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  • Audio CD (November 23, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony/Bmg Italy
  • ASIN: B000062W2G
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #378,988 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey J.Park VINE VOICE on December 18, 2005
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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). Based upon what I have read, by the time of L'Egitto Prima delle Sabbie (1978), his music had become completely avant-garde and made for "very difficult listening", which makes me want to snap these later recordings up all that much more. Given the complexity of this music, it is inconceivable that Battiato could have ever been a pop star, yet he was before 1972. He pretty much threw the pop approach out the window for this recording however, which consists largely of experimental passages on synthesizers including the VCS 2 (this is a new one for me) and the VCS 3, in addition to a tiny bit of pipe organ on Il silenzio del rumore. With regard to synthesizers, every band member with the single exception of the drummer plays one form of the VCS or the other. Furthermore, even though the VCS was used more as a sound generator than a melodic instrument, the tones employed are smooth and clean, i.e. not distorted. The pieces on the album are arranged such that tracks 1-4 form a suite of sorts that starts with a recording of classical music (it sounds like a waltz) over which Battiato provides spoken word passages in Italian (spoken word passages also close the suite). The four pieces alternate heavily rocking sections of drums/bass/guitar (sounds somewhat like YS by Il Balletto di Bronzo, 1972), with experimental passages played on synths. Plancton starts of with some spacey sounds on the VCS and then gradually, acoustic guitar is incorporated along with some gloomy vocal parts.Read more ›
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Although it's only a very small section inside our store, many of our most devout and curious shoppers have found gem after gem in our Italian Prog section. Franco Battiato is one of those gems for sure. One of those endlessly creative artists who completely defies categorization. Sweeping in scope and eccentric in all the right ways it's no surprise that Battiato has finally begun to get the attention he so rightly deserves, as folks like Jim O'Rourke have gone out of their way to champion these forward thinking sounds from decades ago.

Released in 1973, Pollution is a psychedelic synth masterpiece foreshadowing so much of what was to come in the landscape of electronic music. With out-of-this-world synths that make Rick Wakeman's playing seem pedestrian, and an otherworldly dimension orchestrated to perfection. Like David Axelrod getting super psychedelic and arranging a record for Ash Ra Tempel. So extravagant yet totally coherent. These sounds are so alive, so full of color, wonder and beauty. It goes without saying that as more folks discover this record it will probably be sampled to death, and we wouldn't be all that surprised if Four Tet, DJ Shadow, or Plaid hadn't already borrowed a bit here and there. Like Jean Claude Vannier's L'Enfant Assassin Des Mouches, this is an early '70s psych-prog masterpiece that is an across the board AQ favorite!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BENJAMIN MILER on November 5, 2010
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I first became aware of Franco Battiato back in 2001 when I acquired an LP copy of Jumbo's Vietato ai Minori di 18 Anni? (1973) on the Philips label. Strange I would find out about this famous (in Italy, at least) figure through a rather rare and obscure prog rock album (very worthy of your collection, with "Gil", which Battitato guested on, resembling what he did in '72-'73), rather than his career directly, but there you go! I decided his albums from around the same time have got to be just as interesting, and I was right! Franco Battiato had too varied a career to be categorized as one thing. He's done it all: pop, prog, electronic, classical, avant garde, you name it. He even entered the Eurovision Song Contest. But don't let that put you off if what you're looking is for more great Italian prog to add to your collection. Nothing remotely pop about this 1973 offering, Pollution. This is his second LP (Fetus was his first). To me, as excellent as Fetus is, Pollution improves on it! It's more sophisticated, for one thing, and also benefits from a better production, and everything is an improvement over his debut. It starts off with "Il Silenzio del Rumore", where you hear a Strauss waltz with some spoken Italian. Then you get treated with some heavy guitar riffs and organ. Here you might think Battiato had entered the same time of heavy prog covered by the likes of Biglietto per L'Inferno, Museo Rosenbach, Metamorfosi, and the likes, but it ends rather suddenly. "Areknames" is a fantastic piece with great vocals in Italian and very raw, in-your-face use of the VCS-3 synth (Heldon's Electronic Guerrilla has that similar use of raw, in-your-face use of the EMS synth). "Beta" is a rather spacy psychedelic/prog number with themes from "Arkenames" popping up, usually on piano this time.Read more ›
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