Exposé Online banner

Sangiuliano — Take Off
(Si Wan SRMC 1006, 1978/1993, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 1994-05-01

Take Off Cover artAn amazing album from 1978. Tony Sangiuliano was a one man keyboard show, assisted only by a drummer and female soprano; he could well be thought of as Italy's answer to Heaven and Hell period Vangelis or Rick Wakeman in his more vanguard days. Using Polymoog, Mini-Moog, Arp 2600, Hammond L22 & X77, Mellotrons, piano, Clavinet, harpsichord, xylophone, and tubular bells, he creates an invincible wall of sound that defies any convenient descriptions. Influences clearly point in the direction of the classical symphonic opus, yet the album's three long tracks are fundamentally original - there is very little 'borrowing' from the classics here, and as a composer he has succeeded in rising above the self-indulgence and pretension that ran rampant among keyboard wizards of the day. That said, the listener comes away with little in the form of memorable themes, that is - as it is with Vangelis' early work - it only can be appreciated while listening to it; few themes (with the notable exception of the closing 'clock' portion of the sidelong "Time Control") are repeated enough times to leave a lasting impression that lives beyond the experience, which can either be a plus or a minus, depending on what the listener wants from an album. Overall, I'd have to give this one a high recommendation.

Filed under: Reissues, Issue 3, 1993 releases, 1978 recordings

Related artist(s): Sangiuliano

Latest news

2018-07-31
Tomasz Stańko RIP – Tomasz Stańko, one of the greats of Eastern European jazz, has died at the age of 76. Stańko's career started in Krzysztof Komeda's quintet, where he contributed trumpet from 1963-1967, when he formed his own group. He worked extensively with Edward Vesala, Don Cherry, Zbigniew Seifert, Chico Freeman, Howard Johnson, Cecil Taylor, and many others. Many of his recordings have been released by ECM, an association that began in the mid-70s. » Read more

2018-07-09
Soft Machine Set to Release New Music – It's been 50 years since The Soft Machine changed the face of music with their first album. Their blend of psychedelic rock and jazz was unique, and while the band went through many changes before disbanding in 1981 — by which time there were no original members remaining — they remained an innovative force with a style all their own. » Read more

2018-07-01
7d Surfaces Happy Rhodes Back Catalog – We've covered singer Happy Rhodes before, both for her solo work and recently with The Security Project, but her 11 albums have been hard to track down. Until now. 7d features high-quality downloads of all her releases, and several of them are also available on CD. » Read more

2018-06-25
Fred Chalenor RIP – We have news of another sad passing in the world of creative music. Bassist Fred Chalenor, whose creativity featured on albums by Tone Dogs, Caveman Shoestore, and many more, died on June 23, 2018 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Tributes have poured in from the many musicians and fans whose lives he touched. » Read more

2018-06-13
Jon Hiseman RIP – One of the great drummers of the rock era has died. Jon Hiseman was a veteran of such ground-breaking groups as Colosseum (I and II), Tempest, John Mayal's Bleusbreakers, and was a founding member of the innovative large band United Jazz + Rock Ensemble. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Richie Havens - Nobody Left to Crown – If one hasn't listened to anything new by Richie Havens since the 60s or 70s, perhaps it’s time to listen again. If anything, this latest offering from the respected singer-songwriter is as good as...  (2009) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues