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Japanese only SHM paper sleeve pressing. The SHM-CD [Super High Material CD] format features enhanced audio quality through the use of a special polycarbonate plastic. Using a process developed by JVC and Universal Music Japan discovered through the joint companies' research into LCD display manufacturing, SHM-CDs feature improved transparency on the data side of the disc, allowing for more accurate reading of CD data by the CD player laser head. SHM-CD format CDs are fully compatible with standard CD players.

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  • Audio CD (June 1, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: UNIVERSAL MUSIC JAPAN
  • ASIN: B0036G4D44
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,774,035 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By BENJAMIN MILER on September 21, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Well, I actually want to give it a three and a half star rating, but I'm not given that option. Well, there are some people that regard this as one of the greatest prog albums ever made. I wouldn't go that far, but the album is so intense it just simply blows me away. Listen to this, and you'll be comparing King Crimson and Van der Graaf Generator with Neil Diamond, Barry Manilow, The Carpenters, Air Supply, trust me, this music is totally insane with killer guitar work with tones of Emerson-like keyboard work (particularly in the Hammond organ department) and some Mellotron. Not to mention insane drumming and powerful vocals. Then why on Earth am I not giving it the full five stars? Well near the end, the band really slacked off and starts becoming rather repetitive and tedious. I can actually forgive that as the band sounded like they simply ran out of breath and needed to slow down. Still, despite the flaw of this album it's a wonderful album, but I don't buy in to the hype that this is the greatest prog album ever. Still, if your idea of prog rock are the bands that play it safe (Moody Blues, Barclay James Harvest, Locanda Delle Fate, Renaissance, etc.) then this probably isn't for you, but if you like the more hard-edge side of ELP, King Crimson, and Van der Graaf Generator as well as Italian bands like Osanna, Biglietto Per L'Inferno, Semiramis, and Museo Rosenbach (but even harsher), you're sure to love this. By the way the CD reissue I have has a 1973 bonus cut, "La Tua Casa Comada" (apparently originally released as a single). This one is truly much more sophisticated, more symphonic, almost reminding me a bit of the New Trolls Atomic System album (but with no flute).Read more ›
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Chris Gerbig on October 14, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is quite rightly rated as one of THE masterpieces of Italian progressive rock. There is some nice mellotron between the more furious passages of distorted keyboards, guitar and jazzy percussion. It easily recalls the darkness, chaos and atmospheric power of early King Crimson. It runs the gamut from heavy prog, to hard rock, to symphonic. Every aspect of 70's prog rock can be found on this superb album. It does tend to be more "trippy" and mind-bending than the other famed, classically-influenced Italian progs. I personally prefer Museo Rosenbach or early PFM, but this work is full of invention, great instrumental excursions and constant surprises. The contrasts between the sombre, mellow, hypnotic sections and the powerful explosions are top notch! Plus there's some very spooky passages!!! If you can live with Italian vocals, this is a progressive CLASSIC. Get it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 28, 1999
Format: Audio CD
On their second album, Il balletto di Bronzo switched over from their more hard-rock style of "Sirio 2222" and charged fully ahead into the incredible epic that is "Ys." The full effect is most definately throttling to all parts of the psyche. In many ways it is an operettic symphonic theater piece(the entire album consists of one work in four parts). A delicate balance exists betwixt the vocal and jam sections. The beginning is dreamily seductive with echoplexed female voices waving in and out of phase with eachother, then the jam-heavy scoring kicks in and glues you to your seat. Lyrics give you a respite(although only a slight one!) as the sheer monstrosity that is it's musicality whomps back in and morphs you into a jellylike form. Recurring themes make this a self-referential, absorbing, truly mind-altering experience. Listen to this one in the dark and put you goggles on because the panning effects can and will induce the euphoric feeling of flight.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Holmes on October 23, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Italy had it's fair share of good prog rock bands. some of the bigger ones that spring to mind are Goblin, PFM, or Banco. those bands put out some great music but never really broke new ground that wasn't already being dug into by other bands like King Crimson, Yes, etc. not that the Italians were ripping off anyone's style, but they all seemed to have their place safely within "mainstream" prog circles. but for those who can appreciate some of the more "out there" style of prog rock from bands like Magma, or even Japan's Hundred Sights Of Koenji, then this album from Il Balletto Di Bronzo comes highly recommended. there is a manic, and frantic kind of mood to this record, esp. in the synthesizers. it sounds like the keyboard player couldn't keep his hands still; but his playing is fabulous and his sound manages to push the songs into an even higher stratoshpere. the guitars are also cool and very acid rock with some surprisingly heavy licks that wouldn't sound out of place in some of today's more angular post-rock groups. the vocals range from morose crooning to creepy gang choruses and of course, operatic bellowing. but it's all in good taste and shows great talent and an ear for variety. these songs are long, drawn out epics full of twists and turns that make me feel like i'm in some kind of torch-lit Italian catacombs searching for an exit. Y's is a dark and powerful rock and roll record that reveals new strange worlds with each listen. killer band photos, too, by the way. love the wooly boots!
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