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The TRIP were but one of many Italian bands combining rock, classical, jazz, pop and folk to produce what is now known as the Italian rock renaissance. They are another three man classical rock band in the realm of the NICE and Le ORME.

All four of their albums are completely different and bear the stamp of another international group or movement. "Caronte" was considered their best album by psych collectors. On their third, "Atlantide", The TRIP looks squarely at EMERSON LAKE and PALMER for inspiration. The both are recommended to ELP or Le ORME fans.

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2.80 | 32 ratings
The Trip
1970
3.67 | 64 ratings
Caronte
1971
3.32 | 48 ratings
Atlantide
1972
3.19 | 37 ratings
Time Of Change
1973

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 Time Of Change  by TRIP, THE album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.19 | 37 ratings

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Time Of Change
The Trip Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
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3 stars Accordingly to their members, The Trip, now reduced to a trio, had a lifetime experience in May 72' at the Villa Pamphili concert in Rome, performing in front of 80000 people.The band changed label the following year, now recording for Trident, and released the fourth album in as many years, under the title ''Time of Change''.

The album is undoubtfully highlighted by the sidelong 20-min. epic ''Rhapsodia'', a well-crafted composition with major YES, LE ORME and E.L.P. influences, highlighted by the complicated, almost jazzy drumming of Furio Chirico, the furious bass lines of Arvid Andersen and the incredible work of Joe Vescovi on keyboards.This track alternates rapidly between loose jazzy jams and tight Progressive Rock with huge Classical influences, offering plenty of organ, synths and piano textures, supported by excellent vocal work.The rest of the album is also good yet a bit uneven.''Formula nova'' is some sort of keyboard-driven Prog/Fusion, all instrumental and highly challenging, while ''De sensibus'' is pure Avant-Garde/Experimental music, featuring percussion, cymbals, synths and wordless screams.''Corale'' is a beautiful laid-back symphonic ballad with church organ and bass on the forefront along with the romantic vocal lines of Andersen and the closing ''Ad libitum'' is a piano solo by Vescovi with evident Classical and Jazz inspirations.

The next year Chirico formed Arti E Mestieri and Andresen had a serious road accident, which propably marked the end of The Trip.More than three decades later the band was revived with the legendary Andersen-Chirico-Vescovi line-up, performing live concerts, but sadly came to an end in the spring of 2012 after the death of Andersen.

The last studio contribution of The Trip is energetic keyboard-led Progressive Rock with an obvious leaning towards more Fusion realms and comes as another nice contribution of one of the earlier Italian Prog bands in the proggy paths.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

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 Time Of Change  by TRIP, THE album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.19 | 37 ratings

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Time Of Change
The Trip Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by ZowieZiggy
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2 stars I am not quite sure why this band is referenced into the RPI category.

Half of the members were of Saxon origins, their first two albums were good to very good psychedelic rock albums (sung in English); their third album showed some reminiscences from ELP but was a global fiasco and this one resembles as close to the Italian style than I would be a deep fan of karaoke evenings...

This being said, their prog angle is not to be discussed and in their last album, the accent is quite deep jazzy. The twenty minutes long "Rhapsodia" could have been an enjoyable song, but some instrumental parts, leading nowhere are somewhat ruining the atmosphere.

It is a mix of classical music, piano jazz entertainment, a bit of "Yes" and some "ELP" all together. But the whole cocktail is not top notch to say the least. At times, I just feel like sitting in the lobby of an international hotel and listening to a band that plays for the guests?not really my cup of tea.

What comes next is pure jazz-rock frenzy: "Formula Nova" is hermetic, instrumental, well played but totally out of my musical scope. Jazz-rock it is. And nothing else. At least, when a band was referenced under the ISP umbrella, one could easily identify the type of music which would be discovered. Within the RPI, one can get anything from the most brilliant and true Italian style to this sort of music.

Skilled musicians, probably; but short of ideas in term of song writing and leaning towards jazz maestria but nothing else; even if a fine symphonic mood is sketched in "Chorale". A bit mellow maybe, but my favourite out of this album. Just good though, no more.

The closing instrumental "Ad Libitum" is not going to change my mind about this very average album. My advice would be to stick to their first two albums (especially "Caronte") and leave the other two ones aside.

Not good it is. Two stars.

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 Atlantide by TRIP, THE album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.32 | 48 ratings

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Atlantide
The Trip Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by ZowieZiggy
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2 stars Exit William Gray (guitars): "The Trip" has turned into a trio now (bass, drums and keys). Yes, like ELP. And you can notice this while you are going to listen to this album.

From wild psychedelic on their previous effort ("Caronte"), the sound is more melodic even if "Evoluzione" still shares the psyche feel. Upbeat, solid drumming and English vocals are on the menu.

The intro of "Leader" could have come out of Jon Lord's organ. Some jazzy touch is only adding to the feel. Vocals though are not very convincing (as usual should I say). It is the weakest number from "Atlantide".

In a sense, this album is more diversified than their prior ones; but globally it holds less interesting songs and it leans too much on ELP ("Energia"). Highly energetic indeed: the rhythmic section plays a solid role here.

This album leaves me a flavour of being too disparate which is quite bizarre for a concept album: little unity during this work. After the rocking "Ora X" comes the pompous "Analisa". Quite unpredictable!

The long "Distruzione" sounds quite improvised: most of it consists of a drum solo that can't really fill my prog heart.

Two stars for this third album. Their weakest effort so far IMHHO.

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 Caronte by TRIP, THE album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.67 | 64 ratings

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Caronte
The Trip Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by ZowieZiggy
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4 stars I quite liked their debut album, and this one is a perfect continuation of the work started one year prior to this release.

The fundamentals have not changed: "The Trip" stills play a solid psychedelic rock (sung in English) and the best of this album are the instrumental passages. Just listen to the superb and wild opening number to make up your mind. Logically, the model resides in the Floydean atmospheres of the late middle sixties.

But even three years after that period, it must have been quite daring for an Italian band to play such music. Don't forget that in these prehistorically days, Banco nor PFM had seen the light. "The Trip" must then be considered as a pioneer in the peninsula, although as I have said in my review of their first album that they have nothing to share with the Italian genre. Psyche music and English lyrics: that's what you get here.

At times, they play somewhat heavier as well ("Two Brothers"). Solid keys ą la "Atomic Rooster" is quite well performed. The echoed vocals are just another confirmation of the musical style of the era.

The longest number has to be considered as a tribute to Hendrix. Still: lots of keyboards, melody and little crazy guitar. Another highlight of this work: the heavy groove is catchy, the loaded organ is powerful: I have to admit that I quite like these sort of sounds. Vocals are just average, but I have already mentioned that the vocal department was not quite in line. Anyway: nobody's perfect.

I think that this album is worth seven out of ten, but due to its historical importance I will upgrade it to four stars. But be aware that this is a psychedelic rock album sung in English.

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 The Trip  by TRIP, THE album cover Studio Album, 1970
2.80 | 32 ratings

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The Trip Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by ZowieZiggy
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3 stars With such a name and such a title, you can easily imagine which type of music this Italian band is playing. Pure psychedelic glory of course!

And I have to say that it is quite enjoyable to the ears of yours faithfully. Totally early Floyd oriented, this album is sung in English (when vocals apply) and can't be really be considered to belong to the Italian genre IMHHO.

The opening number, which is an instrumental, is a highlight of this album. More ASOS oriented I would say: it is demoniac psychedelia from the good old days. With "Incubi", the band gets back a bit more in time, and the sound is more "Piper" oriented. Instrumental passages are quite well performed but the vocal parts are not that great (but this is general remark as far as I'm concerned).

"Visioni dell'Aldilą" is a weird track in its early stages (but Roger said about ASOS that it couldn't be called a "song"; so?). Vocals are better than usual; but there is no structure in this song. Themes are changing all the time: so be prepared for quite an experience! What a ride!

At a certain moment ("Rifflessioni"), the band doesn't seem to know in which direction they want to go. This song is a pitiful melting pot of several influences (mainly pop, boogie, AND decadent music).

The closing number is a childish pop/psyche song which sounds quite outdated (but hey! This was released in 70). All in all, I quite like this album. Three stars is accurate for this work.

I am looking forward to discover more from this band.

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 Time Of Change  by TRIP, THE album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.19 | 37 ratings

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Time Of Change
The Trip Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars THE TRIP's final album is quite different from the previous one even if it is the same lineup.

The record starts off with a side long suite called "Phapsodia" clocking in at 20 minutes. Not the usual singer on this one and he sounds a lot like Jon Anderson, and because of that this does sound too much like YES at times. Sounds build as piano joins in. It kicks in before 2 minutes followed by a silent calm. Kicks back in again with organ and drums this time.The high pitched vocals arrive for he first time. When they stop the fat bass and pounding drums impress. Great section. Vocals are back at 10 minutes. We get a silly section after 13 1/2 minutes with vocals. Piano follows but i'm still not liking this (they must be ELP fans). It finally changes 18 minutes in but then this rhythm comes in late that is just bad.

"Formula Nova" opens with piano and drums as the bass joins in.This is an uptempo instrumental and a good one. "De Sensibus" is even better. My favourite track here. Church bells and blowing wind create some killer atmosphere. Very haunting to say the least. Whispers and percussion can also be heard. "Corale" opens with some great sounding bass and organ. It settles with vocals (the other singer from the last album). It picks up as contrasts continue. "Ad Libitum" is a piano dominated piece that's okay.

So very hit and miss for me, but an interesting listen. I like the previous album more, barely 3 stars.

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 Atlantide by TRIP, THE album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.32 | 48 ratings

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Atlantide
The Trip Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars THE TRIP had been around since 1966 but didn't release their first album until 1970. This is their third record and first with the great Furio Chirico on drums, he of course would later lead ARTI & MESTIERI. And for me the highlight of this album is listening to Furio play.The band is a trio with no lead guitar, and this album clocks in at just under 31 minutes. English vocals too.

"Atlantide" opens with piano that picks up speed then the drums and bass join in around a minute. A dark calm 3 minutes in with vocal melodies to end it. "Evoluzione" is an uptempo tune with vocals. Piano and drums lead. "Leader" has a keyboard intro before the drums and vocals take over. Catchy tune.it blends into "Energia". I like the organ here with the steady drums. Great sound. Piano ends it. "Ora X" is catchy until it changes late as we get some powerful instrumental work.

"Analisi" opens with piano as reserved vocals join in. Organ before a minute. Contrasts continue. Drums end it. "Distuzione" is experimental early on then the drums come in after a minute. Bass and organ 2 minutes in .The drums before 4 minutes are incredible as he starts to solo. It goes on for too long though as we get these little outbursts coming and going. "Il Vuoto" is the short closing number with organ and a powerful atmosphere.

3.5 stars. I liked this album a lot. It is a little inconsistant to my tastes but well worth checking out regardless. By the way I think THE TRIP is a fantastic name for a band.

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 Caronte by TRIP, THE album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.67 | 64 ratings

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Caronte
The Trip Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars This is an adventure into the unexpected. This Italian Symphonic Prog album has a very British feel to it. I had to look at the cover several times to really convince myself that this band is indeed from Italy.

The music is somewhere between Vanilla Fudge, The Nice, ELP and Deep Purple. Heavy Prog meets Keith Emerson in other words. The over the top ELP stuff is present here. So is John Lord and his Deep Purple stuff. Just to confuse the matter, there are some classic pop here too (the song Little Janie). The music varies from hard to soft. The quality is pretty good throughout this album. I find it a bit boring and fragmented. But it is a pretty good effort, although maybe not I am to fond of. I am missing a really good killer track here. But a good effort, it is......

3 stars

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 Atlantide by TRIP, THE album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.32 | 48 ratings

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Atlantide
The Trip Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Joćo Paulo

4 stars Nice album of this Italian Progressive band. In the same vein of another bands of this country, and in the 70 decade, this albun are a nice arrangement of piano and keiboards with a powerfull drums works played by Furio Chirico. Great Bass that create in some parts a jazz fusion atmosphere. This album show us how Italian musicians feel rock music because they make a mix of progressive style music. This album are not a Genesis style and we can listen some Jazz Fusion, Psicadelic Space Rock and Symphonic Prog in this work. This band was a traditional Italian band of seventies and this albun are a nice adiction of Italian Progressive Rock collectors and fans. I give 4 stars.

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 Caronte by TRIP, THE album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.67 | 64 ratings

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The Trip Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Jack A Lynn

4 stars An unusual release for the Italian scene of the first 70s, and maybe unusual as an Italian record, as heavy music had never proved popular in Italy. What made possible the release of an Italian heavy prog record in 1971 is maybe be the presence of two English musicians (guitarist William Gray and bassist Arvid Andersen), who came in Italy in the sixties with Ritchie Blackmore.

You will surely read loads of reviews saying over and over that the record is influenced by Pink Floyd and King Crimson, but I don't think so. It reminds me more of heavy bands with massive use of keyboards such as Atomic Rooster (Two Brothers), Deep Purple (the two parts of Caronte, at the beginning and the end of the record), Quatermass (Ode A Jimi Hendrix), and obviously ELP (L'ultima Ora).

Anyway, this is a classic concept album, appearently based on mythology (Caronte, best known as Charon, is the guardian and ferryman at the gates of hell, both in Greek mythology and in the famous book by Dante Alighieri, La Divina Commedia). But the use of a mythological figure is a metaphore for the conformism that sentences its damned to lose themselves, literally "crossing the river of Acheron"; the damned are Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, who both died shortly before.

The musicianship here may seem a little bit raw, but I do think it's good. Joe Vescovi's multiform keyboards (he uses piano, Hammond and church organ and mellotron) are the pivot of the band, being able to provide atmosphere, strenght and virtuosity. The powerful and driving hard rock riffs of William Gray's guitar gives to the music its real "physical" strenght, even if it sounds very close to Deep Purple and similar English acts. Arvid Andersen's deft, pulsating bass and Pino Sinnone's solid and powerful drumming makes a strong and competent rhytm section. Maybe the worst thing about the record are the vocals: they are just good, but they could have been done much better.

The production is quite raw, but since all the instruments are clearly audible, it's a good supplement to the rawness (not meant as ineptitude) of the music itself.

Anyway, I would suggest this album to all the ones who love Italian prog, and it might be a delight for heavy proggers!

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