Exposé Online banner

Latte e Miele — Live 1973
(Mellow MMP 110, 1973/1992, CD)

Latte e Miele — Papillon (English Version)
(Mellow 517 537-2, 1973/1992, CD)

Latte Miele — Vampyrs
(Mellow MMP 131, 1979/1992, CD)

by Mike McLatchey, Published 1996-08-01

Live 1973 Cover artPapillon (English Version) Cover artVampyrs Cover art

These albums make up the present archives of previously unreleased Latte e Miele music. Latte e Miele are best described as an Italian ELP and have a very big sound for a trio. They released three albums in their career with at least their debut Passio Secundum Mattheum heralded as classic status in the progressive underground.

The first CD in question here is an unreleased English vocal version of their second album Papillon. This acts as a pretty good example of their style – a rich symphonic rock with tons of keyboards in long suite format with influences of ELP, the Beatles, the Nice, Le Orme, and even more grandiose reminders like Canarios on Ciclos or choruses like Queen. Latte e Miele were a veritable mosaic of styles; they rush from classical to opera to folk with abandon, and in my opinion, it causes their music to be a mite patchy at times. Nevertheless, there are some wonderful parts – especially the occasional guitar breaks. In comparison to its Italian counterpart, the English version is what you'd expect – vocally accented and differently mixed. It's certainly worth a listen.

Latte e Miele Live is a bootleg quality live performance of three tracks (plus Bach intro) including an early version of "Pavane" that would find its way on Aquile e Scoiattoli, a suite from Passeo Secundum Mattheum and a version of "Patetica." The performance is excellent, especially for a trio and they could obviously play this stuff live and pull it off effectively. As a marginal document, I can only recommend it to fans of Latte e Miele, although better quality shows would be welcome.

The three years after their last album Aquile e Scoiattoli were a complete change in direction for the trio. Progressive rock seemed to be losing its footing around the world, and Latte e Miele (abbreviated to LattE Miele later on) began writing singles with titles like "Rock N Roll Star." In fact, Vampyrs, a collection of music from studio recordings in 1979 sounds little like the Latte e Miele of the early 70s. What we have here are 15 songs that fall between 2:57 and 4:17 in length. Except for the opener, the rest of the tracks are pop rock and rather lame at that. Remember the early 80s? Quarterflash? Loverboy? J Geils Band? America? The Cars? Air Supply? Poco? Toto? Don't see too many of those names in Exposé do ya? I think there's a good reason for it.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 10, 1992 releases, 1973 recordings, 1979 recordings

Related artist(s): Latte e Miele

Latest news

2020-03-24
Bill Rieflin RIP – The sad news reaches us today of Bill Rieflin's death. Rieflin was best known as a drummer in bands ranging from post-punk to industrial to indie-rock to progressive rock, including work with The Blackouts, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Swans, Land, and King Crimson. Rieflin had been battling cancer for several years, and succumbed to it on March 24. He was 59. » Read more

2020-03-17
Cruise to the Edge and Seaprog 2020 Festivals Postponed – The worldwide outbreak of the novel coronavirus has started to produce casualties in the music world, and festivals are not immune. We've had word that both the Cruise to the Edge (originally slated for March 27 - April 1) and Seaprog (originally June 5-7) have been postponed to later dates, with those dates to be announced. » Read more

2020-03-06
McCoy Typer RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of one of the most influential pianists in the history of jazz, McCoy Tyner. His tenure with John Coltrane in the early 60s includes some of the most treasured recordings of the era, including My Favorite Things and A Love Supreme. After leaving Coltrane's group, he had a long and successful solo career. He was 81. » Read more

2020-02-18
Jon Christensen RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of Norwegian drummer Jon Christensen, a musician whose sensitive playing did much to help define the atmospheric sound of ECM jazz recordings. His work with Jan Garbarek, Bobo Stenson, Terje Rypdal, and many more was sensitive and varied, adapting to a wide variety of styles while maintaining a distinct identity of its own. Christensen was 76. » Read more

2020-01-21
Gong Announces UK Tour for 2020 – Having spent the last few years touring the world, including dates in Japan with psych legend Steve Hillage, multiple headline European tours and festivals, America’s Cruise to the Edge festival, a South America headline tour, and a headline performance at Tomorrow Festival in China, the band have won the hearts of both traditional and modern Gong fanbases. During this live journey, Gong has delved further into the truly psychedelic, exploratory, and mind-expanding side of the music. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Quaterna Réquiem - Velha Gravura – What am I listening to, an unreleased Iconoclasta classic? A previously unknown Italian masterpiece? Darryl Way guesting with Quantum? None of the above. It is Velha Gravura from Quanterna Réquiem, a...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues