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Ricordi d'Infanzia

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3 stars Another real heavy prog gem from Italy stepping away from tradition. RICORDI D'INFANZIA is dominated with awesome riffs of raging guitar, and amazing keyboard work with lots of hammond driven passages. At times the sound does meld somewhere in the RARE BIRD/ATOMIC ROOSTER world of progressive rock. Beneath the covers on this one is a real prog classic with thoughtful song writing and instrumental performances. Some of the more pastoral moments are absolutely stunning and the more you listen to this album the more you will treasure its grandeur. Excellent discovery . . .

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Posted Tuesday, March 16, 2004 | Review Permalink
4 stars Well, well well. I was very surprised when I listened to this Italian progressive rock music from 1973. Because of it's rarity and relative low profile, I expected just to add this to my collection and maybe get one or maybe two good songs to add to my vast Italian progressive rock collection of favorites. Instead, I was amazed to hear, instead of the usual Banco and PFM copy cat sounds, music that is a cross between Fantasy, Cressida, Le Orme and Uriah Heep! However, the prevailing sound is completely Italian with very good vocals (in Italian) and the powerful emotional overtones. Very good melodies mixed with some heavy guitar and organ/piano work. If you have a decent collection of Italian prog/rock CDs and are wanting to take a chance, pick this one up, you will be adding a few more songs to your Italian favorites list!
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Posted Thursday, May 4, 2006 | Review Permalink
Honorary Collaborator
4 stars And again I have to repeat those words. Another lost gem from that place and time of prog nirvana. 1973 Italy. Almost nothing is known about this band from Brianza. The few facts I could mine were that they were established 60s session men who played under various names before getting to open for Le Orme in 1972. They recorded this concept album about the evolution of man, released a single afterwards, and had a line-up change before disbanding in 1976. "Io Uomo" is one hell of an album. Short but memorable, it is an energetic mix of Deep Purple like hard-rock with lots of organ and ballsy guitar, softer pastoral moments of a sentimental nature and some of the typical Italian strangeness for good measure. Comparisons to other Italian groups might put them somewhere between Califfi and Jumbo, better than the former but less adventurous than the latter.

"Caos" begins with very quiet acoustic guitar and strange noises before the band comes roaring in with a heavy almost Zeppish riff. Great organ and excellent drumming. "Creazione" features the first real vocals and they are typically wonderful Italian, warm and lots of heart. This track has a great late 60s feel to the music and a bit of that sunshine hippie vibe. Oh yeah, and you can hear the damn bass..thank God. More nice keyboard work closes the song out. "L'Eden" is quite heavy and dramatic with a mini-drum solo at the end. "2000 Anni Prima" begins with a beautiful piano part and the piano stays throughout along with occasional bursts of the rock chug and good vocal parts. Some nice saturated electric lead in there and the return of the nice piano part from the beginning to close the song. "Preghiera" is classic Italian prog a bit on the heavier side with a really chunky riff repeating and some nice licks here and there. Good jamming between guitar, bass, and keys but unfortunately like many songs here it is too short and fades before fruition. Side 2 begins with "Morire o Non Morire." A heavy plodding beat leads the way to more burning guitar rock with chunky power chords and organ. This is simply classic early 70s rock sound that is not mind blowing but is well done. "2000 Anni Dopo" begins with acoustic and melodic vocal but soon turns into the most ambitious track with lots of riffs pushing good organ runs and tight powerful drumming. Cool song. The longest song "Uomo Mangia Uomo" is the closer and this one continues the somewhat quirky nature of the previous song. Initially pretty heavy, there is a softer and spacey section with acoustic and a background guitar distorted to the hilt. This goes back to a good rock section with lots of Hammond and repeating guitar riffs. The drums continue to blast away with an aggressive style. At 32 minutes it's all over far too soon but still it's an album that deserves to be heard by the Italian prog lunatics out there, like myself.

A short but sweet chunk of good prog rock that every serious Italian fan will want to own. Like many others of the period it received no promotion and sunk into obscurity until being unearthed by the Italian prog fan renaissance years later. There's nothing exactly groundbreaking here but I can recommend this easily to any fan of heavy guitar/organ based rock. The Japanese mini is a nice gatefold with a band photo and lyrics printed inside (in Italian of course.) Not a remarkable album by any stretch, but a good and pleasant one that I like quite a bit. About 3 ½ stars but for me I have to round up. Round down if you're not big on heavy Italian.

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Posted Monday, December 24, 2007 | Review Permalink
Mellotron Storm
3 stars This is a fairly heavy (at times), organ driven album from Italy that was released in 1973.

"Caos" is quiet with acoustic guitar until it kicks in at 2 minutes. Some spoken words in this one as well. The second track sounds like a continuation of the opener until the vocals come in. It's too bad they didn't blend the two tracks together. Some nice organ work before 2 1/2 minutes in. Like the first song this one seems incomplete. Yes you can hear the bass late. "L'Eden" is much better in my opinion. A nice heavy sound with guitar. It does calm right down with fragile vocals.The vocals get quite passionate. A very good instrumental section after 2 1/2 minutes then it settles again. "2000 Anni Prima" opens with piano before organ, drums and vocals come in. Some excellent guitar before 3 minutes but it's brief.

"Preghiera" is my favourite track on here. I really like the intro it sounds so good. Some prominant guitar in this one that comes and goes, but it's the organ sounds that do it for me. "Morire O Non Morire" opens with drums that pound steadily until vocals come in before a minute.The vocals sound pretty rough here although the organ before 2 minutes makes up for that. "2000 Anni Dopo" is a top three song for me. Vocals are the focus early with strummed guitar. Organ and drums to become prominant. "Uomo Mangia Uomo" is my third favourite. Nice intro before vocals come in. The instrumental sections are excellent. I really like the sound after 1 1/2 minutes then guitar comes in making some noise.

Not enough here for me to give up the 4 stars, but still a good listen especially for fans of the heavier Italian music.

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Posted Thursday, April 9, 2009 | Review Permalink
3 stars Another lost album from Italy.

Very little is known about this band and this album. It was re-released some years ago though and I am glad someone did that. This is classic organ based Rock Progressivo Italiano with solid vocals. In short; a prototype Rock Progressivo Italiano album. This is also a rather heavy album where the tangents, mostly Hammond organs, are used freely on this album. Add the occasional electric guitars too and we get a pretty heavy album. Some of the songs are ballads though and in the usual Italian ballads style with a lot of soul and suffering included. These ballads and the rest of the music is though hidden under a solid layer of mud (read: Bad sound quality) which makes this album a lot heavier than intended.

The quality is very good throughout. But it is difficult to ignore the rather dubious sound throughout and that is defining the whole musical experience from this album. Hence, I find this album enjoyable, but not particular valuable. This album is another half full, half empty album.

3 stars

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Posted Saturday, February 5, 2011 | Review Permalink
4 stars Another classic Italian band of seventies decade, that made a single album unknow for those that don't listen Italian Progressive Rock. Lirycs are in Italian just all Italian bands fo this decade that just singing in english when they want show is music to the west of europe and is works was a success in is contry. This is an album in classic vein of this context but more heavy. We can listen some guitar/piano duets or Organ/guitar, but not so classic just some bands more meloudious in this time. A few Led Zeppelin parts but not so good. We can liste some intersting organ parts and guitar parts. For those that like Italian music of this decade this is a good adiction for his collection. I like this album and I give 4 stars because it's not boring.
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Posted Wednesday, December 28, 2011 | Review Permalink
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3 stars An Italian band from the area of Brianza in Lombardia, having its roots in the early-70's group Gli Aspidi.The original members were singer Emilio Mondelli, bassist Tino Fontanella, guitarist Franco Cassina and keyboardist Maurizio Vergani and the group was renamed in 1972, after drummer Glauco was replaced by Antonio Sartori.Ricordi d'Infanzia only produced a record for Fonit Cetra, released in 1973 with the title ''Io uomo''.

After a couple of short but very atmospheric opening narrations, Ricordi d'Infanzia deliver series of condesned but quite adventurous Heavy Rockin' tunes, basically driven by the hard guitars of Cassina, but also containing some good keyboard and piano themes by Vergani.While not very original musically, the group is also fronted by a gifted singer with a balanced voice.The overall instrumental style has strong links with MUSEO ROSENBACH's more pounding grooves with a bit of melodic Italian Prog in the vocal moments.The combination works quite nice for the most of the album's length, mixing the heavier side of rock music with the romantic melodic-styled Italian color.There are also some very good Hammond organ parts with a sinister sound akin to GLI ALLUMINOGENI, while the brief compositions sound very dense full of changing moods.

The album's release was followed by a pair of line-up changes with Gianni Bari (sax) and Ugo Biondi (keyboards) replacing Cassina and Vergani, propably followed also by a change of musical style.The group played until 1976, when Ricordi d'Infanzia disbanded for good.

Nice pearl of organ/guitar-led Italian Heavy Prog.Not a prize winner in terms of originality or composing level, but a fine listening from the start to the end.Recommended.

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Posted Thursday, March 14, 2013 | Review Permalink

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