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I CALIFFI

Rock Progressivo Italiano • Italy


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I CALIFFI performs a Progresssive rock sung in Italian and situated in the same category as the early Seventies bands, due to its use of wild and jerky rhythms on which blend excellent analog keyboard shapes & sounds with excellent vocals and scrumptious guitar work. Their music can be defined as close to that of GARYBALDI or FLEA but with nicer lyrical themes in the style of PFM.

"Fiore di Metallo" is a good prog album, based on organ and moog sounds, even if the lyrics are a bit naive and too close to the typical Italian beat themes. Some interesting keyboard passages, as in the instrumental "Varius" or the opening track "Nel mio passato", make this album worth listening.

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3.00 | 2 ratings
Così ti Amo
1970
3.34 | 37 ratings
Fiore di Metallo
1973
2.00 | 1 ratings
Il Meglio
1996
2.00 | 1 ratings
All'Improvviso
2007

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0.00 | 0 ratings
Al Mattino
1998
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best Of I Califfi
2000
2.00 | 1 ratings
Flashback: I Grandi Successi Originali
2002

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Tutto Scorre...
2001

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 Fiore di Metallo by CALIFFI, I album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.34 | 37 ratings

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Fiore di Metallo
I Califfi Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by coasterzombie

3 stars I Califfi were a beat group in the late Sixties that dissolved leaving only bassist Franco Boldrini. After recruiting a new band, Boldrini and I Califfi were signed to Fonit/Cetra and unleashed this one-album-wonder before disbanding again. Fiore Di Metallo can be categorized under RPI, but is mainly Heavy Prog with a few symphonic tangents and a definite pop bent. These diverse qualities contribute to a mismatched assortment of tunes that are somehow satisfying, but not particularly challenging. I hear a Deep Purple influence on some tracks, but ELP and Yes on others; Fiore di Metallo would probably appeal to fans of both camps, but will be of primary interest to RPI collectors as all the lyrics are in Italian of course. Having said that, there are way too many RPI essentials to get through before this - it might be in my top 100, but is no where near the top 50.

The first ten minutes of Fiore di Metallo don't do much to grab your attention: "Nel Mio Passato" does have some tempo and stylistic changes, but nothing too extreme; "Fiore Finto, Fiore di Metallo" is a passable hard rock song with a few synth flourishes to whet your appetite; the beginning of "Alleluia Gente" exhibits the band's more accessible side. But by the last minute of the third track, an extended instrumental outtro permits I Califfi to embellish a simple melody with some unexpectedly elegant musicianship. This newly revealed skill is fully announced on "Varius."

If Rick Wakeman and Carl Palmer had a baby that fell from space and made music, it would sound like "Varius." This song is so completely out of left field and amazing I almost want to rate the album four stars on sheer principle. Alas, five minutes of perfection does not an album make. "Varius" is undoubtedly the highlight of Fiore di Metallo and Califfi seems like a different band entirely. Sadly, they return to a more commercial sound on "Felicita, Sorriso e Pianto" which is not terrible, but pales in comparison after "Varius." "A Piedi Scalzi" smokes through heavy riffs and offers the obligatory guitar solo. "Madre, Domani..." begins with a laid-back Prog Folk feel, but turns into what is the most symphonic cut on the album. "Col Vento Nei Capelli" rocks and shows off some sweet dual-guitar action, but feels routine by this point. A final symphonic workout, "Campane" gracefully completes the album. "Campane" like "Varius" is an instrumental, and really advertises what a good band I Califfi could have been. Instead, Fiore di Metallo offers about ten minutes of mind-blowing music, and thirty minutes of other stuff.

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 Fiore di Metallo by CALIFFI, I album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.34 | 37 ratings

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Fiore di Metallo
I Califfi Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Another case of an Italian beat group switching to prog over the years, I Califfi were formed in 1965 in Florence, including among the members later Area's guitarist Paolo Tofani and Campo Di Marte's drummer Carlo Marcovecchio.An album entitled ''Cosi ti amo'' (1969) and more than 10 singles was the production of the first formation.By early 70's the only remaining original member was bassist Franco Boldrini.With Vincenzo Amadei on guitar/vocals, Sandro Cinotti on keyboards and Maurizio Boldrini on drums the new I Califfi released the album ''Fiore Di Metallo'' on Fonit in 1973, strongly influenced by the Italian Prog movement.

Unlike other beat groups which tried to blend their pop aesthetics with prog, I Califfi had fully transformed into a Progressive Rock band by the time the album was released with only hints of their past on a couple of tracks.Their sound was somewhat divided between powerful complex guitar-driven compositions and more elaborate keyboard-led arrangements with organ, harpsichord and moog synths on the front.The influence by classic acts like PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI, GLI ALLUMINOGENI or MUSEO ROSENBACH are more than obvious.The more folsky and softer arrangements have a strong PFM influence with good work on synths, organ and acoustic guitars, not to mention the expressive multi-vocal parts.Other pieces are dominated by complicated guitar breaks in a Hard Prog mood, not unlike the lines of CAPITOLO 6 or IBIS.Additionally individual numbers or parts of a composition show some strong influence by E.L.P. in a typical romantic baroque-styled Italian Prog with a sound close to HUNKA MUNKA.Overall the transformation of the band was more than sufficient, blending a variety of styles showing up in 70's Italian Prog, and only a pair of straightforward rockers seems to weaken the whole effort.

I Califfi are still active today, always led by Franco Boldrini, as Franco Dei Califfi, recording and performing around Italy.

A decent album, typical example of 70's Italian Prog, based on the balanced compositions,which will please any fan of specific prog styles, though the lack of originality is evident throughout.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

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 Il Meglio by CALIFFI, I album cover Studio Album, 1996
2.00 | 1 ratings

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Il Meglio
I Califfi Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by 1967/ 1976

— First review of this album —
2 stars Hmmm... I Califf was one of the more famous Italian Beat band and this compilation is good if you search the origin of I Califfi. But if you are a Progsters with no open mind... In every case good are "Così Ti Amo" and "Acqua E Sapone". But these songs are in new recordings, without the magic of the original versions. Also the production help this fact, due to the fact that is poor for power.

In definitive view this is an Italian Beat compilation, without Prog and the original magic. Certainly for who search the origin of Italian Rock, not for Progsters.

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 Flashback: I Grandi Successi Originali by CALIFFI, I album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2002
2.00 | 1 ratings

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Flashback: I Grandi Successi Originali
I Califfi Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by 1967/ 1976

— First review of this album —
2 stars Well... I Califfi 'Flashback' is not a bad compilation. But if you search Prog in this compilation... It is difficult that you find Prog in this compilation. Ok, thesongs are Beat but with arrangement very interesting, also Prog, but that are not suffice for to put these songs in Prog category. Proto Prog is also a vali category for to put these songs. But these songs are not Proto Prog, also if Proto Prog is a valid category for these songs.

Are you confused? I am confused by my sentence and since my sentence is the bible (excuse me but this is the only words that I can use to make them understand how difficult it is to take the proper description and categorization for these songs) it is difficult to deny me. Today, in fact, it is difficult to create a good description for these songs. Maybe is correct: Post Beat/ Proto Prog? No, because these songs are too Beat and too few Proto Prog. And while these songs are too adventurous because Beat is the correct place for these songs.

Well... It isn't a ridiculous review. But I think that today these songs are good for to be place in Proto Prog. But if you know Prog... These songs are simply Beat songs. With (in some songs) Prog arrangements.

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 Fiore di Metallo by CALIFFI, I album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.34 | 37 ratings

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Fiore di Metallo
I Califfi Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Discographia

3 stars Sung entirely in Italian, is a progressive and very dense precipitate rhythm. To listen to the album shows that the guitars and keyboards are very present. The training starts in 60 years as a group of beat music, the guitarist will play first in Electric Frankenstein, hard rock group very heavy. Some titles are gentle, calm and relaxed, in line with the Italian Progressive Rock. Varius is a title the church organ, and the progressive moves directly influence with Emerson Lake and Palmer. Other tracks are very varied, as very smooth and progressive hard rock like 'a piedi scalzi', the album is thus a progressive hard rock, progressive rock the other soft. Sandro Cinotti has a know-how and great skill in its musicality.

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Fiore di Metallo
I Califfi Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Todd
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano!

3 stars Great potential!!

This is almost like three different groups coming together to make a good RPI album. There's the awesome progressive style with keyboards galore and shifting rhythms; the pop style with nice, memorable vocal passages and prog flavoring; and the straightforward blues-rock style with its repetetive riffs and unimaginative solos.

Let me start with the three great tracks, the most progressive entries on the album. The opener "Nel Mio Passato" is the most successful song which blends the various styles that the band brings to bear. Nice vocals, nice keyboards, melodic tune, good guitar work. Strong opening! The fourth track, "Varius," is a keyboard driven masterwork that is captivating and exciting. The closing track, "Campane," is a great blend of the above two works, with strong keyboards and good variety. If the entire album were along the lines of these three songs, this album would be considered a classic.

The three pop style songs, with a typical singer/songwriter style, are also excellent. They are "Alleluia Gente," "Felicita, Sorriso e Pianto," and "Madre Domani." As is typical of the italian pop style, they are centered around vocals, usually accompanied by nice acoustic guitar, mellow organ, and fairly straightforward rhythm section. "Alleluia" and "Madre" have really nice prog-inflected sections as well, featuring some excellent melodic keyboard work.

The three straightforward blues-rock songs, "Fiore Finto, Fiore di Metallo," "A Piedi Scalzi," and "Col Vento nei Cappelli," are completely forgettable. I now skip them every time I listen to the album.

Overall, the album isn't very successful at blending their various styles. (That kind of success is frequently seen in the RPI classic works.) The album seems fragmented to me, almost a hodgepodge of different composers with contrasting styles trying to force their will onto the rest of the band (late Beatles, anyone?). The album is good enough for three stars, but it could have been so much more . . .

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 All'Improvviso by CALIFFI, I album cover Studio Album, 2007
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All'Improvviso
I Califfi Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by 1967/ 1976

— First review of this album —
2 stars Third version by I Califfi... All new members... Supervised by original keyboardist Giacomo Romoli!

This third version of I Califfi have a totally new line-up (without connections between 60's and 70's line-ups) with all totally new members. Since this band is only supervised by the original keyboardist Giacomo Romoli you (and I) we should expect a band devoted to the Beat revival. But this is not true. Or better...

...'Fiore Di Metallo' is all forgotten (and you forget it). Precisely is good to see in this album a POP version of Procol Harum! But, for to be precise, is not true because Procol Harum is not inspiration for this version of I Califfi because this is an album of POP with Fusion bass (a la Jaco Pastorius!!!) in certain songs. It is true that 'La Fiera Del Perdono' (original ('Scarborough Fair' by Simon & Garfunkel) in this new version is a pure English Folk but it is true that in all this CD it is a strange perception that invedes my body and mind. In fact if in first plan is the melody (POP melody) it is true that the complexity of Prog is present. It is in first plan the fact that 'All'Improvviso' (eng: 'Suddenly') is a Beat revival album but the perception is that, at the same time, 'All'Improvviso' is a Proto Prog album.

With this type of premises 'All'Improvviso' is an album that crowd. Because yes, I Califfi are a great band in the revival Beat festivals but it is true that I Califfi music is not a pure Beat, is not a Prog music, is not a POP music. Or better, except for 'Fiore Di Metallo' I Califfi music is a strange hybrid, Proto Prog if we have to classify this music, but that today not have a pure classification.

'All'Improvviso' is also a good album, but if you do not are a RPI fan 'All'Improvviso' is not a good album.

(P.s.: 3 or 4 stars for me... But 2 stars in PA definition of ratings!!!)

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Fiore di Metallo
I Califfi Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by erik neuteboom
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3 stars This Italian formation made two LP's in the Seventies, this is their second effort, quite a varied one! First dynamic rock songs with pleasant keyboard colouring like Nel Mio Passato (subtle harpsichord and fluent synthesizer flights), Varius (bombastic churh organ sound, organ, synthesizer and a jazzy piano solo) and the compelling Campane (Keith Emerson-like Moog solo). Then more dreamy songs like Alleluia Gente (wonderful Italian vocals and Moog solo), Felicità, Sorriso E Pianto (again wonderful Italian vocals) and Madre, Domani ... (twanging guitar, organ and fluent synthesizer runs). And finally pure rock tracks like Fiore Finto, Fiore Di Metallo (propulsive climate), A Piedi Scalzi (up-tempo with raw guitar sound) and Col Vento Nei Capelli (fiery guitar runs). This is not a classic, there are so many better albums but I love the variety, the typical Seventies atmosphere and .. the Italian vocals! My rating 3,5 stars.


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Fiore di Metallo
I Califfi Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Finnforest
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3 stars "Fiore di Metallo" is a respectable rock album from the classic Italian scene. It is somewhat uneven and the band is not among the first tier bands of the genre. That said, there are some nice proggy moments mixed throughout that make it worth investigation for Italian fans. You will find decent vocals, hard rocking guitar, vintage keyboards, competent rhythm section, and some nice touches of acoustic guitar here and there. You will also find several songs that are just dated hard rock and not all that interesting.

The first two tracks would fall into that category of being rather plain bluesy riff-rock. Same with "A Piedi Scalzi" and "Col Vento Nei Capelli" with its annoying sound effect loop. "Felicita" is better, a folksy romantic little number that is nice but certainly not challenging prog. "Madre Domani" is OK too and reminds me of Yes's "A Venture."

Highlights include "Alleluia Gente" with its acoustic guitar and trippy keyboards. "Various" is an instrumental with organs, synths, and piano running rampant with tight percussion, quite good. "Campane" is a wonderful closer and if the whole album were like this song we'd have a real winner on our hands. Another instrumental track, we are treated to nicely layered synths in a somewhat dark sounding environment created by the brooding bass and very structured drumming. Only the lilting piano in the background breaks the tension.

Califfi is recommended to Italian fans who already have a deep collection, it is NOT the place to start for newbies to the genre. There are many many great Italian albums to check out before Califfi. It may also be of interest to fans of vintage keyboards and fans of 70s hard rock in the vein of Free, T Rex, or Deep Purple. There is a Japanese gatefold mini-LP sleeve reissue that features lyrics, three good band photos, and respectable sound quality.

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Fiore di Metallo
I Califfi Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by armapo

3 stars This is the only Califfi album in the progressive area. Coming from Florence, they were an underrated beat band in the sixties, but with a new line-up realized "Fiore di metallo". Califfi play a melodic prog, with pleasant lyrics and sporadic hard-rock touch here and there. The album is good enough, and imo the best tracks are the opener "Nel mio passato", and the instrumental "Varius" and "Campane", featuring strong organ themes in a baroque style. Anyway, an interesting album for Italian Prog fans.

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