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Francesco Buccheri — Journey / Second Journey
(Mellow MMP 114, 1983/1992, CD)

by Mike McLatchey, Published 1996-08-01

Journey / Second Journey Cover art

Italian synthesists are a rare breed and only a few of them did anything of note (Cacciapaglia, Baffo Banfi, and very few others). Buccheri was a very obscure musician with a pronounced Teutonic influence. On the reissued Journey, his style is an Italian twist on the Klaus Schulze / Tangerine Dream / Ashra genre; a synth rock with neo-classical styled piano. Parts of this are great, especially the 20 minute title track – a suite full of Mellotron, string synth, sequencers, and fuzz guitars. The rest of Journey is more piano oriented; dark, somber, and a little slow. The bonus Second Journey, an unreleased album from 1983 is nearly all synths with a pronounced Schulze Moondawn feel. It seems that Buccheri was also listening to a lot of early 80s Tangerine Dream at the time and there are shades of Force Majeure and Tangram here as well. This CD release comes recommended to those wanting a unique variant on the German synth artists – much of this is nice stuff. Buccheri has another title (Hand Made) on Mellow recently released that will be reviewed in a later installment.


Filed under: Reissues, Issue 10, 1992 releases, 1983 recordings

Related artist(s): Francesco Buccheri

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