Roberto "Juri" Camisasca, from near Milan,
despite a very limited discography can be considered a cult figure among the
progressive music followers.
His La finestra dentro, issued in 1974 by Bla Bla, is one of the best albums on that label, and strongly influenced by his collaboration with Franco Battiato, who signed Juri to the label and produced the LP, also playing the VCS3 synth on it.
Though not musically as complex as Battiato's early works, La finestra dentro can be compared with Alan Sorrenti's first album in the use of voice as an instrument, with sparse musical accompaniment on some tracks. The overall result is much more intense than Sorrenti's Aria, with no weak parts, and a very regarding listen. Many of Battiato's backing musicians (Gianfranco D'Adda, Gianni Mocchetti, Pino Massara, Lino "Capra" Vaccina) are featured on the 7-tracks album.
After two singles in 1975, both featuring an album
track and an unreleased one, Camisasca was briefly involved in Telaio
sort of avantgarde supergroup that also featured among others Franco
Battiato, Mino Di Martino from I Giganti and his
wife Terra Di Benedetto (both later in Albergo
This group only made a tour in the summer of that year, before disbanding.
Camisasca then entered a Benedictine convent, where he stayed for 11 years, until the late 80's when he returned to the music biz with a new album called Te Deum, based on reworkings of Gregorian chants. Later works have been Il carmelo di Echt in 1991 and Arcano enigma in 1999, and he's been very active as composer working with such artists like PFM, Battiato, Alice and Giuni Russo.
|La finestra dentro||Bla Bla (BBXL 10005)||1974||single cover with inner|
|BTF/Vinyl Magic (BBXL 10005)||2012||as above|
|Te Deum||EMI/L'Ottava (64 7915291)||1988||single cover with inner|
|Il carmelo di Echt||EMI (66 7972021)||1991||single cover with inner|
|La finestra dentro||Artis (ARCD 028)||1991||reissue of 1974 album - now deleted|
|GDR (GDRCD 1101)||2011||as above|
|Il carmelo di Echt||EMI (090 797202-2)||1991|
|Arcano enigma||Mercury (546 082-2)||1999|
VARIOUS ARTISTS COMPILATION ALBUMS
(with La musica muore, Himalaya, Il regno dell'Eden 1. e 2. parte, Galantuomo)
|D'Autore/Azzurra Music (DA 1008)||2002||CD compilation dedicated to Bla Bla, also includes tracks by Franco Battiato and Osage Tribe|
SINGLES (with picture sleeve)
|La musica muore
|Bla Bla (BRR 1339)||1975||side B taken from La finestra dentro|
Un fiume di luce
|Bla Bla (BRR 1341)||1975||side B taken from La finestra dentro|
PROMOTIONAL AND JUKEBOX SINGLES (with blank sleeve)
|La musica muore||Bla Bla (JB 61)||1975||juke box single - backed with Mia Martini / Al mondo|
A very rare album in its first issue, La finestra
dentro has been reissued on CD only in 2011 after being unavailable for many years and for the first time on vinyl in 2012.
The original Bla Bla album had a single cover and contained a lyric inner.No counterfeit exists, nor foreign issues.
The BTF vinyl reissue also had a limited 18 copies numbered pressing on grey splattered vinyl.
The only foreign release by Camisasca (written Camisaska on the cover) appears to be a French single, coupling La musica muore and Himalaya, released by EMI (2C 010-14255) in 1976.
The 2002 CD compilation La convenzione includes two Camisasca tracks from his singles and two from his album La finestra dentro, here in a slightly different version.
La finestra dentro - LP
La musica muore - 7" single
Himalaya - 7" single
La musica muore - 45 giri (French issue)
Juri Camisasca has his own website at http://www.juricamisasca.it/