Between 1971 and 1977 there must have been dozens of Italian Prog bands that cut an album or two. In later posts I’ll get to more of them as I sift through a dozen or more lp’s in my collection. (I had a windfall thanks to Sakalli).
A lot of good music out there. This is “out there” too.
A college roomate and even older friend sent me this postcard from Perugia, Italy, in 1983. Somebody in that picture played in Il Volo. The drummer, actually.
Il Volo – Il Volo (1974)
Usually described as a “supergroup”, Il Volo was a studio band formed by very popular musicians all coming from famous bands: Alberto Radius and Gabriele Lorenzi from Formula Tre, Mario Lavezzi from FLORA FAUNA CEMENTO and Camaleonti, Bob Callero from Osage Tribe and Duello Madre, Gianni Dall’Aglio from Ribelli, along with composer Vince Tempera who also had his own band Pleasure Machine.
You’ll dig it. check out the bass (or whatever it is) solo in “Il Canto Della Preistoria (Molecule)”
Here’s Area from the album Maledetti (1976).
Area grew to be one of the most respected and important bands of the blooming 70s Italian progressive rock scene. The youth of the time was able to identify with their socialist lyrics and Area soon grew to prominence, also because the band was founded on a strong and virtuosic musicianship. Area’s sound is an odd mish-mash, drawing from rock, jazz, eastern and arabic music, and it was this blend of all sorts of music that made the band stand out.
Maledetti holds all of the elements that make Area such a hair raising listening experience, while exploring new territory foreign to the Area camp. Most of the information on Area comprises their releases up to this one and stops short of really describing this torrent wave of musical experimentation called Maledetti. All of the Area elements are intact; from the Mediterranean sonic fusion, rhythmic assaults that leave one breathless, to newer elements of African rhythmic percussion via Paul Lytton, classical jazz elements courtesy of Steve Lacy, and a classical music overture with the aid of a string quartet, making Maledetti a monster in the Area catalog.