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Rock Progressivo Italiano • Italy


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OSANNA is classic seventies Italian prog. The basis of their sound is original heavy guitar rock often in combination with amazing flute solos. Additionally, more spacey, Pink Floydian parts and quiet interludes with acoustic guitar and flute can be heard as well. There are plenty of mood changes and surprises that make this music very dynamic and interesting.

Their first three are masterpieces in their own right. The superb "L'Uomo" in which heavy rock and spacey jazz are only a few of the styles included, the soundtrack "Milano Calibro 9" and their best "Palepoli" which is so bizarre and complex, beginners may be too dazzled by the array of styles presented. "Palepoli" covers a wide range of styles, moods, and tempo variations, and OSANNA handle these diverse modes of playing superbly. This eponymus masterpiece can be compared to BANCO DEL SOCCORSO or PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI An ultimate classic!

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3.62 | 107 ratings
L'uomo
1971
3.50 | 66 ratings
Milano Calibro 9
1972
4.25 | 291 ratings
Palepoli
1972
3.53 | 63 ratings
Landscape Of Life
1974
3.15 | 30 ratings
Suddance
1978
2.13 | 11 ratings
Taka Boom
2001
3.75 | 36 ratings
Osanna & David Jackson: Prog Family
2009
4.59 | 13 ratings
Palepolitana
2015

OSANNA Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.36 | 6 ratings
Osanna Live Uomini E Miti
2003
3.86 | 7 ratings
Rosso Rock - Live in Japan
2012

OSANNA Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

5.00 | 2 ratings
Tempo
2013

OSANNA Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.53 | 6 ratings
Le Pił Belle Canzoni Degli Osanna
2006

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 Palepolitana by OSANNA album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.59 | 13 ratings

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Palepolitana
Osanna Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by GKR

5 stars I did not expect that. Everything in this album has to be evaluated very carefully. From the same line-up (bascially) that has accompany Lino Vaireti, after releasing the weak "Prog Family", it comes a masterpiece.

Palepolitana is more than the first true studio album of Osanna in more than 5 years. Is everything that made Osanna be Osanna and far more. The first CD, full of new music, is a comprehhensive approach to the Italian Progressive Rock in all its forms - the melodic, the hard, the italian chords and motives. The key tracks certainly are "Michelemma", "Anni di Piombo", "Palepolitana", the beautiful "Letizia" and "Ciao Napoli". The acoustic guitar of Lino is perfectly aligned with the most electric parts, and several melodies stick in your mind almost imediatelly.

The second CD is a re-recording of the classic masterpiece (yes, classic masterpiece i used both here) Palepoli. Although this could be a recipe for failure (even because the re-recording of some pieces in the previous album did not exactly work), the album was respectfully recorded. It maintain all what made Palepoli so huge and add a few more organic flow to it. Its modern without losing the 1970' feeling.

As Palepoli was a political message, Palepolitana still is. And probably because of so, the re-recording was necessary in the concept gestate by Lino Vairetti. And, my friends, it works.

Osanna released a masterpiece in 2015. Period.

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 Tempo by OSANNA album cover DVD/Video, 2013
5.00 | 2 ratings

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Tempo
Osanna Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

5 stars The Italian band OSANNA was formed back in 1970, and was a popular band in their homeland, especially in the first half of that decade, but broke up in 1979. In 1999 Osanna reunited, and has been an active recording and performing unit since then. "Tempo" is their most recent production, a small book with a double DVD set, which was produced by the Italian companies Afraka and Black Widow.

If you are a fan of Osanna, "Tempo" is a production that should be placed fairly high on your list of material to purchase. The main DVD, documenting a splendid concert from 2012 in a high quality manner, is the principal reason for that. This concert is captured in all its glory, in a truly professional manner on all levels, and the concert itself is an entertaining watch too. The dedicated fans will enjoy the foreword, the detailed credits and the history of the band featured in the book that is a part of this production, and the 20 historical video clips on the second DVD are a nice supplement that should intrigue their core fan base. A superb package, and one that comes with my highest recommendations.

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3.62 | 107 ratings

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L'uomo
Osanna Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

4 stars The debut album `L'uomo' from 1971 by RPI band Osanna makes for a fascinating time capsule of both Italian rock and the slowly developing progressive styles from that era. Although somewhat basic and more than a little dated now, truthfully it offers a fascinating blend of established 60's sounds with the emerging potential of the 70's. Osanna attack a wide variety of styles and genres with a thrilling energy and recklessness, presenting an unpredictable, colourful collection of genres and moods. Many tracks may start as a ballad, then divert into boisterous hard rock or wild instrumental outbursts at a moments notice! Everything from acid rock, hard R & B, blues, jazz, psychedelic rock, folk and classical blur together to make for an addictive listen.

The album may only be 37 minutes long, but you'll be overwhelmed with variety. Fragments of contemplative, spacey keyboard effects, soft and romantic acoustic guitar passages, unhinged electric guitars and driving hard rock seamlessly flow together. Especially satisfying is an aggressive use of flute and saxophone (as well as harmonica) that would become trademarks of the Italian progressive bands to come, deeply passionate, confident and lusty vocals as well as some occasional classical sophistication too.

`Non Sei Vissuto Mai' features some addictive snarling electric guitar, the grooving funk rocker `Vado Verso...' will get your hips shaking in no time, and `In Un Vecchio' could lift you away to the clouds with it's blissful dreamy harmonies. The band definitely seemed to have an international audience in mind too, with tracks like the powerhouse `Mirror Train', the howling `Everybody's Gonna See You Die' and grinding Jimi Hendrix-like `Lady Power' all utilizing English vocals and having a more straight-forward rock sound.

My first exposure to the band was their fourth album `Landscape of Life', and although being somewhat indifferent to that one overall, I was more impressed here and wish I had started with the debut all along. OK, so there's still that somewhat confusing lack of proper cohesion or direction, and the band seem to want to tick as many boxes and cover all bases as possible. I also find their baffling decision to use both English and Italian vocals confusing, and I really wish it would be one or the other (by that, I mean just Italian!). But there's no denying the talent and ambition on display here, and listeners who enjoy adventurous 60's flavoured rock and want to hear the early development of Italian progressive music should love this work.

`L'uomo' is now reissued with the follow-up album soundtrack album `Milano Calibro 9' on a single budget priced CD, so there's never been a better time to pick up a copy!

Three and a half stars.

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4.25 | 291 ratings

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Palepoli
Osanna Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by siLLy puPPy
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5 stars Another masterpiece I never grow tired of hearing. This was a huge ambitious leap from their first two albums that were much less progressive than this one. PALEPOLIS was the name of the pre-Greek settlment of Naples, OSANNA's home turf.

While most Italian bands were going down the symphonic prog road laid down by Genesis, OSANNA dared to really push the envelope and create something really unique. In fact, Genesis chose them to tour with them in 72 out of the gazillion bands who would've loved to be in that position. Probably due to the fact that OSANNA themselves were influencial by being one of the first bands to incorporate facepaint and theatrics to their live sets.

The music is eclectic. There seems to be some King Crimson influence in the more jazzy rockin' parts but there is a healthy dose of Neapolitan Mediterranean traditional influence (I call it grape stomping music) and lots of other influences as well. The usual pattern is for an idea to develop into a beautiful melodic movement and then abruptly change into another with some chaotic sprinklings. Great guitar and sax solos as well. The lyrics (in Italian) are about mythology and social themes. This album is crying out for a remastering, otherwise it's perfect.

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3.53 | 63 ratings

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Landscape Of Life
Osanna Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by GKR

4 stars Landscape of Life is the more ecletic work of the classical line-up of Osanna. At the peak of their form, they allow themselves to play a little of other things of chords and music arreanging. Heavily electric, full of distortions, the album highlights the distorted flute of Elio Danna and the guitar of Danilo Rustici - showed in the suberb closing song.

The album also is quite cohesive, the songs talk to each other better perhaps than Milan Calibro 9, and they all (although not again quite remarcably) are worth of listen, since its the last work with the full line-up that made Osanna be Osanna.

Its a 3,5 rounded to four, perhaps.

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Milano Calibro 9
Osanna Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by GKR

4 stars A quite different work from the hard rock debut, Milan Calibro 9 shows a more ecletic Osanna, playing music written and arreanged for a movie picture. A lot more instrumental passages shows the band quality, specially the flute playing of Elio Danna and the keyboards and good agency before the group of Lino Vairetti - which, if someone have doubt to be the heart of Osanna, its enough to check their "Palepolitana".

Its not a remarcably album, but quite good, and short passages plus "My mind flies again" made Milano Calibro 9 a album worth of listen, not only by itself but to understand the evolution of the band - just about to release their masterpiece "Palepoli".

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4.25 | 291 ratings

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Palepoli
Osanna Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by GKR

5 stars How to describe this gem?

Personally, this a key album for me. On the time I hear most of heavy metal (I was a child!!!) the only Prog thing I heard was Jethro Tull. Then, an interesting band came along, with flute but something else: it was "L'uomo" (review comming soon). Listening to the next works of the band was something natural, as I always hear everything cronologically, that Jimi Hendrix, Jethro Tull, VDGG style soon evolve to something astonishing. And, better yet, something unique.

"Palepoli" is the only album that goes otherwordly but present and being an agent inreality. As music should be. Always.

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3.62 | 107 ratings

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L'uomo
Osanna Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by GKR

4 stars Osanna is a important group for me. Along with Jethro Tull (mainly for the flute, instrument I love) they were the first groups to introduce me to Progressive Rock. And I have no complains - Osanna's first album is absolutely amazing.

It comprizes the whole zeitgeist of the heavy psychdelic Jimi Hendrix driven sound, plus various aspects of italian folk. I loved the way they start and ends the sides of the LP with nicely acoustic guitar. The electric guitar, since we mention, itsa gas! Completly in tune with the most agressive parts of the music. The flute style of Elio Danna is also something to praise, probably the second in my flutist list.

The album isnt exactly the most progressive of the group - they still need the "Milano Calibro" to develop a most ecletic sound and then attcack with the masterpiece of "Palepoli".

But this one is a complete and independent work, worth to be listen by anyone.

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3.15 | 30 ratings

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Suddance
Osanna Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
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3 stars In mid-70's occured what was appearing in the horizon, Osanna disbanded for the first time.Rustici and D'Anna went to the UK to form Uno, while Vairetti and Guarino revived their old group Cittą Frontale.Later Rustici and D'Anna joined Danilo's brother Corrado in the Jazz Rock act Nova that had a good yet short career.Back in Italy Rustici, Vairetti and Guarino made an attempt to reform Osanna with newcomers bassist Enzo Petrone (ex-Moby Dick) and keyboardist Fabrizio D'Angelo, an effort finally resulting to a new studio album in 1978, entitled ''Suddance'' and release on CBS.

As most of the previous acts of the old Osanna members had a more jazzy sound, the new Osanna formation had reasonably enough Jazz and Fusion influences to be regarded as a totally different band.Additionally the new album is almost entirely sung in the Neapolitan dialect.Musically ''Suddance'' swirls around the Jazz Rock and Prog/Fusion realms with keyboards in evidence and little connections with the classic style of the group.Actually Osanna resemble more to bands such as BRAND X than any Classic Italian Prog group.Plenty of synthesizer flights and naughty electric piano passages define the new style of the group.The tracks are also characterized by some nice grooves, fiery interplays and a competitive rhythm section, as a whole the group reminds also a bit of GENTLE GIANT later days.Even Rustici's guitars are delivered either in a jazzy enviroment or in a pure JOHN MCLAUGHLIN more virtuosic style.The later parts of the album contain also some more commercial vibes.Half about of the long ''Chiuso qui'' sounds like Lounge Jazz, while the closing and dreadful ''Naples in the World'', the only track sung in English, sounds like the poorest version of GENTLE GIANT.

This short-lived version of the Italian legends wasn't meant to be and after the new split Danilo Rustici formed the commercial Rock group Luna.Several attempts to revive the group appeared over the years, mainly led by Lino Vairetti, and the albums released contain mostly old reworkings of compositions of the group from the old repertoire.

''Suddance'' is a nice album along the lines of the more Jazz-oriented Prog categories.Demanding, attractive, at moments quirky, but also having a few flaws as a typical product of its release's age.Nevertheless, recommended.

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 Milano Calibro 9 by OSANNA album cover Studio Album, 1972
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Milano Calibro 9
Osanna Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by coasterzombie

4 stars Despite being largely instrumental and partially composed by Luis E. Bacalov, the soundtrack to Milano Calibro 9 is Osanna's most successful effort as a band and their best album in my opinion. L'Uomo was a laborious debut, and the popular Palepoli is too fractured and chaotic for my tastes; Milano Calibro 9 finds a perfect middle ground, blending the band's hard-rocking beginnings with later diverse influences seamlessly. Interestingly, the album is not a soundtrack at all but a separate studio recording of the film's score - the music heard in the actual film was performed and recorded live and differs significantly from the LP version. The album is a more concise and calculated rendering of those somewhat raw and off-the-cuff performances. Also of interest is "Canzona," which is not featured in the movie at all, but tacked on to the end of the soundtrack and the only true vocal track here. Milano Calibro 9 can be placed among the great film soundtracks of all time, matching Goblin's best work and even exceeding it on some levels.

Milano Calibro 9 is an Italian crime thriller with plenty of action and creative cinematography. After the respective success of L'Uomo and New Trolls' Concerto Grosso, Osanna and Bacalov were paired to score the film. Bacalov's distinctive orchestration is primarily limited to the first two pieces, "Preludio" and "Tema." The first is led by a repeating piano figure that is used throughout the film as incidental music. "Preludio" builds on the piano motif, gradually adding heavy guitar and strings, before the band proper enters fully. Osanna's characteristic flute sound makes an appearance or two, while singer Lino Varietti is no where to be found (he is also credited with ARP synthesizer, which is heard briefly oscillating at the end). "Tema" is a far more restrained affair, gently balancing delicate piano and strings as Danilo Rustici strums crystalline chords. The guitarist then impresses with a backwards guitar solo as drums and bass pump and sway. This first nine minutes of music are moody, over-the-top and self-important...a true RPI fan's dream.

A series of "Variazione" pieces make up the bulk of the album, and are nothing more than Osanna jamming out to the movie. The music is strong enough to stand on its own, but seeing it in context certainly helps. Highlights abound, but specifically "Variazione II (My Mind Flies)" and the spacey atmosphere it creates is extremely rewarding, particularly the acoustic bridge where Varietti enters for the first time. The instrumentals continue with the Tullish "Variazione III," heavy riffing on "Variazione IV," bluesy swagger of "Variazione VI," and jazz tones on "Variazione VII." Though these diverse elements seem random and arbitrary it somehow just works. Tying everything together is the saccharine "Canzona (There Will Be Time)." The song showcases the collaborative spirit with Bacalov, perhaps even more than his work with New Trolls. Lyrically the song is inspired by T.S. Eliot's poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," and embodies the anguish and cautious optimism of that work commendably. Milano Calibro 9 is a must for OST collectors and any RPI enthusiast; the general prog audience may find the album boring with repeated listens.

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