Vito Paradiso (vocals, acoustic guitar)
Gilberto Trama (flute, sax, keyboards)
Matteo Vitolli (guitar, percussion, piano, flute)
Eddy Lorigiola (bass)
Ricky Rebajoli (drums, percussion)

A true rarity on an unusual label for the Italian prog (Mercury), and for sure one of the longest LP names ever conceived, Io non so da dove vengo e non so dove mai andrņ, uomo č il nome che mi han dato is generally considered as one of the top albums in this style. A perfect record, very well played and sung by this band based in Milan.

They began their career in 1969, the odd name coming from a popular Playboy model of the early 60's, and only released three singles in their five years career, the first two closer to the Italian beat of the time, while the third had a good rockier B-side in Torneremo ancora. though still far from their LP sound.
The group was a sextet in the picture on the cover of the 1969 single, reduced to a five-piece in the second, a year later.

The album came in 1973, the vocal parts are short but very well made by singer Paradiso, leaving plenty of room to acoustic atmospheres and the sudden assaults of guitarist Vitolli and flute/sax/keyboards player Trama, and the seven tracks on the album are all highly regarding, with a mention for Smarrimento with a sweet flute introduction, a furious guitar/flute interplay followed by the acoustic guitar based vocal parts that leads to a powerful guitar-driven end.
After the album release De De Lind played at 1973 Rassegna di Musica Popolare held in Rome, and at Be-In festival in Naples, with new drummer Fabio Rizzato.

Singer Vito Paradiso had a short solo career in 1978-80, while the rest of the band has totally disappeared.
Before forming De De Lind drummer Rebajoli had played with New Dada and I Nuovi Angeli, with which he returned after leaving this group.



Io non so da dove vengo e 
non so dove mai andrņ, uomo č il nome che mi han dato
Mercury (6323 901 A) 1973 textured gatefold cover
  BTF/Vinyl Magic (VM 083) 2004 reissue of the above with gatefold cover - limited 750 copies pressing
  BTF/Vinyl Magic (VM 083) 2007 new reissue of the above with gatefold cover and white vinyl
  BTF/Vinyl Magic (VM 083) 2020 as above on green vinyl
  Mercury/Universal (3563073) 2021 volume 6 in the Universal "Prog Rock Italia" series - gatefold cover - 899 numbered copies - also exixts with pink vinyl (99 numbered copies)

Io non so da dove vengo e 
non so dove mai andrņ, uomo č il nome che mi han dato
Mercury (846 414-2) 1990 reissue of 1973 album - now deleted
  BTF/Vinyl Magic (VMCD083) 2003 as above with mini gatefold cover
  Universal (0602527121789) 2009 new reissue with mini-LP single cover - part of the box set Progressive Italia - Gli anni '70 vol.1

(with picture sleeve)
Anche se sei qui
Come si fa?
Windsor (WRNP 004) 1969  
Mille anni
Ti devo lasciare
Mercury (6027 001) 1970  
Signore dove va
Torneremo ancora
Mercury (6027 003) 1971  

(with blank covers)
Fuga e morte
Paura del niente
Mercury (AS 210) 1973 promo white label
both tracks from Io non so da dove...


The original issue on Mercury label has a textured gatefold cover (difficult to find in perfect condition due to the white background), with a colour picture of the band and the lyrics in the inner gatefold. Some lightly textured covers also exist, almost smooth, these copies are definitely to be considered originals, but probably the covers were made by other printers or using different cardboard.
Two versions also exist of the original label, with different layout of the titles' text. One of the two labels contains the D.R. writing and it is presumably earlier but they were probably two pressings printed almost at the same time. No counterfeits exist, nor foreign reissues on vinyl.
The original LP is dated 1972 on the label and has the date 2-10-72 on the vinyl, but it's likely that it was actually released in the early months of 1973, as demonstrated by the reviews that appeared at the time; at the same time the promo single taken from the album (dated March 1973 on the vinyl) may have been distributed.

The original CD reissue by Polygram/Mercury has been long sought after by collectors, being the only chance for many of them to hear such a beautiful and important album.
New CD reissues were made in 2003 by BTF/Vinyl Magic, with gatefold mini-LP cover and by Universal in 2009, as part of their Progressive Italia - Gli anni '70 vol.1 box set (no.0602527121765).
The Korean label Si-Wan issued this album on CD in 1997 (cat.SRMC 0063).

Io non so da dove vengo... - LP

Io non so da dove vengo... - inner gatefold


LP label, two different variants


Anche se sei qui - 7" single

Mille anni - 7" single


Signore, dove va? - 7" single

Fuga e morte - 7" promo single



Thanks to Fabio Marchignoli and Giovanni Ottone for pictures and information