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Zucchero - Long As I Can See The Light (Live Acoustic)


Put a candle in the window,'Cause I feel I've got to move.Though I'm going, going,I'll be coming home soon,Long as I can see the light.Pack my bag and let's get moving,'Cause I'm bound to drift a while.When I'm gone, gone, you don't have to worry long,Long as I can see the light.




Zucchero - Long As I Can See The Light (Live Acoustic)



While ''Il volo'' was a song-based light Symphonic Rock album, the Italian six-piece supergroup really turned the corner with ''Essere o Non Essere?'', offering an album of Symphonic/Jazz-Rock, where vocals are limited and music plays the first role.Actually only one track (''Essere'') features vocals, though there is some wordless singing in most oof them, and the work is almost exclusively based on a new instrumental approach.The guitars of Alberto Radius and Mario Lavezzi have now a very jazzy still strongly rock-oriented feeling and they are nicely blended with the Fusion-esque moog synth efforts of Vince Tempera and Gabriele Lorenzi and the deep bass work of Callero.Among these Prog/Jazz-Rock arrangements the listener will detect a number of Ethnic inspirations, greatly adapted by the musicians participating.Still the Italian romantic symphonicism is not gone and can be easily traced in the melodic guitar solos, opening intros and dominant organ parts (when present).Afte the second Il Volo album Bob Callero left the group and he was replaced for a very short time by Era Di Acquario's Michele Seffer, though he did not record anything with the band as Il Volo split up a little later.The sophomore release of Il Volo presented a group, which could easily transform the music from melodic to intricate passages, though the main absence of vocals and true dynamics hardly makes the album a masterpice.Still it belongs among the very good pieces of 70's Italian Prog and comes strongly recommended...3.5 stars. social review comments Review PermalinkPosted Monday, August 13, 2012 Review this album Report (Review #803732)


The fusion influence is most apparent in the forceful funk and Santana-influenced licks of COME UNA ZANZARA, and the biting guitar and free-flowing electric piano of LA CANZONE DEL NOSTRO TEMPO. The ultra-catchy LA MIA RIVOLUZIONE is basically a shuffle, spiced with Alberto Radius' electric sitar and a graceful guitar solo towards the end of the song. There's some nice work on the toms from drummer Gianni Dall'Aglio on the sedate IL CALORE UMANO. The closing section features the sunny effect of wordless vocals sung over another velvet-toned guitar solo. Throughout the album, keyboards are used together with the rhythm section as building blocks for the guitarists to lay down their solos. However, the main focus is always on the songs and after a brief spoken word intro, IL CANTO DELLA PREISTORIA develops into a beautiful acoustic ballad. SONNO is equally romantic with its tension-filled falsetto vocals. I PRIMI RESPIRI is a quirky little ditty that features Mario Larezzi's electric mandolin and more of that electric sitar. This and SINFONIA DELLE SCARPE DA TENNIS, which contains honky tonk piano, both sound like '60s psychedelic-pop throwbacks and they tend to make the album sound a bit dated. The first half of this album contains some wonderfully melodic songs. The second half is not quite as good, but is still a very pleasant listen. However, herein lies a slight problem. This album is just a little too easy; essentially, it's a pop-based album. There's no denying Il Volo's musical prowess or ability to write warm and endearing melodies, but I'd recommend their more dynamic second album over this release. social review comments Review PermalinkPosted Saturday, May 8, 2010 Review this album Report (Review #281030)


The theme that "Numero Uno" had might have worked on the account with a very reformative part when a situation at that time was considered. The flow not related to sales of the music of the music the movie the main current of each recording label at that time and the canzone, etc. might have challenged the field of new music as a flow with originality. The work of Numero Uno to be established of the success and the main current to some degree for emphasizing the part of Rock works extremely out work with the band with the technology with high all qualities with a worldwide success of PFM. The music character that derived in the latter half of the 60's with the flow of Beat Rock and psychedelic is enumerated and the second stage will be able to enumerate the existence of the band that gives priority to the improvement of a more progressive element, the reformation, and the performance power with the first stage if it counts. PFM, Banco, and Osanna. Or, there might have been time when this Il Volo appeared in the flow that the music character of the band with high quality such as New Trolls appears as a flow of the market of the music of Italy of the 70's exactly at reformative time. Of course, it has the experience that members who were related to this Il Volo also were doing important work in the flow of Prog Rock of Italy. This band might have been very special exactly existence in the band of Prog Rock of Italy at that time. Therefore, it was existence to which the role of Super Band was played. The band that should call the antecedent of this band as a well-known fact might be "Formula Tre". Formula Tre that led Alberto Radius said that it received a large influence to Cream and Jimi Hendrix attracted attention as a band with a novel music character in the early the 70's. Formula Tre connects first establishment Numero Uno with the contract by Lucio Battisti. "Dies Irae" is announced in 1970. And, "Formula 3" is announced in 1971. The work of production by Lucio Battisti informed them of their names by "La Folle Corsa". The music character of Formula Tre had been established enough from continuing "Sognando E Risognando" to "La Grade Cosa" in a market at that time. The band faces the revolution further in 1974 after musical diffusion and development are accomplished. Guitar player's Alberto Radius and keyboard player's Gabriele Lorenzi are exactly centered and Formula Tre has developed into this Il Volo. The composition etc. that appointed the part, the guitar, and the keyboard that appointed a musician who was active with other I Camaleonti and Duello Madre, etc. to the member of the band respectively by two people and arranged it will have been reformative parts. Existence as the band that was able to draw out the possibility of the music character enough might have been exactly shown enough. It is music that splendidly united exactly an original music character of work and this band of Nemero Uno and was expressed. "Come Una Zanzara" shifts from the flow of the sound with the anacatesthesia to the part where overwhelming power of the band is demonstrated. Melody with expression of feelings. Sound of Bass and guitar that continues tension. Melody of sitar in close relation to decorated sound. Element of song and Groove in close relation to progress of original Chord. Done consistent expression of feelings and tension are pulled by a complete melody of the guitar. The originality of Prog Rock of Italy is demonstrated enough. "La Mia Rivoluzione" starts by the melody with good beautiful acoustic guitar and song. The rhythm of the shuffle twines round the sound of the shining keyboard. Obbligati of keyboard and sitar in close relation to song with expression of feelings. The tune reaches the peak gradually. The tune will be pulled before long with Bass and the guitar. Solo of the guitar to make the melody of "Come Una Zanzara" appear has a good sense again. Bass and the keyboard twine round "Il Calore Umano" all together with a good guitar. The chorus consistently continues expression of feelings. After a glossy guitar pulls the tune, the melody of a good song decides the impression of the tune. The tune opens complete energy by the obbligati of Riff and the keyboard of the guitar. As for "Il Canto Della Preistoria", the narration appears in the sound of the guitar that flows quietly. It progresses with a good flow of Folk. The progress of gentle Chord with originality has good atmosphere. The chorus has the impression of the tune decided with the song. And, the part of Solo with a vocal impression and the obbligati of the synthesizer also raise the quality of the tune. "I Primi Respiri" might be a tune with one expression of feelings that the band challenged from another angle. It is a tune with the atmosphere of the waltz that multiuses the rhythm of three. The melody completely types out originality. This expression of feelings and the processing of harmony might be the good atmosphere that Italy of the 70's completely had. "La Canzone Del Nostro Tempo" accompanies Grrove that explodes because of the part of dark atmosphere. The composition of the rhythm and the melody with the tension might be splendid. The tune shifts to the part with a complete, transparent feeling suddenly. And, energy is discharged again toward the top. The arrangement of the part of Coda is also splendid. The arrangement of a beautiful acoustic guitar and the keyboard of "Sonno" is splendid. The progress of Chord advanced as elements of a few ballade are taken has succeeded completely as a tune. Gentle melody of song and arrangement of guitar. Melody of song to make good use of falsetto. Composition power of tune that puts fast and slow. The band runs about the space in union. Especially, the melody of the song is perfect. "Sinfonia Delle Scarpe Da Tennis" progresses from the melody of a solemn organ attended with the rhythm of the shuffle. The melody of a usage of the percussion instrument and a bright song will expand the width of the composition of this album. A bright performance of the melody and the keyboard that gives hope might have an interesting part as a composition. Time when Il Volo had been taken an active part was very a short span of time. The existence of the band might be valuable Music who showed enough existence as one of the histories of Prog Rock of Italy surely. social review comments Review PermalinkPosted Saturday, January 9, 2010 Review this album Report (Review #260029) 041b061a72