Having had a good career as lyricist, singer-songwriter Gianni D'Errico, from Brindisi, released some singles in the early seventies that went unnoticed, and an album that was released only in 1976, after his death (in September 1975, run over by a car).
The LP, Antico teatro da camera, is usually
considered as one of the best prog-inclined albums by solo artists, and a hard
to find one!
Produced by Equipe 84 leader Maurizio Vandelli (who also acted as producer for the first album by Reale Accademia di Musica), the ten tracks album has some good moments though the tracks are all in the 2-5 minutes range and contain little instrumental breaks, with the sole exception of the opening and closing short instrumental tracks called L'etrusca (part I & II).
Like in Franco Maria Giannini's LP case this is an album that won't probably satisfy the rich prog sound fans, being more in a classy melodic/soft prog direction.
|Antico teatro da camera||Ariston (AR/LP 12268)||1976||single cover|
|Sony/BMG (88697-47336-1)||2009||reissue of 1976 LP|
|Antico teatro da camera||BMG (82876-54404-2)||2003||reissue of 1976 album with mini LP cover|
|Sony/BMG (88697-89998-2)||2011||as above|
VARIOUS ARTISTS COMPILATION LP'S
(with L'arca di Noč and Occhi a mandorla)
|CGD (FGS 5062)||1970||gatefold cover - also features Marisa Sannia, Gianni Nazzaro, Sergio Leonardi, Niemen, Mario Tessuto, I Profeti, I Camaleonti, Gigliola Cinquetti, Sergio Menegale, Caterina Caselli, Betty Curti.|
SINGLES (with picture sleeve)
Mi stracci il cuore mi stracci l'anima
|CGD (N 9782)||1970|
Precipitando verso Dio
|Ariston (AR 0571)||1972|
La casa di roccia
|Ariston (AR 0595)||1973|
|Ariston (AR 00707)||1975||both tracks from Antico teatro da camera|
PROMOTIONAL AND JUKEBOX SINGLES (with blank cover)
|Precipitando verso Dio||Ariston (AR 0571)||1972||jukebox single - backed with Ornella Vanoni/Ma come ho fatto|
|La casa di roccia||Ariston (AR/JB 002)||1973||jukebox single - backed with Ornella Vanoni/Sto male|
An incredibly rare album, Antico teatro da camera was presumably only released by Ariston in very limited quantity.
The album was issued on CD for the first time in 2003 included in the "Dei di un perduto rock" series by BMG, soon deleted.
The only vinyl reissue was produced by Sony/BMG in 2009, in a limited series.
No counterfeits exist, nor foreign issues.
D'Errico was also included in the Sanremo '70 compilation album on CGD
(he was signed with that label at the time) with two tracks that were originally
sung by other artists. Also for the Sanremo Festival he wrote Il sorriso, il
paradiso, sung by Sergio Menegale and Wallace Collection at 1971 edition.
His song Mi stracci il cuore, mi stracci l'anima also appears on the Cantagiro '70 compilation on CGD.
Antico teatro da camera - LP, front and back cover and label
Anima nera - 7" single
|La vestaglia - 7" single|
L'ultima esperienza - 7" single
|Toccami - 7" single|
Thanks to Valerio D'Angelo, Fabio Marchignoli, Gabriele Pierdomenico, Luciano Fassa, Giacomo Beatrici for some information and pictures included in this page.