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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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PalepoliPalepoli
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Warner Italy 2012
Audio CD$6.14
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L'Uomo / Milano Calibro 9L'Uomo / Milano Calibro 9
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Warner Italy 2012
Audio CD$6.18
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SuddanceSuddance
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Imports 2014
Audio CD$10.31
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Landscape of LifeLandscape of Life
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Disk Union Japan 2004
Audio CD$49.88
$51.94 (used)
Preludio Temo VariazioniPreludio Temo Variazioni
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Btf 2008
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L'UomoL'Uomo
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Btf 2008
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Milano Calibro 9 (Mini Lp Sleeve)Milano Calibro 9 (Mini Lp Sleeve)
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Disk Union 2004
Audio CD$26.82 (used)
Rosso Rock: Live in JapanRosso Rock: Live in Japan
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Imports 2012
Audio CD$17.97
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Le Piu' Belle CanzoniLe Piu' Belle Canzoni
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Warner Italy 2006
Audio CD$12.15
$20.00 (used)
MILANO CALIBRO 9(SHM)(paper-sleeve)(reissue) by OSANNA [Music CD]MILANO CALIBRO 9(SHM)(paper-sleeve)(reissue) by OSANNA [Music CD]
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3.62 | 100 ratings
L'uomo
1971
3.47 | 62 ratings
Milano Calibro 9
1972
4.24 | 262 ratings
Palepoli
1972
3.51 | 59 ratings
Landscape Of Life
1974
3.13 | 29 ratings
Suddance
1978
2.04 | 9 ratings
Taka Boom
2001
3.68 | 35 ratings
Osanna & David Jackson - Prog Family
2009

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

3.86 | 7 ratings
Rosso Rock - Live in Japan
2012

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

4.73 | 3 ratings
Tempo
2013

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

3.36 | 6 ratings
Osanna Live Uomini E Miti
2003
3.90 | 11 ratings
Le Più Belle Canzoni Degli Osanna
2006

OSANNA Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

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 Tempo by OSANNA album cover DVD/Video, 2013
4.73 | 3 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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 L'uomo by OSANNA album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.62 | 100 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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 Palepoli  by OSANNA album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.24 | 262 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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 Suddance by OSANNA album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.13 | 29 ratings

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Suddance
Osanna Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

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 Città 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
3.47 | 62 ratings

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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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 L'uomo by OSANNA album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.62 | 100 ratings

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L'uomo
Osanna Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by coasterzombie

2 stars While I realize 1971 was not exactly a watershed year for Italian Progressive rock music, the debut album from Osanna did not capitalize on the success of colleagues Le Orme and New Trolls, both of whom released outstanding albums that year. L'Uomo is not terrible by any stretch of the imagination, but is only recommended for Osanna fans and RPI collectors. There are some good ideas here, but much of it is far too derivative and hokey to truly enjoy. However, from a historical standpoint it does at least deserve a review as one of the first psych/beat albums to come out of Italy that really started to incorporate more interesting ideas. Most of these ideas would not be fully realized until their third album, Palepoli.

The album starts off with some trippy synth effects set against acoustic guitar, as an almost space-rock vibe in "Introduzione" quickly gives way to a bluesy rock showcase. The Jethro Tull comparisons will start here, and L'Uomo never moves out of that shadow. The title track shows a lot of promise, but is simply far too short! Just when it starts to get interesting, someone had the awful idea to transition right into "Mirror Train," a cheesy blues/jazz hybrid sung in broken English. Danilo Rustici starts to assert himself here; quite a competent guitar player that knows all his licks and scales, but has neither the creativity or fluidity his brother Corrado would later display in Cervello (and in a limited capacity on the Osanna album Landscape of Life). "Non Sei Visuto Mai" is a meandering mess that recycles the beginning of "Introduzione."

The Hendrix influence is clear in "Vado Verso Una Meta"; "In un Vecchio Cieco" is far more original, and I think the saving grace of L'Uomo. Here we finally get to hear the band Osanna and their true potential, but again the song never gets off the ground and collapses into a noise-freak-fest that would make Frank Zappa smile. The remainder of the second side is largely forgettable, failing to leave any lasting impression, but is not so bad that I wouldn't say it's just acceptable. Osanna missed the mark on their debut but luckily, unlike many of their contemporaries, would last long enough to grow and develop.

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 Landscape Of Life by OSANNA album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.51 | 59 ratings

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Landscape Of Life
Osanna Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars In 1974 Osanna headed for the studio to record their fourth album ''Landscape of life''.During the recordings conflicts between the band members not only were a sign of the upcoming demise of Osanna, but Corrado Rustici (Danilo's younger brother from Cervello) and drummer Enzo Vallicelli had to be recruited in order to finish the album's recording procedure.Eventually this was released on Fonit for the Italian market and Peters International for the US one.

Five out of the seven compositions were sung in English, indicating the band was in search for some foreign success.Musically half about of the album is still grounded in the very complex approach of ''Palepoli'', though the symphonic and folky parts are very limited and the band focused on promoting the attacking saxes and heavy flute solos of Elio D'Anna (strongly influenced by VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR) through the complicated guitar-based Hard/Psychedelic Rock tracks, which contain powerul rhythms and plenty of breaks.Organs and Mellotron are used on the softer moments of the tracks (like on the opening minutes) and even these remind a lot of PETER HAMMIL's company.The English vocals are well delivered, still I miss the Italian taste of Rustici's voice.The surprise comes from the closing tracks ''Fiume'' and ''Somehow, Somewhere, Sometime'', where Osanna show their more emotional side.''Fiume'' is actually a nice ballad, based on the mellow acoustic guitars of Corrado Rustici and the delicate flute of D'anna to go along with sensitive vocals, while ''Somehow, Somewhere, Sometime'' is a totally new ground for the band, sort of a mix between Hard/Blues Rock and Space/Fusion with great synths on the opening theme, nice bluesy solos on the middle part and a grandiose Mellotron-drenched farewell outro, definitely the album's best cut.

While ''Landscape of Life'' does not contain any of the most intricate moments of Osanna's career, it still is a well-crafted Progressive Rock album with some nice and complex ideas, just a bit uneven on the whole.Recommended overall.

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 L'uomo by OSANNA album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.62 | 100 ratings

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L'uomo
Osanna Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Warthur
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3 stars The band members sporting facepaint on the cover might recall Peter Gabriel's getup in Genesis from the era, but actually if there's one British band that Osanna draw on here it's actually Jethro Tull, with Elio D'anna's hard rock flute performances highly reminiscent of Ian Anderson's work. But just as Elio also offers excellent soloing on the piccolo and two flavours of saxophone, so too is the Osanna of L'Uomo distinctive and diverse and no mere imitators. Offering a rowdier, more overtly psychedelic and heavier progressive rock sound than the one they would offer on Palepoli, L'Uomo might be a little rough around the edges but it's still a decent debut, though there's an extent to which it comes at the cost of quality control.

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 L'uomo by OSANNA album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.62 | 100 ratings

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L'uomo
Osanna Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by 1967/ 1976

4 stars "L'Uomo" is an excellent album if you think to the level of 1971 music in Italy. However it sounds bad, because it mixed badly, without a bit of echo, with a flat style, where everything looks old. This is a problem of any period of record production in Italy. But here is exaggerated. Although this style is recognizable: Neapolitan Folk, Hard Rock, Beat, Rock Jam and Jimi Hendrix, all mixed with the guitar in the forefront and arrangements between Jethro Tull and Canterbury! The vocals are powerful and Garage Rock, just enough to highlight the power of music, power suppressed by mixing. There is an alternation between Italian language and English language, heard today, makes you smile. But in those years was truly innovative.

Very inspired album, then, "L'uomo", a preview of what would later become the RPI, a mix of desire to be personal and adaptation of the British Prog sung in Italian language. But here again with a certain amount of personality.

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 Palepoli  by OSANNA album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.24 | 262 ratings

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Palepoli
Osanna Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

5 stars Osanna's "Palepoli" is an exploratory masterpiece that lives up to the hype.

This as close to the edge as RPI gets and certainly threw me for a loop with its wild manic insanity and ultra-diverse innovative structure. It begins with the outrageous soundbites of children playing and cars honking and soon leads into a gorgeous flute passage. Italian vocals come in very Magma like, chanting and exuberant, and then it locks into an amazing ambient section with flute chimes and effective hi hat work. VDGG and King Crimson are the bands that spring to mind while listening to this epic that devours side one.

'Oro Caldo' works its way into the system spiralling with weird time sigs and chaotic sax squeals. It fades in and out with new compositional inventions, dramatic percussion. Then there is Mellotron bliss, and a heavy guitar immediately enters as flute goes wildly out of control. The musicianship is stunning; Danilo Rustici on guitars, vox organ, electric piano, and those pleasant vocal harmonies; Lino Vairetti is on lead vocals, rhythm guitars, ARP 2600, and Mellotron; Elio D'Anna is outstanding on tenor and soprano sax, and flute; Massimo Guarino is the drummer and also great on vibraphones; and finally Lello Brandi is on bass. Together they form a sound of immeasurable quality and innovation. The original approach is found on this album in the peak of the rise of prog in the early 70s. It stands the test of time over thre decades as being one RPI treasure to dig up and savour. The way this epic ends is quite remarkable with VDGG sax blasts and explosive percussion. Then there are backwards vocal over sweet flute and chimes and then a demented circus rhythm with RIO nuances. It is rather a dissonant avant garde sound that is blindingly refreshing in its origination. The second track is a short little shock called 'Stanza Città' that may as well have been part of the opening epic. How weird to end the vinyl side with this, but it contrasts well with all the intricacies and labyrinthine structures previously.

There is another side too and it is swallowed up on vinyl by the impressive epic 'Animale Senza Respiro'. This begins with some wild rhtyhms and then a chilling mellotron soaked verse, with lots of vocals carrying it along on waves of atmospherics. The lead guitar breaks through mercilessly with speed licks and a steady beat beneath. The heavier riff to follow is like Robert Fripp and the time sigs shift constantly, with jaw dropping precision. The sax returns like an old friend and crunches out something like Jackson would play. This is a great section that certainly grabbed me by the cerebral cortex and shook my eardrums. It even breaks into a rather ethereal echoing space effect, and after all the hyper strangeness an acoustic vibration sweeps over and gentler vocals giving our ears a breather.

Soon there are sounds of psychedelic experimentation with rather disconcerting reverberated guitar sweeps, and cymbal splashes. A fuzz guitar and sax blend in with an odd rhythm. The sound is dynamic as more flute flows beautifully on the crest of a wave of vocal harmonies. The music feels like it is thinking of where to go next and one is never sure with Osanna. Crimsonesque mellotron soaks up the atmosphere building to a high register like spaced violin. It sounds like Nektar when the multiple harmonies come in, though all in Italian. There are shades of PFM and Banco at this point, but it is broken by the gorgeous saz tones of D'Anna. The vocals become intense, the cadence quickens, then another time sig with wah-wah guitar is heard. Saxes compete for a while improvising and then a fabulous guitar riff interjects. The time sig is crazy and the music moves into an atonal jazz-freeform style, and it somehow returns to another time sig and another verse. Some jazz improvisation over a rather fast drum solo ends the epic. This is a dazzling triumph by any standards.

At the end of this I am convinced the album is indeed a masterpiece as I had heard over the years. Osanna dares to be different and has the musical virtuoso to back up the insane ideas. The interchanging sigs, and the strong compositional structure of the 2 epics are sheer genius and they explore music itself in order to reinvent the listening experience. I love how the band refuse to hold back and the result is a progressive dream. This is undoubtedly one of the greatest albums of the 70s when prog was king.

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