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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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3.63 | 117 ratings
L'uomo
1971
3.53 | 75 ratings
Milano Calibro 9
1972
4.25 | 327 ratings
Palepoli
1972
3.54 | 70 ratings
Landscape Of Life
1974
3.16 | 37 ratings
Suddance
1978
2.13 | 12 ratings
Taka Boom
2001
3.84 | 42 ratings
Osanna & David Jackson: Prog Family
2009
3.59 | 63 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
4.00 | 8 ratings
Rosso Rock - Live in Japan
2012

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

4.95 | 5 ratings
Tempo
2013

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

4.56 | 7 ratings
Le Più Belle Canzoni Degli Osanna
2006

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

0.00 | 0 ratings
There Will Be Time
1972

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 Palepolitana by OSANNA album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.59 | 63 ratings

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Palepolitana
Osanna Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

2 stars OSANNA created one of the most original and adventerous albums in the RPI catalogue back in 1973 with "Palepoli" so hearing that they had delivered a new album in 2015 certainly caught my attention. There is just one original member left in vocalist Lino Vairetti and we do get some special guests, especially sax player extraordinaire David Jackson(VDGG) along with singer Sophya Baccini. I can't say this album has done much for me overall, and it doesn't help that we get 12 tracks at under 38 minutes.

I do like the first song though and especially the way it starts with "Marmi" with the samples of a storm and someone running and the atmosphere. Almost spoken vocals before 2 minutes as it stays atmospheric and mellow. Some strings too and it turns fuller around 3 1/2 minutes. "Fenesta Vascia" stays very relaxed almost with a Celtic vibe as the vocals come in. Flute, piano and strings help out. "Michelemma" is the first uptempo track with strings, drums and more. Again there is a Celtic vibe to my ears. Not a fan of the vocals at all here, or the music for that matter. "Santa Lucia" sounds much better with the Fender Rhodes and drums as the vocals join in. It picks up and again i'm not impressed. I do like the guitar a lot that comes in late. "Anto Train" opens with piano melodies which I really enjoy then we get an atmospheric calm before 1 1/2 minutes. Some sax too as it blends into "Anni Di Piombo" which is very relaxed as reserved vocals join in. It does build some with drums later on then the tempo picks up around 3 minutes. A pretty good sound a minute later.

"Palepolitana" is different with that raw sounding guitar and upfront drumming. The vocals are more intense as well in this rocker. Some harmonica before 1 1/2 minutes followed by some good organ runs then the guitar returns followed by some amazing dissonant sax which is the best part of the whole album in my opinion. Vocals then return. "Made In Japan" opens with some welcomed melodic guitar lines as the bass, drums and organ help out. The vocals join in sounding really good here. Sadly when it picks up I think i'm listening to a late seventies pop song. "Canzone Amara" opens with strings as female vocals join in then male vocals as they sing apart and together. Not a fan. "Letizia" features some beautiful acoustic guitars throughout. "Ciao Napoli" is more Rock oriented with harmonica, guitar, drums and more. Vocals join in, it's okay but I can't get into this. "Profugo" opens with the sounds of waves and intricate sounds as the vocals join in, strings follow as the vocals continue. I like the vocals here. A really nice way to end the album.

I really am disappointed with this album but maybe it's just me as I see two written 5 star reviews ahead of mine. Fans only in my opinion.

 Palepolitana by OSANNA album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.59 | 63 ratings

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Palepolitana
Osanna Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by aprusso

5 stars Gosh. I was sort of expecting that after playing around in a wise way with their back catalogue for a number of years, very careful to keep it fresh and up with the times, Osanna (meaning Lino Vairetti) would have had t sink their teeth in their opera maestra. And what a gorgeous way to do that: a newly crafted, expanded version of Palepoli, which I consider the highest point of RPI (together with Banco's first three) and possibly up there in the olympus of progressive rock. A new Palepoli comes in guide of Palepolitana, a joyful chant to the city of Naples, with 'Santa Lucia' as my favourite prog song of 2015, all in between neapolitan folklore and serious rock music: a very good point made by a band that was brn almost 50 years ago and can still rock with energy and a point of excellence. And CD2 is Palepoli itself, bettered if possible, with readable lyrics, where the arcane meets the political, the contemporary issues of 1972's southern Italy the historical, the mythical the psychedelic. It's King Crimson meets Van der Graaf (thanks to Jaxxon indeed...) with a generous flavouring of italian tradition and jazzy chords all over again, and Oro Caldo, StanzaCitt' and Animale sending shivers down my spine as they did with the original issue, but with the additional high of a story that does not seem to end of even fade out! I'd love to see Palepolitana perfomed live (I read about 3,5 hours concerts!!), for the moment this double Cd does not leave my stereo. Long live Osanna, long live Lino Vairetti
 Tempo by OSANNA album cover DVD/Video, 2013
4.95 | 5 ratings

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Tempo
Osanna Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions Team

5 stars This amazing double DVD covers an important part in Osanna's discography and it's beautiful packaged in a digibook.

On Disc one we have the concert the band played in Naples in October 2012 with a lot of extra guests like David Jackson, Gianni Leone, Sophya Baccini, Giampiero Ingrassia, Tito Schipa Jr, Elio Eco, Maurizio Capone and Antonella Moreo. On the first part the band plays several of their classic tracks and some surprises.

On the part two of the DVD we have their soundtrack to the cult Italian movie Milano Calibro 9 called Preludio, tema, variazioni, canzona, released in 1972 in its entirety including the Rosso Rock Orchestra.

But it's in the Disc two that we have the biggest gem, an Osanna video Story. Including all the classic videos you've probably seem before on Youtube (but with the best quality possible), many of them recorded during the 70's on the Italian TV channel RAI, including lip synchinc moments of a gone time where Prog was on the open TV. Concluding we have videos recorded in their 00's comeback.

This amazing digibook was released through the Black Widow label and it is an OBLIGATORY item on any Prog collection and, of course, in any Osanna fan collection.

A must have!

 Palepolitana by OSANNA album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.59 | 63 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 accompanied Lino Vaireti in the last years, after releasing the weak "Prog Family", it comes a real strong album.

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.

Essential work to view Osanna, in these lates years, as a prolific group.

 Tempo by OSANNA album cover DVD/Video, 2013
4.95 | 5 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.

 L'uomo by OSANNA album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.63 | 117 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.

 Palepoli  by OSANNA album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.25 | 327 ratings

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Palepoli
Osanna Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

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.

 Landscape Of Life by OSANNA album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.54 | 70 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.

 Milano Calibro 9 by OSANNA album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.53 | 75 ratings

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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".

 Palepoli  by OSANNA album cover Studio Album, 1972
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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 heard everything cronologically (habit that strangely persists). Their sound was something strange... that Jimi Hendrix, Jethro Tull, VDGG style soon evolve to something astonishing. And, better yet, something unique.

"Palepoli" is one of those albums that get you already in the begining, and their fast shifts of mood and melodies always leaving you without air, instead of create a confusion or annoy.

"Palepoli" is the only album that goes otherwordly but still present and act as an agent in reality: "Fuje a chistu paese" its almost an anthem. Its music made as music should be made.

Thanks to ProgLucky for the artist addition.

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