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DELIRIUM

Rock Progressivo Italiano • Italy


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DELIRIUM is an important band in the history of Italian progressive rock music, having been active since 1970. They originally formed in Genoa during the late 1960s as I SAGITTARI and their line-up consisted of Ettore Vigo (keyboards), Peppino Di Santo (drums, vocals), Mimmo Di Martino (acoustic guitar) and Marcello Reale (bass). The later arrival of Ivano Fossati (vocals, keyboards, flute) completed the band, whose early musical style was a mix of the so-called Italian melodic tradition and UK progressive influences, in particular KING CRIMSON and COLOSSEUM.

Their first album, the rough-hewn ''Dolce Acqua'' (1971), was one of the earliest Italian progressive albums and is a conceptual suite with each of its eight movements being based on different human emotions. The album is mainly acoustic in nature and is dominated by Ivano Fossati, the prominence of whose flute has drawn comparisons with Ian Anderson. While ''Dolce Acqua'' undoubtedly has a strong folk atmosphere, Fossati's flute is really the only similarity with JETHRO TULL. It wasn't as successful as some of the other big Italian albums that were released in 1971, but the band enjoyed much better fortunes on the festival circuit. In 1972 they took part in the Sanremo song festival and had a massive hit single as a result of their televised performance. Fossati subsequently left to embark on a solo career and was replaced by English musician Martin Frederick Grice (vocals, flute, saxophone) who joined from THE BO BO'S BAND, a beat band that also included future members of AREA. DELIRIUM'S growing reputation was enhanced by further competition victories, television appearances and hit singles, but this commercial approach wasn't typical of the music on their albums.

After Fossati's departure and the arrival of Grice, DELIRIUM moved in a more progressive direction. Their second album ''Lo Scemo E Il Villaggio'' (1972) is notable for its blending of progressive and jazz music, and for Grice's liberal use of the saxophone. In spite of, or because of, this change of musical direction the album didn't enjoy the success it arguably deserved. Perhaps the public had expected another ''Dolce Acqua''. There was no such problem with their next release, ''Delirium III - Viaggio Negli Arcipelaghi del Tempo'' (1974). A work of great maturity that until recently was considered to be their masterpiece, it was also their most symphonic and progressive to date. DELIRIUM made use of a string section on th...
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3.71 | 79 ratings
Dolce Acqua
1971
3.64 | 46 ratings
Lo Scemo E Il Villaggio
1972
4.10 | 69 ratings
Delirium III (Viaggio Negli Arcipelaghi Del Tempo)
1974
4.11 | 109 ratings
Il Nome Del Vento
2009

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

3.48 | 9 ratings
Vibrazioni Notturne - Live
2007

DELIRIUM Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.58 | 5 ratings
Il Viaggio Continua: La Storia 1970 - 2010
2010

DELIRIUM Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.00 | 1 ratings
Delirium
1978
0.00 | 0 ratings
Jesahel (Una Storia Lunga 20 Anni)
1996
2.50 | 2 ratings
Jesahel
1999
1.00 | 1 ratings
Jesahel/ Canto di Osanna
1999
4.02 | 4 ratings
'71-'75
2005
3.00 | 1 ratings
Le Pių Belle Canzoni Dei Delirium
2006
4.00 | 1 ratings
I Sagittari (pre Delirium)
2007

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 Dolce Acqua by DELIRIUM album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.71 | 79 ratings

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Dolce Acqua
Delirium Rock Progressivo Italiano

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

4 stars Delirium's debut album `Dolce Acqua' from 1971 is a hazy and warm acoustic mix of vocal pieces and instrumentals, a snapshot of a band finding their feet by stretching the boundaries of pop, folk, jazz, classical and psychedelic music. There's a sense of comfort and togetherness from the band through their pleasing group harmonies and the frequently upbeat, joyous compositions. Mostly dominated by acoustic guitar, piano and flute, with tastefully restrained orchestral flourishes, with even occasional raga-rock droning percussion wrapped up in a late 60's/early 70's Pink Floyd drowsiness, it's truly a perfect soundtrack for warm summers, best enjoyed in the company of good friends and relaxed atmospheres. Lead vocalist Ivano Fossati would only hang around for this one album, but his style is not too different to his replacement Martin Grice, so fans coming to the band from their later defining work `Delirium III' should still feel right at home.

Apparently `Dolce Acqua' is a concept album about human emotions, but you don't need to follow the Italian lyrics too closely to enjoy the pieces. Besides, it's frequently instrumental, the music perfectly conveying the titles, and many of the vocals are wordless harmonies anyway. `Preludio' is a haunting and thoughtful acoustic opener, Ivano sharing the vocals with another member of the band (hard to tell who, they're all credited on vocals!), and it's especially lovely when their two voices seamlessly blend together in the sublime chorus. There's some lovely shimmering vibraphone and restrained bass too. The boisterous `Egoismo' fires up for a more raucous and stomping acoustic rocker, raspy lead vocals leading the way before improvised huffing flute and a foot-tapping jazzy run. For some reason, the melody reminds me briefly of the opening title track off the Renaissance album `Prologue'! The piano driven `Movimento II' has a late Beatles-like orchestral grandiosity, especially listen out for the strangely uneasy ending, while `To Satchmo...' is a laid-back and breezy flute-fuelled lounge-jazz instrumental that floats along on supremely good and positive vibes.

`Sequenza 1 And 2' is another pleasing extended piano and distorted flute instrumental with some added humming Hammond organ. The slow-drifting yet spiky acid folk of `Johnnie Sayre' has droning repeated vocals, electronic distortion and wild stereo-panning drumming/percussion that leaves the listener dizzy and overwhelmed. Despite strident acoustic strumming and other-worldly treated lead vocals, `Favola O Storia...' is a little repetitive, with far too many vocals crammed into a shorter pop piece, so thankfully there's some ghostly orchestration that almost resembles a scratchy Mellotron during the brief instrumental passage in the middle. After a nicely plodding acoustic strum ala Pink Floyd's `Green Is The Colour', the closing title track finds a purposeful beat and blesses the listener with a heartfelt, confident Rick Wright-styled piano build and gentle orchestration throughout. It ensures the album ends in a suitably grand and momentous manner.

Admittedly, a few of the pieces are a little repetitive and played out a little long, but there's not a single poor moment to be found here. Italian progressive albums would only start getting even more experimental and daring from here, but there's no denying the band was offering magical, wonderful music right from the start. Despite only four studio albums, a handful of singles/non-album tracks and live recordings to show for their forty-plus year career, the band has almost always delivered superb musical offerings, and this exquisite debut is no exception. It's fairly easy to get hold of again now on both LP and CD reissues, but try to track down the inexpensive two disc Warner Brothers CD boxset I bought, `Delirium - 1971-1974', that includes every bit of their Seventies recorded output. You'll get three amazing works and a bunch of tasty extras that add up to an extra 40 minutes of music. Absolutely essential.

`Dolce Acqua' is a very special, delicate gift, the most precious and breezy Delirium album, yet never skimps on terrific musical sophistication. It will captivate every listener, and forty years on, has proven to be truly timeless.

Four stars, and my personal favourite from the band.

(I wish I had this one on vinyl, just look at that front cover with the flute being plugged directly into the brain! Just how I feel when I listen to so many of those flute-dominated RPI titles!)

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 Il Nome Del Vento by DELIRIUM album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.11 | 109 ratings

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Il Nome Del Vento
Delirium Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by sinslice

4 stars Several good Italian bands of the 70's had a revival since the mid-90s to the present. Honestly, most did not cover my expectations. Except a few.

Il Nome del Vento is one of those few. I consider it an appropriate continuation of Delirium III, using the melody that concludes that good album. Obviously, it is an acceptable perspective below the more than 30 years.

Tight, melodic, jazzy, complex yet simple, colorful, with Italian spirit in words and music. Drawing wonderful musical and lyrical landscapes, inherent in the nature of that country.

Great prominence of keyboards and wind instruments, combined masterfully with cello, violins. Bass, drums and guitars providing fundamental lines too. It flows naturally and never forced.

Nice!

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 Dolce Acqua by DELIRIUM album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.71 | 79 ratings

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Dolce Acqua
Delirium Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Tarcisio Moura
Prog Reviewer

3 stars It was 1972. My mother was watching the San Remo festival. Then I saw those hippie guys singing a song called Jesahel. Even if I was still only 12 years old (my serirous musical interest didnīt really start until I was 14) I was quite impressed by what I heard and saw (they didnīt win, but their brilliant performance made quite a stir). Some 40 years later I was in a friendīs house when I found this CD with an impressive cover. I decided to borrow it, without even listening a single note and the fact that I had never heard of the band. Well, with a cover like that I could guess it might be good. At least it would bring memories of the pop art of the period, which was quite common.

I was quite surprised that this is the band that made Jesahel (included here as a bonus track). Having found the name of the group and title of the song it was easy to look for their San Remo stunning performance on the YouTube (Gosh, donīt we all LOVE YouTube?). But back to the album: Dolce Acqua was their debut LP. After several spins I should say this CD is very, very good. Not perfect, not a masterpiece, but really good and quite promising. There are two real flaws: first, their songwriting was not fully developed at the time. All songs are nice and melodic, but a few tunes could benefit from a little more work. Nothing is bad, though. Overall the acoustic and pastoral songs are quite inspired and convincing. Second, and the main problem here, although Dolce Acqua is quite veried, the fourth track is a straight jazz number that has nothing to do with the rest of the album. Even if not a bad song per se, it completely ruins the flow and balance of the record. If you hear this CD and thinks that there is something wrong, try to listen to tit skipping that track. Itīll make much more sense. I discovered that myself after several sessions. A real shame.

Otherwise, I loved Dolce Acqua. Ivano Fossati has a great voice and his flute playing is amazing. The band is tight and accomplished. The production is ok for the time, and the remastering made it sound even better. There are some real strong material here like Ipocresia - Veritá, the title track and the opener Paura. And, of course their biggest hit, Jesahel, but it was not on the original LP. A very nice surprise.

Final rating: difficult album to rate. I guess 3,5 stars is quite fitting: a few excellent songs among other that are just good ones. Promising album from a promising band. Iīm looking forward to hear its follow up.

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 Dolce Acqua by DELIRIUM album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.71 | 79 ratings

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Dolce Acqua
Delirium Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by stefro
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2 stars Another entry into the category of albums overshadowed by their own artwork - there are plenty of those - this 1971 effort from the Italian outfit Delirium is one of those frustrating albums that features plenty of pretty moments yet just doesn't ever really get going. Italian albums, especially middling one's like 'Dolce Aqua', are always going to have it difficult simply by dint of being from Italy. Up against some formidable local opposition, the Italian prog scene of the 1970's was amongst the most diverse, featuring some of the genre's true greats in the shape of such luminaries as Le Orme, PFM, Maxophone and Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso and their subsequent albums which have proved amongst their most popular created, if not commercially speaking then certainly critically. Taken in context 'Dolce Aqua' seems pretty average; taken out of context, it's actually a pretty decent album, featuring a flute-laced sound, classical textures and some attractive harmonies. However, the pace is slow, bordering on the soporific, certain tracks seem to wander aimlessly, as if the musicians are unsure of what to do next, and the album on the whole seemingly owes a great deal of debt to both Jethro Tull and Van Der Graaf Generator, only lacking the fiery invention of the latter and the inventive genre- blending of the former. Opener 'Preludio' does exude a certain playfulness, and the group sport a refined jazz touch on the piano-led 'To Satchmo', yet there's nothing here that hasn't been done before, and done slightly better. All told then this is a pretty decent affair, yet when compared to the competition the word ordinary quickly springs to mind. Great front cover though. STEFAN TURNER, STOKE NEWINGTON, 2012

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 Il Viaggio Continua: La Storia 1970 - 2010 by DELIRIUM album cover DVD/Video, 2010
3.58 | 5 ratings

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Il Viaggio Continua: La Storia 1970 - 2010
Delirium Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars DELIRIUM is from the first generation of progressive rock bands hailing from Italy, initially making a name for itself as a gentle, folk-inspired band with acoustic guitars, harmony vocals and gentle backing by piano and Mellotron being its musical weapons of choice. While popular at the time, its initial line-up wasn't the most stable, and by 1975 Delirium folded. But after a 28-year-long hiatus the musicians decided to have another go. "Il Viaggio Continua" documents this second lease of life enjoyed by this semi-legendary Italian band.

"Il Viaggio Continua: La Storia 1970-2010" is in many ways a highly impressive production, the total experience clocking in at just over 4 hours or so. That's a lot of material for such a production, giving excellent value for money. And while the main event covered for me is a bit of an uneven ride, the vast extent of additional material and the fact that this most likely will be the only DVD ever made by this band, makes it easy to recommend this production to any existing fan of Delirium. Those unfamiliar with this act might want to check out their classic 70's recordings and their 2009 comeback album prior to this one however, unless they have a particular interest in concert movies, that is.

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 Jesahel/ Canto di Osanna by DELIRIUM album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1999
1.00 | 1 ratings

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Jesahel/ Canto di Osanna
Delirium Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by 1967/ 1976

— First review of this album —
1 stars 1999 versions of old evergreens: Hmmm... S**t! Damned POP or lounge music... This is in my mind these new versions. That keep the umbilical cord with the 70's, although it seems to listen to 10cc. And the new songs? A mix between Magna Carta and 10cc but without the magic of Magna Carta or 10cc. And in fact for me the magic and feelings it is better to be sought elsewhere. Because the soul wanders aimlessly!

Good is the cover. Good is the booklet. Good is the label spirit. But for me these are not Delirium. This is another band. Probably with Delirium name.

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 Jesahel by DELIRIUM album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1999
2.50 | 2 ratings

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Jesahel
Delirium Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by 1967/ 1976

2 stars A mix between old and new songs. Not good because all songs are POP. The old songs cause arrangements and sound. Revival? Hmmm... Difficult to judge an album like that, because the music offered is quite anonymous. Also with regard to the old songs. It would be good to understand the reason for this choice. I do not understand and I do not agree. I listen to this CD in the car, because otherwise I can not hear him, is so far from what I expect from Delirium.

In a good substance "Jesahel" is a CD without good sensations, for me. But not bad, at all. Only too POP.

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 Le Pių Belle Canzoni Dei Delirium by DELIRIUM album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2006
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Le Pių Belle Canzoni Dei Delirium
Delirium Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by 1967/ 1976

— First review of this album —
3 stars Interesting compilation with good songs in the vein of Folk/ Jazz/ RPI/ POP. the albums are another story than singles, because the singles present POP/ Jazzy/ Folk songs not proper Prog. In this sense this compilation is a good purchase. But if you think that Delirium is a full Prog band you are not in the spirit of this compilation. Well... In 70's Delirium is a band in pure spirit of 70's and singles are good if 70's Rock please you.

Certainly compilation as this are good. This is not an exception. Good to rediscover the production of songs for singles by Delirium.

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 Vibrazioni Notturne - Live by DELIRIUM album cover Live, 2007
3.48 | 9 ratings

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Vibrazioni Notturne - Live
Delirium Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars There are some live albums I find difficult to describe in words. This is one of them.

This live album is based on all their studio albums, bar the 2009 album, as far as I gather. So far, the facts. This live album is my first serious attempt to get under the skin of Delirium's music.

Delirium is a band I believe falls down on the more commercially melodic side of the RPI scene. They had massive success in the 1970s with their hit song Jesahel. A song that made them to multi million seller band. Delirium is back together again and that's for the joy of performing music (and with a lot of pressure from Massimo in Black Widow Records.......... keep up this good work, Massimo). And their joy of music and life shines through at this album. It is a very lively live album.

The music on this album is a mix of commercial music (the hit Jesahel), more heavy intricate RPI and a lot of jazzier & folksy RPI. In short, more or less the ABC of the RPI scene........ and this band. The band is big fans of Jethro Tull (and Jethro Tull may be big fans of Delirium too) and the result is a good Jethro Tull medley. Joe Cocker...... eeehhh.... The Beatles also gets his/their tribute with a version of With A Little Help From My Friends. A song played to death by now, but Delirium does a very good version of it here.

My gripe with this live album is simply the quality of the material. This album have some great songs, but also some pretty average stuff. Simply speaking; this album is too variable and full of deep rivers and some pretty high mountains. I tend to loose my interest at times. But this is still a very good live album and it is recommended.

3.5 stars

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 Lo Scemo E Il Villaggio by DELIRIUM album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.64 | 46 ratings

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Lo Scemo E Il Villaggio
Delirium Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

3 stars Delerium are another instrumental RPI band that feature rather well played instrumentation and inspirational jazz fusion nuances. I was quite impressed with the style the band explores.

The music is literally delirious, with fractured rhythms and sporadic drum metrical patterns. Villagio features crazy flute that would blow Ian Anderson off his one leg. There are wild time sig swings and a crawling bassline. This is very solid symphonic prog and that flute by Grice is incredible. He seems to be the anchor of the band with all his instrumental prowess enhancing the sound at every occasion.

Gioia, Disordine, Risentimento is a lengthy jamming track with strong Focus like la de da vocals. It is humourous though not a highlight for me. It settles into a nice restrained ambience complete with breathing and flute blasts. It is notable that it was recorded in a pub and even features the crowd joining in. La Mia Pazzia has actual vocals so it stands out but is still no highlight, it kind of works as a single with a pop oriented accessible sound.

Culto Disarmonico is the highlight of the album with brilliant drumming and awesome sax to carry it along. The melody is infectious and the ultra cool sax is simply astonishing, played like Jackson of VDGG.

So my opinion is Lo Scemo E Il Villaggio is worth getting for RPI connoisseurs. Not everything works but there is enough on this to justify tracking it down. 3.5 wonderful stars.

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