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FORMULA 3 were one of Italy's first and most popular psychedelic prog rock band of its time. This band was a trio made up of Alberto Radius on guitar, vocals and bass, Gabriele Lorenzi on keyboards and bass, and Toni Cicco on drums and vocals. The melodies still have that unique Italian-Mediterranean tunefulness, but their voicings are unique. Musically these guys are somewhere in the DEEP PURPLE school with heavy emphasis on guitar and keyboard interplay. In the end they combined to write and record perhaps my favourite Italian Psych rock album ("La Grande Casa") of all time.

They put out four early albums which are all different in style. "Dies Irae" their first album is greatly overhadowed by their later releases, but let me say that you must start with this album. The second album, the eponymous FORMULA 3, appears to be a collection of singles, although the first track runs eleven minutes in length and in fact only two of the tracks were released as singles.

Probably the only one worthy of high praise is their third "Sognando E Risognando" a highly inventive album who's styles are very diverse. "La Grande Casa" is possibly their best release, and should appeal to those who enjoy PFM, Le ORME, and Il VOLO. To be fair, "Sognando E Risognando" is supposed to be more progressive than this, earlier albums more psychedelic.

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- Dies Irae (Numero Uno ND 74271) [1970]
- Formula 3 (Numero Uno ND 74272) [1971]
- Sognando E Risognando (Numero Uno ND 74430) [1972]
- La Grande Casa (Numero Uno ND 74273) [1973]
- Frammenti Rosa (Durium ND-CD 201) [1992]
- 25 Anni Di Lucio Battisti (RCA Italiana 74321-17295-2) [1993]
- La Casa Dell'Imperatore (Carras CRR 475909-2) [1994]

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2.95 | 40 ratings
Dies Irae (Formula 3)
2.46 | 27 ratings
Formula 3
3.56 | 66 ratings
Sognando e Risognando
3.03 | 49 ratings
La Grande Casa
1.33 | 3 ratings
King Kong
2.40 | 5 ratings
La Casa Dell'imperatore
1.67 | 3 ratings
I Successi Di Lucio Battisti
1.67 | 3 ratings
Il Nostro Caro... Lucio

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1.00 | 1 ratings
La Casa Dell'Imperatore Più Cantano Lucio Battisti
1.00 | 1 ratings
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1.00 | 1 ratings
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 La Grande Casa by FORMULA 3 album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.03 | 49 ratings

La Grande Casa
Formula 3 Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Anon-E-Mouse

2 stars Welcome to Eurovion Pop Festival. This is not even remotely Prog - beyond that the same instruments can be used to create many different types of music. Just how this band sneaked into PA remains a mystery to me.

I feel that I got duped by the dealer spruiking up this CD and seeing that it's the second highest rated album of the band on PA, I parted with my money - and time...! (Obviously the dealer just wanted to shift dud material that few Prog fans expressed interest in buying.)

But this scraping the bottom of the "Prog barrel" far too hard. Now, don't get me wrong, these musicians don't sound anything like desperate amateurs. Rather the opposite. To my ears they appear more like skilled session musicians - kinda hired hands - who could play virtually anything placed in front of them. This work just happened to be Pop.

Lyrical pieces alternate with bombastic orchestral arrangements and pretty good vocals deliver mildly enjoyable - Pop. That the lyrics are in Italian doesn't help much to possible added value as I don't speak that language.

Please, don't get me wrong, I don't mean to be rude to these capable musicians. On a general music site this piece would probably qualify for a rating between 3 and 3.5. In Prog terms I can't offer more than 2. Since I am a Prog fan, this would have been the first and also the last Formula 3 album I ever obtained.

 La Grande Casa by FORMULA 3 album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.03 | 49 ratings

La Grande Casa
Formula 3 Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
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3 stars Formula Tre's fame even reached Brazil in early-70's, as the band played at the Festival Internacional da Cancao in 1972.In 1973 the band releases its last album of their early phase, now moving away from the shadow of Battisti and based on compositions mostly written by Radius.Its title was ''La grande casa'', another product of Formula Tre on Numero Uno.

The fourth album of the band is actually a Progressive/Pop record, creating mixed feelings and with a rather soft still decent result.The opening ''Rapsodia di Radius'' is propably the best cut of the album, atmospheric and light Symphonic/Space Rock with the distinctive guitar style of Radius in evidence and some great choirs.''La ciliegia non e di plastica'' is a dull Pop track, based around Radius acoustic crescendos and Lorenzi's piano with a bad result.''Liberta per quest'uomo'' shows a return to the melodic Symphonic/Art Rock of the opening track, excellent performance by Lorenzi on organ and piano, nice choirs and good work by Radius both on electric and acoustic guitars.The eponymous track is a fine piece of lyrical Art Rock with solid musicianship, while ''Cara Giovanna'' is a ballad with sensitive vocals, relaxed synthesizers and piano and a nice acoustic solo by Radius.The closing ''Bambina sbagliata'' is another poppy track that haves a strong musical content with keyboards and acoustic guitars in evidence but the hillarious choirs and its syrupy atmosphere make it quite an amateur composition.

Formula Tre disbanded in late 73' with Radius joining Il Volo as well as having a decent solo career and Cicco forming a self-titled short-lived project in 1974.They returned some 15 years later with the original line-up and the band is still active in the new millenium, producing albums with reworkings of old songs, before Lorenzi quit in 2002 to be replaced by several keyboardists ever after.

In fact ''La grande casa'' was the last contribution by Formula Tre in Italian Prog, a sufficient yet very short album with an artistic nature and some nice atmospheres throughout.Recommended, especially if you love some Italian romanticism in your music.

 Sognando e Risognando by FORMULA 3 album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.56 | 66 ratings

Sognando e Risognando
Formula 3 Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by dreadpirateroberts

2 stars Sognando e Risognando by Formula 3 is an album with some great moments, but an almost piece-at-a-time approach to the flow of music.

There is a really nice, dark guitar sound, one of the most distinctive I've heard for the period, and the usual expressive (if sparse) Italian vocals. The keyboard and guitar interplay is often exciting, but the album doesn't really kick off until we start the Lucio Battisti cover that the title of the album is drawn from, which is renamed here to the first line: 'La Stalla Con I Buoi' (a heavy interpretation of the song). It's fantastic and when it gets going and I always find myself sad when it ends, I'm left craving a little more.

Perhaps the chief issue with the album, is that many songs feel like interludes - only they are often followed by what could be considered as another interlude. This disrupts the flow and can be distracting as a listener. As the album was produced by Battisti, it should offer a partial explanation for the clear influence seen in one of the stand out songs 'Storia Di Un UomoE Di Una Donna' where the 'interluding' comes to a momentary halt. This track is instantly memorable because it is a little more traditional in structure, and does have a clear Battisti influence (the song is bit of a rock ballad) and I wonder if he doesn't contribute backing vocals to the track, especially the falsetto-ish parts.

'Tema' thumps along before easing off into a softer passage and the album winds down with another interlude before the longer 'Interludio' which, combined with 'Finale' serve as a dramatic closer.

Not a bad album by any stretch, but I feel that with just two great compositions, combined with some interesting interplay between keys and guitar elsewhere, that this one is a 2.5 rather than a 3.

 Dies Irae (Formula 3) by FORMULA 3 album cover Studio Album, 1970
2.95 | 40 ratings

Dies Irae (Formula 3)
Formula 3 Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by toroddfuglesteg

2 stars Being a motorsport fan, this band caught my attention some years ago. It has taken me until this week to get to know this album, though.

This is the debut album from this band who has gone on to release some albums. This is also a pretty spicy album somewhere between Psychedelic/Space Rock, Heavy Prog and RPI. Mostly Psychedelic/Space Rock, it has to be said. The organs is rampant spaced out and the vocals too lives somewhere in space. There is even a drum solo here and other more Heavy Prog stuff. The vocals, despite being spaced out, reminds me about RPI.

The quality is not that good though. There is no tracks here that makes enough impressions on me to give me a reason to name one of them as the best track here. The songs only rampage throughout to the end and that's it. In short, this album is passing me by like a train. But the sound is interesting though so this band is not a lost cause. But this album is not for me.

2.25 stars

 La Grande Casa by FORMULA 3 album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.03 | 49 ratings

La Grande Casa
Formula 3 Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by João Paulo

4 stars An album made in Italian Progressive rock vein but a litle bit comercial songs. Some Psichedelic progressive parts or some sinphonic parts, but the most important parts have Lirics in Italian and give the comercial concept of this work. The begining of album it's a beautifull sinphonic music but quality is down, when he begin to sing. It's nice to hear some music of this album, because have a calm ritm and some balanced parts. Compared to other albums of Italian Progressive rock scene, this is a more comercial work but with a nice parts, and a good sound conception. I think that it's a important work in Italian context, and we should not separate the geografic and social context and music, because the local people can heard some good music and the same music it's not so good for ohter people. As it has some beautiful pieces which are pleasant to hear I give 4 star's.
 Sognando e Risognando by FORMULA 3 album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.56 | 66 ratings

Sognando e Risognando
Formula 3 Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

3 stars While I do think this is slightly better than their debut there are whole sections (especially the vocal ones) that are disappointing. Not a fan of the album cover either (haha).

"Fermo Al Semaforo" builds with sounds including synths. The guitar before 1 1/2 minutes reminds me of Conny Veit. "Sognando" sounds really good with the keyboards and guitar making that happen. Vocal melodies join in. "La Stalla Con I Buoi" features reserved vocals and acoustic guitar. It kicks in around a minute before settling again before 2 1/2 minutes. Kicks back in a minute later with some nice guitar. "Risognando" is a short piece with little happening. "L'albero" opens with sporadic drumming. It kicks in with some distorted organ before 1 1/2 minutes, guitar follows. Synths come in then the tempo picks up. Organ 4 minutes in before it turns pastoral a minute later to end it.

"Non Mi Ritrovo" opens with drums as organ then guitar join in. It settles into a good groove. "Finale" opens with piano before it settles. "Storia Di Un Uomo E Di Una Donna Aeternun" opens with acoustic guitar and piano as reserved vocals come in. Drums and bass follow. Not a fan of this one. "Tema" has an aggressive intro before it settles a minute in with vocals. Not a fan of this one either. "Caccia" opens with synths as drums eventually join in. It's building and blends into "Interludio". Piano takes over. Guitar before 3 1/2 minutes. Synths are back. "Finale" features lots of atmosphere as synths build.

Lots to like here, but not enough to make it 4 stars i'm afraid.

 Dies Irae (Formula 3) by FORMULA 3 album cover Studio Album, 1970
2.95 | 40 ratings

Dies Irae (Formula 3)
Formula 3 Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Considering this was released in 1970 this is an impressive album. It's too bad the mood and style of the opening track wasn't sustained throughout though. FORMULA 3 were a trio out of Italy. The guitarist went on to form IL VOLO.

"Dies Irae" is dark as the drums beat slowly. The guitar then organ join in. An amazing sound here. This is quite intense. Vocals 3 minutes in. They will come and go. Big finish. "Non E Francesca" kicks in quickly with a catchy beat. Vocals before a minute as raw guitar plays over top. Organ comes in later. Vocals come in after a minute on "Perche...Perche Ti Amo". The organ, drums and guitar are prominant. They contrast the quiet and loud passages throughout.

"Questo Folle Sentimento (Intro)" kicks in right away. I like when it settles. It blends into "Questo Folle Sentimento" where it builds with vocals and organ followed by guitar. "Walk Away Renee" is a song I remember as a kid. FORMULA 3 cover it pretty well with English vocals. I like the chorus because it brings back memories. "Se Non E Amore Cos'e" kicks in with organ, drums and guitar. It settles. Fragile vocals after 1 1/2 minutes with floating organ. "Sole Gialio,Sole Nero" is fairly uptempo with organ. It settles when the vocals arrive. It picks back up.This is a fun track. Lots of organ before 5 minutes. Drums take over a minute later.

I can't give it 4 stars but I feel it deserves respect considering the year and how well done it is. 3.5 stars.

 Sognando e Risognando by FORMULA 3 album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.56 | 66 ratings

Sognando e Risognando
Formula 3 Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Kazuhiro
Prog Reviewer

4 stars The activity of the band in Italy in the first half of the 1970's might have had the flow that those music overflowed completely as a main current at the same time as enlivening the chart. In the flow to which the band in Italy takes a progressive element and the music character is created, it is also true that a lot of bands that were called "POP" and existed attempted the conversion of directionality for the music character.

Especially, the activities such as Banco, New Trolls, and Osanna might have pulled the flow of a complete revolution and the fashion for the situation of the music of Italy of the 70's. It is not an exaggeration to say that the appearance of PFM might have completely decided the establishment of the field of the one music character for Prog Rock of Italy and.

It will have been one of the bands that had gradually reacted to the flow that belonged to a progressive music character of Italy that the situation and the change in the music that this Formula 3 had done also had rushed into in the 70's. And, the flow and the situation that reaches this album for Formula 3 will be able to catch the part where the height of an inevitable revolution and creativity was remarkably shown in the flow of various bands that derived in the 70's. And, indispensable existence of Lucio Battisti for this band and help of Numero Uno might have been created with the overwhelming sense of existence as not only this band but also priming of various music.

Formula 3 has been formed in 1968. "Questo Folle Sentimento" of the single is announced in December, 1969. It was time when Numero Uno had started exactly in full scale at this time. Prog Rock of Italy might have had the flow that had exactly rushed into at a real dawn in the 70's. It became concrete by announcing 1st album attended with the work of Lucio Battisti in 1970. The music character of Formula 3 was accepted at once in the home country and it had the fact to enliven the chart. "lo Ritorno Solo" is announced in 1971. And, "La Folle Corsa" prepared to participate in "Festival della canzone italiana" is announced. The activities of men who had been contributing to the situation of the music of Italy including their 2nd albums might have infiltrated gradually. And, the support of Lucio Battisti and the activity of Numero Uno might have been shown as already important existence for Formula 3.

It might be a work with which the element that the music character that they did in this album is exactly good the main current, the fashion, and the culture of Italy at that time is blocked enough. The part of Beat Rock and psychedelic that was able to be listened in their initial works is an element with the composition power of an overwhelming tune it is refined further. It is ..album that attempts to introduce symphonic.. finished. It is said it was not popular too much for. The music character done in this album is continued, and however, they participate in "InternationalSongFestival" in Brazil and acquire the victory splendidly. It had details from which all almost their albums were announced in Brazil at the following. This album might be one attainment point with the album that remarkably exactly reflects complete simultaneously where the element of Prog Rock of Italy that Lucio Battisti thinks about appears for Formula 3.

"Sognando E Risognando" has the flow of the suite that consists of the composition of four. Melody of guitar with which expression of feelings overflows. And, the synthesizer that produces the anacatesthesia. Arrangement of drum that intermittently produces tension. It might be a very complete tune in Prog Rock located in the main current in Italy at that time. The arrangement of the organ with chorus's melody and tension might be splendid. And, the melody quietly sung with which expression of feelings overflows. The composition power to reach the guitar in close relation to it and the top shows a complete part. The thing to take charge of the chorus part might be a point where a possible part is good this band. The tension is always continued and the band combines.

"L'Ultima Foglia" ..consisting tune.. has finished from the composition of three. The drum with a free part in the flow that produces the tension twines. The guitar of Alberto Radius with a transparent feeling might be unique. The melody is continued and it shifts to the flow with the dash feeling with the synthesizer. Ensemble of the band might exactly raise the quality of the tune. The melody of the guitar advances with the organ the tune is pulled and with the tension. How an idea that this Trio is abundant and high-quality performances are done might be understood. A part aggressive the melody that flows to the flow of a steady drum in the space is produced. The part where width was given to the composition of the tune while following the idea that has been done before might be splendid. The performance of the flow that shifts to Solo of the guitar and the band that moves freely is reformative. The flow from a grand piano melody is received in the last part of the tune and it advances toward the top.

The song by which you may put "Storia Di Un Uomo E Di Una Donna" on a gentle melody twines. Working of Mogol-Battisti has acted on this tune well. Chorus's usage and melody of song. And, originality twines and is produced to the element of a good ballade. Original processing of the arrangement in close relation to the progress of Chord and the usage of the sound might be splendid.

"Aeternum" is a tune that consists of the composition of four. And, this tune was a tune that they had performed in the music festival of Brazil. The organ and the synthesizer that produces an original melody and the tension produce a good start. Flow that shifts from theme to melody of gentle song. And, the continued original tension. Shift from melody to grand part that looks like fanfare. The tune advances from the part with the impression of the solemnity attended with a beautiful piano melody. The tune gradually becomes intense and the band combines. A flow advanced as a very progressive part is produced might be splendid.

The music character of this Formula 3 can be caught as a band located in a surely progressive situation in a lot of bands that supported it at the dawn of Prog Rock of Italy. And, it might be true that it was a work that should be able to say one the top this album for them in the situation of Italy of the 70's that is becoming a main current.

 Dies Irae (Formula 3) by FORMULA 3 album cover Studio Album, 1970
2.95 | 40 ratings

Dies Irae (Formula 3)
Formula 3 Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Prog_Veteran

3 stars 3.75 really! First look to the year: 1970! "Dies Irae" is an incredible record, principally if you look to British year 1970 scene (please, see my Caravan "if I could..." review). Most Italian huge prog movement began after 1971. So this and THE TRIP are one of the first avantgarde italian efforts.

"Dies Irae" is around proto prog with heavy Hammond organ and guitars. Don't be fooled, it sounds its own as Mediterranean melodic brings fresh winds. The song parts are pure Italian gentle and beauty. References can go to Atomic Rooster "death walks behind you", ARZACHEL or the injustice unknown German MURPHY BLEND "first loss" (1970); and your usual Italian highly expressive prog.

This album comes with uplifting , energetic and beautiful mood. It has some psychedelic atmosphere used with wisdom as it's balanced with structured (written not experimenting) lines and melodic songs (by Mogol and Battisti). According to "The return of Italian Pop" book: "the group idea was to transfer long suites of avant-garde music into shorter selections without falling into the trap of low quality light music then existing".

By the way, the 1st Camel record is from 1972 and the first Kansas record is from 1974, so don't forget to look to the record date release before saying it's primitive. If you want blow away mature FORMULA 3 go to my favorite "SOGNANDO E RISOGNANDO" (1972) with its eternal classics "sognando e risognando" and "aeternum" this track was recorded in Rio de Janeiro for my highest proud according to the referred book ( and the album was released here too with different cover in early 70's)!

 La Grande Casa by FORMULA 3 album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.03 | 49 ratings

La Grande Casa
Formula 3 Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by ZowieZiggy
Prog Reviewer

3 stars The last album of their classic era is the one that embraces the wonderful Italian style. While psyche and prog heaviness were very much present in their first three albums, one can note a much deeper Italian sound in here. And I can only say that I like this one better.

It all starts magnificently with the fine and emotional opener: ''Rapsodia di Radius''. It is a jewel of sweet moments combined with harder passages (it reminds the structure of ''The Musical Box''). This joy though is seriously jeopardized during the weak ''La Ciliegia.''. A weird rock song, at times bluesy, that is best avoided as far as I am concerned. Fortunately, it is the only of that kind featured.

One is projected back into the ''Trespass'' world with the beautiful ''Libertá.''. A wonderful and passionate expression of what symphonic prog is all about. The harmony is incredible, the music is poignant and the crescendo finale is just superb. Another highlight of this ridiculously short album.

The title track has a more rocking feel than the other tracks. Almost spoken lyrics are combined with piano only parts and quite rhythmic sections as well. A transitional number in awaiting of the sublime ''Cara Giovanna''. Another great track from this album. Again, the traditional ingredients of the genre are featured: emotion, delicacy, skills and passion. I have to say that the instrumental sections is particularly well crafted and should give the shivers to an ice cube.

The closing number of this half an hour of music is not very convincing I'm afraid. The chorus of ''Bambina Sbagliata'' is especially painful.

I have a mixed feeling about this work: some pieces are brilliant while other ones are average. At the end of the day, I will rate this album just as each of their previous ones: three stars.

Thanks to ProgLucky for the artist addition. and to Angelo for the last updates

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