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Reale Accademia di Musica derived from a very popular band from Rome, I Fholks, that in their four-year career also supported Jimi Hendrix, but just managed to release a single.
The good single included a reworking of an Iron Butterfly song, Soldier in our town, translated as Mi scorri nelle vene, and was produced by Equipe 84 leader Maurizio Vandelli, that brought the group to the Ricordi label.
The group played in many important festivals of the early 70's, like Caracalla and Gualdo in 1970 and the Viareggio Pop Festival in 1971, but split during the recording sessions for their first english-sung album.
While drummer Ruggero Stefani (previously he had been the only man in the all-girl beat group Le Pupille) went with L'Uovo di Colombo, the others formed Reale Accademia di Musica, but guitarist Pericle Sponzilli abandoned during their LP recordings, being replaced by Nicola Agrimi (from Le Esperienze and early Banco del Mutuo Soccorso).
Produced again by Maurizio Vandelli, Reale Accademia di Musica is a good work, though not particularly original, dominated by the keyboards of Federico Troiani and with good vocal parts by the spanish singer Topel. The long Il mattino and Vertigine are the best cuts of a nice album.
After the album the band changed line-up and worked with singer songwriter Adriano Monteduro, and in 1974 his first album was co-credited to Reale Accademia di Musica.
This is by no means, as many say, the group's second album, as they were just working as the backing band to Adriano's songs, and it's a beautiful album of songs with soft rock arrangements, not a prog album at all!
The last appearance of Reale Accademia di Musica was as backing band for Nada on her 1975 album, 1930: Il domatore delle scimmie.
Federico Troiani had a good career later as solo artist, session musician and producer.
1. Favola (3:46)
2. Mattino (9:19)
3. Ognuno Sa (5:19)
4. Padre (8:41)
5. Lavoro In Citta' (5:56)
6. Vertigine (7:11)
- Federico Troiani / acoustic & electric piano, organ, mellotron, vocals
- Nicola Agrimi / acoustic & electric guitars
- Pierfranco Pavone / bass
- Roberto Senzasono / drums, percussion
- Henryk Topel Cabanes / lead vocals
- Pericle Sponzilli / guitar
- Maurizio Vandelli / acoustic guitar on 2, mellotron on 5
- Natale Massara / orchestra direction on 1, 2