Artist

I GIGANTI

Giacomo "Mino" Di Martino (vocals, guitar)
Francesco "Checco" Marsella (vocals, keyboards)
Sergio Di Martino (vocals, bass)
Sergio "Enrico Maria" Papes (vocals, drums)

Many prog fans from outside Italy probably only know I Giganti for their much looked-after Terra in bocca album, but this band from Milan was formed in 1964 with the same line-up and was one of the most successful beat groups in Italy during the sixties, with two albums and around 15 singles before a short split. They even played with the Beatles during one of their Italian dates.
All the members were also good singers and the nice contrast between their different voices (including the characteristic bass tone of drummer Enrico Maria Papes) was one of the most impressive elements in their 60's production.

Terra in bocca is a very ambitious concept album about mafia, with strong and brave lyrics (written by Piero De Rossi) and complex music arrangements, that sometimes are not perfectly combined with text. All the tracks are connected to form two side-long suites. For its contents the album was also banned by the Italian radio.
Some guests appear on it, among which the keyboardist and composer Vince Tempera (who later played with Il Volo) future Area's bass player Ares Tavolazzi, drummer Ellade Bandini (these three musicians were playing together at the time under the name The Pleasure Machine), guitarist Marcello Dellacasa, later with Latte e Miele and the spanish bass player of I Ribelli, Angel Salvador.
An interesting work though a bit disjointed, very hard to follow for non Italian listeners, the album is rare and well regarded by many. 
A single was also taken from the LP, having the same cover design (by Gianni Sassi and his al.sa studio before he founded the Cramps label), and the band released another 7" single a year later before disbanding.

Keyboardist Marsella was involved in the only album by Track in 1974, along with members of Nuova Idea and Jumbo.
Guitarist Mino Di Martino was briefly involved in
Telaio Magnetico, then formed the avantgarde group Albergo Intergalattico Spaziale in late 70's, releasing a rare album in 1978, and has collaborated with Franco Battiato and Claudio Rocchi.
Bassist Sergio Di Martino died in 1996.
Two of the original members have played many times under the name Giganti in the latest years.

The LP Terra in bocca, one of the early examples of an Italian rock opera, sadly censored by an incomprehensible ban at the time, is the subject of a brilliant essay written by Brunetto Salvarani and Odoardo Semellini (in Italian only), issued in 2009 and containing a CD with the original album and a bonus track.

 

 

LP
I Giganti RiFi (RFM-LP-14801) 1966 laminated single cover
Mille idee dei Giganti RiFi (RFL-LP-14034) 1969 laminated single cover
Terra in bocca (poesia di un delitto) RiFi (RDZ-ST-14207) 1971 laminated gatefold cover with poster - some copies have a stickered cover
   Akarma (AK 1023) 2000 as above - also includes a bonus track
  BTF/Vinyl Magic (VM LP013) 2015 new reissue with gatefold cover, red vinyl and poster


CD
Terra in bocca (poesia di un delitto) Vinyl Magic (VM 013) 1989 reissue of 1971 album but in a totally different version - includes mini poster
  Vinyl Magic (VM 013) 1993 as above - exact reissue of 1971 album - no poster
  VM2000/Vinyl Magic (VM CD013) 2000 as above with alternate recording of the original album - no poster
  Akarma (AK 1023) 2000 as above with mini gatefold cover - also includes a bonus track
  Akarma (AK 1023) 2009 as above in mini PVC sleeve with thin paper cover and a different bonus track by Piero De Rossi - only sold with the Terra in bocca book
I Giganti - Concerto live al Teatro Regio di Parma DVMore (CDDV 5953) late 90's 1968 live recording
 

SINGLES (with picture sleeves)

Morirai senza di lei
Giorni di festa
RiFi (RFN-NP 16074) 1965  
Fuori dal mondo
Solo per voi
RiFi (RFN-NP 16100) 1965  
Una ragazza in due
Lezione di ritmo
RiFi (RFN-NP 16121) 1965  
Tema
La bomba atomica
RiFi (RFN-NP 16144) 1966  
Ora siamo qui
Son cosė
RiFi (RFN-NP 16159) 1966  
'Na guagliona ye-ye
Ce vo' tiempo
RiFi (RFN-NP 16168) 1966  
E lei ti aspetterā
Piri piri uā
RiFi (RFN-NP 16170) 1967  
Proposta
La tomba dell'amore
RiFi (RFN-NP 16181) 1967  
Io e il presidente
In paese č festa
RiFi (RFN-NP 16216) 1967  
Da bambino
Tabų
RiFi (RFN-NP 16243) 1968  
Un uomo va
Summertime
RiFi (RFN-NP 16275) 1968  
Una storia d'amore
Sixteen tons
RiFi (RFN-NP 16288) 1968  
Solo per voi
Summertime
RiFi/Disco Strip (STP 92001/3) 1969  
Charlot
Voglio essere una scimmia
Miura (PON-NP 40106) 1970 multi-foldout cover
Corri uomo corri
Mia cara ti odio
Tutta tutta
Miura (PON-NP 40116) 1970  
Il viso di lei
Gioventų, amore e rabbia
Miura (MIU 40117) 1971  
Lungo e disteso
Pieno di sole
RiFi (RFN-NP 16460) 1971 both tracks were on Terra in bocca but with no titles
Sono nel sogno verde di un vegetale
Sul tuo letto di morte
RiFi (RFN-NP 16487) 1972 side B taken from Terra in bocca but with a different title
 

PROMOTIONAL AND JUKEBOX SINGLES (with blank sleeves, except where noted)

Lasciati baciare col letkiss Pop (200 003) 1966 promotional single - backed with Tony Dallara
Lasciati baciare col letkiss Pop (300 002) 1966 promotional single - backed with Fabrizio Ferretti
Tema
Ora siamo qui
RiFi/Bella (19) 1966 picture sleeve - released by the Bella magazine
Voglio essere una scimmia Miura (???) 1970 juke box single - backed with The New Christy Minstrels/A thousand diamonds on the sea
Il viso di lei
Gioventų, amore e rabbia
Miura (PON-NP 40117) 1971 juke box single

   

Rare to find in its original issue (especially with the poster) on RiFi, Terra in bocca was reissued by Akarma on vinyl in 2000 with a bonus track from their last single from 1972. The unusual cover and poster were designed by Gianni Sassi and remind the style of his later works with Cramps. The album was released in a limited number of copies (presumably between 3000 and 5000) and never reissued by RiFi due to the lack of success.
The original poster was black and white, while the one included in the Akarma reissue is easily identified for the greenish tint and smaller size. Some of the original copies sold with the poster also had a small purple round sticker on front cover with the words "contiene il manifesto più squallido dell'anno" ["contains the dingiest poster of the year"].

The Vinyl Magic CD issue of Terra in bocca exists in two different forms, the first one was released in 1989 (and reissued in 1997 and 2000) and is curiously different from the original LP, probably coming from a demo tape. The total length of the album is 44:09 minutes, and opposed to the final version this sounds less rich and orchestrated but more intense at times. This first reissue also included a miniature reproduction of the original poster.
A second issue from 1993 (almost identical to the first in the CD cover, though with a different disc label), has a 46:44 minutes length and is presumably taken from the original masters. This doesn't include the mini-poster.

The Akarma reissue from 2000, with mini-LP gatefold cover, includes a bonus track, Sogno di un vegetale, different from the song with similar title issued on single in 1972.
Akarma also released in 2009 the CD, having the same number as the previous one, sold with the nice Terra in bocca book by Brunetto Salvarani and Odoardo Semellini. This CD contains an unreleased bonus track, ll pescatore, the original version of Lungo e disteso, sung and played by the composer Piero De Rossi.

A Korean issue exists on Si-Wan (SRML 2014), with gatefold cover.
The album has never been counterfeited. 

Terra in bocca - LP, original cover with poster sticker
Terra in bocca - original poster
Lungo e disteso - 7" single cover
Sono nel sogno verde di un vegetale - 7" single cover
I Giganti in concerto - CD cover

 

 

The official website of I Giganti is www.giganti.it
Guitarist Giacomo "Mino" Di Martino has his own website at http://aloysius.itimpresa.mi.it/dimartino/index.html 

The Il Margine publishing house, which issued the book Terra in bocca, has a website at www.il-margine.it

 

 

Thanks to Alessio, Ivan Scarcelli and Danilo Cortellazzi for pictures and info, and to Brunetto Salvarani and Odoardo Semellini for some details taken from their book.