Circus 2000 – Circus 2000 (1970) (@256)
03 Dec 2008
(Review from progarchives.com)
Circus 2000′s self-titled debut album is an outstanding piece of dreamy psychedelic progressive. The quartet (guitar trio plus the superb- sounding Aliotta singing) developed a great form of psychedelic prog, that can serve as the perfect example between psychedelic rock and pure prog rock, without sounding too much like most of the 60’s groups (bar the Indian-laced Magic Bean).
Some of those tracks (10 short ones) are pure joy and could’ve been easily written by Jefferson Airplane at their top form (a tad proggier though, but this came out two years after Jefferson Airplane’s creative peak).
Among highlights are the superb opening “I Can’t Believe” and its successor I Just Can’t Stay, the Jeffersonian Must Walk Forever, the irresistible “Try To Live” (with its wild rhythms and moods), the enthralling “The Lord, He Has No Hands” (what a groovy tune) and the exciting “I Am A Witch” (and its weird incantations). The worst thing is that most of these songs appear way too short (longest just below 4 min) and you’d be curious as to how the group could’ve expanded on them.
Aliotta’s voice is cross of Grace Slick and David Surkamp (of Pavlov’s Dog), creating a bit a timbre and delivery between Madeleine Bell (Stones The Crow), Janita Haan (Babe Ruth) and Sonja Christina (Curved Air), but unlike the latter two, Sylvana can not only sing very well, but charm the hell out of us, singing in a fair English some proggy occult lyrics. But she’s hardly alone in the group and Quartarone is an excellent guitarist, not afraid to use his fuzz box at good use, while drummer Lo Previte is shinning throughout the whole album and Bianco’s bass filling much of the gap when the other two compadres are running up and down all over the fretboards and toms. Some additional but un-credited flute (on I Just Can’t Stay) and the odd sitar complete an album that does perfectly well without the slightest trace of keyboards.
A short album (just under the 30 min-mark), but indeed a real classic, all too sadly overlooked by progheads because of the lack of extended musical interplay. Barely missing the flawless, this album is easily an essential piece of progdom.
- Silvana Aliotta / vocals
- Marcello “Spooky” Quartarone / vocals, guitars
- Gianni Bianco / guitar, bass
- Johnny Betti / drums
- Franco “Dede” Lo Previte / drums
01. I Can’t Believe – 2:36
02. Try To Live – 3:40
03. Must Walk Forever – 3:52
04. Sun Will Shine – 1:56
05. I Just Can’t Stay – 2:39
06. I Am The Witch – 3:22
07. Magic Bean – 2:05
08. While You’re Sleeping – 2:50
09. Try All Day – 2:33
10. The Lord, He Has No Hands – 3:44
11. Io La Strega – 3:21
12. Pioggia Sottile – 2:36
13. No Regalato I Capelli – 5:01
14. Regalami Un Sabato Sera – 3:02
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(Review from progarchives.com) The band’s second album, An Escape from a Box was released in 1972. The progressive rock elements are strong through the album although the influences of jazz fusion exist with reference to the guitar work of Marcello Quartarone. By adding lead singer Silvana Aliotta’s fluttering butterfly voice to the mix with strong…