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The Italian progressive rock group Picchi dal Pozzo put out only two LPs during their existence, and nothing substantial had been added to the discography prior to the apparition of Camere Zimmer Rooms. Released by Cuneiform, Camere Zimmer Rooms presents a set of live-in-the-studio recordings from 1977-1980. It chronicles the five-year interim between the group's studio albums. The quality of sound and performance is above what could be expected from archival recordings (small imperfections in the master tapes are detectable, but otherwise anyone could be fooled to believe this a legit studio LP). Picchio dal Pozzo was one of a kind. Their music belonged to the Italian sound (Banco del Mutuo Soccorso and Celeste, mainly), but was also strongly influenced by Canterbury outfits like Hatfield and the North and National Health. The result is surprisingly reminiscent of the U.S. group Grits. "The President" is pure gold: beautiful Italian vocals, Fender Rhodes, complex twists and turns, and a jazzy feel to match. "The Town" includes a good freeform clarinet solo by Paolo Griguolo embedded in strong prog rock. "The Penguins" is a leftover from Abbiamo Tutti i Suoi Problemi, the group's 1980 LP. Why it was not included at the time is anybody's guess — it's as exciting as anything the group recorded. Camere Zimmer Rooms may be a bit short at 44 minutes, but fans of Italian prog rock should not hesitate to grab it. ~ François Couture, Rovi


Formed: 1976 in Genoa, Italy

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s

Coming out of Italy, Picchio dal Pozzo is one of the groups that embraced the '70s prog movement in that country. The group got their start in 1972 and released their first album, Picchio dal Pozzo, in 1975. The follow-up did not see the light of day until 1980. That album was Abbiamo Tutti i Suoi Problemi. The group did not stay together...
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