ItalianProg: Name Museo Rosenbach and you'll see a sparkle in the eyes of every european prog fan, their Zarathustra being usually considered as one of the best examples of the genre to come from outside England. Yet the band was not so successful at the time, even having problems for their supposed right-wing inclinations coming from the all-black cover, the Mussolini image in LP collage, the Nietzsche-inspired lyrics. Museo Rosenbach derived from the fusion of two late 60's bands from Sanremo, La Quinta Strada and Il Sistema, around 1971, and their first line-up included future Celeste member Leonardo Lagorio on sax and flute. The only recordings Il Sistema ever made were released on LP and CD by Mellow in 1991-92. The tracks for Zarathustra were ready at the end of 1972, when the band were suddenly contacted for a recording deal by Ricordi, who were interested in promoting new progressive groups such as Banco del Mutuo Soccorso and Reale Accademia di Musica and the album was released in april 1973.
The long Zarathustra suite on side one is probably their best effort, with slight classical influences and keyboards in evidence as in the best italian prog tradition, but side two with three shorter tracks has some great moments. Vocalist "Lupo" Galifi has a very distinctive voice and keyboard player Pit Corradi adds a touch of originality to the band sound. Museo Rosenbach had a short life, splitting soon after the album and some good concerts in the summer of 1973, and the two posthumous CD's released by Mellow let us understand what a great band they were.
Drummer Giancarlo Golzi experienced a great commercial success with his later band Matia Bazar, still lasting today. A new 10-track album, Exit, has been released in 2000 by original bassist Alberto Moreno and drummer Giancarlo Golzi along with new members, in a more commercial direction than their brilliant debut album.
The most recent product by the new line-up is an appearence on the Kalevala 3-CD box set by the french label Musea, dedicated to the finnish traditional epic. Museo Rosenbach appear with a convincing two-track medley sung in english.
• L'ultimo uomo - 3:52
• Il re di ieri - 4:48
• Al di là del bene e del male - 2:41
• Superuomo - 6:32
• Il tempio delle clessidre - 2:54
2. Degli uomini - 4:05
3. Della natura - 8:29
4. Dell'eterno ritorno - 6:18
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