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QUELLA VECCHIA LOCANDA is a great Italian prog band of the historic scene, formed in Rome in the early seventies. QVL plays a complex music with a lot of instrumental combinations, beautiful melodies and a very high sophistication. Close to KING CRIMSON.

QVL released two albums which are both considered essential releases from that particular scene. The first album is still regarded as a classic in its field, with an original fusion of classical influences and the use of flute and electric violin in evidence. QVL was fairly typical of the style, especially on their second album, "Il Tempo Della Goia", which ranks as one of the finest examples of classical, pastoral Italian symphonic along the lines of PFM, CELESTE, ALUSA FALLAX or LOCANDA DELLE FATE. The group sadly disbanded soon after the second album, leaving us with two more italian progressive gems, both with beautiful covers. Two of the most looked records of Italy!!!

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4.13 | 289 ratings
Quella Vecchia Locanda
1972
4.09 | 279 ratings
Il Tempo Della Gioia
1974

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4.13 | 289 ratings

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Quella Vecchia Locanda
Quella Vecchia Locanda Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE & JR/F/Canterbury Teams

5 stars QUELLA VECCHIA LOCANDA has so much more of a beautiful ring to the ears than the rather plain sounding English translation 'This Old Inn' which found this band from Rome carrying on the Italian progressive rock tradition of taking on a cutesy band name in the same style as Premiata Forneria Marconi (Award-winning Marconi Bakery) and Banco del Mutuo Soccorso (Bank of Mutual Relief). This quintet formed in 1970 and enjoyed a rather vigorous live setting that helped them become one of the more remembered Italian prog rock bands of the heyday in the early 70s. Their eponymously titled debut emerged in 1972 after a rather pop-oriented beginning which while almost completely faded into history left traces only lingering about on a various artists compilation titled 'Progressive Voyage' (The track is titled 'Io ti amo' or in English 'I love you.' While they would hone their prog rock chops in no time and be ready for the big time, there's no doubt that the pop aspects of this band carried over to their proggier side and allowed them to dish out some of the more melodic flow of compositions in the Italian prog rock scene.

QUELLA VECCHIA LOCANDA only released two albums in their short career with this one being released on the Help label and then finally getting picked up by RCA for their second album 'Il Tempo Della Gioia.' While they only released two albums, both are quite distinct in their style despite both firmly placed in the category of classically infused rock with folk and jazzy touches. This debut album lacks the production prowess of the second album but for my ears is the more interesting album of the two as it unleashes a powerful youthful exuberance and enthusiasm that 'Il Tempo Della Gioia' lacks as they began to slip into a comfort zone but a very beautiful one i must add. The band's main leaders were lead singer and flautist Giorgio Giorgi, guitarist and clarinetist Raimondo Maria Cocco, keyboardist Massimo Roselli and percussionist Patrick Traina who all played together in the earlier pop rock phases of the band but for their more adventurous prog years added Donald Lax to dazzle with his violin skills that added a unique gypsy swing and Paganini element to the band's overall sound that set them apart from many of the purely symphonic rock contemporaries of the day.

'Prologo' bursts onto the scene with a scorching duo between the violin and piano with the guitar bursting in and finally the drums and as the intro cedes into the more symphonic leaning rock segments, the instruments all go crazy on each other. Lax plays both acoustic and electric violins and sometimes delivers frenetic assaults reminiscent of the Mahavishnu Orchestra and at times reminding of the folkier side of the prog rock scene from such bands like Comus or Spirogyra. While not unique to QUELLA VECCHIA LOCANDA, the band mastered the dynamics shifting of soft sensual classical piano oriented pastoral segments with the heavy guitar laden rock sections that allowed Roselli to unleash his best Keith Emerson inspired keyboard wizardry. Certain tracks like 'Un Villaggio,Un'illsione' display Lax's playing around with Bach, Brahms, Corelli and other classical masters and weave them into a more Paganini performance that would be reworked into the rock fusion compositions that start out with classical intros and slowly morph into the heavier guitar, bass and drum action accompanied by the passionate vocal style of Giorgi who had the perfect vocal style for this type of music magic.

It may only last slightly over 34 minutes in duration but the debut album by QUELLA VECCHIA LOCANDA is one of the best offerings the early RPI scene had to offer. These eight tracks are chock full of passionately strewn classically infused rock sophistication very much at a level of the other greats of PFM, Banco, Il Balleto di Bronzo, Le Orme and the rest. The music is as perfectly constructed as the stunningly beautiful album cover and covers so many grounds in such a small amount of time that i can easily put this one on rotation and listen to it repeatedly without getting bored for one second. This band mastered the melodies, the Tull inspired folk feel, the ELP keyboard prowess, the medieval chamber aspects, the freak gypsy folk and the symphonic heavy rock. Chock full of brilliant dynamic shifts and progressive time signature workouts without sacrificing some of the most intricately designed melodic developments, QUELLA VECCHIA LOCANDA is one of the Italian greats of the era. For my money this debut release is one of the absolute best examples of this era of Italian progressive rock that rightfully deserves all the high praise and positive criticism that it has received ever since.

 Quella Vecchia Locanda by QUELLA VECCHIA LOCANDA album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.13 | 289 ratings

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Quella Vecchia Locanda
Quella Vecchia Locanda Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Jazz-Rock / Fusion / Canterbury Team

4 stars This is a nice blues rock album with a lot of input from classically trained musicians and composers. The presence of flutes, violins, and clarinet make it a little more interesting. The drums and bass play make it sound rather dated.

1. "Prologo" (5:01) plays like a prog epic with its many, many small themes, sections, twists and turns, classical and rock. Fine musicianship and vocals, but just a little too busy and nonsensical to me. (9/10)

2. "Un villagio, un'illusione" (3:53) after the radical twisting and turning of the opening song, the fairly straightforward and steady arrangement of this one is a bit of a surprise. (7.5/10)

3. "RealtÓ" (4:14) has very delicate, nylon-string guitar opening with matching vocal, before a heavier LED ZEPPELIN- like blues rock chord progression takes us into a chorus. Repeat one more time and then the song shifts into a still gentle, almost folk-classical instrumental section. Return to A-B format for the final minute or so. Beautiful song. (9.5/10)

4. "Immagini sfuocate" (2:57) opens with demonic sounding organ play, moving into a sustained crescendo within which flutes, electric bass, violin, and guitar add their spice. When we finally come out of the worm hole, we find ourselves in classic blues rock in the vein of SPIRIT or RARE EARTH. (8.5/10)

5. "Il cieco" (4:12) opens with a dated rock sound feel but then moves into a softer, flute-dominated section in the second minute. Piano and percussion bring us out into a kind of JETHRO TULL "Locomotive Breath" sound and style. The final 30 seconds are spent in more plaintive classical mode. (8/10)

6. "Dialogo" (3:43) another classically-infused blues rock tune that breaks for an interesting final minute of vocal 'dialogue'. (8.5/10)

7. "Sogno, risveglia e" (5:16) Easily the best song on the album, for its classical themes at the beginning--played on piano and strings--which then set up the entire beautiful song. Solo violin and flute take over the largo melody play in the third minute before the violin tracks fire it up a bit. At 3:30 vocalist sings over his piano, alternating with strings' input. The song returns to the gorgeous spacious piano theme for the final 45 seconds. (9.5/10)

An album that does a fairly competent job of melding classical music instruments and compositional styles and themes with rock instruments and formats. It would have been better if the rock compositionship was a little beyond fairly simple, straightforward blues rock formats.

A near-masterpiece of classically-infused blues ("progressive") rock.

 Il Tempo Della Gioia by QUELLA VECCHIA LOCANDA album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.09 | 279 ratings

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Il Tempo Della Gioia
Quella Vecchia Locanda Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Magnum Vaeltaja
Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

4 stars This second album by Quella Vecchia Locanda takes a drastically different path from the first but the journey is still satisfying.

With just about all of the hard blues rock elements of their first album removed in favour of subdued classical textures, the tone of this album is very different from the first. It still works excellently, however, and how this album could be best described is "refined". The production is improved, the moods are more delicate. Oddly enough, the structure of the album is generally looser and more free-flowing since it isn't bound to a concept like "Quella Vecchia Locanda" was. It's for that reason that I give this album one star lower of a rating. While it's an excellent album, "Il Tempo Della Gioia" doesn't take the listener on as much of a journey in its short 35 minute span as its predecessor.

Still a great addition to any RPI collection, though. 4 stars.

 Quella Vecchia Locanda by QUELLA VECCHIA LOCANDA album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.13 | 289 ratings

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Quella Vecchia Locanda Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Magnum Vaeltaja
Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

5 stars A true gem of not only the Italian scene, but prog as a whole. Quella Vecchia Locanda's debut self-titled album is a real treat, playing out like a storybook, painting vivid musical pictures as it takes its listener on a spell-binding journey.

Many people have noted stylistic similarities between the band and Genesis or Jethro Tull. While these comparisons are valid, they're a little bit contrived. Sure, there are lyrical, pastoral moods, charismatic vocals, classical interplay and heavy blues rocking throughout the album but those are just characteristic of the Italian sound. No cloning to be heard here.

So what makes "That Old Inn" stand out so much in the vast RPI scene? It really all comes down to composition. This is one of the most wonderfully, thoughtfully, intelligently composed albums that I've heard. The amount of energy that the album conveys is incredible, and it's evident from the opening bars of "Prologo", yet it's not a hack-and-slash headbanging album at all. There's such a great diversity of mood in this album, from soft, nocturnal pastoral sections to spirited classical melodies to hard rock riffing. And what makes it so powerful is that it's all delivered so succinctly. "Quella Vecchia Locanda" offers build-ups, climaxes, lyrical storytelling, breathing room, all in the short span of under 35 minutes! Though it's a shorter album, the length makes it easily digestible and always leaves me in awe, wondering how a band can take me on such a great journey in such a short time frame.

An absolute must-have for anyone looking for a quality album that's short and sweet. 5 well-deserved stars for an underrated classic.

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4.13 | 289 ratings

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Quella Vecchia Locanda Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by purplesnake

5 stars What can I say, this album is beautiful. It's a must have. The melodies are so beautiful, the flute and violin work is exceptional, its full of energy...as a composer myself this is an album I can really appreciate. I think the last piece on here is especially gorgeous. And the whole album feels like such a beautiful story...I'm not the kind of person who can explain music with words too well, since I see music as its own language, its own world, and within that world this album tells quite a tale. But really, just stop reading this review and listen to the album if you haven't already.
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4.13 | 289 ratings

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Quella Vecchia Locanda Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Argonaught

3 stars One of the Better "Ba-progue" Bands?

Well, there is no about that this album should make an enjoyable listening for those who like the baroque style in music (as I do). It's well put together and masterfully played. The album art is near-exquisite and in good synergy with the music.

Many may notice, and some may "bemoan" a few stretches of Quella Vecchia Locanda that sound like Genesis, shifting into Camel, sliding into ELO and then drifting into Tull. Or nearly :) But, I think we will all agree that being in the '70s serious music business and not being influenced by any of those bands would have been unlikely.

This album, along with the follow-up Il Tempo Della Gioia, definitely belong on one of the top shelves of the symph rock. I am not sure why Quella Vecchia Locanda didn't keep marching on for at least a couple years past their sophomore album. I wish they had.

 Quella Vecchia Locanda by QUELLA VECCHIA LOCANDA album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.13 | 289 ratings

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Quella Vecchia Locanda Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

3 stars This is the debut by an excellent RPI group that released only 2 (now-classic) albums before collapsing due to the lack of greater success. As with PFM, the sound of QVL included flute and violin, but these bands have otherwise quite different styles. Instead of PFM's soft, pastoral and romantic side QVL has more dynamic rock attitude, and more complex time signatures. (I prefer PFM.) These musicians share the passion for classical - especially Baroque - music, and many of them had classical studies. This shows mostly in the virtuotic use of instruments, especially on violin and keyboards (including harpsichord). The compositions are complex but not "symphonic" in the YES sense. The longest track lasts no more than 5:15.

One can make comparisons to e.g. KING CRIMSON and GENTLE GIANT, but QVL don't quite have the wide pallette of moods, forms or arrangements (like PFM also does), but instead play with high intensity - and complexity WITHIN the tracks - most of the time. One of the highlights is the soft instrumental first half of the ending track (title meaning "sleep, waking up and...") with the piano lead, where also the flute part is gentle. Then suddenly the sharp violin - soon followed by vocals, guitars and drums - brings more edge to the track. The flute is often very JETHRO TULL influenced. Acoustic guitar is not much heard even if there is some folk flavour here and there. The violin is often a bit too strong for my taste. Since I have several negative notions about this undisputed classic, I give it three stars only. Probably not on my Top Ten of Rock Progressivo Italiano albums, but definitely worth recommending if you enjoy classical influences served with the rock power.

 Il Tempo Della Gioia by QUELLA VECCHIA LOCANDA album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.09 | 279 ratings

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Il Tempo Della Gioia
Quella Vecchia Locanda Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars After the debut album of the band violin player Donald Lax left Italy and returned to USA, while shortly after bassist Romualdo Coletta also abandoned Quella Vecchia Locanda for personal reasons.They were replaced by Claudio Filice and Massimo Giorgi respectively and the new sextet recorded the sophomore release ''Il Tempo Della Gioia'' (''The time of joy'') for RCA in 1974.

While ''Quella Vecchia Locanda'' was a Symphonic Rock album with strong Classical flavors, the new album was a work of Classical/Symphonic arrangements with evident rock elements.The band transformed into a dreamy Chamber orchestra, which was eager to put up a show full of Classical piano themes, ethereal violin passages and poetic voices to complete a soundscape with demanding orchestrations.The rhythm section of Giorgi and Traina is however almost always present and the rock attitude is evident throughout the listening.Additionally many moments feature a nice guitar work of Cocco and the strong keyboard/synth solos of Roselli, these are very close to the magnificent works of PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (especially on the eponymous track and ''Un giorno, un amico'').''Il tempo della gioia'' lacks a bit the real pearls of the debut of the band, but the arrangements here have a beautiful Italian taste, the atmosphere is very dreamy despite the complexity of the material and the interplays are light yet always attractive.

This was meant to be the band's last album, as Quella Vecchia Locanda split up the next year due to the lack of promotion and distribution by RCA, resulting to the members' financial problems, who decided that this was a hard way to walk.

''Il Tempo Della Gioia'' will please a variety of fans withing the prog community and not only lovers of Italian Prog.Symphonic Rock/Chamber Prog/RIO followers as well as admirers of Classical Music will find plenty of material to satisfy them in this second Quella Vecchia Locanda effort.Warmly recommended...3.5 stars.

 Il Tempo Della Gioia by QUELLA VECCHIA LOCANDA album cover Studio Album, 1974
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Quella Vecchia Locanda Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Though I was blown away by Quella Vecchia Locanda's debut album, which I consider to be a gem of the Genesis-worshipping wave of Italian prog albums from 1972/1973, and whilst I don't quite rate this album so highly, I think changing up their style between albums was 100% the right choice - with such insane oversaturation of the market at the time, making yourself distinctive had become essential by 1974.

In the case of QVL, they went for a more classically-influenced approach which creeps in a bit of fusion here or there, as well as hints at the heavy prog approach of Il Balletto di Bronzo. It's a heady mix, and whilst I don't think it's knock-you-off-your-feet fantastic, it still stands head and shoulders above the output of many one-album wonders from the Italian scene of the time.

 Quella Vecchia Locanda by QUELLA VECCHIA LOCANDA album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.13 | 289 ratings

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Quella Vecchia Locanda Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

5 stars The debut album by Quella Vecchia Locanda is a concept album about a person experiencing an allegorical dream, in which they try to seek out a legendary inn ("Quella Vecchia Locanda" meaning "That Old Inn"...) in which the joy they used to feel in life can still be found. Though the typical RPI influences of Trespass-era Genesis and Jethro Tull are to the fore on this album, at the same time it also displays an impressive ability to synthesise these sounds into something new, yielding a gentle, acoustic style of prog much along the same lines as Premiata Forneria Marconi's work.

This album is distinguished from PFM's albums of 1972 by the fact that there's much less acoustic guitar involved - in fact, I think the star performer here is Massimo Roselli, the band's keyboardist, whose gentle piano outro to the final track brings a tear to my eye every time. A true overlooked classic, any fan of classic albums from the RPI boom of 1972 should follow the example of this album's protagonist and seek out "That Old Inn"...

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