LATTE E MIELE Papillon (ENGLISH VERSION)

by Mellow Records 517 537-2

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this title is OUT OF STOCK !!!

1973 - Mellow Records reissue: 1992

This starts off with a powerful intro that reminds
automatically the best stuff made by
Emerson Lake & Palmer and Gentle Giant.
And then, oddly, a curious story is introduced on a melody
that reminds nursery rhymes from a old Walt Disney record.
The Disney theme is introducing every track from 1-7.

Tarkus appears to be the main influence.
They radiate a good amount of energy but expect a
different approach than Triumvirat or Le Orme.
This is more romantic, theatrical and the songs are shorter.
But the talent is there, no doubt about it.
The emphasis is more on keys and guitar/bass, and less
on drums unlike ELP's drum bashing.
An orchestration can even be heard on some tracks,
giving a sweeter, poppish sound and giving you
the confirmation that these guys were aiming high in terms
of studio work.
Vivaldi's 4 seasons is even covered by the band, and
the orchestral result is enjoyable.

After the puppet's story, we get many short numbers
of relative jazzy creativity.
And this is where I jump in: a jazz lover will find
Latte E Miele interesting because of their
mellotron/piano-bass-drum interplay.
The grooves are nice and so is the piano work.
While Keith Emerson is showing off like a teenager
strutting out the gym, Lacagnina is aiming more
on clever melodies.

A great proof that an influence (ELP) can be mutated
in something better.

This is what I call excellent, successful work.

credits

released April 21, 1992

line-up:

Oliviero Lacagnina
keyboards

Alfio Vitanza
drums

Marcello Giancarlo Dellacasa
guitar & vocals

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