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ROCK PROGRESSIVO ITALIANO

A Progressive Rock Sub-genre


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aka "RPI"


"So it's an established fact that in Italy during the period between 1971-1974, a music movement existed where bands would challenge each other to see who could be the most imaginative, who could create the album for the ages. They were all painters and sculptors just as in Renaissance Italy." -Tom Hayes/Gnosis


1. The background
As the 60s drew to an end, Italy experienced a wave of new ideas and ideals which coincided with the new musical era being born. It would not be exaggeration to state that the 70s were a watershed period in the history of the country. Even though the 60s are generally remembered as the years of the 'economic boom', it was only in the following decade that Italy made the long, difficult change from a relatively poor, traditional country into a fully developed Western society. A look at any timeline for 70s Italy will show an incredible concentration of events that changed the fabric of Italian society irrevocably: laws and acts were passed which affected worker's rights, family and divorce law, and women's rights and reproductive health. In a country where the physical presence of the Catholic Church has always been impossible to overlook, not least because of its open intervention in the country's political affairs, the introduction of such radical changes was no small feat.

Most of those changes were made possible by the presence of a strong left-wing component in Italian political life, even if regarded with extreme suspicion by both the Church and Italy's main ally, the United States. Though the existence of a party that openly called itself Communist was not exclusive to Italy, at the time the PCI (Partito Comunista Italiano) was considered more of a danger than, for instance, its French equivalent - mainly due to Italy's strategic position in the Mediterranean area, as well as the party's obvious connection with the Soviet Union. Such a peculiar, potentially explosive situation sadly became a breeding ground for a number of extremist groups, who were responsible for the season of violence and unrest commonly known as the 'Anni di piombo' ('years of lead'), which lasted well into the first half of the Eighties. The number of casualties due to terror acts and rioting was quite high, involving people from all walks of life. However, the defining episode of the decade was the kidnapping and subsequent murder of well-known politician Aldo Moro (a left-leaning Christian Democrat) by the notorious Brigate Rosse ('Red Brigades') in the spring of 1978.


2. The birth of a movement
The turbulent times affected countless musicians looking for something new-some way to parallel the political climate through artistic media. Ranging from highly educated conservatory students to local singer-songwriters, this spirit managed to captivate an entire country within a few short years. Young people were restless, bursting with a burning desire to change the staid, suffocating atmosphere of Italian society starting with one of its symbols, its venerable musical tradition. Most musicians had more or less strong left-wing leanings (the prime example being Area), while the few examples of openly right-wing bands never managed to break out of obscurity, or gain more than a strictly cult following.

Without a strong rock tradition in the 60s Italy had mainly produced beat bands of varying quality, as well as singers well-versed in the long-standing canzone tradition of the country. As the tidal wave of counter-culture swept in, it brought revolution not only in the form of progressive rock, but also differing forms of heavier, continental rock which was establishing itself around the same time. Psychedelic influences and the incorporation of classical music may have been the same stepping stones used by most other progressive scenes around the globe during the same period, but even at this embryonic stage there was a whiff of something else in the air. In the late 60s when the beat scene was already heading towards a decline, a number of bands formed, some of them releasing singles (or even albums) that bridged the gap between beat, conventional Italian easy listening music (musica leggera), and the new ideas coming from Great Britain - among them, New Trolls, Le Orme, Panna Fredda, I Quelli (later to become Premiata Forneria Marconi), Il Mucchio, and Fabio Celi e gli Infermieri.

"We wanted to put some improvisations between the singing parts and we had to make up our minds about the style to follow... After having been to the Isle of Wight festival, it was clear to all of us that we couldn't keep on playing the usual songs with verses and refrains." -Toni Pagliuca, Le Orme


3. The golden years
The beginning of the new decade saw the rise of a countless number of bands and artists, some of whom would go on to become successful acts. PFM, Banco del Mutuo Soccorso, Osanna, Il Balletto di Bronzo, Quella Vecchia Locanda belong to this group, with all but the latter being still active at the time of writing. Some others only managed to release one album (or even just a handful of singles) before they disbanded. The prog-rock bug became so widespread in Italy that some experts say every artist and band in Italy produced at least one progressive album during this time. A number of well-known mainstream artists started their career with a prog album, like singer-songwriters Riccardo Cocciante (with Mu) and Ivano Fossati (with the first Delirium album, Dolce acqua). Or, like Lucio Battisti or Fabrizio De André, they released strongly prog-influenced albums when the movement was at its height.

During the peak years of the RPI movement in the early 70s, countless bands showcased their talent in the many pop festivals organized throughout Italy. The festivals were often free of charge and boasted a level artistic freedom and competition seldom seen in popular music. Fans witnessed bands rise from obscurity to compete on the same stage as the heavy hitters. This musical competition created something of an upward spiral; everyone tried to outdo each other, producing unique sounds and incorporating disparate influences into their music. The variety of the music went through the roof, with every band sharing the same aspirations, though seldom the same sound. It must also be made clear that despite the beliefs of those who write off Italian prog as simply a British counterfeit, many of these bands were creating music that was phenomenally original, experimental, free-spirited, and creatively successful. While bands from abroad helped influence and inspire Italian bands, Italy's young bands quickly took the ball and ran with it. It is ludicrous to suggest the scene a mere imitation. The upward spiral also meant an over saturated market, in which many bands only managed to put out one or two releases with minimal budget and intense recording. Some of the best, most genuine and treasured albums of Rock Progressivo Italiano can be found in this group: Semiramis' "Dedicato a Frazz", Pholas Dactylus' "Concerto delle menti", Raccomandata Ricevuta di Ritorno's "Per un mondo di cristallo", Museo Rosenbach's "Zarathustra", and Balletto di Bronzo's "Ys" to name just a few.

"We had to tackle this tradition, we had to fight against the conventions and refuse to be integrated. The New Sounds hadn't arrived yet, there was no music for the young people, there was nothing, you had to invent and build up your space. Perhaps this was the mainspring that unchained such a creative strength." -Gianni Leone

With time some of the biggest bands achieved international success, with PFM as the best-known example. Lyricist Peter Sinfield, known from his work with giants like King Crimson and ELP, even wrote for the band, while Peter Hammill provided English lyrics for Le Orme's "Felona e Sorona". Ironically this success often meant a detour from the roots of the RPI sounds, making these albums more aligned to the British scene than the bulk of the artists and albums in the archives. Look beneath the surface in order to discover hidden (or not so hidden) gems. While the oft-mentioned big 3 of Italian prog (PFM, Banco, and Le Orme) are conveniently considered the peak by those casually mentioning this scene, RPI enthusiasts know the river runs so much deeper, and many of our personal favourites are found outside of these popular groups. Those who search beyond the surface will discover that the most daring and provocative works were often made by more obscure groups who released one fantastic album and then vanished into thin air. This common syndrome of Italian "one-shot" bands became the bane of many RPI fans.

Since so many different musicians experimented with the progressive format, you will also find a broad musical scope within RPI, something which has kept the subgenre fresh and vital over time. Examples include Franco Battiato (still a very successful artist in Italy), Picchio dal Pozzo, Opus Avantra, Stormy Six and Area, who each in their own individual way, show a more cosmopolitan flavour and range of influences than most other acts.

After its explosive development in the early 70s, the movement followed the same path as other progressive musical movements around the world as the 80s approached. Some influential artists continued to release new albums though never with the same success as in the halcyon days. Others changed with the times and became highly successful mainstream artists both in Italy and internationally. As elsewhere in the prog universe the quantity and quality of RPI began to dry up a bit in the late 70s and early 80s, although there were some quality releases from that period. These titles tended to be more melodic and less brashly avant-garde than the classic period but were respectable nonetheless. To name but a few there were Locanda Delle Fate, Stefano Testa, Pierpaolo Bibbo, and L'Estate de San Martino. Area, Stormy Six, and PFM had a good title or two left in them as well.


4. Musical features of RPI
Italian symphonic prog is notable for the prominence of classical influences, often providing the driving force behind the music. The new listener will discover that this particular branch of RPI feels more like classical music in a rock setting as opposed to occasional classical influences on top of the rock format. Furthermore, the rich, diverse musical traditions of Italy permeate the albums, creating a strong national and even regional character. The "textbook" RPI groups can usually be identified by a pervasive sense of romantic melancholy and earthy flair, sometimes enhanced by baroque elements, sometimes by more ethnic ones. Other distinctive features include overt opera and operetta influences, wild and uncontrolled storytelling, and as a general rule, bold and highly emotional vocals. There is extroverted, operatic gallantry and panache or mellow balladry; exciting use of all sorts of keyboards, with sounds heard nowhere else but in this particular scene; exotic instruments such as aggeggi, ottavino, mandoloncello, clavicembalo- names that tickle the imagination and leave their distinct mark on the music. There is a uniquely magical marriage of the traditional to the modern, of the warm to the wild. The combination of flute, piano and violin is often encountered, and the interplay between the first two instruments in particular supplies the subgenre with a fair share of its identity and flavour.

Though the symphonic element is indeed the most common in RPI, the genre would be better characterized as eclectic. Jazz-fusion, folk, hard rock riffing à la Jethro Tull, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin, intense drama a la Van der Graaf Generator (whose albums were revered in Italy), singer-songwriter, proto-metal, blues, avant tendencies, pop, psych, dark/occult, electronic-the list goes on. Even more amazing, these differences in style can often be found to varying degrees on one album, and still feel natural in the distinct stylistic framework mentioned above.

No overview of RPI would be complete without mentioning the use of the Italian language, by many considered one of the most musical languages in the world. It could be safely stated that the use of Italian is inherent to the soul of RPI, a critical component to the full appreciation of the subgenre. In fact, even if some key RPI albums were translated into English in an attempt to gain international recognition, most of them fail to impress. They feel as if one of the basic ingredients of what makes RPI such a successful concoction is missing. While most serious RPI fans consider Italian vocals essential to their listening experience, it is fair to say that some believe English lyrics are not so detrimental-even if in most cases the odd phrasing, incorrect emphasis, and heavy Italian accent of the singers detract significantly from an authentic overall effect. While some prog fans can find the gregarious Italian vocal style challenging at first, newbies are encouraged to simply stick with it for a while. With only a modest effort any RPI newbie will soon find they cannot imagine this music without traditional Italian vocals-they truly are the icing on the cake.

One common misconception that must be addressed is the belief that any prog band from Italy is an RPI band. There are bands from Italy more appropriate for other genres. As an example, a pure and obvious post-rock band who just happen to be from Rome are going to be in the post-rock sub, not RPI. A pure jazz-fusion band with no RPI characteristics to their sound could be easily placed in the Jazz/Fusion subgenre. The RPI team will work hard to evaluate bands that fit the characteristics and the feel of the subgenre, and those whose primary sound is more suited for another sub are recommended to them.

"Progressive is basically a blending of three elements: the song, the improvisation inspired by jazz and the composition in classical style. This cocktail is interpreted in different ways in every country: in England, for instance, Celtic, rock and blues influences prevail. In Italy we have to cope with our classical tradition: the melodramma, Respighi, Puccini, Mascagni but also all the contemporary classical composers. It's in this legacy, in my opinion, that the specificity of the Italian Progressive Rock is concealed." -Franco Mussida, PFM


5. RPI in the new century
As recently as the 90s and early 2000s RPI again proved its longevity to the prog community. Scores of the classic albums were re-pressed in Japan, then specialized independent labels such as BTF, Mellow and Black Widow (the latter responsible for rescuing the likes of Jacula and Antonius Rex from oblivion) started to re-issue many of the classic albums. As a consequence RPI has not only reached a new generation of fans, but the increased interest and appreciation have led to new material being released. Artists whose recordings have never been in circulation, bands that are as new to our ears as they are to many of those who were there when it happened, now have a new-found audience creating an ironic worm-hole effect: brand new music straight from prog's golden years.

With the revival clearly under way the 90s produced some stellar Italian albums and the beginning of CD reissue fever. In the 2000s the trend has continued to a much more successful degree. RPI is back and fan interest has exploded for both the classic period and the new bands of today like Il Bacio Della Medusa, Pandora, Lagartija, Conqueror, Il Ruscello, Senza Nome, Coral Caves, J'Accuse, Ubi Maior, and the projects of Fabio Zuffanti to name just a few. Italian progressive rock today covers a wide range of styles and influences, but many of the bands ground a portion of their sound in the RPI tradition. Moreover, this first decade of the 21st century has seen a new round of publications (both in print and in electronic format) covering various aspects of Italian prog, as well as the creation of a number of excellent websites dedicated to the subgenre, which are extremely influential as regards the promotion of new bands and artists.

The commercial success of RPI has always been modest compared to the big bands from other countries. However, the quality of the music past and present, from its unique compositions to fiercely independent spirit, has earned the RPI subgenre some of prog's most loyal followers.

By:
Raffaella Berry
Michael Berry
Ryan Olsen
Jim Russell
Linus Wikström
Todd Dudley

For the Mick.
29 July 2009



Current RPI Team
Todd
Nightfly (Paul)
SeventhSojourn (Chris)
Aussie-Byrd-Brother (Michael)




Additional information:
Italian Prog - A dedicated RPI site
http://www.italianprog.com

Italian Prog Map - A superb blog by RPI writer Andrea Parentin
http://italianprogmap.blogspot.com/

Andrea Parentin's history of RPI (essential reading)
http://www.progarchives.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=33377&PID=2345095#2345095

Andrea Parentin's contemporary Italian prog (newer bands)
http://www.progarchives.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=62150&FID=58

Movimenti Prog
http://www.movimentiprog.net

Centro Studi per il Progressive Italiano
http://www.centrostudiprogitaliano.it

Mats Italian Prog Site
http://www.italianprogrock.com/index.php

John's Classic RPI blog - Another good blog on the "classic" era
http://classikrock.blogspot.com/

Arlequins - A prog rock webzine with much RPI content
http://www.arlequins.it/gb/index.asp


Where to buy Italian prog
Syn-phonic (USA) - http://www.synphonic.8m.com/index.htm
Doug Larson (USA) - http://www.hicom.net/~dlarson/
Kinesis (USA) - http://www.kinesiscd.com/index.html
Wayside (USA) - http://www.waysidemusic.com/
Mellow Records (Italy) - http://www.mellowrecords.com
BTF (Italy) - http://www.btf.it
Black Widow Records (Italy) - http://www.blackwidow.it
Camelot Music Store (Italy) - http://www.semanticweb.it/camelotstore/

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4.42 | 1126 ratings
PER UN AMICO
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)
4.41 | 710 ratings
IO SONO NATO LIBERO
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso
4.38 | 880 ratings
STORIA DI UN MINUTO
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)
4.38 | 760 ratings
DARWIN!
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso
4.29 | 556 ratings
ZARATHUSTRA
Museo Rosenbach
4.28 | 570 ratings
BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso
4.30 | 420 ratings
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Area
4.27 | 549 ratings
L'ISOLA DI NIENTE
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)
4.26 | 629 ratings
FELONA E SORONA
Orme, Le
4.23 | 481 ratings
UOMO DI PEZZA
Orme, Le
4.21 | 395 ratings
YS
Balletto di Bronzo, Il
4.24 | 264 ratings
PALEPOLI
Osanna
4.21 | 314 ratings
MAXOPHONE
Maxophone
4.24 | 223 ratings
DISCESA AGL'INFERI D'UN GIOVANE AMANTE
Bacio Della Medusa, Il
4.21 | 250 ratings
CRAC !
Area
4.31 | 129 ratings
L' ENIGMA DELLA VITA
Logos
4.20 | 183 ratings
LA CRUDELTÀ DI APRILE
Unreal City
4.16 | 215 ratings
CONTAMINAZIONE
Rovescio Della Medaglia, Il
4.29 | 110 ratings
RISVEGLIO
Egonon
4.09 | 373 ratings
PHOTOS OF GHOSTS
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)
4.15 | 204 ratings
PRINCIPE DI UN GIORNO
Celeste
4.08 | 322 ratings
STATI DI IMMAGINAZIONE
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)
4.08 | 296 ratings
FORSE LE LUCCIOLE NON SI AMANO PIÙ
Locanda delle Fate
4.09 | 238 ratings
ALPHATAURUS
Alphataurus
4.16 | 145 ratings
IL PASSO DEL SOLDATO
Nuova Era
4.12 | 182 ratings
BANCO
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso
4.15 | 141 ratings
MELOS
Cervello
4.07 | 223 ratings
IL TEMPO DELLA GIOIA
Quella Vecchia Locanda
4.13 | 151 ratings
LA COSCIENZA DI ZENO
Coscienza di Zeno, La
4.06 | 227 ratings
QUELLA VECCHIA LOCANDA
Quella Vecchia Locanda
4.02 | 294 ratings
IL TEMPIO DELLE CLESSIDRE
Tempio delle Clessidre, Il
4.06 | 191 ratings
BIGLIETTO PER L'INFERNO
Biglietto Per L'Inferno
4.13 | 124 ratings
IL GRANDE LABIRINTO
Maschera Di Cera, La
4.09 | 159 ratings
IN HOC SIGNO
Ingranaggi della Valle
4.18 | 102 ratings
IL NOME DEL VENTO
Delirium
4.13 | 119 ratings
REALE ACCADEMIA DI MUSICA
Reale Accademia Di Musica
4.24 | 76 ratings
TERRA IN BOCCA
Giganti, I
4.06 | 167 ratings
ROLLER
Goblin
4.00 | 256 ratings
THE WORLD BECAME THE WORLD
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)
4.03 | 201 ratings
DEDICATO A FRAZZ
Semiramis
4.01 | 224 ratings
LE PORTE DEL DOMANI
Maschera Di Cera, La
4.22 | 77 ratings
PASSIO SECUNDUM MATTHEUM: THE COMPLETE WORK
Latte e Miele
4.09 | 110 ratings
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Jumbo
4.04 | 137 ratings
MALEDETTI
Area
3.94 | 338 ratings
CHOCOLATE KINGS
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)
3.95 | 257 ratings
SUMMEREVE
Hostsonaten
4.07 | 109 ratings
TALSETE DI MARSANTINO
Estate di San Martino, L'
3.98 | 173 ratings
INFERNO
Metamorfosi
3.97 | 176 ratings
COME IN UN'ULTIMA CENA
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso
4.02 | 125 ratings
LUXADE
Maschera Di Cera, La
3.99 | 144 ratings
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Alusa Fallax
4.04 | 108 ratings
WINTERTHROUGH
Hostsonaten
4.00 | 131 ratings
ALIENATURA
Tempio delle Clessidre, Il
4.06 | 97 ratings
SULLE CORDE DI ARIES
Battiato, Franco
4.10 | 77 ratings
IL TRONO DEI RICORDI
Trono Dei Ricordi, Il
4.10 | 77 ratings
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Castello Di Atlante, Il
3.97 | 147 ratings
SENSITIVITÀ
Coscienza di Zeno, La
4.10 | 72 ratings
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Delirium
3.92 | 189 ratings
CONTRAPPUNTI
Orme, Le
3.95 | 149 ratings
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Area
4.07 | 79 ratings
ULISSE: L'ALFIERE NERO
Progenesi
4.03 | 91 ratings
DI CARNE, DI ANIMA
Gran Turismo Veloce
4.16 | 58 ratings
DRAMMA DI UN POETA UBRIACO
Pandora
3.98 | 116 ratings
LA MASCHERA DI CERA
Maschera Di Cera, La
3.95 | 120 ratings
1978 GLI DEI SE NE VANNO, GLI ARRABBIATI RESTANO
Area
3.99 | 93 ratings
ATTOSECONDO
Alphataurus
4.13 | 54 ratings
HYBLA ACT 1
Randone
3.92 | 111 ratings
APOTEOSI
Apoteosi
4.07 | 59 ratings
STRIGMA
Taproban
3.96 | 91 ratings
AUTUMN SYMPHONY
Hostsonaten
3.92 | 110 ratings
PASSIO SECUNDUM MATTHEUM
Latte e Miele
3.99 | 74 ratings
CONCERTO GROSSO, THE SEVEN SEASONS
New Trolls
3.82 | 213 ratings
COLLAGE
Orme, Le
3.88 | 124 ratings
CHERRY FIVE
Cherry Five
3.90 | 107 ratings
IO SONO MURPLE
Murple
3.92 | 96 ratings
PFM IN CLASSIC: DA MOZART A CELEBRATION
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)
3.89 | 108 ratings
ELEMENTI
Orme, Le
3.97 | 72 ratings
DIARIO DI VIAGGIO DELLA FESTA MOBILE
Festa Mobile
3.89 | 105 ratings
ESSERE O NON ESSERE?
Volo, Il
3.84 | 149 ratings
THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER - CHAPTER ONE
Hostsonaten
4.15 | 40 ratings
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Testa, Stefano
3.91 | 86 ratings
DNA
Jumbo
3.87 | 104 ratings
PROFONDO ROSSO O.S.T.
Goblin
4.05 | 48 ratings
VOCI
Basso, Luciano
3.99 | 56 ratings
SULLA BOLLA DI SAPONE
FEM Prog Band
4.09 | 41 ratings
FRONTIERA
Procession
3.89 | 83 ratings
ARIA
Sorrenti, Alan
4.08 | 42 ratings
THE LEGEND OF THE HOLY CIRCLE
Three Monks
4.11 | 38 ratings
STORIE DI UOMINI E NON
Rocky's Filj
3.95 | 60 ratings
LA TORRE DELL'ALCHIMISTA
Torre Dell Alchimista, La
4.08 | 41 ratings
HYSTERO DEMONOPATHY
Antonius Rex
4.12 | 37 ratings
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Sensitiva Immagine
4.02 | 48 ratings
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Malibran
3.80 | 133 ratings
CAMPO DI MARTE
Campo di Marte
3.86 | 89 ratings
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Volo, Il
3.92 | 64 ratings
DEDALO E ICARO
Cerchio d'Oro, Il
3.82 | 101 ratings
UT
New Trolls
3.86 | 77 ratings
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Ibis
3.97 | 50 ratings
NEO
Torre Dell Alchimista, La
4.10 | 35 ratings
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 L' enigma della vita by LOGOS album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.31 | 129 ratings

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L' enigma della vita
Logos Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by siLLy puPPy
Prog Reviewer

5 stars It took LOGOS thirteen long years to create their third album L' ENIGMA DELLA VITA (The enigma of life) but it was apparently worth the wait for this is one power house of an album. The only band member to survive into the current lineup is Luca Zerman who handles the keyboards and vocal duties. The album starts out in a spaced out ambient style that makes you wonder if you've just put on a Klaus Schulze album but then after a bit the drums kick in and take us into the realms of progressive rock and has a clearly inspired feel by the space rock arena of Pink Floyd with smooth and silky guitar lines. It only takes the addition of vocals sung in Italian to instantly break the spell and make you realize that this is indeed symphonic prog very much inspired by the greats of the 70s, namely PFM, Banco and even Genesis inspired neo-prog at times. Like all great Italian prog bands, the lyrics are in their native tongue and spell out a the concept of a journey across the universe with different tracks representing being human, love, loneliness or war. The album tackles the biggest quandary of all human history that is attempting to find the meaning of life itself.

This album is a major throwback to the 70s greats and has a sound solidly rooted in that golden decade of progressive sounds. There are roaring keyboard swirls and twirls that very much remind of PFM, space bass a la Floyd, pastoral soundscapes that can bring Genesis to mind and so forth and so on but this is an album that is of the modern era as well. The production has been absolutely perfected and illuminates every single little sound to its fullest. There are clear modern influences as well. For example "In Principio" has a clear electronic space sound that reminds me of "Moon Safari" tracks by the French band Air. The guitars are crisp and clean and tasty solos abound with a slight progressive metal edge but never really getting too far in that direction. The interplay between the musicians is always on the highest professional level and each compliments the other always creating a most satisfying sum of the parts.

The beauty of L'ENIGMA is that LOGOS are masters of the subtleties. They excel in developing the most pleasant of melodies and expounding upon them. They especially know how to magically morph from one passage to another and never string anything together in an awkward way. There are no sudden and unwarranted transitions. Everything is strung beautifully and gracefully together so brilliant it shines like a crazy diamond. The diversity of the sounds, tempos, timings and arrangements never once let you drift off in this album's lengthy 76:03 time frame. That is an achievement in my book since many an album of this length usually begins lose steam halfway through. This album is a remarkable achievement of modern prog that marries the best aspects of the classics with the cutting edge technology that now exists. This is one of the best new albums i've heard in a while and I really hope we don't have to wait another thirteen years for the next release! Highly recommended. One of the best albums of 2014.

 In The Beginning by NUOVA IDEA album cover Studio Album, 1971
2.40 | 16 ratings

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In The Beginning
Nuova Idea Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

3 stars Italian band Nuova Idea's 1971 debut album `In The Beginning' is a worthwhile psychedelic rock album that shows great ambition and plenty of noisy energy! The band are mostly remembered for releasing one of the albums that is considered by many to be a landmark of the vintage Italian prog era, 1973's `Clowns', as well as the almost equally as impressive `Mr E Jones' the year before. Sadly this debut is a little dismissed because of the strength of those two works (especially compared to the status `Clowns' enjoys), but it is still a vibrant, unpredictable and varied psychedelic work, where colourful acid rock mixes with hazy ballads and exploratory instrumental displays.

The entire first side of the album is comprised of a single twenty minute piece. It's a dynamic extended psychedelic composition with endless lengthy and dramatic instrumental runs mixed with winning vocal passages over a range of tempos. There's so much energetic bluster, yet more thoughtful and calmer acoustic moments as well. It's built around hard driving acid rock attacks driven by searing electric guitar runs, melodic murmuring bass and aggressive upfront Hammond organ in the style of the early proto- prog bands. There's even space for some jazzy diversions and fleeting moments of classical bombast. Especially pleasing to the ear is the dreamy mellow passage that starts at around the six minute mark, a lovely drifting hallucinogenic chill-out full of sighing harmonies to bring plenty of feel-good vibes. It's quickly followed by deranged drum soloing rising up behind droning panning electronics, then some nimble finger strolling jazzy breaks before a raucous high-energy thrashing finale. Very tasty stuff!

The B-side side consists of four shorter pieces, yet they're no less interesting. `Realta' proves that even what initially starts as a ballad is quite schizophrenic and likely to dart off in all sorts of directions! It alternates between soothing acoustic guitar and romantic drowsy harmonies with huffing dirty flute (the first signs of proper RPI beginning to emerge in the band) and relentless electric guitar snarl. A nice bluesy groove strolls through infectious pop/rocker. 'La Mia Scelta', and `None Dire Niente' is an uplifting slice of dream- pop with warm group vocals and strident acoustic guitar over a sprinkling of Hammond organ ripples, and a more up-tempo break in the middle with relentless skittering drumming hints at their emerging progressive tendencies. `Dolce Amore' is a gutsy rocker with roaring acid rock electric guitar eruptions, rough Hammond organ violations, rattling drumming and a wailing, almost distorted `la la la' chorus.

Comparable to what bands like Osanna and the New Trolls were doing at the same time, `In the Beginning' is wild, rough around the edges and a little directionless, but it's still a glorious mess of ideas and styles. Nuova Idea had yet to deliver grander and more polished progressive rock, but this is colourful psychedelic music from a band still finding their feet yet bursting with confidence and imagination. `Clowns' and `Mr E Jones' may be their defining moments, but there's still plenty of inventive psychedelic instrumentation, hazy rock atmospheres and cool tunes on `In The Beginning.'

Three stars.

 Le Porte Del Domani by MASCHERA DI CERA, LA album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.01 | 224 ratings

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Le Porte Del Domani
La Maschera Di Cera Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Thierry

4 stars Ask me which were the best prog Italian bands of the seventies, I will say PFM, Banco and Le Orme instantly. But what about today's? Well, certainly La Maschera di Cera. Of course, the connoisseurs will tell me, no wonder since it's one of the talented and prolific Fabio Zuffanti's projects together with Finisterre! But this doesn't explain everything. You have to see them live to understand it's a real band. I could do it at the famous Prog Sud festival and it was pure bliss! Well, they walked through a new step with this new opus. A double one in fact, since, in the great seventies tradition, this album is available in Italian of course but in English too, as their famous predecessors did. No wonder (bis) if the Italian version is as always the best but this may open countries where prog heads don't understand Dante's language. But I forgot to say what this work is all about. Many bands tend to re-record yesterday's gems: think of Pretty Thing's "SF Sorrow" or Banco's "Darwin" (both jewels). Here the purpose (and what a purpose!) if imagining the following chapters to "Felona e Sorona", yes Le Orme's masterpiece released in 1973 (and available in English too by the way)! And it's a success. The atmosphere of that milestone is here while this new disc is not a photocopy. For instance the very first and last tracks clearly echo "Felona e Sorona" but even go beyond. This has been my summer's favourite record, the disc you can't stop listening to as we used to do in the seventies. No more fast hearing looking for the usual recipes. No, just the feeling listening to a Magnum opus.
 Live in Bloom by LOCANDA DELLE FATE album cover Live, 2012
4.09 | 14 ratings

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Live in Bloom
Locanda delle Fate Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Thierry

4 stars Locanda delle fate (i.e. 'the fairy's inn') certainly is Italy's best kept secret, as far as seventies prog is concerned. Just one record published by a major label but at the wrong time, in 1977, "Forse le lucciole non si amano più" (i.e. 'Perhaps the fireflies don't love each other anymore') and the band quickly disappeared in the mist of oblivion. Yes, there was a second album ("Homo Homini Lupus") released in 1999 after a reunion of the band but? forget it! The San Remo label Mellow records released a live record in 1977 featuring material from the first work but it was just a testimony for collectors because of its poor sound. So this new opus, a live record (a 2010 concert in Milan) featuring the whole "Forse" record is welcome. If, as I said you don't know the band, imagine a kind of a lighter Banco: lighter vocals (but still a great singer, Leonardo Sasso, in the way of Francesco DiGiacomo), lighter music but still symphonic and keyboards dominated. I forgot beautiful flute parts. This time, this live document shows a great sound and a band in full bloom: the interpretation is superb (the full first album except one short song, a bonus track in fact called 'New York') and we have great supplements, I mean some new musical developments. Yes, the fans will be delighted. I was.
 Live in Tokyo by MAXOPHONE album cover Live, 2014
3.86 | 5 ratings

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Live in Tokyo
Maxophone Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Thierry

4 stars We all know one shot bands, generally author of a brilliant album. Bands who quickly, too quickly, went back into the mists of oblivion. Best kept secrets or beautiful losers? England and "Garden Shed" comes to the mind, Silver Lining's "The Inner Dragon" in France for instance. And Italy, Maxophone and their eponymous opus released in 1975. This album quickly became a legend at the time it was published and even had its English version. It deserves it because the music, both symphonic and jazzy in a pastoral atmosphere, is a thing of beauty. Think of Genesis, Brand X and PFM (violin parts). I believed the band was gone with the wind and what a surprise I had in my letterbox! A live record! In 2013, they went to play in an Italian prog festival in Japan. From the original line up, there are only Alberto Ravasini (acoustic guitar, keyboards, vocals, flute) and Sergio Lattuada (keyboards, vocals) left but they are the main leaders I would say. And they hired gifted fellows for this rebirth. Thus the magic is back. Of course, the Milanese outfit plays the whole album (including a splendid version of 'C'è un paese al mondo') but they add two unreleased tracks, one ('Guardian Angel') showing welcome Gentle Giant influences. What a pleasure! A thing of beauty is a joy for ever (Keats).
 Ultreia (Canzoni Sulla Via - Atto 1) by RANDONE album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.02 | 21 ratings

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Ultreia (Canzoni Sulla Via - Atto 1)
Randone Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

4 stars In 2012 Randone released independently the archival album ''Single and unreleased'', containing the three cuts, with which the band participated in various prog compilations, plus two cover songs from the repertoire of Le Orme and Peter Gabriel.Nicola Randone started working on a trilogy called ''Canzoni sulla via'', the first part of which was to be titled ''Ultreia'', inspired by Randone's pilgrimage in Santiago de Compostela.He added Marco Crispi on guitars and Maria Modica on female vocals and with the help of some guest musicians (yes, Beppe Crovella was again among them) the band launched the new effort in early 2014 on Electromantic.

''Ultreia'' practically defines the long journey of Nicola Randone and his band through time, it contains hints from his early works as well as more recent echoes by his following albums, which had a slightly operatic view.Great arrangements overall, farily falling into the Symphonic Rock genre, with occasional folky colors and a strong vintage attitude, washed by the use of Hammond organ and the Mellotron.''Ultreia'' is an album full of rich sounds and attractive orchestrations, balanced between energy and calmness and containing all these elements every prog fan loves in Italian Prog: Warm vocals, Classical influences, complicated structures, a thematic development and dense musicianship.I love the irritating male vocals of Nicola and his premature effort on revisiting P.F.M.'s and LE ORME's unique sounds, but the modern touches are more than welcome, the clean production and the intelligent display of grandiose synths in the process.The atmosphere is a bit similar to I GIGANTI's legendary ''Terra in bocca'', passing through dynamic plays with nice guitar, furious organ and sharp synthesizers to more atmospheric textures with some lovely Mellotron parts and measured use of acoustic sounds.Maria Modica comes as another surprise and his collaboration with Nicola results to series of melodramatic, sensitive and romantic vocal lines, the absolute support to an otherwise extremely well-crafted work, instrumentally speaking.

One of the best releases of 2014 and among the highlight's of Randone's discography.Italian Prog at its best, full of lush keyboards, modern twists and retro references.Highly recommended.

 Suono! by DISTILLERIE DI MALTO album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.33 | 13 ratings

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Suono!
Distillerie di Malto Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

5 stars Formed back in late Eighties in Ortona, in the province of Chieti, yet releasing their debut album in 2001, Italian band Distillerie di Malto return 13 years later in 2013 for the follow-up album `Suono!' The band offer an unpredictable and devil-may-care take on the classic Seventies sound of vintage Italian Prog, especially the schizophrenic quality of the early Banco albums. While all the symphonic prog, psychedelic touches and expected classical theatrical flourishes are accounted for, a welcome wildness and rough-around-the-edges charm runs through the entire disc, a quality that instantly makes it stand apart from many other polished and pristine RPI works of the current era. The band also boasts one of the most charismatic singers of modern RPI in the form of Fabrizio Pelliciaro, whose raspy drawl is incredibly effective and moving. There's plenty of ravishing acoustic/electric interplay throughout the album, the music full of aching beauty with gentle melancholy.

After a magical twinkling of piano and panning dreamy signing harmonies introduction, `Il Guardiano' races back and forth between wild electric sections and thoughtful acoustic passages, often twisting deliciously together. It instantly leaps to life with dazzling piano, sprightly drumming and darting flute, all those usual classic vintage Italian prog trademarks! Singer Fabrizio has a coarse but sympathetic voice that flows between rollicking lively acoustic strums and tasty moments of electric guitar bite, with the band leaping through a rapid-fire range of tempos with a beautiful building drama and sense of urgency. Part one of `Il Suono Seducentre Del Sogno' offers lonely saxophone and synth weirdness with a delicate mysterious shimmering electric piano outro that is simply sublime. `Nemesi' opens playfully with devilish grinding electric guitar twists, loopy synths and puckering bass, but quickly Hammond ripples and heavy grooving riffs give way to a sprinkling of classical piano drama and a wounded croon with moments of Genesis-like regal pomp.

`Rovescia...' is an effortlessly cool instrumental piece, crammed with relentless up-tempo bursts of snarling groovy heavy guitars over forceful synth waves, with a sneaky jazz piano rumination in the middle. `Il Suono...' returns for a second part, with murmuring bass, warm acoustic guitar and a nice serrated quality to the electric guitar throughout. The piano middle is oddly creeping before plenty of back and forth solo duelling between the players. Thirteen minute epic `Lorca E Dali' is the highlight of an already incredible album. The first few minutes drift by in a dreamy haze of delicate piano and floating ethereal synths behind spoken word passages, soothing yet sombre. The piece quickly turns quite deranged and disorientating in the middle, with psychedelic unravelling synth spirals and maddening guitar twists. Peppy colourful bubbling synth runs and scorching triumphant guitar soloing returns the track to uplifting hopefulness to close on. The album then finishes on a brief acoustic guitar/piano ballad `The Sun', strangely sung in English.

Not only does `Suono' offer incredibly strong song-writing and thrilling instrumental arrangements, there's a refreshing leave-it-alone quality to the production that retains many welcome rough edges. While it contains all the theatrical drama and swooning sophistication expected of Italian progressive releases, there are so many moments of dark impossible beauty, a creeping sense of unease lurking throughout the work, giving it some grit and edge. It just may be one of the best modern Italian released of the last few years. Let's hope it doesn't take Distillerie di Malto another thirteen years to deliver their next album, but if the results would be as good as what they've presented on `Suono!', then it would truly be worth the wait!

Five stars for a modern RPI stunner.

Special thanks to Prog Archives member Sagichim who constantly hounded me into getting this title! Better late than never!

 La pulce d'acqua by BRANDUARDI, ANGELO album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.84 | 18 ratings

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La pulce d'acqua
Angelo Branduardi Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars A year passes and a new album comes for Angelo Branduardi, this time it will be 1977 and the title would be ''La pulce d'acqua'' (again on Polydor).The line-up of the album has strong connections to Italian Prog: Maurizio Fabrizio on piano and guitar, ex-Il Paese dei balocchi and Il Rovescio della Medaglia Franco di Sabbatino on keyboards, Roberto Puleo, who plays the bouzouki, was a later member of Murple, drummer Andy Surdi had previously played with Salis.The album was recorded at the studios of Fonit-Cetra in Milano.

Long tracks are pretty rare in Branduardi's discography, so the 7-min. ''Ballo in fa diesis minore'' needs a honorable mention, being a nice collection of modern Classical Music and Mediterrenean Folk sounds, showered by poetic Italian vocals by Branduardi and highlighted by an excellent Bruno De Filippi on ocarina, definitely a good turn by Branduardi regarding his conventional material.The rest of the album is typical of Branduardi's repertoire.Mostly sweet Chamber Folk songs with the standard aura of the Mediterrenean tradition, featuring lots of wind and string sections and the gentle, pastoral acoustics of Branduardi's guitar.The nice opener and the prog-inclined line-up may give hopes for some sort of a different style compared to the previous releases, but I guess 1977 was a hard year to start any musical experiments.The man still keeps a high quality on composition and orchestrations, maybe too many tracks sound like Orchestral Pop ballads in here, but the harmonies are lovely and the execution is flawless.Not much of a progressive content though I am afraid, ''La pulce d'acqua'' is closer to the Italian Singer/Songwriter stylings with elaborate melodies and a heavy acoustic sound leading the way.

I could actually write many lines for Branduardi.He released a ton of albums over the years with a Pop flair, always flavored by his love for Folk and Orchestral Music and adding experimental touches, while participating in many other albums be several artists.One of the charismatic figures of contemporary Italian Music without question.

''La pulce d'acqua'' follows the trends of his 70's steps.Acoustic, semi-orchestrated Folk with imaginative soundscapes and romantic singing.Recommended.

 Disobbedisco! by IANVA album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.25 | 5 ratings

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Disobbedisco!
Ianva Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars ''La ballata dell'ardito'' served more or less as a small taste of Ianva's full-lenght debut ''Disobbedisco!'', which was released in early 2006.It was a concept work, based on the romantic story between Cesare Renzi and Elettra Stavros.A book by Gabriele D'Annunzio is said to be the source of inspiration and the original flame, that has given birth to this album.

This is some very interesting Art Rock/Folk effort, trying to travel the listener to the 1920's-30's era with the use of cinematic echoes, traditional tunes and acoustic images, the concept is quite strong and the dominant use of the Italian language is a helping factor without question.Ianva's music is based on monster brass sections, lots of acoustic piano and constant use of accordion next to the usual suspects, drums, electric guitar and bass.I guess that a hell of Italian singer/songwriters like LUCIANO BATTISTI or ANGELO BRANDUARDI have influenced the group, while there are also elements from pastoral and lyrical Italian Prog present in the album.Alternation between operatic, clean or poetic male and female vocals secure the nostalgic additude of the band and the sound finds them walking through the first half of 1900 with Cabaret Music and Folk being two of the more obvious aspects of their music, which has a strong sense of harmonic parts and vintage Film Score-like vibes.A couple of tracks remind me a bit of Psych/Prog bands like FORMULA 3 or FABIO CELI E GLI INFERMIERI with Ianva displaying a mood for orchestral arrangements over a solid rhythm section and the always emphatic Italian lyricism.

A genuine mix of Neofolk, lyrical Italian Prog and Pop.Pushing the ''cinematic'' definition of music to the edges and highlighted by intelligent arrangements and romantic Italian poetry.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

 Canti d'innocenza, Canti d'esperienza... by IBIS album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.28 | 29 ratings

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Canti d'innocenza, Canti d'esperienza...
Ibis Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by GruvanDahlman
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Some time had passed since I last listened to this album. I had nearly forgotten how great it is. I suppose most people look to the second album, Sun supreme, if one one is to go by yhe number of ratings, but I think this one is as equally (or more) interesting. Like their fellow countrymen New Trolls Ibis performs a jazzy, classically infused hard prog that to me is very urgent and potent.

So, when the time had passed and many moons gone by I reconnected with this album, one morning on my way to work through a snowy Stockholm. It hadn't gone more than a few notes into the first track before I came to realize just how good this album really is. The blend of jazz, classical and furious hard rock is really a treat. The hard rock of the album is more prominent but the inclusion of said genres makes it an interesting listen. I sometimes think there are similarities to Rovescio Della Medaglia's Contaminazione, only more leaning towards hard rock and less of the classical bits.

The opening track "Innocenza esperienza" is classic hard rock/prog with a great drive, riff and lots of energy. The vocals are soaring and sort of takes my breath away. Very classy!

"Signorina Carolina" has a calm opening leading into a classical piece played on the piano in the middle. A very impressive piece at that. It all ends wiith a hard rock section. Then there's the respite, "Simona" which is a short ballad. Quite nice.

"L'amico della porta accanto" is again very hard rock in it's approch. This track holds a magnificent organ and intense guitar solo. Really good stuff.

"Vecchia amica" is yet again a hard rock/prog track with great variation and depth. It has everything. A great and simple riff, calm middle section, scorching organ and a jazzy ending, like icing on the cake. Terrific and one of my favorites. "Angelo invecchiato" ends it all on a mellow, spacey and dreamy note.

This album, sporting this great question-mark, is an extremely well crafted piece of art. So many things goes on and yet it never loses sight or focus. Apart from all the great musicianship, which is flawless, this album holds, which I really adore, a very raw and dirty sound. It never gets slick. The hard rock tendencies are allowed to fly the flag without restraint while the jazzy bits brings some peace to the ears. That to me is impressive and makes this album a real gem within the RPI genre.

Though time passes and other albums take the frontseat, I seem to come back to this album and it has become one of my favorite works of prog. I do not mean that only in the sense of RPI but rather in sense of prog by large. So, do take a listen. At least you won't have wasted your time entirely.

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ACQUA FRAGILE Italy
AD MAIORA Italy
ADHARMA Italy
AINUR Italy
AKRON Italy
L' ALBERO DEL VELENO Italy
ALGEBRA Italy
ALESSANDRO ALISCIONI Italy
ALLEGRI LEPROTTI Italy
GLI ALLUMINOGENI Italy
ALPHATAURUS Italy
ALTARE THOTEMICO Italy
ALUSA FALLAX Italy
ANACONDIA Italy
ANCESTRY Italy
THE ANCIENT VEIL Italy
ANTONIUS REX Italy
GLI APOSTHOLI Italy
APOTEOSI Italy
APRYL Italy
ARCHITRAVE INDIPENDENTE Italy
AREA Italy
ARIES Italy
ARJUNA Italy
ARMONITE Italy
ARPIA Italy
ARS NOVA (ITA) Italy
ASSEMBLEA MUSICALE TEATRALE Italy
ASSENZIO Italy
ASTROLABIO / ELETTROSMOG Italy
ATON'S Italy
ATTO IV Italy
AUDIO Italy
AURORA LUNARE Italy
IL BABAU & I MALEDETTI CRETINI Italy
SOPHYA BACCINI Italy
IL BACIO DELLA MEDUSA Italy
BALLETTIROSADIMACCHIA Italy
IL BALLETTO DI BRONZO Italy
IL BALLO DELLE CASTAGNE Italy
THE BALMUNG Italy
LA BAMBIBANDA E MELODIE Italy
BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO Italy
BARABBA Italy
MARIO BARBAJA Italy
BAROQUE Italy
BARROCK Italy
LUCIANO BASSO Italy
FRANCO BATTIATO Italy
PIERPAOLO BIBBO Italy
BIGLIETTO PER L'INFERNO Italy
BLOCCO MENTALE Italy
BONDAGE Italy
LA BOTTEGA DELL'ARTE Italy
BRAEN'S MACHINE Italy
BRAINDEAD Italy
ANGELO BRANDUARDI Italy
BRIGHT HORIZON Italy
BUON VECCHIO CHARLIE Italy
CAGE Italy
I CALIFFI Italy
CALLIOPE Italy
CAMERA ASTRALIS Italy
JURI CAMISASCA Italy
CAMPO DI MARTE Italy
CANTINA SOCIALE Italy
CAPITOLO 6 Italy
CAPRICORN COLLEGE Italy
CAPSICUM RED Italy
ENZO CAPUANO Italy
IL CASTELLO DELLE UOVA Italy
IL CASTELLO DI ATLANTE Italy
CAVALLI COCCHI LANZETTI ROVERSI Italy
CELESTE Italy
IL CERCHIO D'ORO Italy
CERVELLO Italy
CHERRY FIVE Italy
CHIAVE DI VOLTA Italy
LUCIANO CILIO Italy
CIRCLE OF FAIRIES Italy
CITTÀ FRONTALE Italy
CIVICO 23 Italy
CLEPSYDRA Italy
I COCAI Italy
ROBERTO COLOMBO Italy
CONDOR Italy
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CONTRAPPUNTO Italy
CONTROTEMPO Italy
COOPERATIVA DEL LATTE Italy
CORAL CAVES Italy
CORMORANO Italy
EMANUELE CORREANI Italy
CORTE AULICA Italy
CORTE DEI MIRACOLI Italy
LA COSCIENZA DI ZENO Italy
MARIO COTTARELLI Italy
COURT Italy
CRYSTALS Italy
GINO D'ELISO Italy
GIANNI D'ERRICO Italy
DALLAGLIO Italy
DALTON Italy
DE DE LIND Italy
DELIRIUM Italy
MAURIZIO DI TOLLO Italy
I DIK DIK Italy
DISTILLERIE DI MALTO Italy
DIVAE Italy
DUEMILA12 Italy
ECLISSE Italy
EDERA Italy
EDGAR ALLAN POE Italy
EGO Italy
EGONON Italy
EMPIRE Italy
ENEIDE Italy
ENIMA Italy
ENTITY Italy
EQUIPE 84 Italy
ERA DI ACQUARIO Italy
ERIS PLUVIA Italy
ERRATA CORRIGE Italy
L' ESTATE DI SAN MARTINO Italy
EUTHYMIA Italy
EXPLOIT Italy
FABIO CELI E GLI INFERMIERI Italy
FALENA Italy
FEM PROG BAND Italy
FESTA MOBILE Italy
FILARMONICA MUNICIPALE LACRISI Italy
FILORITMIA Italy
FINISTERRE Italy
FLEA Italy
FLOATING STATE Italy
RICCARDO FOGLI Italy
FOGLIE DI VETRO Italy
FORMULA 3 Italy
FABIO FRIZZI Italy
CLAUDIO FUCCI Italy
GARYBALDI Italy
GENCO PURO & CO. Italy
GENFUOCO Italy
GERMINALE Italy
FRANCO MARIA GIANNINI Italy
GIARDINI D'AUTUNNO Italy
GIARDINO DELLE DELIZIE Italy
I GIGANTI Italy
GIGI PASCAL E LA POP COMPAGNIA MECCANICA Italy
IL GIRO STRANO Italy
GLEEMEN Italy
GOBLIN Italy
GRAN TURISMO VELOCE Italy
GREENWALL Italy
GRIMALKIN Italy
GRUPPO 2001 Italy
GUERCIA Italy
H2O Italy
HOMUNCULUS RES Italy
HOPO Italy
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HOSTSONATEN Italy
HUNKA MUNKA Italy
IANVA Italy
IBIS Italy
IL FAUNO DI MARMO / THE REBUS Italy
INGRANAGGI DELLA VALLE Italy
J.E.T. Italy
JACULA Italy
JANUS Italy
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JET LAG Italy
JUMBO Italy
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I LEONI Italy
LETHE Italy
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LE MANI Italy
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LA MASCHERA DI CERA Italy
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MAXOPHONE Italy
MEDITERRANEA Italy
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MESSAGGIO 73 Italy
METAMORFOSI Italy
MINDFLOWER Italy
MINSTREL Italy
MIRAGE Italy
MO.DO. Italy
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MONTEFELTRO Italy
IL MUCCHIO Italy
MURPLE Italy
MUSEO ROSENBACH Italy
FRANCO MUSSIDA Italy
MYROS Italy
LA N.A.V.E. Italy
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NASCITA DELLA SFERA Italy
NEW TROLLS Italy
NEW TROLLS ATOMIC SYSTEM Italy
NICOSIA & C. INDUSTRIA MUSICALE Italy
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I NUMI Italy
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THE ODEJA Italy
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OSAGE TRIBE Italy
OSANNA Italy
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I RAMINGHI Italy
RANDONE Italy
RANESTRANE Italy
REALE ACCADEMIA DI MUSICA Italy
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CLAUDIO ROCCHI Italy
ROCKY'S FILJ Italy
IL ROVESCIO DELLA MEDAGLIA Italy
IL RUMORE BIANCO Italy
IL RUSCELLO Italy
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SACKA Italy
SALIS Italy
SAMADHI Italy
SAMSARA Italy
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LA SECONDA GENESI Italy
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SEMIRAMIS Italy
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SENZA NOME Italy
SHOWMEN 2 Italy
PAOLO SIANI & FRIENDS FEAT. NUOVA IDEA Italy
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IL SISTEMA Italy
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ALAN SORRENTI Italy
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STRANAFONIA Italy
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SYNDONE Italy
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I TEOREMI Italy
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