Flea / Etna

The band actually released three albums under different names. The first was Flea in Honey. Members were only known by their English nicknames. Flea became Flea and Etna later. They were a group from Sicily but based in Rome. In 1971, their first album, Delta by RCA subsidiary, was released. It featured short songs that were heavily influenced by hardrock and sung entirely in English. The label wanted to promote them as one the many English bands that were coming to Italy to find success. Band members were kept secret under pseudonyms. Although there are some positive things, such as Mother Mary, which was also released on Fonit as a single with Louise (“my little ship”) (a song also recorded by Cyan, Middle of the Road), the album lacks personality. The band released Flea, their second album on Fonit. This was a step towards a more progressive sound. Topi o Uomini is a maturer and better album than the one before it. Side A contains the title-track, which lasts 20 minutes, and three tracks on side B. This album features a more unique sound with excellent Italian-sung vocals, long instrumental parts, and a dominant guitar sound. Elio Volpini, who had been with Topi o Uomini, left to join L’Uovo di Colombo. He was replaced by Fabiopignatelli, a member of the Rome group Le Rivelazioni, who played on two tours with Flea, but then left to form Cherry Five, then Goblin. In 1975, the original quartet was reformed as Etna and released an album with a radical new style. Etna, a jazz-rock-inspired work, has seven instrumental tracks. It shows strong influences from Mahavishnu Orchestra, and is similar to the work of Il Baricentro or Nova. Shortly after the release, Agostino Marangolo, the drummer, joined Goblin. He had a successful career as a sessionman. Pennisi briefly performed with Mediterraneo. from http://www.italianprog.com

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