Cherry Five LP by Cherry Five

Almost Gone
Distributed title
Legendary LP featuring members of Goblin, recorded before “Profondo Rosso” but released only later in 1976.
Composers Cherry FiveGoblin
Label AMS Records
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Product information
Edition size 400
Rpm 33 1/3
Vinyl color Transparent Purple Vinyl
Vinyl weight 180 Gram

Though the LP cover notes only list two musician's names, singer Tony Tartarini (previously known as Toni Gionta and former singer with L'Uovo di colombo) and drummer Carlo Bordini (that also played in a duo Rustichelli & Bordini), the group also included three members of Goblin, keyboard wizard Claudio Simonetti, guitarist Massimo Morante and bass player Fabio Pignatelli, with the first two of them being credited as composers for all the album tracks.

In fact the group, named Oliver, had been created by Simonetti and MOrante, that also went to England in late 1973. With new singer Tartarini, the group recorded what was to become their first and only in album in 1974, after a name change to Goblin, but it was soon shelved when Carlo Bordini refused to sign a contract with Cinevox, as it could damage his career as a session musician. The others went on with a new drummer, leaving out Bordini and Tartarini and recorded 'Profondo Rosso'. 

The unreleased album was shelved for a couple of years, and only released in January 1976 with the name of Cherry Five (a name that really didn't belong to any real group), and only Tartarini and Bordini were credited on the cover. Even if it's not particuarly representative of the Italian prog sound, the LP is a genuine rarity due to the great world success Goblin achieved with some of their soundtrack works. A keyboard based album, sung in English, Cherry Five has strong influences by the likes of Genesis and Yes, especially in the fluid keyboard parts and powerful bass sound. It contains six long tracks with the opneing 'Country Grave-Yard' and 'The Picture of Dorian Gray'. This last title, translated in Italian as Il Ritratto di Dorian Gray was in fact the name of Claudio Simonetti's first band.


Side A

  1. Country Grave-Yard
  2. The Picture Of Dorian Gray
  3. The Swan Is A Murdere (1 Parte)

Side B

  1. The Swan Is A Murderer (2 Parte)
  2. Oliver
  3. My Little Cloud Land