Exposé Online banner

Osanna — L'Uomo
(Arcangelo ARC-8010, 1971/2008, CD)

by Mike McLatchey, Published 2018-03-29

L'Uomo Cover art

Osanna is probably best known for their progressive rock masterpiece Palepoli, an album I wrote about in an earlier tier; however, the band doesn't get nearly the credit they deserve for their astounding debut album. While it would probably be classified as a hard rock or psych record in comparison, and the songs are generally shorter even if many of them are stitched together like a suite, all of the Osanna hallmarks are in place, including Lino Vairetti's amazing vocals (still today one of my favorite singers), the great and crunchy-toned guitar work of Danilo Rustici, and the flute and sax work of Elio d'Anna. In fact Osanna's probably a good indication of just how popular Van der Graaf Generator were in Italy around the time, as David Jackson's influence (if not Dick Heckstall Smith's as well) can be found strongly in D'Anna (and of course Jackson has come back to play with the band in its modern incarnation). The music here is quite heavy and while most of it's song-oriented, you can already hear the band start to come up with trickier transitions in some of the compositions. This combination of heavy rock, Hendrix-inspired guitar and spiny, VDGG riffing made for something awfully professional sounding and unique at the time. Historically it's kind of strange to think that their follow up would be a more symphonic soundtrack before finding their way to Palepoli, because they lost a great deal of their edge as a result. But they'd find it again in a completely different way by Palepoli.


Filed under: Reissues, 2008 releases, 1971 recordings

Related artist(s): Osanna

Latest news

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

2020-01-15
Carlos Alvarado RIP – Carlos Alvarado, pioneering composer, multi-instrumentalist and pioneer of progressive rock and electronic experimental music in Mexico, passed away January 14th, 2020 at age 68 after a two year battle with cancer.  » Read more

2020-01-12
Wolfgang Dauner RIP – Pianist Wolfgang Dauner, one of the pioneers of both European free jazz and jazz rock, has died at the age of 84. With his own groups and with the United Jazz+Rock Ensemble, his playing and compositions were a prominent presence in European jazz from the mid-60s until just recently. » Read more

2020-01-12
Michael Allison RIP – Michael Allison, who since 1997 has been recording as Darshan Ambient, passed away on January 9th after a long and brave battle with cancer. He has been at at the forefront of the new ambient/electronic music scene, with over eighteen releases to his credit. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

The Moody Blues - The Magnificent Moodies – In December '64 The Moody Blues first hit the U.K. charts with a cover of U.S. soul singer Bessie Banks' "Go Now," with its expansive harmonies sounding a bit like a British take on the Righteous...  (2007) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues