Carlo Riccardi (keyboards, vocals)
Giorgio Borgarelli (bass, guitar, vocals)
Pierluigi Bertolini (drums)

A little known group, I Leoni, from Tortona (Piemonte, north-west Italy), had a short career that has just left us two singles and an album, all very rare, produced between 1970 and 1971.
They were a trio, led by keyboardist/singer Carlo Riccardi, but all their compositions were by another Riccardi, Enrico, that was not a member of the group and was later an important producer (with popular Italian artists like Patty Pravo and Loredana Bertè).

Despite being mostly in the melodic prog field, the ten-track album includes some good instrumental breaks, like in the hypnotic Lo stregone (with organ, percussion and latin-sung vocals in a Jacula style) and interesting progressive arrangements like in Jena ridens or the closing Il tramonto.

After the release of the album and the second single, the group brought its line-up to a four-piece with guitarist Paolo Stella and a good concert activity, until they broke up at the beginning of 1973.


La foresta Ricordi (SMRL 6081) 1971 gatefold laminated cover
  RCA/Sony (88697 42821 1) 2009 numbered reissue of the 1971 album with gatefold cover

La foresta BMG (82876-54406-2) 2003 reissue of 1971 album with mini gatefold cover

Sanremo '71
(with La folle corsa)
Ricordi (SMRL 6082) 1971 originally a track by Formula Tre, unreleased in this version

(with picture sleeve)
Ogni notte
Le bottiglie
Ricordi (SRL 10612) 1970 both unreleased tracks
Baciare baciare
Il rinoceronte
Ricordi (SRL 10636) 1971 side B taken from La foresta


An incredibly rare album, as the group's two singles, La foresta was first reissued on CD in 2003 and on vinyl in 2009.
It originally came in a gatefold laminated cover.
No counterfeit exists, nor foreign vinyl reissues.
A track from the album, Sesso, was also included, in 1974 in the debut album by Loredana Bertè, Streaking with the title changed to S.E.S.S.O.

I Leoni also appear on a compilation released by Ricordi for the 1971 Festival di Sanremo with a track originally by Formula Tre, La folle corsa.
Another compilation featuring the group was issued in Argentina in 1971, entitled Parata di successi vol.II (Ricordi 2324018). I Leoni are included here with Baciare baciare, sung in Italian but retitled Besar, besar.
The group, along with Lorenza Visconti, had an english-sung song, How can you live your life? in the soundtrack of the film Un posto ideale per uccidere (Oasis of fear/Dirty pictures) by Umberto Lenzi (1971).


La foresta - LP

La foresta - LP label

Ogni notte - 7" single

Baciare baciare - 7" single



Thanks to Valerio D'Angelo, Rocco Trezza and Alessandro Cumbo for some of the information on this page