With his second record, Zappa introduces
the listener to a more classic opus.
Riccardo Zappa is a great guitarist,
maybe a virtuoso not for being
so fast in his playing, but because
of his fine and delicate style.
The opener "Emphasis": its first 58 "measures"
are freely inspired to two ancient "ricercari" by
XVI century lutanist Juan Maria da Crema.
An elegant and impressing acoustic composition
rich of classic flavour.
In "St. Dumont" Zappa plays his famous "Ovation"
guitar helped this time by Tullio De Piscopo on
"fast and furious" drums in the last two minutes.
Another memorable tune.
"La Chitarra a Pila" starts with some synth' sound
provided by well known italian keyboardist
Vince Tempera (ex Il Volo).
The song is exciting, flowing, dreamy.
"Chatka" opens with that famous tapping on
acoustic guitar and was the most played tune
on radio at the time the album was released.
It starts the b-side in a more "conventional"
vein with other (excellent) short track about
three minutes each:
"Vivre" so enjoyable for any prog fan which is
relationed with classic music.
Again here we will find a nice percussion sound.
"Eleila", is quite similar to the past song:
the lenght, acoustic guitar, percussion
and a beautiful sound.
"Piraeus" starts with a soft 4/4 jazzy sound
which sounds quite nice, but suddenly that
jazz turns to blues, piano, bass and guitar
doing their work to give the song a different
moment, again suddenly that blues time
ends to giving pass again to Zappa`s guitar,
"Numero Unico" is another great song,
it has a slow, soft and beautiful sound.
The weak point (if it exists) is that Riccardo
only gave us 34 minutes of beautiful music,
it could be more, but anyway that is not
a problem, it could be a great addition
to any prog fan.
released September 30, 1997
classic - electric "Ovation" guitar, acoustic and electric guitar,
12 strings acoustic guitar
Tullio De Piscopo
piano, synth "ARP Odissey"
electric bass guitar
eminent in "La Chitarra a Pila" and vocals in "Numero Unico"