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Florian Import

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 14, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Mercury Italy
  • ASIN: B0000071J1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,610 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Actually, it's tied with "Old School Songs", also from 1979 or so, when Dave Cousins of The Strawbs re-recorded a bunch of his electric songs from the early '70's with just acoustic guitar. "Florian" was far more ambitious than that. The 4 guys -- Aldo, Toni, Michi, and Germano -- took two years off. When they came back, they had left the electric guitars/bass/drums/keyboards/voice combination behind. They returned with, and I'm quoting from the CD, Aldo: violoncello, chitarra classica, voce; Antonio: piano, clavicembalo, armonium; Giuseppe: vibrafono, marimba, glockenspiel, percussioni; Germano: violino, chitarra acustica, buzuky, mandola. Entirely acoustic! (I'll let you translate the Italian on your own; it's good for you.) Note that Toni and Michi switched to their baptismal names in keeping with their classy new instruments. In the hands of lesser talents, this move would have been pretentious and an embarrassment. But the members of Le Orme, being almost godlike in their brilliance, produced one of their greatest and most moving records. It's been a favourite of mine since I received the LP as a birthday present in 1980. Standout tracks for me are "Calipso" and "Fine di un viaggio" (i.e. End of a Journey). The other Orme albums in the first rank, and not in any particular order, are: Uomo di pezza, Contrappunti, and Felona e Sorona (not the English language version, Felona & Sorona, with lyrics by Peter Hammill of Van Der Graaf). The group also gave quite a good accounting of themselves in their 1996 release, "Il fiume", even without the help of Toni and Germano. Aldo is still in very good voice.Read more ›
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At the time of the release of this album (1979), a lot of prog bands had either packed it in, or had shifted to a style that emphasized jazz rock, British symphonic pop, or American arena rock. Not Le Orme however - they opted for a change in direction that emphasized folk and classical styles.

This album is really interesting in that while Le Orme had simplified their style like a lot of the prog giants, they made a dramatic shift in direction by scoring their pieces solely for acoustic instruments. Specifically, Aldo Tagliapietra now played cello and classical guitar (in addition to his vocal parts), Antonio Pagliuca played acoustic piano, harpsichord, and the harmonium (a reed keyboard instrument), drummer Giuseppe dei Rossi had abandoned the drum kit and played a host of percussion instruments including vibraphone, marimba, and the glockenspiel, while guitarist Germano Serafin played violin, acoustic guitar, buzuky, and the mandolin.

The result of the dramatic change in instrumentation is a highly melodic and peaceful album of acoustic music that is rich in melody and acoustic textures. The percussion instruments really add quite a lot and I actually find it preferable to a full drum kit at times.

All in all, this is an excellent album that presents a pleasant change of direction for a prog band in the late 1970s. Highly recommended along with Uomo di pezza (1972), Felona e Serona (1973), Contrapuntti (1974), and Storia O Leggenda (1977). For those of you that like the acoustic direction, they would continue this approach on Piccola Rapsodia Dell'Ape (1980).
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Unlike previous efforts this recording is an all-acoustic effort. This was rather a brave endeavor given the time of it's recording (1979). The world was turning it's collective ear to punk and new wave and acoustic recordings were decidedly unpopular. It's a shame as this disc ranks among Le Orme's finest efforts. This and the follow up Piccola Rapsodia Dell'Ape, also an acoustic effort, are highly recommended...Simon
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I'll bet nobody saw this one coming back in '79. Instead of following most of their progressive rock peers down the circling drain of commercial viability, Le Orme instead produces a timeless collection of songs that lean heavily on Italian folk and street music. This was years before the "unplugged" craze swept the music biz, yet here the bands superb musicianship and penchant for hummable melodies blends with authentic acoustic instrumental arrangements featuring violin, piano, classical guitar, mandolin and double bass. Aldo Tagliapietra's vocals were always well-suited to Le Orme's brand of ear-friendly Italo-prog, but they may be even more at home in such a warm and inviting context. It's a shame the success the band found here couldn't be sustained, though when someone next talks to you about how all the classic prog bands were producing crap in the late 70s you can correct them.
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