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Quella Vecchia Locanda [Import]

Quella Vecchia LocandaAudio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Format: Import
  • Run Time: 34 minutes
  • ASIN: B0002JC4X0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,265,597 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great Italian progressive rock August 19, 2008
Format:Audio CD
This Quella Vecchia Locanda album is different from Il Tempo Della Gioia. The songs are shorter, and more to the point. However, the choice of instruments is more expanded on this one- you can clearly hear piano, violin, and guitar solos. Those same instruments sound a bit muddy on the other album. It resembles Jethro Tull a little bit, in fact.

The vocals are of course in Italian, but the way the album flows, there's probably just as much focus on the instrumental playing as there is on the vocal melodies. I love how unpredictable the songwriting is. You never know which direction these songs are going to take as they develop into other instrumental jams and vocals. A pretty violin solo may progress into a heavy and intense violin jam, or a keyboard solo may swing into a beautiful flute passage. These are signs of a great album!

Everything sounds quite lovely though, and I highly recommend a great early 70's rock album that unfortunately never became more popular.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply great January 7, 2005
Format:Audio CD
this is one of the landmark records in Italian prog history

yeah people, I'm saying that this can be compared to the best moments of PFM and Banco del Mutuo Soccorso...

sometimes it sounds like early Jethro Tull, but it's very original indeed and the approach is romantic and classical (there are many violin parts)

buy it now!!! It's just GREAT!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Seeking Out July 28, 2010
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This is one of the best prog records of the 70s and has a great meaty violin sound blended with some wicked Mini Moog. I suppose because of the occassional flute Quella Vecchia Locanda gets labelled "sounds like Jethro Tull", but they are way more original, complex and interesting than that label implies. This album is an amazing blend of classical and rock and darts between heavy and light on the turn of a dime. I prefer this to their second album which sounds restrained and stilted. The production and sound is excellent. This one of my favorite records and if you like 1969-1974 era Crimson you'll dig the vibe of this too.
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3.0 out of 5 stars fragmented January 25, 2012
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I confess to having struggled with this highly regarded first (1972) of a brace of albums by this Italian Prog band. Living in the tiny branch economy of Australia, we missed a lot of the continental prog output, apart from smatterings by Le orme, and PFM, to be obvious.

The lads are clearly great musicians, full of good ideas, capable of moments of true beauty, but struggle with form. Reviews of this album inevitably mention similarities with other contemporaneous prog bands...esp the flute bits. But no-one ever said Gravy Train sounded like Tull!

Certainly the soundscape is very much their own, but if pressed, I would have been drawn to the violin of David Lax, and some similarity to Curved Air, without Sonia Kristina's tuneless drone.
There are eight tracks, spannng the usual short 34 minutes, and traversing a range of moods...from contemplative to raging rockers, even within the ame song. The rockier parts sound like any other normative rock of the period, with weak vocals. The dominant instruments are Keys, mellotron and percussion, with healthy dollops of violin and flute.

There is much to like, but just a musical hypothesis is made, they tear it down, making for rather disjunctive listening, hanging out for the next good bit. Perhaps intentional. I gather the linkages are in the lyrics; the song titles translated into English suggest this.
A musical leit-motif, and better development of ideas would have made this a more rewarding listen.
Nevertheless, I look forward to hearing their follow-up offering.

I should say that, my wife and daughter (a musician) could find no redeeming features...suggesting that it is a worthy, if fragmented, addition to my prog library.
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