Artist

I CALIFFI

1966-1971:
Paolo Tofani (guitar)
Giacomo Romoli (keyboards)
Franco Boldrini (bass)
Carlo Felice Marcovecchio (drums, vocals)

1972-1973:
Vincenzo Amadei (guitar, vocals)
Sandro Cinotti (tastiere)
Franco Boldrini (bass, vocals)
Maurizio Boldrini (drums, vocals)

Once again two almost completely different bands with the same name, Florence band I Califfi included in their first line-up the future Area and Electric Frankenstein guitarist Tofani and Campo di Marte drummer Marcovecchio and were a very popular band in the 60's, before disbanding at the turn of the 70's. They released an album on RiFi and no less than eleven singles.

The band was reformed in 1972 by bass player Franco Boldrini, the only member from the original line-up, for a new recording deal with Fonit Cetra, that only produced an LP.

Fiore di metallo is a good prog album, based on organ and moog sounds, even if the lyrics are a bit naive and too close to the typical Italian beat themes. Some interesting keyboard passages, as in the instrumental Varius or the opening track Nel mio passato, make this album well worth listening.

 

LP (second line-up)
Fiore di metallo Cetra (LPX 23) 1973 gatefold laminated cover
  Fonit/Vinyl Magic (LPP 420) 1991 gatefold cover - copies with single cover May exist
  BTF/Vinyl Magic (VM 122LP) 2008 new reissue with gatefold cover


CD
(second line-up)
Fiore di metallo Fonit Cetra (CDLP 420) 1991 reissue of the 1973 album - now deleted
  Warner/Fonit (8573 82054-2)  1999 as above
  BTF/Vinyl Magic (VM 122) 2007 new reissue with mini-LP gatefold cover


PROMOTIONAL AND JUKEBOX SINGLES (with blank cover)
Col vento nei capelli
Felicità sorriso e pianto
Cetra (SPD 660) 1973 promotional single with black label - both tracks from Fiore di metallo

 

A very rare album, probably due to the absolute lack of interest and a small pressing, Fiore di metallo has been re-released in the Fonit / Vinyl Magic series in early 90's but it's one of the hardest to find of those reissues. Some copies of this 1991 reissue are reported to have a single cover instead of the standard gatefold.
A new vinyl reissue has finally been produced by BTF in 2008.

No counterfeits exist nor foreign vinyl pressings.
A Japanese CD exists, on Strange Days (1010), with mini-LP cover, just like the 2007 Italian reissue on BTF. 

Fiore di Metallo - LP

 

 

The official website of I Califfi is www.icaliffi.it/
Franco Boldrini has his own website: www.francodeicaliffi.it/

 

Thanks to Guilherme Tofani and Mauro Degrassi for information