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Il Cerchio d'Oro were one of the many symphonic-oriented groups to come out of the initial boom of Italian productivity. They were formed in 1974 by the Terribile brothers (Gino and Guiseppe on drums and bass/guitars, respectively) and Franco Piccolini on keys. They were active on the gigging circuit around Savona but never managed to secure a recording deal, and so the only recordings initially available were a handful of singles from the late '70s following lineup changes (they're not particularly interesting from a progressive rock standpoint, either).

25 years after the band formed, Mellow records came along and dusted off some old recordings, releasing them as the self-titled "Cerchio d'Oro." But these tracks were still of little interest to the prog fan, being mostly singles from the late '70s and even some disco-type stuff (!) However, another released was more promising- the LP "La quadratura" in 2005, which features some demo quality material and covers of other Italian prog bands such as Le Orme. Soon after, the band's original lineup reformed along with two new guitarists and came up with "Il viaggio di Colombo" in 2008. The new album harkens back to the '70s Italian school of progressive rock, with mature symphonic arrangements, juxtaposing understated parts (reminiscent of Reale Accademia di Musica and Pink Floyd) and punchier sections. The cover art shows the Santa Maria, Pinta, and Nina departing for the new world- given the name of the album, you can venture a guess as to the subject matter of their new release; and you can also get a good impression of the music from looking at the cover art- detailed, creative, and mature even if not the most original thing coming out these days.
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1.52 | 6 ratings
La Quadratura del Cerchio
2006
3.72 | 47 ratings
Il Viaggio di Colombo
2008
3.68 | 79 ratings
Dedalo e Icaro
2013

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1.19 | 2 ratings
Il Cerchio d'Oro
1999

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 Dedalo e Icaro by CERCHIO D'ORO, IL album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.68 | 79 ratings

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Dedalo e Icaro
Il Cerchio d'Oro Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions and Crossover Team

4 stars Since the comeback of the Italian band Il Cerchio D'Oro in late 2000's I've been paying attention to them. Their first proper studio album Il Viaggio Di Colombo (2008) was released by Black Widow Records a few years ago and I got a vopy to review. Now 5 years later the Italian label once again presents us with another album by the band, their second concept album Dedalo E Icaro (2013).

The base of the band is still the same with Gino Terribile (drums and backing vocals), Giuseppe Terribile (bass, acoustic guitars and backing vocals), Franco Piccolini (keyboards), Roberto Giordana (guitars) and Piuccio Pradal (vocals and 12 string guitar). But now they also have Bruno Govone (guitars) in their line-up. As in their previous album, the band was smart enough to have its Italian lyrics translated into English in the booklet, there's also a track-by-track explanation of the concept behind it.

The eight tracks in Dedalo E Icaro (2013) are still in the same Symphonic style of their previous album, but slightly better produced as we can see in the opening song 'Il Mio Nome ╚ Dedalo'. It's visible that Piuccio Pradal has his voice weakened by the years, but that really doesn't ruin the listening experience. Following the story we have the good instrumental 'Labirinto' and on the next track we have the intro of 'La Promessa' with the trademark of the band, many vocals at once forming a great melody. The track has also many great double guitars and synths. 'L'Alma Vincente' is acoustic driven and has some weird drums sounds that I'm not very fond of!

'Una Nuova RealtÓ' is a strong track with a great intro. Gotta love this organ leading the song with some great riffs and with heavy guitars in the background. This riff is the backbone of the song. The song also has some great vocals towards the end. 'Oggi, Voler˛' is another song with a great (and fat) intro and good guitar solos, almost Hard Rock, but in a Deep Purple way. As soon as the vocals begin the Symphonic sound led by organ and acoustic guitars comes back to life. Great track! 'Il Sogno Spezzato' is another great track! Broken tempo in the rhythms and a weird melody are the main points here.

Final song on Dedalo E Icaro (2013) is 'Ora Che Non Qui (La Fine De Icaro)' and it has some really nice acoustic guitars. But there's so much echo in the vocals that it became quite hard to really enjoy the final result. A shame because it's a good piece of music and a fitting ending to the album/concept. The strongest point on the track is the great sax solo by Martin Grice.

With Dedalo E Icaro (2013) Il Cerchio D'Oro proves to be a strong name on the new Italian scene (even if they've been around since late 70's) and I would recommend the band for everyone that appreciate the Progressive Rock made in Italy. And it includes Dedalo E Icaro (2013) too!

(Originally posted on progshine.net)

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3.68 | 79 ratings

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Dedalo e Icaro
Il Cerchio d'Oro Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars My goodness, what is in the water in Italy? as the past 6 months have unleashed a series of simply stunning releases from the storied land of RPI, making 2013 the year of the Azurri , at least in prog terms. Mamma mia!

The story of Daedalus and Icarus, the two merry Greek adventurers of mythology who sought to soar into the mighty skies by imitating the flight of birds is the theme espoused by this interesting Italian band. And what an adventure it is, with parping synthesizers that somehow elicit a sense of the majestic and grandiose, in a proud coalition with a biting electric guitar that sears the heavens. Needless to state, the quality of the displayed musicianship is up to the usual lofty RPI standards, adding a terrific voice to the mix, that of the amazing Piuccio Pradal. As far as rhythm sections go, the brothers Terribile are far from terrible, quite the opposite, as both Giuseppe on bass and Gino on drums keep the rhythmic fortress strong and mighty. The stellar art work is a Michelangelo-like depiction of the fabled story, as Icarus flew too close to the sun and his melting waxed wings dooming to perish.

'Il Mio Nome e Dedalo' starts off this weaving opus on a bright, highly melodic tangent that will exponentially grow with each passing track. Mandolin, vocals and tight interplay all combine to create a wonderful introduction to all the pleasures inside this bright recording. One definitely can conjure images of classic Loccanda delle Fate (as smartly expressed by the ever astute and eagle-eared Aussie-Byrd-Brother), as the underlying romanticism is palpable and highly entertaining.

The grandiose 'Labirinto' is the perfect RPI classic with all the famous ingredients: the swirling flute courtesy of Marin Grice (Delerium), the sublime melodies, a romantic piano, some sensational bass underpinning and a lasting sense of serene beauty. Roberto Giordana's tortured guitar only adds to the delicious torment. This has to be immediately stamped with the loftiest marks, both for technical merit and artistic impression. The piece has a shiny and bright modern veneer that only sets the table for the next surprise.

'La Promessa' actually regresses in terms of style, offering an obvious 70s feel, as the gritty organ colludes with the gritty voice and the 'boom-boom-tchak' drums. The sound is remindful of Il Volo, Osanna and that ilk. The various soloing sections, especially the droning synth extravaganza by keyboardist Franco Piccolini only reinforce the sense of historical perspective. The axe solo fade-away is bluesy and grit-laden which really settles the quality perfectly.

'L'Arma Vincente' solidifies the retro feel but in a more Italian ballad style (canzone) with up- front vocalizing and suave slitherings of keys and guitars, held together by guest bassist Giorgio Piazza (ex-PFM). Sweet renderings and highly enjoyable music, to say the least. Typical of any Italian feast, having enough with all the tasty appetizers as the vast array of delicious sounds move into a meatier direction with flick-o-the wrist riffs, organ explosions and stop and go rhythmic convulsions.

The torrential 'La Nuova Realta' enjoys supplying the contrasts as well with some a glorious spacy mid-section that only sets the stage for some wild emotional rambling from Pradal, whose hushed voice slightly resembles PFM's Franz di Cioccio! Guitarist Giordana and ivoryman Piccolini then grab this mother by the scruff of the neck and start smoking up a storm, usually a wrestling match between Hammond and electric guitar with no holds barred.

'Oggi Volero' has brief tinges of bluesy hard-rock until acoustic guitar and mellotron together drift in to scatter the clouds, the lofty vocals and tight drums taking over the mood. Hammond and axe provide a very old school tone with a nearly 60s choir of harmonized vocals that left me speechless when I heard it the first time. Like, whaaaaat? Fly me to the moon, will ya?

'Io Sonno Spezzato' reflects on Icarus' broken wings and his colossal fall from the skies, arrogantly believing until his body finally hit the ground that he was destined to reach the stars. The music therefore is brooding and choppy, a dark spiraling ballet of incomprehension and disbelief that will seal his fate. The mood is more experimental prog with loads of complex polyrhythmics, some vocal gymnastics and rapid-fire delivery.

The closer 'Ora Che Son Qui' is a killer finale, led by an echoing voice of plaintive despair as if emanating from the netherworld, an inglorious epitaph for a legendary failure. The oily organ plays a major role here, as in tandem with Grice's forlorn sax, each instrument craftily representing Daedalus and Icarus.

Perhaps not as extreme as Ingranaggi della Valle, Progenesi or the sterling Unreal City, Il Cerchio D'Oro still provide a wonderful mythological musical fantasy of the highest order.

4 greasy feathers

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 Dedalo e Icaro by CERCHIO D'ORO, IL album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.68 | 79 ratings

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Dedalo e Icaro
Il Cerchio d'Oro Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars It is always interesting to find a band that makes others such as Credo to appear incredibly active when it comes to releasing albums. These guys started their career in the Seventies, releasing some singles etc., but not actually releasing a proper album until after they reformed in 2008. Now here we are only five years after that and they are back with their second. So, when the comment is made that these guys sound as if they should be back in the Seventies then there is a lot of truth contained within, as they were! Truly, this album firmly belongs squarely within the Italian progressive rock movement as we plenty of Hammond organ and mellotrons to go with the rest of the keyboards, and an approach that certainly does sound as if it belongs from forty years ago.

But, there are a few things that make it stand out as being part of the current scene and much of that can be laid at the feet of bassist Giuseppe Terribile who provides an incredibly fluid and warm sound to the bottom end. It is his bass that really pins all of the others together, whether it is a dramatic piano/keyboard solo or some plaintive guitar, it is the bass the makes it whole. Marin Grice may only be a guest on this album, but his use of flute and sax on different numbers need to be commented on as each time it is dramatic and totally changes the punch of the song.

There are times when it is reflective, but for the most part this is progressive rock that while hearkening back in many ways to a time gone by, is also driving forward with a passion. Harmony vocals and strong melodies just strengthen the proposition, that this is an Italian prog album that needs investigation. www.blackwidow.it

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 Dedalo e Icaro by CERCHIO D'ORO, IL album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.68 | 79 ratings

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Dedalo e Icaro
Il Cerchio d'Oro Rock Progressivo Italiano

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

4 stars A very welcome comeback from the lost classic age of the vintage 70's Italian progressive scene, Il Cerchio D'Oro return with only their second proper album in an almost 40 year career! We had to wait until 2008 for their proper debut, the band never having had the opportunity to record anything other than a handful of singles in the second half of the 70's, and curious fans have only had two inconsistent compilations to offer them a glimpse of what potential the band had. That all changed with their official studio debut `Il Viaggio di Colombo' nearly six years ago, and they now follow it up with the lush and joyous `Dedalo e Icaro', a concept album based around the mythological legend of Dedalus and Icarus, with the help of some Italian prog notables such as Pino Sinnone (The Trip), Giorgio 'Fico' Piazza (PFM), Ettore Vigo and Martin Grice (Delirium)!

Where the `Colombo' album saw the band finding their feet (yet still delivering the goods, it was generally considered a winning album by Italian prog fans, and was something of a personal favourite of mine), `Dedalo...' sees the band in a more relaxed, warm and excited mood. Their skills have been honed by practice and a return to live shows, the rust worked out of their system from the uncertainty of their debut album, and they deliver grand, melodic and charming Italian progressive rock that will surely please fans of the RPI genre.

Opener `Io Mio Nome e Dedalo' makes for a lovely introduction, an upbeat and stylish pop/rocker with a catchy chorus, warm vocals and nice use of mandolin by special guest Athos Enrile. But the album truly starts with the second piece `Labirinto'. Beginning with a regal, faraway triumphant synth refrain that calls from the distance, electric guitars come roaring in with a real driving Pink Floyd sound behind a sprightly foot-tapping electric piano melody, humming Hammond organ and murmuring bass. This up-tempo and infectious instrumental also finds time for a touching solo piano spot in the middle and a spiraling darting flute solo from Delirium's Martin Grice during a reprise of the main theme in the outro with some peppy drumwork. This one ticks a lot of essential RPI boxes, not exactly challenging, but impossibly pleasing and very hard not to like.

Don't be fooled by the first two minutes of `La Promessa' into thinking it's just a lovely power ballad! Lead vocalist Piuccio Pradal still has that scratchy, lived-in voice full of wistful heartfelt passion, and despite sublime group harmonies and a very stirring electric guitar melody that is repeated at many points throughout the song - just try getting it out of your head - the track has a very dirty and blustery middle section and lots of extended soloing in the later sections. Wailing guitar solos that sound very similar to the rougher style of their previous album, a loopy synth solo in the finale, and drummer Gino Terribile gets to show a little fire right near the end with some rapid-fire bashing fills. `L'Arma Vincentre' that follows is a reflective and thoughtful ballad, with a lovely grand classical backing. Listen out for the whirring moog soloing and extended guitar solo in the second half.

`Una Nuova Realta' moves through bombastic, punchy rock bluster that sees the band in perfect unison with eachother. Lots of quick snappy runs, somber and thoughtful piano passages, ghostly veils of Mellotron wisps, emotional guitar soloing and lovingly weathered vocals from Piuccio. I love the uptempo final moments in the last minute and a half that sees the band racing to the finish line with as many quick little musical fills as possible. A moving, exciting and unpredictable track full of energy!

`Oggi Volero' is a short gutsy bluesy guitar number over dreamy Mellotron and Hammond washes with more of those winning group harmonies.

The dramatic and frantic `Io Sogno Spezzato' is tinged with darkness, as it details Icarus' epic flight and tragic fall to back to Earth. Classical piano tension, snarling guitar runs, snapping Hammond stabs, punchy bass and gothic classical organ soundtrack this climactic finale. Italian prog at it's most dazzling and sophisticated best.

The lazy atmosphere of `Ora Che Son Qui' wraps the album in a very sobering manner. A shimmering other-worldy treated vocal from Piuccio over warm acoustic guitar strums, pulsing Hammond washes and layered group harmonies remind very much of Seventies Pink Floyd, perfectly suited to the lyrics filled with regret and stream-of-consciousness ponderings. The final two minutes features a brief but commanding sax solo again from Martin Grice that is both sad and triumphant at the same time.

Available on both LP and CD versions from Black Widow Records, you may wish to purchase the vinyl for an exquisite larger-format gatefold recreation of the stunning cover painting by Stefano Scagni, but the CD version comes with three video live performances from 2009-2012. The lyrics are displayed in both Italian and English along with photos of the band and special guests.

2013 has already seen a number of outstanding quality releases from Italy, and the second proper album from Il Cerchio D'Oro is no exception. So it may not have the same reckless energy, rough around the edges charm that a lot of the vintage defining releases had back in the 70's, but there is no denying it is a high quality album, full of strong melodies and terrific playing. It's also nice to hear something so upbeat and full of life, from a band that is really excited and humbled at still having an audience craving quality Italian progressive music. Definitely one for fans of the first album after a more sedate pleasing listen, and deeply romantic Italian progressive bands like Locanda Delle Fate.

Four stars.

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 Il Viaggio di Colombo by CERCHIO D'ORO, IL album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.72 | 47 ratings

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Il Viaggio di Colombo
Il Cerchio d'Oro Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars The discreet smell of an Il Cerchio d'Oro reunion finally became reality in 2006, when the band was re-established with all original members taking part in this fresh new start.The Classic Italian Prog group suprisingly was signed by the Black Widow label, known for its releases in the Heavy Prog/Rock field, and released the first official full-length album in 2008, some 35 years after the original formation, based on Cristoforo Colombo's legendary journey during the 15th century and entitled ''Il viaggio di Colombo''.

Musically grown, Il Cerchio d'Oro's style belongs to the romantic Italian Symphonic Rock territory, akin to IL CASTELLO DI ATLANTE or SITHONIA, with light Classical references and a keyboard-driven sound full of emotional textures as well as complicated themes.Piccolini and Pagnacco offer strong dual keyboard passages with synthesizers and Hammond organ in the forefront in delicate and elaborate arrangements with a very Italian-oriented sound, like coming straight from the 70's.Acoustic guitars and soft piano interludes belong also among the band's priorities, while the vocals of Giuseppe Terribile are excellent with a warm and moving color.BLOCCO MENTALE and PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI are propably the best vintage comparisons due to the extremely elegant still quite adventurous approach of the group, often characterized by nice polyphonic lines.The album flows nice and easy with fine and careful structures and good guitar hooks, when needed, always based on a melodic, symphonic attitude.

Il Cerchio d'Oro's comeback was more than welcome.While suffering from its own identity, the group prooved that it could offer another enjoyable release along the lines of the Classic Italian Prog tradition.Warmly recommended, especially to all fans of the style.

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  La Quadratura del Cerchio by CERCHIO D'ORO, IL album cover Studio Album, 2006
1.52 | 6 ratings

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La Quadratura del Cerchio
Il Cerchio d'Oro Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

1 stars Surprisingly Il Cerchio d'Oro would reform in 2006 and the first signs of their reincarnation would be revealed in 2005, when a second archival album was released in vinyl format on Psych-Out Records under the title ''La quadratura del cerchio''.This compilation contains mostly covers by famous Italian Prog bands along with some demo cuts from the band's early years.

Side A is split between covers of Le Orme and original compositions both with the early 3-piece and later 5-piece line up of the band.Executionally the band stands at a good level, but the really poor recording quality of these tapes makes the listening almost unbearable.The original material comes mostly in a Symphonic/Psychedelic Rock style close to HUNKA MUNKA or GLI ALLUMINOGENI with strong organ passages and obscure synth workouts along the deep bass work, that could have sounded really decent if their sound was at least mediocre.The Le Orme covers are rather mediocre and add nothing innovative to the band's repertoire.The B side is exclusively covered by three pieces of The Trip, Le Orme and New Trolls respectively, delivered by Il Cerchio d'Oro at the time when they were still a trio.With mainly instrumental work on the forefront, the band shows respect to the original executions, but the uneven mix and poor sound prevent the listener from enjoying this material as well.From the three, propably The Trip's ''Little Jane'' seems the best with its early-70's charming Psychedelic Rock style.

This is certainly the least interesting recording related to Il Cerchio d'Oro.Bad-sounding and rather uninspirational work, due to the poor quality of the tapes and the limited original material.Avoid it and spend your money in a more recommended work by the band.

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 Dedalo e Icaro by CERCHIO D'ORO, IL album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.68 | 79 ratings

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Dedalo e Icaro
Il Cerchio d'Oro Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Dr÷mmarenAdrian

5 stars I found this band and record today, the same day their second studio record was released. The people who play this eight track music record is Gino Terribile (drums, vocals), Giuseppe Terribile (bass, vocals), Franco Piccolini (keyboards), Roberto Giordana (guitar) and Piuccio Pradal (vocal, 12 string guitar). They built this group back in the seventies but the didnt make a full scale record. In recent days they have and they are totally amazing. Perhaps the don't have the best singer but otherwise this music is brilliant. This is amazing symphonic rock. I am so surprised of Italy, what a marvelous prog nation, mostly of what that land has brought us seems to be fantastic.

Every track here is very good. The music is virtous and it has some form of feeling of the seventies prog. The music is very distinct, you can hear every instrument very clear. Mostly they use their common instruments but I can alse hear flute and saxophone it it. One of the best tracks is the instrumental "Labirinto" which is calm but has a wonderful melody with nice organs and flute work. The longest track "La Promesa" starts distinct with vocals and has a great and smart composition driven by guitar and organ. "Una nuova realtÓ" is another strong and fast track with different sections and the vocals begins at four minutes. A winning piece of prog. "Oggi voler˛" has heavy rock. Every track is wonderful and interesting. It happens a lot int their music, it has a lot of drive. It's never indecisive but allways powerful and harmonic. This is very melodical music. Perhaps they didn't experiment so much but this is absolutely a full scale symphonic prog record. I say it again, I am surprised of the music of Italy which is so great. I know very little, almost nothing about this band but I will listen more and do some research. This is splendid prog from the twentyfirst century.

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 Il Viaggio di Colombo by CERCHIO D'ORO, IL album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.72 | 47 ratings

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Il Viaggio di Colombo
Il Cerchio d'Oro Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars There's a pretty cool story behind this Italian band as they've been around since 1974 but they just weren't able to release an album until this one in 2008.They did release a couple of singles in 1977 which are included here as bonus tracks.The surprising thing when you listen to these two singles is that they pretty much sound the same as the album recorded 30 years later. Once again a thankyou to Finnforest who's review moved me to purchase this record. I'm in love with the sound of this band I really am.The vocals are romantic and in Italian and the whole album has that vintage vibe that just draws me in.

"Ouverture" opens with piano and synths, just a beautiful sound here. Drums before 1 1/2 minutes and bass follows. "Sognando La Meta" again features piano and synths early as drums join in.Guitar too. Great sound here. Chunky bass follows. Some gorgeous guitar here as well. Piano and synths are back before 2 minutes and spacey organ follows. Nice. Vocals before 3 minutes.This is so good.Emotional stuff. It picks back up late. "Colombo" has a good heavy sound to it with vocals and a variety of keyboards. A guitar solo after 3 minutes.The guitar is back and more aggressive a minute later. "I tre Marinai" opens with the sound of a creaking ship and waves as someone on deck whistles. Acoustic guitar joins in then reserved vocals before 2 1/2 minutes. Bass too. It kicks in a minute later with drums and guitar. Back to the mellow section again as contrasts continue. It ends with the creaking ship, waves and whistling.

"Ieri, Oggi, Ancora Niente" opens with accapella vocals which i'm not a fan of but the drums and keyboards take over before a minute. Great sound before 2 1/2 minutes as the guitar and bass join in. It settles back with vocals 4 minutes in until before 5 1/2 minutes when it kicks back in. "Il Silenzio Rumoroso Del Mare" is jazzy with piano, drums and bass to start. The guitar comes in over top and vocals follow. A calm after 3 minutes then it kicks back in after 5 minutes with lots of synths this time. "Preghiera Al Vento" is a short tune with vocals, floating organ, piano and acoustic guitar. It reminds me of early FLOYD. "Tre Giorni (L'Ammutinamento)" hits the ground running with drums, guitar, piano and organ. Vocals around a minute as it settles. It kicks back in with synths this time after 1 1/2 minutes as contrasts continue. "Tierra ! Tierra !" is a mid paced tune until it settles back to a cool soundscape of chunky bass, synths and drums. Guitar too actually. Vocals are back. "Crecando L'Approdo" is a beautiful song with acoustic guitar, floating organ and more. "Conclusione (Il Ritorno)" is the short final track with piano, drums and vocals standing out.

As I mentioned earlier the two bonus tracks fit in here beautifully and only add to this excellent recording. A solid 4 stars.

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 Il Viaggio di Colombo by CERCHIO D'ORO, IL album cover Studio Album, 2008
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Il Viaggio di Colombo
Il Cerchio d'Oro Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars There is not much I can and want to add to the other reviews, made by the RPI experts here in ProgArchives. But as a non-expert on RPI, I will just write some words about this album.

This is the ultimate album (so far) from a band who started up in the 1970s, but who did not unleash their full potential before the release of this album. Although this album was released two years ago, the sound is very much 1970s RPI. File this album under RPI's 1970s albums.

The sound is vintage with moog, hammonds and guitars. Osanna and Biglietto is two good reference points. The vocals is excellent too. My gripes is the lack of some really great songs here. The album is ticking along nicely and the material is good throughout. But it never rises above "nice listening". I like this album for it's vintage sound, but less for the songs. Still, it is worth considering for those of us into RPI.

3 stars

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 Il Viaggio di Colombo by CERCHIO D'ORO, IL album cover Studio Album, 2008
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Il Viaggio di Colombo
Il Cerchio d'Oro Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by seventhsojourn
Special Collaborator RPI

4 stars Italian band Il Cerchio d'Oro originally formed in 1974 but subsequently disbanded in 1980 due to the general loss of interest in prog around that time. They had been unable to get a recording deal and therefore never released an album, although they did finally manage to put out a few singles during the closing years of the decade. The band reformed with original members in 2006 and two years later released their first full-length recording, the concept album Il Viaggio di Colombo. Here the story of Columbus' famed voyage of discovery is used as an analogy to illustrate one's journey of self-discovery.

The music here is very much in the style and spirit of the classic bands of the 1970s. There are many fine guitar and keyboard exchanges and all five members of the band sing, which makes for some nice variety in the vocals department. Il Cerchio d'Oro originally got together as a trio and fellow Italians Le Orme are an obvious influence, probably most evident on songs like the keyboards-led IL SILENZIO RUMOROSO DEL MARE and PREGHIERA AL VENTO.

They also admit to having been influenced by Pink Floyd and you can hear this in the spacey guitar and sustained organ of SOGNANDO LA META and CERCANDO L'APPRODO. These guys can rock as well though, and on LERI, OGGI, ANCORA NIENTE they sound a bit like Deep Purple or even Uriah Heep thanks to the gravel-toned organ and wah wah guitar. In fact one other track, COLOMBO, sounds remarkably akin to the latter's ''Gypsy''. Having said all that, they really do have their own sound so they shouldn't be thought of as clones.

This is another excellent album that seems to have slipped under the radar as it only has a tiny handful of reviews on the site. It gets better with every spin and it's rounded off with a couple of bonus tracks from 1977 that, although a bit commercial, aren't at all bad. One final word on the excellent packaging... not only does the digipack contain some lovely period artwork and full lyrics, it goes the extra mile and provides English translations of the lyrics. Thoughtful.

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