Artist

CITTA' FRONTALE

Lino Vairetti (vocals, guitar, mellotron, mouth harp)
Gianni Guarracino (guitar, synth, vocals)
Enzo Avitabile (sax, flute, vocals)
Paolo Raffone (keyboards)
Rino Zurzolo (bass)
Massimo Guarino (drums, percussion, vibes, vocals)

Still another band from Naples, and also connected to Osanna, formed by Lino Vairetti and Massimo Guarino when that band split in 1974. But Cittą Frontale were in fact two different bands, the first one being active in 1970 before Osanna were formed with four of that later band members and Gianni Leone, that left to join Balletto di Bronzo.

The new Cittą Frontale retained some of the main elements that strongly characterized Osanna's sound, like the strong use of sax and flute and the mix of prog and mediterranean folk sounds, but with a more melodic and somehow commercial approach. Compared to Osanna's albums, El Tor sounds much more lightweight.

Having a nice cover design by drummer Massimo Guarino (he also produced the nice cover painting on Osanna fourth album) the LP starts with the long Alba di una cittą /Solo uniti, that could easily find its place in Osanna's Landscape of life, but the rest is not particularly original, with even some Zappa or jazz-rock influences. All in all a positive album, but Osanna were a different thing.

 

LP
El Tor Fonit (LPX 45) 1975 single textured cover - lyric inner
  Fonit (LPP 435) 1991 as above with single standard cover and no inner
  BTF/Vinyl Magic (VM 135LP) 2008 reissue with single cover and inner


CD
El Tor Fonit Cetra (CDM 2028) 1989 reissue of 1975 album - now deleted
  Warner/Fonit (27120-2) 90's as above - now deleted
  BTF/Vinyl Magic (VM135CD) 2010 new reissue with mini-LP gatefold cover

 

Original issue on Fonit had a delicate black/gold cover that was textured and for this reason is difficult to find in perfect condition. An inner cover with full lyrics and pictures was included.
Most copies around have the newly introduced (around 1975) orange label, but sometimes black/silver label issues appear, these seem to be the original ones.

Early 90's Fonit/Vinyl Magic light blue label reissue has a smooth cover and no inner.
A new BTF/Vinyl Magic vinyl reissue made in 2008 faithfully reproduces the original with its inner bag.

A Japanese vinyl issue (King K25P472) was also released with the same textured single cover as the original. No counterfeit ever made.
A Japanese CD also exists, on Strange Days (1002), with mini-LP cover. 

 

El Tor - LP

El Tor - back cover

Band pictures from the inner cover of El Tor

 
LP label - black and orange variations

 

 

Many thanks to Manuel da Achada for scan and information of the black label issue.