Format: Long Play Vinyl. No of Discs: 1. Io sono murple is a great album by a decent band and it is a shame that they did not stick around longer - there is a great deal of promise on this album and I personally would have loved to hear more from them. The lineup on this album includes Duilio Sorrenti drums, percussion, gong, tambourine, timbales ; Pier Carlo Zanco vocals, Hammond organ, piano, Eminent, mini moog synthesizer; and double bass ; Mario Garbarino bass guitar, percussion ; Pino Santamaria 6 and 12 string electric and acoustic guitars; vocals.
While these guys may not have been capable of the blinding ensemble virtuosity of a Banco or a PFM, they certainly hold their own and released a very interesting rock record that features some classical aspirations. Of all the musicians, Pier Carlo Zanco is by far the most gifted musician and holds his own with the greats of the prog genre, English and Italian alike.
Interestingly enough Pier Carlo Zanco was a piano and acoustic bass student at the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia - this guy received formal training and trust me, it shows! The vocals in Italian are very good and the vocal harmonies are very well thought out.
In large part, the music on this album mixes riff heavy and harder edged passages featuring some great Hammond organ and synth work with quieter, spacier passages with haunting melodies. The keyboard work really makes this album work for me though - especially the acoustic piano work, which is excellent. Although Murple is not easily compared to other bands active at the time, I do hear a little Le Orme and perhaps a smidge of Keith Emerson and Tony Banks - especially in the Hammond organ passages.
For the most part however, Murple sounds like This remaster by Akarma is pretty good and features the LP format, along with the lyrics and some informative tidbits.
The sound quality is OK. This album is recommended to all fans of Italian prog. Murple, like way too many Italian prog band, like Semiramis, Celeste, Cervello, Biglietto per L'Inferno, Museo Rosenbach, proceeded to release on album, and then disappear although be aware some of these groups mentioned did have followups or archival material that were recorded in the s, but not released until the s on labels like Mellow Records.
Murple, like Semiramis and Cervello, was a band that truly only had one album released, without Mellow Records unearthing any additional stuff from the archives.
It sounds less cohesive, more a collection of several parts put together to fit an epic costume which is the case by the way. It sounds also less personal, more Genesis.
But the experience is also worth. The piano play from Preludio is majestic, vocal sections are still emotive Tra I Fili , the frenzy of the keys during Variazoni completely breaks the soft mood which was not too bad at this time. The Fratello part features weaker vocals although the instrumental section is quite good actually.
This is a very good album which I rate with four stars. An Italian jewel as there are so many. They sure don't stand in one place very long during the first track, perhaps like our penguin Murple. It opens with some spacey atmosphere for a minute then drums and organ take over.
Nice organ! This is great! This is quite moving. Organ comes ripping in a minute later as the tempo picks up. I like the guitar here. Vocal melodies and a calm 14 minutes in but then here we go again to the end. Side two opens with almost 3 minutes of impressive piano melodies and then vocals and guitar take over. Vocals are back after 12 minutes and then it kicks back in after 14 minutes. It calms down before 16 minutes to the end.
Our penguins escapade is over. Hope he's ok. For me this is a solid 4 star record that is very well played and arranged. Unusually, the band decide to open the album in a very sedate, slowly unfolding manner instead of blasting the listener with energetic intent!
After a slowly morphing ambient synth drone, the album kicks to life with rollicking guitars, leaping upfront bass, trickles of Hammond organ and take-charge drumming.
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We were not alone on that way! As we had started this project we felt we had to have a guitarist as well, and we found Giuseppe Santamaria, which we first borrowed from a group of friends who used to play in all the dancehalls and small clubs of Rome, and then he permanently stayed with Murple. The name of the band was chosen to pay homage to a big American friend of us, a great musician with which Duilio and sometimes I had played.
When we had enough nmaterial for an LP we found out that the music was well suited to a concept story about a special penguin, leaving his world to meet the mankind. Hence the idea of giving the album the name of the group, which was the same name of this penguin, introducing himself to the world. How did this relation come out and what kind of support did they give you? We had a producer who found some contacts with record companies, starting with RCA, but in the end we were signed to the German BASF, that was showing new interest in pop music they were very important in the classical msuic field.
We were the first in Italy along with Gianfranca Montedoro, on whose record we played, and it was a nice experience. It seemed a good idea to have an important record company all for us! We recorded at Bobby Solo's Chantalain, then considered a state-of-the-art studio, and had a wonderful cover which also won a prize as the best of the year. We felt to be on safe ground! Too bad that after not so long the company decided not to pursue their rock music project, breaking off the promotion of their artists.
We were very lucky! Io l'ho sempre trovato molto piacevole. In certi passaggi sopra la media italiana del periodo: belle certe accelerazioni del batterista, ad esempio. Sui testi: un'angolazione inconsueta, esattamente opposta a quella che uno si aspetterebbe, appunto. Non ho altro da aggiungere.'Io Sono Murple' (eng: 'I'm Murple') is a conmcept album based on the journey of penguin Murple. This is the story of the good lyrics. But the music is the magical part of this concept album because the lyrics are incorporated in the music, at the same style of Genesis.