NUOVA COMPAGNIA DI CANTO POPOLARE
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)
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|
|BTF/Vinyl Magic (VMLP 208)||2018||reissue of 1973 album with gatefold cover|
|Li sarracini adorano lu sole||EMI (3C064-18026)||1974||single laminated cover with lyric inner|
|EMI (3C064-18026)||1981||reissue of the above with yellow label|
|Tarantella ca nun va 'bbona||EMI (3C064-18133)||1975||single textured cover with lyric inner|
|EMI (3C064-18133)||1981||reissue of the above with white label|
|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|
|EMI (3C064-18215/6)||1981||reissue of the above in single cover with white label|
|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)
|EMI (3C006-17901)||1973||both tracks from Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare (III)|
Li sarracini adorano lu sole
|EMI (3C 006-18025)||1974||both tracks from Li sarracini adorano lu sole|
|EMI (3C006-18058)||1974||from the theatre piece La cantata dei pastori|
|EMI (3C006-18134)||1975||both tracks from Tarantella ca nun va 'bbona|
|Ricordi (SRL 10767)||1975||both sides from Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare (II)|
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)|
Coro dei soldati
|EMI (3C006-18230)||1976||both tracks from La gatta Cenerentola|
'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
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