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I Pooh, or Pooh for short, are like the Rolling Stones of Italian popular music. One of music's longest continuously running acts, they formed in Bologna in 1964. Like other groups of the 'beat' generation their music consisted of American and English pop covers sung in Italian. The original band was composed of # Valerio Negrini (Drums)
Bob Gillot (Keyboards), Gilberto Faggioli ( Bass Guitar ), Mario Goretti (Guitar), and Mauro Bertoli (Guitar). As the 60's wore down and the Italian music scene began to find it's own voice Pooh gravitated toward a more... melodic pop. The group had some line-up changes during these years with the the definitive Pooh line up taking form. Roby Facchinetti (voice and keyboards) joined in 1966 replacing Gillot. Red Canzian (voice and electric bass joined 1973 replacing Riccardo Fogli who had replaced Faggioli in 1966. In 1967 , Mauro Bertoli left the group. In September 1968, Dodi Battaglia (voice and guitars) joined the group, when Mario Goretti left the band. Finally in 1971, following Valerio's departure, the band recruited Stefano D'Orazio, the drummer of the Naufraghi. The line-up of Facchinetti, Battaglia, D'Orazio, and Canzianhas been together since 1973 with exception of some albums in the early to mid 70's staying in the vein of pop music.

Much of the Pooh's music is not really of interest of proggresive rock fans. However there was a period when even the most successful of the purveyors of melodic pop where drawn in the progressive rock boom that swept all of Italy in the early 70's. The Pooh's detour into prog was brought on by the addition of Canzian who had a keen interest in progressive rock and had been guitarist of Capsicum Red before taking over the bass chair in Pooh. Pooh released a series of albums in the 70's that are of keen interest to those who have a deep interest in progressive rock. In fact.... some of their albums have been hailed as 'masterpieces' OF Italian progressive rock and for years were HIGHLY sought after by collectors of Italian progressive rock recordings of the 70's in the dark days before many of the albums were available again for us relatively easily. Albums such as Opera Prima, Parsifal, and Un po' del nostro tempo migliore are where the prog fan's should look first.

The group well is recommended for completionsts of Italian progressive rock and those who like their prog on the .... melodic and orchestrated side. I have these albums and find them to...
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1.60 | 5 ratings
Per Quelli Come Noi
1966
1.80 | 5 ratings
Memorie
1969
1.80 | 5 ratings
Contrasto
1969
2.85 | 8 ratings
Opera Prima
1971
2.49 | 9 ratings
Alessandra
1972
2.91 | 17 ratings
Parsifal
1973
3.34 | 18 ratings
Un Po' Del Nostro Tempo Migliore
1975
2.04 | 10 ratings
Forse Ancora Poesia
1975
2.61 | 9 ratings
Poohlover
1976
2.79 | 10 ratings
Rotolando Respirando
1977
2.69 | 7 ratings
Boomerang
1978
1.92 | 7 ratings
Viva
1979
1.80 | 5 ratings
...Stop
1980
1.50 | 4 ratings
Hurricane
1980
1.38 | 8 ratings
Buona Fortuna
1981
1.25 | 4 ratings
Tropico del Nord
1983
1.50 | 4 ratings
Aloha
1984
1.50 | 4 ratings
Asia non Asia
1985
1.25 | 4 ratings
Giorni Infiniti
1986
1.25 | 4 ratings
Il Colore dei Pensieri
1987
1.25 | 4 ratings
Oasi
1988
1.50 | 4 ratings
Uomini Soli
1990
1.67 | 3 ratings
Il Cielo ╚ Blu Sopra le Nuvole
1992
1.00 | 3 ratings
Musicadentro
1994
1.50 | 4 ratings
Amici per Sempre
1996
1.67 | 3 ratings
Un Posto Felice
1999
1.00 | 3 ratings
Cento di Queste Vite
2000
1.20 | 5 ratings
Pinocchio
2002
1.25 | 4 ratings
Ascolta
2004
1.67 | 9 ratings
Beat ReGeneration
2008
2.43 | 7 ratings
Dove Comincia il Sole
2010

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

1.33 | 3 ratings
Palasport
1982
1.00 | 2 ratings
Goodbye
1987

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2.33 | 3 ratings
1971-1974
1974
2.33 | 3 ratings
1975-1978
1978
1.67 | 3 ratings
1978-1981
1981
1.00 | 2 ratings
1981-1984
1984
1.09 | 2 ratings
Buonanotte penny
1990
2.75 | 3 ratings
Brennero 66
1997
1.67 | 3 ratings
Pooh ('Cantaitalia' series)
2000
1.00 | 2 ratings
I Grandi Gruppi (Italianissimi series)
2007

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 Alessandra by POOH, I album cover Studio Album, 1972
2.49 | 9 ratings

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Review by paolo.beenees

4 stars Whenever you classify a band in the "Prog Related" label, disappointment is just round the corner. Most bands in this group paid just a couple of visits to the prog world, preferably in the 1970s when the sound was challenging and (let's admit it) fashionable. This also happened for Pooh, a band whose members has always had a considerable technical training (axeman Dodi Battaglia, in particular) and a certain taste for epic rock which would turn up for their whole carreer. Nevertheless, it must be remembered that Pooh are fundamentally a POP band, whose main focus has always been love and its several features. Their 1972 "Alessandra" is by no means a prog album, but it is an exceptionally good pop one, filled with some of the most compelling love songs I've ever listened to. Therefore, the best way to enjoy it is to forget complex arrangements, virtuosism and soli, and just focus on the beauty of the melodies the band can create. It is true that no instruments or voices really prevail, but this is the basis for the band's most cohesive team work, an album which sounds incredibly more mature than its predecessor (Opera Prima). The band is able to write lushious, moving adult oriented melodies ("La nostra etÓ Ŕ difficile", "Signora", "Cosa si pu˛ dire di te", "Quando una lei se ne va"), with a good use of chord shifts and helped by intelligent orchestral interventions. Three out of four members of the band sing, often harmonizing, offering a polished, fully enjoyable vocal performance (to be honest, some falsetto background vocals haven't aged that good...). Songs like "Noi due nel mondo e nell'anima" and the romantic title track are real jems, well structured, deeply felt. Last, but not least, Valerio Negrini's lyrics are really interesting. Even if the album is entirely composed of love songs, love is seen under several standpoints, from teenage love to betrayal, from an unexpected pregnancy to the difficulties of coming of age, without sounding dull or trite. Therefore, this love-song album is there for full enjoyment, assumed you are ready to give up any prog expectations. I did, and these notes will never leave their intimate place in my heart.

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 Buonanotte penny by POOH, I album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1990
1.09 | 2 ratings

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Review by 1967/ 1976

1 stars This compilation is importanto for the presence of "I cinque orsacchiotti", the only track where you hear the voices of all components of the original formation of the band, previously unreleased. For the rest, "Buonanotte Penny" is a simple compilation of Beat and POP songs. Not bad but wthout music for progsters or Prog music. But "Resto con lei", "C'Ŕ l'amore negli occhi tuoi", "Il buio mi fa paura", "otto rampe di scale" and "Vulcano spento" are good Beat POP songs, with good feelings.

so, in definitive, if you are completionist this compilation is good. Vice versa is not your type of release.

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 Alessandra by POOH, I album cover Studio Album, 1972
2.49 | 9 ratings

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Review by Andrea Cortese
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2 stars And so, here we are with probably the least interesting (in fact it is the least rock) album released by Pooh in the seventies. The bassist was then Riccardo Fogli who was replaced (after its release) by Red Canzian from RPI band CAPSICUM RED. Riccardo Fogli made a moderately successfull solo career in pop music and even made a very rare prog album in 1979... titled MATTEO.

As I said to you in the past reviews, this is not bad music. It is just melodic italian pop. Maybe too soft and romantic. Not bad, though.

ALESSANDRA was dedicated to Roby Facchinetti's daughter; it was exactly what the record company wanted from them: music for female target, lyrics on romantic feelings and teenage loves.

It was not a case the album sold very well, even better than the previous OPERA PRIMA. At the cost to deprive music of almost any individuality, though. No soli, nor virtuosism, at all. Full and accurate symphonic orchestral arrengements are the key... even drums are slightly subdued.

So, you may ask, is in there any good thing? Well, there is always something good if you search for it.

This is the first time Pooh used moog synthesizer. You can hear it in two tracks: NOI DUE NEL MONDO E NELL'ANIMA ("Both we in the world and in the soul") and in MIO PADRE, UNA SERA ("My father, an evening").

The former is an all time classic (you can't help but love it): wonderful lyrics on how infinite and undeciphrable is pure love for a fantastic melancholic music... moog is sparse, shy and a bit clumsy, but it makes a very good effect combined with symphonic orchestra.

The same goes for the above mentioned letter track, but less good and memorable.

On about the closer: this time I can't be so happy... it was then (1972) the longest number of the band (6:51 mns), but no prog at all. It's a delicate pop sad ballad... good melody, rich and somptuous symphonic arrengements (even bells) but not as memorable as other closers the band accustomed us to.

1,5 stars rounded up thanks to NOI DUE NEL MONDO E NELL'ANIMA (this song really deserves to be listened to and appreciated).

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 Viva by POOH, I album cover Studio Album, 1979
1.92 | 7 ratings

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Review by Andrea Cortese
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2 stars Pooh are quickly sliding towards pure light italian pop (the album sold very well, almost six hundred thousands copies in Italy at the time). Other reviewers say that Viva follows the mood of the previous album Boomerang. Well, I'm not so sure... no, in fact, they're different. After all, you know ... I heard the disco-like opener IO SONO VIVO... eh e heh eh, what the hell I was supposed to say?

There's less variety in the music and a massive use of late seventies/earl eighties keyboards. Drums are a bit subdued. On the other hand (I mean positive thing) electric guitar has a more prominent role and is played very well especially in the - guess which... - the closer track.

So let me uncover (only) the best from this record. Yes, there is still something worth to be listened to.

TUTTO ADESSO has a catchy electric guitar riff but nothing more for a progger.

RUBIAMO UN'ISOLA is better: it has a delicate folk start (and chorus) with mandolin and acoustic guitar.

What else, you may ask... nothing. But, fortunately, again the listener can wait for the last track. This time we are lucky enough to have a couple of nice shots! (we have deserved it after such a boredom... ehe heh ).

First the excellent L'ULTIMA NOTTE DI CACCIA (The Last Night of Hunting): the song tells the story of Powah, a 20 years old warrior from the Charavatana tribe (Ontario), fallen in love with a white girl. Pooh learnt it from a native american teacher during a visit to a reserve in Ontario, while touring north America in 1977.

Lyrics are wonderful 'cause it's the young warrior himself who tells the story. Each phrase a scene, each word a symbol ("...heart of war always watchful, heart of oak in the wind / moon of june that burns wood, for a woman and a dream..." and "... she said she will come, tongue of snake she has not...").

Musically the song is based on a three voices chorus and vibrant arrangement (excellent the nervous electric guitar ... but flat keys). A classic for Pooh.

The closer is a totally instrumental track that (as the previous one) has nothing in common with the rest of the album. Excellent electric guitar, the best number of Dodi Battaglia in this record for sure and inspired theatrical keyboards for a sort of full symphonic epilogue (it was used live as an overture... I recommend you to search on youtube).

In conclusion: two excellent tracks and nothing more than good melodic italian pop. But those two tracks deserve to be heard.

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 Un Po' Del Nostro Tempo Migliore by POOH, I album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.34 | 18 ratings

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Review by Andrea Cortese
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Well, well, well, this is probably the most beautiful Pooh's record.

In fact it was the least successfull of all their 70s productions. Almost nobody remebers nowadays a single track of it. In fact no hits were then picked off it.

The best thing is that the full orchestral arrangements are finally equaled by the typical sympho-rock instruments: mellotron, clavinet, minimoog, harpsichord and celesta.

Warning: don't assume that the band changed their mood (I won't be responsible for such a mistake... I won't give you compensation...); the band only went further, from the starting point album Parsifal. So, what we have here is still melodic and soft sympho-prog. Don't expect surprises... after all this is not the place where exigent prog lovers' ears have to search for. I'd say that Pooh play a "home-is-where-the-heart-is" pop-rock. That's it.

But now, I have to be honest with you all: the music of this band has become more serious, deep, extended. In other words: the apex of Pooh's sympho-pop with more than a simple prog touch... without a doubt.

It's not a case that the album opens with the sweet notes of PRELUDIO like in every respectable classic opera.

It's not a case that some expert reviewer has already pointed out some Puccini's hints in keyboardist Roby Facchinetti.

Wonderful opener, by the way, powerful and sweet orchestral movement with slight crescendo and drumming in the second part.

The prelude carries the listener to CREDO ("I believe"), an exciting piece that alternates strong orchestral sound (with also some absolutely good ahhhh ahhhh choruses) with a more rythmic part (mid-paced: excellent bass). Powerful vocals by Roby Facchinetti himself.

Una Storia che Fa Ridere ("a story that makes laugh") is somehow a step below ... so let me jump to the fourth track: OCEANO.

Wonderful. One of the highlights of the entire album. A solitary man sailing far from home, has to face (and taste) what real infinite seascapes mean... this one has a strong prog structure with orchestral shifting moods and uptempos. Harpsichord appears for the first time ever. A shady number with wonderful touches of electrig guitar here and there by Dodi Battaglia and a shocking (typically orchestral) outro... Wow!!

The next one FANTASIA is a gentle melody with acoustic guitar... good but nothing spectacular... let's jump again.

What follows is still another gem: MEDITERRANEO, the second and last instrumental track of the album, as the opener. Completely different though. Folk structure: acoustic guitar and mandolin plus delicate xylophone (and some low fleeting orchestral movements). Simple melody but superb delicate performance. It tastes really of mediterranean sea,oregano and small islands. Bells also in the final part. To be heard!

Now it's the time of ELEONORA, MIA MADRE, the first track penned (and sung) by drummer Stefano D'Orazio. Someone described it as "a decadent melodic portait"... it certainly would have pleased big shots of the end of the XIX century ... (Oscar Wilde, fort instance). Wonderful the two parts' interchange (song and classical sad ballad...). Somehow obsessive and delicate at the very same time!

The album still stands high with the track named 1966: emotional, aching ... by many considered the best one ... who can say... it features tasteful sparse moog, mellotron and wonderful guitar solos. Romantic in its essence... amazing harpsichord in the final part!

ORIENT EXPRESS is a nice tune but nothing special... it remebers me of LATTE E MIELE's Passio Secundum Mattheum... but probably it remains the least interesting. Another sweet and delicate melody, though... (good enough for another romantic dinner ...).

IL TEMPO, UNA DONNA, LA CITTA' ... that's the longest (over 10 mns) and proggiest track... for the nth time... it's the album's closer (as usual in most part of the Pooh's discography).

An epic number, as expressive as the Parsifal song of the previous record. Less joyful, though... darker somehow... wonderful flutes emerge from the orchestral sweet chaos... and then, after over two minutes of mysterious intro... the song begins.

A similar outro (other 2 minutes) closes the album after enigmatic and poetic lyrics: "the air closes to silence, then a cloud of dust is raised around us. I close my eyes, then I open them and...".

What is in the middle you ask... I say a wonderful masterwork, in my humble opinion: electric, acoustic and classic guitars, flutes, moog, strings, gong... great vocals sung by three of the band's members.

A simple phrase to describe the song: "iniquitous as only time can be" (as they sing in the track). Surely, a great satisfying experience. Thanks God, Pooh did it!

Today I also closed my eyes, opened and ...

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 Boomerang by POOH, I album cover Studio Album, 1978
2.69 | 7 ratings

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Review by Andrea Cortese
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3 stars In 1978 Pooh went further into the "realm" of successful soft (pop) rock. In fact this album reached the nth gold status.

The sound is less fresh than the previous classic ROTOLANDO, RESPIRANDO, but, somehow, more dense thanks to the use of oberheim synthesizer, mellotron and other sympho stuff. Still as accurate and refined (probably more refined).

As I said before (it's not new) many could find too mellow or boring Pooh's music. In fact they are a band you love or hate... I'm afraid there's no middle way.

As usual I'll put in a list the most interesting tracks, from a prog (related) point of view:

First of all the big hit of the summer of '78: CERCAMI, an easy listening rock number with really catchy rythm, lucky 4 voices chorus, "biting" electric guitar, oberheim synth, sparse steinway piano. Not bad but probably a little predictable.

Way more interesting the following LA LEGGENDA DI MAUTOA (which tells the story of an aborigen living in a solitary island in the middle of the ocean): it has a nice, sad epic sound (that remembers me some spaghetti-western of the seventies), some serious orchestral timpani and oohhh deep choruses. Very good but probably a little repetitive.

QUADERNO DI DONNA has an excellent and sparkling intro (which emerges now and then all along the piece... wow). It is certainly a more varied piece with some shifting moods worthy of mention.

The closer IL RAGAZZO DEL CIELO (LINDBERGH) is (another time) the gem of the album. The song is about the transatlantic flight that Charles Lindberg made in 1927 all alone, from New York to France.

It opens with atmospheric and windy keys with soft one-voice melody that suddenly is broken by the typical Pooh's 4-voices chorus. The second half is more rythmic and tasteful with excellent sympho riffs (keys, tataa tataa choruses and cool electric guitar, all wisely blended). It is as epic sounding as La Leggenda di Mautoa but more suprising, this time.

A closer like this does help the (fanatic prog) listener to wake up after having attended to such a soft music. It also helps him to be reconciled with himself (for the album's purchase) and with his ears (for all this boring torment... eh e heh).

All in all, BOOMERANG, only at first glance less appealing than the previous work, features, at least, other three or four interesting and honourable numbers that can easily please fans of softer side of prog.

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 Parsifal by POOH, I album cover Studio Album, 1973
2.91 | 17 ratings

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Review by Andrea Cortese
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3 stars And so here I am with this memorable italian record dedicated to the wagneriam knight Parsifal.

Riccardo Fogli out and Red Canzian in (former member of Capsicum Red): the classic line up started off.

First of all, I have to warn you: this is not a true prog rock work since the Pooh are not a prog rock band. They simply were child of their time and used some of the prog elements then in vogue to build up more "serious" songs.

Their canons still remain soft pop music but this time we have more: at least, an excellent opener and a superb closer. We have symphonic pop not far from what Barclay James Harvest were doing at the time.

L'ANNO, IL POSTO, L'ORA (6:47) is about the moment when a plane pilot realizes an upcoming crashing to the ground. Full orchestration, delicate vocals, shady symphonic atmosphere and mid-paced time.

PARSIFAL (the closer) is probably (indeed certainly) the most proggy track of the band and is divided in two parts: the first one sung and the second completely instrumental and fully symphonic arranged (the total leght is about 10 minutes).

There is wonderful electric guitar's playing (and vocals) by Dodi, moog by Roby, low choruses, harp, violins, flutes, cellos, brass... the second part is so rich that every time I listen to it I always think of Verdi's Aida as the proper comparison! A must! For me a 5 stars rating song.

Of the remaining tracks, none reaches these levels. Many listeners tell the other songs are pure pop songs based on melody and nothing memorable.

I think they're wrong 'cause there's still another classic: INFINITI NOI, a symphonic crescendo based on piano and strings that starts off as languid romantic song. The main problem is that many of you don't understand italian lyrics but I really ... I feel shivers on my spine...

To be mentioned also LA LOCANDA and LEI E LEI which is about sapphic love (very good melody). All in all, each song became a classic in Italy but there's a low prog quotient.

Probably the album won't be everybody's cup of tea; probably it would appeal only to fans of softer side of prog; probably it is not Pooh's best and more proggy effort (UN PO' DEL NOSTRO TEMPO MIGLIORE should be the choice then - ask the Mick...).

Sure that the closer deserves its own special place on this site. It's a monument for any good RPI lover.

3.5 stars as a final rating (but the album contains some memorable stuff).

I hope to read more comments and reviews.

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 Rotolando Respirando by POOH, I album cover Studio Album, 1977
2.79 | 10 ratings

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Review by Andrea Cortese
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3 stars Rotolando Respirando IS the Pooh's album of the late seventies.

Orchestra is now gone and the 4 members play all the instruments. They focus on piano a la Supertramp (a little bit). The music is still italian pop but less mellow than usual, less predictable; more sparkling and fresh. Obviously, they did not change the direction and so it is still (as always) an album of romantic italian pop. But since it was 1977 we can find interesting things to listen to.

The album sold out very well thanks also to the world hit DAMMI SOLO UN MINUTO which is one of their most famous track from their entire catalogue: a nice electric guitar riff by Dodi Battaglia opens and fades out giving gran piano the main scene. The chorus is energetic and has an excellent melody.

What about the other tracks... well, I'd start with the closer ANCORA TRA UN ANNO which takes off with the opening theme of the album and expands it in a spacey atmosphere... this will be their the closer of all the concerts (as Cherio was for Jethro Tull). Excellent. The song was also a real goodbye of the band to their italian fans before the 1978 world tour. To be heard.

The title track is probably the most exciting song of the album and is based upon the biting riff of Dodi Battaglia on electric guitar. Yes, it could be certainly aprreciated by fan of Supertramp.

The fourth track that deserves special mention is IL SUO TEMPO E NOI, a wonderful folky tender jewel about a son who is about to born and the hopes of his parents. Very calm with catchy violin, acoustic guitar, piano and delicate vocals by the bass player RED CANZIAN (former member of RPI band CAPSICUM RED). It gives shiver on your spine (but you have also to know italian and understand the lyrics).

In conclusion: despite its pop structure, there's high quality all along the whole record. There are also, at least, three or four numbers that could be of a certain interest. It is enough (IMHO) for a full 3 stars rating.

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 Opera Prima by POOH, I album cover Studio Album, 1971
2.85 | 8 ratings

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Review by Andrea Cortese
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3 stars Despite its title, OPERA PRIMA is the fourth Pooh's album, the first for CBS label.

From this work on (until 1975's FORSE ANCORA POESIA) the band offers a kind of italian pop music blended with strong orchestral arrengements: you think that, the 4 members apart, a whole symphonic orchestra took part to the project (12 violins, 8 violas, 4 cellos, 2 contrabasses, 8 flutes).

So I'd say that the result is somehow in a similar vein to the contemporary Barclay James Harvest (the four albums with EMI). Obviously plus italian melodies and lyrics about love (found and/or lost, mainly) provided by the genious Valerio Negrini who was at the time the drummer and the singer in three tracks. As for BJH same period, there is no lead singer but all the members alternate in this role.

The record contains a pair of miliar stones of the early 70s italian pop music: the memorable opener hit PENSIERO (Thought) sung by bass player Riccardo Fogli and the romantic super hit TANTA VOGLIA DI LEI (STRONG DESIRE FOR HER) sung by Dodi Battaglia, songs that it's told have been covered by many artists all around the world (South America, in particular).

The most rocking and biting one is IL PRIMO E ULTIMO UOMO (The First and Last Man) with a catchy guitar riff and hammon organ (no strings here).

The most complex track is the closer (in fact, as usual in the Pooh discography, the most proggy ones can be found at the bottom of each record just like in Parsifal, Un Po' del Nostro Tempo Migliore, Poohlover, Boomerang et cetera).

OPERA PRIMA (the track) is a pop/symphonic crescendo, opened by soft piano and recitative vocals then sung by all the 4 members upon a bolero-like music.

All in all, this is an album of historic importance but the prog quotient is still low, certainly not at the level of UN PO' DEL NOSTRO TEMPO MIGLIORE (which is where I suggest you to start from). Final evaluation is 2,5 rounded up to 3 thanks to both the hits, the rock number and the finale.

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 Forse Ancora Poesia by POOH, I album cover Studio Album, 1975
2.04 | 10 ratings

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Review by Andrea Cortese
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2 stars ... and now, after my Poohlover review, a step back in the Pooh story.

Year was 1975, just 6 months after the interesting (from a prog point of view... ask the Mick if you don't trust me) UN PO' DEL NOSTRO TEMPO MIGLIORE album.

The latter didn't sell well, so the band (or the management...?) tried to balance with another record.

The result was around the same... not only they did not improve the sales but it also got worse musically.

Forget any long composition as in the previous work. Now the longest touches the 5 minutes' peak...

Forget any magniloquent sypmhonic arrengement.

Just think to something soft, intimate, romantic and bland, mainly based on piano, strings and (acoustic) guitars. Not bad, just too mellow ... too sweety, nocturnal at times.

Probably the most interesting piece is the shady instrumental QUINTA STAGIONE (Fifth Season) with its sparkling electric guitar and full classical symphonic movements in crescendo(bells included): the track is very well done and deserves to be listen to: thumbs up!

How about the rest... my God ... well ... nothing memorable; the other instrumental number, the closer FORSE ANCORA POESIA, has nothing in common with Quinta Stagione: it is only classical string based with soft piano and murmured vocalizings.

Perhaps something good can be found in ROCK'N'ROLL (no, don't think about the musical genre... eh ehe heh ): nice folky tune painted here and there by delicate piano and slide acoustic guitar.

To be mentioned, finally, the country-like WILD TRACK, sung in english.

All in all, I can't be as pungent as Pooh were at the time of this release: they said (and say) this was a completely "pointless" album; for me it's just a collectors only album, good to take a nap (or for a romantic dinner... it always depends on situation...).

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