Thursday, 25 February 2016

L'Ultima Ora e Ode a J. Hendrix (The Trip, 1971)

The Trip were (better: are, as they came back in 2010) one of the most intriguing Italian prog rock bands and released a pair of excellent albums, one of which was titled "Caronte", that's to say Charon, the ferryman that in Greek mythology carries the newly deceased's souls across the rivers dividing the world of the living and the other world. The title of this song includes anothere reference to death, as "L'ultima ora" means "The Last Hour", while the rest of the song title obviously pays tribute to Jimi Hendrix. 

"Caronte" was the second studio album by The Trip.

This epic has a strong classical taste, but also features soul elements and quotes some Jimi's passages. That said, the plot of this song is well organized and highly diversified, lining up dark atmospheres, guitar solos and lively interplays. The melodies are very well written and the arrangements provide the final touch. A church organ closes it all... and it surely matches with the theme!