Italian Progressive Rock

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The list author says: "The Italian progressive rock scene was extremely fertile and produced a seemingly infinite number of excellent groups; as such, this list should be viewed as simply the tip of the iceberg. Good starting points for folks new to the scene include Banco, PFM, and Le Orme."
Banco del Mutuo Soccorso
1.  Banco del Mutuo Soccorso by Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso
The list author says:
  "This 1972 debut is notable for Francesco Di Giacomos remarkable vocals (in Italian).  The music is really good too and is at least equal in quality to their English counterparts.  This is a 24-bit remaster that sounds pretty good.  There are no extras (the 24 karat gold CD comes in a digipak)."
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Darwin
2.  Darwin by Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso
The list author says:
  "This is the second release by this incredible Italian band.  Not one of the pieces on this disc appear on the 1975 Banco compilation."
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Io Sono Nato Libero
3.  Io Sono Nato Libero by Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso
The list author says:
  "Another excellent release by Banco.  This is the best place place to start exploring the Italian prog rock scene."
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Banco
4.  Banco by Banco
The list author says:
  "This is an incredibly good recording in spite of its being a compilation of their debut and Io Sono Nato Libero.  In addition to there being a new tune (The Bread Tree), a lot of the previously released pieces are completely reworked making this a worthwhile addition."
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Come in Un Ultima Cena
5.  Come in Un Ultima Cena by Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso
The list author says:
  "A wonderful follow-up to the Banco compilation from 1976.  Although starting to back off a TINY bit from the 1972-1973 material, this is still great prog rock."
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Di Terra
6.  Di Terra by Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso
The list author says:
  "By 1978 Banco had ventured more fully into avant-garde territory and this album is quite different from their earlier material (yet no less satisfying).  This album is all instrumental and presents a seamless integration of a rock ensemble with an orchestra."
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Canto Di Primavera
7.  Canto Di Primavera by Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso
The list author says:
  "This 1979 album by Banco is fantastic.  Although they had pared things back a bit, this is a fine album of shorter progressive pieces with excellent musicianship and great vocals by Francesco di Giacomo."
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Storia Di Un Minuto
8.  Storia Di Un Minuto by PFM (Premiata Forneria Marconi)
The list author says:
  "Fully developed prog by this amazing band.  Heavily influenced by 1969-1970 King Crimson.  Nice sounding remaster - no extras though (CD comes in a digipak)."
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Photos of Ghosts
9.  Photos of Ghosts by PFM (Premiata Forneria Marconi)
The list author says:
  "English version of Per un Amico.  Very quiet and contemplative with deft ensemble work."
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World Became the World
10.  World Became the World by PFM (Premiata Forneria Marconi)
The list author says:
  "An english-language version of L'Isola De Niente.  The last of the classically-influenced PFM CDs."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

Chocolate Kings
11.  Chocolate Kings by P.f.m
The list author says:
  "This is an excellent, high energy release by PFM that boasts incredible playing and arranging.  The jazz influence is more obvious, yet the arrangements are still proggy.  Vocals are a bit rough."
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Uomo Di Pezza
12.  Uomo Di Pezza by Le Orme
The list author says:
  "Their first progressive effort.  Like a lot of italian prog, this recording shows influences by King Crimson.  It is the Hammond organ (not the music)  that makes it sound like ELP.  Very nice."
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Felona E Sorona
13.  Felona E Sorona by Le Orme
The list author says:
  "Haunting and very well arranged.  This is a concept work illustrated through the song cycle rather than one continuous piece of music."
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Contrappunti
14.  Contrappunti by Le Orme
The list author says:
  "More experimental than either Uomo di pezza or Felona e Serona."
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Storia O Leggenda
15.  Storia O Leggenda by Le Orme
The list author says:
  "This is a wonderful, late-period album that nicely blends melancholy pop with some progressive rock.  Excellent melodies."
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Maxophone
16.  Maxophone by Maxophone
The list author says:
  "The Gentle Giant of Italy.  Thoughtfully arranged symphonic prog in a PFM-ish style.  Vocals in Italian.  Recommended.."
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Ys
17.  Ys by Il Balletto Di Bronzo
The list author says:
  "One of the archetypes of Italian Progressive Rock.  Dark and dissonant, yet in a polite way.  Vocals in Italian."
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Forse Le Lucciole Non Si Amano Piu
18.  Forse Le Lucciole Non Si Amano Piu by Locanda Delle Fate
The list author says:
  "Late period (1977) masterwork.   Very soft and restrained in the style of PFM.  Vocals in Italian.  Nicely remastered album that resembles a mini-LP."
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Il Tempo Della Gioia
19.  Il Tempo Della Gioia by Quella Vecchia Locanda
The list author says:
  "Synths are absent, with acoustic piano and violin soloing over the standard bass-drum-guitar backdrop.  EXTREMELY classically oriented with SOME Balletto di Bronzo influenced dissonance."
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Tilt
20.  Tilt by Arti & Mestieri
The list author says:
  "Somewhat jazz/rock fusion-ish progressive rock with intricate ensemble playing, great synthesizer parts, and excellent vocals (in Italian)."
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1978
21.  1978 by Area (Italy)
The list author says:
  "Stylistically, this music is predominantly jazz-rock, but Demetrios vocals, the synthesizers, and the use of European avant-garde styles makes this a very "weird" sounding jazz rock album.  The virtuosity is completely over the top throughout"
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

Zarathustra
22.  Zarathustra by Museo Rosenbach
The list author says:
  "Quite nearly a classic with some nice mellotron work.  Occasional flashes of sophisticated arrrangements sandwiched in between hard rock sections."
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Essere O Non Essere? Essere
23.  Essere O Non Essere? Essere by Il Volo
The list author says:
  "A very nice bit of prog-ish jazz rock that at times sounds just a tiny bit dated.  This stuff is really good and synth heavy."
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Celeste
24.  Celeste by チェレステ
The list author says:
  "This is quite good.  The music of Celeste is symphonic and somewhat similar to the style of PFM.  This was released in 1976."
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Dedicato a Frazz
25.  Dedicato a Frazz by Semiramis
The list author says:
  "The music of Semiramis sits somewhere between the pastoral aspects of PFM and the heaviness of "YS" with a little Museo Rosenbach thrown in for good measure.  Although sounding weak at times, it is OK"
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Melos
26.  Melos by Cervello
The list author says:
  "Similar stylistically to Semiramis and Museo Rosenbach with just a tiny bit of the pastoral aspect of PFM.  Excellent stuff!"
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Palepoli
27.  Palepoli by Osanna
The list author says:
  "This is good, aggressive prog that covers a wide range of styles and moods.  Lots of mellotron and heavily influenced by European avant garde styles.  Abrasive at times."
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Biglietto Per L'Inferno
28.  Biglietto Per L'Inferno by Biglietto per l'Inferno
The list author says:
  "OK prog that sounds a lot like Semiramis - alternating heavy sections with quieter, PFM-like moments.  The recording quality is downright awful and might wreck the experience for audiophiles.."
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Pollution
29.  Pollution by Franco Battiato
The list author says:
  "This is a very interesting recording of experimental/avant-garde/prog released by Franco Battiato in 1973 and is one of two proggish albums he made in the early 1970's (the other being Fetus, 1972).  Great VCS3 synthesizer heavy stuff with an avant-garde twist."
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Diario Di Viaggio Della Festa Mobile
30.  Diario Di Viaggio Della Festa Mobile by Festa Mobile
The list author says:
  "This is a nice album from 1973 that features guitar, drums, bass, and superb piano playing.  Overall good playing with some nice vocal harmonies.  This would make a nice addition to the Italian progressive rock collection."
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Per Un Mondo Di Cristallo
31.  Per Un Mondo Di Cristallo by Raccomandata Ricevuta Ritorno
The list author says:
  "This 1972 album mixes some excellent Baroque-period influenced Hammond C3 playing, some PFM-ish acoustic guitar/classical guitar and flute work, and thunderous barrages of electric bass, drums, and guitar that would not sound out of place on Il Balletto di Bronzo's YS album (1972).  Great stuff."
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Passio Secundum Mattheum
32.  Passio Secundum Mattheum by Latte E Miele
The list author says:
  "Passio Secundum Mattheum (1972) is a concept album of a religious nature that revolves around 12 pieces that range in length from 0:43 to 7:04.  This stuff is not bad at all and would make a fine addition to the Italian prog collection."
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Cherry Five
33.  Cherry Five by Goblin
The list author says:
  "Highly derivative of early Yes and ELP with high energy levels and a great Rickenbacker bass sound.  Vocals in English. Great stuff!"
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Concerto Grosso
34.  Concerto Grosso by New Trolls
The list author says:
  "This CD compilation repackages Concerto Grosso No. 1 (1971) with Concerto Grosso No. 2 (1976). Although Concerto Grosso 2 is not all that great, Concerto Grosso 1 is incredible.  As far as re-releases go, it is not spectacular, but is pretty darn cheap."
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Sognando E Risognando
35.  Sognando E Risognando by Formula 3
The list author says:
  "This is not a great album but felt compelled to list it here.  Features future members of Il Volo. While this album may not be the best in the Italian prog scene, it is certainly not completely awful. If you are as prog obsessed as I am, you will want to get this album, although you may want to get a (cheaper) used copy instead."
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Io Sono Murple
36.  Io Sono Murple by Murple
The list author says:
  "Another one of those one-shot deals.  This stuff is just OK although the keyboardist is excellent.  Sections of straight rock mixed with proggier elements.  Re-released by Akarma in a mini-LP format."
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