Buon Vecchio Charlie - Buon Vecchio Charlie (mini-lp sleeve)
Not only was this 'one and done' Italian band's only recording, recorded in 1972 quite good, but it gained the additional allure/intrigue of not being released until it came out in the early 90s for the very first time!
"Finally available again after being out of print for nearly 10 years,
this symphonic prog gem dates from 1972, though shelved and unreleased until the early nineties. This is a fantastic album of pure complex Italian symphonic prog with a great interplay between flute, guitar and organ, with strong classical influences, solid musicianship, really
sounding like the big ones (PFM, Banco, Orme and Quella Vecchia
Locanda come to mind) of those years. An absolute killer and a
must-have for those who have missed the previous reissues."
"One of the bands mentioned here that had no records released during their lifespan, Buon Vecchio Charlie had an album ready, but it was never released and only recently unearthed....The band was formed in Rome in 1970 with a five-piece line-up featuring, along with Calabrò, Centofanti and Sangiorgio, bass player Walter Bernardi and percussionist Carlo Visca.
After some first demos, they would record with the new six-piece line-up the tracks for an album on the Suono label's (of Opus Avantra fame) recording studio near Venice in 1972, with the help of Venetian Power guitarist Claes Cornelius, also an important session man at the time.
Despite the good quality, and the interest shown for the band by many producers, the album never saw the light and was shelved until its first CD release in 1990 in a limited pressing. The record is very well made, and with a better production it could have been a classic in its style. Dominated by the flute, with strong classical influences, it's still an original work, with very interesting moments. The band split after the recording, probably disillusioned by the lack of fortune connected to their album release."