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Contaminazione [Import]

Il Rovescio Della MedagliaAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (November 23, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony/Bmg Italy
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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1. Absent for This Consumed World
2. Ora Non Ricordo Piů
3. Il Suonu del Silenzio
4. Mi Sono Svegliato E...Ho Chiuso Gli Occhi
5. Lei Sei Tu: Lei
6. La Mia Musica
7. Johann
8. Scotland Machine
9. Cella 503
10. Contaminazione 1760
11. Alzo un Muro Elettrico
12. Sweet Suite
13. La Grande Fuga

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very rare proggresive masterpiece!!!! June 7, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Il Rovescio della medaglia fue una banda italiana poco conocida si la comparamos con PFM, Le Orme, Aria o Maxophone, probablemente porque para las fechas en la que se concibe esta grabaciòn no existìa el INTERNET. Enriquez, Vita, Bardotti y Sergepy se inspiraron en Johann Sebastian Bach y lograron componer una obra que nos recuerda el estilo barroco al que imprimen un especial y curioso sentido progresivo que,unido a lo revolucionario de la lìrica, hacen de este CD uno muy adelantado a sus tiempos (fue grabado en 1973). Aunque considero que es un disco conceptual que exige escucharse de un tiròn, destacan La mia musica, Cella 503, Contaminazione 1760 y La grande fuga.....
Despuès de escucharlo varias veces tengo que admitir que esta obra maestra del rock progresivo compara con In the court of the Crimson King de King Crimson....y es una exigencia tenerlo en su colecciòn.....
Il Rovescio della medagliawas a great italian band not so well known like PFM, Le Orme, Aria or Maxophone. Unfortunatly, there was no INTERNET at that time (1973). Enriquez,Vita,Bardotti and Sergepy inspired in the great clavicordist and barroque musical genious, J.S. Bach and made a very rare album adding progressive elements combined with social and political lyrics that at the end the result were a outstanding masterpiece....I consider Contaminazione a conceptual album that you should enjoy completly....but La mia musica, Cella 503, Contaminazione 1760 and La grande fuga........are simply fantastic....
After listened well, this CD is one of it kind, like it was in 1969 King Crimson, "In the court of the Crimson King". It is a must to have it in your collection.......
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful combination of prog and classical August 6, 2004
Format:Audio CD
For many years I have been familiar with Contamination, the English language version of this album, because I owned the LP. I thought that album was a wonderful combination of prog and classical, specifically that of Bach, my complaint being that the English vocals didn't go natural for that band (much like PFM's Photos of Ghosts). Now I have got the original Italian language Contaminazione, which while sounds all pretty much the same (maybe some slight differences in places), the Italian vocals are definately an improvement. Prior to Contaminazione, the band had already released two hard rock albums, Io Come Io (1972) and La Bibbia (1971), neither not too well liked in the prog rock community (although I don't think La Bibbia is that bad - it's actually pretty good, albeit rough and unpolished hard rock). But then the band added a keyboardist and totally switched directions. The band hired Argentine-born Luis Enriquez Bacalov to conduct the orchestra (he already already did this for Osanna's Milano Calibro 9 and New Trolls' Concerto Grosso Per 1). Here the band bases their music on Bach's Well Tempered Clavier, with lyrics that tell the story of a Scottish musician so obsessed with the music of Bach he thought he was the composer's son, and eventually went insane. While the Moody Blues, Procol Harum, Renaissance, Rick Wakeman, Ekseption, Deep Purple, New Trolls, and Osanna had all explored rock with orchestra concepts, RDM decided to do their own, and made a great album in the process. Lots of great guitar and keyboards (Mini Moog, VCS-3, ARP 2600, Hammond organ, Eminent, harpsichord, pipe organ). There are some passages that bring to mind New Trolls' Concerto Grosso Per 1, I guess that's no surprise, given Bacalov was involved in both. Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Lethe
Format:Audio CD
This is the unique combination of fine orchestrations concerning classical music, with some heavy guitar excursions: nevertheless -of course- there are a lot of master classic italian prog albums better than this one, yet R.D.M. tries to leave a bit the heavy guitar style of their first album,in order to make the keyboards more dominant and suitable to tell you the story about the life of J.S. Bach: while the guitars are a good completion of the full-bodied sound anyway, even though being less important during the short duration of the present album(36 minutes)... I don't like the other albums, characterized by heavy guitar riffs and a few variations (according to me such l.p.'s got the same defects of some 70's italian albums such as "Biglietto per l'Inferno"), but this one is the output of an interesting experiment and idea as well.
Essential album, even though inferior to the other italian masterpieces of the same period !!
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4.0 out of 5 stars wonderful recording but... June 10, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I think that this is one of those "underground" classics that people hear mentioned in other reviews of Italian progressive music but have not heard it. I, for one, took the chance and bought a copy. It is captivating, wonderful and rough around the edges. It is indeed contaminated classical (baroque) music but a fascinating one that should delight any fan of symphonic rock.

Now, for the one star from being an overall masterpiece. The K2 24 bit mastering has significantly broadened the sound. The bass is low and articulate. The midrange is "in your face". The treble, is overbearing. I had to make a copy of the recording, turning down the treble significantly to make it palatable to the ears. It was almost painful to hear the violins.

For the money, it should be a great recording, not one that needs further correction. Where was the engineer? What happened?
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