Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Quella Vecchia Locanda ‎– "Quella Vecchia Locanda" (Help! ‎– ZSLH 55091) 1972

"Oh You guys are soooo Talented!".....is likely what the group members of 'Quella Vecchia Locanda',translated as 'That Old Inn'(What???),would have loved to hear.....but we don't do that here do we? That was one of the main reasons for the outbreak of the Punk Rock disease....the music of evny as we now call it. We got over that though,and now we admire and respect the music made between 1971 and 1975, as long as they don't do it again.....we have the records already thanks. 
This bunch of classically trained long hairs, drag us screaming through the complete gamut of emotions across the eight tracks of this classical/Rock fusion masterpiece.It rocks out ruthlessly in places, yet in others you're fighting back a lickle melancholic tear,Awwwwww.
A veritable journey through a glorious eight colour rainbow of early seventies progressive rock.
Dunno who wrote the closing track,but its so classically melodic,with its plaintive piano melody,that it sounds like it was written by someone else? Either a Chopin outtake, or a rejected main theme by Francis Lai or Micheal Legrand.Anyway, I'm sure I've heard it before, sounding uncannily like the sad bit at the end of every episode of The Incredible Hulk TV Series, where David Banner was always having to move on after finding love, then it all goes pear-shaped after he loses his temper and smashes up the gaff. The album sleeve insists that it was a group composition, so maybe they did write it?.....could have won an Oscar there lads.


A1 Prologo
A2 Un Villaggio, Un'Illusione
A3 Realtà
A4 Immagini Sfocate
B1 Il Cieco
B2 Dialogo
B3 Verso La Locanda
B4 Sogno, Risveglio E...


Anonymous said...

Actually violinist virtuoso Donald Lax is from Maui, Hawaii. :D

antiguoautomata said...

I think it is great your sharing this records and put it in (your own) context...I do love/hate the italian prog since I've heard PFM in the late 70's but I want to recommend some of them bands: Corte Dei Miracoli, Museo Rosenbach and Picchio Dal Pozzo (more R.I.O. oriented not so well known as Stormy Six) By the way have you heard the Cassiber/Stormy Six combo called Cassix?

Moahaha said...

Well this wasn't among the ones I suspected - but this post inspired a relisten and its certainly entertaining and very generous music. Reminds me of a quote by my fellow countryman Fenriz (of Darkthrone) "We make the bread and other people can make cake. But you grow tired of cake too"

...it sounded better in Norwegian - but anyway I enjoy both cake and bread as long as I'm not stuffed and its really good cake and bread.