Artist

MUSEO ROSENBACH

Stefano "Lupo" Galifi (vocals)
Enzo Merogno (guitar, vocals)
Pit Corradi (keyboards)
Alberto Moreno (bass, piano)
Giancarlo Golzi (drums, percussion, vocals)

Name Museo Rosenbach and you'll see a sparkle in the eyes of every european prog fan, their Zarathustra being usually considered as one of the best examples of the genre to come from outside England. Yet the band was not so successful at the time, even having problems for their supposed right-wing inclinations coming from the all-black cover, the Mussolini image in LP collage, the Nietzsche-inspired lyrics.

The group, initially named Inaugurazione Museo Rosenbach, was created around 1971 from the fusion of two late 60's bands from Sanremo, La Quinta Strada and Il Sistema, and their first line-up included future Celeste member Leonardo Lagorio on sax and flute, and singer Walter Franco. The only recordings Il Sistema ever made were released on LP and CD by Mellow in 1991-92, while La Quinta Strada was just a cover band.

The tracks for Zarathustra were ready at the end of 1972, when the band were suddenly contacted for a recording deal by Ricordi, who were interested in promoting new progressive groups such as Banco del Mutuo Soccorso and Reale Accademia di Musica and the album was released in April 1973.

The long Zarathustra suite on side one is probably their best effort, with slight classical influences and keyboards in evidence as in the best Italian prog tradition, but side two with three shorter tracks has some great moments. Vocalist "Lupo" Galifi has a very distinctive voice and keyboard player Pit Corradi adds a touch of originality to the band sound.

Museo Rosenbach had a short life, splitting soon after the album and some good concerts in the summer of 1973, and the two posthumous CD's released by Mellow let us understand what a great band they were. 
Drummer Giancarlo Golzi experienced a great commercial success with his later band Matia Bazar, still lasting today.

A new 10-track album, Exit, has been released in 2000 by original bassist Alberto Moreno and drummer Giancarlo Golzi along with new members, in a more commercial direction than their brilliant debut album.
The most recent product by the new line-up is an appearance on the Kalevala 3-CD box set by the French label Musea, dedicated to the finnish traditional epic, with a song called Fiore di vendetta.

Singer "Lupo" Galifi formed new group Il Tempio delle Clessidre, that often plays excerpts from Zarathustra in concert. Their eponymous album has been issued in 2010 by Black Widow (BWR 123).

In 2012 a new line-up of Museo Rosenbach featuring original members Galifi, Golzi and Moreno with guitarists Sandro Libra and Max Borelli, keyboardist Fabio Meggetto and bassist Andy Senis issued a CD containing a remake of their 1973 classic, entitled Zarathustra - Live in studio. In 2013 this line-up has issued a new studio album entitled Barbarica and played in Japan, for a concert released as a double CD, Live in Tokyo.

 

 

LP
Zarathustra Ricordi (SMRL 6113) 1973 gatefold textured cover - some copies have the record opening on the bottom seam
  Contempo (CONTE 004) 1990 gatefold glossy cover - exists with both orange/black and all black labels
  RCA/Sony (88697 42819 1) 2009 numbered reissue of the 1973 album with gatefold cover
Rarities Mellow (MMLP 102) 1992 single cover - demos and unreleased tracks


CD
Zarathustra Contempo (CONTECD 004) 1990 reissue of 1973 album - now deleted
  BMG/Ricordi (74321-53184-2) 1997 as above - now deleted
  BMG (74321-98452-2) 2003 as above with mini-LP gatefold cover - now deleted
  BMG (88697-85363-2) 2011 as above with mini-LP gatefold cover
Live '72 Mellow (MMP 102) 1992 live recording from 1972
Rare and unreleased Mellow (MMP 103) 1992 1972 demos with expanded line-up and unreleased tracks
Exit Carisch (CL77) 2000 new album by revised line-up
Zarathustra - Live in studio Immaginifica (ARS IMM 1011) 2012 new album with original members
Barbarica Immaginifica (ARS IMM 1017) 2013 new studio album
Live in Tokyo Immaginifica (ARS IMM 1025) 2014 2CD - recorded live in Japan
 

VARIOUS ARTISTS COMPILATIONS

Kalevala
(with Fiore di vendetta)
Musea (FGBG 4463.AR) - France 2003 3-CD box based on finnish national epic of the same name

    

One of the masterpieces of the Italian prog, Zarathustra is obviously rare and expensive. The album has been reissued on vinyl by Contempo, and both the issues have a gatefold cover, that's textured in the original. 
Two different versions exist of the original cover, with the same artwork but one has the record inserted from the right side, the other from the bottom side. Even if the latter looks like an error soon corrected with a new pressing, it's impossible to determine which came out first.
The Contempo reissue exists with both an orange/black label identical to the original one and an all-black label with white rim.
A new vinyl reissue came out in 2009, in a limited numbered series.
It was
reissued on CD in March 2003 by BMG with mini-LP gatefold cover and obi, as part of their "Dei di un perduto rock" series, and later repressed in October of the same year when a second batch of those CD's came out.
The CD was announced by BMG as being also available with standard jewel case (cat.no. 74321-98450-2) but was probably never issued in this form.

A Japanese vinyl issue exists (King K22P280), and this was released with both single and gatefold cover. A CD reissue was made by BMG Japan (BVCM-37425) in 2004 with a textured gatefold mini-LP cover identical to the original.
An old Korean bootleg LP reissue also exists, with single cover and cat.no 86 (unknown label reproduced Ricordi design).

No counterfeits nor other foreign issues exist.

The Rarities LP and Rare and unreleased CD contain different tracks, all from their 1972 demos with some live recordings made before Zarathustra.

Zarathustra - LP

Zarathustra - inner gatefold

Rarities - LP

Live '72 CD

Rare and unreleased CD

Exit - CD

Zarathustra-Live in studio - CD

Barbarica - CD Live in Tokyo - CD

 

Zarathustra is an exceptional album, very complex and well done. This is one of those albums you must listen to first; a heavy, melodic, intelligent and atmospheric masterpiece.
The A side involves only one song with different sub themes. Sub theme L'ultimo uomo which begins with a very distinct theme song and with vocals rising in volume. The other that stands out of this 19 min. opus is Superuomo an energetic theme with a great Hammond sound. 
Side B has three heavier songs that display Museo Rosenbach's ability to fuse heaviness with melodic incursions. Dell'eterno ritorno is probably the best highlight from this side. Starting with moog sounds, acoustic guitars and flutes and then exploding into a heavy fast paced number. The drumming on this part is excellent coupled with a great fuzzed guitar and terrific vocals. It then calms downs with a beautiful hammond riff that is followed by excellent vocals only to explode again into a grand finale.

  Juan Carlos Lopez

 

 



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"Lupo" Galifi with Il Tempio delle Clessidre
Genova, 23-jan-2009
  
  
Il Tempio delle Clessidre
Prato, Siddharta, 11-dec-2010
  
Il Tempio delle Clessidre
Foto promozionali 2011

 

 

The band has an official website with discography and information at http://www.museo.it

Il Tempio delle Clessidre, the group featuring singer Stefano "Lupo" Galifi, has a webpage on MySpace, and a video from their Zarathustra concert on YouTube.

 

 

Thanks to Vincenzo Gatti and Fabio Gremo for information and pictures