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Osanna - 1978 Suddance

ARTIST: Osanna
ALBUM: Suddance
SERIAL: 82449
YEAR: 1978
CD REISSUE: 2014, Sony Music, 88875000922


LINEUP: Lino Vairetti - lead & Backing vocals, electric guitar * Danilo Rustici - electric & acoustic guitar * Fabrizio D'Angelo Lanellotti- piano, fender rhodes, clavinet, arp omni & odyssey synths * Enzo Petrone - bass * Massimo Guarino - drums, percussion, vibes

Additional Musicians: Antonio Spagnolo - electric violin * Benni Caiazzo - saxophone

TRACK LISTING: 01 Ce Vulesse * 02 'A Zingara * 03 'O Napulitano * 04 Suddance * 05 Chiuso Qui * 06 Saraceno * 07 Naples In The World


The mere mention of Osanna's 1972 album 'Palepoli' will wet the knickers of most die-hard Rock Progressivo Italiano fans who consider the band's three song opus to be one of the monuments of the genre. Yet, unlike the holy trinity of PFM, Le Orme and Banco, Osanna never had a great run and failed to deliver on the promise of 'Palepoli' with their messy 1974 follow-up 'Landscape Of Life' which spelled an end to the band and saw its membership jumping ship and forming one-off's Citta Frontale and Uno. While both outfits put out albums of merit and gradually morphing into fusion greats Nova (kudos if anyone remembers their excellent 'Wings Of Love' and 'Sun City' albums); by 1978 most of the original Osanna made nice-nice for one last hurrah (temporarily) and a very different musical direction.

The Songs
Picking up on the Nova sound and adding an element of soul, 'Suddance' which conceptually is the story of a gypsy woman, succeeds remarkably well and admittedly is my favorite of their output. Opener 'Ce Vulesse' kicks off beautifully with a touch of Weather Report and Herbie Hancock funk while the gorgeous ''A Zingara' and Lino Vairetti's romantic vocals push the band into softer territory with Camel-like keyboards and electric violin adding just enough atmosphere. The instrumental title track let's their jazz rock freak flag fly although 'Chiuso Qui' and it's blowing sax has the edge as the album's most commercial cut. 'Naples In The World' is where Gentle Giant comparisons often pop up with English vocals and a funky classicism that really doesn't do much for me. Yes, the playing is rock solid and melodically upbeat but it's a somewhat disappointing conclusion to what is otherwise a terrific set.

In Summary
Shudder to think many progressive rock fans have dissed 'Suddance' over the years for not being 'Palepoli' and too close to fusion which for some misguided souls seems to be a dirty word. Nevermind those clueless cats. Buy, listen and enjoy one of the better late in the game 'golden age' Italian prog albums.

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#1 | Nick C on January 23 2017 14:06:48
"Clueless Cats" me likeee that phrase!
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