Ibis - s/t. 1975 Italy

I find it humorous that I have somehow cobbled 4 versions of this album. I didn't even own it at all a few years ago, and that's primarily because I didn't like it much. I still wouldn't claim it to be some great Italian prog masterpiece, but it works well as a hard rock / progressive crossover album. I've come to grips with it on its own terms. The New Trolls never had any identity, and neither did their offshoots, which includes Ibis. Their debut Sun Supreme is a classic album in the Yes mold. Their self-titled second (yes, please be as confusing as possible guys) is nothing of the sort. It could have been a New Trolls album, or a completely new outfit. Most of the album is solid, with a couple of blues/boogie clunkers. The one highlight is the lengthy 'Narratio'.

Personal collection
LP: 1975 Polydor
LP: 1982 Polydor (Japan)
CD: 2010 Polydor (Japan)

The original comes in a single sleeve, and often times with wrinkly laminate (as is mine). The CD is a mini-LP

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