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Cantafabule

a Studio release
by
Phoenix

Release Year: 1976

Date Label Catalog # Comments
1976 LP
LP: Electrecord STM-EDE 01115-6
Re-issued on CD in 1996 by Genius
Added To Proggnosis Database on: 3/25/2003 12:00:00 AM
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  1. Invocatie
  2. Norocul Inorogului
  3. Scara scarabeului
  4. Delfinul, dulce dulful nostru
  5. Uciderea balaurului
  6. Stima casei
  7. Pasarea calandrinon
  8. Filip si cerbul
  9. Vasiliscul si Aspida
  10. Sirena
  11. Pasarea Roc...k And Roll
  12. Cântic-lu a cucuveaua-lliei
  13. Zoomahia
  14. Phoenix
Nicolae Covaci
guitar solo, acoustic guitar, recorder
Josef Kappli
bass guitar, voce, vioarã, recorder
Mircea Baniciui
solist vocal, acoustic guitar
Günter Reiningeri
piano, piano electric, synthesizer, celestã, electric organ
Ovidiu Lipani
drums, bongos, timpane, gong, clopote, tamburinã

Reviewed by RobbyS on 14 Aug 2003


Several days back I met someone in a prog-themed chat room and we started talking. Eventually PFM, Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso, and Le Orme came up as we moved onto the Italian Prog scene. I have had 'Cantefabule' for some months and I mentioned Phoenix as another vintage Italian band. No one had heard of them, which was expected as I have also never heard people in prog circles mention them either. Later I felt compelled to apologize to the folks that I had been talking to earlier. Phoenix is not a band from Italy.
Now, I don't speak Italian, so the only way to have known that they were from Romania was to speak Romanian, or to have learned their origins from somewhere. You may be wondering: "So this is the Progressive Rock band from Romonia?" The tentative answer is Yes!, but their may be others (In fact, Proggnosis currently lists one other band from Romania). The album's year of release is 1976 right in the thick of the glory days of prog from Italy, and this band really does sound Italian so I made that regretable assumptio-; but that cannot be helped.
This music clearly sounds 70's prog. Sometimes even religious When bells take over the song or low chant-like intonations are sung. Think some traveling gypsies meet a flegeling 70's Italian Prog band meet a synthasizer. Non-Italian racial influences are now apparent in their best songs Vasiliscul Si Aspida and Zoomahia, which both use a serbian style of dithering guitars (to lead the song). I have attempted to translate the word Cantafabule and came up with Singing Fabulously. I actually like the singing, which ranges for lilting to lamenting, joy to melancholy to sorrow. I would have never claimed that this album was quintessencial Italian Prog, but I always would have recommended it to a fan. I like it so much that I still will.