Mu (album di Riccardo Cocciante del 1972)

Quanti tra gli appassionati di musica sanno che il primo album di Riccardo Cocciante è sviluppato a tema e suonato in stile progressivo? Che ci si creda o meno MU è proprio quel disco inciso da un promettente musicista di 26 anni nel 1972.

9 tracce estese in 4 parti: si parte con l’Intro di oltre quattro minuti fatti di effetti sonori echi, basso, sitar e una coda che lancia Ora che io sono luce, vigorosa in avvio con una chitarra acustica accelerata, poi la potente batteria carica l’andamento e i cori completano l’opera in appena 2′-30″. Coltivò tutte le valli ha una solida base musicale con batteria, chitarra, basso e organo. Quest’ultimo torna protagonista nei 7′ di Uomo, che si divide in una parte poderosa, tipicamente arrabbiata, che vive sulla prestazione di Cocciante per poi confluire in un melodioso e struggente motivo che intona il titolo del brano in simbiosi con una dolce chitarra. Festa suona accattivante col suo motivo tribale in cui echeggia un bel flauto. I tasti d’avorio creano la medievale atmosfera di Era mattino sul mondo, in appoggio un basso appena soffiato. Vita è un pezzo che mette Cocciante sul suo campo preferito quello della grinta inneggiando alla libertà e all’eternità, mentre un ritmo tribale lo accompagna. Il canto di lode A Dio, è sublime, intenso e scandito da un Cocciante in sottrazione vocale, cori angelici e una meravigliosa arpa indiana in lingua madre santoor. Chiude Corpi di creta, un concerto di tasti pulsanti per una cavalcata in cui anche il mellotron, punta di diamante del prog, viene fuori in grande spolvero.

La storia del disco narra del continente MU, da cui proviene il suo titolo, fonte di temi mistici e filosofici che risaltano anche nei titoli dei brani. Inoltre, come si è potuto scorgere negli stessi, c’è un uso di strumenti affascinanti e suggestivi in sintonia con l’identità dell’album: trattasi di flauto, sitar, sintetizzatori e arpa indiana. Episodio singolare nella discografia di Riccardo, MU è per questo e mille altri motivi un opera storica e per molti da scoprire.

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