NEW TROLLS ATOMIC SYSTEM — Tempi Dispari (as New Trolls) (review)

NEW TROLLS ATOMIC SYSTEM — Tempi Dispari (as New Trolls) album cover Live album · 1974 · Fusion Buy this album from MMA partners
4.5/5 ·
Miler72
It's about time New Trolls Atomic System is included in here, mainly for Tempi Dispari. NT Atomic System's name came out of a legal dispute between Vittorio De Scalzi and Nico Di Palo following the breakup of the old band after the release of UT at the end of 1972. So while legal matters were going on, Vittorio De Scalzi assembled a new band but had to be called NT Atomic System. In 1973 they released their first album on the Magma label (which was ran by De Scalzi himself) which is much more in prog rock territory, but there are some jazzy passages. For me, the real reason they're included in here is this second album Tempi Dispari. I guess the legal wrangling was over, because this album clearly bears the New Trolls name and not NT Atomic System, although it's still the Atomic System band (the actual New Trolls did reunite around 1975 after De Scalzi and Di Palo made up). As mentioned the 1973 album was a prog rock album, but Tempi Dispari is full on jazz rock/fusion, and it's nothing short of amazing, even though it was recorded live. For all who love this kind of music, this is an essential purchase, although it would be a big jolt for the progheads used to their more prog-oriented material. Lots of electric piano, sax, some spacy synths creeping in from time to time, some Hammond organ. Somewhere the band plays a theme from Concerto Grosso Per 1 and the audience gets all excited, to prove that this new New Trolls hadn't forgotten about the old New Trolls. The album was a commercial failure in Italy, and many have called it a disappointment, but I can't see why. Many people probably didn't like the idea of a prog rock band playing fusion. But it's nice to see these guys pull it off and pull it off very well, and so if you're looking for fusion outside the Mahavishnu Orchestra/Weather Report/Return to Forever comfort zone, this is a great album to have!
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