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NEW TROLLS

Rock Progressivo Italiano • Italy


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New Trolls biography
Founded in Genoa, Italy in 1967 - Disbanded in 1997 - Reformed in 2007
Along the years several members regrouped under different monikers (New Trolls Atomic System, Vittorio De Scalzi - La storia dei New Trolls, Ibis, Il Mito New Trolls, La Leggenda New Trolls, Uno Tempore)

Unique in the history of Italian progressive music, NEW TROLLS were leaders and were for a time the top band in Italy. In 1973, NEW TROLLS split into two camps, the hard-rocking IBIS and the symphonic-oriented NEW TROLLS ATOMIC SYSTEM. They crossed many different permutations of line-up changes, many musical stylings... and great hits, passing through beat, pop ballads, progressive rock works, hard rock, and melodic pop followed groups like GENESIS and PFM.

In 1971, the TROLLS released their greatest album "Concerto Grosso No. 1" that's still recognized as one of the most important Italian rock releases ever made. This album was to take them in a new direction. It was the first effort in Italy to fuse rock music with classical treatments. 1972 was the year in which NEW TROLLS became the producers of a mature music. Two albums were released that year, "Searching For a Land" and "UT". "Searching for a Land" (1972) is full of great songs and amazing musical highlights. "UT" is an amazing amalgam of progressive rock covering a wide variety of styles (references: YES, ELP, GENESIS, KING CRIMSON). The second "Concerto Grosso No. 2" (1976) was far more eclectic with few influences from classical music, and was not quite as good than the first one. From the album "Aldebaran" the sound became more commercial (like BEE GEES) until early 90's, then came to a new split. Now you know to go for true prog insight.

Nonetheless, "Concerto Grosso No. 1", "Searching for a Land", "UT" are highly recommended.

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NEW TROLLS top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.89 | 66 ratings
Senza Orario, Senza Bandiera
1968
2.69 | 54 ratings
New Trolls
1970
3.75 | 233 ratings
Concerto Grosso Per I New Trolls
1971
3.65 | 111 ratings
Searching for a Land
1972
3.86 | 139 ratings
UT
1972
3.00 | 93 ratings
Concerto Grosso N║ 2
1976
2.27 | 30 ratings
Aldebaran
1978
2.29 | 17 ratings
New Trolls [Aka: La Barchetta]
1979
2.51 | 18 ratings
FS
1981
1.31 | 10 ratings
America O.K.
1983
1.12 | 6 ratings
Amici
1988
1.08 | 6 ratings
Il Sale Dei New Trolls
1996
4.07 | 109 ratings
Concerto Grosso - The Seven Seasons
2007
3.39 | 21 ratings
UT New Trolls: Do Ut Des
2013
2.79 | 18 ratings
La Leggenda New Trolls & Luis Bacalov: Concerto Grosso N░ 3
2013
3.90 | 22 ratings
UT New Trolls: ╔
2015

NEW TROLLS Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.17 | 6 ratings
Live (aka L.I.V.E.N.T.)
1976
2.91 | 4 ratings
Tour
1985
2.75 | 4 ratings
Oxa Live Con I New Trolls
1990
3.83 | 6 ratings
Una Miniera
1998
4.63 | 39 ratings
Concerto Grosso New Trolls - Trilogy Live
2007

NEW TROLLS Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.50 | 4 ratings
╚ in concerto
2017

NEW TROLLS Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

0.00 | 0 ratings
Antologia
1975
2.63 | 8 ratings
Revival
1977
0.00 | 0 ratings
Puzzle ( SP-2LP)
1980
1.00 | 2 ratings
Profili
1982
0.00 | 0 ratings
New Trolls Story
1987
1.50 | 2 ratings
Quella Carezza Della Sera
1989
4.10 | 25 ratings
Concerto Grosso Per I New Trolls (Remastered with Concerto Grosso n░1 and Concerto Grosso n░2)
1989
1.40 | 13 ratings
Quelli come noi
1992
0.00 | 0 ratings
Singles A's & B's
1994
2.00 | 1 ratings
Concerto Grosso e Raccolta
1996
3.00 | 3 ratings
I Nostri PI¨ Grandi Successi
1998
2.09 | 5 ratings
'67 - '85
2004
1.92 | 3 ratings
Aldebaran E Molti Altri...
2005
3.00 | 1 ratings
Le Pi¨ Belle Canzoni Dei New Trolls
2005
3.00 | 1 ratings
Antologia
2007
3.00 | 1 ratings
I Grandi Successi: New Trolls
2008
4.20 | 6 ratings
Concerto Grosso 1-2-3 di Luis Bacalov
2013

NEW TROLLS Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

0.00 | 0 ratings
Sensazioni
1967
0.00 | 0 ratings
Cristalli Fragili
1968
0.00 | 0 ratings
Visioni
1968
0.00 | 0 ratings
Una Miniera
1969
0.00 | 0 ratings
Un'Ora
1969
0.00 | 0 ratings
Signore, Io Sono Irish
1969
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Io Che Ho Te
1969

NEW TROLLS Reviews


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 Searching for a Land by NEW TROLLS album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.65 | 111 ratings

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Searching for a Land
New Trolls Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by prog_traveller!!

4 stars New Trolls will go down in history for being the first band that recorded and released double album in Italian rock. It is long, ambitious and clearly oriented to the foreign market.

"Searching for a land" offers two quite different halves: The studio numbers feature classic, true prog. Sometimes very classical or baroque, based on the previous album "Concerto grosso", the music here is dominated by keys and sparsely orchestrated. All kinds of key sounds can be heard here, mostly piano, synthesizer, mellotron and organ. The electric guitar is rarely used. The work flows fluid and well structured parts provide an excellent proof of compositional and structural homogeneity.

The live tracks are pretty hard rock, heavy and lively - These numbers have a completely different character. It starts with a punchy drum solo and then turns into a brisk jazz rocker with a long, bluesy guitar solo towards the end. The atmospheres become more blues-rock: the acoustic guitar disappears and a long organ improvisation in a late psychedelic style stand out. A great "battle" between Hard rock-blues phrasing and an energetic monstrosity of heavy style, puts its stamp. Choir and organ create a corresponding atmosphere, after a long flute parts, then the electric guitars move to the fore with excessive guitar solos, with long organ hard rock jams, and make great sounds.

It goes without saying that this conjugation between very different genres did not do much to the coherence of the album, it remained artistic and commercial. It represents a long collage of various musical inspirations.

 Concerto Grosso Per I New Trolls by NEW TROLLS album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.75 | 233 ratings

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Concerto Grosso Per I New Trolls
New Trolls Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by prog_traveller!!

5 stars New Trolls took the opportunity to give their music a twist, throwing themselves into the nascent Progressive Rock for more symphonic style. Hence the "Concerto Grosso" was born, with the collaboration of an orchestra and combination of group and orchestra was almost perfect.

The "Concerto Grosso" is written by Luis Enrique Bacalov and is divided into three movements. It represents a kind of pop-baroque concert with strings, lead guitar, rock band and Shakespeare-inspired lyrics. The first movement, "Allegro", is an instrumental presented with the flute and some nice guitar phrases in response to the orchestra. The second movement, "Adagio", is a slow piece, sung in English. The third movement, "Cadenza - andante con moto" opens with a violin "solo" on which the other strings are then grafted, followed by the group to build a romantic and virtuous piece.

"Nella Sala Vuota", is a improvisation of the four without the orchestra and recorded live, and offers decent, harder and somewhat varied prog, dominated by electric guitar and organ, but also with a few virtuoso, flute interludes. "Concerto Grosso" is one of the best works of the group and one of the more successful symbioses of rock music and classical music and for me it has a big historical importance.

 UT New Trolls: ╔ by NEW TROLLS album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.90 | 22 ratings

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UT New Trolls: ╔
New Trolls Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by andrea
Prog Reviewer

4 stars "E'" is the second studio album by UT New Trolls and was released in 2015 on the independent label Ma.Ra.Cash Records with a renewed line up featuring Gianni Belleno (drums, acoustic guitar, vocals), Maurizio Salvi (keyboards, piano, Hammond), Stefano Genti (keyboards, vocals), Claudio Cinquegrana (electric and acoustic guitar), Alessio Trapella (bass, vocals) and Umberto DadÓ (vocals) plus the special guest Elisabetta Garetti (violin). The album was recorded trying to recreate the atmosphere of the early seventies with all the band playing in the same room using vintage instruments and analog recording techniques. This time the prog soul of the band prevails on its melodic vein and I'm sure that Italian prog lovers will be pleased...

The opener "Dies Irae" starts with the violin in the foreground, then the rhythm section and the other instruments come in blending baroque music and rock while the lyrics try to convey a message of hope. The beauty of life remains, even in misfortune, and you have to look inside yourself to discover that there's world in a grain of sand and to find the eternity in an hour... A kind of hymn to life!

The long, complex "Oggi non sono spento" (Today I'm not off) begins by a long instrumental section in a jazz rock vein with Latin rock elements. You can hear a dynamic rhythm section, suggestive organ waves and an electric guitar solo that could recall Santana until the pace slackens and melodic vocals invite you to reflect about the mysterious adventure of life and urge to enjoy the day keeping the flames of your inner fire always burning...

"Cambiamenti" begins in rockier way, then the rhythm calms down and there's a softer section where melancholic soaring vocals on an acoustic guitar arpeggio express a love for life that is stronger than regrets and disappointments. Every rose has its thorns, lies or unfaithful relationships are just thorns that can't erase the beauty of life... Then the rhythm rises again for the finale where the lyrics invite you to get up and fight to change the world and make it better.

The short, dreamy instrumental "Trullo Lungo" closes the first part of the album with a good display of keyboards in the forefront. The title refers to a picturesque village in Apulia where the band found a moment of relax and inspiration documented by some pictures that you can find in the booklet...

The second part of the album opens with the brilliant "Cherubino", a lively piece about a kind of psychedelic, beautiful dream where the borders between heaven and hell get blurred, sacred and profane meet each other and the cherub who stands the guard to the tree of life lower his sword and let your soul fly free, in harmony with the universe...

Next comes the gorgeous instrumental "Opera Suite", a challenging piece that blends with freshness and gusto some classical influences with the powerful energy of a rock band. Here the musicians are able to express in an effective way all their pleasure to play together...

"Io..." (I...) is a melodic ballad about time passing by. The music and words conjure up the image of a peaceful landscape at dawn and try to express the desire of a better world where men respect each other and the environment, a world with a soul that can make the dreams come true. Life is short, so "carpe diem" and try to not waste your time...

The beautiful instrumental "Ostinato" closes the album with a perfect exercise of style, blending again in an impeccable way classical forms and rock rhythms. The title refers to a musical term defining "a short repeating element, usually only a bar or two long, though the term may also be applied to such longer repetitions as occur in a chaconne or passacaglia..." (quote from the New Penguin Dictionary of Music). Anyway, this is an ostinato "sui genris" and there's no room for boredom, it's really a gran finale!

On the whole, a very good album!

 Senza Orario, Senza Bandiera by NEW TROLLS album cover Studio Album, 1968
2.89 | 66 ratings

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Senza Orario, Senza Bandiera
New Trolls Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by zeuhl1
Collaborator RPI Team

3 stars The debut from the influential Italian prog band New Trolls released way back in 1968, Senzo Orario, Senza Bandiera (kind of hard to translate-"without a schedule, without a flag" is vaguely close) stands as perhaps the first Italian pop release in what became known later as RPI. A collaboration between national folk icon Fabrizio De Andre (unknown in America but thought of by generations as the Bob Dylan of Italy) and Gianperi Reverberi listed prominently in the inner gatefold, this album is a very sophisticated rock opera best understood if you are fluent in Italian. However, if you are not, there is still plenty to enjoy here.

All songs flow from one to the next as we journey through the eyes of the poet narrator (De Andre) to create a single seamless work as he crosses the world with eyes and ears open to everyone he encounters-mostly the poor and downtrodden, but each with their own story. Opener Ho Veduto (I saw) is one of the stronger songs-bolstered by solid horns-and is a vague take on horn driven US rock of the early era like Electric Flag and Chicago. Third song Signore Io Sono Irish (still in their live setlist from time to time to this day) is a sad lament for a man who lacks his own bicycle. Moody Blues vibes flow from the end of Signore Io Sono Irish into Suzy Forrester, a song that would have sat comfortably on any early album by the Arthur Lee led Love. Al Bar Dell'Angolo has a cool distinctive horn riff and counterpoint vocals-catchy. Side one is over too soon.

Side two opens with the jaunty Duemila, a song where the band shows hints of what is to come musically. Already Di Palo is a force to be reckoned with vocally, and he and De Scalzi show strong compositional skills. The song breaks down before building to a fantasy orchestral ending. As before this is the bridge to our next stop on the poet's journey, Tu Ricordi Joe? (please refer to the great translations by Andrea in the first review of this album). Padre O'Brien and Tom Flaherty are plaintive and orchestrated, with some flickers of the NT sound to come. We finally arrive at the end, Andro Ancora, a revisiting of the opening song Ho Veduto. The listener gets reminded of the themes uniting the album, and also reminded that this was the best song on the album. And with that, we are done in a scant 27 minutes, a short even for the era album.

Overall, this isn't a collection of songs like the self titled follow up, but a single cohesive work, a tour through the world and an observation on really varied examples of the human condition. Great use of horns throughout. Easily identifiable as a 60's product, this is valuable as a single work, the first rock opera in Italy, and barring Days of Future Passed, one of the first concept albums in all of rock. DeAndre would show up later in 1980 in collaboration with PFM, so some may not be aware of his dabbling in Italian proto prog back in 1968.

Three stars for RPI fans, and for its importance in Italian rock history in being more of a complete work of art than just a pop album. For prog fans, unless you are into really early roots of prog, you might be disappointed.

2.75 stars

 New Trolls by NEW TROLLS album cover Studio Album, 1970
2.69 | 54 ratings

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New Trolls
New Trolls Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by zeuhl1
Collaborator RPI Team

3 stars The New Trolls had a prodigious output between 1967 and 1970-twelve singles were released with only Signore Io Sono Irish appearing on an album. This, their second album from 1970 is a collection of diverse stuff, the material here covers things released on 7" from their first single to right before their release of the seminal Concerto Grosso per I New Trolls album in 1971.

Although many will point you to their debut album collaboration with Fabrizio deAndre as the early one to get, this album will satisfy the prog fan a little more tangibly, as the elements of what became their distinctive sound are scattered heavily throughout: self written and self played material with strong melodies, excellent harmonies, searing guitar work, strident and powerful hard rock lead vocals that would make you turn your head in a crowded bar to say 'what was that?'. Arrangements start to get more complex and hints of what is to come from this band are becoming more evident.

From the opening song Una Miniera, a string driven ballad that hints at symphonic prog to come from more familiar Italian bands, (about a 1956 mining disaster in Belgium that killed 130 Italian miners) there is a strong melodic core to their work. Melancholic in the vein of some early Procol Harum, but not overwrought. The strings abate for a quick three second rock finale. Second song Cosa Pensiamo dell'Amore buzzes along in a lurching rhythm that is one of the stronger proto prog songs here-space is given for organ, drums bass and guitar to get playful before we are ushered out with a coda tribute to A Whiter Shade of Pale. Lei Mi Diceva starts off like a manic Monkees riff before quickly settling into a hybrid early Uriah Heep/Aphrodites Child bubbling bass propelled burst-nimbly played. Bassist Giorgio D'Adamo is a monster on much of the album. The much maligned Quella Musica follows, a syrupy ballad that most would pass by quickly until....halfway through the song it stops and transitions to a wordless vocal jam reminiscent of 1967-68 Beatles, complete with burning extended guitar solo and a some barely audible yelling and histrionic vocals just underneath the main vocal, subliminally setting an air of barely controlled chaos--urging the proceedings forward, nearly imperceptible, but it puts this into 'truly an anthem' category. Very subtle but effective trick. Great song in the long run with a fascinating brittle drum sound throughout the beginning. More early Deep Purple circa 1968 comes in on the raucous Corro Da Te, the B side of the single Una Nuvola Bianco. Hendrix influenced in elements. Side one comes to an end with their debut single, Sensazioni, that despite its 1967 trappings is powerful and very catchy. Odd that one of the better songs on the album is from that far back. Elements of Gloria by Them launch the song along until a Gentle Giant a capella section drops in out of nowhere. The song goes back to its theme and jams until the too soon ending. Overall, side one holds together pretty well and is much better than one would expect for a collection of late 60's singles.

The sounds of a forgotten dripping cavern being pried open starts side two: a little bit of Beck's Bolero and later Yardbirds powers the sound of the side opener, the aforementioned Una Novola Bianca where the band is sounding increasingly assured of what they can do in a studio and how they can write an arrangement that starts to deviate from the traditional pop song. Song two also opens with a trippy soundscape before Annalisa takes off in a crashing dizzying climb before the song gives way to an acoustic guitar driven power ballad, a radio friendly unit shifter that just can't help dipping back into some more prog sounding areas. Dances nicely between proto prog and pop within the same song comfortably. The same can't be said for Un'Ora, one of the throw aways on here-an overwrought string powered sappy ballad designed to please the suits at the label. Io Che Ho Te is more in a Beatle-ish vein with faux mellotron from the strings and winds but is another one that is a disposable string driven ballad. Visioni brings us back with heavy organ and psych guitar leading to another one of the catchier songs on this album-you will find yourself singing along with this one rather quickly. Very psychedelic pop sounding but a great song. This leads to the finale, the even catchier Davanti Agli Occhi Miei leads the call with a dervish guitar riff and vocal response that should have been a huge hit across Europe-this one you definitely will be singing in your head in traffic. Not prog but just a great rock anthem.

HInts of Vanilla Fudge, Deep Purple, early Traffic, late Yardbirds and some 1967-1968 Pink Floyd are in here-so do not expect a full on prog experience, this is the sound of a band in transition from formulaic pop to some more adventurous territory.

In the end, this is marred by only two clunkers on side two. Valuable as a window into the power of quickly evolving Italian pop scene, and for people who are really into New Trolls. For fans of RPI that have a soft spot for that late 60's early 70's transition from psych to prog sound. For more traditional RPI and prog fans, this is probably non essential. Me? Loved it from front to back. Was lucky to recently run into original first pressings from Italy of this and the first album on Cetra for semi reasonable prices-antique treasures!

3.25 stars for RPI fans. 2.5 stars for proto prog heads.

 UT New Trolls: Do Ut Des by NEW TROLLS album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.39 | 21 ratings

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UT New Trolls: Do Ut Des
New Trolls Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by andrea
Prog Reviewer

3 stars UT New Trolls are just one of the many offshoots of historic Genoese band New Trolls (like Ibis, New Trolls Atomic System and Tritons in the seventies and later La Storia dei New Trolls, Il Mito dei New Tolls, Il Cuore dei New Trolls, La Leggenda dei New Trolls...), all featuring some of the old members claiming the heritage of the original band. This project took off in 2011 under the name Uno Tempore on the initiative of New Trolls' historic members Gianni Belleno and Maurizio Salvi who gathered around them a bunch of talented musicians with the aim of reviving the 'prog soul' of New Trolls, in particular performing live pieces from the 1972 album Ut and other material from the early seventies. In 2012 a live album was released under the name Uno Tempore New Trolls and in 2013 the band with the name shortened to UT New Trolls released a brand new studio work entitled "Do Ut Des" on the independent label Immaginifica with a renewed line up featuring Gianni Belleno (drums, vocals), Maurizio Salvi (keyboards, piano, Hammond), Alessandro Del Vecchio (keyboards, piano, vocals), Claudio Cinquegrana (electric and acoustic guitar) and Anna Portalupi (bass). Despite the good intentions, I have to say that for a prog fan the fruits of their work could have a bitter taste since the prog soul of the band here seems to be smothered by the prevailing pop, melodic vein that is also part of New Trolls' DNA...

The album opens with promising short instrumental 'Paganini', then comes 'Per ogni lacrima' (For every tear), a piece about the healing power of friendship and love that starts with a sparkling, classical inspired, organ passage. Unfortunately, after a minute the music veers to AOR and could remind of New Trolls' albums like Aldebaran rather than Ut.

'La luce di Vermeer' (Vermeer's light) combines melodic vocal parts and bolder instrumental passages. It's a good piece where the lyrics invite you to look in a different way at people who serve time in prison because not all of them took deliberately the career of evil but some where just doomed by an ill fate and a difficult social condition. Even those branded with the sign of Cain should deserve another chance and bit of respect...

The following 'Oltre il cielo' (Beyond the sky) is just a melodic ballad dealing with the need to overcome the consequences of the traumatic end of a relationship while 'Rispettare pu˛ salvare' (Respecting can save) is a reflection about the never ending conflicts in the Middle East and the troubled situation in Palestine. The softer parts evoke a comet over Bethlehem and the hope that sooner or later men will learn the mutual respect and live in peace...

'Do Ut Des' (Give and take) is a beautiful piece, featuring many brilliant classical inspired passages and lyrics inspired by an absolute love for Music. Next comes 'SarÓ per noi' (It will be for us) a touching, romantic ballad with beautiful harmony vocals. Then the dreamy 'Siamo ancora qui' (We're still here) tries to express the feelings and the emotion of the musicians on stage, even after many years of career...

The swinging 'Sporca politica' (Dirty politics) is a kind of ranting against the politicians who waste the money collected with taxes in their games of power but in my opinion the committed lyrics and the carefree music are neither here nor there and this is probably the weakest point of the album. The closer 'Can't Go On' could be considered as a bonus track since it's just the English version of 'Oltre il cielo' sung by the special guest Fergie Frederiksen from Toto.

On the whole, in my opinion this is a good AOR album with some hints of prog that should be of interest for fans of bands such as Toto but that is not essential in a prog collection.

 UT by NEW TROLLS album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.86 | 139 ratings

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UT
New Trolls Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by zeuhl1
Collaborator RPI Team

4 stars Although the plethora of opinions say that Concerto Grosso per is the album that defines the band, I'd easily point to Ut as my go to favorite New Trolls album.

With riffs off a Sabbath album splattered across much of the proceedings, you can sense the band is starting to fracture into two distinct factions right in front of your eyes: a heavy rock angle (they are really good at this), and a more introspective classical angle (the Concerto Grosso approach). The ten minute guitar meltdown of C'e Troppa Guerra would not be out of place on the first Wolfmother album (a little known hard rock classic), but at its core oozes complex Black Sabbath. (Electric Wizard fans take note).

That is probably as far as some prog fans will read, but this album is way more complex than a simple 70's metal romp. Acoustic pop friendly songs, frightening orchestrations, classical keyboard exercises, guitars having a conversation (literally talking) in Paulo e Francesca, sprightly Italian folk melodies, slow melancholic symphonic ballads-the differences between keyboardist Maurizio Salvi and guitarist Vittorio De Scalzi could not be more prominently displayed. Somehow it works.

Reference points: Not easy. They are kind of their own self contained beast. Some ELP and Black Sabbath collide, but not necessarily in the same song. Side one is near perfection in Italian rock that appeals to all, not just RPI fans (Nato Adesso being a great example of the synthesis of the two styles) , and side two is the aforementioned guitar meltdown centerpiece.

This was their swan song until the semi successful reunion later on Concerto Grosso 2. NT Atomic System and ? (yes, ?) who turned into Ibis are on the horizon after the split.

For fans leaning towards the heavier side of RPI. But if you are an Italian prog fan and don't have this album, seek it immediately. 4.5 stars

 Concerto Grosso Per I New Trolls by NEW TROLLS album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.75 | 233 ratings

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Concerto Grosso Per I New Trolls
New Trolls Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Itai Diamant

4 stars 3.5 stars really! a bit neo-classical...

Released in 1971, NEW TROLLS's "Concerto Grosso Per I" is the first album that was made by an Italian band and combined Classical music with Rock music; this is one reason why this album has influenced many artists, especially in Italy...

The opener "Tempo: Alegro" is rather short and features a very TULL-like flute. This song is a rock version for a collection of famous classical motifs.

Next is "Tempo: Adagio". Though the orchestral arrangements are very string-dominant (Other people may like it, but in my case it's a minus), there are great vocals on this one.

Coming right up is "Tempo: Cadenza - Andante Con Moto". The first minute and a half or so is pretty much a violin solo, but then again those strings come (which IMHO is bad). This one is barely a rock song - except the drumming though. Nice harpsichord and vocals over the strings and violin in the second half. Disheartening end with yet again those orchestral strings leading the listener out.

"Tempo Shadows (Per Jimy Hendrix)", yes there is a JIMMY HENDRIX reference here (with a misspell)! a soft but efficient Blues/Psychedelic (?) song that is sometimes influenced by early Jethro Tull (that influence pops up now and then on the album). Actually, this is one of the better moments in the album, but the song doesn't really belong, considering the concept of the album. The guitar solo tribute wraps up the end of that part of the album.

"Nella Sala Vuota: Improvvisazioni Dei New Trolls Registrate In Diretta" opens as a bluesy Hammond solo for the first two minutes. JETHRO TULL influences also come through in the second quarter of the song in the form of a breathy flute. After the break in the middle of the song, the music returns. Nice Hammond work is followed by a loud sound of an electric guitar solo which is then followed by an impressive (and long) drum solo. The drums finally build up the song back to its base, to allow the rest of the band to join in for the end. The musicians' skills are outweighed by the distractions of the engineering limitations of that era.

I like the first half of the album better than the second, though I do think it doesn't compare well with the other Rock Progressivo Italiano legends.

 Aldebaran by NEW TROLLS album cover Studio Album, 1978
2.27 | 30 ratings

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Aldebaran
New Trolls Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by cesar polo

5 stars Unfairly underrated album by one of the top italian prog bands of the seventies. It's really difficult to include this album into one or another style. Not truly progressive (and that's the reason for the cold reception, after such gems like "Concerto Grosso" or "UT"), but approach it like an art-rock album and you'll not be disappointed. While "Aldebaran" and "Quella carezza della sera" were two of the most successful ballads from the late seventies all over Europe (especially in Italy and Spain), the 8 minutes operistic track "Dancing" is maybe the most "Queen-style" song I've ever heard. In spite of its title, the opener "Suite Disco" is a nice instrumental, but the whole album is dominated by very rich vocal parts (up until five vocalists in some tracks), in the vein of BeeGees or Queen. Only for really open-minded listeners.
 Concerto Grosso - The Seven Seasons by NEW TROLLS album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.07 | 109 ratings

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Concerto Grosso - The Seven Seasons
New Trolls Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by nikitasv777

5 stars In 1971, the TROLLS released their greatest album "Concerto Grosso No. 1" that's still recognized as one of the most important Italian rock releases ever made. Historically it is interesting as it was the first attempt by an Italian group to create a work of rock-classical fusion. New Trolls apparently came up with their best release ever and a great Progressive Rock masterpiece. I really like the Concerto Grosso - The Seven Seasons, and I have thoroughly enjoyed everything I've heard from them on this is album. The style of the album is pure '70s progressive with heavy classical quotation. Modern instruments as guitars and keyboards integrate very well with the sound of the flute Vittorio De Scalzi and string White Light Orchestra. The symphonic moments are my favorite. The music varied and beautiful. A wonderful album!
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