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An ensemble of musicians from Milan area that never had anything released despite concerts in northern Italy. In the line-up there were at various times Eugenio Finardi, Paolo Donnarumma, Ezio Malgrati, Alberto Camerini, Walter Calloni, Pepè Gagliardi, Lucio Fabbri, Donatella Bardi, Ricky Belloni. Some of the musicians in this group later formed Anyway Blues, with two LP's in the early 80's.
LP - Paciana story (Fu.Re.Ca 01 - 1975)
CD - Paciana story (BTF/AMS AMS105 - 2006)
Nothing in common with Dalton on the musical side, though two musicians from that band, Temi Reduzzi and Aronne Cereda, were involved in this 1975 pop opera project based on the life of a 19th century brigand and mixing traditional folk and soft prog songs. The album had a private pressing and it's still easy to find at low prices.
LP - A Rosa, a Giovanna e alle altre (Mizar MZPP 01 - 1972)
45 - Rosa/Nessuna voglia (Mizar MZ-PP 0145 - 1972)
A singer-songwriter from Naples, whose only album was released on a small label in 1972. This is only notable for the presence of some members of Buon Vecchio Charlie in two tracks (Rosa and Il guardiano della valle).
Gian Francesco Calabrese (vocals, guitar, violin, piano)
Piero Goria (vocals, percussion)
Riccardo Grigolo (flute, mouth harp, vocals)
Mauro Minucci (bass, guitar, vocals)
Sergio Sacchi (vocals, guitar)
Enrico Sala (vocals, guitar, mandolin)
LP - I padroni della città (L'Orchestra OLP 10007 - 1976)
A folk group from Milan, formed around 1971, whose only LP is similar to Un biglietto del tram by Stormy Six, with political-inspired lyrics and a very good use of the instruments, mostly acoustic.
LP - Mario Panseri (RCA PSL 10453 - 1970)
LP - Adolescenza (RCA PSL 10585 - 1973)
LP - Sulla spiaggia d'inverno (Polydor 2448 067 - 1978)
A singer-songwriter born in Rome but living in Liguria, Panseri made his first album in 1970. His most progressive work was the Adolescenza album, based on Alberto Moravia's novel Agostino. After a third more commercial album, Sulla spiaggia d’inverno from 1978, Panseri kept composing and playing until his death in 1995.
LP - Noi belli, noi brutti (Durium SAI 77399 - 1978)
LP - Per lasciare una traccia (Durium SAI 77411 - 1980)
Worth mentioning for his past experience as singer with De De Lind and a short collaboration as lyricist with Dik Dik, Vito Paradiso tried an unsuccessful solo career that produced two mediocre albums and a few singles.
45 - Paradiso di robots/Non si torna indietro (City C 6267 - 1972)
Only a single for this unknown group, with two good progressive style tracks.
LP - Naufrago in città (Picci GLA 2001 - 1972)
LP - Naufrago in città (Akarma AK 0999- 2014 - reissue of the above)
Naufrago in città was recorded by Paride De Carli, Alberto Rocchetti and Giambattista Bonavera before the birth of Seconda Genesi, under the direction of composer/producer Redo Lucchetti
The ultrarare album, recorded in 1971, is all instrumental and acoustic, based on classical guitar, flute, keyboards, and has been included in the CD reissue of the Seconda Genesi album by Akarma and later reissued on vinyl by the same label.
The album is not particularly impressive for fans of the Italian prog, but it's highly collectible and expensive.
The name Paride e gli Stereo 4 (sometimes Paride e gli Stereo 8) has also been used by De Carli and the musicians of Seconda Genesi when they backed other artists on record (among these Pierluigi Terri, Fathia, Fiammetta).
LP - Azimut I (CGD FGS 5091 - 1970)
45 - Per amore/Oggi domani (CGD 131 - 1970)
A big group, composed of 11 singers and musicians, Le Particelle released a
single with a cover version of the Moody Blues' Watching and waiting and
soon after a concept album called Azimut I.
A typical product of the time, the album is a sort of pop opera, with multivocal and choral parts on a rock background with some orchestral arrangements, and lyrics dealing with the decline of mankind.
Among the band members Maurizio Fabrizio and his brother Salvatore, along with drummer Andy Surdi (later with Angelo Branduardi).
LP - Naifunk (Mirto 6323 578 - 1978)
Well-known session sax player, Pascoli, from Trieste, released this
funky-tinged jazz-rock album in 1978 with help with some of the big names of the
The album has been reissued on CD in 2010 by Universal as part of the Progressive Italia - Gli anni '70 vol.5 box set.
45 - The telegraph is calling/My shade (RRC RN-024 - 1971)
45 - Carol/Laura what you do (RRC RN-036 - 1972)
A mysterious group, whose two singles for the RRC label are particularly
expensive and sought after by DJ's and "lounge music" lovers.
It seems now sure that behind the name Pawnshop hid some popular film music composers like Piero Umiliani (also involved in the two LP's credited to The Braen's Machine) Giulia De Mutiis as author of the lyrics, and Giuliano Sorgini, which were credited as composers under the nicknames Braen, Kema and Raskovich. De Mutiis was the wife of composer Alessandro Alessandroni, who almost certainly plays sitar in the first single.
LP - La stagione per morire (Polydor 2448 010 - 1972)
LP - Al mercato degli uomini piccoli (Polydor 2448 017 - 1973)
LP - Mauro Pelosi (Polydor 2448 056 - 1977)
LP - Il signore dei gatti (Polydor 2448 092 - 1979)
Singer-songwriter from Rome, Mauro Pelosi released four albums among which
the first two are particularly desired by prog collectors for unknown reasons,
as they contain gloomy songs, often with dismal lyrics.
Despite the presence of Gianni Leone and Gianchi Stinga from Il Balletto di Bronzo among the others his albums are mostly based on acoustic guitar and with some orchestral arrangements here and there.
Pelosi has started a new phase in his musical career at the end of the 90's, with the release of some new works on CD.
His first four albums have been reissued again on CD in 2009 and 2010 by Universal as part of the Progressive Italia - Gli anni '70 vol.1, 3, 4 and 5 box sets
Mauro Pelosi - www.mauropelosi.it
LP - Solare (Ciao CIA 1003 - 1980)
After the end of Celeste, the former band drummer
Ciro Perrino switched to keyboards, playing with different groups such as St.Tropez, Compagnia Digitale and
His first solo album came in 1980, is all based on keyboards, not far from what Jean Michel Jarre was doing at the time. Subsequently Perrino moved towards new age, with other solo releases in that style, and was co-founder of the independent Mellow label, specialised in CD reissues of mostly Italian prog rarities, and new releases by younger prog artists.
Ciro Perrino - www.ciroperrino.com
45 - Inganno/Musicista (Bazar B-0785 -1981)
45 - In the night/I'm free (Bazar B-0790 -1981)
Included because, not having a release date on label, it's often sold as an
early 70's single, Inganno, from 1981, contains two songs of good level.
The A-side is a hard rock track, similar to Ibis though not at the same level, despite a very nice guitar solo. Musicista, on the B-side, is better, a nice ballad in progressive style with an acoustic guitar intro and vocal harmonies in Pink Floyd style; the song is rather long and becomes heavier in the final part, with a good guitar solo.
The group was formed in Modena in 1980. A second single by Phantoms, again from 1981 contains two English-sung tracks, In the night and a remake of The Who's I'm free.
LP - Mi chiamo Piero (Rare 55103 -1972)
A very rare record, often described with the crucial word "progressive", this album from 1972 contains in fact 12 songs with some flute and keyboards arrangements that May remind of the typical prog sounds. The members of this group, all originating from Voghera, were Piero Cairo (keyboards and vocals), Ezio Cristiani (vocals, guitar, flute) and Tino Negri (vocals and bass), helped by Roberto Ferracin (organ) and Sergio Chiesa (drums), but the album was totally composed by Cairo, who had a later career in the disco-music field.
Vincenzo "Vince" Tempera (keyboards)
Ares Tavolazzi (bass)
Ellade Bandini (drums)
45 - Ballad of Easy Rider/The pleasure machine (Durium LdA 7685 - 1970 - credited to "Vince Tempera e la Macchina del Piacere")
45 - The long and winding road/A song (EMI/Columbia 3C006-17635 - 1970)
45 - Fuoco di paglia/?Express 9.15 (EMI/Columbia 3C006-17723 - 1971)
45 - Asia/Amici (EMI/Columbia 3C006-17773 - 1971)
45 - Ultimo tango a Parigi/Song for Rosemary (EMI/Columbia 3C006-17876 - 1972)
A trio that included Milan-born keyboardist Vince Tempera, later a long standing
collaborator and arranger with many Italian groups and artists and
a member of Il Volo, and two musicians from Ferrara, future Area bass player Tavolazzi and drummer Bandini (a well known session player). They had started playing together under the name Avengers, later changed to The Pleasure Machine.
Their singles included both originals and covers, with a very good level of musicianship. Tempera also released some solo albums, one of which in 1970 was entitled The pleasure machine (Durium/Start LP S 40089).
The three musicians played on other artists' albums, such as L'isola non trovata by singer-songwriter Francesco Guccini and Terra in bocca by I Giganti; in 1970 with fourth member Angelo Vaggi the issued an album under the name Fourth Sensation.
45 - È già passato un anno/Colori rubati (Basf Fare 06 13314Q - 1974)
An artist (or a group?) that only released a single for Basf. The record contains two tracks of good brass-rock not far from Showmen 2.
LP - Peace on you (RiFi RDZ ST 14213 - 1972)
45 - Mary Grace/Yellow high (RiFi RFN NP 16420 - 1971)
45 - Freedom (All men should be free)/Sunday in neon lights (RiFi RFN NP 16491 - 1972)
A black african artist, born in Ghana
during the English colonial occupation, Mack Porter moved
to Netherlands and then to Italy in the late 60's, releasing here four pop and soul-oriented singles
for the small Naples label Fans. In 1969 he won the Un disco per l'Europa
song contest in Lugano, Switzerland.
Signed to RiFi he made a concept album in 1972, under the name of Mack Sigis Porter, called Peace on you, strongly inspired by psych and slightly progressive atmospheres, with wild guitar solos (and some Hendrix-like vocals) but even some orchestral arrangements. Among the guest musicians there was keyboardist Vince Tempera from Il Volo.
The rare and expensive album was housed in a nice gatefold centre-opening cover that had the small cutout of a bird shape in the central part. It's totally untrue that it only came out in a handful of promo copies as some insist. The album was a standard release that had no promotion at all and sold in minimal quantities.
The first reissue ever produced for this album has been issued by the German label Shadoks Music in 2006, a wonderful limited pressing of 400 copies with thick cover (centre-foldout as the original) and heavy vinyl, absolutely recommended!
After his musical career Porter stayed in Italy and became a stylist under the name Mack Squire.
Riccardo Caruso (keyboards, vocals)
Giorgio Dolce (guitar)
Giovanni Baldini (bass)
Daniele Cannone (drums)
A quartet of teenagers from Viareggio, that used to play very much at Piper
2000 in their home town, with a style close to british hard rock, often
supporting popular bands in concert.
They were once noticed by the singer Mia Martini during the rehearsals for a concert in that venue, and she chose them as her backing band, renaming the group La Macchina.
Despite a very good live act and Mia's recording deal with RCA, she was asked to leave the group due to the sound, that was considered too heavy by the record company.
After their winning appearance at Viareggio Pop Festival in 1971 the band left Mia Martini and broke up before taking part in the Festivalbar contest, as one of the members didn't want to leave home to embark in a national tour.
Unfortunately they didn't leave any recorded traces of their activity, apart from some demo tracks appeared on recent Mia Martini compilation CD's. They also recorded an album with tracks by an English composer, but the tapes have apparently disappeared.
Of the band members, only Dolce and Cannone kept playing at Piper 2000, and they also took part in the closing jam of the venue in 1972. Riccardo Caruso, great grandson of the popular tenor Enrico, is himself an opera singer.
Raimondo Fantuzzi (guitar, vocals)
Roberto Zazzi (flute)
Giancarlo Di Bella (keyboards)
Franco Coruzzi (bass)
Vittorio Savi (drums)
45 - E la musica va.../Lascia che ancora (Bazar 0788 - 1981)
CD - Motivi di sempre (Lizard LDV 008 - 2014)
Formed in 1971 in Collecchio, near Parma, with the initial name Collettivo
Musicale Collecchiese, this group lasted for many years with a concert activity
for the most part in Emilia, and also participating in the Pescara Rock Festival
Initially inspired by PFM, they updated their sound with the influence of American groups like Kansas and Styx.
At the beginning of the 80's, the group recorded an album for the Bazar label, but only two tracks were released on a single. Gradually going towards a more commercial sound, the band broke up in 1983.
Since 2005 Posto Blocco 19 has been reformed, playing in various Progressive Rock Festivals in the Parma area with four of the original members (Fantuzzi, Zazzi, Di Bella, Savi), assisted by bassist Massimo Casaro and percussionist Stefano Savi. The group released the first CD of its long activity in 2014.
Posto Blocco 19 - www.postoblocco19.it
Roberto Laneri (voice)
Susan Hendricks (voice)
Claudio Ricciardi (voice)
Gianni Nebbiosi (voice)
LP - La coda della tigre (Ananda 2 - 1977)
CD - Prima materia (Die Schachtel DS 10 - 2005 - reissue of 1977 album on deluxe CD with unreleased tracks)
A quartet formed by Roberto Laneri in California in 1973, and based in Rome after their return to Italy, working in the avantgarde field. Their only album contains two long tracks, for over 46 minutes, just made with wordless vocal sounds.
LP - Poco prima dell'aurora (Cetra/Numero Uno LPX 24 - 1973 - credited to "Ivano Alberto Fossati & Oscar Prudente")
LP - Un essere umano (Numero Uno DZSLN 55154 - 1973)
LP - Infinite fortune (Numero Uno ZSLN 55673 - 1974)
LP - Donna che vai (CGD 82073 - 1977)
Along with a successful career as songwriter for many important artists, Oscar Prudente also had a solo career playing his own songs. His first album was released as a joint work with former Delirium singer Ivano Fossati, later albums were mostly song-based. The best one is usually considered Infinite fortune, a concept album on the emigration from southern Italy to the north, that again featured the help of Fossati on flute.
Fabio Spruzzola (vocals, guitar)
Massimo Meazza (vocals, guitar)
Claudio Bazzari (vocals, guitar)
LP - Pueblo (Polydor 2448 041 - 1975)
CD - The big thunder (Solid Air/I.R.D. SA5299 - 2000)
45 - Mariposa/Pasadena (Polydor 2060 095 - 1975)
45 - Song girl/Rio Hondo (Polydor 2060 110 - 1975)
45 - Long knife Jackson/Cheyenne woman (Polydor 2060 138 - 1977)
Formed in Milan around 1974, Pueblo were another of many Italian groups
playing a West Coast-styled rock, this time sung in English.
Early recordings were made at Apple studios in London, then a contract with Polydor, which gave a good promotion to the group, that also played as support band for Le Orme, but split after a more commercial second single in 1977.
Guitarist Max Meazza has had a long career as solo artist and has reformed Pueblo in 1999 for a new album with old cohort Claudio Bazzari.
The Pueblo LP has been reissued on CD in 2010 by Universal as part of the Progressive Italia - Gli anni '70 vol.6 box set, with both sides of the 1977 single as bonus tracks.
Claudio Bazzari - www.claudiobazzari.com
Max Meazza - www.maxmeazza.com
45 - A man on the road/Dream (Phono Sound TSP0028 - 1979)
A quintet from Milan that only issued this single sung in English, their style is
a good hard rock with progressive influences, but not particularly original. The
group's singer was Pino Scotto, later with the popular hard rock group Vanadium.
There is another group called Pulsar, which made the I Pulsar n.1 LP in 1976 (CEM Cometa Edizioni Musicali), but it's composed by studio musicians led by jazz composers Enrico Pieranunzi and Silvano Chimenti for an instrumental album containing the soundtrack to the film Milano violenta..
Mirko Setaro (vocals, acoustic guitar)
Peppe Vessicchio (vocals, guitar, electric piano)
LP - Odore di capra (Ghibli CD 3304 - 1977)
Not to be confused with Il Punto, this was a duo from Naples, with help from many guest musicians, that released a little known melodic pop album in 1977, of no interest for prog fans. Both the Punto 2 members had a successful career in later years, Setaro in the cabaret group I Trettré and Vessicchio as producer, arranger and orchestra conductor in many TV shows.
Lino Vilardo (vocals)
Corrado Slemer (guitar, vocals)
Giorgio Zuanazzi (keyboards, vocals)
Ivano Rigo (bass, vocals)
Erminio "Nero" Maimeri (drums, vocals)
45 - Verso il cielo/Sogno (PMS 01 - 1978)
45 - Tra poco lei/Domani cambierà (Unifunk AR/4580/4 - 1980)
Apparently only two singles were released by this group from Verona; the
first one was self produced, side A is a ballad built on
acoustic guitar with multivocal parts and good synth solo, side B is more
elaborate and based on keyboards.
A second single came out later on the Unifunk label, with a lightweight A-side and a better track in Domani cambierà.
Thanks to Alessandro Vanni, Gustavo Castagna Machado, Fabio Marchignoli, Fabio Locatelli, Ubaldo Cibei (Franco), Roberto Ferracin, Marco Ricci, Fabio Meini, for information and scans on some artists and records in this page.
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