Zarathustra (album)

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Zarathustra
Studio album by Museo Rosenbach
Released April 1973
Recorded 1972
Genre Progressive rock
Length 39:33
Label BMG Records
Museo Rosenbach chronology
Zarathustra Rare and Unreleased

Zarathustra is a progressive rock album released in 1973 by the Italian band Museo Rosenbach. It is generally regarded as one of the best Italian progressive rock works of all time.

Controversially, the lyrics compose a concept album of Nietzsche's philosophy, particularly Also sprach Zarathustra. The song titles translate into The Last Man, The King of Yesterday, Beyond Good and Evil, Übermensch, The Temple of Hourglasses, Of Man, Of Nature, and Of the Eternal Return.

The music has been edited by bassist Alberto Moreno, texts from external collaborator Mauro La Luce. Side A of the vinyl is completely occupied by the long suite Zarathustra, side B includes the remaining three songs, which relate thematically to the first part by the expression of the concept album, so dear to progressive rock groups

The album was a commercial failure mainly because of the boycott of RAI, which was suspicious of the group because of the themes (the quote from Nietzsche could refer to ideologies of Far-right) and the bust of Mussolini pictured in the collage on the cover, the work by the illustrator Cesare Monti.

The singer, Stefano Galifi, later joined an art rock band named Il Tempio delle Clessidre (The Temple of Hourglasses), quoting the title of the track.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "Zarathustra" - 19:11
    • "Zarathustra: L'Ultimo Uomo" – 3:55
    • "Zarathustra: Il Re di Ieri" – 4:40
    • "Zarathustra: Al di Là del Bene e del Male" – 2:39
    • "Zarathustra: Superuomo" – 6:25
    • "Zarathustra: Il Tempio delle Clessidre" – 2:52
Side two
  1. "Degli Uomini" – 4:04
  2. "Della Natura" – 8:28
  3. "Dell'Eterno Ritorno" – 6:18

Personnel[edit]

  • Giancarlo Golzi – drums, percussion, vocals
  • Alberto Moreno – bass and piano
  • Enzo Merogno – guitar, vocals
  • Pit Corradi – mellotron, Hammond organ, vibraphone, Farfisa electric piano
  • Stefano Galifi – vocals

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