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Released in 1972 Frontiera is a guitar driven album alternating between acoustic restraint and bombastic heavy rock. In Gianfranco Gaza they have a vocalist perfectly suited to the more histrionic approach of heavy rock singers and the band consisting to a large extent of guitars, bass and drums with a bit of mandolin, mellotron and the obligatory flute turn in a fine performance moving between the light and shade and heavier moments with conviction and ease. A strong record throughout includes some special moments like the mandolin driven Incontra, Anche Lo Sono Un Uomo coloured with some lovely mellotron work and they're at their most powerful on Un Mondo Di Liberta. It's a stunning heavy rock/proto-metal tour de force for the first three minutes with a riff Metallica would be proud of. The second half enters into acoustic mode and this contrasting piece is the highlight of the album. One of the riffs from this piece returns briefly for Un'ombra Chevaga before closing with a beautiful acoustic section. This is bookended by Solo and Solo 2 and there's a feel of continuity for the second half of the album even though they're individual tracks.
Frontiera is an album of contrasts that will most likely appeal not only to RPI fans but has a lot to offer heavy rock lovers too. Highly recommended.
PROCESSION formed in Turin in 1972. They came out that same year with an album titled "Frontiera" for the small Help label (an RCA subsidiary that also released QUELLA VECCHIA LOCANDA's first album). This record is particularly interesting for the lyrics that dealt with immigration. Musically the style is rather acoustic; a lot of space is given to guitars. It can be easily described as a hard prog LP.
After two years of silence, the band reappeared with a new line-up (Capra, Girardi and Capello were substituted by bass player Paolo D'Angelo and horns player Maurizio Gianotti), and a new recording deal, this time it's Fonit that releases their second album "Fiaba", their best work. A few guest artists partecipated, such as Francesco Froggio Francica (from RACCOMANDATA RICEVUTA RITORNO), on drums and percussions, singer Silvana Aliotta (from CIRCUS 2000) and Ettore Vigo (DELIRIUM's keyboard player). The album has an avantgarde style, much more than in the previous work, with some interesting jazz inspirations. The very good flute and sax and the fine voice of singer Gianfranco Gaza have to be pointed out.
Despite a good live activity PROCESSION never gained the success they deserved and though they released two albums they disappeared without trace. Singer Gianfranco Gaza collaborated with ARTI + MESTIERI in their 1975 second album "Giro Di Valzer Per Domani". Original guitarist Marcello Capra, after leaving the group and playing with TITO SCHIPA Jr., released "Aria Mediterranea" in 1978, an album with an oriental sound mixed with "popular roots", and a couple of albums at the end of the nineties. Saxophonist Maurizio Gianotti later played with the jazz-rock outfit COMBO JAZZ, while guitarist Roby Munciguerra still has a group that plays in Turin's night clubs.
01. Ancora una notte
02. Uomini e illusioni
03. Citta grande
05. Anche io sono un uomo
06. Un mondo di liberta
08. Un'ombra chevaga
09. Solo 2