Franco Sandi (guitar, vocals)
Marco Dondero (flute)
Luciano Ottonello (guitar, vocals)
Rino Loreto (bass)
Maurizio Cassinelli (drums)
An unusual open-group whose five-piece line-up was
helped by the likes of Bambi Fossati (from Garybaldi,
like drummer Maurizio Cassinelli) on guitar, Aldo De Scalzi on keyboards and his brother
Vittorio from New Trolls on guitar, Paolino Costa
on sax and female singer Rita Vietz.
Their only album release was a "divertissement", a lightweight rock songs LP dominated by vocal parts and with short instrumental breaks, that's a shame given the quality of the players involved and their past releases. There are tracks which are closer to progressive (Il commerciante di Lima, with a good use of flute), rock'n'roll (Dora dollar, with a nice guitar solo by Bambi Fossati), wacky jingles (Briciole d'amor), in a record which could be much better.
The original Mandillo line-up also produced a single in
1979 under the name Superquadro, and reformed in 1982 as Reunion with a
repertoire of Beatles covers.
Currently the group includes three of the original members (Sandi, Ottonello and Cassinelli) and the newcomers Fabio Vernizzi (keyboards and vocals) and Stefano Cavallo (bass and vocals).
Reunion have released two albums in 1988 (The falling donkey's sessions) and 1992 (the live Ten years are gone).
|Mandillo||Grog (GRL 01)||1976||gatefold cover|
|Mandillo||AMS/BTF (AMS 178CD)||2013||1976 album reissue with mini-LP gatefold cover|
SINGLES (with picture sleeve)
|Grog (GR 05)||1976||both tracks from Mandillo|
SINGOLI (with picture sleeve)
|America del dollaro
Agata tu, Agata io
|It (ZBT 7164)||1979|
Rare as everything released by the small Grog
label, Mandillo has only been reissued on CD in 2013.
No counterfeits exist.
Mandillo - LP
Nel parco - 7" single
Superquadro / America del dollaro - 7" single
A website dedicated to Reunion is www.reunion.is.it
Thanks to Marco Catellani for information on Mandillo and Superquadro