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The River - Both sides of the story

by Marco De Angelis

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radio 00:21
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Tell Me Why 05:21
Tell Me Why Standing in this shattered world Wipe the past away While the brightest dreams are falling down I’m just searching for the way And the beating of my heart, pounding loud Asks the skies Tell me why... No answer came from up above No sound that I could use All those dreams I can’t replace No seed to start a bloom And the pieces of my life, spinning ‘round This barren room Tell me why…
3.
Black Stare 05:04
Black Stare Looking down, through the window a glance over my soul sinking down, through the deepness I’m waiting... Something I can understand something that I know hoping it will seem worthwhile and meaningful And the world, outside my window seems dense, cars drifting slow raining down, like a blanket so silent... My dreams and countless regrets drowning in this maze, through this dripping window pane, nothing’s real Memories crash, on ripping waters against this wall of recrimination and ice memories crash, and hide away the truth and all my mistakes and guilt, all I see is just a black stare reflected in the glass and all the doors slammed shut I wish I could wipe all these raindrops away, and see clearly now it’s all out there just a glimpse in the distance, just out of reach maybe if I run I’ll be able to catch it, to make it mine then I’ll find my way, back home from this wrong place.
4.
One Love 05:21
One Love There's a place where dreams come from ain't so easy road, not at all and it's hard to find it if your mind is that wrong. It's a place you'd better watch in just take a big breath then dive deeply into it and your eyes will see what you've always been see the light, the heat. One song can change your life, if you sing it loud one soul can warm your tired arms one bowl can feed the crowd if it's full of love one love will let you shine. Don't be afraid to care, smile at someone else when the night comes down, just unlock your heart, share the light the heat. One song can change your life, if you sing it loud one cloud means the sky will cry one tree will thank the cloud, for those drops of life one love will get you high. One song can change your life, if you sing it loud one soul can warm your tired arms one man can change the world, giving peace a chance one love will get you high.
5.
Snowbound 04:47
Snowbound Spoke to a girl just like me we didn't get on too well scent of wine waves like mine couldn't really tell then she cuts me off a slice of pride as I prepare to start. Take me to a place of glory found a spot to lie rack those brain seal them closed whatever makes her cry and then she offers up her integrity and now believes that she's gonna fly high So alone a razor thought and it turned her around left alone erase a thought as it turned her around found a place to go, space to grow, sowed the seed harvest the ground the winds turned cold now she's snowbound. Gliding through the market where sounds have a scent the sun's so low those eyes are wet Trying to find smiling faces in stone, watch amazed how the grass grow but everytime she looks back, the room seems bear the homecoming is heard so clearly So alone... Skies unfold, trying to find smiling faces in stone but everytime she looks back the room seems bear and everytime she looks back it seems quite clear So alone..
6.
Never Look Back Nana nana na nana, Nana nana na nana Flame burns before the cold, do you know the way to make it last forever? Pain doesn't stop to hurt, do you really need to make it last forever? Days run fast. Do you think their shadows should be lasting forever? Before your time has gone, you need to know. Nana nana na nana, Nana nana na nana Your life is mind and blood, waste his time who tries to make it last forever. Beyond the distant trees, go and seize the days before they leave you forever. Here and now is the rule to let this moment living forever. Before your time has gone, you really need to now. Somewhere a breeze is drifting over a golden road. Look straight on your way to go, keep your eyes wide, don't change your course. Never look back, never look back to the harbor where you came from, no... Nana nana na nana, Nana nana na nana Somewhere a breeze is drifting over a golden road. Look straight on your way to go, keep your eyes wide, don't change your course. Never look back, never look back to the harbor where you came from, no... Nana nana na nana, Nana nana na nana
7.
This Time 06:31
This Time I've got no prize, I've got no crown to show you what I am, but.... I've got empty heart and empty bed in the crowded space out there What's gone is gone and I don't give a damn just living day by day. If a dream should catch my heart again, I'll be there. Try to find the way you are, walking down the streets. Recognize the faces and smile, blessing all your dreams. And when you look back on your path there's nothing to disown. Don't let 'em stop your walk, pack your stuff and go. Get out of their screaming world Put smile on their fucking words Dark blind eyes, bleary minds, still surprise they ain't so much to feel? Like a swarm of kinetic souls, they won't get, they won't get me. Not this time. This time, this time........
8.
Regrets 07:51
Regrets Flown away, through the clouds tears and smile, old lullabies, from my past I can see them all, dazed by my imagination I play with their ghosts and lay down, among my, regrets. Digging down beneath the growing mud bones of my soul, it's all I have from a past that won't return my river has no mouth. Flown away, through the clouds tears and smiles, your sweetest eyes, by my side some lonely footsteps... on my private sunset. Why.... the night is gettin' longer can you see me from your side? (can you hear me when I cry?) Why.... the dark keeps on surrounding me I cannot move, I cannot fly is this the only way to keep you tight?
9.
Take It Away 06:28
Take It Away Stepping out, dressed up to shock, you'll move in around Leather trick, I can't tell your own, it grows up your score I gotta tell you hun, your lips move but i can't hear what you're saying Something in my head keeps on crying me out to run away Don't try to use you bottom, babe, take it away from me Your smile could make my sorrow, babe, take it away from me I gotta tell you hun, you look like a beach to an hopeless cast away eyes Till he'll find out how this island will so soon turn into hell Don't try to use you bottom, babe, take it away from me Your smile could make my sorrow, babe, take it away from me Don't try to use you bottom... Don't try to use you bottom, babe, take it away from me Your smile could make my sorrow, babe, take it away from me Don't try to use you bottom, babe, take it away from me Your smile would be my sorrow, babe, take it away from me ...take it away from me ...babe, take it away from me ...babe, take it away from me
10.
What Do You Feel Now? What do you feel now...? What do you need now...? Now that your dreams die under the sun What do you feel now...? What do you miss now...? Now that your sun fades into the night now that your life fades into the night Do you smile now...? Do you cry now...? Echoes of past days are leaving your time Do you beg now...? Do you pray now...? Dead grows up faster into your life
11.
Fly High 06:54
Fly High Don't be afraid to fly high, don't worry man, this is your world. Throw away your pain and fly high, don't worry man, this is your way. Here we go, it's the next leg on this lonely road. Crazy thing, life goes on, so you find yourself still moving on Don't be afraid to fly high, don't worry man, this is your world. Throw away your pain and fly high, don't worry man, this is your world. Don't be afraid to fly high, don't worry man, this is your world. Running in the rain and fly high, don't worry man, this is your way Years ago..., I was drawing big waves to ride on. Ripples on a flat sea..., after all is what I learned to see. Passing through the night, deaf and blind, the light is over. Passing through my life, I've seen the Love spread out and die. But holds on, over me... Don't be afraid to fly high, don't worry man, this is your world. Throw away your pain and fly high, don't worry man, this is your world Don't be afraid to fly high, don't worry man, this is your world. Running in the rain and fly high, don't worry man, this is your way Don't be afraid to fly high...
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Our Trail Of Tears This face has no name. Red shadows through the rain Born upon the prairie where the wind blew free And nothing broke the light of sun from God and me Now, hopes are dust, memories burning fast Walking through these empty years Forefathers cry our trail of tears And the sky is broken now Don't know when and how I live in the wind. I am small and weak Let me walk in beauty and make my eyes behold The Spirit so that I may understand the world Oh Great Mystery, I don't know what I'm seeing Walking through these empty years Forefathers cry our trail of tears and the sky is broken now Don't know when and how And make my eyes respect The trees, the wind, the last sunset And if my heart and mind is one It's not been vain our trail of tear

about

First of all the title.

With very few exceptions, titles in all forms of artistic expression are more than a mere piece of information on what the body of work is about. In the case of “The River”, the title introduces the actual meaning of the composition, the motivations that inspired it. It is a consistent theme throughout the various phases of its creation, execution, recording and in its future representation. In this era of ‘liquid’ music, of songs which are shuffled and bundled randomly in mp3player, ‘The River’ brings us back to the glorious but almost forgotten tradition of the ‘concept’ piece. It is therefore not a collection of songs but a homogeneous and coherent body of work in which lyrics, music and arrangements fuse together harmoniously within this concept of a “river”, a place of influx of and at the same time an outlet for almost thirty years of music research as a composer, musician, arranger and producer and which finds its most accomplished expression in this work. A concept, an image, a suggestion - that one of the river – that lends itself to multiple interpretations, none of which excludes the others. Here it represents life, with the two river banks representing the dualism in which all human beings exist: a reality which is made up of good and evil, male and female, life and death, night and day. It is the river that we travel on and in which we identify ourselves, choosing to stop on one or other of its banks, sometimes yearning for and missing the other and in which we get dragged through by the current and by the whims of chance. This concept is further underpinned by the subtitle –“ Both Sides of the Story” – which bounces from one song of the album to another, and will be a key element in the live performance dimension, which is an integral part of this project. You are all welcome…the river awaits!


Background Magazine (NL) +
"The River (Both Sides Of The Story) is an album that contains only strong compositions and never gets boring. During the time I listened to it in order to write this review, I enjoyed it every time I gave it a spin in my CD player. And every time I heard new things that I haven't heard before.
I truly hope that people who listen to this album will have the same musical experience as I had. I thoroughly enjoyed this fantastic concept album which is strongly related to the music made by Pink Floyd and Peter Gabriel! So thumbs up for Marco De Angelis and the contributors who succeeded in creating an amazing progressive rock album!"

Progsheet (USA) +
"If I were to give River's sound a "tag," I would call it progressive with strong melodies and interesting rhythms. Not out of place with Riverside or Porcupine Tree minus the crunch. Throw in a pinch of recent era Fish. A very nice blend. Songs like Tell Me Why, Black Stare, and Regrets are full of emotion and strong melodies. Performances are immaculate. Very well crafted compositions with interesting lyrics. Radio friendly yet with an exotic tinge. Sonically incredible - the album sounds like it was recorded in the best studio you've ever heard! Quite a pleasant surprise and very much worth a listen!"

Lady Obscure Magazine (UK) +
"Conclusions then, in the main The River is an excellent album with its roots in 80’s classic rock but a definite prog edge showing through, no more so than when Marco plays those epic Gilmour tinged guitar solos. I love the songwriting, the great vocals (both lead and backing) and the total construction of the album. If, like myself, you are a child of the 80’s and loved the great classic and prog rock bands of that era or, if you just want to hear some fantastic songwriting and music, then you could, and should, listen to The River – Both Sides of the Story."

Justin Case Prog Radio (GRE) +
"Concluding, this review I have to say that this is a qualitative concept album that combines touches of deep emotional elements with a highly pleasant prog listening experience! A rare combination!"

Music from the other side of the room (USA) +
"I have listened to The River three times already and Marco is truly a virtuoso musician along with Marcello Catalano's beautiful vocals, and Cristiano Micalizzi's drumming is staggering as well. And when he puts his toes in the water to see where he would take the music into, is quite interesting and he would take the band members with him to see where the yellow brick road will take them into. But all in all, this is an awe-inspiring and transcendent concept album that will take listeners to a journey they never dreamed of."

Prog-resiste Magazine (BEL) +
"Clairement, on n’invente rien ici, il n’y a aucune exploration hasardeuse, mais perso, je n’en ai rien à caler : j’ai passé une heure bercé par une musique splendide, plus proche des prés ensoleillés que des écuries."

Exposè Magazine (USA) +
"While The River… may reside on the accessible side of modern progressive rock and not challenge the listener with mind-jarring complexity in every measure, it remains as evidence that there is still plenty of room for forward growth within this genre.
Highly recommended."

The Rocktologist (PL) +
"De Angelis presents himself with a very slick art rock sound at first. The most impressive element are the vocal harmonies, where De Angelis utilises his guests to the maximum. He does build upon his sound gradually, with some sensual and effective guitar soloing, reminiscent of David Gilmour. Even the music takes on some Pink Floyd characteristics, particularly from their 80s and 90s period. Add to the mixture a dash of modern melody-driven (alternative) progressive rock and you're faced with a very satisfying musical journey. At the end of the day, the album has only positive values that can be attributed to it and all respect to Marco De Angelis for getting it right the first time. I'm sure this is only the start of his musical voyage and a sign of things to come."

The Progressive Rock Files Magazine (USA) +
"For a guy who started to play music the first time he picked up an instrument at the age of ten back in 1972, it’s taken Marco De Angelis quite a few decades to bring his musical vision to fruition and while it’s not the most complex progressive rock you’ll ever hear, it is a very satisfying listen. Fans of Barclay James Harvest, RPWL of course Pink Floyd will find much music here to appreciate and enjoy."

Ximphonia Radio (NL) +
"It is an album with two pretty distinct faces: on one side you have uptempo songs who are clearly influenced by Mike + The Mechanics. On the other side you have atmospheric songs which keep me thinking of and at times even literally quoting from the oeuvre of Pink Floyd although interestingly it mostly seems to go towards the direction of The Final Cut and The Division Bell. De Angelis however manages to unite these two disparate faces into a cohesive whole and has created an album that deserves to be much more widely known."

Neoprog Magazine (FRA) +
"J’ai beaucoup comparé The River avec d’autres artistes, pardon. L’album ne se résume pas à ça bien entendu. La musique de Marco possède sa propre identité même si on trouvera toujours des similitudes (à force d’écouter trop de musique…). Il s’agit d’un très beau concept album, des titres qui se suivent agréablement, à écouter dans le bon ordre, agrémentés de textes qu’il faut découvrir pour en profiter pleinement.
On va pouvoir fatalement reprocher à Marco sa proximité avec Fish et Gabriel, ou alors au contraire le louer pour ça, je suis de ce dernier groupe. Avec une très belle qualité de son, un livret réussi, The River est un excellent album de crossover progressif qu’il ne faut manquer sous aucun prétexte."

Musikzirkus (DE) +
"Mit „The River“ ist Marco De Angelis ein wunderbares Werk gelungen, dass Neo-Prog mit Melodicrock verbindet und das für mich eine der Entdeckungen des Jahres darstellt. Vor allem die eingängigen Melodien und der gut produzierte (glatte) Klang setzen sich schnell im Ohr fest. Eine CD, die ich sehr empfehlen kann."

Progressive Rock Magazine (BRA) +
"The River” is a solid work by Marco de Angelis, but as the music stays on the bordering line between sophisticated British Pop-Rock and typical Neo-Progressive style, a shall recommend this album only for fans of “Marillion”, the latest albums of “Genesis” & “Pink Floyd”, the solo works of “Peter Gabriel”, “Fish”, and “Phil Collins"."

ProgShine (PL) +
"Having explained this, The River: Both Sides Of The Story (2013) is a good album, it’s just not Prog enough for my standards. If you like a good mix of Prog Rock and Pop Rock with a big Neo Prog accent you’re going to love it."

Baby Blaue Magazine (DE) +
"The River – Both sides of the story“ ein sehr unterhaltsames, moderat vertracktes, angeproggtes Melodic Rock-Album geworden. Macht (mir) Spaß!"

MusicWaves Media (FRA) +
"Avec une très belle qualité de son, un livret réussi, The River est un excellent album de rock progressif. Marco De Angelis et son combo ont donné vie à un premier album agréable marqué par ses inspirations primordiales. Le groupe devra pour la suite s'affranchir quelque peu de ses références et peaufiner son caractère, afin de suivre sa propre voie à l'image de groupes comme RPWL, avec le succès que l'on connait."

credits

released September 1, 2013

Produced › Marco De Angelis
All songs written and arranged › Marco De Angelis
except:
'Our Trail Of Tears' written › Marco De Angelis / Puzzle
All lyrics › Marco De Angelis
except:
'Tell Me Why', 'Black Stare' › Marco De Angelis / Odette Albani
'Our Trail Of Tears' › Marcello Catalano
'Snowbound' › Sham Hinchey
Recorded, engineered and mixed › Marco De Angelis
Acoustic guitars session recorded › Maurizio Capitini
Additional post-pro mixing › Fabrizio Facioni
Recording studio › Soundtrack Studio, Revolver studio
Mastered › Sue Brown
Mastering studio › The Crypt Mastering
All photos › Pamela Pompei
Thanks to › My family, Fabio Massimo Colasanti
Valentina Colasanti, Alberto Maria Castagna
Riccardo M. Alfano, Iain Davidson
© ® 2013 Marco De Angelis
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Marco De Angelis Rome, Italy

Italian solo artist, songwriter, musician, audio engineer, record producer.
Started his musical journey when he was 10 and puts for the very first time his hands on a musical instrument. Since that day he gained a wide experience in musical instruments field, from acoustic/ethno to last generation electronic gear. He is one of the few Italian Chapman Stick player. Plays guitar, bass and keyboards. ... more

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