Alphataurus

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Expressive Heavy prog band from the classic early 70's Italian prog scene, very similar to Museo Rosenbach and Il Balletto Di Bronzo. Just like their contemporary 'sister' bands they mix very well the heavy parts with soft melodic passages, with exquisite contrasting strong voice. The keyboards are superb and their long thematic developments alone would merit an interest in their albums.

Alphataurus is one of those legendary RPI (Rock Progressivo Italiano) bands who are obscure in the annals of general progressive rock, but much appreciated by Italian prog fanatics who venture beyond the more well-known groups. Not much is known about this group from Milan who sprang on to the scene with a great album self-titled "Alphataurus", considered by many as a masterpiece of the 70's Italian scene. A second album was partially recorded before vanishing in typical RPI fashion. This album was released by Mellow in the '90s as part of their archival projects.

Drummer Giorgio Santandrea went on to work briefly in Crystals, and Pietro Pellegrini collaborated with both Riccardo Zappa and Premiata Forneria Marconi.
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Alphataurus - Alphataurus album art Alphataurus Alphataurus (Album) Magma (2) Italy 1973 Sell This Version
MMP 132 Alphataurus - Dietro L'Uragano album art Alphataurus Dietro L'Uragano(CD, Album, RM) Mellow Records MMP 132 Italy 1992 Sell This Version
Alphataurus - Attosecondo album art Alphataurus Attosecondo (Album) AMS (3) Japan 2012 Sell This Version
Alphataurus - Live In Bloom album art Alphataurus Live In Bloom (Album) AMS (3) Italy 2012 Sell This Version
Alphataurus - Prime Numbers album art Alphataurus Prime Numbers (Album) AMS (3) Italy 2014 Sell This Version

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ultimathulerecords

August 8, 2018
Awesome ✳✳✳✳✳ Italian progressive rock band of the 1970s. These had it all, wonderful songwriting, stunningly creative instrumental work, tons of innovation, lots of keyboards, etc. The debut LP is one of the key landmarks of 70s prog from anywhere, not only Italy. Dietro L'Uragano is also a very fine follow-up, although not a finished album, only released decades later.

The near-on 40 years later reformation are also not bad, but far from the excellence of the original band.

One thing to beware of though is a download release offered widely on the web called "The Early Years" as that is not a collection of early rarities, as the title would imply, but merely tracks from the two 1970s albums jumbled up. The first track they retitled to confuse the issue and some of the tracks are different durations, but it's all the same - and to really take the biscuit, tracks from the first album are from scratchy vinyl! Dodgy or what?

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