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Il Volo


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.89 | 145 ratings

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Andrea Cortese
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4 stars "To be or not to be? To be, to be, to be!"

This is the complete album's title of the remarkable Il Volo' second effort (1975). And that above is the answer to the most famous shakespearian question. Not too obvious, really! Often feeling a little bit pessimistic, then I thought an album like this one could be a good remedy for my soul! I had to wait for some weeks, but finally I own it!

I was very interested to listen to Il Volo's works, usually being described as an important "supergroup". Not because of a commercial success, really, but because of the band's six members who came all from different famous bands. In primis Alberto Radius and Gabriele Lorenzi, both from Formula 3 after they disbanded in 1973. Other members came from other important Italian bands like, for example, I Camaleonti, Duello Madre and I Ribelli.

Five of the six tracks of this 1975 work are completely instrumental efforts, while the only one with some lyrics features the contribution of Mogol, the extraordinary famous lyrics' writer of Lucio Battisti. They both worked many years together with Formula Tre.

But what about the music? It's difficult to say.maybe the subgenre symphonic prog is not completely suitable, being wisely mixed with jazzy vein and a space-rock attitude. The most evident aspects are, in order, the use of two keyboards' players and the great importance of mellow voices and choirs. Plus some sparkling acoustic guitar in the usual Radius' manner.

The listener is so introduced into such a "flying musical imagery" of another good Italian bands of the 70s. A perfect album to listen when you're driving your car after a hard working day! Highly recommended!

Andrea Cortese | 4/5 |


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