CRISTIANO ROVERSI The park

by Mellow Records MMP458

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Sven B. Schreiber Artists like Cristiano Roversi - the mastermind of Moongarden - are the reason why I still don't abandon prog rock altogether, because they didn't forget what the term "progressive" really means. They keep the musical heritage of the 70's alive, but without rehashing it over and over again. Instead, they create new original material with some of the best vintage ingredients, plus a distinct individual flavor, thus constituting an evolution of this old treasured genre. If you're into full-blown keyboard sounds à la Banks/Hackett/Phillips, this album comes a real offering. And once again, it's Italy where such a masterpiece emerges. Favorite track: Tripping.
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I bought this several years ago mainly because
I was such a fan of Cristiano's keyboard work with
MOONGARDEN.
He has been in numerous projects over the years
but MOONGARDEN's "Roundmidnight" will always
hold a special place in my collection. Cristiano also
plays Chapman Stick but on this his second solo
record he plays everything !

These words from Roversi were taken from the
liner notes : "I think it ( "The Park" ) signals the end
of a phase in my career and it seems ironic how it
also marks the beginning of my own label, Moonshine.
I'm very proud of this, which I consider to be my finest
and most inspired work, and i'm even more proud of
the friend who stepped in at the 11th hour and gave it
the finishing touch with his wonderful voice
(Simone Rossetti, welcome to the family !)".
Simone of course is the singer for THE WATCH and
he sings on the final track which is the only vocal song
on here. I should mention that this is a soundtrack for
a documentary and it is filled with mellotron.
Sure they are samples but man this album blows me
away by it's majesty and beauty.

"The Park-Part1" opens with beautiful piano and we
get some depth here too as synths, mellotron and more
come in.
It settles back after 1 1/2 minutes but this does continue
to shift and evolve. "Birds Rhyme" opens with piano as
the mellotron joins in.
The mellotron becomes powerful and majestic late. Gulp.
"Winter Theme" features more of that warm and beautiful
sounding mellotron and synths arrive before a minute.
They stop 1 1/2 minutes in though. Intense mellotron before
3 minutes and the synths return late. "Birds Rhyme Reprise"
hits us with a storm of mellotron. My God !
"The Park-Part 2" is simply gorgeous and moving music.
"Stolen Title" is all about the Chapman Stick really.

"The Park-Part 3" opens with piano melodies.
It's fuller half way through then back to piano only to end it.
"Wind Rhymes" is a mellotron feast as the storm rages on throughout.
So emotional. "Summer Theme" has this thick atmosphere
and bass as the piano joins in.
Powerful stuff. "The Park-Part 4" is atmospheric.
"Stargazers" has mellotron sweeping across the soundscape
in a beautiful yet relentless manner.
"Tripping" has the combination of Simone's singing and
Cristiano's instrumental work and the result is stunning.
There are really no words to describe this one.

Closer to 4.5 / 5 stars.

Review by Mellotron Storm
from www.progarchives.com

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released October 25, 2003

Line-up:

Cristiano Roversi
all instruments

Simone Rosetti
vocals

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