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FRUTTI PER KAGUA

Capitolo 6

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.39 | 66 ratings

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zeuhl1
3 stars An obscure one and done band, Capitolo 6 recorded this album at the tail end of proto prog and delivered a very nice example of early RPI.

Another album that is oddly American Indian themed like Osage Tribe, the draw here is the sidelong title track Frutti Per Kagua. Like Osage Tribe, these guys lean towards the hard rock end of the prog spectrum-with Jethro Tull and Uriah Heep influences most prominently displayed. The title track opens in a fury of Tull-dom that could fool some. It veers into some 'Deep Purple with a flute' jams that will please late 60's rock fans, but are further from the typical 'symphonic Italian' sound- a nice jam that would be comfortable on Hawkwind In Search of Space powers along before rounding out in a nice pseudo classical ending. Side two is three songs that are more low key but more varied, with some random synth lines hinting at a feel later akin to Wakeman's band jams on Journey to the Center of the Earth era, far less raucous and more introspective than the flip side. Il Tramonto Di Un Popolo also nods to the future sounding like Gentle Giant wrestling/grafted with Tull and is a fairly wild cascading ride that brings the crackling electric guitars once again to the forefront. Final song L'ultima Notte finishes in a blast of Jefferson Airplane at full throttle jamming that shows their roots. It does end up veering quickly down several diversions (three or so) before finishing in a barroom single guitar singalong. A really unique and fun album.

RPI fans will still probably be more drawn to side two with some more traditional Italian prog approaches, but still filtered through their peculiar Capitolo take on prog.

The fact that they once opened for Led Zeppelin shows this band could hold their own with anyone, and had the chops to play off the cuff improvs well into the night if need be. These were not delicate art school flowers, they had cut their teeth in the heavy rock era. Vocals are solid, with the slight world weary rasp that so many Italian vocalists have. This occasionally is a sticking point for some (see Jumbo), but he's actually pretty tame for RPI singers. .

An essential RPI album? I'd have to vote no, but close. It is highly recommended for the rock n roll side fans of RPI. Because this album rocks.

Four stars for RPI fans and three stars for prog fans. Heavy rock fans of 1969-1970 of any area should check this out. Unique sounding stuff.

3.5 stars.

zeuhl1 | 3/5 |

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