Week of March 2, 2008


Valerio Cherubini - Guitar, Vocals, Flute
Gianantonio Merisio - Keyboards, Vocals
Stefano Bazzaghi - Guitar
Roberto Colleoni - Bass
Walter Locatelli - Drums

La Scimmia Sulla Schiena Del Re 1980 IAF LPA 90001
CD: Mellow Records (MMP 162), 1993

This curiously named group made one of the few really worthwhile albums during the darkest period of Italian progressive rock, around 1979-80. They played disciplined symphonic rock almost like a direct cross between Gentle Giant and PFM. The atmosphere is relaxing with typical late 70s lush string synthesizers, acoustic and electric guitars and occasional flute. Even so, their instrumental arrangements were quite complex.

Taken from Scented Gardens of the Mind - A guide to the Golden Era of Progressive Rock (1968-1980) in more than 20 European Countries, by Dag Erik Asbjørnsen, Borderline Productions, ISBN 1-899855-12-2

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