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Studio Album, released in 2012

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Prologue (Excerpta From Titus Livius "Ab Urbe Condita", Book I, Paragraphs 6 and 7) (1:49) *
2. April 21st 753 B.C. (6:13)
3. Over 2.000 Fountains (7:15)
4. In And Around The Colosseum (9:28)
5. Monuments And Statues Everywhere (6:16)
6. Down To The Domus Aurea (6:20)
7. Caracalla's Dream (4:28)
8. A Mankind Heritage (4:35)

Bonus tracks on 2012 CD release (also *):
9. Towards The Future (5:37)
10. The Mouth Of Truth (3:18)

Total time 55:19


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Line-up / Musicians

- Vincenzo Ricca / keyboards, composer, arranger, producer
- Steve Hackett / electric guitar (6,10)
- David Cross / electric & acoustic violins (3)
- David Jackson / sax, flute & whistle (8)
- Richard Sinclair / fretless bass (7)
- John Hackett / flute (5)
- Nick Magnus / keyboards and virtual guitar, drums & other (5)
- Francesco Di Giacomo / narration & vocals (1,2)

- Paolo Ricca / electric guitar (2)
- Mauro Montobbio / electric & acoustic guitars (4,9), keyboards (4)
- Giorgio Clementelli / acoustic guitar (7)
- Elisa Montaldo / grand piano (4)
- Jerry Cutillo / flute (7)
- Franck Carducci / electric bass (2,3,8), 12-string guitar (3)
- Fabio Gremo / electric bass (4)
- Danilo Chiarella / bass (6), fretless bass (9)
- Luca Grosso / drums (2,3,7,8)
- Paolo Tixi / drums (4)
- Maurizio Mirabelli / drums (6,9,10)

Releases information

Conceived and produced by Vincenzo Ricca: ''A musical walk through the history and the places, the greatness and the beauty of the Eternal City''

Artwork: Gabriele Morelli

LP TRP ‎- PDALB01 (2012, Europe)

CD TRP ‎- CDALB01 (2012, Europe) With 3 bonus tracks including a narration Prologue

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Review by seventhsojourn
4 stars 'The Rome Pro(G)ject' is a concept album that reflects the history, monuments and psyche of The Eternal City via a series of musical vignettes and features several well-kent names from planet prog. It's also a glorification of Anglo-Italian collaboration and alternate tracks feature the likes of continentals Mauro Montobbio of Narrow Pass and members of Il Tempio delle Clessidre, and John Hackett and Nick Magnus from the UK. The path travelled follows the city's evolution, from the mythic material of twins Romulus and Remus suckling on a wolf's teats, to the modern day and projecting forward as a city of the future.

After a short prologue featuring Banco's Francesco Di Giacomo reading extracts from Livy's 'The History of Rome' the album kicks off proper with '... April 21st 753 B.C.' Appropriately enough - since it deals with the birth of the city and the legendary circumstances around which it got its name - this track features the Italian house band. The listener's attention may be focused on the big guns of the duty roster but the album isn't solely dependent on the famous individuals. Vincenzo Ricca is the main man behind the project and his vintage keys have more fizz than a sherbet fountain, although admittedly there are occasional nods to 'Cinema Show' on this track.

Talking of fountains, the inspiration for the album came when Steve Hackett quipped to his friend Ricca in 2009 that he would like to make a record about the fountains of Rome. The idea subsequently grew to involve a number of famous musicians and 'Over 2,000 Fountains' showcases the almost liturgical violin (acoustic and electric) of David Cross, along with more Genesis influence in the form of 12-string guitars and a 'play me Old King Cole' feel in places. Hackett himself features on 'Down To Domus Aurea' and this track has enough pomp and bombast to match that of the great city.

While the expansive form of the music largely reflects the subject matter, the English musicians involved in the project likewise have connections to Italy. 'Caracalla's Dream' is a sensitive dialogue between a flute and the fretless bass of Richard Sinclair, a chap who has all but settled in Italy and lives there for most of the year. And of course David Jackson has close links to Osanna; the album is mostly an all-you-can-eat symphonic feast but his 'A Mankind Heritage...' provides a significant counterpoise and it sure spices things up with its Bacchanalian sax and flute evocations.

Saying that 'The Rome Pro(G)ject' represents a bonanza of famous English proggers is a bit like describing Gustav Klimt's 'The Kiss' as two people snogging in a psychedelic sleeping bag. But it's very much a joint venture with enough arrabbiata sauce to satisfy fans of the Italian prog; it harks back to a lost golden age and seventies-style prog almost leaps out of the speakers like that mythical wolf.

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
4 stars "The Rome Pro(G)ject" is an Italian concept album conceived and produced by Vincenzo Ricca as ''A musical walk through the history and the places, the greatness and the beauty of the Eternal City''. The album is mainly instrumental and features a host of guest artists well known in the prog community and each track offers something special. After an Italian narrative from Banco del Mutuo Soccorso's Francesco Di Giacomo, it launches into a scintillating guitar solo layered with dreamy synths on '... April 21st 753 B.C.'. This is followed by acoustic guitar picking and gentle synths and the wonderful electric violin work of King Crimson's David Cross on 'Over 2,000 Fountains'. The violin is exquisite, relaxing and tranquil, and the piece has a medieval Elizabethan feel, and a Canterbury flavour in its lengthy running time. The cadence quickens after about 5 minutes and the keyboard of Vincenzo Ricca dominates.

Guests that feature include the members of Il Tempio delle Clessidre and Mauro Montobbio from Narrow Pass on 'In And Around The Colosseum'. This musical journey is laced with grand piano and spacey synth, along with guitar picking finesse and a steady drum beat. Soaring electric guitars are well executed by Montobbio, and overall the musicianship is brilliant.

'Monuments And Statues Everywhere' features the members of The Steve Hackett Band, John Hackett on flute and Nick Magnus on keyboards. This is an ambient tune with a pretty melody, enhanced by a sumptuous flute passage. The guitar powerhouse Steve Hackett features on 'Down To Domus Aurea' and as usual the legendary guitarist is first class. I also like how the tune speeds up and a 70s organ takes over.

'Caracalla's Dream' features Canterbury giant Richard Sinclair on his patented fretless bass. It is sprinkled through with a floating flute melody and swathes of drifting synth lines. 'A Mankind Heritage...' flows with the saxophone excellence of Van der Graaf Generator's David Jackson. His flute playing is also stunning, and this one stands out as a definitive highlight of exquisite musicianship. '... Towards The Future' is the return of Mauro Montobbio to close things off, with ribbons of flute drifting along, before the bonus track. This bonus is actually more of Steve Hackett, never a bad thing, playing well on 'The Mouth Of Truth'. The lead guitar is embellished with cathedral organ phrases, and an angelic choral choir; again extraordinary musicianship.

Overall the album is a nice slice of Italian prog pizza with all the trimmings, and a hard 70s flavour throughout. It is well worthwhile indulging in this delizioso Italian banquet. Bellissimo!

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
3 stars Monuments and statues everywhere

The first instalment of Vincenzo Ricca's Rome Pro(g)ject opens with a track of unaccompanied narration in Italian which functions well enough to set the mood for the album but is somewhat lost on those of us who do not speak the language. The actual music begins with track two (which also features some further narration). The primary influence seems to be Genesis which may be forgiven given the presence here of the great Steve Hackett. Indeed, many parts of this album do sound a bit like an instrumental version of Genesis circa 1971-73.

Another contributor is David Cross of King Crimson on violin and that band is also brought to mind when listening to the Rome Pro(g)ject, but more so their early efforts before Cross was part of the band. Richard Sinclair is most well-known for his contributions to Caravan, but he was also a member of Camel and the latter band is a more relevant comparison point than Caravan in this case. David Jackson of Van Der Graaf Generator contributes saxes and flutes.

Comparing this first album to the more recent second Rome Pro(g)ject album Of Fate And Glory, it is clear that - even though much was already in place here - Of Fate And Glory is a more accomplished and overall more satisfying effort. Both albums are enjoyable and if you appreciate the strong Of Fate And Glory you will enjoy this one as well.

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