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    Posted: September 19 2007 at 21:45
This is just an appreciation thread I wanted to start for this absolutely brilliant album:
 
 
This is the best music I have heard in a while.  I am listening to new stuff all of the time, but this absolutely BLEW me away.  The most amazing stuff I have ever heard, out of nowhere!
 
Leonardo Sasso = AMAZING voice.  The musicianship on this album as well, pure brilliance.
 
I believe that Forse le lucciole non si amano di piu is one of if not the most beautiful, soul catching song ever written.  Unbelievable!  Thank you PA for sharing the information abut this insanely good band.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 19 2007 at 22:40
No doubt, this is a great album. A must for anyone's collection.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 19 2007 at 22:50
Can you reccommend anything very close to it?
 
I have alot of PFM, Le Orme, Banco and all the other italian prog stuff...but there is nothing quite as epic as this anywhere!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 19 2007 at 23:03
Originally posted by The Lost Chord The Lost Chord wrote:

Can you reccommend anything very close to it?
 
I have alot of PFM, Le Orme, Banco and all the other italian prog stuff...but there is nothing quite as epic as this anywhere!



Well, make sure you've heard Alusa Fallax, Apoteosi, RRR, QVL, Reale Academia.  They are older than Locanda so not as polished production, but all are fabulous. 

Also, given the sound of that one, you might appreciate Gotic's "Escenes" from Spain.  Very nice pastoral instrumental rock. 

Good luck!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 20 2007 at 00:13
Actually, I have several suggestions. Corte Dei Miracoli is excellent. Genfuoco "Dentro l'Invisibile" might be a good choice. And you should definitely check out Nuova Era "Il Passo del Soldato." I am assuming you have heard about La Maschera Di Cera. It's a bit on the darker side, but good nonetheless. You also might want to start looking into some South/Central American prog, and stuff from Spain.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 20 2007 at 01:28
I'll second some of the good suggestions from Finnforest and bhikkhu:
 
La Maschera di Cera have a very 'epic' sound, very much like the legends Banco, PFM, etc
 
Quella Vecchia Locanda (QVL) - I think you'll really like QVL, alternating between hard rock and flute-driven classical inspired compositions.
 
Celeste - very calm and laid back...I take it you're a Moodies fan, then you may like the loads of mellotron and majestic melodies here.
 
Apoteosi - another peaceful one, this time with gorgeous female vocals, somewhere between Renaissance and PFM.
 
I Giganti - Terra en Bocca...one of the earliest 'true-progressive' albums from Italy...very folky and loaded with mellotron and quality melodies
 
It it's "epic" you want, you could try the New Trolls Concerto Grosso trilogy if you haven't already...a fusion of rock with classic that works far more often than not.
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 20 2007 at 01:39
Another great, new Italian prog band are Ubi Maior from Milan, who are completing the recording the follow-up to their 2005 debut, "Nostos". Their CD can be ordered from BTF (www.btf.italy). They are definitely on the symphonic side of things, though slightly darker in sound than bands like Locanda delle Fate or Celeste.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 20 2007 at 01:43
^^seconded...I finally got around to giving Ubi Maior a good listen and it's excellent (I posted some thoughts in the RPI thread).  I wouldn't necessarily put them in the same boat as LDF, but they have a unique twist on the vintage sound that is very dramatic and, well...progressive!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 20 2007 at 05:53

Locanda are great, no doubt. And Forse Le Lucciole... is one of the greatest album in Italy's prog tradition. One of my favourite for sure. Great, emotional and quasi-baritonal vocals, excellent musiciaship (with the famous double keyboardist line up). Excellent production and sound.

There are no similar bands and albums, that's for my experience.

But if you want to search for other great works from the same year (1977) I suggest Riccardo Zappa's Celestion: short, wonderful, original and completely different.

 

 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 20 2007 at 08:51
My fave from Italian Prog. A Masterpiece without a doubt. Extremely recommended!!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 20 2007 at 11:12
Thanks for all the suggestions, I have heard alot of it and love it, especially Celeste.
 
I will definitely check out more thanks so much!!
 
BTW...anyone know where Leonardo Sasso is today?  No info anywhere for one of my fav vocalists, pure passion!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 20 2007 at 15:16
Originally posted by The Lost Chord The Lost Chord wrote:


BTW...anyone know where Leonardo Sasso is today? No info anywhere for one of my fav vocalists, pure passion!


yep, very original and emotional
I also like their drummer's style a lot, he's so fiery!Just listen to "A Volte...", this is easily my favouritest instrumental track ever recorded!!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 20 2007 at 16:05
Breaking news... La Locanda delle Fate Impending Reunion with the original line-up and a new studio Prog-album!
 
In the meantime you can always appreciate their Halcyon days...
 
 
 
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 20 2007 at 18:04
Originally posted by Andrea Cortese Andrea Cortese wrote:

Locanda are great, no doubt. And Forse Le Lucciole... is one of the greatest album in Italy's prog tradition. One of my favourite for sure. Great, emotional and quasi-baritonal vocals, excellent musiciaship (with the famous double keyboardist line up). Excellent production and sound.

There are no similar bands and albums, that's for my experience.

But if you want to search for other great works from the same year (1977) I suggest Riccardo Zappa's Celestion: short, wonderful, original and completely different.

 

 



I confirm. But Zappa arrives for good second!!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 20 2007 at 21:56
My favorite PRI album, a real jewl!!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 28 2007 at 12:51
One of the best italian prog with no doubt. I could see the video... excellent!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 28 2007 at 23:05
Originally posted by andrea andrea wrote:

Breaking news... La Locanda delle Fate Impending Reunion with the original line-up and a new studio Prog-album!
 
In the meantime you can always appreciate their Halcyon days...
 
 
 
 
 


that's great news indeed... shame I am one of the few that never really got into the album or group though. One of probably the first 10 or so RPI albums I got.. and it collects dust... just never grabbed me the way others did I guess.
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