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Biglietto Per L'Inferno


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.13 | 79 ratings

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3 stars Biglietto per l'Inferno's second album was recorded in 1974 but, because of the financial troubles of their label (Trident), left unrefined and unreleased until 1992 when Mellow Records published the old masters. Finally it was remastered and re-released in 2004 by "La Vetraia-BTF" with the supervision of the band. The original sound quality and production was very far from perfect: it was quite difficult to fix it up after almost 30 years, but they tried hard.

In the remastered edition the sound quality has been really improved and the final result is not bad. The order of the tracks has been changed and the opener is a short hint of "Mente solamente" (just 20 seconds), then comes the long and complex title track, in my opinion the best one of this work. The music reminds of the debut album of the band, with marching drums and suggestive keyboards, while the recitative filtered vocals draw a kind of "revolutionary dream". "We will not wait for a made to measure sunrise / To break down the bars of your prison."

The following "L'arte sublime di un giusto regnare" is not bad, though not at the same level of the opener. The music has some medieval influences (and a slightly "Jethro Tull's flavour") with the flute in the forefront, while the lyrics try to describe the life of a king that doesn't pay attention to the poor people outside his palace. "That's what I call to rule / Happiness in dominating, that's it."

The producer of the album, the singer songwriter Eugenio Finardi, pushed the band to write songs dealing with social problems and the political system. "Solo ma vivo" (Alone but alive) and "Vivi, lotta, pensa" (Live, fight, think) go in that direction but are not outstanding. I prefer by far the introspective vein of the songwriting of Claudio Canali like in the following "Canzone del padre", a long track full of energy, autobiographical and bitter, where the lyrics describe the difficult relationship between the singer and his father (in the remastered edition this song has been "edited" and shortened). The final track, the experimental "Mente solamente" is worst of the album.

In the whole "Il tempo della semina" is less compact and inspired if compared with the excellent debut album of the band, but it's still a good one, saved from oblivion. Anyway, not an essential one!

andrea | 3/5 |


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