BAFFO (J.B.) BANFI
Giuseppe Banfi, former keyboardist of Un Biglietto per l'Inferno
started a solo career with an album in 1978, though it had been recorded a year
before and released just when he was in the army by the small jazz-oriented Red
Inspired by the German electronic music of the 70's, Banfi attracted the interest of Tangerine Dream's Klaus Schulze, whom he had first met when on tour in the latest days of Biglietto in 1975. Schulze had already been approached to be the producer of the band's second album, but was never released at the time.
Galaxy my dear was entirely played by Banfi and shows strong comparisons with the German cosmic music, including five long tracks, one of which, Goodbye my little star, is 18 minutes long.
Second album Ma, dolce vita was recorded for Schulze's label, Innovative Communication, and released in Germany, again including all instrumental electronic tracks, while a third work, Hearth from 1981, was the only one to feature a rhythm section of guest musicians.
Following the release of this album Banfi quit the music, creating a video production studio in Milan called La Vetraia, and he's strongly involved in the recent Biglietto per l'Inferno celebrative releases.
|Galaxy my dear||Red Record (VPA 123)||1978||single cover - as J.B.Banfi|
|Ma, dolce vita||Innovative Communication (IC 58.066) - Germany||1979||single cover - as Baffo Banfi - also released in USA|
|Hearth||Innovative Communication (KS 80.008) - Germany||1981||single cover - as Baffo Banfi - also released in USA|
|The sound of southern sunsets||Innovative Communication (IC 710.065) - Germany||1988||CD compilation including the full Ma, dolce vita LP, two tracks from Hearth and an unreleased track|
|Galaxy my dear||BTF/Vinyl Magic (VM 099 CD)||2005||reissue of 1978 album with 1 bonus track - mini LP gatefold cover + obi|
VARIOUS ARTISTS COMPILATION ALBUMS
|New age music
(with Quella dolce estate sul pianeta Venere and Astralunato)
|Innovative Communication (KS 80.051-52) - Germany||1985||2LP compilation with Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream, Jean Michel Jarre and others|
While the two albums released as Baffo Banfi are rather
common and cheap, the first one on Red Record is difficult to find though not
The second and third album have originally been released in Germany and in the USA, they never had an Italian release.
The recent CD reissue of Galaxy my dear by BTF comes in a mini-LP gatefold cover with illustrated booklet and an unreleased bonus track.
|Galaxy my dear - LP|
|Ma, dolce vita - LP|
|Hearth - LP|
|The sound of southern sunsets - CD|
Baffo Banfi has two websites
dedicated to his current work in the creative video productions, with La Vetraia
(a very small space in this website is dedicated to Il Biglietto per l'Inferno)
and Videoland at http://www.videoland.it
Un Biglietto per l'Inferno have their own website, with any kind of information on the group. It's at www.bigliettoperlinferno.com
Thanks to Giacomo Beatrici for one of the pictures in this page