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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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4.07 | 301 ratings
Forse Le Lucciole Non Si Amano Pił
1977
2.15 | 27 ratings
Homo Homini Lupus
1999

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3.91 | 20 ratings
Live
1977
4.00 | 14 ratings
Live in Bloom
2012

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3.29 | 28 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
4.07 | 301 ratings

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Forse Le Lucciole Non Si Amano Pił
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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 The Missing Fireflies... by LOCANDA DELLE FATE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2012
3.29 | 28 ratings

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The Missing Fireflies...
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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 The Missing Fireflies... by LOCANDA DELLE FATE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2012
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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
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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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Locanda delle Fate Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Epignosis
Special Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

4 stars Wistful symphonic progressive rock dazzles at every turn on Locanda delle Fate's 1977 album Forse le Lucciole Non Si Amano Pił. While the piano is the primary instrument, there are plenty of other sounds crafting various textures that give the band a consistent sound throughout the album. I am not sure how any lover of Genesis or Kansas would find this Italian gem unenticing.

"A Volte un Istante di Quiete" A dazzling piano introduces symphonic sumptuousness that is similar in style to Kansas. It steadily differs in style by becoming awash in synthesizer and easing into a steady rhythm before driving back into wondrously convoluted progressive rock.

"Forse le Lucciole Non Si Amano Pił" Touching piano paves the way for pensive singing. The slightly heavier instrumental section features swelled guitar and synthesizer leads before the bass dances with the nimble piano. The band offers frantic clavinet and electric guitar passages, again in the vein of Kansas. Svelte flute contrasts with the boisterous vocals. This extended song concludes satisfactorily.

"Profumo di Colla Bianca" Whistling synthesizer and chunky bass work around light electric guitar in a pleasing progression. The stately vocals appear over a distant organ and dreamy piano. Whimsical sounds plop in the middle of the piece before the swirling organ ushers in the main theme. I especially appreciate the drumming on this majestic opus.

"Cercando un Nuovo Confine" Silky guitars provide a lovely backdrop to a sweet song. Solid drums and bass provide the backbone, while piano and flute flesh out the sound.

"Sogno di Estunno" This briefer piece alternates between forceful rock music to meditative, tranquil passages. For under five minutes, this song travels all over the place without wandering.

"Non Chiudere a Chiave le Stelle" Much like early Genesis, this song is pastoral folk music with layers of guitars and peaceful singing.

"Vendesi Saggezza" Gruff vocals grate through gentle piano flourishes. The album's third and final extended piece visits all the elements that have appeared throughout this fairylike journey.

"New York" This English-titled bonus track is an initially pacific tune that soon becomes like an anthem.

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Locanda delle Fate Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Finnforest
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Return from summer evenings past...

While LDF are widely hailed as one of the great Italian prog bands that is by no means a unanimous opinion. Many Italian prog fans who prefer the grittier side of the scene scoff at the prestige afforded Locanda, Maxophone, or Corte dei Miracoli. Locanda's late 1970s debut makes many personal favorite lists, an incredibly rich and luxurious symphonic prog treat. While many RPI bands are tagged with the Genesis-influenced label it really wasn't as prevalent as it was made to seem: my own experience after hundreds of albums is that Van Der Graff and Deep Purple styled hard rock were just as important if not more so. But Locanda were one band who surely appreciated Genesis and Yes, along with stalwarts of the Italian scene like PFM and Orme. Many people mention Banco as well but LDF were no where near as adventurous as the Darwin legends. They were a band about beauty and melody and for those who wanted an impeccably produced mix of symphonic and pastoral, their debut is pretty much essential. My own opinion was that the album was lovely but hardly what I reach for when I want core-RPI. I never found them all that representative of the scene.

So here we are decades later and the fireflies have returned for a summer evening just off the woodlands. The moon is large and spirits high, a warm fragrant breeze from the south. LDF is again a working band and participating in festival performances in and out of Italy. This album is a concoction of new recordings and old live performances designed to put them in the prog public eye. For that purpose it is a very successful return indeed. However, if the band truly desires a legacy with the RPI bands they are often compared to, they will need a new collection of originals more convincing than their last comeback attempt in the 90s, which was not well received by prog fans. Listening to this album I believe they have the potential to pull it off.

The first four tracks are recent recordings of material written years ago. To their credit, not only is the material good but they managed to produce it in a fashion complimentary to the songs and the period. It has that warm and mellow vibe, even during the punchier sections, which could fool one into thinking these were outtakes from the Forse sessions. It sounds clear and vibrant but not overly loud and sterile like many of today's albums. (Keith Richards recently lamented how he wishes he could rescue today's music from the supposed benefit of modern production, I hear him loud and clear.) The songs are upbeat and melodic as you'd expect from LDF, with those juicy guitar leads that scream cross between Howe and Hackett to the point of being comical at times. 'Crescendo' is this gorgeous and jubilant classic that sounds like a cross between Hackett-era Genesis and Basso's 'Voci.' Fantastic marriage of keyboard and guitar melody, with Sasso's smooth, reassuring vocal. It percolates with energy, detailed drumming, and warring factions of guitar and bold piano runs. 'Sequenza Circolare' is a most appreciated (by me) classical piano solo which should again thrill fans of Luciano Basso. 'La Giostra' is next, another stellar long track in similar territory as 'Crescendo' and sadly the last new firefly we meet in this outing, as the fourth 'new' song is a re-record of a 'Forse' track.

The rest of the album consists of three live songs recorded in 1977 during their 'Forse' days. It's always a gift for RPI fans to get a chance to hear quality live recordings from the 1970s, as they tend to be rare and sometimes of very spotty sound quality. While these three songs are obviously far from today's standards of live recording quality, they are certainly adequate for this listener to enjoy. They are sadly brief, in fact two are just excerpts, but the glory comes through in a live cut of 'Vendesi saggezza' from the 'Forse' album. While it will be hard for some to accept the sound quality, if one sets aside our learned prejudice for 'perfect' sound, we can clearly hear the power of LDF as a live act at the time. These guys were firing on all cylinders and their hybrid of romantic symphonic is indeed fitting with their representative lovely cover art. They made a big mistake by cutting off these three tracks however, they are almost more like teasers. Clocking in at just 36 minutes there was plenty of room for more songs and complete versions of songs.

While I enjoyed this very much and was tempted to give it four stars, three is probably most appropriate. It contains two essential new LDF cuts (Crescendo and Giostra) along with a bunch of other good stuff that suffers a bit from the convoluted, cut and paste feel of the album. I'll say it again guys....get in the studio and make a true prog-rock epic follow-up to Forse. Your fans are there, and it sounds like the band is still in top form despite the years.

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Locanda delle Fate Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

4 stars Locanda delle Fate was a bunch of young musicians gathered in Asti, Italy, at the second half of the 70's, determined to play Progressive Rock of high calibre, despite the style was dissapearing in the country around the time.They were a seven-piece group with dual guitar and keyboard deliveries, which finally the had the opportunity to record a sole album on Polydor in 1977 entitled ''Forse le lucciole non si amano piu''.

No surprise, the album went totally unnoticed at the time, despite the excellent music quality.Their style came as a cross between PFM, MAXOPHONE and SENSITIVA IMMAGINE, characterized by the long instrumental passages, the expressive vocals and the great symphonic arrangements in a classic Italian Prog style.Filled with harmonic flute parts, lovely piano interludes, HACKETT-like guitar leads and magnificent work on keyboards (organ, harsichord, moog synths), Locanda delle Fate offered series of tracks of sheer beauty, not very original, but played with passion and energy.The instrumental parts are absolutely professional with dominant emphatic breaks and bombastic interplays often to leave their place to softer moments with a slavation feeling, based on romantic guitar solos and smooth piano lines.This was actually another great Italian band, which knew exactly how to accomondate a balance between vocal-based moments, bombastic interplays and delicate melodies and their only goal was to deliver their beloved rock style around its fading time.

Two commercial singles followed in 1998 by a reduced five-piece line-up under the shortened name La Locanda, before the band split up due to the lack of interest.

One shot Italian winner, a classic of the Italian Prog scene without question and a masterpiece for all Italian Prog followers.Highly recommended also for all lovers of Classic 70's Prog, who do not expect to listen to something groundbreaking.

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Locanda delle Fate Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Negoba
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3 stars Beautiful, Romantic Symphonic Prog

For all of us who love Harmonium's SI ON AVAIT, Locanda Delle Fate's FORSE may be one of the closest approximations I've come across. Lush, pretty, orchestrated, unassuming, this is perhaps at the far "soft" end of the RPI spectrum. While the album certainly makes for pleasant background music, it is very unremarkable when taken in this way. There is absolutely nothing on this album you haven't heard elsewhere. But on more careful listening, there are many very tasty choices, nicely delivered instrumental performances, and plenty of emotion.

Like alot of RPI, Locanda Delle Fate borrows heavily from early Genesis' soft side. Volume swell guitar solos a la Steve Hackett, big key pads, quiet pastoral scenes, even occasional flute all will delight the seasoned Symphonic Prog fan. There are a few tonal touches that reveal that this a 1978 album rather than 1971, including flanger use, a grittier guitar distortion, bigger reverbs on the cymbals, etc. But happily there are no electronic cheese noises that destroy some of the 78/79/80 albums.

My favorite song is "Sogno di estunno" which is relatively short but complex, more ambitious from an instrumental point of view, and holds just a bit more tension. But even this tune highlights the album's weakness, Leonardo Sasso's lack of melody. Clearly, I am going against the common opinion here and I must explain myself. While the vocals certainly have a nice melodic contour, Sasso has his typical ways to create phrases and really varies very little from this. There are no specific melodic motifs that makes one track separate from the others. Most vocalists do this to some degree, especially on verses. But whether it's Yes' "I get up, I get down," or Genesis' "Hey baby, with your guardian eyes so blue," there are melodic figures that are instantly clear even when whistled. Harmonium's album has this sense of melody. FORSE does not.

Bottom line, this is beautiful lush prog. Finnforest mentioned "ear candy" and this is yummy in that regard. But I can guarantee that Locanda Della Fate didn't start as a songwriters collective. A nice addition, but non essential.

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 The Missing Fireflies... by LOCANDA DELLE FATE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2012
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Locanda delle Fate Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by progbaby

3 stars 3.5 stars. 1st 4 tracks (4.5 stars). 1977 live tracks (2.5 stars). La Giostra (5 stars).

We need a full new studio album from them after this :-)

Before diving into this gem, I wanted to throw one thing out there that you should know. This cd is split into two parts.

Part 1 contains 4 songs done in the studio this year which total about 21+ minutes.

Part 2 contains 3 old live recordings from 1977 which total about 15-16 minutes.

Having said that, you'll get about 35 minutes of music from this cd.

On to part 1 which is why I bought the cd in the first place. I remember years ago listening to the Mellow Release "Locanda Delle Fate Live" (Bless Mellow records for making all this available to us) and being very very sad that the only recording of "La Giostra" in existance is a recording that is practically unlistenable. For all practical purposes, that song may be better than any of the songs on their "Forse" album which is really saying a lot (for those who know that album)...

Ah and what a treat that there is a clean/crisp/re-recording of "La Giostra" done on Part 1 which clocks in close to 8 minutes. I was nervous that perhaps LDF would use new modern instruments (ie, drum machines and digital keyboards) as it seems to be trendy these days. Ah but what a surprise as this song (and all 4 of the studio songs) sounds so nostalgically 70's that I cannot tell the difference. You could literally put these 4 songs on their 1977 album and not know the difference.

"La Giostra" is simply a beautiful emotional epic with many melodic surprises. And Sasso's voice has not really lost a heartbeat. IN-fact, it sounds even more awesome on parts of this album.

"La Giostra" alone is worth the price of this album.

Another pleasant surprise is a studio version of their 1977 song "No chiudere a chiave le stelle" with Sasso doing all the vocals on this. If you recall on the 77 version (track 6 on their "Forse" album), Sasso does is not doing any vocals on that one. So once again, a beautiful track with a twist (Sasso on vocals). The opening studio song "Crescendo" is another top notch 8+ minute "emerson-esque with italian touches" song in the style that you came to know and love on their original 77 album. Plenty of surprises and emotional vocals. The 2nd song "Sequendza circolere" is a 3+ minute instrument classical piano piece (maybe the least interesting of the studio songs but still very good and definitely not a throwaway track) .

Now you get into part 2 which contains 3 live versions from 1977 with better sound quality than anything on their "Locanda Live" mellow releases album. But still I won't be listening to these 3 songs on part 2 nearly as much as they're there for the fans I think.

All in all a slightly disjoined album (in terms of parts 1 and 2) but oh my oh my the 4 studio songs you get on part 1 make this another essential classic italian prog album.

Just be warned though that you'll only get 21 minutes worth of studio music on this album so it's more like an "EP" with an extra 15 minutes of live recordings from 1977 thrown in.

Still though "La Giostra" makes this all worth while and it may be in my top 5 all time favorite prog songs and I'm so grateful they came into the studio (with Sasso) 34+ years later to do it the way it should have been done in the first place.

For that, I rate this a "masterpiece" but take my review with a grain of salt if you're only a mild fan of italian progressive rock...

I love that these italian prog bands are getting together again after 30+ years and doing new albums.

Now if only Alphataurus can complete their new album (which was supposed to be released in Jan of last year) but I'm not sure what the hold up is.

If you like the 1977 "Forse" album and can accept you'll only get 21 minutes of new material in the same vein of their 1977 album, then this purchase is a no-brainer...

This is also a "no-brainer" if you were sad (over the years) about the low-quality recording of "La Giostra" from their "Locanda Live" album and wished to have a good clean crisp studio recording of it. Here's your chance now :-) It was the primary reason I bought this album and I ended up pleasantly surprised at the other 3 studio tracks. In the order of my favorites, it's "La Giostra", the opening "crescendo" track, "Non Chuidere a Chiave le stelle"(thanks to Sasso for the vocals) and the instrumental "Seqquenza circolare" track. I don't see myself listening to the live tracks much but please know the sound qualify of those is better than that of which you'll hear on the "Locanda Live" mellow release. But these live tracks still suffer a little bit from bootleg quality but they're still listenable.

My cd player will be stuck on "La Giostra" for the next 2+ weeks :-)

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 Forse Le Lucciole Non Si Amano Pił by LOCANDA DELLE FATE album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.07 | 301 ratings

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

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Yet another of the many one album wonder bands from the Italian prog scene, in common with many of them Locanda Delle Fate was a victim of bad timing. Whereas earlier one album wonders had suffered from explosive growth of the Italian prog scene swamping the market, Locanda Delle Fate brought their album out after the peak had well and truly passed - and so fell victim to changing fashions.

It's a shame, because Forse Le Lucciole is one of the most achingly beautiful symphonic- influenced prog albums from the RPI scene. Like many bands at the time, Locanda Delle Fate seem to have been attempting to craft a sound which retains a progressive spirit whilst being broadly accessible, and Forse Le Lucciole has so much to love. Not just one but two dedicated keyboard and synth players, with one of the most gorgeous piano sounds to grace a prog album I have ever heard! Not just one but two guitarists, one of whom (Ezio Vevy) also plays a mean flute! And how about Leonardo Sasso on lead vocals, surely one of the most emotive and enchanting vocalists from a prog scene famed for its wonderful singers?

Yes, it's not super way-out-there experimental. But as one of those odd little albums that bridge the classic old styles of prog's golden era with the more accessible approaches taken by the neo-prog generation, it's a true beauty. Perhaps they don't do an enormous amount that's 100% original, but who could possibly care when they do what they do so well?

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