Io Sono Murple
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An Obscure Classic Out of the 70's Italian Progressive Rock Scene Originally Released in 1974. A Concept Album (The Music is Actually a Fable Concerning a Penguin Named Murple) that features Two Long Tracks that Together Run a Little Bit Over Thirty Minutes. For Fans of King Crimson, ELP, Le Orme, etc.
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The lineup on this album includes Duilio Sorrenti (drums, percussion, gong, tambourine, timbales); Pier Carlo Zanco (vocals, Hammond organ, piano, Eminent, mini moog synthesizer; and double bass); Mario Garbarino (bass guitar, percussion); Pino Santamaria (6 and 12 string electric and acoustic guitars; vocals).
While these guys may not have been capable of the blinding ensemble virtuosity of a Banco or a PFM, they certainly hold their own and released a very interesting rock record that features some classical aspirations. Of all the musicians, Pier Carlo Zanco is by far the most gifted musician and holds his own with the greats of the prog genre, English and Italian alike. Interestingly enough Pier Carlo Zanco was a piano and acoustic bass student at the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia - this guy received formal training and trust me, it shows! The vocals (in Italian) are very good and the vocal harmonies are very well thought out. In large part, the music on this album mixes riff heavy and harder edged passages featuring some great Hammond organ and synth work with quieter, spacier passages with haunting melodies. The keyboard work really makes this album work for me though - especially the acoustic piano work, which is excellent. Although Murple is not easily compared to other bands active at the time, I do hear a little Le Orme and perhaps a smidge of Keith Emerson and Tony Banks - especially in the Hammond organ passages. For the most part however, Murple sounds like...well...Murple.
This remaster by Akarma is pretty good and features the LP format, along with the lyrics and some informative tidbits. The sound quality is OK.
This album is recommended to all fans of Italian prog.