Silvana Idà (vocals)
Massimo Idà (keyboards)
Franco Vinci (guitar, vocals)
Federico Idà (bass, flute)
Marcello Surace (drums)
Coming from Palmi, Calabria, in southern Italy, Apoteosi were
one of those minor bands that only released a single album before
The group was built on the nucleus of the three brothers Silvana, Massimo and Federico Idà, and their music was strongly based on the keyboards of Massimo (just 14 at the time!) and the thin voice of Silvana.
Though its members were very young, the group had played together for a long
time, but the LP was only released in 1975 by
the small local label Said and allegedly only had
limited pressing and distribution, being now very hard to find. Apoteosi
had a very good sound, reminding of some English bands such as Julian's Treatment but still
retaining the typical Italian prog touch. Very nice piano playing all
The beautiful album includes eight tracks, but the first side is a long suite with no breaks.
After the band split, keyboardist Massimo Idà has
moved to Rome, and worked as session musician and TV music producer, he also
plays in a funky/disco band, called Frankie & Canthina Band. He produced and
played on Tito Schipa Jr.'s Dylaniato LP in
Silvana Idà still lives in Palmi and has left the music (but her son plays in a rock band), while bassist Federico Idà died in 1992.
Guitarist Franco Vinci has kept playing and is still active in the blues field, a CD with the Bootleg Band came out in 2003, Boot tip. His current group is Franco Vinci Blues Band.
Drummer Marcello Surace is still working as session musician in Italy and France, he also plays with Massimo Idà in the Frankie & Canthina Band.
|Apoteosi||Said (MAP 145)||1975||single cover - lyric inner|
|AMS/BTF (AMS LP 100)||2015||as above|
|Apoteosi||Mellow (MMP 139)||1993||reissue of 1975 album|
|AMS/BTF (AMS 244CD)||2015||new reissue with mini-LP gatefold cover|
Original copies of Apoteosi are very hard to find due to poor distribution by small local label
Said. This company, based in Palmi, near Reggio Calabria, was owned by the
father of the group members, Salvatore Idà,
who released on the label dozens of singles with traditional folk songs from all
over Italy. Silvana Idà also sang in some of these singles.
The album has been reissued on CD by Mellow in 1993 and again by AMS in 2015 with mini-LP cover.
The first vinyl reissue appeared in 2015, also on AMS.
No counterfeits or foreign issues exist.
Apoteosi - front cover
|Band in the studio (from LP inner)||Said label (pale yellow)|
Click on pictures to enlarge
|Franco Vinci Blues Band - poster 2005|
The current band of keyboardist Massimo Idà, Frankie Canthina
Band has a website at www.frankiecanthinaband.com
that also mentions his past activity with Apoteosi.
The website of Massimo Idà is www.massimoida.it, his MySpace page is at www.myspace.com/massimoida
Guitarist Francesco Vinci has a personal website, www.francovinci.it, his MySpace is at www.myspace.com/francovinci
Many thanks to Steve D'Ascoli, Pino Romeo and Franco Vinci for the information on the band.