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Il Sistema


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.24 | 21 ratings

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3 stars Every band has it`s beginning!

Well, i started saying that because i would like to let you know something very important, Il Sistema despite being a very unknown band and having released only one record, is a very important band in the history of the development of the progressive rock in Italy, one of the father`s of the RPI movement and most important, the band that gathered excellent members that later went to create a couple of "monsters". Ciro Perrino on percussions and Leonardo Lagorio on flute and horns, later formed that magnific band called "Celeste" and created the always beautiful "Principe di un Giorno" album, whereas guitarist Enzo Merogno later formed "Museo Rosembach" and of course recorded a masterpiece called "Zarathustra" that every prog fan should know.

Besides those 3 member previously mentioned, Il Sistema had the collaboration of Floriano Roggero on keys and Luciano Cavanna on bass, they recorded several songs in the late 60`s-early 70`s but did not release any album until 1992 when Mellow took them and released "Il Viaggio Senza Andata". Actually the quality of the recording sound is poor, it would have been much better with an appropiate one, but anyway the music is still great. This album has 10 songs and over 70 minutes of music, since the very first song you will notice the "old" style and sound, very 70`s and Italian, hope you know what i mean.

Here we can find some mini epics and very complex songs, if not the best, believe me that they are great if we go to that era whe nprog movement was taking off, there are a couple of 9-minute tracks and other 2 of more than 10 minutes, so after all this are part of the roots of that movement, though the music here has nothing to do with Celeste for instance.

I wont review song by song but i will tell you some of my favorite moments, normally i love the epics and they are my favorite songs of the albums, here the song i love the most is a shorter one called "Dinamica e Cibernetica" when we can listen an excellent keyboard playing with an exquisite tune and also great drums, this is a short instrumental song.

"Lugubre" is a dark song with ironically some bombastic moments, it is excellent maybe an improvisation that they liked and recorded later. "Una Notte Sul Monte Calvo" is reminiscent to Mussorgsky and it could be called as an excellent mini tribute, the keyboards are great and also here we can appreciate the sound of sax and flute, the other songs that i mentioned dont have vocals, here it does have vocals as well as a few other songs. And the last song "Sangue Sulle Rote" is great a bit bluesy and hard rocker to be Italian, but that is why the song is great, here predominates the flwind instruments.

Songs like "Il Pozzo" and "Campo 11" are not godd at all and pretty boring.

So, musically the album is good, not the best for sure, but historically this band played a very important role and just for that should be more recognized and heard by more people, so i invite members and non Prog Archive members to listen to Il SIstema and know the roots of better known bands.

3 stars!

memowakeman | 3/5 |


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