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Saturday, 15 October 2016

Wilkinson Tri-Cycle “Wilkinson Tri-Cycle”1969 US Psych Blues Rock






7 metal ACETATE Miss Poe psych-fuzz (1969
Wilkinson Tri-Cycle “ Wilkinson Tri-Cycle”1969 US  Psych Blues Rock
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This trio of Boston, famous for having made the opening act of the Velvet Underground and because Yesterday’s Childrens made a version of one of his songs, was composed by Michael Clemens (drums), David Mello (guitar) and Richard Porter (low ).
Although few articles related to them on the internet are entertained counting chorradas how are you, or talking about the producers of the disc, ie anything but the disc itself, at the end they all agree that the album is very good and it has wonderful songs. I guess this will be because there is more information from them than this, because after the disc do nothing more.
Pilarin Finally, a great album that I put 180gr vinyl edition, and I recommend listening with headphones…..
Wilkinson Tri-Cycle combined a more melodic approach with flashes of heavy rock. They had the power behind them but were more prone to take excoursions into psychedelic imagery and softer moments of balladry. Again the touch of Schatz and Schlaks can be heard in the production on this, the band’s sole album. Taking their hand at blues classics like “Leaving Trunk”, made famous by the great Taj Mahal, they handle them skill but not necessarily ingenuity. The variety of the album works well together, never really rutting into one sound for too long but keeping consistent through the ever-present blues rumble of David Mello’s leads. A thoroughly enjoyable listen, though not necessarily a lost classic.

This obscure power trio is thought to have come from Boston, where they supported the Velvet Underground in 1969, the same year their sole LP appeared. An inspired blend of tough electric blues (Leavin’ Trunk, Antique Locomotives), commercial songs with distinctive hooks (What Of I?, Pourscha Poe) and more overtly acid-influenced material (David’s Rush, Yellow Wall), it’s an overlooked psychedelic gem that deserves far wider recognition.

A strange bit of lost psychedelia – one of the many gems recorded by Columbia during the late 60s and early 70s by artists like this group, who left behind a brief and strong recorded legacy, but never really made it big time. The album’s got a spacey feel on most tracks – with a mix of tripped out guitar, bass, and drums that ring out in kind of a post-Jefferson Airplane vein. Vocals are spooky enough – and titles include “Yellow Wall”, “I Like Your Company”, “9-5, 95”, “David’s Rush”, and “What Of I”. This obscure power trio is thought to have come from Boston, where they supported the Velvet Underground in 1969, the same year their sole LP appeared. An inspired blend of tough electric blues (Leavin’ Trunk , Antique Locomotives), commercial songs with distinctive hooks (What Of I?, Pourscha Poe) and more overtly acid-influenced material (David’s Rush, Yellow Wall), it’s an overlooked psychedelic gem that deserves far wider recognition. …..
Credits
Bass – Richard Porter
Drums – Michael Clemens
Guitar – David Mello 
A1 What of I
A2 Leavin’ Trunk
A3 David’s Rush
A4 Pourscha Poe
B1 Antique Locomotives
B2 9-5, ‘59
B3 I Like Your Company
B4 Yellow Wall 

Travelling “Voici La Nuit Tombée” 1973 France Prog Rock






Travelling  “Voici La Nuit Tombée” 1973 France Prog Rock
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The last of the releases on the ultra-rare and now very collectible Futura Red label, this group’s sole album as leader’s Yves Hasselman dominating it from start to end. This does not mean that drummer Gremillot and bassist Gouré are inexistent, far from it, as they support him quite aptly. Hasselman has a long history of recording with the greatest singers in La Chanson Française and is still active today.
Un-like most KB-lead trio, Travelling does not even attempt to sound or even make the slightest attempt at ELP, preferring a much more pleasant sound rather Canterbury- esque. In this regard, we might think of another trio with a three-letter name: Egg, but Travelling is more than that also, as they sing in French. But the use of a Fuzz- organ and the jazz-inflicted piano playing (sometimes resembling Keith Tippet’s style but much more melodic) cannot help but bring you to the verdict that this French music trio is definitely looking across La Manche (The Channel) at the first mid-size city in Kent. The first side of the vinyl is dominated by the sidelong title track and is a pure joy to hear with Hasselman’s voice somewhat not that far away from Wyatt and constant time-changes contrasting with the numerous switches from the Hammond to the piano.
Flamenco, the first track on the second side is not Spanish-tinged but somehow is a brilliant Kent adaptation with a Wyatt-like scatting reminding you of Andalusia with Nelson not just stopping at Trafalgar. Passo with its ever-present piano and Soleil with its fuzzed-out Hammond are textbook case of how a KB trio can sound other than an Emerson-clone band, both superb. Tout Compte Fait (all considered) is a reflective piece where Hasselman joins both the keyboards in solo. While Shema is a slight return to the title track with Haqsselman scatting again to our purest of delight.
While not essential to the average proghead, this might just indispensable to the Canterbury nuthead, so it plainly deserves its fourth star, but this is the type of album most would want to have simply because of the class of Hasselman….. by Sean Trane….
I am not really into Canterbury and jazzrock but while listening to this album I got more and more and impressed, especially the keyboardplay is amazing, he is a virtuosic who also plays with emotion! In the title track he manages to let his Hammond organ deliver all the excellent sounds that it hosts, this is at the level of Keith Emerson and also the jazzy piano play is great. The overdubs on piano and organ create a captivating sound, this is supported by a very dynamic rhythm-section. The other four songs (between 3 and 4 minutes) contain a bit melancholic French vocals and lots of interestin work on the piano and (fuzzed) organ. An overwhelming CD that should be checked out by the aficionados of this category!….. by erik neuteboom…..
TRAVELLING were a trio from France who released only one album(1973). The organ and piano dominates their sound that is without question Canterbury flavoured. SOFT MACHINE had to be an influence on these guys as the vocal style and fuzz organ certainly bring them to mind. This band does have it’s own sound though and I love it. The side long opening track is one of the best songs that i’ve heard in a while. What a pleasure to listen to. Pure joy indeed.
“Voici La Nuit Tombee” is an 18 minute ride that I have taken over and over again this past week. It opens with cymbals and bass before the organ quickly joins the fray, and it sounds fantastic. A full sound before a minute that includes piano, fuzz organ, bass and drums. Organ and piano then create a piece of heaven before the vocals come in. The light drums, organ and vocals are other worldly. Did I mention I love this song ? Piano joins in. Vocals stop as fuzz organ returns. I could listen to this all day. Vocals are back after 6 minutes. The fuzz organ comes and goes. The piano takes the lead with bass and light drums 8 minutes in. This section is very jazzy. A spacey, experimental, eerie passage arrives before 10 ½ minutes that changes 2 minutes later as an uptempo organ, light drums and bass melody arrives. Fuzz organ after 14 minutes. A change a minute later as piano again takes the lead. Vocals are back 17 minutes in. Amazing song !
“Flamenco” features more bass, drums and piano. The vocal melodies a minute in are outstanding and a nice touch. Perhaps a nod to Mr.Wyatt. Some fuzz bass after that with organ. Piano starts to take over.This song blends into the next one “Passo”. The uptempo piano melodies continue but bass and drums help out here. This song then blends into “Soleil” as piano melodies continue to dominate. Before 2 minutes we get some fuzz organ joining the piano melodies. “Tout Compte Fait” opens with slower paced piano as the organ provides a nice background. This song blends into the final track “Shema”.This sounds better than the previous song because bass, light drums and vocal melodies are added.
This is another French band that has impressed me to pieces. I had heard about them on the ProgEars site and am so thankful I did. A must have for Jazz and Canterbury fans…… by Mellotron Storm…..
Line-up / Musicians
Yves Hasselmann/ piano, Hammond organ, vocals
Jacques Goure/ bass 
Roger Gremillot/ drums
Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Voici La Nuit Tombée (18:00)
2. Flamenco (4:02)
3. Passo (3:05)
4. Soleil (3:03)
5. Tout Compte Fait (3:27)
6. Shema (3:06)

Amonite “Première “Folk Évolutif 1979 France Prog Folk Rock






Amonite “Première “Folk Évolutif  1979 France Prog Folk Rock
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Folk Rock band, for which little is known.Amonite came from France and consisted of Dominique Meslier on flutes, guitars and voices, Didier Dubreuil on guitars, psaltery and drums, Thierry Chatry on metallophone and Jean-Pierre Sandillon on piano, organ, and flute.They recorded their debut “Premiere-Folk evolutif” somewhere in Poitiers, but apparently no date was printed on the album.This was a private release, which some critics place it around 1979, with a fifth member appearing on the front cover, reputedly it was the band’s producer Michel Demily.Soundwise this rare LP is deeply grounded in Folk Rock territories with a strange, fairytale atmosphere and lots of sensitive, romantic passages with poetic French lyrics.However the album has little to do with Breton Folk movement, having often a singer/singwriter atmosphere, based on acoustic guitars, piano and an intense lyricism.The few narrations, surrounded by drums and piano often remind the folkier and more emotional side of Ange.The lack of significant electric passages though grounds Amonite’s album strongly on the Folk fields.While the mood is quite sensitive, the music is very much laid-back with no true dynamics and the pastoral passages often sound too minimalistic.The longer cut “Elles?” is definitely an accomplished composition, featuring Ange-like dramatic organs with a smooth electric solo after the middle, while the constant presence of Psych-tinged drumming and the deep voice of Meslier make this one a beautiful piece of Progressive Folk Rock.Unfortunately the rest of the album is good but not fully convincing with a few adventurous and captivating moments.There is no need to say this was the only release of Amonite, moreover all of the members are yet to be indicated in any further music developments.Their producer Michel Demily appeared many years later as the sound engineer of Taal on their “Mister Green” allbum. ……
Tracklist 
A1 Première 1:38 
A2 Les P'tis Papiers 2:57 
A3 Le Roc Qui Boit 3:44 
A4 Elles ? 6:07 
B1 L'auberge Rouge 3:56 
B2 Souveraine 3:35 
B3 Beau Biat 3:01 
B4 Ballade Médiévale Sur Un Manche 3:28 

Le Match “Legendes” 1974 Canada Prog Rock










Le Match  “Legendes” 1974 Canada Prog Rock
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Highly consistent, though unspectacular, semi-comm vocal prog, featuring some orchestration. The album was recorded Sept, 1974. They were supposedly from Montreal. Grades - 1 B, 6 B-’s, 3 C+’s, and a C. I believe this issue on Sonogram to be the first label of issue for this release, since Sonogram was such a tiny label. It was probably later picked up for national distribution by the much larger T-C label. I also believe the currently posted release date for the T-C release to be incorrect…….
One of Quebec mythical progressive folk album came from the short-lived Le Match, who had time to release one sole album called Légendes. As can be expected when an excellent album hasn’t been reissued in Cd format, the vinyl keep disappearing and become scarce on the market, and while I had the album through most of my youth, it got lost during the crossing of the pond, so now thanks to Alain Malette, he’s sent me a burned from vinyl Cd-r so I could finally re-listen this album after almost 20 years. As one can expect from the whacky artwork gracing the front sleeve, Le Match’s progressive Folk Rock is a bit strange itself.. 12 short tracks (6 aside) of max 5:15, a certainly fun spirit distilled throughout the lyrics and the music, all five members having a good mastery of their respective instruments, Légendes can indeed be considered one of Quebec’s small gems that still needs yet to be discovered by the greater public.
The quintet (a standard prog quartet plus violinist/flutist) develops one of the province’s more diversified folk rock ranging from the hillbilly-type jigs, to semi-medieval solemn ballads, while keeping a fairly accentless French singing, singing their own compositions While the main songwriter is keyboardist Normand Théroux with 50% of the tracks, the other half handled by either guitarist Pierre Yves Migneron or collective efforts (excluding Théroux), it’s most likely to say that each sung their own sung, but both have relatively similar voice (or close enough), thus avoiding a schizophrenic group ala Supertramp and no rift musically speaking. Strangely enough only violinist Leduc seems to soar above the rest of the musicians, not participating anymore than his strict minimum, although he’s often in the forefront.
Comparing Le Match with Harmonium’s first album or the two Conventum albums, or Brêche’s sole effort or L'Engoulevent’s two albums, one might say that Le Match is definitely more earthy or hick-like folk rock (I want to avoid “pastoral” when speaking of this album), somewhere Barde took things yet a bit further. In some ways, Le Match’s folk rock might be closer to Horslips than Gryphon, closer to Steeleye Span than Jan Dukes de Grey, but closer to Comus than to Pentangle or ISB with a tad of Pink Floyd touch. In some strange way, Le Temps’ two albums, while trying to copycat Harmonium’s folk success, but end up closer to Légendes without LeMatch’s excellent all-around musicianship.
While I wouldn’t go as far as investing a fortune on the now-rare vinyl, it is very much time that a label thinks about reissuing this on a Cd format, so I am of course thinking of Sean and Stephen from ProgQuebec, but Unidisc has done a credible job with Opus 5’s Contre Courrant. In either case, this album screams out for a legit reissue, before some ugly bootlegger gets his paws onto a mint copy of the vinyl. While the album’s title might be a bit too much a compliment to describe the album, one can’t say it would be a complete sham either. Just an excellent prog folk-rock album from La Belle Province…… by Sean Trane…..
Line Up:
Drums, Percussion, Vocals – Jacques Lauzon
Violin, Flute, Cello – Francois Leduc
Vocals, Bass – Gaston Rousseau
Vocals, Guitar – Pierre-Yves Migneron
Vocals, Keyboards, Flute, Synthesizer – Normand Theroux 
Tracklist:
A1. Marchand De Nuages 2:10
A2. Le Soleil Des Plants D'huile 4:05
A3. Pensez-Y Donc 3:52
A4. Troubadour 2:23
A5. Lucifer 5:17
A6. Epilogue De M. Germain Content 5:18
B1. Le Vieux Sorcier 4:12
B2. Le Fou Du Roi 3:05
B3. Pour Communiquer 4:00
B4. Les Plaines D'abraham 2:22
B5. Espace 4:48
B6. La Cloture 4:45 

Osage Tribe ”Arrow Head” 1972 mega rare Italy Heavy Prog













Osage Tribe  ”Arrow Head” 1972 mega rare Italy Heavy Prog   recommended..! 
Osage Tribe."Soffici Bianchi Veli"  {HQ}  1972

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Osage Tribe were formed in 1971 by Franco Battiato then working as pop singer,with loyal drummer Nunzio “Cucciolo” Favia,quitarist Marco Zoccheddu,who had just left “Nuova Idea” and bass quitarist Bob Gallero.Battiato found a recording deal with a newly born “Bla Bla” label,but soon left the band,just singing on their first single “Un Falco Nel Cielo” before starting his solo carrer,the single is rather commercial and was also used for a popular TV quiz show at the time.The remaining trio,based in Genoa,a prolific city for many great bands,veered towards a more aggressive sound and released their masterpiece “Arrow Head” in 1972,a five tracks album that`s still regarded as one of the finest in its gentre.Mainly hard rock based,but with strong progressive influences rather than dull solo parts,the album has in the long “Soffici Bianchi Veli” and the shorter “Cerchio Di Luce” with jazzy influences are the best cuts.The band has a good live activity but a short life and “Zoccheddu” and “Callero” formed “Duello Madre” at the end 1972,leaving “Cucciolo"with a name Osage Tribe and a new line-up with former "Capsium Red” singer/quitarist “Red Canzian” and bassist “Giampiero Marchiani” coming from Forli.This line-up lasted for a short time,Cucciolo was called up in the arm,.replaced by “Enzo Vallicelli”(from Helza Poppin and later with Uno),then Canzian was recruited by “Pooh” causing the definitive split of Osage Tribe.The drumer Cucciolo later played with “The Trip” after their fourth album (but this line-up never recorded) and then “Dik Dik”.“Bob Callero” he had a very active career with “Il Volo” and many collaborations as sessionman……by Augusto Croce Italian Prog guide. …….










Prog by it’s nature has it’s share of albums that you have to concentrate on to listen to.. to ponder deep meanings it it’s lyrics or by bizarre twists and turns in the music. Some times it is fun to just have a prog album to turn up to 11, that makes no pretenses but taking the skill of the musicians and making music that is shear power and plain fun to listen to.
Arrowhead by the guitar/bass/drums trio known as Osage Tribe is just an album. Again, as those who know me know, I am not fluent in Italian yet, so any deep meanings in the lyrics are lost to me unfortunately. Thankfully I’ve never read of any such thing on this hahha. The vocals are not unpleasing at all.. being that this is a very hard aggressive album you aren’t going to find beauiful singing on this. The vocals match to music well. What this album though is known for is dynamic rhythm section of RPI (Rock Progressivo Italiano) bassist legend Bob Callero and drummer Nunzio ‘cucciolo’ Fava. They propel all 5 original album tracks with power and intensity during the hardest sections yet are able to downshift right into the occasional softer section or the more prodominant jazzy sections where the group really could swing. Guitarist Marco Zoccheddu while not known as an A-list RPI instrumentalist like the other two provides firery guitar lines and even the occasional piano in the jazzier sections.
The album kicks off which Hajenhanhowa, which as it sounds is meant to establish some sort of American Indian kind of theme. Chant like vocals and a vaguely Indian type drum beat are at the heart of it. Not exactly a classic album opener..but not bad either. Almost comical in a way.. which isn’t bad… who says prog can’t make you laugh. A warm up of sorts to what is to follow. The title track, Arrow Head, follows with a frenetic opening with Callero going nuts around the drummer and guitarist. Callero dominates the track with a certain Jack Bruce-ian like 'busy’ nature …dancing all around the others The next track begins the stretch of the album that is to die for.. 'Cerchio di luce’ begins with a soft intro that explodes.. receeds in intensity to a soft accoustic section before taking flight again. The song is highlited by a killer jazz section where Callero’s walking bass lines anchor a free for all between cucciolo and Zoccheddu’s guitar and overdubed piano. The interplay is incredible. Far and away my favorite track on the album. 'Air’ guitar, keys, drums, and bass abound on the track hahhaha. Great fusion of jazz stylings into a hard prog masterpiece.
After that I hate to let you down and say the next track is some quiet, lovely interspective song… hah.. so I won’t. 'Soffici bianchi veli’ is anchored by a killer driving riff that cruises at breakneck speed, with frenetic guitar runs and the always active Callero dancing all around bluesy solos. The song again suddenly downshifts into a slower paced vocal section though Callero can’t resist making it interesting again by playing counterpoint to the melody and again dancing around another guitar solo. Maybe not the most complex of songs.. but with the dynamic shifts in style and tempo that we demand of prog. The song is slightly marred by some …I hate to say it …horribly recorded accoustic noodlings that actually is a bit painful to listen to. Thankfully they don’t last but a short bit The album closes with another midrange workout 'orizzonti senza fine’. A sweet guitar and bass intro begins the song. The vocal sections have some interesting rhythms with some clean chiming guitar. A nice departure from the sonic attack of the previous two tracks. As per prog though.. soon a repeated bass line by Callero herald a new dynamic shift to and away we go into to prog stratosphere where Zoccheddu coaxs sounds from his guitar before returning to the vocal sections and it’s interesting rhythm patterns. The song again changes as it, and the album nears the end, with some tape effects over a droning bass chord closes the original album.
The new CD reissue by Vinal Magic has two bonus tracks…of which…hahah.. could be construed as offensive by Native Americans. Full of sterotypical chanting and the such. Pop singles that were included on the new CD release. The less said the better, only to note that Battiato sang on them.
For rating this album..hmmm… reading up on RPI as I do. I had found this album listed as one of the seminal albums of the Italian prog movement. Listening to it.. you can see why. Full of power.. great talents and showcasing future key members of other RPI giants. For that I have to give this album 5 stars. It is a masterpiece and a defining album of RPI. In my rapidly expanding RPI collection… there are few albums that have the power and instrumental firepower as this one. For me.. 4 stars… 'cerrchio di luce’ and 'soffici bianchi veli’ are well on the way to being established RPI gems for me song-wise. The campy Indian themes though knocks a star off of that, especially the first song. Highly recommended for those who love their prog hard and heavy yet with twists and turns enough to not feel simply bludgeoned over the course of an entire album….. by micky…..
Osage Tribe’s Arrow Head is a very rare and highly valuable record as the original pressing. The album wasn’t a commercial success back in 1972 and nowadays it’s one of the biggest collector treasures of Italian progressive rock. Arrow Head is filled with just five tracks which are all very enjoyable hard progressive rock cuts. “Cerhcio di luce” has lots of jazzy elements as well. It’s hard to choose any standout tracks or highlights because in my opinion all of these five songs are great. The album is a very balanced totality which is always a nice thing.

I enjoy this album very much. I’ll rate it with four stars out of five. It’s a sadly forgotten Italian prog classic which is easy to recommend for any fan of the genre. Very good indeed. ……
Super rare, Italian '70s hard rock / prog rock now on cd. These guys take the likes of contemporaries Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, High Tide, maybe some Zappa, that sort of thing, add a bit of an American Indian theme-shtick, and just Go For It in an absurdly wonderful over the top blazing heavy guitar attack that seems almost tongue-in-cheek (parodic of the genre) but is so GOOD you know they mean it. Those moments are the highlights, but there’s lots else to recommend this: delicate pastoral interludes, pop vocal choruses, weird chanting, the rockin’ prog bombast, and complex psychelelic passages. Another obscure bellbottomed rock treasure from the fabulous '70s. Two bonus tracks too. …….
Woah. Kinda pricey but NICE import vinyl version of this super rare, Italian '70s hard rock / prog rock gem. We reviewed a cd reissue of this many, many moons ago. Neat to have it in stock again, on a nice big gatefold lp so the kitschy colorful artwork (and cool band photo on the back) can be fully appreciated.
These guys take the likes of contemporaries Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, High Tide, maybe some freaky Zappa, that sort of thing, add a bit of an American Indian theme-shtick, and just GO FOR IT in an absurdly wonderful over the top blazing heavy guitar attack that seems almost tongue-in-cheek (parodic of the genre) but is so good you know they mean it. Those moments are the highlights, but there’s lots else to recommend this: delicate pastoral interludes, pop vocal choruses, weird chanting, the rockin’ prog bombast, and complex psychedelic passages. Another obscure bellbottomed rock treasure from the fabulous '70s. A proud addition to any truly badass, proggy poppy proto-metal vinyl collection… ……
“Osage Tribe were an Italian prog band who released just one album in 1972, Arrow Head, before splitting up and disappear – even if all band members went on playing in other groups as Duello Madre, Capsicum Red, The Trip and Il Volo. The band was founded by Franco Battiato, who left right after the release of the single Un falco nel cielo to pursue a solo career that’s still active nowadays. The other musicians then significantly changed their musical style, moving towards a hard rock-based progressive, including some jazz elements too. Still considered a must-have for any Italian prog listener, Arrow Head is now reissued as an audiophile 180gr. black vinyl, enclosed in a gatefold envelope faithful to the beautiful original '72 edition.” ………
In 1971 Franco Battiato following more or less random encounters, especially with drummer “Puppy” Favia, he founded a group that gives the name of a not very well known Indian tribes, the Osage.
They include the singer and guitarist Marco Zoccheddu from experiences with the New Idea and bassist Bob Callero. Immediately affect the newborn Bla Bla a 45 that becomes a successful TV theme song “A hawk in the sky,” a catchy tune which is also proposed an English version titled “Prehistoric Sound”. The broadcast was the famous “Who knows who knows” presented by Febo Conti.
The collaboration with Battiato end here a little 'for military service, a bit’ for the right solo ambitions of Sicilian and in the same year he published “Fetus” and a bit 'for the interests of others strictly progressive.
“Arrow Head” was released in '72 and it’s a great album. Battiato’s not there anymore but Zoccheddu signature together with the first track that is considered by some a kind of proto-rap.
Then prog takes soppravvento. And is great prog. The trio transmits an incredible energy and during the 4 songs, all of the versatile Zoccheddu shows cohesion capacity between rare instruments for those times with great intensity and heat steps.
complex musical structures, articulated with grafts of a never heard before dynamism unleashed as the title track. never banal lyrics if perhaps a little naive, but always well-balanced and well integrated into the musical context. The famous “red mushrooms” clear reference to the use of peyote in the era mythology represented the inner quest, one that Castaneda told in “Teachings of Don Juan”.
fundamental rhythmic base especially in phrasing with Zoccheddu guitar. Remarkable and beautiful “White fluffy veils” for me the summary of the talent of this supergroup. In short, a very topical disc that had not happened and in fact caused the dissolution of the group that is scattered in various projects as often happened in those days.
One thing certainly then not lack, creativity, the desire to explore, to get involved and it was done without much thought, without too many calculations.
In the cd there are reprinted from the BFT as a bonus track the two versions of the individual above.
A note for the curious: the group name is due perhaps to a certain interest Battiato for the Indian culture which in those years was rediscovered and re-evaluated also from the cinema, as in the previous year Soldier Blue. However, the choice seems to have been provocative since it seems that the Osage tribe were “clever” and in fact till today there is a pretentious Osage Nation with so much reserve, state organization and website but under the cover tribal pride proves to be a holding company scattered casinos for Oklahoma………..
The band OSAGE TRIBE were formed in 1971 by sicilian multi talent (composer, avantgardist, chansonier and pop singer) Franco Battiato together with drummer Ninzio “Cucciolo” Fava, guitarist Marco Zoccheddu (coming from the band NUOVO IDEA) and bass player Bob Callero. Battiato found a recording deal with the brandnew Bla Bla label but then left the band, just singing on their first single “Un Falco Nel Cielo”, before starting his solo career with two albums in minmalism style; the single is rather commercial and was also used for a popular TV quiz show at the time.

The remaining trio, based in Genova, a prolific city for many great bands, veered towards a more aggressive sound and released their masterpiece, “Arrow Head”, in 1972.

The band had a good live activity but a short life, and Zoccheddu and Callero formed Duello Madre at the end of 1972, leaving Cucciolo with the name OSAGE TRIBE and new line-ups for a while. The drummer then joined The TRIP after their fourth album (but this line up never recorded) and then DIK DIK. Bob Callero has had a very active career, with IL VOLO and many collaborations as sessionman. …………

 Thanks to Todd who brought this band to my attention. I just wish i was as enthusiastic as he,Tom Ozric and Mickey are about this album. Don't get me wrong because this is very close to a 4 star record for me, but not quite. OSAGE TRIBE released this their only album back in 1972, they were a trio with the guitarist coming from NUOVA IDEA. The drummer went on to play for THE TRIP and I DIK DIK among others, while the bassist not only had a solo career but he played in IL VOLO as well. So yeah lots of talent here.The sound is very much heavy drums, and bass with raw sounding guitar.
"Hajenhanhowa" opens with clashing cymbals and piano before soft vocals arrive before 2 minutes. Harmonica before 3 1/2 minutes. The song starts to come to life thankfully after 4 1/2 minutes. Guitar before 7 minutes. "Arrow Head" hits the ground running with bass, drums and gutar creating havoc. Vocals a minute in. This is an uptempo rocker. "Cerchio Di Luce" is more restrained with them contrasting the mellow sections with the raw guitar and drum passages. The bass actually sounds like an upright one later.

"Soffici Bianchi Veli" opens with drums followed by a raw and aggressive soundscape. Nice guitar 2 minutes in as he lights it up. It settles with vocals before 3 1/2 minutes. Here we go after 6 minutes as it kicks back in. Vocals and a calm after 8 minutes. "Orizzonti Senta Fine" features bass, drums and restrained vocals early. The guitar starts to make some noise before 5 minutes. It calms right down after 7 minutes. I never include the bonus tracks when I rate an album, and in this case that's a good thing. Haha. The two songs are one in the same,one is the Italian version and the other is the English version.

This is a good, bluesy flavoured album that is quite well done. 3.5 stars......by Mellotron Storm ................

One of the earliest prog bands from Italy and a matrix of producing musicians for other bands, Genova-based Osage Tribe included a young Franco Battiato in the original 1971 line-up, who left the band after only one single on Bla-Bla label.The remaining trio of singer/multi-instrumentalist Marco Zoccheddu (who had quit earlier from Nuova Idea), bassist Bob Callero and drummer Nunzio "Cucciolo" Favia recorded the band's sole release ''Arrow Head'' in 1972.
Despite having an English title, the album is sung in Italian with the opening 10-min. ''Hajenhanhowa'' being an obcure number of Psych/Proggish Hard Rock with light Folk tendencies, opening with a soft piano/harmonica introduction and revealing a monster sound at the second part with good guitar leads.The eponymous track is another freak Hard Rock track with very complex guitar work, reminding a bit of MUSEO ROSENBACH harder moments, but with somewhat dull vocals.''Cerchio di Luce'' is an interesting piece with nice multi-vocal choirs, plenty of breaks and a middle section filled with a jazzy appreciation on bass/guitar/piano interplays.The only weak moment seems to be the sterile drumming.Another 10-min adventure, ''Soffici Bianchi Veli'' opens with some frenetic guitar-driven instrumental section before getting in an overstretched and less interesting Jazz/Blues mood until the end with the bass work of Callero being the bright spot.''Orizzonti Senza Fine'' is another Psych/Hard/Prog inspiration, having a powerful rhythm section, the guitars come and go, alternating from smooth to hard qualities, while vocals are decent this time.

The Vinyl Magic CD reissue features the pair of tracks from the Battiato era's single, when Osage Tribe had quite a different sound.''Un falco nel cielo'' is actually a Pop/Rock track with some African-inspiration on the vocal parts and ''Prehistoric sound'' is an Engilsh version of it, rather pointless, fully commercial and uninspiring music.

The brief history of Osage Tribe ended not long after this album.Zoccheddu and Callero formed Duello Madre and the remaining Cucciolo recruited ex-Capsicum Red singer/guitarist Red Canzian and bassist Giampiero Marchiani, but Cucciolo was called to fullfill his army obligations shortly after.He was replaced by Helza Poppin's and later Uno's drummer Enzo Vallicelli, but again Canzian left for I Pooh and Osage Tribe disbanded for good.Original drummer Nunzio "Cucciolo" Favia later played with The Trip, while Callero was a stable member of Il Volo.

A great album for all fans of guitar-based Hard Prog but I can see also fans of the early-70's Proto-Prog movement appreciating this release.Overall recommended....by apps79 .................






Prog by it's nature has it's share of albums that you have to concentrate on to listen to.. to ponder deep meanings it it's lyrics or by bizarre twists and turns in the music. Some times it is fun to just have a prog album to turn up to 11, that makes no pretenses but taking the skill of the musicians and making music that is shear power and plain fun to listen to.
Arrowhead by the guitar/bass/drums trio known as Osage Tribe is just an album. Again, as those who know me know, I am not fluent in Italian yet, so any deep meanings in the lyrics are lost to me unfortunately. Thankfully I've never read of any such thing on this hahha. The vocals are not unpleasing at all.. being that this is a very hard aggressive album you aren't going to find beauiful singing on this. The vocals match to music well. What this album though is known for is dynamic rhythm section of RPI (Rock Progressivo Italiano) bassist legend Bob Callero and drummer Nunzio 'cucciolo' Fava. They propel all 5 original album tracks with power and intensity during the hardest sections yet are able to downshift right into the occasional softer section or the more prodominant jazzy sections where the group really could swing. Guitarist Marco Zoccheddu while not known as an A-list RPI instrumentalist like the other two provides firery guitar lines and even the occasional piano in the jazzier sections.

The album kicks off which Hajenhanhowa, which as it sounds is meant to establish some sort of American Indian kind of theme. Chant like vocals and a vaguely Indian type drum beat are at the heart of it. Not exactly a classic album opener..but not bad either. Almost comical in a way.. which isn't bad... who says prog can't make you laugh. A warm up of sorts to what is to follow. The title track, Arrow Head, follows with a frenetic opening with Callero going nuts around the drummer and guitarist. Callero dominates the track with a certain Jack Bruce-ian like 'busy' nature ...dancing all around the others The next track begins the stretch of the album that is to die for.. 'Cerchio di luce' begins with a soft intro that explodes.. receeds in intensity to a soft accoustic section before taking flight again. The song is highlited by a killer jazz section where Callero's walking bass lines anchor a free for all between cucciolo and Zoccheddu's guitar and overdubed piano. The interplay is incredible. Far and away my favorite track on the album. 'Air' guitar, keys, drums, and bass abound on the track hahhaha. Great fusion of jazz stylings into a hard prog masterpiece.

After that I hate to let you down and say the next track is some quiet, lovely interspective song... hah.. so I won't. 'Soffici bianchi veli' is anchored by a killer driving riff that cruises at breakneck speed, with frenetic guitar runs and the always active Callero dancing all around bluesy solos. The song again suddenly downshifts into a slower paced vocal section though Callero can't resist making it interesting again by playing counterpoint to the melody and again dancing around another guitar solo. Maybe not the most complex of songs.. but with the dynamic shifts in style and tempo that we demand of prog. The song is slightly marred by some ...I hate to say it ...horribly recorded accoustic noodlings that actually is a bit painful to listen to. Thankfully they don't last but a short bit The album closes with another midrange workout 'orizzonti senza fine'. A sweet guitar and bass intro begins the song. The vocal sections have some interesting rhythms with some clean chiming guitar. A nice departure from the sonic attack of the previous two tracks. As per prog though.. soon a repeated bass line by Callero herald a new dynamic shift to and away we go into to prog stratosphere where Zoccheddu coaxs sounds from his guitar before returning to the vocal sections and it's interesting rhythm patterns. The song again changes as it, and the album nears the end, with some tape effects over a droning bass chord closes the original album.

The new CD reissue by Vinal Magic has two bonus tracks...of which...hahah.. could be construed as offensive by Native Americans. Full of sterotypical chanting and the such. Pop singles that were included on the new CD release. The less said the better, only to note that Battiato sang on them.

For rating this album..hmmm... reading up on RPI as I do. I had found this album listed as one of the seminal albums of the Italian prog movement. Listening to it.. you can see why. Full of power.. great talents and showcasing future key members of other RPI giants. For that I have to give this album 5 stars. It is a masterpiece and a defining album of RPI. In my rapidly expanding RPI collection... there are few albums that have the power and instrumental firepower as this one. For me.. 4 stars... 'cerrchio di luce' and 'soffici bianchi veli' are well on the way to being established RPI gems for me song-wise. The campy Indian themes though knocks a star off of that, especially the first song. Highly recommended for those who love their prog hard and heavy yet with twists and turns enough to not feel simply bludgeoned over the course of an entire album......by micky .................

Osage Tribe's Arrow Head is a very rare and highly valuable record as the original pressing. The album wasn't a commercial success back in 1972 and nowadays it's one of the biggest collector treasures of Italian progressive rock. Arrow Head is filled with just five tracks which are all very enjoyable hard progressive rock cuts. "Cerhcio di luce" has lots of jazzy elements as well. It's hard to choose any standout tracks or highlights because in my opinion all of these five songs are great. The album is a very balanced totality which is always a nice thing. 

I enjoy this album very much. I'll rate it with four stars out of five. It's a sadly forgotten Italian prog classic which is easy to recommend for any fan of the genre. Very good indeed.....by.....CooperBolan ...........




1971-72
Marco Zoccheddu………………quitar,keyboards,vocals.
Bob Callero…………………………bass,vocals
Nunzio “Cucciolo” Favia……….drums.

1973
Red Canzian………………………..quitar,vocals
Giampiero Marchiani……………..bass
Nunzio “Cucciolo” Favia……….drums 
Line-up / Musicians
- Marco Zoccheddu / guitar, keyboards, harmonica, vocals
- Bob Callero / bass, vocals
- Ninzio “Cucciolo” Fava / drums, vocals
- Franco Battiato / vocals (only on bonus tracks on CD-release)
Songs / Tracks Listing
1. Hajenhanhowa (9:38)
2. Arrow Head (5:16)
3. Cerchio di Luce (7:19)
4. Soffici Bianchi Veli (9:40)
5. Orizzonti Senza Fine (8:21)
Bonus tracks on CD re-release
6. Un Falco Nel Cielo (2:58)
7. Prehistoric Sound (2:57)

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