A great book, really, that one written by Gino Dal Soler, Italian writer and journalist of "Blow Up" magazine. The problem it is that it's written only in Italian.
More exhaustive than the recent good book of Cresti rewieved here (read at http://ghettoraga.blogspot.com/2011/03/third-ear-band-quoted-on-italian-book.html), more handbook than essay, with "The Circle is Unbroken" Dal Soler traces the long fascinating epic history of that kind of music (most of all, English and American) defied weird folk, starting from the recognised fathers of the revival (in UK Davy Graham, Shirley and Dolly Collins, Anne Briggs...) to the more recent musicians, even if he's conscious that is "a story still open", "a still unexplored universe by an essay writing level" (and the huge work made by Rob Young published in UK by Faber & Faber as "Electric Eden. Unhearting Britain's visionary music" (read at http://www.electriceden.net/) - 664 pages - proves it...).
|Shirley Collins and Davy Graham|
On the paragraph titled "The Third Ear Band magical esoterism", describing the music of "Alchemy", he considers "Lark Rise" "an autentic folk gem included just to reaffirm the primary roots of a sound that has taste of earth and "wilderness"".
About "Third Ear Band", "an absolute masterpiece", Del Soler writes the music "bordered on the sublime, perfect in its ciclic evolve" and, describing "Earth", he admits that "it's impossible to tell the beauty of that circular vertigo as like to evoke with simply words the impressive vertical power of "Fire": the flames and the explosive energy of the element are delineated by a relentless and wild movement of percussion, strings and oboe gone mad, literally the peak reached by the Third Ear Band as to power, dynamism and alchemy of sound".
|The second English edition of the record.|
From the reunion of the band in '80's and '90's, Del Soler takes "Magic Music" as his favourite, "where the band seems to come back to the far esoteric splendour despite the almost totally new line-up".
The tracks "try again to tell the ancient lost legends and the druids around Glostonbury Tor, highlighting that happy and very peculiar free folk and improvised music have influenced so much the "weird-wild folks" generation in Europe as in America. Music from the spheres, modal ragas, primitive and tribal dances run into distill a quintessence that was psychedelic and visionary, terrible and sublime".
It happened in Brescia (where I was studying) at the very beginning of '70's, in a record shop selling imported albums (there I bought also Popol Vuh's "Hosianna Mantra" and Tangerine Dream's "Atem"...).
|The book was published on 1973.|
I listened them with a religious transport in certain hours of the day, savouring with care and let to listen to my friends that visited me as they was sort of precious pearls, but not for all... From that period I've never stopped to listen the first two albums. Sometimes I prefer the first one ("Ghetto Raga", "Stone Circle", divine...) but when I listen to "Air Earth Fire and Water" is as a dance that repeat itself every time. I think it would be very difficult to choice just one of them if I were forced to do it..."
|The original Dal Soler's writing published on "Re Nudo".|
|"Re Nudo" stuff pt. 2|
What do you think about their music being so unique?
"The originality, the state of grace...".
no©2011 Luca Ferrari