Mario Barbaja (real name Barbaglia) is a little known artist based in Milan, whose early works have much in common with another singer-songwriter that released his main albums on Ariston, Claudio Rocchi.

Like Rocchi's first album, Barbaja's debut, Argento, is a mainly acoustic work, based on guitar with some flute, sitar and percussion, in a sort of eastern-influenced psych/folk style. 

Second album, Megh, has more intense arrangements closer to rock, and is usually considered his best LP. It featured many well-known session musicians, among which guitarist Ricky Belloni from Nuova Idea and his brother Gigi on bass, Eugenio Finardi, Alberto Camerini and Lucio Fabbri (both also with Finardi, the latter was then in PFM), drummers Tullio De Piscopo (with New Trolls Atomic System and later one of the most important Italian session drummers) and Pasquale Venditto from Forum Livii and Ibis, and even a guest appearance by Stormy Six leader Franco Fabbri. With the latest group Barbaja had also collaborated writing Sotto il bambł, released on single in the same year.

Later albums from 1975 and 1978 were on a lower level and more commercial-styled.
After the retirement from his musical career Barbaglia dedicated to his work as architect and designer


Argento (...quando il nostro amore diventa libertą...) Ariston (AR/LP 12062) 1971 textured gatefold cover - black label
Megh Ariston (AR/LP 12076) 1972 single cover - Ariston Gnomo label
New York bazar Ariston (AR/LP 12273) 1975 gatefold cover 
Made in Hong Kong Ariston (AR/LP 12341) 1978 single cover with lyric inner and poster

SINGLES (with picture sleeve)
Il cammino
Ariston (AR/0522) 1971 both tracks from Argento
Sono stato
Non dire mai
Ariston (AR/0550) 1972 both tracks from Megh
Super supermarket
Lady drive in
Ariston (AR/0705) 1975 both tracks from New York bazar

Il mondo di Giulietta
Il vento dell'estate
Ariston (AR/0521) 1971 promotional single - both tracks from Argento
Super-supermarket Ariston (JB 038) 1975 credited to Pamela & Mario Barbaja - jukebox single - backed with Equipe 84/Vai amore vai
Il momento dell'addio Ariston (AR 00862) 1979 jukebox single - backed with Luciano Rossi/Chissà


First two albums, usually considered his best ones, are rather rare. 
Argento came with a textured gatefold cover and still had the old design Ariston black/silver label, while Megh had a poor single cover and came on the recently introduced beige Gnomo label.

No counterfeit exists, nor foreign issues.

There are surely three official singles by Barbaja, while the existence of a commercial release of Il mondo di Giulietta, issued in 1971 at least in promotional form, is not confirmed.
Some excerpts from his songs are included in the Disco Refrain promotional singles, produced by Ariston, which contained some short extracts from their current production.

Argento - front cover

Megh - front cover

New York bazaar - front cover

Made in Hong Kong - front cover

Argento - 7" single

Sono stato - 7" single

Super supermarket - 7" single



Thanks to Carmine Musella and Corrado Magnano for pictures and info