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Buon Vecchio Charlie


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.75 | 125 ratings

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3 stars Charming early RPI album that sits very close to the bands mentioned in the bio: Colosseum, the Nice, Caravan and other bands mixing a psychedelic dreamy mood with light jazzy influences.

The opening track is the best but it's slightly ruined by the adaptation of Grieg's Hall of the Mountain King theme. It isn't my favourite classic tune to start with, and the rock adaptation doesn't improve matters much. It leads into a fun jamming sessions that kind of bridges the gap between The Nice and ELP.

Evviva La Contea Di Lane takes a more mellow approach. The organ playing and pastoral feel still ties us to the 60's but the instrumental development of the song is very proggy. The VDGG styled sax solo is very fitting.

Another lengthy track follows. It has its moments but never really grabs me. The saxophone is one of the most interesting features again. The flute solo at the end with the typical jazz standard of the bass guitar brings Jethro Tull's debut to mind. Two pop songs are thrown in at the end as CD extras, but they have little to do with what preceded.

A fun little album with nice artwork. No more no less.

Bonnek | 3/5 |


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