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Emilio Locurcio biography
This artist comes from Sicily. He is known among collectors for "L'Eliogabalo", also named "Operetta Pop a Pił Usi: Come Manuale di ingenua Rivolta, Biglietto d'Andata per Nessunluogo".

"L'Eliogabalo" (from the name of an ancient roman emperor) is his only album and it's conceived as a full pop opera work, featuring many important italian guests, such as singer-songwriters Lucio Dalla, Claudio Lolli, Rosalino Cellamare (Ron) and Teresa De Sio, while in the musicians role there were members of PIERROT LUNAIRE and of Crash.

The album shows a convincing progressive flavour, mixed within a strong theatrical influence due to the personal experience of Locurcio (he is an author, an actor and a theatre school teacher). Folk incursions, sparse touches of experimental and visionary soundscapes give the album its unique aroma.

The crazy cover was created by Locurcio himself.

Why this artist must be listed in :
L'Eliogabalo of Emilio Locurcio is one of the "forgotten" side of rock progressivo italiano. An obscure gem that should be rediscovered.

L'Eliogabalo, studio album (1977)

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 L'Eliogabalo by LOCURCIO, EMILIO album cover Studio Album, 1977
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Emilio Locurcio Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars A Sicilian author, actor and composer, Emilio Locurcio had a mediocre career in the movies field, but he became more known for composing this concept vocal-based Prog album in 1977, speaking about a Roman emperor of the second century and based on Antonin Artaud's eponymous work.Locurcio is supported by a cast of famous singers in this work such as Lucio Dalla, Claudio Lolli, Rosalino Cellamare and Teresa De Sio, while the music is performed by Crash and Pierrot Lunaire along with several guest musicians.''L'eliogabalo'' features the long subtitle ''Operetta Pop A Pił Usi: Come Manuale Di Ingenua Rivolta, Come Biglietto D'Andata Per Nessunluogo'' and it was released on Una Sors Coniunxit.

Actually ''L'eliogabalo'' is the closest thing you will ever hear to the classic I GIGANTI work ''Terra in bocca (Poesia di un delitto)'' with extreme similarities between the vocal and instrumental parts.The album is highlighted by its two longs epics ''La Veglia'' and ''Il Viaggio'' with both compositions having a really artistic approach on rock music.Both are also heavily vocal-based with theatrical moments, extreme singing and soft narrations, but they also contain excellent instrumental themes, featuring soft acoustic textures with a folky vibe, plenty of smooth organ and Mellotron parts as well as more intense electric moments with decent interplays and the guitars on the forefront, close to the fundamentals of Classic Italian Prog.The 8-min. "La Visione" though maybe the proggier composition of all, not because of his complexity but mainly because of the huge amount of styles blended.From the opening folky/symphonic combination of synths and flutes to the dramatic vocal-Prog with Locurcio's voice leading the way and from the extreme horn sections to the Cabaret Music and the light, almost OLDFIELD-ian ending section.The closing ''L'Attesa'' is a powerful piece of music with nervous synths, Hard/Psychedelic Rock vibes in the guitar hooks, background organs and very expressive, raw female vocals, another cut of good quality.

Locurcio's career as an actor fell into obscurity but his only effort as a composer will leave any fan of Classic Italian Prog satisfied.Moreover, things are simple: If you love I GIGANTI, ''L'eliogabalo'' should have a special place in your collection.Warmly recommended.

 L'Eliogabalo by LOCURCIO, EMILIO album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.40 | 20 ratings

Emilio Locurcio Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Finnforest
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars The cover art speaks volumes

Here's a bizarre and obscure little nugget for those who have explored the deep bench of the Italian Prog first tier already. Locurcio is an artist I know nothing about personally other than he operated from Sicily and made this wild "rock opera" with a bunch of people, most notably members of the excellent band Pierrot Lunaire. "L'Eliogabalo" sound almost clinically nuts at times, throwing many types of music into the pot. Veering from what we call Italian Symphonic they charge into different territories almost constantly, from acid rock to folk music, jazz fusion, show music, avant-garde, even a touch of psych/space here and there. The Italian side reminds me most notably of the stranger acts like Pierrot of course, and Opus Avantra, perhaps Pholas Dactylus at times. The strong sense of humor present remind me often of Supersister and Gong especially in the jazzier sections. But perhaps to give the best reference I have to mention Ange. While not having the pretty symphonic side of Ange down, this album does mirror the wild and crazy theatrical side of Ange's most challenging moments. If you can't handle Christian DeCamps in-your-face vocal style, you will NOT want to purchase this. If you love the thought of Ange merged with Pierrot Lunaire's Gudrun, read on.

The album has a sound all its own and comes with a very low SAF (spouse acceptance factor.) After an opening of whispers and piano, the nearly constant vocals kick in and you are essentially witnessing a musical. The vocals on this album are male, female, and group, they are up-front and nearly constant throughout the album, and they are in-your-face. Often delivered with the wordy fervor of an auctioneer on speed this is one Italian album where the experience is somewhat lessened by not understanding the language. Generally I don't agree with that sentiment but there are some albums where the lyrical content is important enough to eclipse or partially eclipse the musical content. This may be one. The music itself is not bad either, adventurous but not technically brilliant. There are some decent acid rock sections featuring sweet solos. There are folk sections where the beautiful acoustic guitars and milder vocals lend softer moments for an occasional chance to relax. Ditto with some brief combinations of violin and piano that were quite lovely. There are spoken word verses over organ with bass and flute jumping in for a nice melody. And then there are the jazzier excursions with driving bass, pretty snappy drumming, and lots of horns going nuts to the maniacal rants. But the vocal side in my opinion clearly overshadows the musical element which takes this down a few pegs from masterpiece.

Did I like it? Absolutely! But then I have a soft spot for bizarre Italian weirdness. My rating is lower than Mandi and Aprusso because I have to balance my personal desire for a higher rating with some acknowledgment that this is almost certainly a "for fans" kind of release. It's an album I think people *should* hear but not necessarily one that too many people will consent to hearing all the way through! This is for the adventurous and for those who appreciate the Gong "Flying Teapot" kind of a prog journey. The BMG mini-LP is a sweet gatefold showing off the fantastic stoner artwork that was so much more interesting than the "professionally designed" packaging we often get today (at least to me.) It is a rare and entertaining obscurity that will please fans of counter-culture celebration. I would love to hijack the sound system at a trendy nightspot and crank this album just to see the reaction. 6/10

 L'Eliogabalo by LOCURCIO, EMILIO album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.40 | 20 ratings

Emilio Locurcio Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by aprusso

5 stars This unknown jewel came in my hands only last week. It could be descibed as the perfect crossover between italian prog and the italian folksingers ('cantautori') of the mid seventies, very verbal, leftist and at points almost nihilist. In any case, the music is compelling though not particularly virtuousitic (that's not the point, here, clearly), but the lyrics are SUPERBE, balancing between drug abuse, political revolt and class conflict, ill personal relations, and mock. Guest singers include then-to-be-fanous italian popstars like Lucio Dalla (his interpretation is really great, a sort of Francesco Di Giacomo), Ron, Teresa de Sio, Claudio Lolli (for those who know Claudio, this is very close in style and meaning)... I would put it at par if not above with other outspoken italprog gems as Biglietto per l'Inferno and Jumbo. So for those of you who speak or understand italian this is a no-miss. The curiosity remains, what happened to Emilio Lo Curcio?
Thanks to andrea cortese for the artist addition.

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