Le Orme
Uomo Di Pezza


4.5
superb

Review

by ProgJect USER (31 Reviews)
January 22nd, 2014 | 31 replies


Release Date: 1972 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One of the best progressive albums to come out of Italy, with a unique emphasis on deep atmosphere and a delicate sensitivity.

One of the genre's most representative works, Le Orme's Uomo Di Pezza is pure Italian Progressive Rock (RPI). All the classic elements are present: romantic themes, soaring melodic vocals (in Italian), and heavy classical influences. Le Orme were one of the three major Italian groups, the other two being Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) and Banco del Mutuo Soccorso, which both released their debuts during the same year. This was the album that placed Le Orme in the same league.

Uomo Di Pezza was a huge advancement from its predecessor Collage, which musically was much closer to the proto-progressive and psychedelic movements. Even further before that, their music was psychedelic pop, as demonstrated on Ad Gloriam. Following Collage, Le Orme took a definitive step into progressive territory. The jams and reckless abandon of their earlier style were completely shaken off at this point, and the trio re-appeared as a symphonic progressive group of the highest order, with a unique style that can be described as dreamy, yet powerful. The Baroque sections that appear in some places on the album come from their own national tradition, so it's not surprising that they manage them so fluidly and effortlessly.

The band's power trio construction was quite similar to Emerson, Lake & Palmer, with vocalist Aldo Tagliapietra handling bass and occasional acoustic rhythm guitar duties. He was the group's main songwriter from day one, with the reputation of being an excellent storyteller. Although the drumming provided by Michi Dei Rossi is very strong, the music is generally dominated by Toni Pagliuca’s keyboards, another similarity to ELP. Pagliuca had expanded his sonic palette of organ and piano with the addition of mellotron and synthesizers, making tasteful and intelligent use of both instruments. Aside from the comparisons to ELP (the overall sound of this album is much more pastoral than ELP, however), the band’s melodic content is also reminiscent of PFM.

At times Le Orme’s music can be raw and intrusive, yet at others it's too beautiful for words. The group goes from mellotron to fuzz organ, from sinister-sounding organ to elegant acoustic guitar passages, the many moments of contrast being executed flawlessly. The sound is constantly spiced up with bombastic power-organ, heavy symphonic outbursts and unique effects, courtesy of the keys. The more aggressive parts convey a sense of insanity, and just appear more menacing within the generally mellower, peaceful tone of the album.

The record features excellent keyboard-driven recordings with emphasis on romantic atmospheres, sophisticated breaks and sensitive vocal lines. The tracks contain a variety of alternating keys, transforming them from light, classical-based rock songs to majestic, melodic progressive pieces. Although displays of virtuosity are often considered synonymous with progressive rock, Le Orme were one of the few groups to give priority to the actual structure of their arrangements, as well as carefully balancing music and lyrics. Their greatness basically lies in the fact that the band had a unique chemistry: its individual members may be extremely skilful, but the sum is far greater than its parts.

Uomo Di Pezza is quite mellow – perhaps too much so in some places, but the overall quality of the music is impossible to deny. The only other complaint might fall to the short duration of the album: these themes could have been worth exploring even more. But even if it is relatively short, Le Orme simply created some of the most beautiful prog with this particular set of songs. Thankfully, more great material followed, with Felena E Sonora (1973) and Contrappunti (1974) rounding out a classic trilogy from the group. These albums would effectively bring a close to their streak of success.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
ProgJect
January 22nd 2014


37 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's been a while, but rest assured: ProgJect is back again!

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
January 22nd 2014


16057 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yay ProgJect, great write up, great album

Digging: Lo-Pan - Colossus

Nagrarok
January 22nd 2014


8259 Comments


Jethro: as usual I did quite some editing, but I hope you're happy with the result ;)

And I do need to check out some more of that Italian prog.

Mad.
January 22nd 2014


3981 Comments


Wow, I though ProgJect was dead! Awesome review, I've never really tried RPI

That ProgJect avatar is awful though ; )

Nagrarok
January 22nd 2014


8259 Comments


Wow, I though ProgJect was dead!


Not as long as there's uncovered prog to be covered!

That ProgJect avatar is awful though ; )


It is, I've been wanting to change it but there's just no deciding just what's the most... proggish avatar to use.

Mad.
January 22nd 2014


3981 Comments


Hmm that's a good point, it's hard not to be cheesy. Maybe a lil ProgJect logo? I dunno

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
January 22nd 2014


6207 Comments


Happy 30th ProgJect!

Hey Nag have you listened to Mother Turtle?

http://motherturtleband.bandcamp.com/album/mother-turtle



Edit:

Excellent review, pos.

Digging: Seduced (AT) - The Proclamation

Nagrarok
January 22nd 2014


8259 Comments


Hey Nag have you listened to Mother Turtle?


Afraid I didn't get to that, no.

edit: listened to a few bits and it sounds nice, so will check out later

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
January 22nd 2014


6207 Comments


Jethro loved it, I'm sure you'll dig it too.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
January 22nd 2014


21048 Comments


Great to see ProgJect alive and kicking. I'll read the review later.

I've heard some bits and pieces from this (if I remember correctly) but I haven't heard it in its entirety. Need to change that.

dannyboy89
January 22nd 2014


12055 Comments


Pos'd hard. Keep it up.

Jethro42
January 22nd 2014


12484 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Bravo, Nag! You managed to trim to the essential, and you reorganized the paragraphs in a beautiful way, and your sentences have so much impact, giving the review a big deal of cohesion. Thanks for your habitual magic touch, dear colleague.

@menawati and Mad; ProgJect thank you! And Mad, I suggest you Premiata Forneria Marconi - Per un Amico for a good starting point.

@Nag; If you didn't investigate that much into PFM yourself, give them a shot. They didn't do wrong through the 70's. Then you could give to Banco a try. First their self titled, and then Darwin, that we already covered.

eddie95
January 22nd 2014


363 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like prog and I'm Italian. How's that I've never heard of these guys before? I just knew PFM and BMS... Gonna check them soon!

Digging: Weezer - Maladroit

Mad.
January 22nd 2014


3981 Comments


Damn, gotta check Mother Turtle cause of that artwork and @Jethro thanks for the rec man

Jethro42
January 22nd 2014


12484 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@Voivod, thanks a lot to celebrate our 30th with us. And yes, Mother Turtle are great. Maybe it's about time that I relisten to them again.

@Jamie and Danny, cheers guys!

@Mad; maybe we could put the cover art of King Crimson - ITCOTCK, it could do the trick. It was our very first avatar.

Jethro42
January 22nd 2014


12484 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

''Wow, I though ProgJect was dead!''


Not as long as there's uncovered prog to be covered!


^This so much.


@eddie95; Here's a foretaste;

Una Delcezza Nuova
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Maq_ddCIQmI

Figure di Cartone
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDTwfZlKTd0






MeatSalad
January 22nd 2014


14719 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good stuff guys, pos pos pos

Digging: Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

Jethro42
January 22nd 2014


12484 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Prog Prog ProgJect thank you Meat!

KILL
January 22nd 2014


71965 Comments


must get have only felona!¬

Digging: Exodus - Blood In, Blood Out

tommygun
January 22nd 2014


24989 Comments


wog prog



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