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A leading light of the first wave of Italian prog rock, Le Orme could be seen (at least in their classic early- to mid-'70s incarnation) as sort of a Mediterranean version of Emerson, Lake & Palmer. They blended rock and classical influences in a trio format of keyboardist, drummer, and vocalist/bassist/guitarist. The band's second album, Collage, set them on the prog-rock road, but the follow-up, 1972's Uomi di pezza, is where Le Orme's baroque-rock blend really came into its own. Toni Pagliuca definitively emerged as a multi-keyboard master, weaving bold, vivid synthesizer lines among his organ excursions and Mellotron orchestrations. And frontman Aldo Tagliapietra's fluid, passionate vocal delivery is the ideal vehicle for the songs he penned with his keyboard-playing cohort. From the graceful melodicism of "Una Dolcezza Nuova" and "Gioco Di Bimba" to the madly whirling intensity of "Alienazione," Le Orme reached a new compositional level here. While this album's follow-up, Felona e sorona, would become the band's benchmark, Uomi di pezza is close on its heels.

Customer Reviews

Like PFM, but different

While few would dispute the status of Premiata Forneria Marconi as the preeminent band of Italian prog rock in the 1970s, their status should not be allowed to overshadow great bands like Le Orme. Sporting a similar complex fusion of classical and rock, Le Orme leans more heavily into electronic keyboards, sounding at times like ELP. To this listener's ears, they have slightly better production, mixing and a superior vocalist. While I am a huge PFM fan, I am finding Le Orme to be an intriguing band who are perhaps better in some ways. My only knock against this album is its length (31 minutes long). But for $6.93, it is still a worthwhile investment for fans of rock progressivo Italiano.


Formed: 1967

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

It's easy to forget that America and England didn't exist in a vacuum in the 1960s, and that rock's influence was felt far beyond the English-speaking world. France, Italy, Germany, and much of the rest of Europe spawned their own groups emulating the sounds of psychedelia and other cultural exports from the U.S.A. and the U.K. Le Orme were part of this phenomenon, a quintet formed in Italy in the late '60s that cut two albums of psychedelic rock for the Lord label in Milan. Aldo Tagliapietra (vocals,...
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