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A band from Pavia formed around 1967 from the ashes of local beat groups Gli Spettri, I Solitari, Gli Imprevisti, they only released an album in 1971 for the small Polaris label (the same as I Teoremi). The band included lots of covers by the likes of Free, Deep Purple, Grand Funk Railroad in their live act.

The album, housed in a very nice cover, is song-based, with soft and dreamy atmospheres and good lyrics by composer Guido Bolzoni. He had worked with some important names of the italian pop music (like Mina) and also had released a solo album, Happening, in 1969 under the name of Guido.
Some foreign influences are evident in the guitar playing of Mario Rognoni (nicknamed Carlos for his ability in playing in Santana style), but the band's sound is very far from King Crimson or other english groups and more in a melodic vein, the only different track is the opening Alpha ralpha boulevard (sung by Bolzoni though he was not a member of the group).

A new member, sax/flute player Paolo Fabbri, joined the band right after the album came out (he had already taken part in the recording sessions), to replace one of the guitarists, and this line-up had a good concert activity and even played at the Festival di Re Nudo in Zerbo in 1972, one of that year's main musical events.

The group split later the same year, when drummer Sollazzi left to join Lucio Dalla's band. He formed a short-lived group called Corte dei Miracoli (not to be confused with the more famous group from Savona with the same name) that also included former Numi members Buccelli and Tiranzoni.

Around the same nucleus a new Numi incarnation was reformed in 1975, this time with two keyboardists and a more symphonic and ambitious sound. This line-up composed a concept work entitled Storia di Zero that was played at Pavia's Teatro Fraschini and released in a limited CD issue in 1993.
A long suite, this included good symphonic prog-inspired parts along with covers of famous tracks by Beatles, Moody Blues and others, this can be interesting to hear, though a bit fragmented. The CD also includes a good live jam by the 1972 line-up.

Other reunions came in 1979, with the follow-up to Storia di Zeno, another suite called 2079, but even this group (including a horn section with ex-Maxophone Maurizio Bianchini) had a short life, and again in 1990 when a book on rock bands in Pavia was released.

Drummer Sollazzi, whose surname was misspelled as Solazzi on the LP...
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2.58 | 14 ratings
Alpha Rapha Boulevard
1971

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1993

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 Storia di Zero by NUMI, I album cover Live, 1993
2.00 | 1 ratings

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Storia di Zero
I Numi Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

— First review of this album —
2 stars As Roberto Tava left I Numi in 1972, he was replaced by Paolo Fabbri on sax/flute, but this line-up didn't work out and dissolved the same year without any recorded documents, despite its good live activity.The main reason was Furio Sollazzi joining Lucio Dalla's band.In 1975 I Numi reformed again around Sollazzi, now with two keyboardists, Beppe Tiranzoni and Carlo Gatti, a new guitarist, Marco Pazzi, and old members Paolo Buccelli and Mario Rognoni.This new formation played a suite called ''Storia di zero'' at Pavia's Teatro Fraschini, a work taped but released independently only in 1993 on CD in a limited number of 500 copies.

Where this sound focused on could be really a matter of debate among Prog fans.They seemed to reach a higher level in specific moments, flirting with a more keyboard-oriented and symphonic style akin to CORTE DEI MIRACOLI or TRIADE, but this ends up to be a total mess, as these parts are interrupted by 60's-influenced Beat Music, covering the Psychedelic Pop of THE BEATLES and even adding some Surf Music in the process.The result is particularly awful with limited interest and a totally incohesive sound, which is pretty hard to follow.The symphonic stuff, although well-played, still retains some of the band's early, Psych-driven lines and comes as quite mellow and relaxed.There are though some nice soundscapes with orchestral keyboards and atmospheric synthesizers, while the Hammond organ is a regular addition in every track.At this point the band has composed a rather interesting and original music with a few dramatic touches, where the previous style of I Numi is more apparent in the guitar parts.But these breaks into UK- and American-styled Pop/Rock'N'Roll, covering the tunes of THE ROLLING STONES, THE BEATLES, JIMI HENDRIX and other popular artists/bands, do not lead anywhere and seemingly hurt any attempt of producing genuine and inventive material.Plus the 12-min. long jam at the end of the album, performed by the 1972 line-up as a bonus track, sounds completely needless and outdated.

Two more reunions followed, first occured in 1979, when the group recorded another suite, Storia di Zeno, yet to be released, while a second one came in 1990, following the release of a book dealing with Rock bands from Pavia.Furio Sollazzi, Paolo Buccelli and Aldo Tagliaferri continued to play together in The Beatles' cover band Back To The Beatles.

Very rare CD, which has a small musical value.There are some blistering moments of keyboard-driven Prog in here, but the cover songs ruin completely the whole album.Plus as a constructed suite ''Storia di zero'' sounds very dull.For Italian Rock and Prog collectors.

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 Alpha Rapha Boulevard by NUMI, I album cover Studio Album, 1971
2.58 | 14 ratings

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Alpha Rapha Boulevard
I Numi Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Italian Proto-Prog band from Pavia, born out of the ashes of small Beat groups in late-60's with Giuseppe Barbieri and Aldo Tagliaferri on guitar/vocals, Tony Galante on keyboards, Paolo Buccelli on bass and Furio Sollazzi on drums.Come 1970 and I Numi face a severe line-up shake with only Buccelli and Sollazzi remaining from the original core, now featuring Roberto Tava and Mario Rognoni on guitar/vocals and Beppe Tiranzoni on keys.They came in touch with Bruno Pallesi, the boss of Polaris label, through keyboard player Mario Battaini, who watched the band live at the Napoleon Club in Lodi.They had also a strong relationship with singer/songwriter Guido Bolzoni, who helped I Numi by offering some of his compositions and contributing vocals in the self-titled track of their 1971 debut ''Alpha Ralpha Boulevard''.Sax/flute player Paolo Fabbri, who later became a regular member of the band, participated also in the album's recording sessions.

I Numi belong among the mass of Italian acts, which played during the traditional period between Beat Music and Progressive Rock.They sound a bit like METAMORFOSI during their first album minor the Classical influences and with more apparent psychedelic overtones, based on melodic Hammond organ, clean Italian vocals and guitar work that ranges from smooth playing to slightly jazzy vibes.While the 60's psych tunes are the most precious source of inspiration in here, the listener will detect a mood by the group to offer more intricate material, characterized by the change of tempos, the mix of mellow and harder parts and the few flute and harpsichord lines in chase of a less conventional style.They appear to be extremely talented on shifting between dramatic moments and sensitive deliveries with Pop underlines and all compositions are well-crafted with a balanced sound, very good vocals and memorable choruses.''Alpha Ralpha Boulevard'' lacks the true spirit of Prog Rock music as a very early entry within the Italian Prog circles, but the passion for good music and interesting arrangements is obvious throughout the album.

Somewhere in the middle of the road, which connects I POOH with GLI ALLUMINOGENI, and that is organ/guitar-dominated melodic Psych with progressive aspirations.Recommended.

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 Alpha Rapha Boulevard by NUMI, I album cover Studio Album, 1971
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Alpha Rapha Boulevard
I Numi Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by maryes

2 stars This only album of the Italian band I NUMI "Alpha Rapha Boulevard", with to notable exception of the track 1 "Alpha Rapha Boulevard" (the only track with really characteristics of progressive rock), it is constituted in his majority by pop ballads, and it doesn't deserve (at least in my point of view) the denomination of progressive rock. Besides, the last track "Alpha Ralpha reprise" is much more similar to a rockabilly or even a twist in Little Richard's style or something like that! I recognize that the progressive rock was born of the mixture of all of the musical tendencies, including the ballads and even the twist, however in most of the tracks of the album, this mixture doesn't exist, and it is for this reason that I don't consider appropriate the progressive term for this work. My rate is only 2 stars .

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Alpha Rapha Boulevard
I Numi Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Finnforest
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2 stars Early transitional band mostly for RPI enthusiasts

I Numi were a 5-piece band formed near Rome from various beat bands and are considered a minor player on the Italian prog scene, probably a third tier band to many people. As is generally the case, when you actually check out these lesser acclaimed bands the low expectations you have allow you to be pleasantly surprised. Numi is far from a progressive rock powerhouse even for '71. But you will find good moments here in the pop-rock vein with psych and prog influences. The tracks were composed not by the band members but by Italian singer-songwriter Guido Bolzoni from Pavia and was originally released on the Polaris label. The late Bolzoni (who died in 1995) was an inspirational person to the band and seemed larger than life, very bright and social. He would have large parties and hold court discussing music, art, books, etc. When the band got the deal with Polaris they needed to begin recording in about a months time. They panicked a bit only to be told by Bolzoni to relax, that he had plenty of ideas. The album was recorded in a very short time of course and a very funny story was told by drummer Furio Sollazzi to Augusto Croce. Sollazzi claimed the original acetate of the album sounded so ridiculously poor that the band actually drove back to the studio and barricaded themselves into a studio without reservation, and refused to come out until they had the thing remixed to something more acceptable. The second try turned out much better but still not exactly what they hoped for. When they heard what PFM had accomplished with regard to sound quality they were disappointed they didn't achieve a similar production. The band had a good schedule playing live and there were other short-lived projects with different line-ups throughout the 70s.

In describing the Numi sound on Alpha Ralpha, Scented Gardens mentions The Zombies and Procol Harum, while the band themselves claim English influences of the Beatles, Crimson, Yes, and Cream among many others. In terms of Italian bands, they share the same melodic, romantic and even psychish tendencies as Capricorn College, but with the ability to occasionally rock that you'll find with Buon Vecchio Charlie, Fabio Celi, or Il Mucchio. Immediately I was smitten with the title track's strong bass guitar presence and the urgent drumming contrasted with gentle, melancholic vocals and guitar leads, and varied keyboards. Piano and spinet/celesta are employed. All of the musicians are quite good but it is important to remember that Numi stop short of heading down explorative symphonic avenues, this is fairly straight ahead rock music in most cases and simply has proggy flavorings. The songs have fade-out endings and feature pretty typical rock rhythms and structures. It is the beauty and lovely arrangements typical of the romantic Italian approach that sell the music on ARB. Tracks like "Luce e gloria per te" feature some pretty dated wah-wah and psych keyboard treatments that are not particularly impressive, other bands were more interesting even at this early date. There are wind and water sound effects throughout but they sound more an afterthought than any kind of seamless part of the songwriting. There is a lovely flute over bass guitar and harpsichord over "Furma" that is a highlight. "325" is a long, laid back serenade of sentimentality and sunshine, with some nice change-ups and breaks in pacing and mood. I'm going to quote my friend Damo here because he nailed this album in his closing sentences-here is the bottom line: "Only the first track Alpha Ralpha Boulevard has great progressive flavour. The other songs have exactly Italian atmosphere but not progressive, I feel. Bluesy and lazy, early 70s' comfort if you love."

ARB is certainly a decent album with some nice moments but it is unquestionably a title for RPI enthusiasts only, and one that they need not check out before getting many dozens of the more important titles. Even when getting down to the less important bands from the progressive perspective, I would choose a band like Capricorn College over Numi for what they attempted versus what was achieved: a pleasant melodic pop-rock with catchiness first and serious considerations left to more experimental bands. The Numi CD reissue from AMS is another nice gatefold mini, the sound is good for bass and keys, but there is an annoying hiss on the vocal "s" that detracts. Not bad, but not quite enough for a 3 star rating for me. 5/10

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 Alpha Rapha Boulevard by NUMI, I album cover Studio Album, 1971
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Alpha Rapha Boulevard
I Numi Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by DamoXt7942
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3 stars The basis of Italian progressove rock...really? :P

Immediately the songs fades into me from the windblow. From the strong windblow, softer mellotron and softer guitar sound come and bewilder us a bit, perhaps. :) No, not bewildering...whispering vocal and light guitar sound are very comfortable. 60s' psychedelic and avantgarde flavour, fuzzy and lazy keyboard and vocal...in the album we can feel enough well! But trust me we can easily understand their melody and beats...in that period did RPI have such an atomosphere? Each member took lead vocal on each song, that is, there's no lead vocalist in the group. (Oh, sounds like The Beatles' style!) I can't help chucklin' with listening to this work always. Exactly this sound and style would be one of the bases of Italian progressive rock I guess. The 6th track 325 is just like New Trolls in the era of SENZA ORARIO SENZA BANDIERA. Furthermore, the last track I can feel...wow, let's rock and roll! Not progressive!

Only the first track Alpha Rapha Boulevard has great progressive flavour. The other songs have exactly Italian atmosphere but not progressive, I feel. Bluesy and lazy, early 70s' comfort if you love, I should recommend this work RIGOROUSLY. ;)

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