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GREENWALL

Rock Progressivo Italiano • Italy


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GREENWALL is a mostly keyboard-dominated Italian project whose two albums feature subtle, smooth, almost new-age like material. The band is the brainchild of keyboard player and vocalist Andrea Pavoni who. With the help of a couple of female vocalists and musicians who play acoustic and electric guitar, bass and drum plus, he had made some tapes in the early 90's that failed to attract a label. Mellow Records finally released the material on the band's first album, "Il Petalo del Fiore e le Altre Storie", in 1999.

The music on this album ranges from interesting keyboard improvisation to acoustic sections, alternately recalling CAMEL, Rick WAKEMAN and Mike OLDFIELD and with frequent classical references (a track even includes a snippet of the theme from Mozart's "Figaro"). Some pieces are sung but most are extensive instrumental works, among which figures a 21-minute long epic. It is a tasteful and sophisticated album but its production is a little shaky. The all-instrumental second album "Electropuzzles" (01) is a huge improvement production-wise but unfortunately features many overly-long, 'new-agey' passages likely to bore most progsters. If this band ever releases a third album that combines the compositional inspiration of the first with the technical polish of the latter, we'll definitely have a winner on our hands.

Fans of CAMEL and very smooth prog in general may want to check them out. Classical music buffs, especially those into minimalist styles such as Éric Satie will also appreciate.
: : : Lise (HIBOU), CANADA : : :

Update: In 2005, Greenwall released that "winner" that Lise spoke of above, the lovely and accomplished "From the Treasure Box." Fans of melodic progressive and neo-prog will enjoy this work very much. In 2009 the band contributed to Musea's "Inferno" project, an epic 4-cd compilation of artists.
[Jim Russell/Finnforest, Jan. 2010]

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3.06 | 12 ratings
Il Petalo Del Fiore E Le Altre Storie
1999
3.00 | 11 ratings
Elektropuzzles
2000
3.33 | 13 ratings
From The Treasure Box
2005
3.79 | 15 ratings
Zappa Zippa Zuppa Zeppa!
2014
5.00 | 1 ratings
The Green Side Of The Moon
2017

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 Zappa Zippa Zuppa Zeppa! by GREENWALL album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.79 | 15 ratings

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Zappa Zippa Zuppa Zeppa!
Greenwall Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl,Neo & Post/Math Teams

4 stars Is she Antonella RUGGIERO? Asked my wife. I think it's acompliment as the mentioned singer is one of the best Italian vocalists in the pop world. But that wasn't pop. Imagine a keyboard driven band with an excellent high-pitched female vocalist and complex but catchy melodies, even when the signature is odd. Well, I'm not speaking of the Dutch KAYAK. The first thing I've heard of GREENWALL, years ago, was "Come Corpo Morto Cade": the fifth chant of Dante's Inferno, in a monster compilation. It has remained their only song I heard for a long time. Zippa Zappa Zuppa Zeppa means nothing. It's. I think, about the sound of the words, but the album has a lot of things inside, instead. Every track is different from the others, mixing classical influences, jazzy tracks, Floydian passages, references to CAMEL, plus poetry and sometimes funny, sometimes dramatic lyrics. So please sit down and relax. I'm going to write a track by track review, and I'm afraid it will be quite long. The first track, "Superpezzi" is a joke: an "a capella" choir on which the band shows to have classical training whose lyrics say only "I'm broken into superpieces and it is only Monday". I've quite preserved the metrics in the translation? So after this funny track what to expect? A catchy love song with some poetry, a symphonic mood in the chorus and an excellent arrangement, what else? "Con Precisione Eterna E Divina" (With eternal and divine precision) is the kind of track that can play continuously in your mind hours after you have listened to it. Michela BOTTI shows her talent and reminds to the Inferno's song in a passage of the chorus. "Palla Di Legno" (Wooden Ball) is the description of a sensation: a winter Sunday morning. It took me some time to catch this song because I liked the previous too much, but after giving it the right attention, I've heard it playing in my mind as well. Now it's time for another funny thing: "Ma Le Mele No" (Not the apples!) is Eve in the Eden telling the famous story from her point of view. The song is funny and it has a commercial potential, I think. But the very funny thing is God's voice at the end. Instead of a thundering "deus irae" he has the voice of a stereotyped business manager from Milan, played by Emanuele COLOMBO. It's not a mistery that the band likes Pink Floyd. "La Culla" (The Cradle) is a smooth instrumental of the "Wright- Gilmour" kind. Released before "The Endless River" it could have found a place on that album. It's a great track positioned in the right place: between the apples and "E' Solo Dopo Che C'e' La Luce" (The Light Is Only Beyond). The album contains a booklet with the lyrics translated into English, but I must say that I'm not following the original translation. The first minute is a spoken poetry followed by a short instrumental part. It's a bridge to "Non C'e' Mai Tempo Per Niente" (There's never enough time for anything). Another instrumental, opened by a drums solo on which bass and keyboards create a jazzy piece of the CAMEL kind. Between Moonmadness and Rain Dances, let's say. One of my favorites from the musical point of view, and as we have gone jazzy, the scat version of Superpezzi is exactly this: a pure jazz track. It's fun that the main theme is the Superpezzi thing, but it's nothing else than jazz. Michela is back to singing on the most complex and the longest track of the album, if we don't consider the bonus track. A melodic first part, a dark interlude, then back to melody and coda. I've had to ask Andrea PAVONI, the keyboard and the author about the meaning of the lyrics. I couldn't really understand what they are about and the explanation was a surprise: the song is about the death of his mother but seen from her point of view. I remind the listeners to the booklets (there's also one in Italian of course). It deserves to be read with some attention.

Poetry again: "Un Figlio" (A Son) is a spoken song. A mother about a young son over a Floydian instrumental part. Of course, who can follow the lyrics will have a more complete listening experience, but you can also concentrate to the whole and interpret the words just as part of the arrangement.

"Scene Di Vita Familiare Con La Piccola Jo" (Scenes of family life with the little Jo) is again an instrumental. Melodic and keyboard driven, it has passages which remind to CAMEL but not only. The track features also a guest violin which is perfect in setting the mood. "Due Finestre Una Collina" (Two windows, One hill) is sad and based on minor chords. I think it's the most "Italian" thing of the album. A kind of song that fits perfectly in what is called Rock Progressivo Italiano, and another with some commercial potential in my opinion. Another thing that my wife, not a proghead, said was: "Why aren't they famous?". To be honest, even if I'm not reviewing my wife here, she listens to prog but not as much as me. "L'avventura del Soldatino Bianco" (The adventure of the white small soldier) is initially based on a military march, then the rhythm changes and violins change it. I can't not think to the last tracks of CAMEL's "Nude", but let me add that after this military intro it goes into a jazzy mood, still tied in some way to the CAMEL's style, but a bit more jazz oriented than what the Latimer's band was. The final part returns to the initial theme but in a more symphonic way. Finally, a 16 minutes bonus track. "Il Petalo Del Fiore" (The Flower's Petal) is a suite in four parts in which the band shows almost all its influences. Personally, other than the artists mentioned before, I hear some influences from YES and in particular Rick WAKEMAN and a bit of Mike OLDFIELD and Le ORME. There's also a number of guest musicians and additional instruments: Sax, Flute, Oboe, additional guitars. For a proghead, those 16 minutes are enough to justify the investment. Now few words about the package: other than the two booklets, it comes with an additional DVD featuring also some live material. The sleeve design and the booklets are full of paintings. A final mention for another artist known on PA cited in the notes: Nicola RANDONE. In the last page of the booklet we discover the reason of the eclectism of the album: It has taken 4 years to take its form (2009 to 2013) and the songs have been written during a very large period of time: between 1986 and 2009. Apologies for having been so long. I hope somebody has resisted until the end. If you are still here, thanks for reading.

 From The Treasure Box by GREENWALL album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.33 | 13 ratings

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From The Treasure Box
Greenwall Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Every daring musician should remain anxious and creative and Andrea Pavoni was no different.During the 90's he composed music, drawing influences from various sources that inspired him, coming up with the album ''Elektropuzzles'' (2000, Mellow Records), an amalgam of New Age and Electronic Music.Greenwall though remained his main priority, trying to establish a regular band for a second album.Pavoni & Greenwall survived through line-up changes and in 2005 they released the album ''From the Treasure Box'' on Rock Revelation.Half about of the album is performed by the normal band, the rest is performed by Pavoni along with guest musicians, including Presence's Sophya Baccini, who sung on three tracks.

The sound is on par with Greenwall's debut and this is well-performed Neo/Symphonic Prog with occasional jazzy and New Age flashes, quite mellow, carefully structured, without any killer track, but at the end the result is satisfying.Pavoni was never fond of impressive and virtuosic keyboard pyrotechnics and ''From the Treasure Box'' is another released, where melody comes first along with some very expressive Italian vocals by the two female singers, Sophya Baccini and Greenwall's regular singer Michela Botti (vocals are all in Italian).The arrangements are mostly based on the interesting piano and synth explorations of Pavoni, but they also offer some decent guitar parts, both electric and acoustic, having some jazzy or folky approach at moments.As aforementioned, not only the style of the new Greenwall release is comparable to their debut, but Pavoni came up with another very long and decent composition, the 26-min. ''Preludio...to the end'', an almost instrumental piece of Progressive Rock music with Pavoni's keyboards on the forefront.The strong influence of Classical Music, RICK WAKEMAN and E.L.P. is again more than obvious, Pavoni's performance is pretty acurate and flawless with bombastic synths, Fusion touches and grandiose piano themes, however the jazzy interludes and bass lines along with the plastic drum parts somewhat keep the track on ground instade of lifting it up.

Another decent album for all fans of keyboard-based Italian Prog.Smooth, secure but warm musicianship all the way.Recommended.

 Elektropuzzles by GREENWALL album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.00 | 11 ratings

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Elektropuzzles
Greenwall Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Greenwall is quite an obscure prog band from Italy with 3 albums released so far and is the brainchild of keyboard player and vocalist Andrea Pavoni. He is responsable for everything can be hered on this album named Elektropuzzles from 2000 issued at Mellow Records. Well, what we have here is an aquaring taste kinda of prog, really, if the next album was a fine symphonic release From the treasure box and one of my fav albums ever, this one is diffrent. On this album Greenwall offers a kind of electro new age moments combined with some progressive moves and all done by Pavoni, is like one man orchestra here and the result is nothing special but not really awful either., maybe sometimes the arrangements and pieces are to long and boring. La nascita dei fiori is a good opener, but I'm afaraid the rest of the album falls in the category of so so. Elektropuzzles is far from the greatness of their next album and by far their best From the tresure box, almost mediocre but not entirely unintresting. Hardly 3 stars, nothing more, nice gatefold cover btw.
 From The Treasure Box by GREENWALL album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.33 | 13 ratings

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From The Treasure Box
Greenwall Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Gardenwall seams to me, that is one of the unknown and unfairly unnoticed band coming from Italy, led by composer and keyboardist Andrea Pavoni who did an excellent job here in this third album, from 2005 named From the treasure box. From the music offered here, symphonic prog very much in the vein of old school italian prog like PFM , to the stunning booklet and artwork made by Serena Riglietti, Greenwall done one great release, at least for me, beacause I see the others are no so impressed as I am. The music is very symphonic melted with almost new age parts, neo prog arrangements, very much '80's in sound, but the result is quite intristing and damn good. Very catchy release with some kreat keyboards parts , from ELP similarities to a more darker attitude, Greewall make a almost no mistakes here. Duo female/male is very well puted here in this context, Sophia Baccini one of the guest invited on this release from Presence fame offered some of her vocal abilities on Dondolando su laghi di smeraldo ot Il cunicolo, great voice who fits perfect in this kind of music. A fairly solid album this From the treasure box, very low rated, without reason, or I don't hear any bad moments here, is very much in the good and great tradition of Italian prog school. The album concludes in almost half hour Preludio to the End, who realy must be heared by many prog listners as possible, realy fantastic job, from sythesisers, drums, vocal arrangements, all are top notch, realy. Nothing for me to do, only to give 4 stars , easy and without hesitation, one of the pleasent albums coming from Italy. Recommended.
 Il Petalo Del Fiore E Le Altre Storie by GREENWALL album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.06 | 12 ratings

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Il Petalo Del Fiore E Le Altre Storie
Greenwall Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Greenwall started as a one-man project in Rome in 1999 by keyboardist/singer Andrea Pavoni.He composed music since his young years at school and actually the material featured in his first album was ready since 1989 with only some help from friends on bass,guitars and voices.Mauro Moroni from Mellow Records heard this demo tape some 10 years later and decided to publish the album as it was with a couple of new compositions by Pavoni.

''Il petalo del fiore e altre storie'' stats with '' I Bimbi E Il Burrone'',a track showing the amateur level of Pavoni's early recordings,groovy synth music with bad vocals and plastic drum programming,simply avoid this one.What follows is the eponymous 34-min. suite divided in two parts.The first one is great keyboard-driven Symphonic Rock in the vein of SITHONIA with evident RICK WAKEMAN and E.L.P. influences.Excellent church organ,careful use of synths and fantastic piano with some good breaks throughout will create ethereal melodies all the way.The secons part is more diverse,it will open with some mandolin before organ,synths and electric guitars take over into a very bombastic and complex mood.Towards the end Pavoni flirts with Symphonic New Age music,atmospheric synths with Classical tendency will carry the listener to the romantic vocal-based outro.''Il petalo del fiore e altre storie'' is definitely a well- arranged and performed modern prog suite.''Nonno'' belongs to Pavoni's newer material,this time the dreamy flute-driven start will leave its place to Pavoni's piano,the overall sound is rather cheap but the composition is again at a very good level.''Le Stanze'' is a surprise due to the strong use of electric guitars,the track is a bit uneven,the rhythmic guitars with the keyboard solos are rather childish,but when melody takes over things are going in a much better way.The last so-called hidden track is a new version of the album's opener and this time ''I Bimbi E Il Burrone'' sounds quite good.With excellent female vocals by Tiziana Brasile,a slower tempo and the synths being by replaced by Pavoni's piano,the track ends up to be a decent ballad.

For a one-man effort ''Il petalo del fiore e altre storie'' is a quite decent effort,especially the long suite is a must-listen.The album suffers of course by a mediocre production,but it is still a nice purchase for fans of keyboard-driven Symphonic Rock.Recommended.

 From The Treasure Box by GREENWALL album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.33 | 13 ratings

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From The Treasure Box
Greenwall Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Finnforest
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars For the wide-eyed there is wonder everywhere

Every once in a while an album clubs my cynical side into submission, and while he is unconscious, appeals to the wide-eyed lover of life that still lives in my heart. "From the Treasure Box" is one such album. Greenwall is a band led by composer and keyboardist Andrea Pavoni, a self-taught musician who began writing material at age 9 and playing organ at age 12. His influences are classical music and bands like PFM, Banco, and Orme, and you can hear those influences all over the recent effort "From the Treasure Box." The album is a collection of ideas from the mid 1980s that were given new life with additional composition present day and then recorded in Rome. To my ears the music is very classy modern symphonic progressive with some fusion, classical music, and neo-prog influences, and for me brings to mind the work of Fabio Antonelli's Mindflower and L'Estate di San Martino. All three bands bring some very elegant, stately, mature approaches to their sound while still leaving room for fun and excitement. For those not familiar with the above mentioned Italian groups a different comparison of general style might be 90s Oldfield albums like TB2 or TB3....not suggesting Greenwall "sounds" like Mike but rather that the grandiosity and care of composition is surely there. Another similar project would be Beppe Crovella's Tower...if you liked that you can be sure to appreciate this. Before discussing the music, two things must be mentioned right up front. First, for art lovers, the Vinyl Magic mini-LP sleeve is an absolute must. The art and packaging are simply fabulous with a gorgeous gatefold and the whimsical, fantastic artwork of Serena Riglietti gracing the lyrics booklet. They also provide a second lyric booklet in English-useful for getting the gist of what the song is about even as the concepts rarely translate all that effectively. Pavoni was wise to stick with Italian singing where the awkward translations do not reduce the impact as I've witnessed with other bands who try to use English. The second thing is the superb sound quality which for which Pavoni credits his Pro-Tools software for aiding the process.

The songs themselves carried a wealth of thrills and chills for me. Pavoni and De Donno (not sure who plays on what) do a spectacular job with keys ranging from modern synth sounds of several varieties to lovely piano. The vocalist for most of the album is Michela Botti and she sings like an angel, very emotional and lovely. Ciliberti's bass is often loud and thumping which I love and Monetta's drumming is commanding indeed. Occasionally the rhythm sounds can get a bit programmed and nightclub-sounding but only some tracks and frankly, they work for the most part quite well with the Greenwall sound. Guitarist Riccardo Sandri is reserved and doesn't have a ton of solos but look out when he does peels one off like at the end of "Pollicino," an exceptional and fluid lead. His leads on "Dondolando" are just pure joy as they dance with Michela's beautiful singing. This is followed by a gorgeous short instrumental with flute and acoustic, called "La Gabbia." And then there is "Preludio to the End" which is half the album, an epic clocking in at over 26 minutes! Does it live up to its Topographic-length aspirations? For me it certainly does, a carnival at night, a smorgasbord of keyboard delicacies. Lots of different sections come and go with interesting bridges and progressions. Guests contributing to Treasure Box include Sophya Baccini (of Presence), Pierpaolo Ferroni, Pierpaolo Ranieri, Alessandro Tomei, and Francesco Chillemi. The case might be made against "Treasure Box" by some that portions are overblown or that the sound may be too sentimental or "cheesy" for fans used to harder-edged metal and neo bands but as with L'Estate di San Martino, I had too much fun to care about my cynical side. I really loved this release both for the enthusiastic music, wondrous artwork, and overall vision. I recommend this album to fans of classical music, keyboard-loaded modern prog, and more mature composition (again, think 90s Oldfield), and good-natured, upbeat rock music. In Lise's bio of this band written after their second album, the last sentence of paragraph two says "If this band ever releases a third album that combines the compositional inspiration of the first with the technical polish of the latter, we'll definitely have a winner on our hands." Bingo. 7/10

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