Celeste (6) ‎– Celeste

Grog Records ‎– GRL 02
Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold

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A1 Principe Di Giorno
Bass, Pedal Steel Guitar, Xylophone – Giorgio BattagliaGuitar, Violin – Mariano SchiavoliniPercussion, Flute, Mellotron, Vocals – Ciro PerrinoPiano [Acoustic], Electric Piano, Flute, Alto Saxophone, Mellotron, Synthesizer [Eminent] – Leonardo Lagorio
A2 Favole Antiche
Bass – Giorgio BattagliaGuitar – Mariano SchiavoliniPercussion, Flute, Vocals – Ciro PerrinoPiano [Acoustic], Electric Piano, Synthesizer [ARP Odyssey], Flute, Spinet – Leonardo Lagorio
A3 Eftus
Bass – Giorgio BattagliaEffects [È Qui - Si È] – Aldo De ScalziFlute, Synthesizer [ARP 2600], Mellotron – Leonardo LagorioGuitar, Vocals – Mariano SchiavoliniPercussion, Flute, Vocals – Ciro Perrino
B1 Giochi Nella Notte
Bass, Chorus – Giorgio BattagliaGuitar, Violin, Chorus – Mariano SchiavoliniPercussion, Flute, Flute [Flauto Dolce], Vocals, Chorus, Xylophone – Ciro PerrinoPiano [Acoustic], Electric Piano, Flute, Synthesizer [ARP 2600, Eminent], Mellotron, Chorus – Leonardo Lagorio
B2 La Grande Isola
Bass – Giorgio BattagliaEffects [Plop] – Aldo De ScalziFlute – Leonardo LagorioGuitar – Mariano SchiavoliniPercussion, Vocals – Ciro Perrino
B3 La Danza Del Fato
Bass – Giorgio BattagliaGuitar – Mariano SchiavoliniPercussion, Flute, Vocals – Ciro PerrinoPiano [Acoustic], Synthesizer [ARP 2600], Flute, Mellotron – Leonardo Lagorio
B4 L'imbroglio
Bass, Electric Guitar – Giorgio BattagliaGuitar, Violin – Mariano SchiavoliniPercussion, Flute, Mellotron, Vocals, Flute [Flauto Dolce] – Ciro PerrinoPiano [Acoustic], Electric Piano, Flute, Synthesizer [ARP 2600], Mellotron, Saxophone [Contralto], Tenor Saxophone – Leonardo Lagorio

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Note: the label says it is "Celeste" by Celeste. Only upon its reissue was it referred to / named after the first track: Principe Di Giorno

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
AMS LP 15 Celeste (6) Principe Di Un Giorno(LP, Album, RE) AMS (3) AMS LP 15 Italy 2009 Sell This Version
BELLE 101742, AMS SHM05MMX Celeste (6) Celeste(CD, Album, RE, RM, Pap) Belle Antique, AMS (3) BELLE 101742, AMS SHM05MMX Japan 2010 Sell This Version
KICP 2711 Celeste (6) Celeste(CD, Album, RE) Crime (4) KICP 2711 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
K22P-184 Celeste (6) Celeste(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Grog Records, Seven Seas K22P-184 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
SRLM 2002 Celeste (6) Celeste(LP, Album, Gat) Grog Records, Si-Wan Records SRLM 2002 South Korea 1992 Sell This Version


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February 20, 2018
"Principe di un giorno" is the first and only album by Celeste, a Ligurian group born from the ashes of Il Sistema, a band with a considerable potential that, however, never managed to release a proper LP. Recorded between 1974 and the following year, "Principe di un giorno" was only published in '76, kept in the drawer by a label that kept saying they were waiting for the right time to release it, just to put it in the stores at the wrong moment!
The almost non-existent consideration ensued at the time, anyway, does not affect at all the beauty of what is considered an essential release of Italian prog music. The result of exhausting rehearsal sessions, musical research, continuous improvement of every single sound and arrangement, "Principe di un giorno" still retains today an incredible 'suspended' atmosphere outside of time and space, thanks to a perfect balance between the parts: acoustic guitar arpeggios, soft Mellotron music backgrounds, classical scores, flute and saxophone-based sections, delicate and ethereal voices, essential and never intrusive percussions.

It is no coincidence that "Principe di un giorno" is one of the most requested titles in the AMS Records catalog: already published on vinyl and in two different versions of a precious 4 CD box (The Complete Recordings 1969-1977) fulfilled of unreleased tracks - all of which went soon soldout -, it is here proposed on papersleeve CD version, with the addition of three bonus tracks; two of those ("Prince of one day", "Far white halo") come from the recordings of the English version of "Principe..." with Nikki Barton's female voice. Once again: extremely essential!


July 18, 2013
edited over 4 years ago
It was really strange that I actually found an original Italian LP pressing of this at a Eugene, Oregon record store near where I live! So I bought it, since it's incredible rare, I hardly seen any copies ever show up elsewhere, like on eBay. I've seen plenty of Japanese and Korean reissue pressings, though (online, that is).

Some of the members of Celeste was in a group called Il Sistema (which also included Museo Rosenbach members). Early 1969 to 1971 recordings surfaced in the early '90s, but they're more of a historical curiosity rather than something I would regularly listen to, since they were poorly recorded (probably meant for demos) and the music isn't that great, but you can see the potential there, and it certainly improved when these guys ended up with Museo Rosenbach and Celeste, who both managed to record albums regarded as the cornerstones of Italian prog.

This album was recorded in 1974 but did not surface until 1976 as the Italian prog scene was already on decline. Well, better late, than never, although it would have been nicer if it came out shortly after it was recorded. This is really up your alley if you enjoy the more mellow, pastoral end of prog rock. Such as the more pastoral moments of PFM's Storia di un Minuto, the more pastoral moments of King Crimson, and Quebec's Harmonium with Les Cinq Saisons. In fact, other than PFM, Celeste was frequently compared with Harmonium, but it's probably just coincidence, since Harmonium was never known outside the Francophone world (in fact I've met my share of Anglophone Canadians who never heard of Harmonium, probably due to the cultural divide in Canada). Celeste tends to the more acoustic end of prog, but the keyboardist uses lots of Mellotron, some spacy synths, organ, and even a little Eminent 310U. If you love the sound of the Mellotron, this is an essential purchase, as almost every cut it loaded with it! It's very safe to say if you like your Italian prog on the heavy side, like Museo Rosenbach's Zarathustra or Il Balletto di Bronzo's YS, you'll probably want to give this one a miss, but for the rest of us, this is an incredible album. This is regarded as a classic of Italian prog, and rightfully so.