Writer, teacher and composer Maria Teresa Luciani recorded just a couple of library albums in 1972 on the elusive and rare Fama label (twin label of Pegaso, both under the Ricordi's umbrella). I've never heard (or seen) "Barocco 2000" (FM 8) but here's finally a rip of "Suoni Di Una Città", a wonderful collection of avant-garde electro-acoustic tracks not far from the coeval works of Peymont (Luigi Malatesta), Gerardo Iacoucci ("Simbolismo Psichedelico") or the other Luciani, Antonio Riccardo.
martedì 11 novembre 2014
"While composers like Sorgini and Umiliani usually get all the focus when discussing obscure Italian library LPs, there’s another unsung composer that is really in need of close attention. The versatile A.R Luciani composed for various labels covering a broad range of styles. One of his many interesting LPs is Ambiente E Musica. A very cool set of pastoral Avant Garde and otherwordly electronics. A superb LP issued on the collectable Vroommm label."
James Pianta (Votary, Dual Planet, Roundtable, Monster Planet)
Word to JP. Luciani- born in Palermo, Sicily in 1931- is one of the most consistent composers of the golden age of italian music libraries, with dozens of (good to excellent) albums made for countless labels and publishers. This is one of the rarest and musically challenging of his vast discography, a first in the blogosphere for y'all.
Pubblicato da Little Tony Negri a 11/11/2014 11:11:00 PM
giovedì 6 novembre 2014
A mysterious library album on an (almost) unknown label by an elusive arranger/keyboardist (maybe a dummy name?), recorded with a full orchestra- most likely RAI's- in 1980 it features great soloists like Nino Rapicavoli, Cicci Santucci and Quarto Maltoni. Jazzy muzak with more than a few nice moments. Enjoy.
Pubblicato da Little Tony Negri a 11/06/2014 07:07:00 PM
lunedì 3 novembre 2014
domenica 28 settembre 2014
giovedì 19 giugno 2014
lunedì 17 marzo 2014
Guitarist Bruno Battisti D'Amario is an Italian legend. A master of both classical and electric guitar he's played on thousands of soundtracks, library and pop records (notably Morricone's classic scores and even G.I.N.C.'s The Feedback) and recorded a dozen of solo albums, most of them for Armando Sciascia's Phase 6/Vedette label.
This 1970 library album for Firmamento (FM-9, released also on the RTV label as RT-107) showcases his virtuoso skills in a solo setting, far from the easy, almost muzak atmosphere of his other records and closer to his classical music roots. Imagine a mediterranean Baden Powell (Villa Lobos being a common influence), add a dose of italian weirdness from the (late) psychedelic era and the result is probably Battisti D'Amario's best (and least known) album.
Pubblicato da Little Tony Negri a 3/17/2014 08:36:00 PM
martedì 25 febbraio 2014
Megarare 7" from power trio Spaventapasseri (Scarecrows) on the Equipe label (founded by publisher Abramo Allione and his son Italo), a single valued mostly for the incredible B side "Bu Ga Boo", a monster psyche hard rock track that sounds like a trippier and funkier version of the Zep jamming on "Whole Lotta Love"'s coda. Open heavy drums, a hard hitting funk break, fuzzy guitars and nonsense lyrics. Is there anything better? The A side's not bad either, more on the pop tip but with that pinch of psychedelia in the verse that makes it quite enjoyable.
Pubblicato da Little Tony Negri a 2/25/2014 10:22:00 PM
giovedì 13 febbraio 2014
Here's a rare and mysterious 7" I found on a little bookstall in my neighborhood, a test pressing of a (unreleased?) single by composer and sometimes pop singer Paolo Ferrara.
I couldn't find any info about it, only an entry on the Peer Music database listing both tracks and Ferrara as the singer, but no year or composer. All we know is that it was recorded at Renato Carosone's studio Play-Co in Milan, sometimes between the late 60s and the early 70s.
"I Know" is a psychedelic pop song with a strong r&b feel, it sounds like late 60s Van Morrison or Eric Burdon and has a great wah-wah guitar solo. "Cento Soli" is closer to Ferrara's other singles, rooted in italian melodic pop but influenced by the anglo-american rock music of the day, which in this case means some tasty organ in a Procol Harum/early Deep Purple vein.
domenica 12 gennaio 2014
Great Italian cover of Brick's funk-disco classic by the SAAR studio band, arranged and directed by the great Mario Battaini (aka The Duke Of Burlington) with Giovanni Moretto. On the flip a cheesy disco-tango tune composed by the two that grooves nonetheless.
Pubblicato da Little Tony Negri a 1/12/2014 11:21:00 PM