Artist

DALTON

I DALTON (I)
1967-69
Mimmo Saponaro (vocals, bass)
Rolando Belli (guitar, vocals)
Lino Cornali (organ)
Angiolino Bergamini (drums)

1970
enters
Mauro Pagani (violin, flute)

DALTON (II)
1972-74
Temistocle Reduzzi (keyboards, vocals)
Aronne Cereda (guitar, vocals)
Alex Chiesa (flute, vocals)
Rino Limonta (bass, vocals)
Walter "Tati" Locatelli (drums, vocals)

1975
Aronne Cereda (guitar, vocals)
Giancarlo Brambilla (keyboards)
Rino Limonta (bass)
Walter "Tati" Locatelli (drums)

Two groups with the name Dalton existed in the Brescia-Bergamo area, and there's always been much confusion about them.

The first group was formed in 1967, releasing in the same year their first single Monia (later re-released) and appearing at 1969 Cantagiro festival with Da cinque anni, and among their productions there was also the Italian version of the hit Venus by the dutch band Shocking Blue.
The same line-up played on all the early singles except the last one, Venus, where Bergamini was replaced by a drummer from Milan named Adamo. Incidentally Venus was sung by guitarist Belli, while the lead singer of the band was bassist Saponaro.
In 1970, after their last single, the line-up was expanded with a fifth element, multiinstrumentalist Mauro Pagani, who had already played with Dalton's drummer in the beat group Gli Araldi around 1966. With this line-up Dalton played many concerts, but in September 1970 they broke up when Pagani was noticed by the members of I Quelli and invited to join them to form Premiata Forneria Marconi. Dalton's style in live concerts was a rock-blues with psychedelic influences and long instrumental parts.

The name Dalton was later used by another group, with no connections with the previous one and a totally different line-up, which released a very good debut album with Riflessioni: idea d'infinito
With a great use of flute and good guitar riffs, the album has some very good moments, like Idea d'infinito with some Jethro Tull influences, Riflessioni and the closing Dimensione lavoro, while Cara Emily is a slow acoustic ballad. It has to be noticed that the album has a very short running time of around 30 minutes. The band had a moderate success and even won the first prize in a swiss Pop Festival in Zurich.

After a good single in 1974, La donna e il bambino, the band had a line-up change with Reduzzi and flutist Alex Chiesa leaving to be replaced by keyboardist Giancarlo Brambilla and singer Massimo Moretti, but the second album Argitari (a title formed with the initials of the musicians' names) was on a lower level than their debut. 
Mainly built on acoustic guitar, it seems rather a solo album by singer/guitarist Cereda than a group record. Newcomer singer Moretti is only credited on backing vocals, and the sound is generally much weaker than on their debut LP.
Also included is an unusual rendition of Bob Dylan's Blowin' in the wind called La risposta, and one of the best tracks, Visione di una notte d'estate (with old member Alex Chiesa on flute) is in fact a reworking of the single La donna e il bambino with different mix and lyrics, whose original subject had been considered too irreverent causing the track to be discarded from the Sanremo Festival selections. 

The band closed its career with a late commercial single in 1979. 
Two band members, Temi Reduzzi and Aronne Cereda, were also involved in a pop opera released in 1975, Paciana story, a mix of traditional folk and pop.
Drummer Walter Locatelli formed Mo.Do.
Reduzzi remained in the business with a dance band and a music shop near Bergamo.
It's interesting to mention that three of the Dalton musicians, Aronne Cereda, Giancarlo Brambilla (on bass and then keyboards) and Rino Limonta played until 1970-71 with the group I Puritani, that also included two future members of Pholas Dactylus, Valentino Galbusera and Giampiero Nava.

2005 has seen a new CD reissue of Dalton's second album, Argitari, strongly enriched by new flute overdubs by original member Alex Chiesa, and a much better sound.

One of the members of the early Dalton line-up, guitarist Rolando Belli, moved to Germany, where he played for some months and 6 concerts with Can to replace Michael Karoli during a trip to India. In 1977 he came to Italy to record with his family a song album credited to Family Belli (Start - IAF 89014) and a single (Solo se lo vuoi/Foxtrottato - IAF 1912).

DALTON (I)

SINGLES (with picture sleeve)

Monia
Il giro
GSC (GS 1) 1967  
Era qui
Tempo d'estate
GSC (GS 4) 1968  
Monia
Era qui
Signal (S 153) 1969  
Da cinque anni
Clementine
Signal (S 196) 1969  
Venus
Summertime
Signal (S 5470) 1969  
 

PROMOTIONAL AND JUKEBOX SINGLES (with blank sleeve)

Venus Signal (S 5470)/Roulette (R7810) 1969 jukebox single - backed with Tommy James & the Shondells/She 

 

DALTON (II)

LP
Riflessioni: idea d'infinito Music (LPM 2011) 1973 gatefold cover
  BTF/VinylMagic (VM012LP - LPM 2011) 2006 reissue with gatefold cover and orange vinyl - first 200 copies signed and hand numbered copies with a colour print
Argitari IAF (LP 29001) 1975 triple gatefold cover
  BTF/VinylMagic (VM 098LP) 2014 reissue with the same cover as the original


CD
Riflessioni: idea d'infinito Vinyl Magic (VM 012) 1989 reissue of 1973 album - now deleted
  BTF/Vinyl Magic (VM 012) 2006 as above - new reissue with mini-LP gatefold cover
Argitari Giallo (SAF 032) 1998 reissue of 1975 album with one extra track from 1974 single - now deleted
  BTF/Vinyl Magic (VMCD 098) 2005 remastered version with overdubs, with mini LP gatefold cover and 4 bonus tracks


VARIOUS ARTISTS COMPILATION
ALBUMS
Italian Prog bonus CD (with Riflessioni-vocal version) AMS/BTF (AMS CD 100) 2008 unreleased track - bonus CD sold with the ItalianProg book
 

SINGLES (with picture sleeve)

La donna e il bambino
Il vuoto
IAF (1902) 1974 both tracks from Argitari, A side with different lyrics and title
Monia
Mama dog
IAF (1908) 1977  
Presto tornerò
Mama dog
RiFi (RFN 16787) 1979  
 

PROMOTIONAL AND JUKEBOX SINGLES (with blank sleeve)

La donna e il bambino
Il vuoto
IAF (IA 1902) 1974 white label jukebox single
What's the use of a sail
A che serve una vela
Jeans Master (GAP 1/2) 197? promotional single given free with jeans - released as "Jeans Master Orchestra"

 

Both albums are very rare, especially the first one, on the scarce Music label. 
Riflessioni: idea d'infinito had a gatefold cover, while Argitari was housed in a triple gatefold cover.
Some copies of the first album came with a sticker containing the group’s logo (as in the centre of the LP cover), its size was 14.5 x 10 cm and it was probably meant for promotional reasons and only included in very few copies.

The first vinyl reissue in their production was Riflessioni: idea d'infinito released in 2006 by BTF/Vinyl Magic, on orange vinyl.
It is a faithful reproduction of the 1973 LP (though the reissue has a rough cardboard cover, as opposed to the smooth original), and also has a white/blue Music label identical to the old one. The record carries the Music LPM 2011 catalogue number but the run-off groove on the vinyl has the reissue number VM12LP; moreover the reissue can be easily identified by the vinyl colour, that's orange, while the original was a standard black.
An early pressing of 200 copies of this reissue has been directly sold by the group members, and all the copies are hand numbered and signed, and contain a colour print with the cover illustration.

The second LP Argitari was reissued on vinyl in 2014 with the same triple gatefold cover as the original.

Both albums are available on CD, Argitari has been finally reissued in 2005 in the BTF/Vinyl Magic "Italian progressive rock" series with a mini-LP gatefold cover, obi and a nice illustrated booklet. The reissue also includes four bonus tracks, La donna e il bambino in its original single version along with 3 unreleased cuts.
This last reissue has been remastered and overdubbed with some flute parts by Alex Chiesa that had left the band during the recordings and that has recently started to collaborate again with the fellow members.

A very rare single recorded by Dalton in the mid-70's and including the same song in English and Italian version, What's the use of a sail/A che serve una vela, was produced  by Jeans Master and given for free to the buyers of their jeans. Only the name of Aronne Cereda is mentioned on the label.

The single Venus/Summertime was also issued in Brazil on Musidisc (no.CS-115).

An odd budget-price compilation has to be mentioned, Dalton Revival vol.1, released on cassette only by Mantra (MAN MK01) in 1988, this includes extracts from the band's two albums, along with the single Monia and an unreleased track, Bicicletta rosa.

An unreleased Dalton track, the vocal version of Riflessioni, was included in 2008 in the bonus CD sold with the ItalianProg book, published by AMS/BTF.

I Dalton (I) / Monia - 7" single (1967) I Dalton (I) / Era qui - 7" single
I Dalton (I) / Monia - 7" single (1969) I Dalton (I) / Da cinque anni - 7" single
I Dalton (I) / Venus - 7" single
 

 
Dalton (II) / Riflessioni: idea d'infinito - LP cover, label and promotional sticker
Dalton (II) / Riflessioni: idea d'infinito - limited reissue with autographs and colour print
Dalton (II) / Argitari - triple gatefold cover
Dalton, promotional poster (1974-75)
Dalton (II) / La donna e il bambino - 7" single Dalton (II) / Monia - 7" single (1977)
Dalton (II) / Presto tornerò - 7" single
Jeans Master Orchestra / What's the use of a sail - 7" promotional single
Dalton (II) / Revival vol.1 - cassette

 

 

A great thank you to Rolando Belli for his help in reconstructing the story of the early Dalton, and to Giovanni Ottone, Fabio Locatelli, Giuliano Semprucci and John Elvis Gualtieri for some of the pictures and information included in this page.