Not certainly a progressive artist, Edoardo Bennato has
always declared, and demonstrated in his records, a true love and commitment to
rock'n'roll, always keeping a very good quality in his record releases through a
40-year long career that still lasts today.
After a lonely single in 1966 for Parade (the same label that produced Chetro & Co.'s single), his professional debut came in 1969 with a single on Numero Uno, the first of a very long series of 45's, and while his brother Eugenio (then with NCCP) was more interested in traditional music, Edoardo was since his beginnings a sort of Italian Bob Dylan, always pictured with acoustic guitar and harmonica.
First album came in 1973 for Ricordi, as the later ones, and the main ingredients were already there: sharp lyrics on a rocking background built on acoustic guitar and harmonica but always with large use of electric instruments. An interesting element for the progressive fans is the presence of the Perdio musicians as backing band and the guest appearance of Silvana Aliotta, singer of Circus 2000, here as percussionist.
The long career of Edoardo Bennato still lasts in the 2000's and has given him a huge popularity and many hit singles.
|LP (until 1977)|
|Non farti cadere le braccia||Ricordi (SMRL 6109)||1973||rough gatefold cover with folded match and 4 page lyric insert|
|Ricordi/Orizzonte (ORL 8039)||1976||single cover - first reissue had white/green label|
|I buoni e i cattivi||Ricordi (SMRL 6129)||1974||single cover with lyric inner - orange/black label|
|Ricordi (SMRL 6129)||1976||as above with white/orange label|
|Ricordi/Orizzonte (ORL 8841)||1986||single cover - blue label with Orizzonte logo|
|Io che non sono l'imperatore||Ricordi (SMRL 6149)||1975||gatefold cover - first issue with orange/black label, later with white/orange label|
|Ricordi/Orizzonte (ORL 8256)||1979||single cover|
|La torre di Babele||Ricordi (SMRL 6190)||1976||gatefold cover with lyric
inner - orange/black label
initially with lower case title lettering, later issues have title in upper case
|Ricordi/Orizzonte (ORL 8553)||1982||single cover|
|Burattino senza fili||Ricordi (SMRL 6209)||1977||gatefold cover with glued insert|
|Ricordi/Orizzonte (ORL 8870)||1987||as above - blue label|
|All albums reissued on CD|
VARIOUS ARTISTS COMPILATION ALBUMS
|Collezione Numero Uno
|Numero Uno (ZSLN 55012)||1970||singles compilation, with Formula Tre, Jumbo, La Verde Stagione, Anna Maria Rame, Bruno Lauzi, Flora Fauna e Cemento, Computers|
|Quelli della Numero Uno
(with Marylou, La fine del mondo, 1941, Marjorie, Goodbye Copenhagen)
|Numero Uno (CFD 01080-10)||1999||10 CD - box set with tracks from singles|
SINGLES (with picture sleeves - up to 1977)
|Era solo un sogno
|Parade (PRC 5017)||1966|
La fine del mondo
|Numero Uno (ZN 50004)||1969|
Vince sempre l'amore
|Numero Uno (ZN 50024)||1970|
|Numero Uno (ZN 50123)||1971|
|Detto tra noi
Non farti cadere le braccia
|Ricordi (SRL 10701)||1973||both tracks from Non farti cadere le braccia|
|Salviamo il salvabile
Ma che bella città
|Ricordi (SRL 10714)||1974||both tracks from I buoni e i cattivi|
|Meno male che adesso non
Parli di preghiere
|Ricordi (SRL 10745)||1975||side A also in different version on Io che non sono l'imperatore|
|Feste di piazza
Io per te Margherita
|Ricordi (SRL 10788)||1975||both tracks from Io che non sono l'imperatore|
PROMOTIONAL AND JUKEBOX SINGLES (with blank sleeves - up to 1977)
|1941||Numero Uno (JBZN 50028)||1970||split jukebox single coupled with Formula Tre - Se non è amore cos'è|
|Ricordi (SRL 10822)||1976||promo with white label and company sleeve - both tracks from La torre di Babele|
All the albums by Edoardo Bennato are rather common and
not expensive, being sold in huge quantities at the time. The three singles
on Numero Uno are very rare and sought after.
The only rarity in his LP production is the original first album, having a gatefold cover containing a popup match. It also included a foldout lyric insert.
The album was later reissued with a single cover in the Ricordi/Orizzonte series (first with a white/green label, then a blue label). The existence of an issue with single cover and the original catalogue number is unconfirmed.
At least two different issues exist of the original debut album. The first one, very rare, can be identified by the following elements:
- the inner side of the gatefold is made with a grey-coloured rough cardboard; later issues have the inside gatefold made with a smooth white cardboard;
- the base of the match is glued to the cover, only the match is detached. Later issues have a full foldable panel with the rectangular base and the match;
- the inner part of the gatefold where the record is inserted has a reproduction of the match in a monochrome light red coloured print; this image is only present in some early copies and is missing in the later issues, but may easily be a misprint;
- the original Ricordi label has the top half in a dark orange colour, while the common later issues have a lighter orange shade; the "Stereo" writing on the label, is repeated twice and in white type, the Siae stamp is the first type.
Most copies around of this LP, described as first pressings, have in fact a gatefold cover with none of the above elements and a Siae stamp of the second type on the label, dating around 1975.
La torre di Babele originally had the title written in lower case letters, with rough, smooth or laminated covers existing. Later issues have the title written in upper case on the cover. The original label has the classic Ricordi orange/black design, but was soon replaced with the new white/orange label.
The three singles on Numero Uno are rare and sought-after. They have been reissued in 1992 under the title 1969-1971: I singoli (Numero Uno/BMG 74321-12266-2, in collaboration with the Raro magazine and in limited pressing), a set with three CD singles in a mini-LP trifold cover..
Third album, Io che non sono l'imperatore, has been released in Germany with the title Canzoni and a different cover by Ricordi/Metronome (0045.015) in 1975. Later, some 80's singles have had foreign releases in Germany, Switzerland, Spain, France, Mexico.
No counterfeits exist, nor other foreign issues.
Non farti cadere le braccia - LP
Non farti cadere le braccia - open gatefold with insert and foldable match
Non farti cadere le braccia - first and second issue labels
I buoni e i cattivi - LP
Io che non sono l'imperatore - LP
La torre di Babele - LP
Burattino senza fili - LP
Era solo un sogno - 7" single
|Marylou - 7" single|
|1941 - 7" single||Good bye Copenhagen - 7" single|
Full discography and pictures on Edoardo Bennato's fan club site at http://www.edofansclub.org
Thanks to Vincenzo Gatti for a large amount of information and pictures on Bennato's LP production and to Marco Bimbo