Exposé Online banner

Osanna — Preludio Tema Variazioni Canzona (Milano Calibro 9)
(Vinyl Magic CD-092, 1972/2002, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2006-05-01

Preludio Tema Variazioni Canzona (Milano Calibro 9) Cover artThis album represents the intersection of a number of trends going on in Italy at the time it was made. One was for rock bands to adopt Classical forms, sometimes even involving actual orchestras (New Trolls, Rovescio della Medaglia). Another was movies about gangsters. Another was for movies to have soundtracks by rock bands (Goblin and so on). So here you have a rock band doing music in a Classical form (prelude, theme, variations) with an orchestra as the soundtrack to a gangster movie. In this case, the “Preludio” and “Tema” were written by Luis Enriquez Bacalov, who also worked with New Trolls and RdM on their Classical blending albums. The “Variazioni” are credited to Osanna, and generally contain more rock elements, including some great fuzzed-out guitar solos, a couple of bits of wigged out synthesizer, and some energetic flute and sax. The seven variations are mostly short (in fact the whole album clocks in at only thirty minutes) and run together, so unless you’re paying attention to the display on your player, it sounds like a smaller number of longer pieces. “Variazione II (My Mind Flies)” is the only one with lyrics, a lovely little bit with acoustic guitar; the whole thing finishes off with “Canzona (There Will Be Time),” a massively overblown rock ballad that borders on kitsch. This new reissue comes in a gatefold mini-LP reproduction package, which is lovely if inconvenient, with a booklet containing liner notes, photos, and lyrics.

Filed under: Reissues, Issue 33, 2002 releases, 1972 recordings

Related artist(s): Osanna

Latest news

2020-03-24
Bill Rieflin RIP – The sad news reaches us today of Bill Rieflin's death. Rieflin was best known as a drummer in bands ranging from post-punk to industrial to indie-rock to progressive rock, including work with The Blackouts, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Swans, Land, and King Crimson. Rieflin had been battling cancer for several years, and succumbed to it on March 24. He was 59. » Read more

2020-03-17
Cruise to the Edge and Seaprog 2020 Festivals Postponed – The worldwide outbreak of the novel coronavirus has started to produce casualties in the music festival world, and music festivals are not immune. We've had word that both the Cruise to the Edge (originally slated for March 27 - April 1) and Seaprog (originally June 5-7) have been postponed to later dates, with those dates to be announced. » Read more

2020-03-06
McCoy Typer RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of one of the most influential pianists in the history of jazz, McCoy Tyner. His tenure with John Coltrane in the early 60s includes some of the most treasured recordings of the era, including My Favorite Things and A Love Supreme. After leaving Coltrane's group, he had a long and successful solo career. He was 81. » Read more

2020-02-18
Jon Christensen RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of Norwegian drummer Jon Christensen, a musician whose sensitive playing did much to help define the atmospheric sound of ECM jazz recordings. His work with Jan Garbarek, Bobo Stenson, Terje Rypdal, and many more was sensitive and varied, adapting to a wide variety of styles while maintaining a distinct identity of its own. Christensen was 76. » Read more

2020-01-21
Gong Announces UK Tour for 2020 – Having spent the last few years touring the world, including dates in Japan with psych legend Steve Hillage, multiple headline European tours and festivals, America’s Cruise to the Edge festival, a South America headline tour, and a headline performance at Tomorrow Festival in China, the band have won the hearts of both traditional and modern Gong fanbases. During this live journey, Gong has delved further into the truly psychedelic, exploratory, and mind-expanding side of the music. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Charlemagne Palestine - A Sweet Quasimodo between Black Vampire Butterflies for Maybeck – In the 30 or so years that Charlemagne Palestine has been around, this writer has never heard any of his music until now. It was inevitable that one of his recordings would reach my ears eventually,...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues