E.A. Poe are one of the many one-shot bands of the Italian prog scene of the early seventies. They came from the surroundings of Milan and the line-up featured Giorgio Foti (keyboards, vocals), Beppe Ronco (guitar, mandolin), Lello Foti (drums) and Marco Maggi (bass). “Generazioni (Storia di sempre)”, a concept album about the generation gap, is the only album they had the chance to release before disappearing from the scene. It’s a real pity because this album proves that they were a very promising band blending classical influences with jazz and rock in the same vein as Le Orme, BMS and PFM.
The opener “Prologo” begins with recitative vocals on a suggestive piano background... “Now we say stop to the kings, to the warlocks, to our artificial paradises / We want to believe in what we feel / Throw in the face of the past the sin of an apple / Imposed or, as you say, inherited / All we want is nothing but to live / Be it right or wrong...”. The lyrics are committed and the passionate words sound like a statement of their purposes, then bass lines start to pulse and to pump tension in while the electric guitar sets off on a jazzy path backed by piano...
“Considerazioni” starts with a catchy bass line, then the other instruments come in adding tasteful sounds and colours while evocative lyrics depict the metaphorical wall that divides the young from older people, awareness and the pleasure at breaking down that wall, even committing errors...
On the next track “Per un’anima” (For a soul) the tension fades in a bittersweet acoustic ballad... “How many hopes in your white face / That melts into the mist of the past / How many memories in your blind eyes / That have seen so many things in such a hurry, you know / Perhaps you were running after what you were feeling inside / Without knowing the price to pay / I don’t know why you are running away from life / Life has gone away to be replaced by remembrance...”.
“Alla ricerca di una dimensione” (Looking for a dimension) recalls some works of Le Orme and features excellent classically inspired organ passages. The atmosphere is tense and solemn while the lyrics try to depict the reasons for the fight against an oppressive reality that can’t be accepted... “I look at a newborn baby... He grows up in hurry and with him grows the wish to kill us all / He doesn’t respect authority / Because of his instinct and because of his love for freedom / Rebellion, what absurdity / He dies along with us and there’s nothing left now / He looks at other people as if he was reading inside himself an unknown story / Perhaps he can’t believe it / He can’t accept it as if it was just nostalgia... We say to him just wait for time to run over you / And you will understand...”.
“Ad un vecchio” (To an old person) is a wonderful symphonic track that seems to come from “Felona e Sorona”. The lyrics are about the mistakes older people make and the impossibility to believe in politicians who are the expression of a generation that pushed people into the madness of war.
“La ballata del cane felice” (The ballad of the happy dog) is more relaxed. It’s a ballad featuring strummed acoustic guitars and mandolin. The lyrics are about love as a traditional value... “Happy dog running after its tail / Close the ancient circle of a game / And when you reach it / That’s love...”.
The final track “Generazioni” is another symphonic track featuring beautiful organ and piano passages and melodic soaring vocals... “Generation, the never ending story / Strange lost meetings / That you can’t find again...”.
On the whole, a very good album that is really worth listening to!
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