Apoteosi - s/t. 1975 Italy

Apoteosi - s/t. 1975 Said

CD reissues: 1993 Mellow; 2012 Belle Antique (Japan mini-LP); 2015 AMS (mini-LP)

LP reissue: 2015 AMS

Apoteosi is a family affair, three-fifth's of the group lead by the Ida family based in Calabria (the toe in Italy's boot). And the label was run by the father, who had signed up many local folk artists. What we have here is the Italian progressive rock version of the Free Design. And the keyboardist is no older than 14, running on another 1970s tradition of: Youth. Semiramis featured a 16 year old mastermind as did MIA of Argentina with their 15 year old whiz-kid. Hey, Mozart was 5 when he got started, so why not right?

Apoteosi is classic turn-on-a-dime Italian progressive rock in the Semiramis / Jumbo tradition with Jenny Sorrenti / Saint Just like vocals. Hard to dislike this one if a fan of the genre. Finishes with a space rock number straight from the Sensations' Fix playbook. Finding this private press must have been nirvana for collectors worldwide back in the day. Thank goodness for the Mellow CD, so the rest of us could hear it too! Brilliant really.

An extremely rare album, where original copies have sold for over $2000. Like many, I had never even heard of this album until Mauro released it in 1993. I bought one immediately and it remains my only copy. The Mellow CD will most likely be the only copy I will own unless a specialist label discovers a canister of unreleased material (we can always hope?). But given that the AMS reissues on CD and vinyl do not, it's probably safe to assume they don't exist. Worth noting that Apoteosi was one of the first private press albums from Italy in the progressive rock field.

Last update: October 25, 2016

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