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This album purports to drag the listener into a sonic trip to the bottom of marknai sea in the vinicoo of a whale, only to lift him to the heights of Mount Olympus in the embrace of sirens and sea nymphs, and it does exactly what it promises. First of all, it is not overkill. Track Listing - Disc 1. Projects such as this are often weighed down by their own overblown ambitions, but Marinai Profeti e Balene astutely manages to overcome the most common hurdles.
Appropriately for an album of such Napoleonic scope, its brilliant cover shows a positively deranged Capossela in a bicorne hat, doing his best impression of a mad sea captain.
Billy Budd Vinicio Capossela. La Bianchezza Della Balena. Not to be undone by its mighty literary references, the musical foil of Marinai Profeti e Balene is simply staggering, from the apocalyptic sonic collages of the first half to the delicate lullabies of the second.
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Tracklistings come from MusicBrainz. Not counting the rather pointless 15 minutes of silence followed by a few seconds of "the song of the sirens" at the end of the record, there are only 85 minutes of music little bit more than a single CD allows split into two and minute halves, each with a distinctive character.
Le Pleiadi Vinicio Capossela. Still, perhaps the most important role is that of the choir listed as Coro Degli Apocrifi blending in and out of the mix and alternatively evoking the allure of the sirens, the suffering of the damned in Hell, the commentary of a Greek Tragedy Choir, or the bellowing of a bunch of drunken sailors.
Had it been released by an English-speaking artist, it would have been an instant shoe-in for best album of the year, in almost any conceivable musical category.
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Curiously, the one track that most closely resembles Waits was co-written with Calexico, the terrific "Jockey Full of Bourbon" soundalike "Polpo D'amor" does not feature Ribot or Cohenbut the great Jimmy Villotti and Ares Tavolazzi both legendary Paolo Conte bandmemberswho step in to do a spot-on job of re-creating the seedy Latin atmosphere of Waits ' Rain Dogs. Other guests include pianist Stefano Nannipercussionist Francesco Arcuri, and harpist Luisa Prandina all present in many of the tracksDaniel Melingo as the voice of Ishmael in "I Fuochi Fatui," and a seemingly endless list of collaborators in any number of both classical and exotic instruments -- notably of Greek origin on the second disc -- whose participation is absolutely essential to the fascinating world music labyrinth from all ages where this album seems to be taking place.
Most of all, not for a single minute does the record turn into the Vinicio Capossela show: Find out more about page archiving.
Le Sirene Vinicio Capossela. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Until now, the greatest Italian hero to translate internationally has been Paolo Contenow in his 70s and compared to both Tom Waits and Jacques Brel. Links Reviews available at www. Track Listing - Disc 2.
There is hardly a single misstep in the Vinicio Capossela discography, but Marinai Profeti e Balene may be his definitive masterpiece. There are sections where he sounds like a breathy, laid-back balladeer; these play out against other passages where, like Conte, he echoes Tom Waits.
Vinicio Capossela - Marinai Profeti E Balene
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Clips taken from original discs may contain strong language. Yes, everything is gloriously over the top and it may sag a bit when a couple of the longest pieces are paired together, but any objections seem insignificant next to Capossela 's boundless creativity, originality, and superb execution of a deliriously larger than life vision. World on 3 BBC Radio 3.