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Canto Di Primavera Import


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  • Audio CD (July 29, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Music Italy
  • ASIN: B000056ZZW
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,292 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 22, 2002
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This 1979 recording is a decidedly different sound and direction for Banco. Where the band remains the same, there is a subtle jazzier sound with a few saxaphone solos thrown in to boot. At the same time the compositions sound less complex if not less sophisticated. There is little resembling their classic recordings (Darwin, Io Sono Nato Libero) but it is not too far removed from Come In Ultima Cena. With perhaps much more of an emphasis on briefer and less complex compositions (8 in all). Still, this is still quite a progressive work which is surprising given that most prog bands were abandoning the scene in droves by the late 70's(see Genesis, Yes, Strawbs and PFM for some examples). At this point the band was still maturing nicely. Francesco de Giacommo is present and is in fine voice. Perhaps not essential but still highly recommended...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey J.Park VINE VOICE on February 9, 2009
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This album is a wonderful follow-up to the more experimental Di Terra (1978). Surprisingly, while the tracks on Canto di Primavera (1979) are pretty short by prog standards (even for the late 1970s), this is a progressive sounding album and as such, there is little in the way of mainstream styles popular at the time, e.g., stadium rock, British symphonic pop, and disco. Indeed, while a bit softer, the tracks sound like "miniaturized" versions of their epic progressive works from the early-mid 1970s.

The lineup on the album includes: Vittorio Nocenzi (synthesizers, keyboards, vocals); Gianni Nocenzi (keyboards), Rudolfo Maltese (electric and acoustic guitars), Francesco DiGiacomo (vocals), Gianni Colaiacomo (electric bass guitar), and Pierluigi Calderoni (drums and percussion). I was quite pleased to hear Francesco's wonderful vocals, and they are as strong as ever. Instrumentally, the band is in fine form and there is some very sophisticated playing on this album. Because of the shortness of the tracks however, you really need to focus on each piece; there is generally a lot going on.

The eight tracks on the album range in length from 3:20 to 6:30, with most in the 4-6 minute range. In terms of the pieces themselves, while short, they are packed with wonderful melodies, exciting ensemble work, and sophisticated counterpoint; in short, all of the things that you might expect from this band. The moods range from sprightly proggy romps through softer acoustic textures, to brooding atmospherics - there are some contemplative and haunting moments on the album.

This reissue by Virgin is pretty lousy and does not feature any liner notes at all or personnel listing. The sound quality is however, excellent.
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An unforgettable and underrated follow-up to "Di terra" (this latter an experimental and more progressive album, but nevermind...), whose peculiarity is the simple but impressive approach of their arrangements, but also a kind of accessible poetry inside their lyrics, which make the present album well worth checking out at least!!
You won't find any long suites here (a-la "Darwin", I mean) and you can get an inkling of their modern style (more mainstream and popular) that in this case does not disturb us, as purists of prog music...their epic style is expressed by means of some shorter songs and the album is quite sophisticated anyway, regardless the splendid vocal approach by F. Di Giacomo!!

The compositions are various, according to different moods, going from the prog counterparts, to the melodic unplugged songs in the soft "Canterburian" style and still passing through the atmospheric tunes, which is a typical "trademark" of the band.

The reissue by Virgin is good- above all talking about the quality production- and after all (as an easier album) can complete your collection regarding one of the most important Italian Prog Bands ever!!
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MMM on February 1, 2003
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The album's title sounds somewhat like a veal entree in an Italian ristorante, the contents is quite close to it too. Some instrumental passages are reminiscent of the group's early years and suggest that the former mastery is hiding behind the mediocrity of the music. A couple of exuberant songs (the title track inclusive) are variations on themes of a little shepherd girls' choir, the rest is outright boring, best when used for an acupuncture session, highly recommended for the occasion.
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