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Capitolo 6


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.39 | 66 ratings

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2 stars Capitolo 6 was another of the many groups that rode the tidal wave of progressive rock that swept across Italy in the 1970. Personel issues hampered the group, and despite good reviews from their various apperances on TV, and in the pop festivals across Italy in the early 70's they only left us with this one album. Frutti Per Kagua.

Like Osage Tribe's Arrow Head, my last review, this is another America Indian inspired album. As any true RPI album, it is in Italian not English. And like many RPI albums.. the 'sound' on the surface sounds like a clone of the English 'masters'. This case being Jethro Tull if only for the prominent up front flute of Riccardo Bartolotti. Other than that.. there is no similarity with Tull.. or any of the 'masters'. While not a masterpiece.. is quite an individual work.. with no real discernable influences from the major English prog groups. Unless you think every prog band with flute is Tull influenced hahhaha. The structure and tone of the music is nothing like them.

The album kicks off with a bang with the side long title track. Kick off it does alright with a heavy bluesy flute riff doubled by the electric guitar. The riff is interupted for several lyrical sections which deal with Indian spirituality as best as I can tell.. this was the 70's you know. After a sudden stop.. the another flute and guitar riff is introduced at a quicker tempo and with the drummer more pronounced. A third shift in dynamic comes with the introduction of a saxophone and a monsterous repeated riff that the sax plays over and around. Then bam... the frenetic and rather heavy music to this point (about 5 minutes) ends and we have a atmospheric section with the ensemble voices taking the place of what normally we would have heard the Hammond Organ with an ascending chord progression that the flautist dances over until the voices drop out and a tasteful electric guitar solo.. in the line of the atmospheric nature of the music and the lyrics. Rather minimalist in there is not much going on.. but rather effective. This continues for another 5 mintues or so before the drummer increases tempo and the flautist adds some wah-wah'd flute passages over a high register bass pattern. This continus again for several more minutes. It tends to be sort of hypnotic after the 3rd minute or so. A brief moment of silence leads us into the next musical section where the singer reappears to the same rhythm and tempo as the first atmospheric section. If I'm reading the lyrics right the warrior has prepared himself to die and bid farewell to his mortal body and enter the spirit world. The track ends not with a bang like it began ..but almost with a whimper.

The next tracks are short (3 and 6 minutes) are are rather unremarkable.Grande Spirito has some inspired vocals by the groups 2nd singer (Donati I believe)r. Musically.. not much to say. The next song Il Tramonto di un popolo does have a bit more life in it with a high energy, fast tempo riff.. that is broken into with musical sidetrips with some accoustic guitar and 'clean' flute. I do like the drumming on this track.. especially in the last couple of minutes of the song when the energy level is on max. The last song L'Ultima Notte is probably my favorite on the album. Lots of twists and turns.. nice solo... I like the harmony singing on this.. comes across to me in a rather theatrical way. Good solos.

I wouldn't call this one of the highlites of the RPI movement.. but it is a worthy addition to any collection. A good album I would recommend for those who want to push their RPI collections into the 3 digit range. I do listen to this album with some regularity mainly for the first part of the title track and for L'Ultima Notte. For me 3 stars.. a good solid RPI album.. for the forum at large.. 2 stars. For collectors of RPI only.

Michael (aka Micky)

micky | 2/5 |


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