Il Tempo Della Gioia Import, Limited Edition
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What we have here is an Italian progressive rock band from the 70's. On this album, you can expect Emerson, Lake and Palmer-like piano jams, fast and furious violin solos, some extremely emotional singing that's both melodic and interesting (even though I can't speak Italian, that doesn't matter when it comes to vocal melodies).
Some of the violin jams are so sizzling hot, they remind me of Frank Zappa's "The Gumbo Variations". Check out the 10-minute track 4 for further proof! What a song THAT one is! There's violins, classical pianos, just the right amount of electric guitar, and I believe that's a saxophone at the end. Man, what a song!
These guys are very good at building musical ideas, and finding creative ways to use their musical instruments. I love it. The one surprising thing is the lack of guitar playing in many spots. That's not a bad thing though- there's a lot of things going on at once that keep your interest, and you know, we can't have guitars ALL the time, can we?
Also, I love the way Quella Vecchia Locanda mixes classical elements with rock, and the results are fantastic. I will never understand why more Americans won't dig deeper into the catalog of 70's rock and find hidden gems such as this one. I love this album, and highly recommend it for fans of Frank Zappa, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Soft Machine, Caravan, Jethro Tull, and other prog rock artists.
I apologize for not typing up the name of each song, but please buy this great album. If you like diversity in your music, you will absolutely love this album. Oh, and I agree with the other reviewer who mentions how welcoming and friendly the instrumentation is. Yup, it's like that for the entire album.Read more ›
Buy this album (and their first s/t from 1972) without hesitation.
Also, if you like Quella Vecchia Locanda, check out the album "Velha Gravura" by Quaterna Requiem (a 1990's outfit from Brazil) as it's also chocked with violens and classical melodies and romanticism.
What sets this album apart from all of the other mid 1970s Italian prog includes the instrumentation, which is mostly dominated by acoustic instruments, and the compositions themselves, which are the most polite rock pieces I have ever heard. In fact it is a little like listening to a Baroque period string ensemble with an electric bassist, the occasional clean sounding and delicate electric guitar, a drummer, and good vocalists (the vocals are in Italian). I should note that although synth fans won't like this album too much, there is a brief passage at the end of the album that lasts for about 45 seconds or thereabouts, that features some string synth and an ARP 2600 "explosion".
In general, this is a very warm and intimate album that is just plain nice to listen to - the acoustic piano work and the violin playing is excellent. Furthermore, the flute work reminds me a little of PFM's quieter moments. There are however, fleeting moments when the arrangements get really interesting and become a little more angular and modern classical sounding.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Having been a huge fan of PFM in the 1970s, this cd ranks among the best of that genre and time period. Read morePublished on December 16, 2012 by R. Kallet
Excellent Italian progressive album of the golden years. Well, this is the second album by this Italian band, formed in Rome in 1972, also debuting at the festival of Villa... Read morePublished on October 23, 2009 by Banco De Santander
I've collected a decent amount of Italian prog the past few years, and I must say that most of it is phenomenal. Read morePublished on September 29, 2008 by Squire Jaco
Well this album has got the same reputation like their previous one,even though it's more refined!! Naturally the tracks are just a little bit better structured, longer and softer... Read morePublished on February 11, 2003 by Lethe