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."
"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)."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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"
"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"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."