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Maxophone, from Milan, formed in 1973 as a six-piece with an unusual assortment of instruments, due to their past experience as music students.
A band of great talents and musicianship, their only LP, released in 1975, came too late to compete with the most important Italian bands of the genre and went sadly unnoticed.

Maxophone, released on the Produttori Associati label (along with Duello Madre one of the few ventures in rock records by this label) is a marvellous album, full of dreamy atmospheres and complex horn arrangements, with good vocal parts in a Genesis style. The opening C’è un paese al mondo was even released as a single at the time, but they didn’t reach the success they’d deserve with a better production and a good label promotion.
An English-sung version was also released to launch the group abroad, but this was an unsuccessful choice, and the Italian version is usually considered better.

The band disbanded after a final single in 1977.
Sax and flute player Leonardo Schiavone had a short collaboration with Stormy Six at the end of the 70’s.

A wonderful release to celebrate the memory of such a band, is the From cocoon to butterfly box set, issued by BTF in 2005 and containing a CD with 10 tracks, demo and alternate versions with many unreleased cuts, and a DVD with 4 TV recordings, a new track recorded in 2005 and interviews with all the band members reunited in this occasion.


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  • beer_snob

    Brilliant \m/

    28 Set 2012 Responder
  • jojufuca

    Al mancato compleanno di una farfalla è una delle più belle canzoni che abbia mai ascoltato. Non c'è nessun secondo sprecato quando si ascolta. La musica e le parole si uniscono perfettamente per portarci in un viaggio etereo. Non capisco come mai non abbiano creato più album, suppongo che la frase in spagnolo ''de lo bueno, poco'' funzioni bene qui. Ero sicuro che nel mio paese non erano conosciuti, ma speravo che negli altri lo fossero, ma hanno soltanto ''1.421 oyentes'', che terribile. È un tesoro che coloro che lo scoprino sapranno apprezzare.

    3 Mai 2012 Responder
  • myk_

    I'm looking at "927 listeners" and I can't believe. I don't uderstand. Hm, I think I won't understand. 'Underrated' isn't enough in such situations... very sad.

    10 Set 2010 Responder
  • whimsicaldude

    I'm giving Maxophone another spin; The "canterburian" sound hooks me in to distinguish it from the more symphonic bands! I'm really loving it now! The Italians sure did progressive rock the right way, at least for me!

    14 Abr 2010 Responder
  • sobreviviente11

    put away the english version! words really doesn't matter that much, and this music definitelly goes better with italian language

    5 Ago 2009 Responder
  • DandyWalking

    Those first track of Maxophone English version sounds too hard like Genesis and are pretty bade. But "Fase"... !

    4 Ago 2009 Responder
  • ikarus999

    a really incredible album!!

    23 Jul 2009 Responder
  • hi-leaves

    nice ·: )

    4 Jun 2009 Responder
  • Kerwin_Rigby

    If you like Maxophone, come join us at start a new topic, post videos, talk about the latest news on italian prog. everybody is welcome : )

    27 Abr 2009 Responder
  • DreamsMerchant

    grandiosi, una perla nascosta. (they're awesome, a forbidden pearl)

    19 Abr 2009 Responder
  • sobreviviente11

    oh my, I've become an addict. what a shame there's only one album :( :( :(

    6 Mar 2009 Responder
  • sobreviviente11

    one of my favourite from Italian Symphonic Prog genre :)

    15 Fev 2009 Responder
  • northern_lumi

    Unique band!

    20 Dez 2008 Responder
  • El_Faber

    Ciao !! non pensavo davvero, io ho la fortuna d essere un allievo di Sandro Lorenzetti ! il batterista !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hy !! i don't believe, i study drum with sandro lorenzetti, the maxophone's drummer !!!!

    22 Out 2008 Responder
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    7 Out 2008 Responder
  • -woodpecker-

    sounds extremely good :)

    17 Jan 2008 Responder
  • oleway


    16 Nov 2007 Responder

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