Like Procession this band from Rome released their debut LP with the small Help label (an RCA subsidiary), then after two years and with a new line-up changed record company, this time going to RCA. Quella Vecchia Locanda were formed around 1970 as a quintet, with a successful live activity.
The only remaining results of their beginnings are a pop-oriented song on the Progressive voyage CD compilation, and a registrazione live from late 1971 has been released on CD by Mellow. The Live CD contains 12 tracks, mostly covers of english and american rock songs, but the three original compositions include some traces of what was to become their debut album a year later. The quality is good, though the original recording was probably on cassette.
First album came out in 1972, with the american violinist Donald Lax as sixth member, and the LP is still regarded as a classic in its field, with an original fusion of classical influences and the use of flute and electric violin in evidence. The album starts with the nice Prologo, and though some foreign bands' influences are clear (like Jethro Tull in some flute passages), there are some great moments like in Un villaggio, un'illusione.
Second album Il tempo della gioia came after two years and a line-up change, with the eclectic Lax replaced by violinist Claudio Filice and new bass player Massimo Giorgi that had previously played with Il Ritratto di Dorian Gray.
The album has a better production than the first, though it probably lacks its sheer enthusiasm, but is a very good album indeed with nice tracks such as the title track.
The group sadly disbanded soon after the second album, leaving us with two more italian progressive gems, both with beautiful covers.
01 - Villa Doria Pamphili 5:28
02 - A Forma Di... 4:09
03 - Il Tempo Della Gioia 6:17
04 - Un Giorno, Un Amico 9:40
05 - E Accaduto Una Notte 8:18
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