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CORMORANO

Rock Progressivo Italiano • Italy


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CORMORANO was formed in 1975, led by a wonderful vocalist named Rafaello Regoli. Like many Italian bands of the period, they played live quite a bit but did not record in the studio until later; much later for CORMORANO, who didn't record until 2000. The songs on their sole album, "Giro Tondo (Giro) Fuori Scena," were composed from 1976 through 1984, and their style reflects their era, with a progressive bent but without the edge of the early 1970s.

Vocalist Rafaello met AREA's vocalist Demetrio Stratos at a festival in 1976 and says that a firm relationship was formed then and thereafter. From that point, Rafaello Regoli became a dedicated disciple of Stratos, and certainly his vocals are the focus of the album and feature prominently in every song. However, the similarity to AREA ends there. Whereas AREA is quite avant-garde and experimental, CORMORANO generally plays it fairly safe compositionally. Nearly every song is more or less straightforward in style and structure. The rhythms are usually 4/4, with an occasional 3/4, syncopation, or creative pattern or structure. The instrumentation consists of keyboards (usually electric piano and synthesizer), guitar, and bass. A typical song will have a laid-back introduction featuring one or two instruments, with the others gradually joining until the song proper begins. Then there is generally a nice groove with bass and drums, with guitars, keys, and vocals trading with or doubling each other. Making up for the conservative composition, however, are the vocals, as Regoli twists and turns around the phrases introduced by the other instruments, adding to and expanding upon them and making them far more complex and interesting than their innocuous introduction.

Regoli has continued to experiment with vocals, very similar to the solo albums of Demetrios Stratos. He has released a couple albums, with many smaples on his websites. [Todd]

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3.02 | 3 ratings
Giro Tondo (Giro) Fuori Scena
2000

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Verde Azzurro
1990

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Verde Azzurro
Cormorano Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

— First review of this album —
2 stars A group from Finale Emilia, a municipality in the Province of Modena, Cormorano were found in 1976 and led by singer Raffaello Regoli.Regoli had built a friendship with Aera's DEMETRIO STRATOS after meeting him in mid-70's and begun working on his vocal techniques.Unfortunately the band did not release anything during the 70's and they had to wait some fifteen years to release a self-produced cassette only album entitled ''Verde Azzurro''.

Actually any interest for Progressive Rock fans starts and ends in Regoli's unique vocal performances.His voice resembles much that of DEMETRIO STRATOS with Regoli pushing his chords to the limits, either through his excessive singing or delivering wordless performances.The music though has nothing to do with Prog, in fact it seems that the compositions are centered around Regoli's vocal exercises.''Verde Azzurro'' seems like a mixed bag of 80's Soft Rock, slick but plastic-sounding Fusion, smooth Jazz and ultralight Neo Prog in the vein of ATON'S.Easy-listening tracks based on flashy still thin-sounding keyboards and cliche guitar riffs, often breaking into the vocal deliveries of Regoli, and then returning into the same mold.No standout tracks, not even some trully memorable material, while the album has not a bit of consistency due to the various styles offered.

Very rare album, which will be a fine listening only for fans of AREA and DEMETRIO STRATOS' excessive vocal solo works.The recommendation stops right here.

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 Giro Tondo (Giro) Fuori Scena by CORMORANO album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.02 | 3 ratings

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Giro Tondo (Giro) Fuori Scena
Cormorano Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Finnforest
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3 stars For fans of Demetrio Stratos

Cormorano formed in 1975 as the progressive scene was declining and they were not able to release their material at that time. They continued to play live over the years however and in 2000 were able to record an album on Mellow Records, consisting of compositions from the late 70s and early 80s. Despite that horrid album cover (which would revert to being awesome without the bird) this is a pretty cool album. Vocalist Raffaello Regoli was a prodigy and acquaintance of Demetrio Stratos and it is obvious when you listen. This band sounds like the light beer version of Area, Regoli is capable of mimicking all of the vocal theatrics of Stratos with great skill. The music is not as challenging or inventive as Area by any means, but is a pretty decent mix of lighter fusion flavored prog rock. The tracks are primarily vocal but do feature some extended instrumental sections, generally some tasty electric guitar or synth. I love the guitar leads of Giorgio Vitali and the drum work of Guiseppe Borghi is quite impressive as well. I have a problem with the frequently used e-piano, which has that really cheesy sound that the Grateful Dead employed at their late 80s/early 90s live shows. Still it doesn't ruin the disc. There are some female vocals on a couple tracks and occasionally I detect a bit of an Eastern feel as well. As with Area, I enjoy Cormorano despite not being a big fan of this vocal style (whether Stratos or Regoli). But if you do enjoy that vocal craziness you will want to check out this quirky and less intense Area-influenced band. I'll never look at a swan the same way again.

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 Giro Tondo (Giro) Fuori Scena by CORMORANO album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.02 | 3 ratings

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Giro Tondo (Giro) Fuori Scena
Cormorano Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Todd
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3 stars The voice sounds like Stratos, but it's not Area!

Spelunking (I don't get to use that word nearly often enough) in the caverns of the Mellow catalogue yields a mixed bag. Some finds are rare gems, unknown and often unpolished. Sometimes you find fool's gold, initially attractive but not worth much in the long run. But usually the stones are interesting and often beautiful, even if the quality is not equal to that of the rare gems.

Such is CORMORANO, which is a great album full of passion and vocal pyrotechnics. The band was formed in 1975, led by a wonderful vocalist named Rafaello Regoli. Like many Italian bands of the period, they played live quite a bit but did not record in the studio until later; much later for CORMORANO, who didn't record until 2000. The songs on their sole album, "Giro Tondo (Giro) Fuori Scena," were composed from 1976 through 1984, and their style reflects their era, with a progressive bent but without the edge of the early 1970s.

Vocalist Rafaello met AREA's vocalist Demetrio Stratos at a festival in 1976 and says that a firm relationship was formed then and thereafter. From that point, Rafaello Regoli became a dedicated disciple of Stratos, and certainly his vocals are the focus of the album and feature prominently in every song. However, the similarity to AREA ends there. Whereas AREA is quite avant-garde and experimental, CORMORANO generally plays it fairly safe compositionally. Nearly every song is more or less straightforward in style and structure. The rhythms are usually 4/4, with an occasional 3 /4, syncopation, or creative pattern or structure. The instrumentation consists of keyboards (usually electric piano and synthesizer), guitar, and bass. A typical song will have a laid-back introduction featuring one or two instruments, with the others gradually joining until the song proper begins. Then there is generally a nice groove with bass and drums, with guitars, keys, and vocals trading with or doubling each other. Making up for the conservative composition, however, are the vocals, as Regoli twists and turns around the phrases introduced by the other instruments, adding to and expanding upon them and making them far more complex and interesting than their innocuous introduction. One song entitled "Investigazioni" features vocals only, with multitracking and a style reminiscent of Stratos's solo albums. My favorite on the album, the last track "Taraviaggio" from 1978, features a theme which sounds much like the opening of AREA's "Lulio, Agosto, Settembre (Nero)," enlarged upon and expanded by the band. Another favorite, "Somia" from 1976, takes a jazzier approach initially and is probably the most thematically varied on the album.

Overall, CORMORANO's only studio album is a fine example of late 1970s RPI. It's a mix of the Stratos-like vocal styling of bandleader Rafaello Regoli backed by fairly straightforward compositions, sometimes with instrumental and compositional twists and turns,but usually leaving the gymnastics to the vocals. Enjoy your exploring! Three and a half stars for this very good album, rounded down for the site in general, but round up for RPI fans. (Note: the biggest liability to the album is the cover!)

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