MoonJune has released yet another live document from a major US prog festival, this time the versatile Italian band Finisterre from their ProgDay appearance in 1997. Having never attended a ProgDay event, it is quite evident from listening to this CD that the whole festival is a very warm, cozy, yet outdoor event. The sound quality of this CD is very pleasing to the ears, and you can just close your eyes and picture Finisterre playing in a field in front of a few hundred joyous progressive rock fans.
The intimate feeling is no more apparent than on the lengthy “Orizzonte Degli Eventi” which features lovely acoustic guitar, flute, and tender Italian vocals. It is one of the bands more mysterious pieces, and even contains some ominous Mellotron as well, squarely in the King Crimson tradition. Lovers of symphonic keyboard sounds will no doubt be pleased with the stylings of Boris Valle, who conjures up colorful backdrops, as well as duels solos with guitarist Stefano Marelli. This is a gorgeous CD, and one that will stand the test of time as an important document of not just a great progressive rock band, but an important festival that helped the rebirth of prog in the 90’s.