Week of January 7, 2007

Locanda Delle Fate

Michele Conta - piano, electric piano, polymoog, cembalo, clavinet, synthesizer
Alberto Caviglio - guitars, vocals
Luciano Boero - bass
Ezio Vevey - guitars, vocals, flute
Leonardo Sasso - vocals
Oscar Mazzoglio - hammond organ, electric piano, moog, synthesizers
Giorgio Gardino - drums

Forse Le Lucciole Mon Si Amano Piu, 1977 Polydor 2448 055
CD: Mellow/Polydor (519 389-2), 1992; PolyGram Italia/Polydor 523 688-2, 1994

This bulky group made one of the finest Italian albums of the late seventies in the classic symphonic rock style. They might have been influenced by Genesis and Gentle Giant, but as usual for Italian groups, their approach revealed a large degree of independence from the English progressive rock scene. Locanda Delle Fate's sound was dominated by multiple keyboards. The rhythmic interplay between piano and drums is sometimes interesting. Unfortunately this was a time of decline for progressive rock and, apart from this album, the group only released a couple of singles.

Taken from Scented Gardens of the Mind - A guide to the Golden Era of Progressive Rock (1968-1980) in more than 20 European Countries, by Dag Erik Asbjørnsen, Borderline Productions, ISBN 1-899855-12-2

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