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, I Dalton.
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 1997. 
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

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 respectively).
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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Live in Siena
with Lucio Fabbri from PFM
Live a Spina (PG)