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3.94 | 27 ratings | 2 reviews | 22% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1979

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Novembre
2. Rapsodia per Emigrazione
3. Dopo il Buio... La Luce
4. Peccato Che...!
5. Diablo
6. A Walter
7. Inquinamento
8. Yankee go Home

Line-up / Musicians

- Francesco Salis / guitar, vocals
- Antonio Salis / bass, flute, vocals
- Antonio Lotta / keyboards
- Antonio Sardu / drums

Releases information

LP IAF LPA 89018 Ita-1979
CD Giallo SAF 031 Ita-1998

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(22%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(44%)
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Review by erik neuteboom
4 stars The name of this Italian progrock band is derived from the two Salis brothers, Francesco and Antonio. The music on their fourth album from 1979 sounds like dynamic symphonic jazzrock and reminds me of the splendid Spanish band Mezquita, it's also based upon captivating interplay between fiery and powerful guitar and vintage keyboards, including a Steinway Grand piano, Fender Rhodes electric piano, organ, Minimoog and ARP string- ensemble. The level of the musicians is very high, we can enjoy strong soli on guitar and keyboards and many captivating moments: exciting shifting moods and virtuosic piano play in the titletrack, excellent guitarwork in the vein of Jan Akkerman (Focus) in "Peccato Che .. !", a Spanish climate featuring strong vocals, howling electric guitar and orchestral keyboards in "El diablo" and swirling Fender Rhodes piano and fiery electric guitar in "Inquinamento".


Review by apps79
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4 stars Salis was the surname of two brothers from Santa Giusta, Oristano in Sardinia, bassist Antonello and guitarist Francesco.The origins of the band can be found in late-60's as Salis'n'Salis, but by the first album ''Sa vida ita est'', a Psych/Pop Rock affair from 1971, it was already shortened to Salis.A new brief line-up was formed in 1972, when the duo had moved to Cremona, soon to return to Sardinia with bassist Pino Martini and drummer Salvatore Garau, later the rhythm section of Stormy Six.In 1974 a new album comes out, entitled ''Seduto sull'alba a guardare'', being more of an Antonello Salis solo release than a group effort, with a totally different crew.Five years later Salis return with a full-prog release, ''Dopo il buio la luce'' on IAF, with Antonio Lotta on keys and Antonio Sardu on drums.

Surprisingly the album contains all the basic fundamentals of the Italian Prog scene despite being release at a time when Progressive Rock was just shadow of the past.The style is split between great Symphonic Rock passages and virtuosic Jazz-Rock performances, being largely instrumental with only some space for vocals on ''Diablo'' and the closing ''Yankee Go Home''.''Dopo il buio la luce'' offers plenty of great breaks and technical interplays, heavily based on Lotta's keyboards and Francesco Salis' guitars with an alternation between parts with a romantic flavor and professional music textures with a technical diversity.The guitars have a strong jazzy taste overall with some fantastic solos througout, while Lotta is willing to offer a varied work of jazzy electric pianos, symphonic moog synths and great piano interludes.Especially the rich interplays follow one another with a termendous ability by the group to create memorable tunes, often supported by an orchestral grandieur.The overall sound of the band resembles to the lines of acts from early to mid-70's and a mix between the aesthetics of FOCUS, GENESIS, BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO, PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI and RETURN TO FOREVER seems like a good description.

Salis did not escape the luck of all those late-70's progressive groups and split up a year later.The two brothers continiued being part of the music industry and also released the tape ''Signora del porto'' in 1988, featuring re-recordings of old compositions, along with a brand new CD work in 2003 entitled ''Statue e fiori''.Unfortunately death would separate them, as Francesco sadly passed away in 2007.

Among the greatest Italian Prog material ever to be recorded during the second half of the 70's, ''Dopo il buio la luce'' is an album full of great inspirational moments and different imaginative colors, always stuffed with the familiar Italian atmosphere.Highly recommended.

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