Artist

NUOVA COMPAGNIA DI CANTO POPOLARE

1970-71
Fausta Vetere (vocals, guitar, flute)
Peppe Barra (vocals, percussion)
Giovanni Mauriello (vocals, percussion)
Carlo D'Angiņ (vocals, percussion)
Patrizio Trampetti (vocals, guitar, mandolin, percussion)
Eugenio Bennato (vocals, guitar, mandolin, accordion)

1972
D'Angiņ quits, replaced by
Nunzio Areni (flute, guitar)

Folk music has never been very popular in Italy, probably due to the strong differences between the music traditions of the 20 Italian regions, and it's never been as commercially successful as it was with Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare. 
Though the progressive rock fans will find NCCP's inclusion here out of place, the group surely deserves a mention for their passionate search of old folk tunes, rearranged and reworked with a modern feel, and in this sense can be considered an example of progressive music.

Formed in Naples around 1967 by composer Roberto De Simone, that never was an active member but rather a sort of inspirer and executive producer, the group released their first LP in 1971 on the small Rare label. Their music, since their beginnings, was strongly based on reworkings of traditional tunes from Naples and its region Campania, with multivocal parts and acoustic guitars, flutes, percussion and all sorts of ancient popular instruments. 

A second album, a double one, came in 1972 with new member Nunzio Areni and in the same vein as the previous one, but a little more elaborate from the musical point of view, but success and interest came with the third album, recorded live, and again simply titled with the name of the group. 
The band had an intense live activity all over Italy and reached a great, unexpected success with their fourth album, Li sarracini adorano lu sole, and a single taken from it, Tammurriata nera. This song was a late 40's post-war popular song, an exception in the group's repertoire compared to their 16th and 17th century usual tunes.

Following their success, Ricordi reissued in 1975 their first two albums, now spanned over three LP's and with different titles and covers.

In 1976 the folk opera La gatta Cenerentola, represented in many Italian theatres, was again very successful, and the band has kept playing until now, with concerts in every part of the world, and still based on the leading figure of female singer Fausta Vetere.

Long time member Eugenio Bennato left the band in 1976 to form a similar band, Musicanova, along with Carlo D'Angiņ, also in the first album line-up.

LP (until 1979)
Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare Rare (RARLP 55011) 1971 gatefold laminated cover
Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare Rare (RARLP 55015/6) 1972 2LP - gatefold cover
Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare EMI (3C064-17900) 1973 gatefold laminated cover - later copies had non-laminated cover
Li sarracini adorano lu sole EMI (3C064-18026) 1974 single laminated cover with lyric inner
Tarantella ca nun va 'bbona EMI (3C064-18133) 1975 single textured cover with lyric inner
Lo guarracino Ricordi (SMRL 6151) 1975 reissue of first album
  Ricordi/Orizzonte (ORL 8043) 1978 as above
Cicerenella Ricordi (SMRL 6152) 1975 reissue of second album - 1st part
  Ricordi/Orizzonte (ORL 8086) 1978 as above
La serpe a Carolina Ricordi (SMRL 6153) 1975 reissue of second album - 2nd part
  Ricordi/Orizzonte (ORL 8101) 1978 as above
La gatta Cenerentola EMI (3C154-18215/6) 1976 2LP - gatefold laminated cover with glued photographic insert
11 mesi e 29 giorni EMI (3C064 18295) 1977 gatefold cover 
La cantata dei pastori EMI (3C064 18300) 1978  
Aggio girato lu munno EMI (3C064 18368) 1979 gatefold cover with lyric inner
All the albums above, bar the first two, have been reissued on CD


SINGLES
(until 1977)
Vulumbrella
Li 'ffigliole
EMI (3C006-17901) 1973 both tracks from Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare (III)
Tammurriata nera
Li sarracini adorano lu sole
EMI (3C 006-18025) 1974 both tracks from Li sarracini adorano lu sole
Nascette lu messia
Pastorale tradizionale
EMI (3C006-18058) 1974 from the theatre piece La cantata dei pastori
Alla montemaranese
Trapenarella
EMI (3C006-18134) 1975 both tracks from Tarantella ca nun va 'bbona
La rumba degli scugnizzi
Li 'ffigliole
Ricordi (SRL 10767) 1975 both sides from Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare (II)
Lacrime 'e cundannate
Tarantella del Gargano
Ricordi (SRL 10785) 1975 A side from Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare (II), B side from Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare (I)
Tarantella
Coro dei soldati
EMI (3C006-18230) 1976 both tracks from La gatta Cenerentola
Giuvanneniello
'O cunto 'e Masaniello
EMI (3C006-.....) 1977 also known as Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare alla festa dei gigli di Nola
A side from 11 mesi e 29 giorni, B side from Li sarracini adorano lu sole

 

The first two albums are by far the rarest of the NCCP catalogue. 
They were released by the small Rare label (probably connected to the French Riviera and Barclay companies as it had a similar logo and label design). 
After the success of the 1974 LP and single, the albums were re-released by Ricordi, that owned the rights, with different titles and cover, called Lo guarracino, Cicerenella and La serpe a Carolina.

Third album, again called Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare, and their first with EMI, was intially released with a gatefold laminated cover, later issues had a non-laminated cover.

No counterfeits exist, nor foreign reissues.

Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare (1971) - LP

Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare (1972) - LP

Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare (1973) - LP

Li sarracini adorano lu sole - LP

La gatta Cenerentola - LP

 

 

A good non-official site dedicated to NCCP can be found at http://digilander.libero.it/nuovacompagnia