Thursday, January 26, 2017

Americanized Italian greatness

Admittedly, this is not the most eye-catching of covers, but there was something about it, including that strange title...

The Italian names, combined with the descriptions of their apparently lavish setups and weird story, made me think maybe it's different, but still wasn't sure.

I decided to look this up one day (still hadn't listened at that point), and it turns out this was an old Italian prog-rock outfit! And man they were good! They were originally called Il Rovescio Della Medaglia (the reverse/other side of the coin) and had released a couple more before this, also good. Someone decided this would go over well in North America (I'm not so sure it did), so the songs were remixed and reordered, and the lyrics were re-sung in English. This was released a couple of years after the original recording.

Here's "Il Suono Del Silenzio" from the original Contaminazione release, which is a good overview of their style.

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