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Rock Progressivo Italiano • Italy


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Very rare band from Italy, CELESTE's music features not by virtuosity or intricate compositions, rather, by melodic lines and dramatic passages. PFM could be underlined as a strong influence.

With its majestic Mellotron passages and restrained power, "Principe di un Giorno" (aka "Celeste") is one of the best so called "pastoral" albums in progressive rock, along with GENESIS's "Trespass" and PFM's "Per Un Amico". RECOMMENDED!!!

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4.18 | 249 ratings
Celeste [Aka: Principe Di Un Giorno]
1976
3.14 | 33 ratings
Celeste II
1991
2.66 | 23 ratings
I Suoni In Una Sfera (OST)
1992

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4.18 | 15 ratings
1969-1977: The Complete Recordings
2010

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 I Suoni In Una Sfera (OST) by CELESTE album cover Studio Album, 1992
2.66 | 23 ratings

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I Suoni In Una Sfera (OST)
Celeste Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by poito

2 stars This is a late instrumental release by this peculiar Italian band of the 70's. We won't find here changes of rhythm, mindblowing composition or impressive solos. It is all smooth and slow, veeeery slow. It seems the music was composed as a soundtrack for a movie. That is probably why it is far less ambitious than the first release in 76 PRINCIPE DI GIORNO. Some themes are interesting with subtle arrangements, a flute and a piano taking most of it. Kind of reminds me the late albums by FOCUS, somethng I called prog for grannies. But one has to be in a really somnolent mood to feel comfortable with the pace in this album. It is to play as ambient music, when no one worries about what is in the air or if you need to relax. I can't say the music is bad, but not for a typical prog fan, unless you are looking for a tune to take a nap. The album title says it all. The album title track is a nice tune for an anthem or something, and the next The Dance of Sounds deserves a listening. Two tracks are undressed versions of the 76 release, Eftus and Favole Antiche, day and night. Possibly, that is what is miisng here, some dressing, some voices.. who knows. This is for fans and collectors.
 Celeste [Aka: Principe Di Un Giorno] by CELESTE album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.18 | 249 ratings

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Celeste [Aka: Principe Di Un Giorno]
Celeste Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by poito

4 stars One more of the gems of the Italian prog scene fortunately unburied from the backyard of music history. I am happy the disc company industry went bankrupted by piracy. So happy! You see, before that it was almost impossible that we could even have a taste for any music unless they had packed it for you. It demanded a great effort just to get to know the new groups in our neighborhood, or those that passed by your hometown in holidays and they were generously paid by the 'authorities'. Radio and TV broadcasting were shameless slaves of disc companies. Nothing to scratch there. We had to wait 40 years to listen to these musical treasures, all thanks to musical archeologists. Anyway, here they are, at last. This CELESTE is a rare album in which all tracks are mellow, and at times it makes you wish an outburst just to break the trend. It has a lot of influence by the prog heroes, for instance the marvellous Fripp's mellotron painting it all in the background, while beautiful Gabriel's flutes draw butterflies in the front, but there is plenty of compositional work with amazing tunes. A curious singer in a smooth warm voice alla Paul Simon. I do not see much folk music here, at least not in the celtic style we normally refer to. Flutes, acoustic guitar and piano fragments, combined to make perfect atmospheres that still, will demand your attention not to miss the compositional effort. The album is not well balanced though. The second half (B-side?) is less inspired. Check these: Principe Di Giorno, Eftus, Favole Antiche, and Giochi Nella Notte.
 Celeste [Aka: Principe Di Un Giorno] by CELESTE album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.18 | 249 ratings

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Celeste [Aka: Principe Di Un Giorno]
Celeste Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Mr. Mustard

4 stars Celeste's debut album is no doubt one of the more pastoral albums of prog, borrowing much of its sound from PFM. But make no mistake, this obscure Italian band has its own formula, and it works extremely well. Instead of the relentless energy and intensity streaming from many Italian groups, Celeste manages to focus on a sound filled with uplifting melody and serene atmospheres.

Lovers of mellotron, flute, and synth will find some satisfaction in this album, as it there is no shortage of either. They manage to build a deep symphonic and folky atmosphere throughout much of the songs. This, combined with the myriad of appealing melodies more than makes up for the lack of intensity. I would even venture to say this is one of the albums I find easy to get lost in, sort of like Dark Side of the Moon. But let this not take away from the diversity of the album, as there are plenty of dynamic changes throughout the album to keep it interesting.

Those who like the softer side of prog should love this album, especially fans of PFM, Harmonium, and early Genesis. Despite being homogeneous in its beauty, I believe this to be one of the best albums to come out of Italy.

9/10

 I Suoni In Una Sfera (OST) by CELESTE album cover Studio Album, 1992
2.66 | 23 ratings

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I Suoni In Una Sfera (OST)
Celeste Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars In February 74' Celeste recorded another work, intended to become the soundtrack of a movie by Enry Fiorini, entitled ''I suoni in una sfera''.All tracks were composed by Ciro Perrino, while Celeste were helped by Marco Tudini on sax, flutes and percussion.No reference about the movie around net indicates that this film was never published, propably this was the reason the album of Celeste also never saw the light at the time.However it was released in 1992 on the established Mellow Records label of Mauro Moroni and Ciro Perrino, which counted just one year of life at that point.

This was another beautiful and ethereal offering of pastoral Italian Prog by Celeste, where the light Classical melodies are surrounded by dreamy folky references, sometimes quite close to PANGEA's ''Invasori'' album.The original soundtrack appears to consist of the first nine and very short tracks of ''I suoni in una sfera''.Instrumental, mellow and symphonic oriented Progressive Folk, characterized by nice acoustic textures, calm sax leads and smooth flute melodies, that often becomes very dramatic with the clever use of synthesizers, harsichord and some more dark keyboard soundscapes.The only vocals around are a couple of emotional choir lines, but the music will reward the listener with plenty of intense and atmospheric moments.The last three tracks appear to have been composed by Perrino, Schiaviollini and Lagorio, propably as bonus material and not originally intended to become part of the movie's soundtrack.Stylistically though these are on par with the rest of the album, maybe a bit closer to PREMIATA FORNERIA's MARCONI unique vibes.These feature long acoustic passages with tremendous flute parts, a great sax and violin solo and strong keyboards lines in evidence, resulting to three pieces of relaxed, jazzy Italian Symphonic Rock for fans of atmospheric soundscapes.

This originally unreleased album of Celeste just strengthens the image of the group, which should have been one of the most consistent and professional acts of the time.Propably a bit lightweight for fans of more energetic listenings, still ''I suoni in una sfera'' has its own power through this ethereal, instrumental approoach.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

 1969-1977: The Complete Recordings by CELESTE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2010
4.18 | 15 ratings

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1969-1977: The Complete Recordings
Celeste Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by GruvanDahlman
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Well, now... Sometimes you simply go overboard with things. I wanted "Principe d'un giorno" but couldn't resist this box set of all the albums made by Celeste and St. Tropez. Besides being an extremely beautiful box, all white and very classy, it's content is very pleasing indeed. You get both the english and italian version of "Principe..." which is quite fun. For me, who does not speak italian by any means, appreciate the chance to grasp the lyrics. If I have too choose, though, I'll go for the italian version. I have always found that the charm with RPI is strongly connected to the language.

Not everything on here is worth four stars but the point is this, the music is gorgeous and collected in this way it gives you, the listener, a wholeness which I like very much. Strictly not an essential buy by any length but if you do get the chance to get hold of it, please do. It fits in well with the rest of the RPI in your collection and visually it is stunning. Beauty and grace, both musically and visually.

 Celeste [Aka: Principe Di Un Giorno] by CELESTE album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.18 | 249 ratings

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Celeste [Aka: Principe Di Un Giorno]
Celeste Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by GruvanDahlman
Prog Reviewer

3 stars I bought the boxed set of Celeste albums by chance and I am quite fond of it. Especially so when it comes to "Principe..." The music on this particular album is very dreamy, gentle and soothing. It flows by quite gracefully. Melodiuos and well played, with that typical RPI sound. On the other hand I find there's also a hint of the british sound, which I really enjoy. There are lots of keyboards on here, something deeply appreciated by me.

Although the album is very enjoyable and relaxing I find myself void of any real memories of the music after playing it. The music is, like Jade Warrior's "Waves", beautiful but not too memorable. I listened to it again this morning. Outside he sun shone, making the snow glisten. It was all very tranquil and peaceful. Lovely. And I do like the album, it's good. It simply fails to make any lasting impression. That is why I reward this album with a solid three stars. There's no shame in that, now is there?

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4.18 | 249 ratings

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Celeste [Aka: Principe Di Un Giorno]
Celeste Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars A delicate and prettified pastoral prog album, recorded in 1974 but delayed for two years until it crept out on the Grog label. In principle, delaying the release wasn't necessarily a terrible idea - the Italian market had been so flooded with similar material from 1972 to 1974 that giving it a bit of time to clear wasn't a completely wrong-headed move, but fashions had moved on by the time it was released and so until the reunion albums in the early 1990s Celeste were doomed to be yet another RPI one-album wonder. Here, the album is elevated above the typical Trespass-era Genesis-worshipping fare by the strong musicianship; Mariano Schiavolini's acoustic guitar is a particular highlight, and few prog fans can resist an album incorporating not one but two skilled Mellotron players.
 Celeste [Aka: Principe Di Un Giorno] by CELESTE album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.18 | 249 ratings

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Celeste [Aka: Principe Di Un Giorno]
Celeste Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Jazz-Rock / Fusion / Canterbury Team

5 stars Delicate, ephemeral weaves of guitars, bass, piano, woodwinds, and tuned percussion, all set against or accompanied by copius amounts of Mellotron and then coupled with the gentle male vocals of composer Ciro Perrino set within the music and sung the band's native tongue, Italian, make for some absolutely gorgeous music. Celeste came onto the scene with this, a concept album of gentle, pastoral music in which there is a minimum input of percussion instruments. As noted by other reviewers, the similarities to Québecoise band HARMONIUM's album of the same year, Si on avait besoin d'une cinquième saison, are strong, but just as strong are the presences of countrymates PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI's early albums--especially in the intricate multi-instrument weaves, the softer side of GENESIS's Trespass, and even King Crimson's first two albums (in the style of the use of the Mellotron). The key words here are "delicacy" and "pastoral." There is very little heaviness or barely any "rock" here. The band uses beautiful instrumental weaves to try to re-construct a beautiful day in the countryside. I love this album. I count it as one of the masterpiece gems of the late classical period of prog. Every song is its own gem among the king's riches, but the whole, listened to start-to-finish is a wonderful excuse for nostalgic daydreaming. IMHO, one can never do enough daydreaming.
 Celeste II by CELESTE album cover Studio Album, 1991
3.14 | 33 ratings

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Celeste II
Celeste Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

3 stars 3.5 stars. It was great to see the two positive reviews from Hugues and James here because there isn't much love for this posthumous release in Prog circles. Maybe it's because people are comparing it to their debut which is considered a masterpiece by many including myself. Maybe it's the complete change in styles from the pastoral beauty of the debut to the jamming Jazz / Rock. I don't know but I think the criticism is a little unfair. CELESTE were working on their followup but disbanded before recording the album. Mellow Records has released over 71 minutes of music here and some of the songs are of demo quality and feel unfinished. Regardless there is enough amazing music on here that it gets me excited just thinking about it. I've not given this 4 stars because of two of the longer tracks (5 & 6) that just don't sound that good, and that's over 22 minutes of music right there. On the other hand i'm so into this album that i've actually burned myself a cd out of my original copy that consists of around 45 minutes worth of fantastic music. I love these tracks where they simply jam. I just get lost in the music and hope it never ends.

Some of the highlights include the short mellotron laden opener and the followup "Bassa Marea" where the mellotron binge continues but this time with a beat. Amazing sound ! "Un Mazzo Di Ortiche" is a 13 minute jam that is laid back with prominant bass and sax.The pace picks up before 4 1/2 minutes and vocals join in. It calms right down before 7 1/2 minutes.The sax is back later. Love this stuff. "Sette Ottavi" features vibes, sax, mellotron and a beat leading early on.The bass is chunky 1 1/2 minutes in.Soon the mellotron and vibes stop but they return later on.

"Slancio Dell'Immaginazione" opens with piano, light drums and bass. Synths replace the piano and then sax replaces the synths as they continue to trade off. "Un'Anima Nell'Universo" sounds incredible as well with the piano, drums, bass and flute standing out. "Nodissea" features sax before a minute as the piano and bass continue. Flute before 2 1/2 minutes. "Ala Del Pensiero" has this beat with piano, bass, mellotron and sax standing out. So good.

It's a shame not to give this 4 stars but as I said, on the whole it's not worth that rating because of some clunkers they should have omitted. Oh well i'm so thankful to own this for all the other amazing tunes.

 Celeste [Aka: Principe Di Un Giorno] by CELESTE album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.18 | 249 ratings

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Celeste [Aka: Principe Di Un Giorno]
Celeste Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by friso
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Celeste - Principe di un Giorno (1976)

...the Italian artistic flavor, so amazing!...

This one-shot wonder from Italia is really something. Most of the bands in the RPI scene had adopted the heavy ELP-styled symphonic prog sound with Deep Purple like rock sounds, but not Celeste.

The sound of Celeste can best be described as a very gentle interpretation of the symphonic prog scene with a lot folkish and classical music influences. A perfect combination of acoustic instruments like guitar, piano and wind-instruments with a slight electronic symphonic edge. Mellotrons all over the place! The songwriting is very strong and has an atmospheric, devoted feel.

'I Talk to the Wind' of the King Crimson debut could be seen as a good point of reference here. Celeste's Principe di un Giorno has songs with this amazing impacts with the same amazing wind-instruments. A warm bath of acoustic/symphonic music.

The recording of the album is good. I have only one complaint. Some of the wind and key instruments are recorded in a slightly different pitch which can be a bit disturbing for musicians. After continues listening to this album this becomes part of the album and it doesn't bother me anymore.

Conclusion. A very good light, but artistic, symphonic record from the RPI scene. Due to it's different approach on the symphonic prog genre this is an excellent addition to almost any- ones collection. Only those who are in need of (hard) rock instrumentation might be left unsatisfied. This is a record about beauty, it's slightly progressive and always gentle. I love the Italian artistic flavor. Four stars! Buy.

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