Exposé Online banner

Locanda delle Fate — Forse Le Lucciole Non Si Amano Più
(Polydor 519 389-2, 1977/1990, CD)

by Mike McLatchey, Published 2015-04-16

Forse Le Lucciole Non Si Amano Più Cover art

McLatchey's Top Tier #16

This is arguably the swansong of the Italian progressive rock movement from 1972-77 and I'm not sure it has been surpassed in any way since it was originally released. If the third Jumbo presented a progressive rock classic as a sort of heavy rock/avant-garde style, Locanda dell Fate's album was a progressive rock classic in its most symphonic and romantic form. The clear predecessor is the dual keyboards of Banco del Mutuo Soccorso (in fact I believe there's even a family tree connection between the two from the early days) and around the time of this album Locanda were a septet. From the cosmic, symphonic instrumental opener to the melancholy and powerful closing piece, this was as concise a final statement of the genre as Premiata Forneria Marconi's Storia di un Minuto and the first Banco del Mutuo Soccorso were the opening statements. The layering of keyboards, guitars and flutes allows much room for complexity in the songwriting and all the players really complement each other perfectly. And not only were they great in their heyday but I'd dare say their reunion material is as strong as any act out there and far more authentic than many others. They've shown with the pieces on The Missing Fireflies that Forse could have easily been a double album without compromising the quality in the least. This one's legendary in my book.


Filed under: Reissues, 1990 releases, 1977 recordings

Related artist(s): Locanda delle Fate

Latest news

2017-07-27
Yestival Dates Beef up the Beat – Word reaches us that Dylan Howe (son of guitarist Steve Howe) will be joining Yes on their "Yestival" tour, drumming alongside longtime band member Alan White. » Read more

2017-05-19
First ProgStock Festival Set for October – October 2017 will see the inaugural edition of a festival called ProgStock in Rahway, New Jersey at the Union County Performing Arts Center. With a definite slant towards neo-progressive music, the event is sure to please many fans with the inclusion of such artists as Echolyn, Glass Hammer, and Aisles. The festival will take place October 13-15. » Read more

2017-05-05
Clive Brooks RIP – Word reaches us today of another sad passing in the music world. Drummer Clive Brooks, best known as a member of such Canterbury bands as Egg, Uriel / Arzachel, and Groundhogs, has died at the age of 67. Details are sketchy at this point. The news was reported on Nick Mason's Facebook page — Brooks was Mason's drum tech. » Read more

2017-05-02
Col. Bruce Hampton RIP – The phrase "He died doing what he loved" is almost a cliche, but in the case of Col. Bruce Hampton, it couldn't be more true. Hampton, who was born Gustav Berglund III, collapsed on stage at his own 70th birthday celebration and later passed away. The event took place at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. » Read more

2017-04-16
ProgDay 2017 Announces First Bands – Flor de Loto, Sonar, and Infinien are the first three performers to be announced for the 2017 edition of the long-running ProgDay Festival. The 23rd ProgDay takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Yes - Talk – Here's yet another album with the Yes name on it that bears almost no resemblance to the band's classic period, essentially a Trevor Rabin solo album with Jon Anderson singing. First, I've...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues