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  • Audio CD (June 1, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • ASIN: B0036G4CYU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,730,474 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Japanese only SHM paper sleeve pressing. The SHM-CD [Super High Material CD] format features enhanced audio quality through the use of a special polycarbonate plastic. Using a process developed by JVC and Universal Music Japan discovered through the joint companies' research into LCD display manufacturing, SHM-CDs feature improved transparency on the data side of the disc, allowing for more accurate reading of CD data by the CD player laser head. SHM-CD format CDs are fully compatible with standard CD players.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece. December 26, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This brilliant Italian progressive outfit made this recording in 1977 and then disapeared for over twenty years. A pity, as this recording is a classic. It stands equally with the finest of PFM, Banco del Mutuo Soccorso, Le Orme, Museo Rosenbach and other Italian progressive greats. The musicianship, compositions, vocals(in Italian) and production are all exceptional. Where there is a strong melodic sense throughout the arrangements are quite complex and rich. Not a weak cut in the entire 54 minutes of music. A must have for any prog fan, Italian or otherwise....Simon
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost Masterpiece December 21, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is my introduction to the world of Italian Prog Rock. Brilliant songwriting flowing with melody from pianos, flutes, guitars, bass, even harpsichords (but i think they're synthesized). Some complain about the vocals either being too strong or not strong enough - I think they're just fine, but the focus is more on the music than the vocals anyways. Track 4 has a softer duet. Most of this cd makes images in my head of walking down a street on a brisk winter day in New York City in 1977 while snowing softly and stopping in at an italian restaraunt or deli. My favorite song is the title track. The bonus track is really not essential, I usually stop at track 7 because the ending of it has the same theme as the title track and the album sounds more whole that way. This cd has sparked my interest in Italian prog rock and my collection of it will slowly grow.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Italian Gem July 16, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is yet another unheralded progressive rock masterpiece, and one of the great prog albums ever. This is certainly one of the top five Italian prog albums I have ever heard, and perhaps my personal favorite. It's certainly up there with the work of Banco, Le Orme and PFM, if not better. A great place to start exploring Italian progressive rock too.. very accessible, melodic and symphonic. Beautiful vocals and awe-inspriring arrangements.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Italian Progressive February 28, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the great pieces of progressive music. It is not as adventurous as many progressive cds, but it is richly textured and highly structured, with great musicianship throughout. It is also deeply intense and emotional music. If you are a progressive music fan or a classical music fan, or an open-minded fan of music in general, this is music that you will enjoy for a lifetime. You will rarely spend your money more wisely!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Last italian masterpiece October 20, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
When I heard this the first time it completely blew me away! The performance is so tight, so skilfull, top-notch all over. The songs have loads of great time changes and themes and everything you want from a progressive album. Dont be fooled by the late year: 1977, this IS a masterpiece. Some songs are faster with a hard energy and some more mellow with the most beuatiful keyboards and themes you can imagine. The singer has a very expressive and passionate voice. This recording wont disappoint any fan of good italian prog.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Symph prog at its best !!! December 6, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I agree this is a masterpiece. Both the music and the voices are briliant. The music is complex but has also melodic sides, and this album can easily be compared to the earlier english prog masterpieces such as 'close to the edge' or ' the lamb lies down on broadway'. It's a shame that the CD version features two tracks that have nothing in common with the rest of the album. But, overall, I recommend this CD to all fans of symph prog.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, no weak points! November 23, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I rarely give albums 5 stars (see my other reviews), but this one is special. No weak points at all, excellent music and production.
So, you really can call this album "masterpiece". It is better, then a number of well-known prog-rock albums and realkly deserve your attention!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As classic as they get June 16, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
For those in the know, Italian progressive rock of the 70s was in a class by itself. For the most part, the bands created a style which relied heavily on Italian musical themes of the past and Mediterenean influences in general. Unfortunately, most of the great bands only recorded one or two albums, and this is no exception. The album came out towards the end of the Italian glory days, but it is easily one of the greatest releases. Rarely does an album of this genre feature such amazing vocals, and the arrangements create a different layer of melodies everytime I listen to it. Superb recording and the extra track is as good as anything on the original release. Highly recommended for anyone dipping their foot into Italian prog.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best
Locanda Delle Fate have simply produced one of the pure gems of all progressive rock, not just RPI. For that reason it receives 5 stars. Great songwriting invades the entire album. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kingsson2012
5.0 out of 5 stars a true prog masterpiece
This is not only one of the greatest albums of Italian Symphonic Prog, but way up there among the great prog albums period! Read more
Published on July 5, 2011 by John Q Public
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music, top notch Italian musicianship!
I will start this review of mine by saying that for some people to make such negative, superficial and narrow minded comments about this band, they must come from a background of... Read more
Published on February 15, 2010 by Giorgio M. Delli
4.0 out of 5 stars Wound right
Tightly knit, no-frills progressive rock from the usually overly sensational 70's-era Italians is classy compositional ambition and arranged restraint.
Published on December 1, 2009 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars Locanda delle Fate
For those who are wary of Italian prog, this is the album to own. Absolute superb muscianship and perhaps the most beautiful song in the world-'Non Chiudere A Chiave Le Stelle' is... Read more
Published on August 24, 2008 by R. J. Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars yes, it's a masterpiece!
Locanda Delle Fate is one heck of a fantastic band, let me tell you that right now. Some of the prettiest vocals, flutes, piano, and melodies you can possibly imagine. Read more
Published on August 8, 2008 by B. E Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars A State of Imagination (to paraphrase another Italian group...)
An interesting aspect of the Italian progressive rock scene is, a lot of bands only had time to produce an album or two before they vanished into obscurity in their own countries,... Read more
Published on December 15, 2007 by Tom Emanuel
3.0 out of 5 stars IF THIS IS A MASTERPIECE, THEN WHAT ABOUT OTHER 150 BETTER ALBUMS FROM...
Just an OK album, nicely played by musicians who are capable to deliver a good album, just a good album, but say this is a masterpiece, well...It's too much, and exaggerated.
Published on January 7, 2007 by Mui H. Yuen
5.0 out of 5 stars densely orchestrated, beautifully layered Italian prog
This album has to stand, along with Banco del Mutuo Soccorso's "Io Sono Nato Libero" as some of the finest European progressive music that I have ever heard. Read more
Published on April 2, 2006 by Warren W. Nelson
2.0 out of 5 stars Overrated
I think this album is just the most overrated of Italian Prog Rock. The melodies are awfully obvious and wxaggeratedly sweet. Read more
Published on September 9, 2004 by Sgrignoli Marco
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