RICCARDO ZAPPA Celestion

by Mellow Records MMP290

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1977 - Mellow Records reissue: 1997

Define the Italian Mike Oldfield, Riccardo Zappa, is correct.
"Celestion" is a really nice and relaxed album.
The music is not marked on the power,
but more than anything else on the listening pleasure.
Extensive use of acoustic guitar, so, in a calm
and careful music.
Not too electronic keyboards and lots of baroque melody.
But not pompous.
Also the production is light and relaxed.

"Frammenti" is a masterstroke: classical inspired arpeggios
and folk tunes chase each other, ending up in a phased
guitar heaven which never fails to leave breathless.

"Tre o Quattro Quarti" always reminds me of
Angelo Branduardi, maybe for its particular
hue lost somewhere between Reinassance
and celtic folk (with a beautiful binaural echo).

The title track begins with atmospherical passages,
with interesting sound effects, then evolves as a
"poppy" piece, with synths reminding Le Orme.

When you get to "Sonata Mediterranea" you really get
somewhere else, a dreamy and fascinating waltz with
a wonderful melancholic main melody; guitars are
also used to mock mandolins, and the whole effect is
the same as a quiet evening on the Mediterranean Sea,
just after sunset...

"Mirage" is the natural consequence to this piece,
a lengthy track reminding "Tubular Bells" in its
piling up tunes all deriving from the main arpeggio,
the perfect way to close an excellent album.

What else to add?

"Celestion" is a great album of Folk Prog.

Certainly if you love acoustic guitar "Celestion"
is another album for your collection.

credits

released September 15, 1997

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Riccardo Zappa
acoustic guitars and "benzo"

Vince Tempera
keybards

George Aghedo
percussions

Julius Farmer
bass

Ottavio Corbellini
drums

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