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APOTEOSI is a prime example of the countless Italian bands of the 1970s that disappeared after the release of one hit-and-run album. They seem to have been very much a family thing, with the IdÓ clan firmly at the band's core; their line-up consisted of Massimo IdÓ (keyboards, synthesizer), Silvana IdÓ (vocals), Frederico IdÓ (bass, flute), Franco Vinci (guitar, vocals), and Marcello Surace (drums). Apotheosis is the act of raising someone to godlike status, and APOTEOSI'S music comes across as the musical equivalent of this idea. Their self-titled album from 1975 contains lofty musical ideals and is a conceptual work inspired by their homeland of Calabria in Southern Italy. APOTEOSI formed while the members were all very young; Massimo was only fourteen at the time, while guitarist Franco Vinci had formed his first band THE GREEN AGE at the age of just seventeen. In spite of having played together for a considerable period, the band had no live activity of note. Their main influences included UK giants ELP, Yes and Genesis, and the Italian big three of PFM, Banco and Le Orme.

In addition to the three IdÓ siblings, their father Salvatore also played a pivotal role behind the scenes. He produced the album for his own small label, Said Records, and even composed one of the tracks. Despite the band members' tender years, they were technically accomplished musicians and their compositions have strong classical overtones. The album features the delicate female vocals of Silvana IdÓ, who also sang on some folk singles released on her father's label, although the disc is noteworthy for the lengthy instrumental passages spearheaded by brother Massimo's keyboards, which include Hammond B3 organ, Eminent string ensemble and Arp Pro-Soloist synthesizer. This album is definitely one for fans of melodic, keyboard-driven music, with 14-year old Massimo's expressive piano-playing being the cornerstone of the album.

Massimo IdÓ's classical studies were apparently interspersed with his work as engineer, studio musician and arranger in his father's studio. Since the break-up of APOTEOSI, Massimo has worked as a session musician and music producer for television; Silvana IdÓ left the music industry to start a family (her son currently plays in a rock band); Frederico IdÓ died in 1992; guitarist Franco Vinci continued to play and is active in the blues field; drummer Marcello Surace works as a studio musician. The original album is something of a rarity, having ...
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Apoteosi Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Monsterbass74

4 stars There are too many of these. Amazing one shot Italian albums. Why the hate? Female vocals. It's the only thought I can come up with for the words weak, copy-cats, and uninspired comments. I wish others would listen without prejudice and stop leaning towards the Prog Rock or RPI giants for comparison and a benchmark... or as some odd graduated cylinder. It also helps to mention the "He-man's Woman Hates Club" that exist in so many rock circles. No one can let a band stand as it's own... but Triumvirat and Starcastle? Great bands, but you can slam them all you want.

Perfectly cohesive, serene, engaging and angelic in parts with some great intensity and heavy bits most polentone bands (this band is from Calabria... the foot part) can't dish. After a thoughtful run through today, I felt the album was one song. Seamless. It's sure to please some who can tolerate a female lead. Much varied instrumentation and technical prowess with the keyboards (he was 14 years old at the time), killer drumming, strong vocals from Silvana and some nice flute in a few spots... which is all too fleeting. They did a great job creating music for others. "Prima Realta" in itself is like a huge wave. A surge of well crafted power.

With bands like this I wish more could have been produced to see where else they could have gone. After reading some interviews on those who have recorded and played in Italy during the 70's it's no wonder most bands couldn't continue. Damn fascists companies and venue owners!

I have read a considerable rude unfounded review. All I can say is give it some more time, you'll like it.

Thanks Apoteosi! 4 Godlike stars.

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Review by Warthur
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5 stars One of my favourite "one album wonder" bands from the RPI scene, Apoteosi play a style of symphonic prog which meanders between dark, brooding sections reminiscent of Van der Graaf Generator or the spookier King Crimson tracks on the one hand and light, pastoral segments reminiscent of PFM on the other. The young band structured around the teenage Ida siblings outperform their elders magnificently, with Silvana Ida's vocals resembling across between a classic operatic style and Annie Haslam's work with Renaissance. Franco Vinci's guitar work also deserves mention, as does Massimo Ida's precocious work with the keys and synths. A spooky, foreboding masterwork, of which all involved can truly be proud.

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Review by coasterzombie

4 stars From the initial whimper of arpeggiated organ in "Embrion," to the tumultuous bang and ultimate fade-out of the title track, Apoteosi's one-and-only album is a wild ride from start to finish. While I don't believe this is 5-star territory, the intricate fusion-inspired playing of the brothers IdÓ coupled with the lovely vocals of sister Silvana put a smile on my face every time I hear it. Four stars lovingly given.

The playing really is first-rate. The drums are tight as...well, a drum and the bass player is always right in the pocket, really one of the more interesting rhythm sections in all of Italian Prog. And the keyboard work, especially regarding acoustic piano, is very tasteful and never becomes boring or overstated. Which is really the trademark of the album; the band never stays on one theme or section long enough for it to stagnate, yet the transitions between them never feel forced or out of place. But obviously, the most unique aspect of the band is the female singer, which I guess you'll either love or hate. If you fall in to the latter category however, find some solace in that there really aren't many vocal passages. Sure, there are only two extended tracks. I can think of many other classic prog albums with a good variety of song lengths. This is music that BEGS to be heard by an attentive listener, and the listener is doing himself a disservice by not giving it proper attention.

One of the shorter songs, "Dimensione Da Sogno," is actually my favorite moment on the entire album. A concise four-minute slab of symphonic pop, with one of those melodies you never forget and an arrangement founded in the Italian tradition. Simply a great song that leaves you wanting more, and a great lead-in to the instrumental closer, which can be heard on this site.

It absolutely boggles my mind that the only in-print version of this album currently available is the expensive Japanese import SHM-CD. A true shame that BTF/VM hasn't stepped up to release this pinnacle of the Italian scene as part of it's Remaster Series. Do yourself a favor, and try to snap up one of the Mellow CDs before they become too scarce. Apoteosi is a worthy addition to any collection, and an essential cornerstone for any Italian Prog fan.

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Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars I can certainly relate to kenethlevine's opening statements about this album. I have listened to this I don't know how many times and my feelings about it have not changed one bit. Not a fan of the female or male vocals,and the music in general just doesn't click with me. I feel that in giving this 3 stars i'm being very generous. The last track is the only one that I really like.

"Embrion" is spacey to open with bass. It changes before 1 1/2 minutes as piano takes over. Drums and a fuller sound come in before 2 minutes. "Prima Realta / Frammintaria Rivolta" is the longest track at over 14 1/2 minutes. Piano slowly plays to start before drums and flute take over. The tempo picks up after a minute. Female vocals after 2 minutes as it settles. I'm just not into her vocals. Drums, flute and piano are prominant here. I like the guitar and drums after 6 minutes. A calm with piano 7 1/2 minutes in then it kicks back in. Vocals and a calm before 12 minutes before it kicks back in one more time.

"Il Grande Desumana / Oratori (Chorale) / Atteca" opens with piano and mood is melancholic. It picks up before 1 1/2 minutes with drums.This is good. The male vocals aren't so good after 3 minutes. Guitar follows. A calm 4 1/2 minutes in with female vocals joining in after 5 minutes. It kicks back in at 6 1/2 minutes. "Dimensione Da Sogno" opens with piano as synths and female vocals eventually join in. Guitar, piano and drums stand out before 3 minutes. "Apoteosi" is for me the best track by far. This is an instrumental that opens with cymbals and bass and starts to build until the drums lead with guitar playing over top. Just a great tune.

Obviously many feel this is a classic, i'm just not hearing it. Barely 3 stars.

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Review by toroddfuglesteg

2 stars More Mellotron drenched Italian progressive rock.

This time with a slight twist: Female vocals. Although they are not dominating here. This album comes with two long epic tracks and three short ones. The musis is both a bit hard, technical as in fusion, symphonic and well played. There is plenty of Moog, flute, guitars, drums and bass here.

What this album does not include is good melodies or even an identity. If you have PFM or Banco albums, this album and this band is pretty much a copycat. ......With the exception of the female vocals. The female vocals is not particular good, I am afraid. She is painful when she tries to hit the high notes. That's the only difference. The music itself has no identity and no particular soul. Neither is any of the songs here any good. There is nothing here I am particular happy about. It is generic and utter generic, the music. This album is not a disaster, but it is in that neighbourhood. The "art work" is a disaster though.

2 stars

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Review by AdamHearst

5 stars This is an absolute masterpiece of Italian Progressive Rock!

The prefatory instrumental piece 'Embrion' heralds in this incomparable treasure of an album: a baroque organ builds a nocturnal mood: a starry summer night sky... slow gliding synthesizers wash through the vista like wispy clouds obscuring a full moon. A darkly romantic serenading piano follows, which then erupts into an aggressive Jazz-like attack with an excellent rhythm and bassline underneath wondrous Moog leads from the masterful Massimo IdÓ. This short two minute piece is a masterpiece unto itself and contains more quality and emotion than some band's entire albums. And the best is still to come...

Mere words can not describe the magnificence of the 'Prima Realta, Frammentaria Rivolta' suite. In my opinion this is one of the greatest pieces of music ever recorded. The first movement of this epic is an aggressive tour de force with myriad layers of synthesizer atmospherics and technically impeccable and emotive piano playing. The rhythm section is one of the best in all of the Rock Progressivo Italiano scene. The guitarist is good but often overshadowed by the virtuoso keyboardist most of the time.

The suite takes a dramatic shift into a soft mellow Pop-like arrangement which sets the stage for the singer's first appearance: delicate and haunting female vocals submerge the listener in a fantastical world of unparalleled emotion and languid beauty. Soft gentle cascades of flute and melancholic voice coalesce... a rare angelic beauty results. This portion of the opus is evocative of an Italian version of Minnie Riperton's hit 'Loving You'. This might seem like an odd comparison, but it's meant as a sincerely positive comment... just listen to the two songs back to back and see.

The song continues through a progression of alternating soft and hard themes; every movement of the suite is of extremely high quality and the atmosphere it weaves is inescapable... you become totally immersed.

'Il Grande Disumana' sustains the magic and contributes the most aggressive segments on the entire album. There is a great change of pace when male vocalist Franco Vinci takes over and wails like a banshee for a couple of verses... at one point he sounds close to Rob Halford of 'Judas Priest' when he hits a few particularly high notes in a very theatrical operatic style. I like this delivery very much, it is a great contrast to the tranquil female vocals.

The drummer also pounds out some very heavy double-bass patterns that remind me of Stained Class era Judas Priest. This is an extremely dynamic album... after the pseudo metal portion it morphs into a 'Selling England By The Pound'-style extended instrumental section with great synth soloing and guitar leads.

From beginning to end this album is just perfect: perfectly composed, performed, and recorded. This may just be my very favorite Italian Symphonic Prog album. Always melodic and dripping with emotion, there is never a dull moment.

I highly recommend this to all Symphonic Prog fans, and RPI fans in particular. 5 stars

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Review by LinusW
Special Collaborator Italian Prog Specialist

3 stars Another classy RPI one-album band that unfortunately pleases and disappoints in about equal amounts.

It's always a risky business to attack an album based on what it sounds like in the way of influences, due to many reasons, especially since you sometimes can be very forgiving and tolerating when it comes to those sorts of things if there are redeeming features that overshadow them.

Apoteosi is classic RPI to the bone. It's so full of familiar sounds and structures that it's hard not to start thinking about it. I can identify the amazing melodramatic mood-setting capabilities and sometimes impulsive and rushed moves from segment to segment that I love with Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso (piano included). Even the way they accentuate breaks are here! When reaching a higher tempo it's the feisty, playful and rockier style of PFM that blasts out of my speakers. Bass up front with drums and keys with a wandering guitar filling out the gaps in the background. And then there's Dimensione Da Sogno, chasing after the same feelings and atmosphere as parts of Reale Accademia Di Musica's Ognuno Sa.

Does it really sound like that, or is it merely based on what I thought the first time I heard it? I'll stick to the old and proven 'no smoke without fire' in this case. Despite of being a lush, melodic and stable effort it feels safe and rehashed, considerably lowering my interest. Not even the obvious inspiration and passion can save the day. Neither can the beautiful but understated female vocals when they enter the stage.

Don't for a second expect it to be nothing but a copy though. There are elements of Apoteosi that are their own and no-one else's. The strong synth presence is a strength, expanding in some interesting sound experimentations but also in adding a veil of space rock that is unusually strong for an RPI album, enriching the sound and smoothening out the edges in a way that should please fans of for instance Camel, just as the biography notes.

At times it feels like a disparate album, with the composition more relying on surprise and spontaneity rather than careful 'storytelling' and proper dynamic effect, but it's only occasionally a nuisance.

To return to where I started; it's classy, and probably a great introductory record to the sub-genre but in all honesty there are a lot of more interesting albums out there.

2,5 - 3 stars. That's three stars on PA.

//LinusW

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Review by JoŃo Paulo

5 stars If the progressive Rock has many slopes, there are persons who cannot like anyone. To give only two stars to this album only can come from a person who cannot appreciate the classicism of the progressive Italian rock. If the sound is not at all of special one, the music is very melodious and very quite tipsy. The feminine voice is not exceptional but it is adapted. We should not have forgotten what in the height in which this album was done, were not existing sophisticated studios of carving, greatly less in Italy. This album is spectacular specially for the musical inspiration and for the atmosphere that it manages to create, when an Italian classic is for me not losing. The one who likes this album never again forgets and always hears it again with pleasure

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Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

4 stars Unfortunately APOTEOSI were a one shot band,which made only one (great) album and then disappeared.They play great symphonic rock with hints from PFM,BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO and other unique italian groups,but there are also influences from RENAISSANCE and GENESIS...Great female vocals,very smooth,maybe the best female voice I've heard so far.The second and the last song of the album are the best in my poinion.An important discovery of our scene,I'll give them a rate between 3.5 and 4 stars...PROG4EVER!

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Review by kenethlevine
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2 stars I do feel like I've wandered into the wrong room here, like who died and made me a progressive rock reviewer? Amidst all the 4 and 5 star ratings for this 70s "classic", I cannot even stretch to give it a 3. Whatever genius others may cull from their listening efforts, I desire from my music something that does not wander the way my thoughts sometimes do, that reins me in and focuses me, and which has some sense of development, even progression, if you will, between and within pieces. I cannot find any of these qualities here. We rush from repetitively irritating guitar figures to almost inaudible vocal segments to the occasional lush keyboard section, but seemingly without any glue to keep them from falling apart, so they do.

The best I can say is that, in typical Italian 70s fashion, the album is mercifully brief and only contains two extended meandering tracks. The shorter songs are infinitely better but still seem incomplete, needing to serve as a prelude or bridge to something more, and so they are done a disservice as well. For RPI apologists or snobby musicians only. A weak 2 star effort.

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