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Founded in Marghera, Venice, Italy in 1966 - Hiatus from 1982-1986 - Still active as of 2019

Excellent early-70's Italian progressive trio (still around today) with classical stylings, featuring keyboards to the fore and a unique dreamy/powerful style. Le ORME was one of the three major Italian groups, the other two being PFM and BANCO. This band is usually considered as the Italian EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER and even BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO by the Italian singing. Its music is based upon organ developments and soli reminding Seventies groups which works are essentially built upon keyboards parts.

The band's truly classic period begins with their third next releases. "Uomo Di Pezza" (1972) is one of Le Orme's definitive Italian progressive rock albums. Although there is definitely an significant EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER influence here, as in the bombastic Moog and Hammond workouts countered by mellow balladry. It's not quite as integrated a feel as would characterize their next two albums, "Felona E Sonora" and "Contrappunti", though its fantastic nonetheless, and one of Le ORME's three essential albums. "Collage" and especially "Florian" offer a music tinged with classical music. "Felona E Sonora" (1973) is probably one of my top favorite Italian progressive rock albums. "Contrappunti" (1974) is another fantastic Le ORME album, and really the close of their classic trilogy. This album would effectively close out the band's streak of success.

"In Concerto" is an excellent live album from 1974 with many unreleased tracks. "Piccola Rapsodia Dell' Ape" is more recent, an excellent mixing of Progressive and Italian baroque music. "Collage" and especially "Florian" offer a music tinged with classical music. In 1993 the Japanese progrock label Crime Records released the 2-CD "Live Orme" with live-material from '75-'77. A far more captivating document than "In Concerto" from '74.

Their story goes on. After "Piccola Rapsodia Dell' Ape" (1980), in 1982 the band decides to break up. In 1986 they rejoin only for concerts but in 1990 a further work is issued ("Orme"). In 1992 Tony Pagliuca leaves the band, replaced by Michele Bon. That year they obtain the title of best Live-Act band seen in Italy. They never give up symphonic prog and their further works show it clearly. In spite of the success obtained by their live performances, in 1996 they publish a suite ("Il fiume"). After obtaining a great success at the Los Angeles PROG FEST and at th...
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LE ORME top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.83 | 106 ratings
Ad Gloriam
1969
3.86 | 331 ratings
Collage
1971
4.22 | 709 ratings
Uomo Di Pezza
1972
4.25 | 994 ratings
Felona E Sorona
1973
3.72 | 89 ratings
Felona & Sorona (English language version)
1973
3.98 | 278 ratings
Contrappunti
1974
2.85 | 125 ratings
Smogmagica
1975
3.53 | 142 ratings
VeritÓ Nascoste
1976
3.53 | 148 ratings
Storia O Leggenda
1977
3.81 | 138 ratings
Florian
1979
3.18 | 79 ratings
Piccola Rapsodia Dell'Ape
1980
1.74 | 45 ratings
Venerdý
1982
1.48 | 55 ratings
Orme
1990
3.50 | 91 ratings
Il Fiume
1996
2.92 | 43 ratings
Amico Di Ieri
1997
3.87 | 151 ratings
Elementi
2001
3.78 | 124 ratings
L'Infinito
2004
3.61 | 120 ratings
La Via Della Seta
2011
2.89 | 26 ratings
Felona E/And Sorona 2016
2016
3.44 | 25 ratings
ClassicOrme
2017
3.67 | 21 ratings
Sulle Ali Di Un Sogno
2019

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

3.61 | 55 ratings
In Concerto
1974
3.50 | 27 ratings
Live Orme
1986
4.64 | 64 ratings
Live In Pennsylvania (2CD + DVD)
2008
3.30 | 10 ratings
Progfiles: Live In Rome
2010

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

2.47 | 31 ratings
L'aurora delle Orme
1970
3.69 | 4 ratings
Beyond Leng
1975
2.75 | 4 ratings
Canzone d'amore
1976
5.00 | 1 ratings
Le Orme Vol. 1
1977
5.00 | 1 ratings
Le Orme Vol. 2
1977
3.25 | 4 ratings
Le Orme Antologia 67-69 vol.1
1978
4.25 | 4 ratings
Le Orme (70s collection) - 1983
1983
2.17 | 6 ratings
Grandi Incontri
1990
3.14 | 13 ratings
Antologia 1970-1980
1993
2.70 | 5 ratings
Le Orme
1996
4.00 | 4 ratings
"Gioco Di Bimba" E Altri Successi
1998
3.76 | 10 ratings
Studio Collection 1970 - 1980
2005
3.50 | 8 ratings
1967 - 1969 - Le Origini
2005
3.50 | 2 ratings
I Successi
2006
4.67 | 3 ratings
Studio Collection 1970/ 1980 (slim case edition)
2006
4.20 | 5 ratings
The Collection
2008
4.41 | 17 ratings
The Universal Music Collection (11 CD)
2009
4.37 | 19 ratings
Felona e Sorona - Deluxe Edition (English and Italian versions)
2011

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

2.40 | 5 ratings
Senti L'Estate Che Torna
1968
2.33 | 6 ratings
In Fiori E Colori
1968
2.60 | 5 ratings
Milano 1968
1968
2.40 | 5 ratings
Senti L'Estate Che Torna / Fiori E Colori
1968
2.60 | 5 ratings
Irene
1969
3.40 | 5 ratings
Il Profumo Delle Viole
1970
3.40 | 5 ratings
L'Aurora
1970
3.83 | 6 ratings
Sguardo Verso Il Cielo
1971
4.17 | 6 ratings
Gioco Di Bimba
1972
3.00 | 4 ratings
Felona
1973
3.75 | 4 ratings
Frutto Acerbo
1974
3.75 | 4 ratings
Sera
1975
3.75 | 4 ratings
VeritÓ Nascoste
1976
3.75 | 4 ratings
Amico Di Ieri
1976
3.00 | 3 ratings
Canzone D'Amore
1976
4.00 | 5 ratings
Se Io Lavoro
1977
3.33 | 3 ratings
Fine Di Un Viaggio
1979
3.00 | 3 ratings
Piccola Rapsodia Dell'Ape
1980
2.25 | 4 ratings
Rosso Di Sera
1982
2.50 | 4 ratings
Marinai
1982
2.00 | 4 ratings
Dimmi Che Cos'Ŕ
1987

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 Grandi Incontri by ORME, LE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1990
2.17 | 6 ratings

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Grandi Incontri
Le Orme Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Prog123

2 stars I wasn't expecting to see this compilation in PA, especially as I consider it more of an "object" for Le Orme devotees. I try to explain: in the "Quintet" phase Le Orme are simply an Italian Beat/ Psychedelic band that engages something progressive but only to try to differentiate from the other bands that were operating in Italy at the time. Many of the ideas that are exposed in music have aged too badly and are tied too much to a period of the late 60's where I listened to better things even between bands of their own subgenre. What strikes me positively, however, is the quest to stand out despite having no real idea where the music was heading. As is known, in fact, it was only with the trip to the "Isle of Wight Festival" in 1970 that the band realized what the international scene was proposing and what their new verb will be. In their first two albums ("Ad Gloriam" and "L'aurora delle Orme") there is only the germ of what Le Orme will be later on. Which is fundamental for the birth of the Italian progressive. But which, in a more international sense, is not memorable.
 Uomo Di Pezza by ORME, LE album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.22 | 709 ratings

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Uomo Di Pezza
Le Orme Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by ProfGrognon

5 stars Here is an album that I have known for several years and that I always hesitated to rate, so much it confused me at the first listening. I didn't know what to think of this strange mix between traditional Italian singing and progressive rock. It took me a long time, and several listenings, to finally understand that there lies the genius of this group. My mind, too much impregnated with the Anglo-Saxon prog, had not succeeded in opening itself immediately to this new approach so creative.

Today this album, which finally appears to me in all its extraordinary variety and complexity, delights me by the alternation, even the fight between the almost ethereal purity of the song, most often accompanied by a piano ("Une Dolezza Nuova"), a 12-string acoustic guitar or a liturgical organ, and the Hammond organ or the synthesizer, which introduce more rhythmic, even aggressive or oppressive parts ("La Porta Chiusa").

The three boys of Le Orme, undoubtedly very attentive to the music of their time, realize here a clever mixture of influences going from the Italian folklore ("Gioco Di Bimba") to the symphonic prog ("La Porta Chiusa" with the very Genesis accents) while passing by the fusion ("Alienazione" where we feel the influence of Santana, notably of the album "Abraxas").

But far from being satisfied to copy and assemble these multiple sources, they appropriate them to better transcend them and create a music and a sound quite unique and of an incredible lyricism. As for the realization, it is simply magnificent, as well on the level of the amazing quality of the sound as on the magnificent drawing of the cover.

I finally did the right thing not to rate this album from the first listening and to come back to it regularly, until I finally managed to grasp all the richness and beauty of it. And it is now without any hesitation that I give it 5 stars.

 Contrappunti by ORME, LE album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.98 | 278 ratings

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Contrappunti
Le Orme Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by BlazingProg

5 stars I would definitely consider this to be Le Orme's most underrated album. The keyboards are definitely prominent on this album. The first track "Contrappunti" is a fantastic opener to the album. The song starts off calm but picks up. This is one of the best Le Orme tracks! The next song "Frutto Acerbo" is also a very nice balled which has some great vocals. Another favorite of mine would be "Notturno" which has some great drumming on it. Overall I feel like this is a great Le Orme album and is a must listen for any fans of Le Orme or Italian prog!
 Contrappunti by ORME, LE album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.98 | 278 ratings

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Contrappunti
Le Orme Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by prog_traveller!!

4 stars "Contrappunti" from 1974 represents the end of an era for this band. For me personally, in addition to the previous two albums, this piece of music represents, I will say, a "trilogy" of albums that have definitely left their indelible mark in the progressive rock world.

The band continued the direction of keyboard-oriented progressive rock. The opening is entrusted to the title track. The piece is completely instrumental, featuring an introduction by Hammond, shortly after accompanied by the piano, a prime example of the powerful Italian keyboard prog.

"Frutto Acerbo" is a ballad, fantastic vocals and a great combination of acoustic guitar and piano give a beautiful combination of sound. "Aliante" offers the typical keyboard bombast and leads to the mysterious song "India". "La Fabbricante D┤Angeli" shows simpler song structures, but still sounds great. Mainly piano-based "Notturno", moves the album on to the grand finale with "Maggio" which brings eight minutes of progressive madness. It's as if all the elements this band had deliverd, came together - bombastic synths and the typical romantic singing sets in as it progresses, musical piece filled with various sounds and beautiful melodies.

 Uomo Di Pezza by ORME, LE album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.22 | 709 ratings

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Uomo Di Pezza
Le Orme Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by prog_traveller!!

4 stars Le Orme - UOMO DI PEZZA - 1972

This album represents a magnificent entry of the band not only on the Italian scene, but on the world prog scene. The magnificent sound of the organ at the beginning accompanied by fantastic drumming and bass line announces an incredible journey that this album will take you on.

The music is usually very calm and dreamy, dominated by piano and organ, synths or Mellotron and sometimes it's raw and intrusive. The sense of calm of this album is interrupted from time to time by the magnificent and bombastic sound of Hammond organ and Mogg.

The complete work represents an excellent and balanced structure. The melodic moments are perfectly composed and represent a well-conceived correspondence between music and vocals, which has been brought to perfection. The very transition between a calm melody and the elements of a heavy prog is incredibly thought off and always keeps you on the edge, but never wanders off and never loses meaning and focus.

 Felona E Sorona by ORME, LE album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.25 | 994 ratings

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Felona E Sorona
Le Orme Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by prog_traveller!!

5 stars The concept album "Felona e Sorona" by the Italian band Le Orme is a true masterpiece. Fourth studio album by the Venetian trio lasts only 33 minutes and 33 seconds, so a very short record. The album tells the story of two planets that are always rotating around each other, planets precisely named Felona and Sorona.

There are no weak measures, "Felona e Sorona" shows an enormous compositional skill and it has brought out the best in the three musicians.

The album, with all its twists and turns, is an emotional artistic whole. There are pieces with acoustic guitar, mysterious sounds and sadness, but there is also bombast and euphoria filled with classic passages, spacey sounds and psychedelic style.

It delivers radical changes not only in time, but also in mood and volume. The performance of the keyboard is excellent and the vocal is amazing, the full-fat sounding bass guitar not only has a supporting function, it's notes also contribute to the melodies, galloping organ playing and chirping moog walks, give the band a trademark sound and really after this album, there are no longer any references to other groups, it is pure Le Orme.

 Piccola Rapsodia Dell'Ape by ORME, LE album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.18 | 79 ratings

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Piccola Rapsodia Dell'Ape
Le Orme Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by kenethlevine
Special Collaborator Prog-Folk Team

3 stars Not since the twin punch of "Uoma di Pezza" and "Felona e Serona" in the early 1970s had these Italian giants exercised the same muscles for 2 successive albums, but apparently, after "Florian", they felt they still had another all acoustic album in them.

Now, "Piccolo Rapsodia Dell'Ape" is not by any means a clone of its predecessor even if the same instruments appear to have hidden out in the studio between sessions. It seems more rooted in the Italian tradition, though again spotlights a complex and brilliant chamber piece in the form of the title track. The first two songs, though, are more pop oriented, with "Raccogli Le Nuvole" being somewhat better thanks to the very chorus that seems overdone on the first few listens. I prefer the romantic "La Mia Sposa Bianca", which could have been on the wonderful "Storia o Leggenda" with a few amplifiers attached, and the equally soothing closing numbers, though nothing quite approaches the best on "Florian". Still, when you've got Aldo Tagliapietra in your corner, you have an unfair advantage, whatever the style or era.

Long before "unplugged" became a battle cry for all manner of mainstream artists, LE ORME showed how fresh original compositions could be the subject of not one but two acoustic recordings that, while not scaling their 1973 peak, are every bit as timeless.

 Contrappunti by ORME, LE album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.98 | 278 ratings

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Contrappunti
Le Orme Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by jamesbaldwin
Prog Reviewer

4 stars This album sees Gian Piero Reverberi, classical composer, entered the formation of Le Orme.

The Lp is characterized by the alternation of instrumental pieces with sung pieces. In the instrumental ones and in particular in the first, Reverberi, classical composer, makes an essential contribution in outlining an exceptional piece.

1. Counterpoints (5:56). vote 8,5 / 9. For a minute and a half there is a piece of church organ, remarkable, which introduces the atmosphere of the record, then the keyboards are unleashed, and in reality there is a competition of virtuosity, between piano (Reverberi), keyboards (and harpsichord) (Pagliuca), drums (De Rossi) and bass (Tagliapetra). However, they are virtuosity not an end in themselves, there are no musicians who go on to play each one for themselves (as often happens with EL&P), here everyone plays in order to arrive at an overall synthesis. After the harpsichord, the rhythmic progression restarts, ending with the emphatic final conclusion. Exceptional: if we consider the progress from Collage. It is the masterpiece of the record, and one of the absolute masterpieces of Italian progressive.

2. Frutto Acerbo (3:35). Ballad with the acoustic guitar, a delicate, Catholic love story, hints at the theme of adolescent virginity. Beautiful ballad, rating 7.5 / 8.

3. Aliante (3:20). Piece with electronic sounds and strong percussion, cybernetic, a little ugly. There is a drop in quality in the album. The "counterpoints" have begun: the odd pieces, usually instrumental, are very free-range, the even ones are very calms. Rating 6.

4. India (3:13). Initial vocal part, cybernetic solo in the middle that continues with the previous sounds, a little annoying but with an excellent bass, and final vocal part, very good. Rating 7,5.

Side B. 5. La Fabbricante D'Angeli (4:47) is sung with a very pumped concert style orchestral crescendo, rhythmically complex piece, but good, rating 7.5 / 8

6. Notturno (3:51) is an instrumental song conducted by Reverberi's piano with evocative classical accents. Rating 7+.

7. May (8:51): interlocutory instrumental start, conducted from the bass, then comes a church atmosphere with the keyboards, and in fact the vocals speak of a nun who is reflected, we are in the wake of the Catholic tradition, both for music and for lyrics, an ideological manifesto that places Le Orme on the "Right" of the student movement of the Seventies within which the prog of Pfm, Banco and Area was born. Then another instrumental piece with the sounds of Pagliuca's keyboards arrives, and it seems a bit annoying, there is still a great work of arrangement, and then the vocals returns. Good melody of the singing, especially when Tagliapetra sings: The man is the greatest treasure on earth. Rating 8.

Total Time: 33:35

Overall, this album is

Rated 8+.

Four stars.

 Florian by ORME, LE album cover Studio Album, 1979
3.81 | 138 ratings

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Florian
Le Orme Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by zeuhl1
Collaborator RPI Team

4 stars Le Orme's penance album.

Very few have heard of Florian, including some Le Orme fans, and that is a shame. For the casual Le Orme fan, this won't even sound like the band. Shorn of the 'Le' for the first time, Orme are also shorn of all of their familiar instruments-electric bass, organ, synth, drum kit? None of these make an appearance on this album. Instead, Orme utilize violin, cello, acoustic guitar, bouzouki, vibraphone, marimba, hand drums, piano and harpsichord to create a chamber music effect that many have mistaken for the band performing with a smaller orchestra.

But fans of the band will still hear what makes the Le Orme sound so recognizable-close your eyes and listen to the violin and cello arrangements of the opener, title track Florian, and you can hear this song played as an organ/bass/drums arrangement that is dancing in the background. This theme continues throughout this baroque inflected mini gem, where those familiar with the band can interpolate these acoustic themes into more familiar electric arrangements. Another highlight is the album closer, El Gran Senser, with some attempted spacey moments and more playful string moments that wouldn't be out of place on a Kronos Quartet album. Very few weak points here, but for those expecting a full on electric blitz, this is not that at all.

One gets the impression that this is somehow late penance for the LA slickness that pooched the 1975 'recorded in California' album Smogmagica that nearly sank them. They recovered strongly on followup Verita Nacoste but couldn't really sustain it on 1977's Storia o Leggenda. Which makes this album so astounding-who would follow up a dollop of the worst of LA with a tribute to the first Gryphon album? Certainly one of the most peculiar follow ups to the usual career killing pop arc in the history of rock, an aberration so startling that one is temped to add another half star for sheer brazenness. Very few in rock could have pulled this off, and even fewer would attempt this, never mind it is the crucial cusp year of 1979 when prog rock officially abdicated. Delicate and beautiful, this album will bear repeated listenings.

Recommended for Le Orme fans that have a few albums under their belt, and acoustic classical/prog fans.

3.75 stars

 Felona E Sorona by ORME, LE album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.25 | 994 ratings

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Felona E Sorona
Le Orme Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by sgtpepper

5 stars This is clearly one of the best output of the progressive rock in Italy - Rock Progressive Italiano. All clicks well together - emotional vocals, strong instrumental moments when keyboards and drums/bass take the progressive lead like on the first track. You can hear synths, organ, piano so typical minimal prog keyboard player equipmen at these times. The first track has a fantastic development from a bit majestic early sound of prog, then vocals come in and with some tension in the synth. The bass is quite audible and muscular. The speed increases and the powerful rhythm trio is excelling turning into a futuristic Moog solo while closely supported by bass and drums. "Felona" and "Serona" are two lovely stripped-down ballads. "L'equilibrio" has a certain Genesis organ feeling in the first part; no worries because the instrumental peak with keyboard/synths chops is arriving at 2:40 - a perfect culmination albeit too short before sliding into a retrospective vocal led part. "Attese Inerte" is a showcase for the bass guitar."All'Infuori Del Tempo" gives majestic feelings with solemn keyboards and finally we distinctly hear some guitar - acoustic one. "Ritorno al nulla" sounds like an apex, all instrumentalists being busy and intense but mainly the drummer.

Excellent album; I just regret that the compositions aren't longer - the album deserves it indeed!

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