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La Seconda Genesi


Rock Progressivo Italiano

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3 stars LA SECONDA GENESI was one of the many Italian progressive "one-shot bands" of the seventies. The leader of the band was the guitarist Paride De Carli, who, along with drummer Sandro Leoni, from 1963 to 1969 had been playing in clubs and on cruise ships. From 1969 to 1971 Paride De Carli spent two years in the Bahamas Islands playing with a local multiethnic band; when back in Italy he released an album with a band called PARIDE E GLI STEREO 4 ("Naufrago in cittą") for a little label, Picci Records. Then, in 1972 he joined again with Sandro Leoni and with Nazzareno Spaccia (bass), Giambattista Bonavera (sax, flute) and Alberto Rocchetti (lead vocals and keyboards) they formed La Seconda Genesi and released only one album ("Tutto deve finire", also for Picci Records) before split up. In that period progressive was very popular in Italy and "Tutto deve finire" is just one of the many Italian albums in that vein: the band try to blend many influences, from jazz and avant-garde to hard rock and classical music. This record, although not outstanding, is extremely rare and precious for "vinyl collectors" because of the album cover with random jets of colour (actually, there's a different album cover for each of the first 200 vinyl copies).

The first track is the instrumental "Ascoltarsi nascere": it's an experimental piece where the band, with the sound of the sax in the forefront, try to blend jazz and avant-garde with rock. "L'urlo" is another instrumental, a jazz-rock track featuring a great saxophone work. At the end of this track there's a short organ solo that seems to mark a change of mood.

The following "Se ne va con noi" (It goes away with us) is closer to the gloomy mood of Il Balletto di Bronzo's "Ys" than to Weather Report, with a "sinister" intro of drums and organ. On this track the voice of Alberto Rocchetti slightly recalls Gianni Leone... "Life dies with us / With a lament life goes away / Goes, goes, goes away with us / The wind blows in the sky but the sun can't rise / Around us the air is going to die too / And people don't know when to set off / And people don't know where to go.". Good track but not exactly at the same level of "Ys".

"Vedo Un Altro Mondo" (I see another world) features hard rock guitar, flute "ą la Jethro Tull", a short vocal part that slightly reminds of New Trolls (although without the same amazing harmony vocals); a drums solo and an organ interlude, then hard rock guitar and flute reprise: a mini suite in 3:37! "I see another world / Man, who are you? / If you understand / You'll born again"...

"Dimmi Padre" (Tell me father) in my opinion is the best track on this album. It's the more complex one and the band try to blend classical influences and hard rock: you can find here echoes of Osanna, Delirium, Le Orme and New Trolls (or, if you prefer, of Jethro Tull, especially because of the flute). "Tell me father / Why you don't wonder about what you're doing anymore? / You have been starving all your life / Your faith is great but you won't help your people / It doesn't matter, my father / Anyhow there's always God": dramatic vocals rise over a melting pot of different influences. Interesting the electric guitar solo outro.

"Breve dialogo" is a short instrumental where interact classical guitar and organ; while "Giovane uomo" (Young man) is closer to hard rock (it seems coming out from Osanna's first album) and features an interesting short drums solo outro.

"Un'infanzia mai vissuta" is a quiet instrumental built upon a classical guitar arpeggio base in the same style of the previous album of the guitarist Paride De Carli with the "Stereo 4", "Naufrago in cittą", that has been re-released on the same CD by Akarma in 2002. "Naufrago in cittą" is a completely instrumental album with most of the tracks built upon classical guitar patterns with flute and organ drawing melodies.

On the whole "Tutto deve finire" is a good album but not an essential one in the (perhaps overcrowded) early seventies Italian progressive scene.

andrea | 3/5 |


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