere a chiave le stelle" (Don't lock the stars), a piece about a beautiful girl who wastes her time closed in her room, lost in her dreams. The original version was released in the 1977 album "Forse le lucciole non si amano pił" but this version is good as well.

The live tracks are taken from a concert in Asti, at the Alfieri Theatre, on November 21, 1977. The sound quality is not bad but part of the original tapes are lost and what's left are just the final part of "Non chiudere a chiave le stelle", "Crescendo" and "Vendesi saggezza". It's an interesting document of the live performances of the old line up, nothing more. Well, all in all I think that this is just a new starting point for the band and I'm looking forward to a new album with new original stuff!

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Locanda delle Fate Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars This is a compilation album of both studio and live tracks. The live music is from 1977 and the studio tracks are either seventies songs that weren't completed back then and finished here (tracks 1 & 2) or different versions of those 1977 songs (tracks 3 & 4). The biggest compliment I can give this band is that the new music they have recorded here (tracks 1-4) is amazing. These guys sound as good if not better than they did with their 1977 classic. Unfortunately the power and beauty of the first four songs disappears with those final three live tracks. The sound quality isn't nearly as good on those live ones sadly. I have to mention the cover art as well which rivals the famous one from their 1977 debut. Beautiful stuff.

"Crescendo" opens with pulsating organ that builds as drums, synths then guitar join in. Vocals before 2 minutes. Piano and drums lead 4 minutes in then the vocals return 5 1/2 minutes in as it settles. It kicks back in a minute later. "Sequenza Circolare" is a short intro for the next track and it consists of piano melodies then bang ! It kicks in at the start of "La Giostra". Amazing sound ! Vocals follow. This is simply gorgeous. It's so uplifting after 4 minutes. By the way this track was featured on their 1977 live album but not on the studio album back then. "Non Chiudere A Chiave Le Stelle" is from that 1977 studio album. It's mellow to start with mellotron. And yes it's real mellotron, in fact an M400. Vocals a minute in.

As I mentioned the live tracks just don't sound nearly as good although I kind of got used to the sound by the closing 8 minute song.

I will be keeping this in my rotation simply to listen to those 4 amazing opening songs. These guys still have it ! A low 4 stars.

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 The Missing Fireflies... by LOCANDA DELLE FATE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2012
3.22 | 31 ratings

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The Missing Fireflies...
Locanda delle Fate Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Conor Fynes
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3 stars 'The Missing Fireflies...' - Locanda Delle Fate (6/10)

Like many other bands within the golden Italian prog rock scene, LOCANDA DELLE FATE were one of those who got lost in the annals of obscurity, to all but those invested in the scene. With that in mind, the two albums they did release garnered some very noble acclaim, with some reviews I read claiming them to be on part with some of the style's very best. Perhaps in some hope to shine a light on their work once more, LOCANDA DELLE FATE have risen from the dead to give listeners a short dose of their music. Sadly, 'The Missing Fireflies...' comes across as a muffled compilation, always hinting at the band's quality, but never demonstrating it. Especially for those who may have been excited to hear that the band was coming out with something new after so many years, this collection of songs does not warrant the wait.

This is not to say that 'The Missing Fireflies...' is a bad collection of songs, however. LOCANDA DELLE FATE make music on the melodic side of Italian prog rock, and comparisons to BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO are not unwarranted. To admit, I always preferred the more adventurous theatrical RPI bands to their GENESIS-like counterparts, but there is no qualm with the music here, which is rather consistently mellow and tasteful. The compilation is split between a handful of freshly recorded songs, and live tracks from the band's heyday. The recorded material is the more notable of the two here, although the live recording is surprisingly crisp. LOCANDA DELLE FATE's music is fuelled largely by gorgeous synths and the RPI-canon vocals of Leonardo Sasso, who does well to bolster the BANCO comparisons this band has received.

Perhaps it's simply the lack of dramatic tension in the music, but 'The Missing Fireflies...' washes over me pleasantly, but fails to capture my spirit. The lackluster flow of the compilation also does not help matters. While I was unaware of the band's music before hearing this collection, it is clear to me that a full-length from these guys would have been much preferable, as their penchant for melodies would have been much better showcased in the context of the epic longform that they once prospered in. 'The Missing Fireflies...' is enjoyable, but I imagine longtime fans of LOCANDA DELLE FATE will find themselves disappointed.

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