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ROCK PROGRESSIVO ITALIANO

A Progressive Rock Sub-genre


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Rock Progressivo Italiano definition

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
Aussie-Byrd-Brother (Michael)
rdtprog (Louis)




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

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.synphonicmusic.com
Doug Larson (USA) - http://www.douglarsonimports.com
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/
Discogs - www.discogs.com

Rock Progressivo Italiano Top Albums


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4.40 | 1501 ratings
PER UN AMICO
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)
4.37 | 1015 ratings
DARWIN!
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso
4.36 | 1196 ratings
STORIA DI UN MINUTO
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)
4.37 | 943 ratings
IO SONO NATO LIBERO
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso
4.30 | 766 ratings
ZARATHUSTRA
Museo Rosenbach
4.28 | 781 ratings
BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso
4.27 | 575 ratings
ARBEIT MACHT FREI
Area
4.24 | 833 ratings
FELONA E SORONA
Orme, Le
4.23 | 766 ratings
L'ISOLA DI NIENTE
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)
4.22 | 615 ratings
UOMO DI PEZZA
Orme, Le
4.23 | 512 ratings
YS
Balletto di Bronzo, Il
4.25 | 403 ratings
MAXOPHONE
Maxophone
4.24 | 357 ratings
PALEPOLI
Osanna
4.25 | 316 ratings
CRAC !
Area
4.22 | 283 ratings
DISCESA AGL'INFERI D'UN GIOVANE AMANTE
Bacio Della Medusa, Il
4.20 | 295 ratings
L' ENIGMA DELLA VITA
Logos
4.17 | 284 ratings
CONTAMINAZIONE
Rovescio Della Medaglia, Il
4.18 | 252 ratings
CELESTE [AKA: PRINCIPE DI UN GIORNO]
Celeste
4.14 | 336 ratings
LA CRUDELTÀ DI APRILE
Unreal City
4.21 | 182 ratings
MELOS
Cervello
4.13 | 293 ratings
QUELLA VECCHIA LOCANDA
Quella Vecchia Locanda
4.10 | 383 ratings
STATI DI IMMAGINAZIONE
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)
4.10 | 364 ratings
FORSE LE LUCCIOLE NON SI AMANO PIÙ
Locanda delle Fate
4.20 | 165 ratings
RISVEGLIO
Egonon
4.11 | 309 ratings
ALPHATAURUS
Alphataurus
4.06 | 484 ratings
PHOTOS OF GHOSTS
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)
4.18 | 171 ratings
IL PASSO DEL SOLDATO
Nuova Era
4.09 | 283 ratings
IL TEMPO DELLA GIOIA
Quella Vecchia Locanda
4.10 | 253 ratings
BIGLIETTO PER L'INFERNO
Biglietto Per L'Inferno
4.26 | 102 ratings
TERRA IN BOCCA
Giganti, I
4.14 | 158 ratings
REALE ACCADEMIA DI MUSICA
Reale Accademia Di Musica
4.09 | 225 ratings
BANCO
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso
4.12 | 167 ratings
PASSIO SECUNDUM MATTHEUM - THE COMPLETE WORK
Latte e Miele
4.14 | 141 ratings
IL GRANDE LABIRINTO
Maschera Di Cera, La
4.05 | 258 ratings
DEDICATO A FRAZZ
Semiramis
4.06 | 222 ratings
ROLLER
Goblin
4.15 | 130 ratings
IL NOME DEL VENTO
Delirium
4.05 | 235 ratings
IN HOC SIGNO
Ingranaggi della Valle
4.02 | 338 ratings
THE WORLD BECAME THE WORLD
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)
4.03 | 280 ratings
LE PORTE DEL DOMANI
Maschera Di Cera, La
4.07 | 194 ratings
LA COSCIENZA DI ZENO
Coscienza di Zeno, La
4.00 | 339 ratings
IL TEMPIO DELLE CLESSIDRE
Tempio delle Clessidre, Il
3.99 | 339 ratings
IL PAESE DEL TRAMONTO
Unreal City
4.11 | 135 ratings
VIETATO AI MINORI DI 18 ANNI ?
Jumbo
4.00 | 224 ratings
COME IN UN'ULTIMA CENA
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso
3.95 | 427 ratings
CHOCOLATE KINGS
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)
4.03 | 165 ratings
MALEDETTI
Area
3.99 | 221 ratings
INFERNO
Metamorfosi
4.02 | 178 ratings
INTORNO ALLA MIA CATTIVA EDUCAZIONE
Alusa Fallax
4.06 | 134 ratings
WINTERTHROUGH
Höstsonaten
4.06 | 131 ratings
TALSETE DI MARSANTINO
Estate di San Martino, L'
4.09 | 107 ratings
SULLE CORDE DI ARIES
Battiato, Franco
3.95 | 290 ratings
SUMMEREVE
Höstsonaten
3.98 | 184 ratings
ALIENATURA
Tempio delle Clessidre, Il
4.09 | 99 ratings
DELIRIUM III (VIAGGIO NEGLI ARCIPELAGHI DEL TEMPO)
Delirium
3.95 | 228 ratings
CONTRAPPUNTI
Orme, Le
4.08 | 103 ratings
CAPITOLO 7 - TRA LE ANTICHE MURA
Castello Di Atlante, Il
4.19 | 68 ratings
DRAMMA DI UN POETA UBRIACO
Pandora
4.01 | 144 ratings
LUXADE
Maschera Di Cera, La
4.00 | 148 ratings
WARM SPACED BLUE
Ingranaggi della Valle
3.95 | 202 ratings
LA NOTTE ANCHE DI GIORNO
Coscienza di Zeno, La
3.95 | 182 ratings
CAUTION RADIATION AREA
Area
3.98 | 134 ratings
LA MASCHERA DI CERA
Maschera Di Cera, La
3.99 | 125 ratings
AVENOTH
Bocca della Verità, La
4.04 | 91 ratings
IL TRONO DEI RICORDI
Trono Dei Ricordi, Il
4.02 | 98 ratings
CONCERTO GROSSO - THE SEVEN SEASONS
New Trolls
3.98 | 114 ratings
AUTUMN SYMPHONY
Höstsonaten
3.93 | 146 ratings
APOTEOSI
Apoteosi
3.89 | 175 ratings
SENSITIVITÀ
Coscienza di Zeno, La
3.92 | 143 ratings
PASSIO SECUNDUM MATTHEUM
Latte e Miele
4.13 | 57 ratings
HYBLA ACT 1
Randone
3.90 | 158 ratings
CHERRY FIVE
Cherry Five
3.92 | 138 ratings
IO SONO MURPLE
Murple
3.96 | 104 ratings
STRIGMA
Taproban
3.98 | 95 ratings
DIARIO DI VIAGGIO DELLA FESTA MOBILE
Festa Mobile
4.02 | 78 ratings
NOUS
Nodo Gordiano
3.97 | 94 ratings
ULISSE: L'ALFIERE NERO
Progenesi
3.94 | 111 ratings
DI CARNE, DI ANIMA
Gran Turismo Veloce
3.92 | 122 ratings
ODYSSÉAS
Syndone
3.91 | 136 ratings
PROFONDO ROSSO [AKA: DEEP RED] (OST)
Goblin
3.95 | 101 ratings
DEDALO E ICARO
Cerchio d'Oro, Il
3.83 | 270 ratings
COLLAGE
Orme, Le
3.91 | 130 ratings
1984 - L'ULTIMO UOMO D'EUROPA
Fabbrica dell'Assoluto, La
4.13 | 51 ratings
UNA VITA UNA BALENA BIANCA E ALTRE COSE
Testa, Stefano
4.10 | 55 ratings
FRONTIERA
Procession
4.13 | 51 ratings
E TUTTO COMINCIÒ COSÌ...
Sensitiva Immagine
3.87 | 166 ratings
CAMPO DI MARTE
Campo di Marte
3.90 | 128 ratings
ESSERE O NON ESSERE?
Volo, Il
4.05 | 63 ratings
NEO
Torre Dell Alchimista, La
3.88 | 145 ratings
PFM IN CLASSIC - DA MOZART A CELEBRATION
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)
4.12 | 51 ratings
STORIE DI UOMINI E NON
Rocky's Filj
4.03 | 67 ratings
LE PORTE DEL SILENZIO
Malibran
3.86 | 167 ratings
THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER - CHAPTER ONE
Höstsonaten
3.91 | 114 ratings
ATTOSECONDO
Alphataurus
3.88 | 138 ratings
1978 - GLI DEI SE NE VANNO, GLI ARRABBIATI RESTANO!
Area
4.04 | 60 ratings
VOCI
Basso, Luciano
3.92 | 99 ratings
SULLA BOLLA DI SAPONE
FEM Prog Band
3.87 | 138 ratings
ELEMENTI
Orme, Le
4.06 | 55 ratings
THE LEGEND OF THE HOLY CIRCLE
Three Monks
3.90 | 105 ratings
DNA
Jumbo

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CONCERTO DELLE MENTI
Pholas Dactylus
IL PAESE DEI BALOCCHI
Paese dei Balocchi, Il
RIFLESSIONI: IDEA D'INFINITO
Dalton

Latest Rock Progressivo Italiano Music Reviews


 Darwin! by BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.37 | 1015 ratings

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Darwin!
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by poito

5 stars It was a complete transfiguration that of BMS after his debut album the same year. Full length evolution in just a few months. The first was made of musical influences, a bit of Yes, New Trolls, ELP, etc. Darwin is not lacking of influences but it is totally different, innovative, exciting, daring. This was a great year for Prog, in which a good deal of the Prog Heroes released a masterpiece, Foxtrot, Close to the Edge, Three Friends, Thick as a Brick, Machine Head, among others, waoo, and a great year for Italian Prog as well, with the PFM, Le Orme, and Il Balletto Di Bronzo releasing some of their best albums. The Prog scene was crowded and exuberant. It took a blow of genius to stay up there, and this Darwin made the grade and rivaled them all. The format and members of the band is the same, featuring the Nocenzi brothers at the keyboards and the conspicuous Di Giacomo adding the human sound, but the ideas developed in this album make them to appear a different band. Darwin is still dominated by piano and organ, which take most of the composition, and the tenor singing by Di Giacomo, who keeps it under control and does not sweep it all. The drums begin to add, while the bass has very little play, same as the guitar. Although there are no anthem themes in this album, there are no fillers either. You can listen from start to end with no downs. All of it is pure musical joy. You might need some equalization of the sound, depending on your copy. Better if you find a remastered version.
 Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso by BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.28 | 781 ratings

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Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by poito

3 stars With the innocence that always wraps Mediterranean Prog, including the enormous Italian factory, this BMS debut album has some interesting bits in the midst of the obligatory influences, but it fell short of innovations. The fast pace of the theme "RIP", one of their classics, reminds me of the powerpop in the early 70's in my country, that's all we could grasp of the international music that boomed out of the hippy movement. At least the Italians had a great musical tradition and ambition, and their natural well doing in the arts gave them enough bases to adapt the Anglo-Saxon underground music in late 60's to their own. Bands like NEW TROLLS set up the scene in a fantastic way. But in this early instances, the operatic vocals by Francesco Giacomo are a bit too much theatrical for me, the selection of instruments like the harpsicord and the simplicity of the composition make the whole stuff sound a bit naif. Midway between jazz fusion and light Prog, at times I see a rather forced blend of Yes and baroque, in others is ELP, who comes out, and in others it is just the popular airs. Well, probably that is what they grew up in. We'll find plenty of piano and organ, with nice moments, but far from contemporary masters of Prog and Fusion, or the myriad Hammond specialists. The most outstanding piece is the acclaimed Traccia, of which they will record quite a few versions and will become an anthem. Globally, the album gets tiring after a few spins, the brilliant moments (mostly in RIP and Traccia) are not that many and the rest reminds a bit too much to their influences. The birth of BMS may be kind of the beginning of an era for Italian Prog, a trademark of modern Italian music, but I think this album is quite overrated if we take in account the musical context of those years, and their own production. My Italian friends put a lot too much of affection here. The album is uneven and lacks maturity, three stars are more than enough.
 Il Nome Del Vento by DELIRIUM album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.15 | 130 ratings

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Il Nome Del Vento
Delirium Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by nikitasv777

5 stars This legendary Italian band delivered four outstanding studio-albums in the Seventies but I prefer their Il nome del vento 2009. Sound is amazing, jazz influences are obvious and tasty. The general mood of the music is varied and intriguing with beautiful sax, flute, keyboards and String quartet. There are also interesting guitar solos. All trecks my favourites from this very good album, exept ''Luci Lontane'', ''Profeta Senza Profezie", ''Ogni Storia''. Many times classic artists record new music, and seem to be trying to recapture past glories. Delirium return with a release Il nome del vento is a very solid piece of art. The music is delightfully pleasant. It is very beautiful. As whole one of the best Delirium's albums and one of the best italian progressive albums. So - 5 stars!!!
 A New Chant by ACQUA FRAGILE album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.71 | 16 ratings

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A New Chant
Acqua Fragile Rock Progressivo Italiano

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

4 stars The modern era has seen all things `retro' embraced, so there's been no shortage of vintage Seventies Italian Prog-rock bands making long-belated comebacks in this modern day. One of the more unexpected ones has been Acqua Fragile, most known for their association with (then) future Premiata Forneria Marconi vocalist Bernardo Lanzetti on a few of their albums from 1975's `Chocolate Kings' onwards. Adored by some, completely dismissed by others perhaps because of the reason that they performed in English and their music didn't have a lot of the purer theatrical and classical characteristics that often are part of the identity of the Italian prog groups, Acqua Fragile were a tricky one to navigate. Their two studio albums, a self-titled work and `Mass Media Stars' between 1973-74 were hardly poor, but perhaps not quite special enough to compete with the truly important names of Italian rock music at the time.

Fast forward over forty years later, and three of the core original members - drummer/percussionist Piero Canavera, bassist Franz Dondi and singer/guitarist Bernardo Lanzetti - have surprised Italian prog fans with a brand new work, 2017's `A New Chant'. Some things remain the same - it's still mostly sung in English, so more traditional Italian prog-snobs (yours truly included!) should be warned! - but it's everywhere else that counts where the band step up in a big way. With help from some other musical contributors, the trio offer a confident album jammed full of so many rich little instrumental details that twist the tunes in all sorts of interesting directions (and parts of which are probably the most genuinely `Italian' sounding of their music to date). The disc avoids drifting constantly into lazy `old man' pleasant AOR, it welcomely isn't afraid to make a bit of rumble and noise here and there, and is ultimately the most lavish and sophisticated Acqua Fragile work overall.

Right from opener `My Forte's Mediterranean-flavoured ringing acoustic guitar notes around lively drumming, sparkling piano and teasing slivers of handsome orchestration, it's clear that this is the fanciest Acqua Fragile has ever sounded. Best of all, vocalist Bernardo, once rather grating with a Family/Roger Chapman-esque bleating harshness on the Seventies AF and PFM discs, is now so much more subtle, full of colourful personality and deeply charismatic, meaning he's never sounded better as a singer, and it instantly helps make this rich and evocative opener an even lovelier surprise.

Acqua Fragile here happily embrace how Bernardo's voice has often been compared to the Peter Gabriel-fronted era of Genesis in the past, so a few pieces throughout the album drift closer to those years of that wildly influential group, if sometimes offering a kind of sound that suggest where they might have headed if that frontman had hung around after their ambitious double `...Lamb' album. The first of these, `The Drowning', broods with murmuring bass ruminations, careful veils of Mellotron-like majesty and plenty of slow-burn guitar soloing, perhaps taking the piece closer to the spectral gothic pantomimes that current Steve Hackett Band vocalist Nad Sylvan offers on his ravishing solo albums. It also calls to mind the fondly remembered The Night Watch `Twilight' album and band from the late Nineties that would morph into The Watch years later.

`Wear Your Car Proudly' is surprisingly heavy with endless twisting ragged guitar turns, delirious synth soloing and an overall frenetic driving wildness, and `Tu per Lei' is a sole piece that is performed in Italian (despite constantly singing in English throughout much of his career, it's always a wonderful when Bernardo performs in his native language!) and holds a rousing singalong group chorus that culminates in grandiose fanfare pomp (and dig that drowsy Moog wafting around the final seconds!).

`Rain Drops' is an elegantly haunting ballad carried by accordion, piano, careful orchestration and Bernardo's overly emotional romantic crooning full of longing, and the punchier up-tempo `All Rise' races with a boisterous repeating refrain that wouldn't have sounded out of place on the early I.Q and Neo-Prog albums (and listen for that teasing thick bass solo in the middle that's not nearly long enough!). `How Come' is an impossibly pretty and exquisite little acoustic ballad interlude, and the deceptively lyrically dark and surreal title track `A New Chant' lifts dreamily into the heavens with a rousing chorus delivered with all the deliciously histrionic passion constantly found on so many Italian progressive works!

There's so much to recommend about `A New Chant'. It's hardly the most challenging of Italian prog collections, but, like Maxophone's recent and very worthwhile `La Fabbrica Delle Nuvole', it's full of gorgeous playing, captivating vocals and adventurous, energetic rock pieces full of variety and rife with the most luxurious of instrumental flourishes. It also proves that many of these so- called `oldies acts' still have very vital and exciting music to offer when they put the effort in, so whisper it (chant it?!) - `A New Chant' just might be the best Acqua Fragile album so far, but it is absolutely one of the most genuinely unexpected yet welcome surprises in Italian prog music for the year.

Three and a half stars, rounded up to four.

 Frazz Live by SEMIRAMIS album cover DVD/Video, 2017
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Frazz Live
Semiramis Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

— First review of this album —
4 stars SEMIRAMIS, consisting of very young musicians at the time, were one of the several RPI bands that managed to make just one album in the early/mid seventies, Dedicato a Frazz (1973). I wrote about it roughly like this in my Finnish-language book on international progressive rock:

"Already the cover art gives some ideas about the style and possible influences, and more than to the front cover I refer to the gatefold's inner painting of dark, autumnal atmosphere, which I find in spirit somewhere between In the Court of the Crimson King and Nursery Cryme. But one cannot blame Semiramis for imitating anyone. In the highly dynamic and occasionally very intensive music there's not a single moment that would directly point at a certain band. Well, maybe the clinging percussion on the instrumental 'Uno Zoo di Vetro' resembles the Larks-era King Crimson. For the intensity the album can be compared also to Van der Graaf Generator, even if the sound per se hasn't got a lot in common -- with the possible exception of the occasional aggressive edge on the vocals.

Guitars, drums and bass are being played quite heavily without plainly falling on the heavy rock side. On the more central role are keyboards, varying from harpsichord and church organ flavours to thick synth carpets and jazz-nuanced electric piano. Here and there the intensity of the music is broken by more delicate passages, but perhaps in the end the album suffers from sameyness to a certain degree."

In retrospect, I think I didn't listen to the album as dedicatedly as it would have deserved, when I wrote that last, somewhat reserved sentence. Perhaps I was just a couple of further listening sessions away of naming the album as one of the finest RPI classics, at least on the heavier end of the spectre (as opposed to the pastoral end, which is closer to my heart). I could have re-listened to the studio album also, before writing this review, to find out how my reception might have changed. But even without doing that, I firmly believe that this concert performance from April 2017 simply sounds better. The sound is, how to put it, more open and nuanced, ie. the live factor does really good for this music. The line-up is missing the original vocalist Michele Zarrillo, which may be another reason for slightly more amiable impression. Now, don't start thinking this performance would be less dynamic or 'weaker' than the original 1973 recording. -- Actually I wish someone who's admired the album for ages would review this DVD, just to get another point of view and a closer look on the sonic differences. Anyway, for me, SEEING the band performing the music live often brings the music closer to me. This is exactly what happened now.

This is a DVD+CD set, with identical contents on both, except that the CD contains one bonus studio track, 'Mille Universi'. It's closer to the electric guitar oriented hard rock than the progressive finesse of the concert, which performs the original album Dedicato a Frazz in its entirety plus nearly 9-minute 'Morire per Guarire' not found on the album. Very powerful prog song it is. The DVD extras are a brief picture show and interviews of the band members. This leads us to one remarkable minus on this release: there are no English subtitles (although English language is used on the leaflet), which means non-Italian speaking viewers won't get much out of these interviews. Sad.

Another feature that I'm not quite convinced of, is the way each track is preceded by a near-minute narration, written and spoken by Giampero Artegiani (not listed on the band line-up). The leaflet contains Italian words for both these narrations and song-lyrics. Again, I would have appreciated English subtitles -- or printed translations -- at least for the narrations. On the first viewing of the show these narrations felt quite OK, but most likely they start irritating me on further viewings (on the CD these sections are separate tracks and therefor can be skipped, unlike on the DVD). Sonic level is faultless, and also from the visual point of view the concert film is very good. Several camera angles, a good balance of close-ups and broader scenes, and a fairly good lighting. Close to the ending a human-like, finely dressed doll is hanged up from its neck. Otherwise there are no theatrical aspirations on behalf of the stage settings or the band.

Despite some minor negative remarks I strongly recommend this set if you're interested in the Rock Progressivo Italiano of the classic era, whether you already have the original album or not.

 Tale of a Dark Fate by ALBERO DEL VELENO, L' album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.27 | 29 ratings

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Tale of a Dark Fate
L' Albero del Veleno Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

5 stars This Italian instrumental band -- whose name means Poison Tree -- released their debut Le Radici del Male in 2013. Being inspired by European horror films, they share quite a lot in style with the classic act GOBLIN, which is not a bad thing at all. The new album has an English title, though most of the one-word track titles are in Latin. Curiously, Tale of a Dark Fate claims to be an "Opera in two acts". I find that a bit phoney and misleading for a totally instrumental work with no any other textual level than the pretty abstract track titles. But of course it doesn't matter either, and it may encourage listeners to form a dramatic whole of their listening experience. To imagine the "opera" inside their each individual minds. The leaflet contains black & red drawings for each track (in the style of the front cover), and they're very fine.

There's a brief prelude that somehow makes me think of the instrumental openers on The Alan Parsons Project's albums. The tracks follow each other seamlessly, which is nice (though the 14-second 'Interval' of silence is quite unnecessary. Didn't the band know there are operas in one act too?). Right away 'Morpheus', the second longest track (6:14) on the album, shows the band's strength in full steam. The highly democratic band sound is powerful and clear, just like in the case of Goblin. The compositions are dynamic and especially taken as one entity this work is full-blown progressive rock. Another good reference would be the instrumental concept album Halloween (1977) by the French classic band PULSAR.

It goes without saying that the atmosphere in this music is full of dark suspense. It indeed would suit perfectly to a horror film by someone like Dario Argento. I'm very glad that the music avoids stepping clearly into the heavy/metal territory. However, if I was to choose, there would be some more serene sections amidst all the intensity. Also I'd prefer to hear more of flute, since the flautist is one of the core quintet. A little more CAMEL-like softness here and there would have made this a masterpiece. But the whole is an excellent prog rock product anyway. Definitely I give my strong recommendation for listeners of instrumental prog with a dense atmosphere. Let's see... 4½ stars, why not round it up for the fine layout.

 Navigli Riflessi by PROWLERS album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.88 | 7 ratings

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Navigli Riflessi
Prowlers Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by almacoprog

4 stars "Navigli Riflessi" is the new album by PROWLERS, an italian prog band from Bergamo, near Milan, active since 1985. This is the seventh album, released after "Mondi Nuovi" (2014) and yes, it's a concept album in four acts (twelve tracks) about ecological themes. It's a story of an old man from 20th century, that lives a time travel through pollution and other "monsters" of modern era. Words and story by Keyboardist Alfio Costa are in italian language. Laura Mombrini , founder member of the band, is the lead vocalist supported by Dany Aglioni and Cristina Lucchini on backing vocals (three femal voices are better than one!). Music by Stefano Piazzi (guitars) and Costa is a progressive melodic rock and yes, of course, there are many vintage instruments in perfect 70th style (Hammond organ, Mellotron, Moogs etc.). Marco Freddi on drums and Roberto Aiolfi on bass are the other members of the band. There are also unusual instrument for rock music such as bagpipes , "baghet" (? maybe an other kind of bagpipe) and "Adiemus choir" and "Schola Cantorum choir" as special guest in this album. In the end, Vincenzo Zitello (polistrumenthist with Il Telaio magnetico di Franco Battiato), play flute and strings in two tracks. As usually you must listen to Prowlers music with careful and patience. This is not a classical progressive band with virtuosism and masters influences (except some Pink Floyd and Renaissance little tributes)...but... Just good music. Navigli Riflessi is an album full of musical colours, atmospheres and details. Close your eyes, listen to this music and dreamin'... just this! My favourite tracks are "Navigli part 2" (great piano final !!), "Il Ponte" (great voices melodies and guitar solos) and "Riflessi" (Symphonic and melancholy track with a final choir surprise!). Great artwork and pictures are the right support to the beautiful music. If you want to know PROWLERS, this is the righ album!
 Apoteosi by APOTEOSI album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.93 | 146 ratings

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Apoteosi
Apoteosi Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by EnriqueD

4 stars One of the best Italian prog albums from the '70s.

Very young and skilled musicians, Apoteosi wrote only an album, but the construction of each track is almost perfect, delevoping each theme without boring the listener.

The sounds are very "vintage" but, since both songs and playing are solid and the recording quality is good, they add a "sign of the times" feel that in the end is nice.

I also like the voice of Silvana Idà: some say they do not like her because of her heavy "southern-Italy" accent. In fact, her southern accent is undeniable, but in my opinion it adds sweetness to her singing, and it also reminds me of another, much more known, singer from southern Italy: Marcella Bella, a pop singer very famous in the '70s. All in all, I think this is an issue that non-Italian listeners will not get, concentrating on her nice clear soprano voice.

The only defect of this album is that her voice was kept a bit low in the mix, but for the rest Apoteosi is a really good album from the rich Italian Prog family!

 Adolescenza by PANSERI, MARIO album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.15 | 11 ratings

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Adolescenza
Mario Panseri Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by poito

3 stars Curious Italian singer/composer. Mario Panseri is along with Franco Battiato one of precursors for modern Italian troubadours and prog singers, like Ferro etc. The impressive Italian Prog school, firmly rooted over the centuries in great symphonic tradition has raised a refined and cultivated population that loves music above all and from which many teenagers adventure into composing complex music while in other countries they have no choice than import and reproduce whatever comes from anywhere. That makes me feel envious. This Adolescenza appears a concept album with a story behind, kind of soundtrack stuff, the tunes are mellow, smooth, with some changes of tempo and beautiful arrangements. Mixing traditional singing with prog outbursts. The music is uncomplicated, although there are quite a few changes of style in the middle of some tracks that let you know this is a carefully planned compositional work. Few instruments at a time and the lyrics well at the front, taking the most, but there is always wide space to enjoy the music. The more audible tracks for prog fans are La Tua Casa, Viccino Alla Mamma, and Il Primo Amico.
 I Suoni In Una Sfera (OST) by CELESTE album cover Studio Album, 1992
2.69 | 24 ratings

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I Suoni In Una Sfera (OST)
Celeste Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by poito

2 stars This is a late instrumental release by this peculiar Italian band of the 70's. We won't find here changes of rhythm, mindblowing composition or impressive solos. It is all smooth and slow, veeeery slow. It seems the music was composed as a soundtrack for a movie. That is probably why it is far less ambitious than the first release in 76 PRINCIPE DI GIORNO. Some themes are interesting with subtle arrangements, a flute and a piano taking most of it. Kind of reminds me the late albums by FOCUS, somethng I called prog for grannies. But one has to be in a really somnolent mood to feel comfortable with the pace in this album. It is to play as ambient music, when no one worries about what is in the air or if you need to relax. I can't say the music is bad, but not for a typical prog fan, unless you are looking for a tune to take a nap. The album title says it all. The album title track is a nice tune for an anthem or something, and the next The Dance of Sounds deserves a listening. Two tracks are undressed versions of the 76 release, Eftus and Favole Antiche, day and night. Possibly, that is what is miisng here, some dressing, some voices.. who knows. This is for fans and collectors.
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