Exposé Online banner

Posto Blocco 19 — Motivi di Sempre
(Lizard LDV 008, 2014, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2015-01-04

Motivi di Sempre Cover artThis is the story of a band whose day of recognition is long overdue, having formed in Parma in 1972, released one 45 RPM nine years later, and calling it a day in 1983, by which time there was little interest in the style of progressive rock that had inspired them so many years before. Fast forward twenty-plus years to a time when many of the classic Italian bands are reforming or returning to their roots, and Posto Blocco 19 recognized they had unfinished business to attend to. The initial reformation included three members from the 1981 lineup: keyboard player Giancarlo Di Bella, drummer Vittorio Salvi, and composer / guitarist / singer Raimundo Fantuzzi, and in 2010 the band contributed an outstanding seven minute track “L’ultima Acqua” (featured here as a bonus track) to the Colossus magazine / Musea compilation The Divine Comedy Part III, with singer Bernardo Lanzetti (ex-PFM) handling the vocals. In 2011 their song “Scandendo il Tempo” was featured on another compilation set Decameron - Ten Days in 100 Novellas - Part 1. By the time recording started in 2014 for Motivi di Sempre, Di Bella had been replaced by new keyboardist Granziano de Palma, with bassist Massimo Casari and percussionist Stefano Savi on board, and new singer Francesca Campagna in the lineup, who along with Fantuzzi gave the band a wealth of rich vocal harmonies. The sound is lush and symphonic in a very 70s way, featuring touches of jazz and classical elements woven into the fabric of their style. Three vocal pieces, including a fresh reworking of the A-side of the 1981 single “E La Misica Va” are bookended by the two parts of the instrumental opener and closer “A Un Passo Dal Cielo.” There’s plenty here that should be of interest to fans of the classic Italian symphonic sound (think Banco). Forty-plus years on from their beginnings, it’s about time this band gets their due.

Filed under: New releases, 2014 releases

Related artist(s): Posto Blocco 19

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 world, and 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...

Paralell or 90 Degrees - More Exotic Ways to Die – Whatever else you might say about Parallel or 90 Degrees, they do have an obsession with dark subject matter: the first seven tracks are grouped as parts 1 to 6 (two are instrumental – go figure) of...  (2003) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues