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LA FAMIGLIA DEGLI ORTEGA

Prog Folk • Italy


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This twelve piece band from Genoa started their rather short venture on the Italian musical scene around 1972. The origins of their name can be traced back to the two Venezuelan brothers, Ruben and Nestor Ortega, who laid the foundation of the group, but left shortly before their first and only album got released. In the year of their debut, the band took part in the Genoa Pop Festival, but because their style did not have a concrete orientation, they failed to make an impression. However, later that year, LA FAMIGLIA DEGLI ORTEGA were fortunate to participate at the Sanremo Festival, where they played backing vocals on DELIRIUM's "Dolce Acqua" track Jesahel. This event marked a turning point in the band's musical style, as they obviously got their inspiration for their upcoming album from DELIRIUM.

"La Famiglia Degli Ortega" is their sole studio album and was released in 1973 on vinyl and in 1995 on CD. What makes it remarkable is the blending of graceful vocal harmonies, both male and female, and folky acoustic guitar bits, with occasional jazzy piano sections. The band also put out two singles in different formats: Awamalaia/Sogno di una casa from 1973 and the 1974 Stanlio e Ollio/ Una vecchia corriera chiamata "Harry Way" - which found its way on the 1974 "Un disco per l'estate" compilation. The following year saw the end of the band.
Recommended mainly for RPI fans, but also for those who enjoy some light music that manages to set a relaxing mood.

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2.98 | 12 ratings
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 La Famiglia Degli Ortega by FAMIGLIA DEGLI ORTEGA, LA album cover Studio Album, 1973
2.98 | 12 ratings

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La Famiglia Degli Ortega
La Famiglia Degli Ortega Prog Folk

Review by memowakeman
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Brothers from Venezuela creating an Italian band!

This is a very rare album released in the underground scene of the early 70's Italy, i would like to give you more info about it, but what i know is very limited and from a well known italian prog source. And the name of this band was created after two brothers from Venezuela, Ruben and Nestor Ortega, who ironically left the band before this selt titled and ony album was released.

The band despite having several members, doesn't feature a true complex musical background, actually what marks this band is their excellent use of backing vocals and harmonies, also the guitars. As an extra note, it says that they performed in a festival as a backing vocalists for the band Delirium, and that is why they were known more as a folk band than a prog one, anyway i believe they were just another band who belong to the powerful 70s Rock Progressivo Italiano era. The band dissapeared a couple of years later.

This album features 8 songs and a total time of 35 minutes, it opens with Archipielago which has a very nice musical background and spoken words of both male and female vocals, and besides the spoken word we can listen to the background vocals, which are characteristic of this band, the second part of the song shows a change and the folk side, some nice percussion and acoustic guitars.

Next is John Barleycorn - Due Aquile which starts with nice guitar chords and a beautiful female singer, which actually reminds me a bit to Itoiz, this is the longest song of the album with almost 6 minutes and one of the best, it has a catchy rythm and an excellent guitar playing as well as the synth, it leaves a very nice taste.

Guida la mia Lancia features male vocal as the main ones, but female as background, it has some nice piano work and a in moments it tries to create a rockier feeling, it's sound reminds me a bit to the 60s actually. Inversioni dei Fattoriis another beautiful song, with a delicate guitar sound and violins, it reminds me this time to some Focus moments, particularly in the Hamburger Concerto album, the backing vocals fit perfectly and after a minute or so o fa nice opening, the song becomes softer and the italian vocals appear and gives it, sorry for being redundant, an Italian flavour, the music is not truly prog rock, but it has it's moments.

Merryon has a bluesy mood, it features harmonica and nice bass lines, here the backing vocals are predominant again it does sound like a western or country song in some moments, it has an extraordinary violin solo.

Sogno Parigi has a classical piano beginning which could have been included in any Wakeman song jaja, then is a duo of piano and synth, and a delicate vocal sound, little by little the song becomes stronger and with a brief moment of progressive rock, the music is very well performed.

Una Vecchia Corriera this song reminds me a lot to Delirium, i assume in some way they were directly influenced by Delirium, this is a catchy pop folk song, but very nice for your ears if you like the beautiful Italian language.

Awamalaia with this song the album finishes, and this song resumes everything, great vocals (main and backing), excellent acoustic sound, percussion and a folkish flavour, what a pleasant song for finishing this album, it's perfect.

Well, this is not an album that everyone should have, nor even those who love the Italian progressive scene, though for them i surely recoommend it, in order to give it a spin and enjoy it when you can, i enjoy it but it is not an album that will be played frequently, 3.25 stars is my grade, so 3, good but non- essential.

Enjoy it!

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 La Famiglia Degli Ortega by FAMIGLIA DEGLI ORTEGA, LA album cover Studio Album, 1973
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La Famiglia Degli Ortega Prog Folk

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions and Crossover Team

3 stars Lost inside many italian prog albuns was this record, recorded by more than 12 musicians, with a soberb vocal work.

01. Arcipelago (Ovvero Recita A Teatro) Nature sounds , piano and a lot of acoustic guitars.

02. John Barleycorn/Due Aquile Great vocal.

03. Guida La Mia Lancia A blues one, nice and smooth.

04. Inversione Dei Fattori Renaissance (the age).

05. Merryon Lot of fun in this track, Honky Tonk.

06. Sogno Parigi Great piano work.

07. Una Vecchia Correira Chimata "Harry Way" A class guitar along all the track.

08. Awamalaia The most dark track in the album.

It's a good one, for italian prog fans or not, in fact, for lover o' good music.

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