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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 the PROG EAST in Quebec, they commit themselves to the new work which will be finished in 2001 ("Elemen...
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2.76 | 71 ratings
Ad Gloriam
1969
3.82 | 217 ratings
Collage
1971
4.22 | 483 ratings
Uomo Di Pezza
1972
4.26 | 623 ratings
Felona E Sorona
1973
3.66 | 56 ratings
Felona & Sorona (English language version)
1973
3.91 | 193 ratings
Contrappunti
1974
2.77 | 84 ratings
Smogmagica
1975
3.50 | 102 ratings
Verità nascoste
1976
3.47 | 102 ratings
Storia o leggenda
1977
3.72 | 91 ratings
Florian
1979
3.11 | 47 ratings
Piccola rapsodia dell'ape
1980
1.82 | 29 ratings
Venerdi
1982
1.44 | 31 ratings
Orme
1990
1.97 | 13 ratings
Biancaneve
1995
3.50 | 70 ratings
Il fiume
1996
3.06 | 28 ratings
Amico Di Ieri
1997
3.86 | 115 ratings
Elementi
2001
3.71 | 100 ratings
L'infinito
2004
3.58 | 87 ratings
La Via Della Seta
2011

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

3.58 | 35 ratings
In Concerto
1974
3.44 | 19 ratings
Live Orme
1986
4.58 | 41 ratings
Live In Pennsylvania (2CD + DVD)
2008
2.40 | 5 ratings
Progfiles: Live In Rome
2010

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2.43 | 24 ratings
L'aurora delle Orme
1970
3.69 | 4 ratings
Beyond Leng
1975
2.00 | 3 ratings
Canzone d'amore
1976
1.50 | 2 ratings
Le Orme Antologia 67-69 vol.1
1978
3.50 | 2 ratings
Le Orme (70s collection) - 1983
1983
2.00 | 3 ratings
Grandi Incontri
1990
3.06 | 9 ratings
Antologia 1970-1980
1993
2.48 | 3 ratings
Le Orme
1996
3.50 | 2 ratings
"Gioco Di Bimba" E Altri Successi
1998
3.58 | 12 ratings
Studio Collection 1970 - 1980
2005
2.50 | 4 ratings
1967 - 1969 - Le Origini
2005
2.00 | 1 ratings
I Successi
2006
4.00 | 1 ratings
Studio Collection 1970/ 1980 (slim case edition)
2006
3.00 | 1 ratings
The Collection
2008
3.67 | 15 ratings
The Universal Music Collection (11 CD)
2009
3.77 | 13 ratings
Felona e Sorona - Deluxe Edition (English and Italian versions)
2011

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 Elementi by ORME, LE album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.86 | 115 ratings

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Elementi
Le Orme Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by FXM

4 stars "Elementi" is an excellent release by Le Orme from 2001 which I have only recently acquired. It is the second release in a trilogy that started with "Il Fiume" and marks a triumphant return to form after some poor albums in the 1980's and early 1990's.

There has been changes to the line-up and only Aldo Tagliapietra and drummer Michi Dei Rossi remain from the 1970's. Michele Bon who first appeared on their previous album is back on keyboards and is joined by newcomer Andrea Bassato also on keyboards and violin. The new guys have injected a freshness to the music, given it more vitality. In places there is almost a hint of neo prog in the keyboard and guitar playing. I don't mean that in any derogatory way, it just gives the music a more contemporary feel, so rather than rehash the Le Orme sound of the 1970's they have evolved, progressed even.

Aldo Tagliapietra's voice is in fine form. As I don't speak Italian that vocals just become part of the music for me. The musicanship is first class, outstanding keyboard work, superb drumming, and great sitar playing on track 9 "Dove Tutto E'!" gives an eastern flavour to that track. This is followed by a majestic keyboard sound on next track.

The individual tracks on the album (all 14 of them) are short but the music seems to flow along almost seamlessly across many of the tracks so it doesn't sound like a collection of short pieces at all.

Overall the album has a joyous uplifting mood. It is one of the best releases by Le Orme in a long time. Maybe not quite a masterpiece but nevertheless it is a superb piece of music.

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3.58 | 35 ratings

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In Concerto
Le Orme Rock Progressivo Italiano

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

3 stars Released in the same year as their studio album `Contrappunti', Le Orme's 1974 live album `In Concerto' is a bruised, rough but occasionally beautiful gem, a fascinating document of the band quite far away from their lush and dreamy studio works. Admittedly the actual recording quality borders on that of a somewhat murky bootleg, but it's not unlistenable, and in addition to a new side-long composition not to be found on any studio album from the band, it highlights a selection of favourite works from their first three progressive albums in slightly reworked arrangements that are well worth listening to, especially if those much-loved studio discs are over-familiar at this point.

The first three minutes of the two part `Truck of Fire' deceptively opens with slightly malevolent pounding gothic classical piano, just a hint of tension, but no sign at all of the outright violence to come! When the tornado of noise hits, it's like a snarling, dirty gnashing and smashing punch to the face as you run head-first into a brick wall. This is the most cacophonous explosion we've ever heard from the band, a vile and addictive free-form jazz tsunami, a frantic race of Tony Pagliuca's deranged infernal Hammond violation, apocalyptic whip-storm powerhouse drumming from Michi Dei Rossi and sludgy wet bass from Aldo Tagliapietra. Witness whirling dancing nubile native Moogs, virgin-sacrificing ritualistic maddening cult-like drum soloing and loopy ambient electronic weirdness that suggests R2-D2 is recording the whole thing! There's even little traces of the early psychedelic days of Pink Floyd and the Soft Machine here, and I love how the piece plays with expectations of what is probably expected of the band, in other words the more lovely and soothing passages found on their studio albums. The second half starts as a more dreamy vocal section, curiously sung in English (although the band had released an English language version of `Felona e Sorona' by this point), but it's not worth complaining about the language choice because the voice passages are only very short and definitely not the focus here. Alternatively floating then imperialistic synths with repetitive punchy bass lines and confident outbursts, the whole piece quickly dissolves back into wild unhinged noise before finally imploding.

The band then runs through a selection of tracks from their previous studio albums, and all have a wonderful ragged and more loose quality that is quite thrilling to hear in comparison. There's the beautiful humming Hammond, electric piano and bouncy bass on `Sguardo Verso Il Cielo', and in particular it's nice to hear Aldo a little rougher around the edges, not being able to take the time to carefully perfect his voice as usual in the studio. `Preludio a Era Inverno' is a nightmarish and suspenseful thick electronic interlude with tiny glistening raindrops of organ and sharp percussion, with an atmospheric and doomy outro. Aldo's vocals are again coarse and commanding on `Era Inverno', given a more powerful interpretation with a wonderfully urgent and deranged drum and Hammond sprint in the middle. Then there's a thrilling pulse-quickening rendition of the closing number from the `Felona...' album, `Ritorno Al Nulla', and a snappy run-through of the addictive and pompous church organ instrumental `Collage' that opened the album of the same name to finish on.

It has to be said that `In Concerto' is probably not a good representation of the kind of works usually associated with Le Orme, but like only the best live albums, this one stands apart from the studio discs and takes on a character all it's own. Many listeners will have extreme issues with the sound quality (that's why I'm marking the disc down a little more than it probably deserves), but especially for the `Trucks of Fire' first side, it adds a darker energy to the performance and creates an intense atmosphere. This is definitely one live album worth investigating after you've made your way through their classic studio albums from the same period.

Three stars.

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 Contrappunti by ORME, LE album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.91 | 193 ratings

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Contrappunti
Le Orme Rock Progressivo Italiano

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

4 stars Poor old `Contrappunti'...coming after three of Le Orme's more defining and higher regarded albums such as `Collage', `Uomo di Pezza' and `Felona e Sorona', this solid work is frequently seen as something of a step down in comparison to the quality of those ones. This despite the fact there's not a bad track to be found here, and a whole lot of different styles and sounds that show the band experimenting and challenging themselves. Mixing acoustic ballads with daring instrumental pieces and experimental passages, the album is well titled in `Counterpoints', and it greatly improves on repeated listens to quickly prove it's worth alongside their other early 70's classics in it's own right.

`Contappunti' is definitely not the band merely on auto-pilot and lazily recreating music in the same style as what has come before. Right from the opening title track instrumental, the band is more bombastic, frantic and noisier that anything heard on their previous discs. It's perhaps a little modelled after Emerson, Lake and Palmer, but some that dismiss this piece because of that are being a little harsh. It's a bombardment of heavy Hammond organ crunching, eerie Moog and creeping piano with Michi Dei Rossi's furious drumming, but there's a lovely ambient floating synth passage in the middle too. There's such a threatening menace to the urgency in the final minute as well! `Frutto Acerbo' is a nice come-down, a sweetly warm and sedate acoustic ballad, full of dreamy haziness through a wistful vocal from Aldo Tagliapetra and the slightest of Mellotron wisps. `Aliante' is a noodly experimental piece that almost ends up quite symphonic in parts, full of stop/start patterns of punchy drumming and Tony Pagliuca's loopy electronic shimmers. There's psychedelic unease with some thick ominious bass throughout `India', spiced with seriously disorientating clockwork-like synth loops, ghostly faraway Mellotron choir calls and an intoxicating middle-eastern vibe.

`La Fabbricante...' that opens the second side is a gentle acoustic rocker that includes a twinkling-star synth pulse, Renaissance-like piano pomp and a joyous Mellotron melody around a heartfelt and comforting vocal from Aldo, all over deceptively busy drum-work and a blustery Yes-styled finale. `Notturno' is a restrained and achingly beautiful piano, Mellotron and organ interlude with a creepy suspensful and bent middle paired with a pulsing drum-beat that makes it truly perfect for night-time listening. The band close on a complex nine minute number `Maggio', overloaded with warped wavering quirky synth freakouts, hypnotic bass and intricate drum-patterns around a main tune that is truly a joyous flight of fancy, with plenty of upbeat positivity and the band truly brimming with confidence.

It says a lot to me that several of the people I think so highly of on the Prog Archives rate this album very highly, and I've sure come to love it in the same way. Besides, `Smogmagica' was to show up only a year later, and considering this album is sometimes considered a little unspecial, there's nothing here that's even close to the same level of disappointment to be discovered with the mostly average material on that one. As far as I'm concerned, Le Orme had a terrific run of five albums in a row (the above mentioned as well as the live `In Concerto' LP), and `Contrappunti' is an excellent addition for followers of Le Orme, and for curious newcomers wanting to look into this classic Italian prog band after they've checked out the previous works from the group.

Four stars.

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 Felona E Sorona by ORME, LE album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.26 | 623 ratings

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Felona E Sorona
Le Orme Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Mr. Mustard

4 stars What the band achieved in their previous album they perfected to form one of the most essential Italian prog albums, Felona De Sorona. It is in all respects identical in sound to their previous such that it could be considered an extension of it, yet the songwrting is even more solid. The eclectic nature of the band is still present, combing the sounds of symphonic rock, jazz, and the intensity and beauty of RPI.

Like the previous album, the songs are for the most part consistent, and cover a plethora of styles and sounds. The opening song is example enough, switching from high energy prog, to beautifully defined themes, to delicate yet brooding atmospheres. Besides this, the band can slow the intensity a bit to achieve the melodic fun of songs like 'Felona.' Each song is a constant surprise, yet nothing out of the realm of the band's sound. Perhaps the most astonishing fact is that it is all achieved in only 33 minutes. The succinct nature of the album is probably its strongest point, as it could have easily gone for another 10 minutes, but it needn't.

Perhaps the only weak point is in the middle, with the two song series of 'Serona' and 'Attesa Inerte,' whose song structures are a bit repetitive and without any real dynamic melodies. But this can be overlooked with the strength of the rest of the album.

Overall, Felona De Sorona is a great follow up to their previous, and is a good example of an album that achieves dramatic intensity and melodic prowess, all while retaining that classic Italian prog sound.

8/10

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 Uomo Di Pezza by ORME, LE album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.22 | 483 ratings

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Uomo Di Pezza
Le Orme Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Mr. Mustard

4 stars Le Orme is considered one of the big three of Italian Progressive Rock along with Banco and PFM, and not unlike these two, the band plays a very unique style of music that has elements of symphonic, jazz, and the melodic leanings of pop music to form a truly eclectic experience. A continuation of the sound established on their first couple albums, Uomo Di Pezza is probably the band's first essential album and has its fair share of exciting, dramatic, and beautiful moments alike.

The general sound is similar to the previous two, which is best stated as a combination of PFM, Banco, and ELP. The keyboard is the dominant instrument, along with drums high in the mix. Each song offers something unique as there is nothing really weak. There are some highs and lows, but overall the musical journey is fairly consistent from beginning to end, albeit a rather short one at only 32 minutes. Nonetheless, the variety of songs is fantastic; straight up bombastic prog can be heard in most songs, especially the lengthier 'La Porta Chiusa,' but they have no problem with slowing down in parts, and have their fair share of melodic moments, such as in the short but sweet 'Gioco Di Bimba,' or the darker and disconcerting 'Breve Immagine.'

Le Orme certainly hit the mark on this album that wasn't quite reached in their previous. Though not quite as strong as the following album, the strong songwriting with a successful intertwining of melody, atmosphere, and progressive intensity makes this one of Italy's better offerings.

7/10

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 Felona E Sorona by ORME, LE album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.26 | 623 ratings

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Felona E Sorona
Le Orme Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by siLLy puPPy

4 stars A beautiful concept album of symphonic space rock by one of the more successful Italian groups of the 70s. LE ORME released FELONA E SORONA in both Italian and English but I have only heard the former. A fairly well known concept album about two planets revolving around each other but never making contact. Felona is the planet where everything works well and all is good while Sorona is darkened and suffers from plagues and catastrophes. In the second half of the album the planets experience a reversal of polarity and their fortunes become inverted.

A very pleasant listen but to me this seems like a lofty concept for just over 33 minutes of music. I'm not fluent in Italian so i'm not sure what the lyrics represent. The music is great and I really like this album but it's not really dynamic enough for me to consider this a masterpiece. If the whole album was more like the last track "Ritorno Al Nulla," I think i'd like this album more.

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 Il fiume by ORME, LE album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.50 | 70 ratings

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Il fiume
Le Orme Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by sinslice

4 stars Trying to return to the good sources.

Le Orme is stripped here pop stage the previous fifteen years, and attempts to return to its wonderful beginnings. Something obvious is that the instrumental quality is intact, like the voice of Tagliapietra. The keyboards take most of the limelight, even running synthesized electric guitars.

Musical piece is a 36-minute, concise and effective. I guess that most of the low ratings are due to his short time and his light music without dark atmospheres. Rather transmits joy and beauty.

Good instrumentals led by the piano, and accurate and lucid melodies. There is no outline of dissonance or harshness. Aggiornado or updated sound, but effective. In the next decade the group do two albums in the same direction, and best yet. However, Il Fiume is a work worthy of the best Le Orme.

3.5 / 5 or 7/10 stars.

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 Live In Pennsylvania (2CD + DVD) by ORME, LE album cover Live, 2008
4.58 | 41 ratings

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Live In Pennsylvania (2CD + DVD)
Le Orme Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by VOTOMS

5 stars This is the best way to get into their music, if you didn't tried them yet. I must admit, this was my first contact with Le Orme. I have heard of them, I have read reviews, and some people describe them as an italian ELP. Well, I love italian prog -I know, I love almost every kind of prog, but- and Emerson, Lake and Palmer are my all time favorites, so I decided to try this package. I thought that it couldn't be bad at all. But goddamn, this is awesome! It starts with the four first songs from L'infinito (2004), very creative songs, and the keyboards are very impressive. The use of the citar helps to create a different atmosphere, in a good way. So we have the full "A Side" performance from Uomo Di Pezza (1972), and hell, the show is getting better and better. Finishing with Cemento Armato (Collage, 1971), Aldo Tagliapietra briefly introduces the second half of the show, Felona E Sorona, the album from 1973, played entirely. I just can't full describe this, it's a masterpiece. The first song puts you into the mood for the album, without mistakes. The drummer is very prog, and I like his basketball jersey. Maybe the best live performance I ever seen. This DVD is actually my favorite into my collection.

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 In Concerto  by ORME, LE album cover Live, 1974
3.58 | 35 ratings

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In Concerto
Le Orme Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions and Crossover Team

2 stars I really wonder about all these high ratings on this first live album by the great Italian band Le Orme.

First of all 'Truck Of Fire' goes the whole first half of the album is really a lame piece, and I'm not talking about the bad sound of recording, I'm talking about a very good band like Le Orme record some really bad piece of music and put it as a full side of their live album.

The other thing is, if you're about to release a live album, why in the world record a full brand new composition on it? And if you do, usually you do it as a studio track... well.

I just really don't like it.

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 Smogmagica by ORME, LE album cover Studio Album, 1975
2.77 | 84 ratings

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Smogmagica
Le Orme Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by coasterzombie

2 stars What a disappointment. After an amazing four-album run between 1971 and 1974, Le Orme adds a guitarist and travels to California for the recording of their next album. The result was Smogmagica, a radical departure for the band and a failure in terms of consistency and lasting appeal. There are a few flashes of brilliance here and there, but they are so fleeting I can't get to three stars. The album is also terribly front-loaded; the first two songs are the best on Smogmagica and everything else pales in comparison. I hate to say the best thing about Smogmagica is its length...the short album doesn't outstay it's welcome. All Le Orme fans will want to acquire this at some point but the typical prog fan and even most RPI collectors will find Smogmagica largely non-essential.

Some would argue that Orme had lost their way by 1974 on Contrappunti; I personally love that album, and don't see Smogmagica as a logical extension of it. If only judging a book by its cover, you immediately know something is different here just from looking at the splendid Paul Whitehead sleeve. Unfortunately the contents don't quite live up to these expectations, and within lies second-rate rock music. Don't be misled by the excellent "Los Angeles" - it's all downhill from here, though the canonical "Amico di Ieri" has become a Le Orme staple over the years and deservedly so. The only other highlight is the listenable "Immensa Distesa." I can't figure out what "Ora o Mai Pui" is supposed to be...it sounds like the Beach Boys playing theme music for a TV sitcom. The intentionally trippy "Laserium Floyd" is an obvious ode to its namesake; "Primi Passi" and "L'Uomo del Pianino" are poorly-executed commercial attempts; "Amanti di Citta'" and "Laurel Canyon" are decent but nothing extraordinary. 2.5 stars is generous for this lackluster Le Orme release.

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