Sunday, February 18, 2018

Amedeo Tommasi ‎– High Tension (1980, LP, Italy)

'High Tension' is a masterpiece of moog fx with jazz rhythm. Check out the title track 'High Tension', where B-movie style basslines meet deep funky drums and hypnotic piano riffs. Also check the track 'Strategia Della Tensione'-heavy jazzy fast drums with techno style fx... Dope!

Lato A
A1 Terrorismo (2:33)
A2 Indagine (3:04)
A3 Attimo Tragico (2:16)
A4 Attimo Tragico - 2 Version (2:30)
A5 Fascia Ossessiva (3:05)
A6 Ipertensione Ossessiva (3:11)
A7 Action (2:21)
Lato B
B1 Strategia Della Tensione (3:05)
B2 Attentato (3:08)
B3 Attentato - 2 Version (3:15)
B4 Psicosi Oggi (2:56)
B5 Mafia (2:23)
B6 High Tension (2:34)

Egisto Macchi ‎– Africa Minima (1972, LP, Italy)

This is a masterful blend of percussion, electronics, minimalistic passages and a slight bit of harder-hitting experimentations, all held together under the leadership of the revered composer Egisto Macchi – making this album's one of the greatest Italian library of the 70s. First reissue, coproduced with Andrea Galtieri (Cavalier Piscopo). Originally released on Ayna Records in 1972 as a private pressing, Africa Minimais the pinnacle of Egisto Macchi's rare LPs, being released at the time in an edition thought to be as low as 1 (!!!!). Super rad percussive music, as minimal as it is experimental, created for an obscure late-'70s documentary.
Lato A
A1 Jungla I (4:42)
A2 Jungla II (2:38)
A3 Avvoltoi (2:30)
A4 Tamburi Della Tribù (4:15)
A5 Gli Animaletti Della Foresta (3:13)
A6 Gli Elefanti (3:25)
Lato B
B1 Caccia Grossa (2:48)
B2 Le Scimmie (2:28)
B3 Gli Esploratori (4:27)
B4 La Luna E Il Fiume (3:36)
B5 La Casa Dei Bianchi (2:10)
B6 Gli Ippopotami (3:36)

Errata Corrige ‎– Siegfried, Il Drago E Altre Storie (1976, LP, Italy)

A privately pressed and very rare album, Siegfried, il drago e altre storie was the first and only LP released by this Turin band, that was active from 1974 and that had previously recorded two tapes and some tracks posthumously released on CD in early 90's.
The band was initially a trio with no name, then a quartet that only took its name Errata Corrige when newcomer Mike Abate replaced previous guitarist Cardellino. Two demo-tapes, entitled Da mago a musicista and Saturday il cavaliere were released by the early line-ups.
After their latest concert at Teatro Carignano in Turin in June 1975 and the following breakup, the musicians decided to record in a studio some of their compositions as a document of their past activity. These recordings were issued on LP in 1976, with fantasy-inspired lyrics and dreamy soft-prog atmospheres not unlike Celeste in their first album or Pierrot Lunaire. More complex arrangements and rhythm changes make this an attractive and original sounding record. Band members play a long list of instruments with good musicianship and the result is absolutely positive. italianprog
Lato A
A1. Viaggio di Saggezza (2:36) 
A2. Del Cavaliere Citadel e del Drago della Foresta di Lucanor 
a) Il Richiamo (0:40) 
b) Nella Foresta (1:23) 
c) Il Drago (3:25) 
d) Fuggi Citadel! (2:40) 
e) Ritorno al Villaggio (1:44) 
Lato B
B1. Siegfried (Leggenda) (7:12) 
B2. Siegfried (Mito) (4:48) 
B3. Dal Libro di Bordo Dell Adventure (5:47) 
B4. Saturday il Cavaliere (8:00) (cd bonus track)

Mike Abate / piano, organ, elka strings, synthesizers 
Marco Cimino / cello, flute 
Gianni Cremona / drums, bass 
Guido Giovino / electric guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals

In 2015, along with the vinyl reissue of Siegfied, il drago e altre storie, the Black Widow label also released a CD+DVD version with new recordings of the album tracks played by the four original musicians with some guests.

Carlo Siliotto ‎– Ondina (1979, LP, Italy)

Carlo Siliotto is a Golden Globe nominated Film composer. Since 1984 he has written music for over a hundred projects, ranging from theatrical features to documentaries and television series. Carlo’s ability to blend modern sonorities with the melodic traditions of Italian film music has been a passport for working alongside many established directors.
Carlo began playing guitar and violin at an early age, and pursued formal studies in composition at the Conservatory of Frosinone. He was among the founders of the popular folk band Canzoniere del Lazio (1973-1980). The group released six albums, revisiting traditional songs and music from Southern Italy and mixing musical styles, particularly combining rock, jazz and classical music with Mediterranean and ethnic music. Over the years the group went on several national and international tours, playing all across Europe and in several African countries, such as Somalia, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, Kenya.
After the dissolution of Canzoniere, Carlo released a concept album Ondina with the label Polygram, and took a leading role as violinist and composer for Carnascialia, a project involving many prominent artists in the italian folk and rock scene of the 1970’s. Between 1980 and 1984 Carlo was also featured as a violinist, composer and arranger on several albums by some of Italy’s most acclaimed songwriters, such as Domenico Modugno, Antonello Venditti and Francesco De Gregori.
In addition to his work for the silver screen, Carlo is a prolific composer of concert music. His latest suite O’ Patrone d’o Cane was released in the U.S. by La-La Land Records, and abroad by Cinéfonia Records and Deltadischi. Carlo currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.
Lato A
A1. Filodiperle (2:34)
A2. Il Mare Salato (4:42)
A3. Le Stelle Dietro Le Nuvole (3:39)
A4. L'Isola Di Lamu (4:52)
Lato B
La Storia Di Ondina
B1. L'Uragano (2:37)
B2. Porto D'Oriente (2:52)
B3. C'è Una Donna (7:52)
B4. Ondina (5:21)

Arranged, Music, Lyrics, Vocals, Violin, Guitar, Mixed By – Carlo Siliotto
Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone – Enzo Walls
Drums, Percussion – Marcello Vento
Electric Bass, Bassoon – Marco Vannozzi
Electric Guitar – Claudio Prosperini
Grand Piano – Danilo Rea
Guitar, Percussion – Rodolfo Lamorgese
Mandolin, Mandola, Guitar, Backing Vocals – Renato ''Mandolino'' Bartolini
Marimba – Claudio Pizzale
Soprano Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone – Marco Valentini
Talking Drum, Percussion – Giorgio Vivaldi
Timbales, Percussion – Walter Gonini
Trumpet, Flugelhorn [Soprano, Tenor] – Lillo Butticè
Violin – Riccardo Pellegrino
Vocals – Edda Dell'Orso
Vocals, Backing Vocals – Luisella Mantovani, Maria Nunzia Tambara

Locanda Delle Fate ‎– Forse Le Lucciole Non Si Amano Più (1977, Italy)

The birth of the band of Piedmont, whose name is borrowed from a short article originated in a newspaper regarding a brothel to be closed, is to be found just before the mid-'70s.A trio of musicians composed by Oscar Mazzoglio ( keyboards), Luciano Boero (bass) and Giorgio Gardino (drums), after the dissolution of a R&B group operating in the Asti area, the "Sound & Music", decided to found a rock-pop, in order to play in the dance halls, for fun and, overall , in order to share the common passion for music. The repertoire ranges from the cover of rock legends such as Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Chicago, etc.. The band then began to be refined by adding in its own small staff of talented three other elements: the guitarist Alberto Gaviglio, Ezio Vevey (vocals and guitar) and Michele Conta, exquisitely talented pianist, fresh from the conservatory. The band first broadens its horizons to cover the most celebrated and famous myths of Progressive (King Crimson, Genesis, Yes), then realizes that they have sufficient numbers to groped their own path. Having stopped the gigs, the band closes in their rehearsal room for a year and devoted themselves to composing and arranging what would later become his undisputed masterpiece, "Forse le lucciole non si amano più."
Last but not least, Leonardo Sasso joins the party (from the Roman formation "Le Esperienze", from which will emerge later "Il Banco del Mutuo Soccorso"), whose prodigious voice will complete the process and will feature music of Locanda delle Fate. After months and months of hard work and having reached a perfect mix all togheter, they send a demo tape to some Majors hoping to have the famous stroke of luck. That's what happens when the precious parcel falls into the hands of Giorgio Calabrese, author and Rai conductor of a weekly program dedicated to discovering new talent: Locanda delle Fate is summoned to Rome, where in three days in the study 2 of Via Teulada records a half-hour live gig with most of the songs that will later be registered on the future albums (on air in January 1976). Meanwhile, the demo hits two sensitive and competent as Liliana Azzolini and Nico Papathanassiou, brother of the more famous Evanghelo Papathanassiou, alias Vangelis. They are literally fascinated by the superb music offered by the team of Piedmont to the point that Nico decides to personally produce the debut album. Summoned to studies of Phonogram in Milan, in less than thirty days they recorded the amazing "Forse le lucciole non si amano più" ("Maybe the fireflies don't love each other anymore", released in June 1977), considered one of the best albums of Italian progressive rock, that has nothing to deface absolutely with other well-known and most celebrated foreign productions. The delicate and evocative cover by Biagio Cairone and then the illustrator Anna Montecroci, leads us into a magical world of sounds and colors where the excellent arrangements affected unequivocally influences of classical pianist Michele Conta.
The imaginative passages reminds us the delicate and surreal images of early Genesis ("Trespass" and "Nursery Cryme" at all), some lush phrasing characterized by sudden and compelling cuts are typical of the sound structures of Gentle Giant, while the use simultaneous dual keyboard and the presence of a singer with a so powerful voice refer to the experiences of the Banco del Mutuo Soccorso. But one thing is copying, plagiarizing, other is inspiring to the common musical spirit and then evolve a their own way , refining it in a intelligent way. In this connection it seems appropriate to quote some excerpts from an interview given by the group to the journalist Luigi Romagnoli "... Do not forget that before we were composers and creators for a long time we used to listen, repeat and perform music of other groups, and on this we formed tastes and orientations in the creative act; this cannot be forgotten or erased with a sponge. However we were searching for a new line that, while respecting the Italian melody, if we want to call it in this way, has created differentiation and originality of expression especially in the arrangements, in certain rhythms and lyrics-solutions ... ".
The album not only received wide acclaim from critics but also gets reflected in sales certainly positive and encouraging, to the point that for several weeks it appears in the top chart of the magazine "TV Sorrisi e Canzoni". Then the band partecipate to a promotional tour for the album called"... Phonogram mania" , organized by Phonogram with many other bigs (Amanda Lear, Ronnie Jones, Walter Foini, Renato Brioschi, Panda, Leano Morelli, etc..). But the advance of Punk and Disco Music of the above leads to an increasingly strong disinterest of the public towards the bands of Progressive Rock, for which the record company asked the group to review the brave musical choices undertaken so far, giving up the special effects sound, with surreal lyrics in favor of a musical certainly more simplistic and commercial. The new course is done through the creation in 1978, again for Polydor, reduced to a quintet with the single "New York / Nove Lune", very melodic yet tasteful, but that absolutely does not have the strength and evocative power of the songs of the previous albums. The 45 is followed by the publication of the mini-LP "New York", used mainly for radio promotion. The components of the Locanda delle Fate, given the limited evidence of sales and then disappointed by the fact that they could no longer express their real musical vein, decide to close Locanda and abandon the music scene. Only a few years later some of them meet again, this time under the name of "La Locanda", releasing for the label Ri-Fi the almost unknown"Annalisa / Volare un po' più in alto.”
In the late eighties and early nineties, the Italian progressive begins to regain its own public and in 1993 is published a live recording of the Locanda delle Fate, "Locanda live", taken from a live gig of 1977 (Mellow Records). At the same time, the group began to consider the possibility of triggering a "reunion". In 1999 they published the second album of Locanda delle Fate, Homo Homini Lupus. The formation, however, is not the same as the '77 (the singer Leonardo Sasso is missing and the keyboardist Michele Conta appears only in one song). The album is quite popular although considered inferior to the previous year.

On 17 July 2010 the reunion: the Locanda delle Fate has performed in Asti at the festival in "Asti Musica", with the new line up since April 2010, with the founding members Giorgio Gardino on drums, Luciano Boero on bass, Oscar Mazzoglio on keyboards and Leonardo Sasso vocals, with the addition of Max Brignolo on electric guitar and Maurizio Muha on piano and minimoog.