Artist

PIERO E I COTTONFIELDS

Piero Cotto (vocals)
Adelmo Musso (keyboards)
Maurizio Scarpellini (flute, sax, guitar)
Aldo Russo (guitar)
Beppe Icardi (bass, guitar)
Luciano Saraceno (drums, percussion)

Piero Cotto (from Asti, Piedmont) begun his musical career in the early 60's with the Henghel Gualdi Orchestra, then as a solo artist. He lived for many years in Greece, where he had a huge success with the album Forgiveness. When he came back to Italy, he formed the group Piero e i Cottonfields with musicians from his home town (except Russo from Turin and Scarpellini from Bologna), that had their debut with a successful appearance at the Disco per l'Estate TV contest in 1972 with their first single Due delfini bianchi. In the same year they released their one and only album, with the long title Il viaggio, la donna, un'altra vita, housed in a beautiful gatefold cover. Despite some more pop-inspired tracks, the album is on a good musical level, halfway between early Delirium and Odissea, with very nice flute passages like in Cantico or the title track, and the powerful harsh voice of Piero Cotto (similar to Delirium's Ivano Fossati) in evidence.

The album went unnoticed and the group split after a fourth single that was again presented at 1974 Disco per l'Estate, but Piero Cotto followed his musical career with a solo album in 1978, totally sung in English, and a collaboration with Turin jazz-rock group Gialma 3 for their 1982 third album Gialma planet.
Piero Cotto keep playing and leads now a big band. Of the other players Adelmo Musso stayed in the music field as arranger, while Aldo Russo has a recording studio in Turin.

 

 

LP
Il viaggio, la donna, un'altra vita  Music (LPM 2006) 1972 gatefold cover


CD
Il viaggio, la donna, un'altra vita  AMS/BTF (AMS 109) 2006 reissue of 1972 album with mini-LP gatefold cover


SINGLES (with picture sleeve)
Due delfini bianchi
Via Mazzini 31
Joker (M 7122) 1972 both tracks from Il viaggio, la donna, un'altra vita 
Il viaggio, la donna, un'altra vita 
Cantico
Music (M 7145) 1972 both tracks from Il viaggio, la donna, un'altra vita 
Oh Nanà
Uomo da quattro soldi
Joker (M 7161) 1973 both unreleased tracks 
Gardenia blu
Passo su passo
Joker (M 7170) 1974 both unreleased tracks 

 

PIERO COTTO


LP

Piero Cotto  Eleven (ELC 25137) 1978 single cover

 

 

Il viaggio, la donna, un'altra vita is another rare album, that has never been reissued on vinyl. 
It was issued by the small Music label (the same as the first Dalton LP) and came with a beautiful gatefold cover by German painter Beate Müller.

No counterfeits exist nor foreign issues. The first CD reissue ever released has been made by AMS/BTF/Vinyl Magic in 2006, with mini-LP gatefold cover and booklet.

Il viaggio, la donna, un'altra vita - LP

Il viaggio, la donna, un'altra vita - LP label

Due delfini bianchi - 7" single cover

Il viaggio, la donna, un'altra vita - 7" single cover

Oh Nanà - 7" single cover

Gardenia blu - 7" single cover

Piero Cotto - LP

 

Thanks to Aldo Russo for some information on the group