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Osanna — Palepoli
(Arcangelo ARC-7061, 1972/2004, CD)

by Mike McLatchey, Published 2015-03-19

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McLatchey's Top Tier # 20

This is the fourth Italian progressive rock album in this tier and truly one of the most original albums from the decade. Like Ommadawn but in a totally different fashion this album is a true conglomerate of world influences channeled in longform. Just like it would be hard to pick a favorite album, it would be hard to pick a favorite vocalist, but honestly every time I see this question posed, Lino Vairetti comes to mind first, his voice has clarity, passion and a deep bluesiness that makes every Osanna album a must listen. The album has a really deep production as well, the best word I might describe for it is a soundswirl and I still get chills in the fade up, the multivocal opening that's like a celebration with Danilo Rustici's guitar tone chugging out of it. And it really doesn't let up from there, the whole thing like a story in its rise and fall. It's a truly mystical album, like a soundtrack to a Clark Ashton Smith story of old Hyperborea. It's their finest among several fine records.


Filed under: Reissues, 2004 releases, 1972 recordings

Related artist(s): Osanna

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