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3.40 | 20 ratings | 3 reviews | 25% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1977

Songs / Tracks Listing

a) "Monologo D'Apertura":
1 Tutto Quello Che Mi č Stato Tolto Lo Rivoglio (1:50)

b) "La Veglia":
2. Autoritratto dentro Stanze Elettroniche (6:14)
3. A Scaldarci Al Vino Dolce Dei Chilometri (0:44)
4. Giovanna Labbromorto (4:22)

c) "Il Viaggio":
5. A Scaldarci Al Vino Dolce Dei Chilometri (0:52)
6. Dal Finestrino Del Treno (4:50)
7. La Ferrovia Celeste (3:42)

d) "La Visione":
8. La Primavera Feroce (2:10)
9. La Scelta Di Essere Veramente Liberi (3:22)
10. Eliogabalo Imperatore (5:18)
11. La Gente In Strada (2:52)

e) "L'Attesa":
12. La Morte Di Eliogabalo (3:30)
13. Avvertenze- Finalino Per Altri Inizi (1:36)

Line-up / Musicians

- Rosalino cellamare (Ron) / voice on 6, 7, 13
- Lucio Dalla / voice on 10, 13 and accordion
- Teresa De Sio / voice on 6, 12
- Emilio locurcio / voice on 1, 2, 4, 9 and 10 , lyricist (no 8, 11), composer (no 8, 11)
- Claudio Lolli / voice on 3, 5 and 10
- I Crash / rhythmic parts
- I Pierrot Lunaire / acousic parts
- Gli Odeon / woodwind section
- Gerardo Abbate / violin
- Mario achilli / drums
- Ernesto Bassignano / chorus
- Faffo bianchi / sax
- Francesca Cadispoti / chorus
- Claudio Falco / guitars
- Gildo Falco / bass
- Gaio Cocchio / guitars, mellotron, chorus, composer (8, 11)
- Leonardo Gatta / voice, chorus
- Paolo Maestrelli / guitars
- Piero Cannizzaro / chorus, mixage
- Pino Sannicchio / keyboards
- Arturo Staltieri / piano, guitars, composer (8, 11)

Releases information

LP Una Sors Coniunxit ZPLU 34023 (1977)
LP Akarma AK 1018 (1999)
CD It (Dischi Italia)/ BMG 74321984492 (2004)

The complete title is: "L'Eliogabalo: Operetta POP A Pių Usi: Come Manuale Di Ingenua Rivolta, Come Biglietto D'Andata Per Nessunluogo"

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EMILIO LOCURCIO L'Eliogabalo ratings distribution

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EMILIO LOCURCIO L'Eliogabalo reviews

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Review by Finnforest
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars The cover art speaks volumes

Here's a bizarre and obscure little nugget for those who have explored the deep bench of the Italian Prog first tier already. Locurcio is an artist I know nothing about personally other than he operated from Sicily and made this wild "rock opera" with a bunch of people, most notably members of the excellent band Pierrot Lunaire. "L'Eliogabalo" sound almost clinically nuts at times, throwing many types of music into the pot. Veering from what we call Italian Symphonic they charge into different territories almost constantly, from acid rock to folk music, jazz fusion, show music, avant-garde, even a touch of psych/space here and there. The Italian side reminds me most notably of the stranger acts like Pierrot of course, and Opus Avantra, perhaps Pholas Dactylus at times. The strong sense of humor present remind me often of Supersister and Gong especially in the jazzier sections. But perhaps to give the best reference I have to mention Ange. While not having the pretty symphonic side of Ange down, this album does mirror the wild and crazy theatrical side of Ange's most challenging moments. If you can't handle Christian DeCamps in-your-face vocal style, you will NOT want to purchase this. If you love the thought of Ange merged with Pierrot Lunaire's Gudrun, read on.

The album has a sound all its own and comes with a very low SAF (spouse acceptance factor.) After an opening of whispers and piano, the nearly constant vocals kick in and you are essentially witnessing a musical. The vocals on this album are male, female, and group, they are up-front and nearly constant throughout the album, and they are in-your-face. Often delivered with the wordy fervor of an auctioneer on speed this is one Italian album where the experience is somewhat lessened by not understanding the language. Generally I don't agree with that sentiment but there are some albums where the lyrical content is important enough to eclipse or partially eclipse the musical content. This may be one. The music itself is not bad either, adventurous but not technically brilliant. There are some decent acid rock sections featuring sweet solos. There are folk sections where the beautiful acoustic guitars and milder vocals lend softer moments for an occasional chance to relax. Ditto with some brief combinations of violin and piano that were quite lovely. There are spoken word verses over organ with bass and flute jumping in for a nice melody. And then there are the jazzier excursions with driving bass, pretty snappy drumming, and lots of horns going nuts to the maniacal rants. But the vocal side in my opinion clearly overshadows the musical element which takes this down a few pegs from masterpiece.

Did I like it? Absolutely! But then I have a soft spot for bizarre Italian weirdness. My rating is lower than Mandi and Aprusso because I have to balance my personal desire for a higher rating with some acknowledgment that this is almost certainly a "for fans" kind of release. It's an album I think people *should* hear but not necessarily one that too many people will consent to hearing all the way through! This is for the adventurous and for those who appreciate the Gong "Flying Teapot" kind of a prog journey. The BMG mini-LP is a sweet gatefold showing off the fantastic stoner artwork that was so much more interesting than the "professionally designed" packaging we often get today (at least to me.) It is a rare and entertaining obscurity that will please fans of counter-culture celebration. I would love to hijack the sound system at a trendy nightspot and crank this album just to see the reaction. 6/10

Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars A Sicilian author, actor and composer, Emilio Locurcio had a mediocre career in the movies field, but he became more known for composing this concept vocal-based Prog album in 1977, speaking about a Roman emperor of the second century and based on Antonin Artaud's eponymous work.Locurcio is supported by a cast of famous singers in this work such as Lucio Dalla, Claudio Lolli, Rosalino Cellamare and Teresa De Sio, while the music is performed by Crash and Pierrot Lunaire along with several guest musicians.''L'eliogabalo'' features the long subtitle ''Operetta Pop A Pių Usi: Come Manuale Di Ingenua Rivolta, Come Biglietto D'Andata Per Nessunluogo'' and it was released on Una Sors Coniunxit.

Actually ''L'eliogabalo'' is the closest thing you will ever hear to the classic I GIGANTI work ''Terra in bocca (Poesia di un delitto)'' with extreme similarities between the vocal and instrumental parts.The album is highlighted by its two longs epics ''La Veglia'' and ''Il Viaggio'' with both compositions having a really artistic approach on rock music.Both are also heavily vocal-based with theatrical moments, extreme singing and soft narrations, but they also contain excellent instrumental themes, featuring soft acoustic textures with a folky vibe, plenty of smooth organ and Mellotron parts as well as more intense electric moments with decent interplays and the guitars on the forefront, close to the fundamentals of Classic Italian Prog.The 8-min. "La Visione" though maybe the proggier composition of all, not because of his complexity but mainly because of the huge amount of styles blended.From the opening folky/symphonic combination of synths and flutes to the dramatic vocal-Prog with Locurcio's voice leading the way and from the extreme horn sections to the Cabaret Music and the light, almost OLDFIELD-ian ending section.The closing ''L'Attesa'' is a powerful piece of music with nervous synths, Hard/Psychedelic Rock vibes in the guitar hooks, background organs and very expressive, raw female vocals, another cut of good quality.

Locurcio's career as an actor fell into obscurity but his only effort as a composer will leave any fan of Classic Italian Prog satisfied.Moreover, things are simple: If you love I GIGANTI, ''L'eliogabalo'' should have a special place in your collection.Warmly recommended.

Latest members reviews

5 stars This unknown jewel came in my hands only last week. It could be descibed as the perfect crossover between italian prog and the italian folksingers ('cantautori') of the mid seventies, very verbal, leftist and at points almost nihilist. In any case, the music is compelling though not particularly ... (read more)

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