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MARIO MILLO

Symphonic Prog • Australia


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Some of you may remember Mario MILLO from mid-70's band SEBASTIAN HARDIE, one of the best symphonic prog acts to emerge from Australia. The truth is, MILLO was already composing his own tunes at the tender age of twelve. In the mid-60's, he was a big fan of The BEATLES, particularly of John Lennon, and soon got the bug for CREAM, HENDRIX, CHICAGO, YES, MAHAVISHNU and FOCUS among others. In 1973, he joined SEBASTIAN HARDIE and then later reformed the band as WINDCHASE. By the end of the 70's, however, it had become quite difficult to make a living in such a geographically large yet thinly populated country as Australia, the venues for live prog shows being reduced to almost nil. Frustrated, the guys split up, MILLO went his own way and threw himself into composing music for films. For two decades, he pursued an award-winning career, delivering loads of film scores. However, his need to perform and his love for prog had far from died.

His first solo efforts, "Epic III" and "Human Games", recently made available on CD, were originally released in 1979 and 1983 respectively. Both albums are very similar to the music of SEBASTIAN HARDIE, i.e. smooth and very CAMELesque with MILLO's soothing voice and guitar redolent of Andy Latimer's. With his recent album "Oceans of the Mind" (2001), MILLO has given free reign to his talent and creativity. Surrounding himself with five musicians (including his own daughter Jess on backing vocals), he himself handles the guitar, mandolin, Hammond organ and vocals. As it should, his guitar dominates, now soaring blissfully, now wonderfully dreamy. However, beyond the faultless production, the clever arrangements and the technical virtuosity you would expect from Australia's greatest guitarist, what strikes the listener is the feeling involved and the quality of the compositions, those melodies that stick to your mind and can melt your heart.

Highly recommended if you like SEBASTIAN HARDIE, or if you're simply in the mood for some smooth, mature, intelligent music from the best guitarist "down under".

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3.68 | 3 ratings
Jon English & Mario Millo: Against The Wind original soundtrack
1978
3.62 | 23 ratings
Epic III
1979
4.00 | 3 ratings
Human Games
1983
3.67 | 11 ratings
Oceans Of The Mind
2002

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 Jon English & Mario Millo: Against The Wind original soundtrack by MILLO, MARIO album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.68 | 3 ratings

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Jon English & Mario Millo: Against The Wind original soundtrack
Mario Millo Symphonic Prog

Review by Matti
Collaborator Neo-Prog Team

4 stars Well, first I have to confess that my relationship to this LP is very intimately personal: it was being played in a candle-lit room when I entered the world of romance, first kisses and all that. And naturally the music would still raise warm memories, preventing me to judge it with absolute objectivity, but I do my best. Actually the bigger problem is that I haven't heard it completely for a couple of decades (sadly I haven't seen it on CD anywhere). The background of this music's reception goes further, as the TV series was seen in Finland sometimes in my early teens. Hopefully it will reappear one fine day, because I believe it was a good one. It's about people who struggle their lives in Australia, where criminals and other misfortunate people were sent by the British goverment in the Empire days. It stars Jon English who sings on this soundtrack.

Many will remember the love song 'Six Ribbons'. It's a very beautiful, folkish ballad. It is sung in two different versions and also its melody is recycled here and there in the instrumental pieces. The rest of the album, as far as I remember, is instrumental, composed by Mario Millo, Australia's most important prog figure in the 70's, I presume? It is mainly orchestrated as film music usually is, but not just that. Acoustic guitars, flute and synths are present, maybe some folky instruments as well (I really should hear it again...). Anyway, I remember taping the whole - at least nearly all - album and thinking it was surprisingly good on its own, without the TV series (or love life, ha ha!). On that ground I can rate it 3,5 stars.

Of course it can be pointed out that it's not a prog album even if it's here, but hardly anyone expects it to be. It's a good soundtrack album, way better that the large majority of soundtracks. There's both warm emotion and intensive drama - and maybe the long ending number 'Death Or Liberty' did get quite progressive too! 'Waltz Theme (The Women Are Chosen)' is really charming. Recommended to listeners of film music and delicate, pastoral instrumental music - if you can find it.

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 Jon English & Mario Millo: Against The Wind original soundtrack by MILLO, MARIO album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.68 | 3 ratings

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Mario Millo Symphonic Prog

Review by sl75

3 stars Like most soundtrack music, this is designed as background, and as such makes few demands on the listener - Millo and English for the most part keep the music simple and unobtrusive. Jon English (who also starred in the mini-series) composed the title theme, in obvious pastiche of a traditional Anglo- Celtic folk song, and that tune reappears throughout the soundtrack - in instrumental form on tin whistle on the title track, and in two vocal versions ("Six Ribbons", which would become English's biggest hit). Millo is responsible for the rest of the soundtrack, but frequently works English's theme into his compositions, transposing it into the major mode of the obviously titled "Main Theme Major"; more impressively, transforming it completely in the two longest and most dramatic tracks, "Seeds of Fire" and "Death or Liberty". Those latter tracks are the moments that most closely approach in quality Millo's work with Sebastian Hardie. The rest of the time he stays close in style to the faux-Celtic flavour of English's title track, for example on "Mary's Theme" which manages to sound like yet another variation on Six Ribbons even though the tune is not used. A very different arrangement of Mary's Theme would of course appear on his subsequent solo debut Epic III - another tune that would recur was "Waltz Theme", which appears on the latter album as "Harlequin and Columbine" - the version here is completely instrumental, with Millo's distinctive melodic guitar covering the vocal melody. "Dinny & Ngilgi" marries a faux-Celtic reel with an even-more-faux-Aboriginal-style droning section. Nothing spectacular here, but a pleasant listen, and at least two tracks that are of genuine interest for fans of Millo's work with Sebastian Hardie

(Apologies for the lack of detail in the musicians' listing - I have added and reviewed this album based on a cassette edition, one of those cheapies which has the cover art, the track listing and nothing else, and it is thanks to Google that you have any musician's names at all)

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 Epic III by MILLO, MARIO album cover Studio Album, 1979
3.62 | 23 ratings

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Review by sl75

3 stars The title track raises our hopes. It does not have the immediate melodic appeal or transparent form of "Four Moments", but it does feature some considerably more complex music than we were used to hearing from Sebastian Hardie (the mid-to-late decade work of Yes seems to be an influence). The remaining shorter tracks are a mixed bag. His poppier influences come to the fore, as do his fairly recent forays into soundtrack work. The best is the fusion-flavoured instrumental "Mary's Theme". The worst is the waltzing "Harlequin and Columbine", particularly given the overly-declamatory vocal contribution from Safanya. The only other vocal track is the very poppy "Life In Our Hands", with it's distinctive synth riff. The instrumental tracks in general are pleasant listening, but rarely more stimulating than that - his harmonic ideas are fairly limited, his melodies are nice but generally fairly obvious - and generally there is a strong easy listening vibe. After the excellent title track, it's all somewhat of a letdown. One good thing about Millo working as a soloist, without Sebastian Hardie or Windchase in tow, is his freedom to hire some excellent session musicians - most notably the highly impressive rhythmic section of Mark Kennedy (Spectrum/Ayers Rock) and Jackie Orszaczky (Syrius).

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 Epic III by MILLO, MARIO album cover Studio Album, 1979
3.62 | 23 ratings

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Epic III
Mario Millo Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Born to Italian parents in 1955,Mario Millo is an Australian guitar virtuoso,mostly known for his performances with Sebastian Hardie and its reincarnation Windchase from mid- to late- 70's.After the disbanding of Windchase,Millo collaborated with Jon English for the soundtrack of the TV series ''Against the wind''.In 1979 Millo released on Polydor Records his debut solo album ''Epic III''.On this album Millo is helped among others by ex-Baker,Syrius bassist Jackie Orszaczky and ex-Spectrum,Ayers Rock drummer Mark Kennedy.

The album opens with the Progressive/Fusion 14-min. self-titled epic,where Millo shows off his clear CAMEL-esque influences with his excellent virtuosic playing,supported by the funky bass lines of Orszaczky and the electric piano of keyboardist Peter Kenny,while at moments he uses the folk notes of his mandolin,actually the first instrument he ever got in hand at the age of five.''Life in Our Hands'' reminds a lot of Millo's days with SEBASTIAN HARDIE,melodic rock with a memorable chorus,fairly commercial but not cheesy at all,while ''Mary's theme'' is absolutely fabulous with a mix of Symphonic and Canterbury-Fusion style close to CAMEL and fantastic chords by Millo.''Quest Theme'' is dominated by synths,acoustic guitars,flutes and choirs, creating a pastoral Symohonic Rock experience,but ''Harlequin and Columbine'' is absolutely dull,male and female vocals are blended with dated cinematic orchestrated music,a track totally out of place.The short ''Castaway'' is again in Progressive/Fusion realms with nice guitar work,while ''Sogno D'amore'' closes the album's original version in a very CAMEL-esque mood with bluesy guitars and orchestrated strings.The CD re-issue of the album contains the bonus track ''Rebecca'',recorded by Millo for the various artists' ''Australian Guitar Album'' released in 1979,a very good piece of guitar-based Progressive Rock with Flamenco hints both on guitars and piano and external use of synths.

Mario Millo prooved that he can stand alone easily,delivering a series of outstanding performances on ''Epic III'',though the album is not coherent as a whole and has a light commercial vibe in a couple of tracks.Still,the man belongs to the first league of Progressive Rock guitarists and deserves some more recognition.Strongly recommended,specially to those into guitar-driven prog adventures...3.5 stars.

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 Oceans Of The Mind by MILLO, MARIO album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.67 | 11 ratings

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Mario Millo Symphonic Prog

Review by Tarcisio Moura
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3 stars Until I got this CD through a friendīs recommendation, I didnīt know he was a member of australian bands Sebastian Hardy and Windchase. What he plays on Oceans Of The Mind is very nice, well crafted, pop prog tunes that shows his habilities as a singer, guitarrist and songwriter. He has a very warm voice and his playing is quite charming, subtle and seductive, instead of flashy or pompous. In fact, his music here does sound like a movieīs soundtrack about visiting australian beaches during summertime (yes, it is that light and sunny).

He uses small accompaniment on this CD, mostly just bass, drums and some Hammond, plus strings and the occasional female backing vocals here and there. Most of the time he relies on his compositions skills and playing his tasteful guitar licks and solos. The instrumental Sportscar is a nice exemple of how to be subtle, simple and very good at the same time. With no fillers and recorded with the right production, this the kind of CD to be heard while relaxing with a nice background, preferably (but not only) on the beach or by the swimming pool, on a hot summer day. Not really essential, but very well done.

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 Epic III by MILLO, MARIO album cover Studio Album, 1979
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Review by bill g

4 stars A fine collection of excellent compositions, played well with plenty of feeling. Although not quite the beauty that Oceans Of The Mind is, still a fine progression from Sebastian Hardie and Windchase. Two songs here are more electric versions of songs from the soundtrack to 'Against The Wind', reported to be Mario's biggest seller. After Epic III, Mario went on to record quite a number of soundtracks, most either being symphonic or acoustic, or both. Epc III explores both jazz and symphonic textures, and is about half instrumental. Those who enjoy his trademark melodic feel will not be disappointed.

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 Epic III by MILLO, MARIO album cover Studio Album, 1979
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Review by sunhillow

5 stars Fans of Sebastian Hardie should have a field day with this one, for it's much better than I expected. Of course, the main attraction is the perfect epic "Epic III", and - compared to the two previous epics (Four Moments and Windchase) this one is certainly a worthy follow- up. The other tracks are good as well, hailing some Camel-influences, and including a almost Disneylike waltz, very nicely done. Millo's just perfect guitarplaying and his nice sooth voice helps too of course. I rate this one as a classic, for it's a breath of fresh air al the way through the record. If only more people took the chance with this album...

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 Oceans Of The Mind by MILLO, MARIO album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.67 | 11 ratings

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Review by bllgllhm

5 stars 'Oceans of the Mind' is possibly Mario Millo's finest hour. Highly emotional, summery songs that get under your skin and stick with you, Mario is blessed with one of the purest voices in all of prog, and his wonderful joyous guitar playing recalls Peter Green and Andy Latimer. If you enjoyed at all Mario's work with 70's bands Sebastian Hardie and Windchase, you will love this. This is prog with enough nostalgia to melt the most cynical heart, and one of my favorite albums of the 21st century.

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