Cherry Five - s/t. 1975 Italy

Cherry Five - s/t. 1975 Cinevox

CD Reissues: 1987 Nexus (Japan); 1993 King (Japan); 1993 Vinyl Magic; 2001 Cinevox; 2007 Arcangelo (Japan mini-LP); 2010 Belle Antique (Japan mini-LP)

LP Reissues: 1986 Nexus (Japan); 2005 Amber Soundroom (Germany); 2009 AMS/BTF

Packaging details: My first copy of this album was the Nexus LP, which I still own. I also bought the King CD as soon as it hit the market. And I recently bought the Belle Antique mini-LP version as well. Originals are off the charts expensive - and always have been.

Review: Cherry Five are an anomaly for the Italian progressive rock scene, in that they sing in English and have a sound that is squarely from the big names of the scene like Yes, Genesis and Gentle Giant. In this way, they recall Mass Media Stars era Acqua Fragile, though Cherry Five are significantly more heavy and complex. Formed by the main two protagonists of Goblin with participation of drummer Carlo Bordini from Rusticelli & Bordini. So if you can blank your mind of images of Museo Rosenbach and Il Balletto di Bronzo, and pretend Cherry Five are from London, then this is quite a good mid 70s progressive rock album. All the vintage keyboard toys are on display and there's plenty of complex compositions to dive into. A really good album.

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