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Felona E Sorona Import


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 10, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal Italy
  • ASIN: B004TF3HSO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,541 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

THE REPRESSING OF AN ALBUM WHICH HAS MADE THE HISTORY OF ITALIAN PROG ROCK AND WHICH IS A MILESTONE IN THE DISCOGRAPHY OF LE ORME. THIS DELUXE EDITION, RELEASED 38 YEARS AFTER THE ORIGINAL RELEASE, CONTAINS THE ORIGINAL VERSION OF THE ALBUM IN A NEW REMASTERED EDITION AND, FOR THE FIRST TIME ON THE ITALIAN MARKET, THE ENGLISH VERSION, RELEASED ONLY IN ENGLAND FOR TONY STRATTON-SMITH'S LABEL CHARISMA IN 1973. THE ENGLISH VERSION OF FELONA AND SORONA IS A TRUE RARITY AS THE LP CIRCULATED FOR A LIMITED NUMBER OF MONTHS AND BECAME IMMEDIATELY A COLLECTORS' ITEM. IT IS NOW CONTAINED IN THIS CD IN ITS ORIGINAL VERSION WITH LYRICS WRITTEN BY PETER HAMMILL. THE DOUBLE CD COMES IN A VERY REFINED AND ELEGANT DIGIPACK VERSION WITH A BOOKLET CONTAINING RARE PICTURES OF THE BAND TAKEN DURING THE RECORDING AND BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES BY JOURNALISTS MARIO GIAMMETTI AND ERNESTO DE PASCALE.

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Music here is the best Le Orme has done in this vein of prog-rock.
diversity
Musically Felona is beautiful from start to finish with a ton of great guitar, bass, drums and a ton of vintage keyboards.
James W. Unger
The music flows together in classic Italian progressive rock style.
Steven Sly

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Allen Ray on August 1, 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is my first experience of Le Orme, and I'm impressed. Though often compared to Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, this band bears relatively little musical resemblance to the British supergroup, at least on this 1973 release. There is a drummer, a keyboardist who plays organ, piano, Moog (?) and string synths, and a bassist/guitarist who also is the singer, so in that sense, the two groups are similar. However, Le Orme is far and away much more melodic than ELP.
The first track is the most energetic, and at 8:43 is also the longest. The drummer gets a good workout, and as the instrumentation here is tastefully sparse, he can be heard very distinctly. The singer has a very mellow and pleasant voice that would be hard not to like. The tracks all flow together well, though one could argue that the overall pace slackens a bit too much towards the middle. Still, there's little to dislike here. Simple but tasteful production values put everything in its place.
Silly observation: track 8 (All'Infuori Del Tempo) has a dominant riff/melody line that sounds nearly identical to John Williams' Star Wars main theme... five years before the movie!
My only complaint is that this is too short - only 33 or so minutes. When I hear this kind of melodic progressive rock, I wish it would go on and on.
Felona E Sorona is highly recommended to anyone who likes melodic rock, and especially those who enjoy symphonic progressive rock. You can't go wrong with this one.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By William Scalzo on September 14, 2006
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If you don't speak Italian don't let that put you off, this is one hell of a great classic-era Prog masterpiece. The whole 33 minutes flow by like a symphony. Le Orme does here what they do best...write inspired melodies and dress them up in interesting arrangements, rather than going for the virtuoso technicality of other Proggers.

This one holds up extremely well to repeated listening and the keyboards are fantastic, so are the vocals and drums. But oh those Keys!!!

Highly recommended for fans of Prog's classic era.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By DVDB on July 18, 2003
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Just received the CD - I'm now listening to this album for the first time in . . . . oh . . . probably fifteen years and it's still amazingly enjoyable. Actually, my original vinyl LP was the english language variant with lyrics by Peter Hammill (is that version available anywhere?). And while I was a huge Hammill and VDGG fan I found the lyrics very clumsy and a detriment to the music. Hearing the original version now (even though I don't speak Italian)I realize what a good prog album this was. Moody and melodic, it reminds me more of the "Nursery Chryme / Foxtrot" era Genesis if I had to compare to any other prog cornerstone. Well worth picking up.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gerald Simmons on February 13, 2003
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There is a passage towards the end of the first piece where the band is doing an impromptu jam and the Moog is going off with these trippy sounds with the drums keeping a marching beat. Everytime I hear this part I feel like I'm about to have an out of body exprience--it's that good!
Le Orme is like ELP but is not bombastic and less technical. But they make up for it by having a unique style of their own, whereas with ELP you never get the feeling that they really have a style, but rather a bundle of different styles. Because of this I think some like Le Orme better. And the moods of the typical Le Orme recording is quite melancholic(is that a word?), giving a more sophisticated feel.
I laugh when other fans call works like this dated...as if it's something bad. I mean just listen to a TOOL album next year and tell me it's not the lamest thing you've ever heard. Then listen to it in 30 years--you won't stop laughing. Le Orme on the other hand has aged very well, they've done nothing they to be ashamed of, compared to what some of the things ELP or Banco have done.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By BENJAMIN MILER on September 21, 2001
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The first Le Orme album I got was Ad Gloriam (1969). That one is basically psychedelic pop (it's pretty fair to say that this was the From Genesis to Revelation of Le Orme, although Ad Gloriam was a better album than the aforementioned Genesis album). The next album I got was Felona e Sorona and I was totally amazed how different this album sounds (for the better). This album is nothing short of a prog rock masterpiece. Often gets compared to ELP, which I can't see why, as they don't remind me much of that band (except the occasional passage). If you're expecting this to sound like ELP, you're better off trying Triumvirat's Illusions on a Double Dimple, or L'Uovo di Colombo's self-entitled 1973 release (which really deserves to be called the Italian ELP). Felona e Sorona is apparently a concept album about two planets that are the complete opposite of each other, but since its all in Italian, I can't be exactly sure what it is all about. All the music flows real nicely into each other, often segued with string synths (people often state Mellotron is used on this album, but I don't notice any). There's two acoustic numbers, while the rest is wonderful keyboard-driven prog. The opener, "Sospesi Nell'Incredibile" is nothing short of amazing, I particularly love those synths near the end with the insane drumming at the end. "Sorona" is a gloomy, atmospheric number that oddly reminds me of how Pulsar (circa Halloween) might have sounded like if they were Italian. Whatever the case, if this album isn't in your collection and you like Italian prog, you need to buy this album without hesitation. It really does live up to the hype.
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