16/11/13 – Le Orme – Contrappunti – 1974

Le Orme colour

Although this is from Le Orme’s fifth album, I chose this performance as it illustrates how the progressive rocks bands found nothing odd about shifting from complex instrumental virtuoso explosions into soft acoustic guitar and vocal (1.50) and then changing back again. Le Orme were one of the big three along with Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso and PFM. Le Orme’s fourth album Felona e Sarona released in 1974 was released in Italian and in English with lyrics written by Van Der Graaf Generator’s Peter Hammill. The band featured Aldo Tagliapietra on vocals, bass and guitar, Michi Dei Rossi on drums and percussion and Toni Pagliuca on Keyboards. They did eventually get a guitar player in the band, but as you can see here, they managed.

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