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Blocco Mentale

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A minor band from near Viterbo, Blocco Mentale only released an album, called Poa (a greek word written on the cover in greek letters, it means “grass”) in 1973 and soon disappeared after a later single.

As introduced by its title, the seven-track album deals with ecology, lyrics are about pollution, nature, flowers and green grass, sometime with a very naive language typical of the time.

Musically the album has some very interesting moments, but veers toward pop at times. The group has some multivocal parts similar to New Trolls, as all the members are credited with vocals.
A good album but not at the same level of many others in that great 1973.

The band broke up after a more melodic single, L’amore muore a vent’anni, released after the album, but reformed later with the name Limousine.
The new group, more commercially styled, won some important music contests in 1978 and 1979, producing a couple of singles.
Singer/sax player Bernardo Finocchi issued in 1980 under the name Bernardo Lafonte the 4-track mini-LP Sei proprio tu (Lettera A AQ122, with help from Michele Arena, Aldo Angeletti and Filippo Lazzari), and with the same name, along with his wife Francesca Lotà, some religious-inspired records.
Keyboardist Filippo Lazzari died in a road accident in 1991.

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