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3.09 | 32 ratings | 6 reviews | 6% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1972

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Nasce Un Giorno (1:33)
2. Ruote E Sogni (5:58)
3. L'Aeroplano D'Argento (4:12)
4. Cattedrali Di Bamb¨ (4:24)
5. Anniversario (5:06)
6. Io Canter˛ Per Te (4:34)
7. Intermezzo N░ 1 (0:56)
8. Giovanna G. (2:08)
9. Intermezzo N░ 2 (1:18)
10. Il Canto Dell'Amore (3:12)
11. Muore Il Giorno Muore (1:14)

Total Time: 34:35

Line-up / Musicians

- Hunka Munka (Roberto Carlotto) / customized Hammond organ, effects, voice
- Ivan Graziani / bass, guitar, chorus
- Nunzio "Cucciolo" Favia / drums

Releases information

LP: Riicordi (SMRL 6096) 1972
CD: BMG (74321-98448-2) 2003

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(32 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(6%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(19%)
Good, but non-essential (53%)
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Review by Finnforest
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Here's a rarity for those wishing to go deep into the classic Italian period. Hunka Munka's one full length album from 1972 features rather high-pitched vocals, lots of piano and organ, acoustic guitars, and fairly straightforward pop-rock songs with a light prog touch. Hunka Munka is the moniker of keyboardist Roberto Carlotto who was considered quite talented and innovative. I wasn't able to unearth much more information about this artist than Mandi did in his bio.

"Nasce un Giorno" opens the album with playful bouncy piano followed by strumming acoustic and vocal reminding of Adriano Monteduro & Reale Accademia di Musica's collaboration perhaps. "Ruote e Sogni" is the proggiest song opening with organ and drum fills. It builds gradually and features some pretty decent drum work. There is a heavy rock section in the second half with wild drums and guitar against the Hammond background. It gets fairly intense for a bit. "L'Aereoplano d'argento" is a piano based pop song that could be likened to an early Billy Joel song, like something from Streetlife Serenade or Cold Spring Harbour except with much higher vocal range. "Cattedrali di Bambu" is a nice track blending majestic orchestrations with acoustic guitars and vocal harmonies. It will be over the top cheesy for some sounding a bit like Tai Phong. There is some leftover 60s influence here too of things like The Iveys/early Badfinger. "Anniversario" begins with organ and single drum beating like a heartbeat until bass joins. Echoed vocals and organ ride atop the still very minimal rhythm arrangement. The vocal harmonies get quite ambitious leading into a section with some acid flavored electric guitar and space rock vibe. This would be another area that moves briefly from pop-rock to proggier ambitions. "Lo Cantero Per Te" begins with strings and piano introducing a heartfelt longing vocal. This turns into a slow ballad that will be sappy to many who hear it but I don't mind it. "Intermezzo #1" is a short piano vocal bit. "Giovanna G" is a catchy bit of funky folk sounding very 60s and like a mellower "South Bound Suarez." "Intermezzo #2" is another short vocal but this time to organ instead of piano. "Il Canto Dell Amore" is another pop ballad with flowery drama and orchestration but the arrangements are really quite nice. "Muore" is a silly McCartney-like ditty to close the album.

This is a fun little album combining the lighter pop side of Italian prog with a dose of the "Magic Christian" era Badfinger sound and the grandiosity of Tai Phong's vocal style. It is well done and enjoyable if that description sounds appealing to you, but it will not be enough to satisfy heavy Italian fans or heavy prog fans in general. The sound quality is adequate on the mini-lp sleeve reissue but not spectacular. The BMG reissue features the toilet seat lid that opens up like on the original vinyl. This is far from an essential title but a modest recommendation for fans of the lighter Italian side.

Review by memowakeman
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
2 stars Hunka Munka? What is that?

That was my first reaction when i see the name of Hunka Munka for the first time, it was a year ago while i was chatting with my friend also member of PA Cucacola54 and he was listening to it, i asked what the hell is Hunka Munka, and that is how i got into this.

An extrange nickname indeed, oh sorry i skipped that, Hunka Munka is not the name of a band, but an Italian (and talented) musician called Roberto Carlotto, who i don't know why did he choose this terrible nickname, and if i am not wrong, according to my memory, he was also member of I Dik Dik later.

So Hunka Munka released just one album, this one of course, called Dedicato a Giovanna G, which has a total time of 35 minutes divided in 11 short but nice songs. Let me tell you that Carlotto is the keyboard player and the man who provides the vocals, there were two more musicians who helped him with the drums and guitars/bass, one of them was Ivan Graziani, the other one i don't remember his name.

This album is a combination of soft prog moments with some folk roots, but also there is a poppish feeling on it, this is not the kind of RPI albums that you will love because of it's musical content, i mean, it is an obscure and rare album that is worth listening if you like the RPI movement, but if don't, you may consider this as just another one hit wonder thich actually was not a wonder.

The album kicks off with Nasce un Giorno, it is just an opener, like an introduction, short song with soft music and some vocals. Ruote e Sogni is on the other hand, the longest song of the album, almost 6 minutes and it has a predominat keyboard sound, actually like a church organ which is accompanied by an excellent drumming, it has some time changes, and the vocals are very melodic, there is a part of the song when you will be caught by the music especially when it gets heavier, which is not the essence of the album L' Aeroplano D'Argento shows what i stated earlier in this review, after the previous song with a heavier style and being a prog song, this song turns to be a totally pop song, not bad at all, but there are better. Next one is Catedrali di Bambu is a very nice song that has acoustic guitars and a magnific orchestration, this song is VERY RPI, and i am not referring exactly to the progressiveness, but to the sound itself, some of you know what i mean, sorry if i'm not clear but anyway, this is without a doubt one of the best moments of the album, and one of my favs as well. Anniversario begins with a calm mood, the music creats an atmosphere that alng with the vocals and a constant bass bit, provokes a state of peace on you. Then there are some kind of repeated vocals, like an echo and sounds cool actually, the second part of the song is instrumental and it suddenly fades out, but actually after a few seconds it resurrects, pretty nice song. Io Cantero per Te starts with some kind of classical arrangments followed by some heavier guitars, then when the vocals enters, the song becomes really soft and again with a poppish feeling, i could even say it becomes in a ballad, but despite having nothing to do with prog, the people who love the Italian language, will love this song. Intermezzo No.1 , with this song we are reaching the final 10 minutes of the album, there are 5 songs but short ones, this is just piano and vocals, nothing to be proud of. Giovanna G. features again some acoustic guitars and this has a faster tempo which reminds me to some 60s american music, a ... jaja. Intermezzo No.2 is another one-minute song with organ and vocals, nothing more. Il Canto Dell'Amore sadly doesn't return to the proggy side of th album, it follows the same poppish line as the previous songs, anyway it is not bad but i thought it would feature more challenging moments. Muore Il Giorno is the song that closes the album with a very nice mood, actually it is a happy song with some vocals harmony and a poppish feeling again.

Well, i do not consider this as a bad album, but i was expecting something better of course, talking about prog rock, this album has just a few moment which can be count ith one hand's fingers, so i would only recommend it to die hard RPI fans, and those who simply want to discover more and more music. My final grade is 2 stars, just for fans.

Enjoy it!

Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Hunka Munka is actually a pseudonym used by Varese-based keyboard wizard Roberto Carlotto,who had collaborated with many Italian bands in the past (among them ANONIMA SOUND LTD.) before releasing a personal single in 1971,followed by his first and only full- length release ''Dedicato a Giovanna G.'' the year after.

Why this album is so seriously underrated remains a total mystery to me.This one belongs among the most beautiful and classy organ-driven prog gems released back in 70's Italy.It is an album full of intricate organ playing,monster string arrangements and romantic Italian vocals,recalling early LE ORME and other Orchestral Proto-Prog acts like I DIK DIK.At moments the band even falls into the Heavy Symphonic category with intense guitar playing and bombastic organs in the vein of MUSEO ROSENBACH and what possibly prevents other people to rate it higher and enjoy it more are a couple of short ballad/beat tracks far from the afore-mentioned styles,which are only the exception.

I loved this album from the first listening,the emotion that it brought to me can not be described with words and,thus I can't rate it lower than 4 stars...Excellent,masterful and romantic organ- smashed classic Italian Prog this is!

Latest members reviews

3 stars Roberto Carlotto, under the "Hunka Munka" moniker, released his first and only solo album in 1972. A good album with many memorable moments, Dedicato a Giovanna G. also has its share of forgettable ones and can only garner a 3-star recommendation. Still, this is an underrated and under-appr ... (read more)

Report this review (#875688) | Posted by coasterzombie | Friday, December 14, 2012 | Review Permanlink

3 stars A rare album, this one. Take Angelo Branduardi's vocals and add church organs to these vocals. Write some church hymns or re-arrange and modernise some old ones like Angelo Branduardi did for his Futuro Antico series. Add some Emerson, Lake and Palmer like compositions too and you are close to ... (read more)

Report this review (#581058) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Saturday, December 3, 2011 | Review Permanlink

4 stars With a name like Hunka Munka, a 1972 release date, and a toilet bowl on the cover, you'd probably expect some drugged out psych-beat stuff here. But it's actually a very nicely done combination of over-the-top melodic and operatic art songs with rock and pop. Sort of like orchestral proto-prog. ... (read more)

Report this review (#156230) | Posted by emkogceo | Saturday, December 22, 2007 | Review Permanlink

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