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Formed in 1972 in Rome after the split of FHOLKS (Jimi HENDRIX support band in their Italian last tour in 1970), this group similar to BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO, SAMADHI or LOCANDA DELLE FATE, was composed by Federico Troiani (keys & vocals), Nicola Agrimi (guitars), Pierfranco Pavone (bass), Roberto Senzasono (drums) and Spanish singer Henryk Topel Cabanes.

They released 2 Lps, "Reale Accademia di Musica" in 1972 and "Adriano Monteduro" in 1974, the first is undoubtely the better of two. Recently BMG re-released the first album in a fantastic mini-LP case, look at if 70's italian prog is the bread of all your days!!!

- Enrico Vezzaro

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4.12 | 119 ratings
Reale Accademia Di Musica
1972
3.56 | 28 ratings
Adriano Monteduro
1974
1.95 | 2 ratings
Il Linguaggio Delle Cose
2008
2.60 | 5 ratings
Tempo senza tempo
2009
2.77 | 6 ratings
La Cometa
2010

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 La Cometa by REALE ACCADEMIA DI MUSICA album cover Studio Album, 2010
2.77 | 6 ratings

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La Cometa
Reale Accademia Di Musica Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Jeff Carney

4 stars An astonishing release of important archival recordings by the masters of melodic Italian folk rock; Reale Accademia Di Musica.

If you "get" these guys, this is going to be one of the best finds you'll ever encounter. Imagine that their 1974 album with Adriano Monteduro was a double album and that's about what you're in for here.

There are some certified classics amidst this lost collection. "Aeroporto" has that perfect blend of symphonic and folk that made the second album so brilliant. And "Una Canzone" is actually an alternate version of the track that appears on that same album, but here violin takes a prominent role.

While it might not reach the consistent heights of the second album, this archive release is essential for any committed fan. As usual, the musicianship is stellar. And by that I don't mean that players are spinning virtuoso solos left and right. I mean that the collective goal of the melodic content attaining its desired dynamics and emotional depth is brilliantly served.

"Uomo Rosa" is a bit of a departure with its "old-time" flare and "Topolino Topel" is different than anything they ever did on the first two albums. The latter almost sounds like music for a quirky commercial. Entertaining, but it's the first seven tracks here that will really warm your heart if you can't get enough of the melodic brilliance that these guys brought to the table

Criminally underrated, much of the music from Reale Accademia Di Musica is timeless. That quality is evident on the best material here.

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La Cometa
Reale Accademia Di Musica Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by progbaby

3 stars Ok I felt like I needed to do a 3 star review to hopefully bump up the dreadful 2.29 score that this album has. Why? In my humble opinion, I felt that 2.29 is not justified. This album is actually "good". Not great. Not a classic by any means and most certainly not in the same league as their first s/t album. And one could argue that this is not really a progressive album like the first s/t album. This is more in the vein of the 2nd album from 1974.

You can find out the full story on why this album was not released for over 35 years on the italianprog dot com web site. But this is a treat to be able to have a never-heard 1974 album available. Most of the time, those "never before released" albums tend to be "a drag".

However, there's some good songs on this album. I feel there's actually a few great songs on this album. It's an uneven album with a few "skippable" tracks (skip over after you heard them 1 time) but there's a few songs that are beautiful italian prog/folk.

For a few of those beautiful tracks "Nenae" and "Oratorio", I'm reminded of a few of the mellow tracks from Nuovo Idea's "Mr. E Jones"(another album worth seeking if you've never heard it) and Gruppo 2001 along with a few in the vein of the 1974 Adriano Monteduro album w/Reale Accademia.

Those 2 are great songs with vocal harmonies and nice melodies that make lots of those italian songs from the 70's stand out.

The other really good song is the "Makumba Hotel" with it's breezy/airy wordless vocal harmonies and argentine/south american overtones. It's infectious. Sort of reminds me of the 'South American Getaway" that was the background music on Butch cassidy and the Sundance kid when they were in South America towards the end. You know the music where the vocal harmonies are going "Ba ba baaaa ba" :-)

Cool tune.

Just those 3 songs alone make this a justifiable purchase for $5.99 which you can get on amazon.

I've heard this album several times and those 3 songs stand out.

As per the others, "La Cometa" (the opener) has a "cool melody" but it gets old very quickly and runs out it's pleasure after 2 minutes and repeats itself for the next 3-4 minutes. The other songs (which is about the other half) are either skippable or "mediocre" and forgettable. The last song is dreadful and I agree with the reviewer here that it sounds like the music from a cheesy 1970's game-show.

I'd bark and howl at the moon in anger if I paid $20-25 for this. However, for $5.99, I snort like a happy pig and purr like a happy cat at the 3 good/great songs I mentioned and only growl at the not so good songs.

I'd give this about a 2.8 round up to 3 stars.

Worth a listen. You can go to amazon and listen to 30 second sound samples for each song on this album. Should give you a sample.

I sure hope there are other "never-before-released" albums from 1970's in the vaults across Italy by many of these bands.

BTW, I would like to mention the brand brand new albums by Reale Accademia in 2008/2009 titled "IL LINGUAGGIO DELLE COSE" and "TEMPO SENZA TEMPO" (where Adriano Monteduro has resurrected a band under that name) are horrible albums. Almost "techno" with drum machines and literally no melodies.

I found out from the italian prog website on a recent interview with one of the original members of Reale Accademia (who was the lead guy on their 1972 album) that Adriano used the name of "Reale Accademia Di Musica" for these 2008/2009 albums without the permission of the original members from the 1972 band. Be very careful with those 2 albums. Buyer beware.

This "La Cometa" album even ranks below "TEMPO SENZA TEMPO" on this website. I feel that's an unjustified joke because "La Cometa" is so much better in every sense of the word. Don't let that 2.29 rating scare you from at least going to amazon and zipping thru all the 30 second sound samples of "La Cometa". Also, youtube has 2 of the songs from "la cometa" in it's entirely including the ""Makumba Hotel" album. It's worth typing that into youtube and giving it a listen and then deciding if it's worth buying the album (or at least just a few songs from the album).

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2.77 | 6 ratings

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La Cometa
Reale Accademia Di Musica Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by coasterzombie

3 stars La Cometa was supposed to be Reale Accademia Di Musica's second album - it was shelved for unknown reasons and remained unreleased until 2010. Composed exclusively by Henryk Topel, La Cometa was recorded in 1974 by a transitional formation of the band; core members Topel and Frederico Troiani were joined by guitarists Enzo De Luca, Gianfranco Coletta and Pericle Sponzilli, drummers Roberto Senzasono and Stefano Fournier, bassist Carlo Bruno, guest violinist Toni Marcus and singer Micaela Grandi. Even Adriano Monteduro, whom had recorded his first solo album with the group, lends backing vocal duties and inspiration. La Cometa shares some qualities with that album, namely the wealth of acoustic guitar-centric material and shorter song development, but also hints at the previous greatness RAM achieved on their immaculate debut. I feel fortunate to have heard La Cometa and wish it were available in a physical format - the digital download will set you back a mere six dollars. Personally I want to give the release four stars but, being reasonable, it is a luxury and non-essential by nature.

The title track "La Cometa" swirls in with a freewheeling attitude, and is reminiscent of "Ognuno Sa" from the debut. Though the six-minute track is the longest on the album, it never really ventures too far from jammy blues so don't expect a mini-epic. The restrained "Nenae" is deliciously beautiful and my favorite from the first half. The backing vocalists particularly shine, as limited percussion and subtle bass play a more reserved role. "Quando Moriro," with its catchy chorus and playful fiddle, is enjoyable but somewhat one- dimensional. "Aereoporto" seems reflective and is the most 'progressive' of the bunch - check out the cascading guitar in 9/8 just after the second verse.

"Makumba Hotel" has a Spanish feel and creates some interesting tension to break up the album a bit. Though we may never know the original running order or if the album was ever completed as originally conceived, a few more bumps in the road like this couldn't have hurt. "Oratorio," by far my favorite song on La Cometa, is a Beatlesesque hymn and totally perfect in every way. Monteduro's angelic backing vocals provide the necessary balance to Topel's somewhat uncharacteristic crooning. If you do nothing else today, go buy this song and tell me your day didn't just get a little better. "Una Canzone" reminds the listener of the charismatic opener and has a little harmonica goodness going on. "Uomo Rosa" is an interesting honky-tonk and not my favorite here. "Topolino Topel" is a silly closer that sounds like a game show theme song. In all, La Cometa is a worthy addition to any RPI collection and a must for RAM fans. I could certainly think of a worse way to spend six bucks - you can't even buy lunch for that.

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 Adriano Monteduro by REALE ACCADEMIA DI MUSICA album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.56 | 28 ratings

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Adriano Monteduro
Reale Accademia Di Musica Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by coasterzombie

4 stars Check any preconceived notions at the door...this is not Reale Accademia di Musica's second album. This project, a collaboration between various members of RAM and singer- songwriter Adriano Monteduro, is a Prog Folk treasure from 1974. A bit maligned and critically derided album, Reale Accademia di Musica e Adriano Monteduro is a criminally underestimated release in my opinion, and excellent for what it is. While the intense plunder of songs like "Padre" and "Vertigine" from the debut is all but gone (along with singer Henryk Topel), the top-notch musicianship hasn't gone anywhere. If you like Zauber or Errata Corrige, you need to get this CD.

According to the insert in the 2008 Sony BMG jewel case edition, Henryk Topel shares compositional credit for the opener "Buongiorno Nel Bosco," but his voice is no where to be found. Instead, the smooth yet somewhat gravely voice of Monteduro leads a placid arrangement featuring multiple acoustic guitars. What a lovely beginning. The song transitions to "La Favola del Guardiano del Bosco" and piano and drums join Monteduro for the first time, as provided by core members Frederico Troiani and Roberto Senzasono respectively. The song weaves from the theatrical, to buoyant folk, to jazzy pop seamlessly and effortlessly. The gorgeous "Mezzogiorno" showcases some of the most impressive vocal harmonies in all of Italian Prog. By the end of this third song, it's apparent this album is something special, and while not a proper follow-up to Reale Accademia di Musica's classic debut, I consider it classic in its own right.

A sweet arpeggio sets the foundation for "Le Figlie Dell'Erba," as Monteduro again proves his songwriting prowess and arrangement skill. "Viaggio Libero" may be the closest thing to actual Progressive Rock on the entire album, as Zeppelin-esque guitars in alternate tuning ring out a deceptively simple melody in C major; the progression shifts and hangs on an unresolved E chord, which in this context does not complement the root C as a major third, but a sixth to root G. Music theory aside, the emotional impact of "Viaggio Libero" is undeniable. "Le Montagne Nel Tramonto" continues the melancholy feeling throughout the second side, which is more varied and sedated than the first. Still, there is a cohesiveness to the work as a whole. "Preludio a..." and "Una Canzone" almost feel like interludes, and set up the finale quite well. "Suoni Di Umanita" encapsulates the entire album in four minutes, and leaves the listener satiated. My love for Reale Accademia di Musica e Adriano Monteduro has developed over time, and what was once three-star filler has become one of my most cherished favorites.

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 La Cometa by REALE ACCADEMIA DI MUSICA album cover Studio Album, 2010
2.77 | 6 ratings

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La Cometa
Reale Accademia Di Musica Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

2 stars Well we have three (vocals, keyboards & drums) of the original members of that classic 1972 lineup on here. That's where the similarities end though. Mind you were talking almost 40 years later with this 2010 release so expectations shouldn't be too high. I must admit that I found this a tough one to get into at all.

"La Cometa" is a lightweight tune really with piano and vocals standing out. It does get fuller at times but I don't like this at all. "Nenae" is mellow with fragile vocals. I like it better late with those vocal melodies and that breezy sound. "Quando Moriro" is catchy and mid-paced with vocals. Not a fan (haha). Some violin as this has a Counrty flavour. "Aereoporto" has a reserved sound with vocals. It does pick up 1 1/2 minutes in. Best song so far.

"Makumba Hotel" doesn't even sound like the same band. Soft vocals, percussion and piano lead. It does get fuller and we get some guitar after 3 minutes. Easily my favourite tune on here. "Oratorio" is a Folk song while "Una Canzone" features what sounds like harmonica along with piano and violin. Vocals too but i'm not a fan. "Uomo Rosa" is like a Ragtime track. Yikes ! "Topolino Topel" is a short instrumental to end the record. An electronic flavour to this one.

I feel bad giving this once classic band 2 stars but I can't get into this one apart from one track. Fans only.

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 Adriano Monteduro by REALE ACCADEMIA DI MUSICA album cover Studio Album, 1974
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Adriano Monteduro
Reale Accademia Di Musica Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars It was Jeff Carney's five star review that made me want this one. I didn't even know Jeff did some reviews here, he's a guy a lot of us turn to when we want to know what version of a cd to buy. He is the "sound" expert. Anyway as others have mentioned this isn't really an RADM album but rather an Adriano Monteduro album with RADM backing him up as his band. This is Italian Folk music at it's best. I fell for it instantly which surprised me since i'm not big on Folk music. The Italian vocals and intricate guitar work are gorgeous to say the least.

"Buongiorno Nel Bosco" opens with acoustic guitars and vocals that create wonder. Drums, vocal melodies and electric guitar before 2 1/2 minutes. It blends into my favourite "La Favola Guardiano Del Bosco" as piano and atmosphere joins in. When the vocals come in I get this lump in my throat (gulp). It picks up after 2 minutes with drums and piano leading to the end. "Mezzogiorno" is vocal and acoustic guitar led. The vocal melodies are a nice touch. "Le Figlie Dell'erba" sounds so beautiful early on. Some backing vocals in this one too. Piano and drums after a minute. Electric guitar a minute later to the end. Nice.

"Viaggio Libero" has acoustic guitar and soft vocals to start. It does pick up some. Great sound when the piano and drums arrive. "Le Montagne Nel Tramonto" is laid back with vocals and electric guitar. A much fuller sound before 2 1/2 minutes. So good. "Preludio ..." has acoustic guitar and vocal melodies. Drums and piano before 2 minutes. Love this stuff. "Una Canzone" is a mellow acoustic track with vocals. "Suoni Di Umanita" ends the album with acoustic guitar and reserved vocals with drums and piano joining in.

A must for fans of Italian Folk. An solid 4 star record.

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4.12 | 119 ratings

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Reale Accademia Di Musica
Reale Accademia Di Musica Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Nightfly
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

4 stars An essential example of seventies Italian symphonic prog is this wonderful debut from Reale Accaemia Di Musica, released in 1972, as great a year for Italian prog as it is also considered for the UK. It's the only album listed under the band's name to feature this line up and as such can be considered a one off release, other line ups bearing little resemblance on a musical level to what's happening here, though I can't speak for La Cometa released in 2010, an unreleased album from 1974 which I'll hopefully get round to hearing one day.

Six tracks of beautifully crafted symphonic prog, not overly complex though played with great feeling and flair. There's a melancholic vibe often present, even on some of the more bombastic moments, no doubt increased by Henryk Topel Cabanes' plaintive vocal delivery. It's an album for keyboard lovers with piano featuring heavily as well as some enjoyable organ work and Procol Harum is sometimes brought to mind. There are many mellow moments - it's halfway through the second track before we hear the rhythm section but it does have its share of powerful bits and reaches a climax of sorts with closing piece Vertigine, the albums most adventurous song including a stunning organ workout.

While this may not be one of the most adventurous Italian prog albums of the period, and there were plenty that were, it nevertheless has many admirers with its sense of melody and melancholic charm and while not the stuff masterpieces are made of is still pretty essential listening for RPI fans.

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Reale Accademia Di Musica Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Warthur
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5 stars The debut album by Reale Accademia di Musica is a tour de force of Italian prog from the celebrated RPI boom of 1972. It distinguishes itself from other albums from the Italian scene of the time in its diversity of influence and sound. As far as influence goes, the band show a broader range of influences than typical RPI bands - as well as the usual Genesis and Jethro Tull references, and the less frequent nod to Van der Graaf Generator, I can hear the influence of Procol Harum and Rare Bird on the group's sound. When it comes to sound, the album begins in a very gentle, soft, pastoral place, and over the course of its songs gets louder and heavier until it concludes with wild guitar solos and virtuoso keyboard playing worthy of ELP or Deep Purple. Truly an exceptional album from a truly exceptional period in progressive rock.

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Reale Accademia Di Musica Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by andrea
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4 stars Reale Accademia di Musica were formed in Rome in the early seventies and rose from the ashes of another band called Fholks. In 1972 they released a very interesting eponymous debut album with a line up featuring Henryk "Enrique" Topel Cabanes (vocals), Federico Troiani (keyboards, vocals), Pierfranco Pavone (bass), Roberto Senzasono (drums, percussion) and Pericle Sponzilli (guitar) who left the band soon after the recording sessions replaced by Nicola Agrimi. The album was produced by Maurizio Vandelli and the overall sound features pleasant melodies and pastoral acoustic passages. This work doesn't shine for its originality and lyrics sometimes are a little bit naive but it's well played and recorded and I'm sure that Italianprog lovers will love it.

The opener "Favola" (Fairy tale) is soft and dreamy. Delicate pastoral melodies depict an enchanted world of songs and fairy tales where time calmly "weaves its story"...

Then comes the long and complex "Mattino" (Morning) which is about the end of a happy childhood when dreams are blown away by the cold reality. Music starts softly, lead by piano and vocals... "Open your eyes / Mind that your childhood is over / And you have no time to dream anymore... The simplicity of ingenuity will burn like a candle...". After a piano interlude the music becomes tense and rhythm takes off for a beautiful instrumental ride through reality. When music calms down again it's time for a new awareness... "Now you are a man / And as a man you have money, a job, dignity and a woman who warms you but... / Even heaven can't give you back the happiness of childhood...".

"Ognuno sa" (Everybody knows) is a melodic ballad inviting you to live like a thoughtless child, dreaming of endless roads towards the blue sky... "Life is a flower that you can pick up if you want, when you want it / Because it's the only gift that you can have for nothing in exchange / And if you want you can give it to the people who love you, to the ones who are with you...".

On the next track, "Padre" (Father), the atmosphere is definitively more troubled and heavier. It's a complex piece featuring intense instrumental passages and heartfelt vocals. Lyrics are about the generational gap... "Father, you ask me what I think / You ask me where I want to go, how will it end... You never think to your way of living, walking in circles and killing your dreams...".

"Lavoro in cittą" (Work in the city) is a beautiful track in three parts. After a short piano intro music drives you in a nightmare. Lyrics depict an ill world where machines have taken over and freedom is the bed where you sleep in. Fritz Lang's film "Metropolis" images come to mind... "The radio can't sing / It shouts that my civility is dying by now / Around me there are faces of people scared like me...". The atmosphere of fear and alienation melts in a dreamy invocation for a peaceful and simpler life, full of magic songs and sounds... "Everything is divine, you know / Just if you want it / And if you want it, it will be so...". The third part is a lively and jazzy instrumental finale.

Last track "Vertigine" (Dizziness) concludes the album with a full tank of dark and heavy energy. Electric guitar riffs and organ patterns underline gloomy lyrics. Long rivers are carrying clouds of gas and a threatening shadow is approaching... "You door is close but you know that you can't stop it / It's coming here, it's coming here!".

An excellent addition to your Italianprog collection!

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 Il Linguaggio Delle Cose by REALE ACCADEMIA DI MUSICA album cover Studio Album, 2008
1.95 | 2 ratings

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Il Linguaggio Delle Cose
Reale Accademia Di Musica Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

2 stars It's been almost 35 years since this band released a studio album. Well they're back although to say that might be a little misleading, especially if your like me and consider their debut to be a romantic Italian classic. Misleading because none of the band members on this particular release played on the debut. And honestly there is nothing in common between the two albums whatsoever as far as i'm concerned. This was a tough one to listen to this past week. It's very samey with the focus on the vocals for almost 67 minutes.

"Genesi" is pastoral with percussion and synths. Piano joins in and vocals arrive 3 1/2 minutes in. "Uomo-Terra" is mellow with sounds coming and going. Vocals before 1 1/2 minutes with prominant bass. Piano and drums join in. Strings before 6 1/2 minutes. "Il Linguaggio Delle Cose" features synths and reserved vocals early. It picks up after a minute. "Dance With Me" opens with the keys, bass, percussion and synths standing out. Vocals before 3 minutes. Lots of piano late.

"Homeless" opens with sparse sounds and the vocals that arrive before a minute are reserved. A beat follows. Not a fan but it gets better later on. "Infinito" opens with atmosphere as a beat comes in before 1 1/2 minutes. Vocals follow. It's a little heavier before 8 minutes. "La Pace Nelle Bigle Di Vetre: "Un Mondo Nuoava"" is the over 18 1/2 minute closer. Strings to start as bass and a beat follow. Vocals before 1 1/2 minutes. They get passionate after 5 minutes. Some vocal melodies after 11 1/2 minutes.

Very disappointing especially after a few other RPI bands have made successful comebacks recently like DELIRIUM for example.

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