Palepoli Import, Original recording remastered
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The lineup on Palepoli includes Danilo Rustici (acoustic and electric guitar, 12 string acoustic guitar, organ, and vocals); Elio d'Anna (soprano and baritone saxes, electric saxophones (tenor and alto), flute, and vocals); Lello Brandi (electric bass guitar, vocals); Lino Vairetti (vocals, 12 string acoustic guitar, mellotron, ARP synthesizer); and Massimo Guarino (drums, percussion, vibraphone, and vocals). These guys are all excellent players and capable of some intricate ensemble work along with wild, acid-rock jams that are simply hair raising. The sax work is also excellent and reminds me a great deal of David Jackson's work with Van der Graaf Generator, while the flute work conjures up In the Court of the Crimson King era King Crimson. Well to my ears at any rate - then again, it may be the tons of mellotron splashed across this album that forces me to make the connection. The vocals (in Italian) are also quite good too and there are some nice harmonies on Palepoli.
Although I have mentioned a number of English prog bands, in large part this album more or less follows the format of fellow Italians Il Balletto di Bronzo and their acclaimed YS album (1972).Read more ›
"Oro Caldo" opens up with a bass drum, acoustic guitar & flute before turning into a festival. The band fades in and sounds like there ready to take the world by storm. What amazes me about this song are the varying degrees of fidelity in it. As the bands parties on, they sound like they're playing outdoors at a festival. It really starts the album off with a BANG - very positive vibe. This song, and the rest of the album just moves effortlessly from one idea to the next, rarely returning to earlier themes. It's almost like a stream-of-consciousness method to composition (although I think it's called "through-composed").
The second song is untitled and has the same opening as "Oro Caldo", but includes the backwards samples from the previous album Calibro 9. This is a nice break in the action before the atonal onslaught of "Animale Senza Respiro" enters to shake your foundations. This tune is EPIC in every sense and highly entertaining. There are so many incredible moments in this song that it still blows me away as I write in silence. There is an incredible mellotron passage in the middle that just sends a massive rush through every fiber of my nervous system (my hair is still standing on end). Other passages just simply rock with total abandon.Read more ›
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I will not discuss the musical merits of this album. They were covered by other customers and you can of course find other opinions on the Progarchives forum. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Florin D. Lung
Top-notch Italian prog. Good mix of instrumentation , However, for me, De De Lind must be the best of Italian prog.Published 19 months ago by Ron Romano
This is my favourite progressive rock release.
The depth of this album is most welcome. It spans an impressive range of genres and the use of flute, sax, and mellotron... Read more