Pholas Dactylus was one of the most interesting bands of Italy's '70s progressive scene. Their only album, 'Concerto Delle Menti' (Concert of the minds), was issued in 1973 on Vittorio De Scalzi's Magma Studio Recording. 'Concerto Delle Menti' is not the average progressive rock, but it's a musical journey through different styles with an experimental approach of great fascination that turns out to be really original and unique in the entire Italian progressive era. This is a 50-minute suite, divided over two sides, with great poetical lyrics and a theatrical feel which sounds really new. Paolo Carelli impresses with his hypnotic voice, and the instrumental parts range from hard progressive to modern electric jazz to psychedelia. Echoes of King Crimson, Jethro Tull, and Magma make this album function like a bridge between progressive and vanguard. A must have. This version also contains a 10-page booklet full of vintage photos of the group, and a 4-page insert that features the lyrics.