Il Balletto Di Bronzo

Il Balletto Di Bronzo

Italian progressive rock band initially active during the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Il Balletto di Bronzo (The Ballet Of Bronze) started as the Naples beat group Battitori Selvaggi (Savage Batters), becoming Il Balletto di Bronzo in 1969. Their debut LP Sirio 2222 is acclaimed as the first Italian prog album, although it was clearly a product of the 1960's, ranging flower-power pop through to experimental freak-out. Although no musician credits are given it is known that keyboard wizard Gianni Leone (ex-Volti Di Pietra and the pre-Osanna Città Frontale) joined during the sessions and features on about half the album. Some themes from the LP and the song "Ti Risveglierai Con Me" were made in collaboration with well-known musical maverick Piero Umiliani, and feature in the soundtrack to Mario Bava's psychedelic Giallo film "Five Dolls For An August Moon".
From the original band only Gianchi Stringa and Lino Ajello continued here on, relocating to Rome, adding bassist Vito Manzari, with Gianni Leone becoming a fully-fledged member. This quartet spent the next year composing and developing YS - one of the landmark symphonic rock albums of the 1970s, a grand opus in 5 parts that is extremely complex and powerful.
After the band split Gianni Leone continued as a soloist (working under the name Leo Nero at one point) releasing a number of albums. He also more recently reformed Il Balletto Di Bronzo along new musicians performing a repertoire from YS and his solo albums, in a more modern heavy style.


Il Balletto Di Bronzo Discography


Il Balletto Di Bronzo Sirio 2222 (Album) RCA Italy 1970 Sell This Version
Il Balletto Di Bronzo Ys (Album) Polydor, Polydor Italy 1972 Sell This Version
MMP 367 Il Balletto Di Bronzo Trys(CD, Album) Mellow Records MMP 367 Italy 1997 Sell This Version
ECLY0109 Il Balletto Di Bronzo Il Balletto Di Bronzo E L'Idea Del Delirio Organizzato(CD, Album) Eclysse ECLY0109 Italy 2009 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Il Balletto Di Bronzo Neve Calda (Single) Arc (5) Italy 1969 Sell This Version
Il Balletto Di Bronzo Si, Mama Mama / Meditazione (Single) RCA Italiana Italy 1970 Sell This Version
Il Balletto Di Bronzo Nieve Calda (Single) RCA Victor Chile 1971 Sell This Version
AS 164 Il Balletto Di Bronzo / Demis Roussos Il Balletto Di Bronzo / Demis Roussos - Ys / My Reason(7", Promo) Polydor, Philips AS 164 Italy 1972 Sell This Version
Il Balletto Di Bronzo La Tua Casa Comoda / Donna Vittoria (Single) Polydor Italy 1973 Sell This Version
AN 4193 Il Balletto Di Bronzo Neve Calda(7", S/Sided, Promo, Num) Arc (5) AN 4193 Italy 1988 Sell This Version


Balletto Di Bronzo* Il Re Del Castello (Comp) Raro! Records Italy 1990 Sell This Version
IGDA 1219 / IGDA 1220 Il Balletto Di Bronzo / Il Rovescio Della Medaglia Il Balletto Di Bronzo / Il Rovescio Della Medaglia - Untitled(LP, Comp) DeAgostini IGDA 1219 / IGDA 1220 Italy 1990 Sell This Version
AMS LP 42 Balletto Di Bronzo* On The Road To Ys(LP, Comp) AMS (3) AMS LP 42 Italy 2011 Sell This Version
AMS 200 CD Il Balletto Di Bronzo On The Road To Ys (...And Beyond)(CD, Comp) AMS (3) AMS 200 CD Italy Unknown Sell This Version


MMP 112 Il Balletto Di Bronzo "YS" English Versions(CD) Mellow Records MMP 112 Italy 1992 Sell This Version


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March 15, 2015
edited about 1 year ago
You would be hard-pressed to out-prog these PURE-PROG merchants; yes, there's the cantankerous crusade of Krautrock, the erudite experience of English Lark's tongues, the flashy and difficult showmanship of the North-American species, but none of these outdoes the inherently progressivo purpose of Italian Prog-Rock, with Canada's byzantine fancy too-many-song-parts-olympics a close second.
There is not a single unconsidered quaver in the carefully-composed songwriting, not a percussive flam or synthesizer knob-twist that isn't deliberate and functional; these are some of the most arranged arrangements I've ever heard, whether simple or complex, where every instrumental component competes, counterpoints, solos or doubles or harmonizes without a shred of ambiguity or ambivalence. These guys seem to be listening to each other almost more than themselves and the interaction is so integrated that there is a palpable resolve in the sounding of the notes that is rarely heard; the puzzle pieces lock together so well one can only see the whole until they provide an exploded view for your benefit.
Virtuosity seems easy in music making this exhaustively CONSCIOUS; it is among the most musical modern music I know of, outside of chamber music or classical and despite the clarity, their performance miraculously comes off as uncontrived, if specific.
Bravissimo, Ballet of Bronze, the Paganini of the Giallo!

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