Wednesday, 1 May 2013

ANOTHER GENESIS

La Seconda Genesi came from Canino, a small town in the province of Viterbo, and was one of the many Italian progressive rock “one-shot bands” of the seventies. The leader of the band was guitarist Paride De Carli, who, along with drummer Sandro Leoni, from 1963 to 1969 had been playing in clubs and on cruise ships. From 1969 to 1971 Paride De Carli spent two years in the Bahamas Islands playing with a local multi-ethnic band and when back in Italy he released an album with a band called Paride e gli Stereo 4, “Naufrago in città”, on the independent label Picci Records. In 1972 he joined again with Sandro Leoni and with Nazzareno Spaccia (bass), Giambattista Bonavera (sax, flute) and Alberto Rocchetti (lead vocals and keyboards) formed La Seconda Genesi. The band released only one album, “Tutto deve finire”, also on Picci Records, before split up. In that period progressive rock was very popular in Italy and “Tutto deve finire” is just one of the many Italian albums in that vein, with the musicians trying to blend many influences, from jazz and avant-garde to hard rock and classical music.


Tutto deve finire” (Everything must end) is a concept album featuring lyrics by the producer Giuseppe Cassia dealing with religious issues such as the faith in God and the awareness that everything is bound to come to an end except your soul. The instrumental opener “Ascoltarsi nascere” (Listening to our own birth), is an experimental piece where the band, with the sound of the sax in the forefront, try to blend jazz and avant-garde with rock. The following “L’urlo” (The scream) is another instrumental, a jazz-rock track featuring a great saxophone work. It ends with a short organ solo that marks a change in mood and atmosphere.

Next comes “Se ne va con noi” (It goes away with us), with a “sinister” drum and organ intro, a piece closer to the gloomy mood of Il Balletto di Bronzo’s “Ys” than to Weather Report. On this track the voice of Alberto Rocchetti reminds me slightly of Gianni Leone... “Life dies with us / With a lament life goes away / It goes, goes, goes away with us / The wind blows in the sky but the sun can’t rise / Around us the air is going to die too / And people don’t know when to set off / And people don’t know where to go...”. A good track although in my opinion it's not at the same level of “Ys”!


Vedo un altro mondo” (I see another world) features hard rock guitar, flute “à la Jethro Tull”, a short vocal part that reminds me slightly of New Trolls (though not with the same amazing harmony vocals), a drum and organ passage, then a hard rock guitar part... “I see another world / Man, who are you? / If you'll understand / You’ll come to life again...”.

Dimmi Padre” (Tell me Father) in my opinion is the best track on this album. It’s the more complex piece on the album and the band try to blend classical influences and hard rock. You can find here echoes of Osanna, Delirium, Le Orme and New Trolls – or, if you prefer, of Jethro Tull, especially because of the flute... “Tell me Father / Why do you not wonder any more about what you’re doing? / You have been starving all along your life / Your faith is great but you will not help your people / It doesn’t matter, my father / Anyhow there’s always God...”. Dramatic vocals soar over a melting pot of different influences...


The following “Breve dialogo” (Short dialogue) is a short instrumental with a good interaction between classical guitar and organ. It leads to “Giovane uomo” (Young man), a track closer to hard rock that recalls Osanna’s first album. Next comes “Un'infanzia mai vissuta” (A never lived childhood), a quiet instrumental piece built upon a classical guitar arpeggio.

The album was re-released by Akarma Records in 2002 along with the previous album of the guitarist Paride De Carli with the “Stereo 4”, “Naufrago in città” (two albums on one CD). “Naufrago in città” is a completely instrumental album with most of the tracks built upon classical guitar patterns with flute and organ drawing calm, dreamy melodies. 

 
Well, on the whole “Tutto deve finire” might not be considered an outstanding album but I think it's really worth listening to. Bye the way, the original vinyl version of this album is extremely rare and precious for “vinyl collectors” because of the particular art cover featuring random jets of colour (actually, there’s a different album cover for each one of the first 200 vinyl copies).

You can listen in streaming to the complete album HERE 

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