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ALUSA FALLAX are amongst the ranks of Italian prog bands who only released one album in their career, perhaps surprising when you realise the band existed for around ten years.

The band was formed in Milan in 1969 by keyboard player Massimo Parretti who went in search of musicians to play on a piece of music he'd been asked to write. His search led him to GLI ADELFI, a band that featured an old school friend on guitar and vocals, Guido Gabet. Impressed, Parretti enlisted their help but shortcomings with the keyboard player led him to take his place for the recording. The band changing its name to ALUSA FALLAX was completed by three brothers with the surname Cirla, Augusto (drums, vocals and recorder), Guido (bass and vocals) and Mario (sax, flute, French horn and vocals).

The result was a single titled "Dedicato A Chi Amo" followed the same year by another called "Tutto Passa". They then started playing live shows but it wasn't until 1974 that the album "Intorno Alla Mia Cattiva Educazione" was released. Musically the album is largely in a symphonic style with classical and occasional jazz influences, with intelligent utilization of acoustic and electric instrumentation. Although comprising of thirteen tracks they are divided into two long suites with strong musicianship throughout.

The album received very little promotion and was only pressed in a quantity of 5000. They continued to make their living from the live circuit but not through playing progressive rock. Disco became big news towards the end of the seventies and they adopted this style for their live shows and even released a single under the name BLIZZARD before finally splitting up in 1979.

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4.01 | 143 ratings
Intorno Alla Mia Cattiva Educazione
1974

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Dedicata A Chi Amo / Charleston 1923
1969
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1969

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Intorno Alla Mia Cattiva Educazione
Alusa Fallax Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Siren05

4 stars This is an interesting album that was not intended to be an album at all. It was a series of musical scenes written to be performed for an opera or a concert, however it has become a bit of a beacon within the vault of the 'Rock Progressivo Italiano' archives. A mix of fluttery flutes and busy bass lines with a synthesized, symphonic approach, which is characteristic of the Italian prog sound and features heavily on this record. A great listen. Some beautifully orchestrated transitions which mark the sections or scenes of the story. The junctures of traditional styles with Progressive/Avant-Guard Rock makes it an interesting listen. Although i recognize the comparisons drawn to other Progressive rock artists from the UK, i try and keep my mind open to the notion that these musicians were exploring the sounds available to them. And given the time and place, this is an extraordinarily creative album and offers a weighty contribution to Italian Progressive Rock. Fantastic gravelly vocals, great brass and flute sections. A couple of tedious and predictable moments let this one down a little and prevent it from being truly groundbreaking amongst its contemporaries but overall, a gem!

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Alusa Fallax Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Utnapishtim

4 stars A European capital like Milano certainly can offers the right input into the RPI Scene. Night life, the need to be always updated, the underground fashion, the competition to be on the cutting edge. One of the most valuable products is ALUSA FALLAX with a short and controversial music life.

They was born in 1967 from a previous band calls ADELFI. After a trial made by a record manager and Massimo Parretti the band arrive to the final formation with 4/5 of Adelfi and the entry of Massimo Parretti as a keyboardist (fifth member). In 1969 they've changed their name to Alusa Fallax and after the release of two singles (1969) they finally starts in Novara in Piemonte to play in some "dancing places". At the beginning their repertoire consisted of songs to make dancing people, and sometimes they proposed more sophisticated piece with approval of dancers. It is possible to say that their official debut with entire album has been at a theater in Novara in 1974 with CURVED AIR.

"Intorno Alla Mia Cattiva Educazione" born as Opera, as a screenplay, inspired to a character/puppet (that was scrambled in yhe concert during the busiest pieces) which has suffered a puritan education, unable to live and think freely. Another Concept album with complex texts and sophisticated arrangements.

The album plays with intricate change of times never boring, original in musical structures, thanks also to the classical preparation of the musicians. Dominate Massimo Perretti's keyboards, but drums and bass line follow very well the symphonies, and in the most pressing parts are very well done. Guido Gabet on guitar emphasizes the feelings of puppet in a masterly way with elaborated riff alternating to classic guitar. As background there are Jetro Tull interlacing, jazzy tones and references to PFM, KING CRIMSON, BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO, NEW TROLLS, in short much in line with the big bands. One of the band's strengths are certainly the voice of Augusto "Duty" Cirla, hoarse and rough, perfect for this story. Also the saxophonist, (one of the three Cirla Brothers) Mario Cirla has recreated King Crimson moments. The Opera that consists of two suites open with the first track which gives the musical main theme of the album, as a summary of the opera. "Soliloquio" express, whit a classical inspired flute, the pure feeling of loneliness, than open after a classic prog passage with the next track "Non Fatemi Caso". Passing through songs like the beautiful "Riflessioni Al Tramonto" (Reflections At Sunset) the reflection of puppet bring the listener toward the end of the first suite with the reborn of puppet to a new life.

The other suite start with "Per Iniziare Una Nuova Vita" (To Start A New Life) and continues passing through musical piece like "E' Oggi" and "E' Così Poco Quel Che Conosco" where flute, saxophone, keyboards and guitar recreate a gallop to freedom.

"Ciò Che Nasce Con Me" probably is the most emphasis load piece, as the soul of puppet finally can express himself between "winners and losers" . The closing song "Splendida Sensazione" starts with a very classic touch, a beautiful piano solo, and after a biting musical passage the song closes with a enchanting rhythm on the backdrop af a chorus.

The band broke up in 1979, after a only one Prog Gem and other two singles in 1977. A hard climbing in Italian music, a paradox where the mass wins clearly refined music like this. I hope they'll come together (hope soon) to produce some old dusty work.

I'd give them five stars, but there are a lot of other bands references, nothing copied, but maybe an intention to play so much "stuff", or maybe they were heavily influenced by the bands of the time. It's anyhow absolutely essential!

4,5 Stars

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Alusa Fallax Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Iraqi Prog Rocker

5 stars A True Masterpiece

"Intorno Alla Mia Cattiva Educazione was in fact conceived as an opera, or, better, as a concert arranged into scenes, and not as an LP. Its main character was represented on the stage by a puppet that we involved in turn into the show, the victim of a hard, strict upbringing that blocked him in his physical and intellectual growing". With these words, Massimo Parretti-Keyboard described this album. The same rule that characterized many Italian Prog bands in the 70s: a band with one breakthrough album and then the end. Alusa Fallax was no exception and they managed to craft a singular work of richness, depth and charm. AF is a family band formed in 1969 by three Cirla brothers: Augusto (Vocals, drums and recorder), Mario (Flute, Sax, French Horn and vocals) and Guido( bass and vocals). Guitarist on this album is Guido Gabet. The album has 13 tracks divided into two suites each represent a certain period in the main character's life. The album though described as influenced by Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso and Quella Vecchia Locanda but I found it a distinct and remarkable RPI effort from this obscure band and when you listen to the whole album, it has the power to leave you breathless. There is definitely classic music sound but not symphonic in the way of Yes or King Crimson. There is a plethora of acoustic guitar passages and abundance of talented flute playing throughout the album. It is mainly dominated by keyboards and Flute sound. The flute playing of Mario Cirla is influenced by Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson but more in the classic route than Anderson's folky and sometimes bluesy technique. The tracks are very well constructed with solid musicianship from all band members and interesting vocals. If you have not been introduced to Rock Progressivo Italiano sound I recommend this album with Bunco's debut as a start. I cannot say anything more than a TRUE MASTERPIECE.

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 Tutto Passa/ Cade Una Stella (7 Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1969
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Alusa Fallax Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Finnforest
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— First review of this album —
2 stars Early, pleasant pop songs

Five years prior to their captivating RPI full length album, Alusa Fallax were a bunch of young guys trying to get the ball rolling. They managed two singles in that year, this being the second. The years between the singles and the album would be spent playing gigs and improving their craft, getting to know their audience and developing their own sound. Beyond the usual English and Italian influences they would cite "Jesus Christ Superstar" as a major lightbulb which led to their own 1974 rock opera. Obviously this early single is a far cry from their later full length album yet it does reveal their musical talent if not its eventual fruition.

"Tutto Passa" sounds like many other period Ital-pop songs with a blend of the traditional romantic ballad tinged with light psych 60s vibe, very light! Gently strummed acoustic guitars are accompanied by organ and piano, with warm but very well behaved Italian vocals crooning along. There is really no development in a progressive sense, just a nice melody that fades away after three and a half minutes. Likewise, the flip side "Cade Una Stella" is nearly identical to the A side yet even shorter at 3 minutes. Aside from some nice piano playing it is almost completely uneventful.

Two stars not because this is bad music but because is simply not required for anyone but hard core Italian pop collectors. Prog fans can skip the singles and proceed right to their wonderful 1974 RPI gem.

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Alusa Fallax Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

4 stars Alusa Fallax were born as an expanded version of the group Gli Adelfi in 1969.They were based in Milan, led by guitarist/singer Guido Gabet and keyboardist Massimo Parretti along with three brothers, Augusto (vocals/drums), Mario (wind instruments,vocals) and Guido Cirla (bass).They released two singles in 1969 and became a great support live group in early-70's.Their time though came in 1974, when they released their debut ''Intorno alla mia cattiva educazione'' on Fonit Label.

As with the case of the great Italian Prog acts of the time, the sound of Alusa Fallax had a fantastic symphonic approach, but the overall style was a lot more than symphonic/orchestral arrangements.With a great love for long instrumental passages and also lyrical parts with expressive and raw Italian vocals in the vein of JUMBO's Alvaro Fella , the band presented a dramatic Symphonic Rock release, where harmonic passages are blended with numerous nice interplays and complex ideas.Flutes and moog synthesizers are especially in evidence, delivering often a soft and depressive atmosphere, but there is also a strong amount of fiery electric guitars, specifically in the more complicated themes.There are also some Folk parts thrown in with delicate acoustic guitars and heavy flute work and heavy Jazz-Rock moments towards the end with some virtuosic electric guitars and saxes in the style of OFFICINA MECCANICA.The obvious Classical influence though is the one that dominates the release with Parretti's great performance on synths/organ/piano and the constant presence of Mario Cirla and his flutes, saxes and french horn.The final result is comparable to the mid-70's works of BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO and MAXOPHONE, professional prog of high quality.

The album was reputedly pressed in 5000 copies with a limited distribution and Alusa Fallax kept playing live, even if their style changed significantly over the years with Progressive Rock fading away and Disco Music emerging at the top.In 1977, now under the name Blizzard, they release a single and 1979 sees the end of this excellent group.

''Intorno alla mia cattiva educazione'' still remains among the very great items of 70's Italian Prog music, where demanding and nervous instrumental parts meet the delicacy of symphonic orchestrations and deserves a good place in every prog fan's collection.Highly recommended.

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Alusa Fallax Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Gatot
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4 stars I am lucky that finally i had a chance to listen to this album by Alus Fallax. I have been a longtime fan of Italian prog as most of them produced really good quality of music especially when they use Italian language. To me, Italian language is quite prog naturally as it sounds and it merges beautifully with symphonic kind of music. This album proves it really well - not only the language but also the stye of music.

Ever since I listened to the opening track that sounds to me like an overture of the album, I have enjoyed the album in its entirety because the opening track represents an excellent stage setting for the whole listening pleasure of the album. I cannot describe it really well the music but one thing for sure the melody and its nuances created stir my emotion already. Even from the opening track it suffices to say that it's gonna be a good stream of music. My prediction proved to be right as the next track and the rest really blew me away and I was deeply engaged with the music until the final track.

The music is actually blending the traditional kind of melody, I believe, combined nicely with textures and nuances that create wonderful listening experience. Yes there is no heavy part as most segments are basically mellow with memorable melody. The interaction of one instrument into another has created excellent harmonies that flow smoothly from track to track, segment to segment. You will be surprised also by the good work of flute and sax throughout the album. That's good enough to say the symphonic element of the music. Even though the tempo does not change abruptly but there are changes of style as the music moves. One final comment in its composition is the structural integrity of the album that sounds really cohesive and it sounds like a one track overall.

It's really an excellent addition to any prog music collection. It's a vintage album and it's really worth collecting it. Keep on proggin' ...!

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Review by Warthur
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4 stars Alusa Fallax put out a couple of singles in 1969 - neither of which I have heard - but didn't get a chance to put out an album until 1974, once the Italian prog boom had kicked in. It's actually rather a shame that the album got lost in the wake of the flood of RPI albums in a comparative vein which had preceded it, since unlike many one-album-wonder bands the group had been formed well before the explosion in the Italian prog scene, and yet seems to have failed to find much more success than bands which were thrown together a mere 3

It's particularly sad because the album itself is really quite good; it's the usual melange of early Jethro Tull and Trespass-era Genesis, of course; the flute playing recalls Tull, the acoustic guitar recalls Genesis, the singer is passable and the compositions are rather enchanting. What makes it a bit more compelling than typical efforts in this field is the enthralling emotional crescendos the music reaches, the band showing a masterful command of mood. A strong debut, which deserved a followup - but it was not to be. A shame.

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Review by coasterzombie

4 stars Not quite the masterpiece it's made out to be, but a strong entry from 1974 and required purchase for prog-heads. Alusa Fallax crafted a real suite, an album that flows from one piece to the next, rather than just a collection of songs. Some of the transitions are so seamless in fact, you don't realize when one track ends and the next begins. There are a few problems however, that may keep all but the most devoted progressive rock enthusiast from really becoming enveloped in Intorno Alla Mia Cattiva Educazione: The intense vocal style of Augusto Cirla; the seemingly lost concept about a puppet come to life and sheltered by his parents (?); and the frantic variety of influences and styles that nearly prevents the band from creating its own. Alusa Fallax did have style though, and their sole album has it in spades.

The flowing nature of the album reminds me of Metamorfosi's Inferno - another excellent Italian Prog gem from the year prior - although this is significantly more upbeat and ultimately the more rewarding of the two. Like Thick as A Brick, the only gap exists between the first and second sides of the LP (or tracks 7 and 8 for those in the digital realm). The album actually starts slow out of the gate, but my first light bulb moment comes thirty seconds into the title track. A simple yet proficient classical guitar melody sets the stage for good things to come. The nylon stringed guitar paired with dual flute harmonies is quite baroque and should please PFM aficionados. I especially love the fat analog synth touches at the end. "Fuori Di Me, Dentro Di Me" begins with a somewhat awkward transition, but here we have the first opportunity to hear Augusto Cirla really sing, and sing well he does. A very enthusiastic performance all the way around, which will continue to the end of side 1. Don't miss the crazy flute trills and double-articulations a minute into "Riflessioni Al Tramonto" - good stuff.

I could do without the explosion effect that separates the two sides as it always irks me and serves no purpose musically, but I guess for the sake of the story it makes sense. The second half is just as good as the first, maybe even a little better. I especially enjoy the french horn at the end of "Per Iniziare Una Vita." Maxophone would later use french horn to great effect on their only album. A clear Osanna influence can be heard in "E Cosi Poco Quel Che Conosco," with the saxophone being run through a harmonizer effect. Alusa Fallax was definitely not afraid to wear their heart on their sleeve, although it is not a detriment, but a testament to the music they clearly loved. The last two songs make that evident, as the album ends on a high note. It took me awhile to really get into this album, but I'm glad I did.

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Review by friso
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4 stars Alusa Fallax - Intorno Alla Mia Cattiva Educazione (1974)

Journey into RPI land continues with Alusa Fallax' sole concept album. This Italian band has a lot of influences of Le Orme, ELP and perhaps some Schizoid Man King Crimson. Alusa Fallax plays symphonic (slightly eclectic) progressive rock with many instrumental passages and compositions that are interwoven in each other. There are many instrumental passages and a lot of good melodic song-parts. The vocals are low and expressive, as can be expected from our beloved Italian proggers. The band uses the symphonic equipment (moog en mellotron), some flute, piano, bass, drums and electric and acoustic guitars.The guitarist is actually very good. The compositions and songs are good, but I can't say the band is innovative.

It had become clear to me now that Alusa Fallax has great melodic skills, bringing us melodies that really work. Furthermore the band has a brave progressive spirit, playing almost an eclectic style of changing rhythms and themes. Good ideas are plentiful, but I'm mainly attracted by the many melodic parts of the music.

Now, from this point I've been very positive, but this album has some negative aspects too. The recording is not too good, resulting in a listening experience that could have been way more spacious instead of this dense sound. I wished they would have had a more professional recording. Furthermore does the band have some typical RPI amateurish features like slightly out of pitch arrangements and rushed instrumental passages that could have been played more precise. The vocals seem to benefit from this setting, for they sound authentic.

It is important to notice that my rating is based on the music only, because I can't rate the lyrics and the concept.

Conclusion. Yet another enjoyable Italian one shot wonder. With it's relatively long 44 minutes of music this is an excellent addition to fans of the RPI genre. The recording is my only real complaint, but these fine melodies and brave instrumental passages compensate. I can go with a small four star rating here.

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Review by Relayer Duos

4 stars Talk about a hidden gem! This album makes no top list I've ever read, not even for it's own genre, but boy let me tell you, it deserves a nice slot just like all the other "greats".

This is the only album of this magnitude I've found in its genre--13 tracks amounting to a single 45 minute song, full to the brim of every characteristic Italian Prog sound, and then a few more for good measure. Every element is delightful, every melody makes you die for more.

This album is a highly recommended work of Italian goodness, it deserves every single bit of a 4-star rating. (Really more like 4.5)

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