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3.40 | 22 ratings | 2 reviews | 41% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2020

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Baie Distanti (9:04)
2. L'Ultimo Viaggio del Principe (24:28)
3. (Il) Ceruleo Sogno (7:37)
4. Viola, Arancio e Topazio (6:46)
5. Il Passaggio di un Gigante Gentile (3:54)
6. Tornerai Tramonto (5:47)
7. Nora (5:08)

Total Time 62:44

Line-up / Musicians

- Ciro Perrino / Mellotron, Solina, Eminent, Elka Rhapsody, Farfisa, Hammond organ, Minimoog, ARP 2600, ARP Odyssey, piano, small percussion, voсals
- Francesco Bertone / electric bass
- Enzo Cioffi / drums
- Sergio Caputo / violin
- Marco Moro / flutes, beak flutes, tenor & baritone saxophones
- Mauro Vero / acoustic & electric guitars

- Marco Canepa / piano
- Paolo Maffi / soprano, alto & tenor saxophones
- Anna Marra / voсals (1,2,4,6)
- Edmondo Romano / soprano saxophone, clarinet, chalumeau, duduk, low whistle
- Alessandro Serri / voсals (2), electric guitar (6)
- Ciro Carlo Antonio Perrino / reciting voice (6)

Releases information

Label: Mellow Records (MMP 548)
Format: CD, Digital
December 10, 2020 (Digital), January 15, 2021 (CD)

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CELESTE Il Principe del Regno Perduto ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(41%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(18%)
Good, but non-essential (32%)
Collectors/fans only (9%)
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3 stars "Il Principe del Regno Perduto" is the 5th full-length studio album by Italian progressive rock act Celeste. The album was released through Mellow Records in December 2020. Itīs the successor to "Il Risveglio Del Principe" from 2019, and marks the bandīs second album after their comeback in 2016 (after disbanding in 1977).

Stylistically "Il Principe del Regno Perduto" pretty much continue the mellow and pleasant sounding progressive rock style of "Il Risveglio Del Principe" (2019). Itīs an ambient, soft, and atmospheric type of progressive rock, featuring flute, saxophone, piano, loads of vintage keyboards/synths (mellotron in particular play a dominant role), subdued Italian language vocals, violin, and acoustic and electric guitars. Itīs all well composed, well performed, and "Il Principe del Regno Perduto" is a well produced affair too. Unfortunately it has the same issue as "Il Risveglio Del Principe" (2019) had, and thatīs a relatively lifeless rhythm section. There are a few moments where the drums are a little more lively here than on the preceding album, but they have a tendency to just plod along to the music without leaving much impact, and itīs a bit of a shame and it becomes a minor issue along the way.

"Il Principe del Regno Perduto" is a relatively lengthy release, featuring 7 tracks and a total playing time of 62:44 minutes, which includes the 24:28 minutes long "L'Ultimo Viaggio del Principe". Itīs an album loaded with pleasant and tranquill moments of velvet sounds and atmospheres, and it is overall a smooth listen. Sometimes itīs almost a bit too pleasant though and lacking attitude, which means that it sometimes ends up being pleasant background music instead of an album they you pay attention to. Some of the saxophone parts for example have a tendency to sound like something out of a cheap 80s movie soundtrack.

So upon conclusion "Il Principe del Regno Perduto" is an album featuring both great elements, but unfortunately also elements which arenīt that interesting and if I have to compare it to the predecessor, Iīd say itīs a step down in quality in terms of intriguing songwriting and memorable moments. Itīs not a bad release by any means, but I hope for a more stripped down and conscise release next time. A 3 - 3.5 star (65%) rating is warranted.

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3 stars This Italian band was founded in 1972 and released its highly acclaimed debut LP entitled Principe Di Un Giorno in 1976. The music is often described as pastoral prog: very mellow, embellished with a lush instrumentation, including lots of wonderful Mellotron layers, like early King Crimson and ... (read more)

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