Among the few Italian records dealing with electronics, these albums by the venetian composer/keyboardist Luciano Basso represent an interesting mix of classical-influenced progressive music and avant-garde. Basso had played in the group Il Mucchio recording their last two singles with them, before going solo.
Usually considered his best release, Voci, the
first album from 1976, is a very good LP, containing five long instrumental tracks, with keyboards to
the fore and backing electric instruments. Among the guest musicians on this
album, the Nuvole di Paglia bass player,
Later works increasingly went towards contemporary classical music.
|Voci||Ariston (AR/LP 12228)||1976||single cover, intially textured, later smooth|
|AMS/BTF (AMS 04LP)||2008||reissue of the 1976 album|
|Cogli il giorno||Ariston (AR/LP 12333)||1978||gatefold laminated cover|
|Frammenti tonali||Ariston (AR/LP 12354)||1979||single cover|
|Luciano Basso (Arc-en-ciel)||Ariston (AR/LP 12374)||1980||single cover|
|Improvvisi per pianoforte, fiati e percussioni||Ariston (CL-CD 20)||1986|
|Fantasie - Improvvisi||Ariston (CL-CD 30)||1990|
|Azygos quartet||Ariston/Auditorio Classico (ARL-CD 31)||1993|
|Luciano Basso (Arc-en-ciel)||Ariston/Auditorio Classico (?)||1993||reissue of 1980 album|
|Voci||Vinyl Magic (VM 043)||1994||reissue of 1976 album - now deleted|
|AMS/BTF (AMS 123CD)||2007||new reissue with mini-LP gatefold cover and 1 bonus track|
|Fogli d'album||PM (9302)||2002|
|Free fly||AMS/BTF (AMS 124CD)||2007||mini-LP gatefold cover|
|Cogli il giorno||AMS/BTF (AMS 142CD)||2008||reissue of 1978 LP with mini-LP gatefold cover|
|Open||AMS/BTF (AMS 281CD)||2016||mini-LP gatefold cover|
|To tell||AMS/BTF (AMS 340CD)||2023||mini-LP gatefold cover|
All the Luciano Basso LP's were issued by Ariston
and are now rare.
The original issue of Voci came out with a textured cover, soon replaced with a smooth one. The two versions can also be identified by a different text layout on the label and the date reported, "5-76" on the first issue, "1976" on the second. The album has been reissued again on vinyl in 2008.
No counterfeits exist, nor foreign issues on vinyl.
Voci and Cogli il Giorno were issued on CD in Japan in 2009 by Belle Antique with mini-LP covers (cat.nos.BELLE 091658 and BELLE 091659).
Voci - LP
Voci - LP, the textured and smooth cover compared
Voci - LP, two different label layouts
Cogli il giorno - LP
Frammenti tonali - LP
Luciano Basso - LP
Notturni - CD
|Fogli d'album - CD|
Free fly - CD
Luciano Basso has a website at www.lucianobasso.com and is on MySpace, at www.myspace.com/lucianobasso
Thanks to Fabio Bello and Luiz Claudio Brügger for information and pictures