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The Spaghetti Epic - Six Modern Prog Bands For Six Seventies Prog Suites

a Studio release
by
VA: Colossus Projects

Release Year: 2004

Date Label Catalog # Comments
Musea FGBG 4526
Added To Proggnosis Database on: 1/11/2005 12:00:00 AM
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    CD 1
  1. The West (19:59)
  2. Jill (21:38)
  3. Cheyenne (21:49)
    CD 2
  1. Harmonica (21:56)
  2. Morton (23:23)
  3. Frank (25:00)
Haikara
CD 1 Track 1
Nocola Randone
CD 1 Track 2
Tilion
CD 1 Track 3
La Voce Del Vento
(Guy Manning and Andy Tillison
CD 2 Track 1
Taproban
CD 2 Track 5
Trion
CD 2 Track 6

Reviewed by Nuno on 28 Feb 2005


First of all I would like to say that this is a great idea and concept. Picking up one of the greatest western cult movies – Once Upon a Time in the West - , Finnish Colossus Magazine invited 6 bands to put into progressive music the soul of the 6 characters involved in that movie (including the west itself). To better up the package, there is a very rich, detailed and comprehensive booklet that really provides the buyer with lots of useful info and images.

The music played by the 6 invited bands accomplishes to border the thematic that was purposed. Transposing to well defined progressive fields the emotional hallow that Fabio Leone was able to create.
Haikara, for instance, was able to capture the moment, the idealistic landscapes and the emotional background of the film in their track. The use of Violin, Accordion and Cello is set to complement the depth of the musical landscapes that are being created throughout the track. Merit to the song, though it is not the best of the album, still perfectly manages to portrait what was its main goal – The West – that being, the place where it all happens, a place with its own rules, characteristics and even a very charismatic aura. It is a track that pursues the atmospheres, chases the sonic portraying of the landscapes, and does it to good effect…
Italian based band Randone presents us Jill in a Symphonic Art-Rock manner, with escapades into classic venues and even operatic liaisons. It is a strong and compact song that will, no doubt, be considered one of the best of the album by many listeners.
Tillion, another Italian outfit, closes the first part of this double cd with Cheyenne. This band really dares to be different, imposing a dark and complex song where many prog sub-genres are entwined. From Prog-Metal to RIO, adding it with some jazzy flavors, spacey interludes and even blues basing sounds, the track is developed in many different directions in an eclectic display of intensions. Surprising, at the least…

The second album is not as well accomplished as the first, IMO. Somehow the bands were not able to continue the same objectivity as the ones performing in the first album, and so some (not all, by all means) of the interest tends to fade a bit.
La Voce del Vento introducing Guy Manning and Andy Tillison, is my favorite song from the second album. This track is distinctively produced in the best 70’s traditions, which makes it, perhaps, the most objective song in the whole album (not meaning it is the best, though).
Taproban, again from Italy, presents us Morton. It is a song that presents us good ideas but slightly fails in terms of consistency. The passages are a bit forced (if you know what I mean), which does damage the final result. Nevertheless the spacey journeys that they create are interesting.
The release closes with Fank, portrayed by Dutch band Trion. This is the only all instrumental track here, and it travels throughout Art-Rock and Symphonic paths, with Space sonicscapes all over. The Hammond and Mellotron enriches it for they are well crafted and thoughtfully included in the harmonics of the track.

All in all, it is not only the concept or the booklet that makes this a very good purpose for buying. The bands really gave their imagination wings and were able to provide a diverse yet focused (in most cases) release. This will be of interest of the majority of Symphonic Prog lovers, no doubt!