If your taste in music includes gruff but tuneful Italian vocals projected over fast moving seventies style heavy psychedelic rock that embodies clear-cut guitar infusions (Bruno Cencetti ) wrapped up in melodic spooky organ (Andrea Foce) and then embellished with hard hitting foot taping percussion(Pino Fontana) which then in turn is saturated with tuneful bass lines (Lello Accardo), then this could definitely be the album for you. Certainly influenced by elements of Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, ZZ Top and Kraut Rock, in general, this is a good fun cheerful kind of album (seemingly not Black Magic influenced at all) that will have you strutting your stuff happily around your living room and maybe even practicing your air guitar into the bargain. Besides the heavier psychedelic rock element there is plenty of light and shade and deft changes of tempo incorporated into the makeup to add interest, especially some extremely delicate acoustic guitar and subtle dreamy keyboards.
The gruff but tuneful vocal style of “Emilio Farro” singing in his native Italian works really well for me and the projected inflections within his powerful delivery is both interesting and stylish, however, the last track on the album, a rendition of the “Uriah Heep” classic “Gypsy”, falls totally short of these attributes and unlike the rest of the album sounding extremely amateurish and quite flat for me tending towards the rubbish end of the spectrum.
My understanding from the limited information I could find on line is that Magia Nera (Black Magic) assembled as a band in 1969 and then broke up in around 1973 due to a fire destroying the master tapes for their proposed debut album. And so nearly fifty years later like a phoenix from the ashes three original members (vocalist Emilio Farro, bassist Lello Accardo, and guitarist Bruno Cencetti) joined by (drummer Pino Fontana and keyboardist Andrea Foce ) have remerged to re-record the music laid down all of those years ago. A pleasing factor of the subsequent recording despite the advancement in technology, especially keyboards, is they have remained true to the specific sound of the seventies with no temptation to introduce electrical enhancements or synthesizer overkill.
Summary – An album that rocks your socks off .
Artwork: A nice CD Sleeve Package.
2 Il Passo Del Lupo
3 La Strega Del Lago
4 La Tredicesima Luna
5 Suite: Dieci movimenti in cinque tracce
6 Gipsy (Uriah Heep Cover)