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Born in 1969 (Rovigo, Italy)

Marco Ragni is an Italian multi-instrumentalist, who has always been active in musical genres that include a psychedelic aspect. He started playing at age 6, in 1975, on a Farfisa keyboard he got as a present.
His main influences for singing have been The Beatles, and his psychedelic influences start with the California hippie scene of the 1960s.

In the late 1980's, he recorded two psychedelic pieces, Kaleido and Illumination, before joining the band Deshuesada, a psychedelic pop band that would keep him busy until 1998. Between 2000 an 2007 he played with Quartafila (later Heza) an recorded three albums with them, before playing one year with psychedelic funk rock band Mokers in 2008, resulting in the EP Don?t forget the music.

From 2009 onward, Marco Ragni acts as a solo artist, composing and playing his own music, with varying guest musicians. Between 2010 and 2013 he released 5 studio albums and a live album through his own Crow records label. The live album contains recordings made with a band he established for touring, Velvet Cactus.

In 2014 he released Mother from the Sun, his (first) psychedelic rock opera, which sounds as a modern Pink Floyd and a bit more.

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4.22 | 9 ratings
In My Eyes
2010
4.18 | 11 ratings
1969
2011
3.92 | 12 ratings
Lilac Days
2012
3.96 | 62 ratings
Mother From The Sun
2014
4.00 | 17 ratings
Land Of Blue Echoes
2016
4.18 | 35 ratings
The Wandering Caravan
2018

MARCO RAGNI Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.67 | 6 ratings
On air
2013

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

4.67 | 3 ratings
Psychedelicious: The Collection 2002-2012
2013

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

4.25 | 4 ratings
Hidden Sun
2015
3.13 | 8 ratings
Rajanty
2016
5.00 | 6 ratings
California
2016

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 The Wandering Caravan by RAGNI, MARCO album cover Studio Album, 2018
4.18 | 35 ratings

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The Wandering Caravan
Marco Ragni Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Senzaunalira

5 stars I met Marco Ragni's music two years ago with the release of his Land of Blue Echoes, a beautiful Pink Floyd style album. Marco has produced excellent albums, among which also Mother from the Sun of 2014. I was very curious to hear his new LP that saw the addition among the musicians of Dave Newhouse, a very good fiatist known for having played in the 70s with Muffins. This new work by Marco, "The Wandering Caravan" is undoubtedly his best production. An album with wide breaths with jazz influences, Prog and psychedelic, with guitarist Peter Matuchniak making splendid solo guitar parts throughout the album. On the bass the already known Jeff Mack (who recorded with Marco 3 albums) and on the drums the Italian Maurizio Antonini with his precise and articulated dynamics. A beautiful album that I recommend everyone to have. Acoustic guitars, very intimate piano parts, guitar solos and wind arrangements, really effective. A great album!
 Mother From The Sun by RAGNI, MARCO album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.96 | 62 ratings

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Mother From The Sun
Marco Ragni Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by FragileKings
Prog Reviewer

4 stars If you haven't heard Marco Ragni's music yet, then you might just be missing out. I have five albums of his (two EPs, two full-length albums, and one double disc) and he remains quite consistent, though by consistency I do not mean that he's in any way limited to a narrow soundscope. To give you an idea, think of the Pink Floyd albums A Saucerful of Secrets, More, Ummagumma, Atom Heart Mother (side two), Meddle, and Obscured By Clouds as major inspirations. Add to this the late sixties California hippy scene and the fact that Marco is Italian, and you have three strong foundations for a unique blend of psychedelic music with folk and funk and classic prog. Marco's EPs are more like tangents sprouting off his core collective of musical musings, while his full-length albums firmly map out his territories.

His 2014 double-disc release, "Mother from the Sun" was his magnum opus, he claimed around the time, though honestly, I see no stopping this guy, who just released his latest master work, "The Wandering Caravan" and is already composing something new. If you are going to get into Marco's music, perhaps "Land of Blue Echoes" or the latest album will be easier to digest, but if you are sure Marco's music is something you dig, then welcome into your home this double-disc heavy weight that is "Mother from the Sun".

I'll admit that the first two or three plays were a lot to properly digest. That's largely because I listen to music while commuting and that means a lot of walking and train riding, so it's easy to become absorbed in thoughts of upcoming must-dos or seeing what's up on social media to pass the time. Because some tracks are epics ranging from 15 minutes to 22 minutes with several changes in the music while many others run by in under two minutes, it's easy to become lost in the overall atmosphere and not really notice when a track begins or ends. At first, I felt it was like traveling through a musical world engulfed in a earthly haze while various solid objects appeared, captured my attention, then passed by. But this week I have been listening more carefully and I have found the true wonder of the musical landscape was laid out clear for me to enjoy all along!

Without describing each track in detail, you'll find beautiful cascades of acoustic guitar notes, funky classic seventies organ, psychedelic fuzz-toned slide guitar, sit-by-the-seaside hard-picked acoustic guitar, washing waves of classic Pink Floyd organ chords with echoing guitar notes, solidly driving psychedelic rock, and trippy passages. Marco can make you strut and sway, sit back and space out, groove to the music, float on a cloud, or see everything in quadruple. This is true for his music overall, but "Mother from the Sun" is indeed a musical trip that rewards the careful listener much more than the casual listener. I'd say that there's gold in them there hills, but that would be stealing a line from his "California" EP.

 The Wandering Caravan by RAGNI, MARCO album cover Studio Album, 2018
4.18 | 35 ratings

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The Wandering Caravan
Marco Ragni Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
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4 stars Just another album which takes time to reach for the real depth .... Recorded by MARCO RAGNI's Wandering Caravan outfit here we have a well-crafted melange of melody, accessibility, but also complexity, diverse twists, turns and rough-edged moments. For what prog is about, isn't it? This appeals to me the more I'm listening. Apart from the overall psychedelic backbone there is much richness to state. The starter What We Have Done In The Past We'll Be In The Future proves this while juggling with oriental flair, folksy acoustic guitar and flute as well as rocking excursions decorated with saxophone, dashing organ and soaring electric guitar. A heavy load, when intending to capture this composition in its entirety.

Thoroughly convincing. I already had kept an ear on Marco's previous albums, but this one is a great leap forward definitely. First of all the Wandering Caravan gives excellent musicians a lift. And the compositional attempt is very successful, top notch. Wonderful smooth parts and raucous vocals are Waiting On the Threshold. Especially right in the middle the song triple Which Is The Right Path To Take, It's Only Fantasy and What Are We Willing To Lose To Regain Our Freedom is an inseparable experience. A dreamy atmosphere, nice piano sequences again and again, a partial hallucinative downfall in between ... bravo! Melodic Revolution Records can be proud of having another top album on the back catalogue.

 The Wandering Caravan by RAGNI, MARCO album cover Studio Album, 2018
4.18 | 35 ratings

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The Wandering Caravan
Marco Ragni Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Spidersfromars

5 stars Marco Ragni comes out with a new album composed in full hands and which sees among the musicians Peter Matuchniak on guitar, Jeff Mack on bass, Dave Newhouse on the woodwinds, Maurizio Antonini on drums and Luca Zabbini from Barock Project as special guest. The Wandering Caravan is a step forward in Ragni's career. Long suites and very intimate piano parts, phrases between guitars that remember the first Steve Hackett and the Camel and jazz passages with the wise touch of the wind, especially the sax. An album full of facets and intriguing. In classic Marco Ragni style. References to the past but without ever falling into the already felt. Absolutely to have if you love the new generation Progressive Rock with intriguing musical architecture.
 Land Of Blue Echoes by RAGNI, MARCO album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.00 | 17 ratings

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Land Of Blue Echoes
Marco Ragni Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Italian composer and musician Marco RAGNI have a career that stretch back to the 1980's, but then as a member of a variety of different bands. From 2010 and onward he has catered for a solo career, one that have seen him release five albums so far. "Land of Blue Echoes" is the most recent of these, and was released through US label Melodic Revolution Records in the spring of 2016.

Ragni's fifth solo album showcase a composer and musician that appears to be confident in what he wants to achieve and how he wants to achieve it, using guest musicians in select places to elevate the total experience for the end listener and otherwise paving out a path for himself in a subtly folk music inspired and distinctly atmospheric laden psychedelic part of the progressive rock universe. Similarities to Pink Floyd is a part of the totality, but not to any great extent. That being said, I still suspect that those with a taste for late 70's Pink Floyd may well be something of a key audience for this album.

 Land Of Blue Echoes by RAGNI, MARCO album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.00 | 17 ratings

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Land Of Blue Echoes
Marco Ragni Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by FragileKings
Prog Reviewer

4 stars I am surprised to see that this is the first review of this album that was released in March of this year, 2016. I have already read two reviews praising this album, but it seems so far to have flown under most prog radars here.

Marco Ragni is no up and comer. His 2014 album "Mother from the Sun" made it on the PA Top 100 of that year. And though his PA discography only includes five studio albums plus three others, his homepage includes some 11 releases. His catalogue on PA begins with his 2010 release "In My Eyes" which has a score of 4.25. Prior to his solo career he was involved in other bands for some 30 years.

"Land of Blue Echoes" has a very strong early seventies Pink Floyd vibe to it, but Marco doesn't lean solely on this rock. There are a number of surprises that keep this album ear-worthy. We begin with the short, spacey instrumental with a late sixties guitar sound and spoken recording at the beginning. Colin Tench (Corvus Stone, CTP, Oceans 5, Minstrel's Ghost, etc.) provides some lead guitar work. A very good start to the album!

There's a quick turn, though, as the 15-minute "Horizons" begins with harp and flute before transforming into a cosmic space rocker. The drums are pretty up front in the mix, and I'll admit that from my perspective it sounds more like listening to someone play drums along with the track. But just when you think you've got the album sussed out, a harpsichord becomes the sole instrument with Marco's vocals. The music changes once more with a spacey slide guitar bit and goes more up tempo with organ and guitar. That gives way to piano and then we reach a delicate solo piano segment. The track goes through a couple more twists and turns before returning to the cosmic theme near the beginning and wraps up with a bit of harp. There's a lot going on during these 15 minutes and a few choice parts for my ears.

The title track is a piano waltz with acoustic guitar and strings. There's an emotive, early seventies-inspired guitar solo to bring this shorter track to a close.

"Money Doesn't Think" is a rollicking track that sounds somewhere between "Dark Side of the Moon" and the more up tempo side of "Wish You Were Here" but with lead guitar that could have come off "Meddle". It eases back a bit more the sung parts but for the instrumental segment we are back into the exciting rolling and grooving part with some great lead guitar work. One of my favourite tracks!

"Canto D'Amore" will turn your head for sure with its harp and acoustic guitar and beautiful vocals sung in Italian. This was the first track on the album to really make a deep impression on me and even now after several listens it remains my favourite. Prog should have more harp!

Durga McBroom, who has sung "Great Gig in the Sky" and backing vocals for Pink Floyd, sings the lead vocal here. The music is very eased back with organ and electric guitar and McBroom's excellent vocal performance. Style-wise, it's not exactly my preference; however, there is no questioning the music and vocal performance.

"Beltane" is another favourite of mine. Acoustic guitar and a folk prog approach, this song features what sounds like backwards wah-wah guitar playing and has a strong cosmic rock feel in parts. There are some spoken recording added in and a ticking clock that will surely remind you of Pink Floyd again, and another smooth and soul-felt guitar solo.

The longest track on the album is "Nucleus, Pts. I-III". It covers a range of moods from more Pink Floyd-inspired lead guitar to Durga McBroom delivering a "Great Gig in the Sky" vocal performance, to more eased back cosmic groove to some great early seventies guitar rock groove with some cool, simple but chunky bass. This track of nearly 23 minutes covers a lot of ground though overall there's a laid back feeling of continuity. Some parts are a little easy to drift away in but it's not too long before something happens that reels you back in.

"Queen of Blue Fires" is also an outstanding track for me. It begins with clean electric guitar in a style almost like Pavement or Sloan but brings in organ. The chorus is the catchiest of the whole album and there are more organ, keyboard and acoustic guitar parts that are handled wonderfully. An excellent track to wrap up the album.

Though it's not every song that perks up my ears, Marco Ragni has created an album that really shows off his song- writing and multi-instrumentalist skills. If there's one criticism I have it's that sometimes the electric guitar lead work has some scratchy echo to it that works to create an atmosphere in most cases but sometimes sounds a little harsh. The drums sound great, especially the toms, but once or twice they seem to be a bit loud and to the front of the mix. I give this album a solid four stars and I am now considering which album I should go for next. I recommend this album to anyone who thinks they can enjoy early seventies, Pink Floyd-inspired, cosmic rock with some twists such as delicate piano solos and a song composed for harp and vocals. The digipak is quite beautiful, too!

 Mother From The Sun by RAGNI, MARCO album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.96 | 62 ratings

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Mother From The Sun
Marco Ragni Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Marco Ragni is an accomplished Italian musician who prefers the psychedelic tendencies of Pink Floyd, which should not come as a surprise as Floyd is, after The Beatles, probably the most successful rock band anywhere. Besides Dave Kerzner's recent 'New World' release, this would be the finest PF styled recording on the market today, a clear and well defined opus that spans over 2 hours on 2 CDs. My esteemed friend and colleague Angelo has dissected the lyrical content, so I will refrain from paralleling his excellent observations and just focus on the music. The colossal set list is loaded with epic tracks that are woven with silkily smaller threads that act as bridges and intermezzos.

With a profoundly riveting bass line, 'Into the Wheel of Time' sets the controls to the heart of the Mother from the Sun, swooning electric guitar filaments weaving among the gentle rhythmic lilt, a bright sunshiny vocal from Marco and finally sliced open by a serene sax solo from guest Enrico di Stefano. This is most pleasant and utterly enticing 9 minute + psychedelic romp of the finest quality. The equally extended 15:15 long 'Sea Vibes' extols the virtues of glistening acoustic guitar interplay from guests Giovanni Menarello and Davide Gazzi, challenged by Enrico Cipollini's electric device and bolstered by Marco's now ballsier voice. The rhythm shuffles nicely, the bass guitar less prominent then before, all the focus is one the web created by the various 6 strings, and the complex vortex they create, harmonious one moment and suddenly despairing the next. The true essence of disquieting space comes across in the floating nature of the seamless arrangement, extremely deliberate and completely relaxed. One of the finest tracks ever, the sensationally distraught guitar solo is one for the ages, closer to Hendrix than Gilmour, raging and rabid as opposed to languid and pastoral.

'Haven of Marble' is another longer piece, this time clocking in at over 17 minutes, a thrilling platform that gives Marco a chance to comment on human stupidity in dealing with nature and finding crude (oops!) ways to screw the planet up perhaps permanently. The bass grumbles nicely giving a lot of gravitas to the subject matter (Marco does get theatrical in the vocal department) and launching a blistering explosion of pyrotechnics that sizzle slowly at first and then the boom-boom-tchak drum machine kicks in! Cipollini loosens a nasty rip, full of anger and disdain, tortuous and irate, a thrilling solo indeed. Ticking clocks, moody shifts and that darned saxophone blaring through the thick rain-soaked clouds, yes, there is atmosphere and creative expanse in these grooves.

A trio of short ditties, the first is 'Faint Memory' is mostly acoustic piece, guitar, keyboard special effects and voice. The second is 'The Light is Burning' and is more vocal oriented, upbeat and intense. Last is 'Get out of Here' and they all serve to expand on the story and offers no real musical journey as such. Not to panic, cosmonauts, the massive epic is coming up in the form of 'Far beyond the Line', a 4 part extravaganza that spans a whopping 22 minutes and change, with loads of detail and essence. A sparkling piano leads the way, gliding along a gorgeous melody and an angelic vocal that espouses an awakening of a conscience and some clarity in the road ahead. Acoustic guitars and flute intertwine like two perennial lovers for the longest time, until a jagged Gilmourian slide flight settles in, overtaking the spiralling vortex of sound and pulsating like a hurricane gone berserk. This is quality material indeed.

From here on in, the mood swerves into more acoustic realms, very trippy nevertheless with some late 60s brightness, contradicted by an absurd buzz-saw linear axe solo on 'Skies painted by the Wind' that has more Fripp to it than anything. A quartet of sparser songs finishes off the opus, a musical voyage of great value and character. As for finding some negatives, there are some but quite minor in the grand scheme of things: programmed drumming can be a distraction for some purists (I have no problem with it when it is well done), I would have liked more saxophone (but that just me) and on occasion Marco's voice can be tinged with a little overkill and sounds forced. But again, it's kind of normal to pick out nits in such a huge work.

Great cover art and a neat package that should please psychedelic rock fans of all stripes.

4 Solar mammas

 Mother From The Sun by RAGNI, MARCO album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.96 | 62 ratings

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Mother From The Sun
Marco Ragni Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Italian composer and musician Marco RAGNI has been a presence in the Italian music scene for a quarter of a century or thereabouts, and following a couple of decades in various band constellations he decided to venture out as a solo artist a few years back, launching his first solo album back in 2010. "Mother from the Sun" is his fourth studio recording, released towards the end of 2014.

Marco Ragni is a seasoned composer and musician, and "Mother from the Sun" is an accomplished affair that comes across as a solid and well-executed production on just about all levels. The compositions can have a tendency to be a bit too loose in structure at times, although this will first and foremost be an issue for potential listeners outside of the progressive rock crowd, and hence a minuscule issue due to that. If you have a soft spot for artists seeking inspiration from Gilmour-era Pink Floyd this is most likely an album you should seek out, and in particular if music of this kind with a lighter mood and a few more gentle psychedelic details sounds like a good thing to you.

 Mother From The Sun by RAGNI, MARCO album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.96 | 62 ratings

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Mother From The Sun
Marco Ragni Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Alucard Draco

5 stars I think I have to agree with previous reviewers, this is not using just Pink Floyd as an inspiration but advancing a new era of Floyd sound without actually being the Pink Floyd themselves. It's almost as if Dave Gilmour and the band did this as their next album after the Division Bell! But hey - this is Marco Ragni and he not only is inspired by the great band but advances their sound with his own special musical power.

When I was reading the review by Angelo, I thought this sounds too good to be true, but as Angelo was pleasently taken by surprise - I think I was bowled over just how much Marco has the precise ability to not only get a nostalgic moment going but to musically take a new improved angle at a familiar Pink Floydian concept and make it his own in everyway possible. I think Marco Ragni has this fantastic ability to transform the very meaningful point reg the Man versus Terra Firma Story and translating it into a double album of such beauty - I really don't know where to start (See Angelo's Review), and I'll just say that you have to listen to all the Album as a collective whole, or you may say disc one maybe better than disc 2!

I can guarentee both discs work - as both together have a power which makes the Beginning, Middle and End seem justified, I just need to listen to it again and again and thank Marco Ragni and all who steered me towards this album - simply perfect - even if a couple of songs towards the end on the second disc don't seem as good the first time - as a collective whole they most definitely do.

 Mother From The Sun by RAGNI, MARCO album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.96 | 62 ratings

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Mother From The Sun
Marco Ragni Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by posterix

5 stars These songs are so beautiful they make me fly with my fantasy. I love the variations in the rhythm, melody, that underline the different meaning of the lyrics.

Indeed this is not new from this author however, I wish to know how he actually managed to accomplish such an opera and I wish to know more on the meanings he put in it especially because to a careful listener it is clear that there is a huge creativity at stake here. The whole album perfectly reflects the good quality of Marco's Music and yet he was capable of rising the bar once more. This is probably his Marco's masterpiece.

Marco' s music is very good but difficult to find, an example of how great music can grow unnoticed. I am really happy to find this author finally available online !!!

Thanks to angelo for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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