Very popular artist in Italy, both as a solo artist and
as session musician, Mauro Pagani had a good solo career after leaving Premiata
Forneria Marconi in 1976, tired of the long hard work on the road. In his
early days as a musician, Pagani had played with Gli Araldi, JB Club,
His love for the world music strongly emerged in his 1978 first album, simply entitled Mauro Pagani, featuring many of the best Italian musicians of that time, among which Area's members Demetrio Stratos, Patrizio Fariselli, Giulio Capiozzo and Ares Tavolazzi, PFM's old cohorts Franco Mussida, Patrick Djivas and Franz Di Cioccio, singer Teresa De Sio. The album is very far from his old band's works, with strong oriental folklore influences, but definitely a very good one.
In 1980 Pagani took part in the Carnascialia project, a new group formed by Pasquale Minieri and Giorgio Vivaldi (both also involved in the 1978 solo album) to revive the traditional central and southern Italy folk sounds they had already rearranged as Canzoniere del Lazio. In the same field was the first and only album by Alia Musica, that Pagani had produced in 1979.
Second album came in 1981, Sogno di una notte d'estate was first intended as soundtrack to a theatre play by Gabriele Salvatores. This later became a film, and a new soundtrack was released in 1983, with the same title.
Also in 1981 Mauro began a long collaboration with popular singer songwriter Fabrizio De André, and in 1984 they released what many consider one of the best De André albums (and among the best Italian albums of the decade), Creuza de mä. In the 80's he's mainly worked as session musician with many popular Italian artists, among which Ornella Vanoni, Roberto Vecchioni and Gianna Nannini, releasing his third proper solo album in 1991.
Other soundtracks followed in the 90's, again for
Salvatores movies, Puerto Escondido in 1992 and Nirvana in
In 1999 Pagani has rejoined PFM for a single concert in Milan, as he did again in the summer of 2003.
The last studio release by Pagani has been in 2004 the remake of Creuza de mä, a popular album by Fabrizio de André in which Mauro himself played a very important role.
|Mauro Pagani||Ascolto (ASC 20093)||1978||textured single cover with inner and poster|
|Ascolto (ASC 25027)||1981||Prisma series reissue - single cover with inner|
|BTF/Vinyl Magic (VMLP 115)||2013||single cover with inner|
|Rock and roll exhibition||Cramps (5205 901)||1979||with Demetrio Stratos and Paolo Tofani - single cover with inner|
|Akarma (AK 1016)||2001||as above|
|Sogno di una notte d'estate||Fonit (LPX 99)||1981||textured gatefold cover with lyric inner - original version|
|Fonit (LPX 119)||1983||second issue - movie soundtrack album|
|Passa la bellezza||Philips (848 444)||1991||single cover with lyric insert|
|Mauro Pagani||CGD (74284-2)||1990||reissue of 1978 album - now deleted|
|BTF/Vinyl Magic (VMCD 115)||2006||as above with mini gatefold cover|
|Passa la bellezza||Philips (848 444-2)||1991|
|Rock and roll exhibition||Cramps (CRSCD 010)||1994||reissue of 1979 album - now deleted|
|Akarma (AK 1016)||1999||as above with mini gatefold cover|
|Domani||Edel (NUN 0149192)||2003|
|Sogno di una notte d'estate||BTF/Vinyl Magic (VMCD 095)||2004||reissue of 1981 album with mini gatefold cover|
|Creuza de mä 2004||Edel (OMM 001)||2004||remake of a legendary 1984 album with Fabrizio de André|
PROMOTIONAL AND JUKEBOX SINGLES (with blank cover)
|Europa minor||Ascolto (PRG 7)||1978||white label promotional single - backed with other artist's track|
All the Mauro Pagani albums can still be found at
reasonable prices. The first two also had Japanese issues on King/Seven Seas (nos. GXF2041 and K22P242
No counterfeits exist.
Mauro Pagani - LP
Mauro Pagani - poster
Sogno di una notte d'estate (1981) - LP
Sogno di una notte d'estate (1983) - LP
Passa la bellezza - LP
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