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Armando Tirelli


Symphonic Prog

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5 stars In my 44 years I hardly heard the words Uruguay and Prog together, this small country is famous for other activities, but except for "Psiglo" (Neo Prog), there are very few well known bands, but this is unfair, because Armando Tirelli's "El Profeta" (Based in the homonymous novel by Khalil Gilbran) is simply outstanding.

The clear Italian Symphonic influence, well blended with Uruguayan Folk and a touch of Fusion is delightful, a one in a kind work that I have followed for years and only lately could buy (in LP format) from a friend who never liked it and only listened the album one time in his life, US$ 10.00 well expended.

"El Profeta" is opened with "Prólogo El Profeta", a song that starts with a poetic and clear narration in the vein of the Gauchos, who remind me a lot of the famous folklorist Cafrune, but then comes the great part, a soft piano and flute lead to an instrumental passage of singular beauty, somehow reminiscent of Focus with a touch of Fusion, and the correct vocals at the end are the cherry over the cake, also pristine clear in the style of "Sui Generis" or "Seru Giran", from the start the listener knows that he's before something special.

"Candombe Samba" flows directly from the prologue as an integral part of it, the melody keeps getting more and more beautiful and elaborate, like few bands, the crew play for the music rather than for personal gain, the piano break is just out of this world, with clear echoes of the two Folk genres (Candombe y Samba) mentioned in the name. The closing section is much more aggressive with a killer guitar

"Barco de los Sueños" (Boat of the Dreams) starts in an abrupt way, the vocals (characteristic of Argentinean bands) blended with the piano and soft choirs hit us directly, but in a soft and melodic mood, the song flows gently without changes until the end, leading to the central theme named as any bilingual person would guess "Tema Central El Profeta", another melodic and nostalgic track of great beauty, but in this case not without some changes mostly leaded by the piano and Synth, the guy is a genius keeping the atmosphere intact and linking every track perfectly.

"El Momento de Partir" (Time for Departure)is another melodic track in the vein of Seru Giram, but with magnificent Moog sections and flute, really a unique product for the region.

"Amanecer en Orphalese" (Dawn in Orphalese) marks a radical change, without loosing the nostalgic atmosphere, Tirelli and his piano hit us with all he has, classical influence mixed with great Prog and radical changes, a perfect jewel in the album.

"Háblanos del Matrimonio" (Talk us about the marriage). is am obscure and more mysterious track based mostly in piano, but despite this darkness, Tirelli manages to create a brighter side with his Moog.

"Hablanos del Dar" (Talk us about the giving) is softer and again extremely melodical, totally sung in Spanish, again flows softly from start to end, except for a few lush keyboard sections, don't expect too many changes, but, Prog is more than just changes.

"Hablanos del Amor" (Talk us about Love) is some form of Latin Jazz that lightens the mood that was getting a bit somber, the Latin American roots of the author are evident in this good song, but about the middle, a radical change bring us back to the style of the previous track.

"Los Ecos de Almustafá" (Almustafa's Echoes) is an excellent instrumental in which the human voice is used as an additional instrument, again the Latin Jazz can be heard, but made much more complex and elaborate, the flute played by G. Bregstein is impressive and the rhythm section is perfectly accurate, as always, everything is in it's place, nothing is unnecessary or superfluous, not even the keyboard passage with some reminiscences of Wendy Carlos.

"Háblanos de los Hijos" (Talk us about the Sons) starts with a repetitive rock section with the clear narration, but after the voice ceases, we ae before the harder track that reminds me of "Grand Funk Railroad" with a wild guitar by Rody Troccli, well supported by the excellent drumming, great change.

The album ends with "Tocata Scarahuala" a classically influenced piano short track with something of Keith Emerson and a reprise of the Central Theme to close the album in a pompous way for the first time.

It's unnecessary to say how much "El Profeta" has impressed me but I must also accept that albums as "Foxtrot" or "Close to the Edge" are in a higher level,

Despite this reality, is also truth that Armando Tirelli is not far from them, with the extra bonus that his absolutely unique sound and dexterity to blend styles make from this release a complete masterpiece, so I will go with 5 stars.

Those who love Italian Symphonic and Folk, will be really pleased with this excellent album and get it without doubt.

Ivan_Melgar_M | 5/5 |


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