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Wicked Minds


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4.24 | 79 ratings

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5 stars This album is the second one from the band , but since their debut had a very limited distribution (only 500 copies), it can be considered as the first one, in terms of availability.

This is really a good album. Surprisingly enough for an Italian band, their music is on the very heavy end. Even if thEet are contemporary in terms of release, they play an early seventies heavy rock with loads of SPLENDID keyboards.

The opening and title track is named From The Purple Skies, but it has all in common with the best Heep's songs. And the album is a vibrant homage to this great band. It can be effectively considered as too much derivative (which is in a way true) but I'm so glad to listen to these sounds back again.

You should listen to Drifting and these wonderful keyboards: you are submerged by the beat, the great musicianship. It is a wild song (like most out of this album - if not all). The vocalist is insisting too much though on the Byron side.

Each track is a gorgeous piece of music. This album is a real good damned one: not a single moment of relaxing: it is wild from start to finish (and it last for about eighty minutes). Bloody dynamic and inspired as well. It is extremely rare to have such a long album without any dull moments.

I have had a real good time to listen to this fabulous recording. To name highlights would consist to name almost each song of this great album. These organ sounds are truly exceptional. I just love them. A whola lotta.

Even the bluesy oriented Rising Above is worth (and I do not particularly like the genre). Thanks again to the HUGE work of Paolo Negri on the keys. But he is shining on the entirety of this excellent album: Space Child being another great song.

They even covered the great Gypsy in a very respectful way, just to show where the influence was. Wicked Minds is very much more Heep than Purple oriented IMHHO.

The nirvana is almost being reached with the epic Return To Uranus which was featured on their first album. But again, I can't compare the versions (although I have seen their debut for sale on the net for 20?+postage). I might well do this investment since I am so impressed with this release.

This long track sounds more improvised and less structured but the same GIGANTIC organ is present during these eighteen minutes+, and they sound as an enchantment to my ears. This must be the eight highlight from this album.

You might know that I'm not keen on rating with five stars, but this a great, a fantastic return in the early seventies I love so much. I can't think of another rating.

ZowieZiggy | 5/5 |


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