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Franco Battiato


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.28 | 7 ratings

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3 stars Quite interesting album. At the end of the eighties, after commercially successful albums like "La voce del pardrone" and "L'arca di Noè", Franco Battiato released this peculiar live work dressing up in new sounds some of his songs.

Most of all strikes here the unusual line-up: just Filippo Destrieri on keyboards and synthesizers, Ricky Belloni on guitar, Donatella Saccardi's soprano vocals and an orchestra conducted by Giusto Pio. Then the track list: near some commercial "smashing hits" (Cuccurucucu", "Centro di gravità permanente", "Voglio vederti danzare") you can find here some tracks coming out from Battiato's prog past like "Sequenze e frequenze", "Aria di rivoluzione" (both from "Sulle corde di Aries") and "No U Turn" (from "Clic" - at the end of this track there's also a fragment of "Areknames", song originally released on "Pollution") and some underrated prog-pop gems like "L'era del cinghiale bianco", "Gli uccelli" and "E ti vengo a cercare". The aim seem to blend smart pop and classical influences, past and future, lightness and spirituality. The result is good!

In the whole this is an album, though not essential in a prog collection, that is worth listen to.

andrea | 3/5 |


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