Artist

ALLUMINOGENI

Patrizio Alluminio (keyboards, vocals)
Enrico Cagliero (guitar, bass)
Daniele Ostorero (drums)

A trio from Turin, formed in 1970 by keyboard player Alluminio (hence the name of the band) and drummer Ostorero with various guitarists (Guido Maccario, Aldo, Andrea Sacchi, Piero Tonello, then Enrico Cagliero), they only lasted for a couple of years and their only album, Scolopendra, was issued when they had already split. 

The group had obtained their record deal by a lucky chance, a demo tape was sent around and they were contacted by Fonit for a single and to play the Cantagiro festival with no previous live experience, in front of 15000 people audiences.

After four singles released between 1970 and 1971, in which the band limits are evident, the album is very well made, mainly based on Hammond organ and other keyboards, with good instrumental parts even if the voice is a bit thin and the sound seems dated now. 
First side has more vocal parts and is lightweight in comparison, the second side is more instrumental and much better.
Despite a long time spent in rehearsing the album tracks, the group was totally unsatisfied by the production work made by
Fonit to transform it into a more commercial product, and this was one of the main reasons for them to split.

The band reformed in 1993 and released two CD's for Vinyl Magic, with good results. The last of these, Green grapes (this has been the name of the group before changing it to Alluminogeni) is a compilation of old and new unreleased recordings, and also includes an English version of their first single L'alba di Bremit.

Keyboardist/singer Patrizio Alluminio also released a solo single, Tu anima mia on Fonit in 1975, that was in fact an unreleased cut from the Alluminogeni LP.

 

GLI ALLUMINOGENI

LP
Scolopendra Fonit (LPQ 09065) 1972 gatefold laminated cover with inner opening
  Fonit/Vinyl Magic (LPP 436) 1991 same cover but not laminated and with side opening
  BTF/Vinyl Magic (VM 121LP) 2008 new reissue with gatefold cover
 

CD

Scolopendra Fonit (CDM 2029) 1991 reissue of 1972 album - now deleted
  Fonit/Warner (289142) 90's as above - now deleted
  BTF/Vinyl Magic (VM 121) 2007 new reissue with mini-LP gatefold cover
Geni mutanti Vinyl Magic (VMNP 07) 1993 new recordings
Green grapes Vinyl Magic (VM 046) 1994 compilation of unreleased old and new tracks
 

SINGLES (all with picture covers)

L'alba di Bremit
Orizzonti lontani
Fonit (SPF 31262) 1970  
Dimensione prima
La vita e l'amore
Fonit (SPF 31273) 1970  
Solo un attimo
Psicosi
Fonit (SPF 31280) 1971  
Troglomen
Costruendo astronavi
Fonit (SPF 31291) 1971  
 

PROMO-ONLY AND JUKEBOX SINGLES (with blank covers except where noted)

L'alba di Bremit Fonit-Cetra (JB 136) 1970 juke box 4-tracks EP - no cover
backed with Filarmonica di Vienna/Allegretto, Al Bano/Quel poco che ho, Romina Power/Armonia
L'alba di Bremit
Orizzonti lontani
Fonit-Cetra (JBF 598) 1970 promo issue of corresponding single, with picture cover
Orizzonti lontani Fonit-Cetra (JB 349) 1970 juke box single - backed with New Trolls/Una nuvola bianca
Solo un attimo Fonit-Cetra (JB 376) 1971 juke box single - backed with New Trolls/Venti o cent'anni
La stella di Atades Fonit-Cetra (JBF 617) 1972 juke box single - no cover
backed with Creedence Clearwater Revival/Someday never comes
 

VARIOUS ARTISTS COMPILATIONS

A taste of New Prog 90
(with Mass media)
Vinyl Magic (PRM 01) 1993 picture cover promo 7" single with excerpts of album tracks, also includes Calliope, Syndone, Castello di Atlante, Romantic Warriors, Unix - distributed with Melodie e Dissonanze magazine
The return of Italian pop
(with Opera)
Vinyl Magic (VM 201) 1996 CD sampler included in The return of Italian pop book - also includes Romantic Warriors, Calliope, Syndone, Secret Cinema, Castello di Atlante, Tower, Mosaic, Circle of Fairies, Next, Empire 

 

PATRIZIO ALLUMINIO

SINGLES
(with picture cover)
Tu anima mia
L'isola
Fonit (SPF 31314) 1975  

 

Scolopendra  has been reissued on vinyl in Italy, and the reissue keeps the same design as the original, but with no laminated cover and side opening, where the first issue has a heavily laminated cover with the record inserted from the inner side of gatefold.
Despite being released by a major label, Fonit, it seems that the record has been released in very limited quantity, and it's very rare nowadays.
A new vinyl reissue was released by BTF in 2008.

The song Troglomen was used as main theme of the Bruno Corbucci 1971 movie Quando gli uomini armarono la clava e... con le donne fecero din don (known abroad as When men carried clubs and women played ding-dong or simply Ding-dong).

Both tracks from the only single by Patrizio Alluminio, Tu anima mia and L'isola, issued in 1975, appear on a Japanese 9-track promo compilation on Nexus, called Nexus International Italian Rock Special (cat.no.SSY-17) that also includes singles' tracks by Hunka Munka, New Trolls, Krel (pre-PFM) and Ricordi d'Infanzia.

The single Troglomen was issued in Thailand around 1972 on a single (with no label details, backed with Living free theme by Julia Budd, from the Living free film soundtrack) and on a four-track EP (also including Daniel Boone/Beautiful Sunday, Gallery/Nice to be with you, Mouth & Macneal/How do you do, also with no label and catalogue number KS 009).
In Brazil Troglomen appeared on a promotional 1972 single on the Fermata label (993.0104 - no picture cover), backed with Haum! by Delirium.
A Japanese CD issue of Scolopendra exists, on Strange Days (1006), with mini-LP cover. 

No counterfeits exist.

Scolopendra - front cover

Scolopendra - back cover

L'alba di Bremit - 7" single cover

Dimensione prima - 7" single cover

Solo un attimo - 7" single cover

Troglomen - 7" single cover

Geni mutanti - CD Green grapes - CD

Ding dong (Troglomen) - 45 giri (Thailand)

Ding dong (Troglomen) - EP (Thailand)

Patrizio Alluminio / Tu anima mia - 7" single cover

 

 

Thanks to Simone Corsi, John Martin, Gustavo Castagna Machado for some information included in this page