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Ibis — Sun Supreme
(Victor VM CD 081, 1974/2003, CD)

by Mike McLatchey, Published 1996-03-01

Sun Supreme Cover art

The New Trolls Family tree is a convoluted structure – if you piece it together, it includes most of the well known Italian rock groups of the 70s whether closely or barely related. Ibis was the second half of the New Trolls split in the early 70s. One "half" continued as the New Trolls Atomic System, the other transmuted to Nico Gianni Frank Maurizio, a name later shortened to Ibis. Sun Supreme is Ibis' debut with Atomic Rooster drummer Rick Parnell filling in, and is probably the best of all the closely related Troll groups. Sun Supreme, as good as it is, is also most derivative, there are strong hints of Led Zeppelin and Yes throughout (plagiarism comes to mind here), with the vocal harmonies and the occasional similar riff. The songs are two side long suites with titles and part titles that give new meaning to the word pretentious. The music is classic Italian progressive with great dynamics, lots of warm synthesizers and chunky organ, great guitar work, and some compelling upbeat jamming parts. Musically it's quite solid, all fans of Italian progressive should like this one, it's one of the best 10 or 15 in this genre.


Filed under: Reissues, Issue 9, 2003 releases, 1974 recordings

Related artist(s): New Trolls, Ibis / Tritons

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