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Raccomandata Ricevuta Ritorno - Per... Un Mondo Di Cristallo  CD (album) cover


Raccomandata Ricevuta Ritorno


Rock Progressivo Italiano

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4 stars RRR - Per... Un Mondo Di Cristallo (1972)

I bought this vinyl reprint because of the things I read about it on PA, I had never heard a song of the band. This Italian progressive group from the seventies has had some renewed attention after publishing their second album in 2010. Their sole album of the seventies is however my point of interest. The concept of the album got me interested; 'man comes back to earth in his spaceship to find his planet destroyed'.

The music of RRR really turned out to be a very pleasant eclectic mix of prog(related) elements. A bit Led Zeppelin rock-guitar and temperament, classical music, world-music influences, Crimsonian harmonic structures, VdGG power-strikes, some sypho and an original use of be- bop-jazz. The use of these elements is actually quite psychedelic, going from one style to another without warning. One could attack this album on it's lack of cohesiveness, but I actually like this, perhaps naive, approach on progressive rock. Though the band keeps on throwing new things at you, it does it at equal speed and intensiveness throughout the album! It's the STYLE of this band haha.

In the meanwhile I'm fully entertained whilst listening to RRR. The recording of the album is good and the experiments are great. The frantic opening section (you're planet's destroyed..), the nice be-bop track on the end of side one, the world-music influences with nice flutes and of course the fierce Italian vocals! This energetic eclectic RPI album is quickly becoming one of my favorites.

Conclusion. If you're interested in RPI or eclectic prog this is your cookie. Not only does it taste good, it has some bite which will keep you listening to it for a while. If you want classical inspired sympho-prog you might look somewhere else. For me this is a big four star recording and one of finest examples of innovative Italian prog that really is something different than the English progressive tradition that once inspired the Italian musicians.

friso | 4/5 |


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