Artist

PERIGEO

PERIGEO
Tony Sidney (guitar)
Franco D'Andrea (keyboards)
Claudio Fasoli (sax)
Giovanni Tommaso (bass, double bass, vocals)
Bruno Biriaco (drums, percussion)

NEW PERIGEO (1981)
Maurizio Giammarco (sax)
Danilo Rea (keyboards)
Carlo Pennisi (guitar)
Giovanni Tommaso (bass)
Agostino Marangolo (drums)

Often closer to jazz than to rock, Perigeo are always included anyway in the "Italian pop" listings, though the progressive influences in their musical style are limited.

The band, based in Rome, was formed in 1971 and soon had a good recording deal with RCA, releasing their first album in 1972.
A very popular group, their live activity was restless, being often invited to the pop festivals of the time, and they even played in France and England. Their best works are usually considered Genealogia and La valle dei templi. The band split after their fifth album and reunited some years later as Perigeo Special for the ambitious Alice double album, released with many important guests as a concept album on Lewis Carroll's story. 

A later album, Effetto amore in 1981 was released under the name of New Perigeo by a group of important sessionmen led by bass player Giovanni Tommaso, the only member of the original Perigeo. The line-up included Carlo Pennisi and Agostino Marangolo from Flea and Goblin and sax player Maurizio Giammarco who had played in Blue Morning and with the last incarnation of Canzoniere del Lazio. Six of the tracks on the LP were composed by Vanera (lyricist Pasquale Panella, popular in Italy for his collaboration with Lucio Battisti).

All the Perigeo members have had long careers as sessionmen. 
The whole band also appeared on an album by singer-songwriter Giovanni Ullu, released in 1978. 

LP
Azimut RCA (PSL 10555) 1972 single cover - early copies included booklet
  RCA (NL 74103) 1989 reissue of the above
Abbiamo tutti un blues da piangere RCA (DPSL 10609) 1973 laminated gatefold cover
  RCA (NL 71934) 1989 reissue of the above
Genealogia RCA (TPL 1-1080) 1974 laminated gatefold cover
  RCA (NL 71935) 1989 reissue of the above
La valle dei templi RCA (TPL 1-1175) 1975 laminated single cover
  RCA (NL 71936) 1989 reissue of the above
Non è poi così lontano RCA (TPL 1-1228) 1976 single cover
  RCA (NL 74099) 1989 reissue of the above
Alice RCA (PL 31470) 1980 2 LP - gatefold cover - as Perigeo Special
Effetto amore RCA (PL 31608) 1981 as New Perigeo - single cover
Live 1976 Contempo (CONTE 156) 1990 2 LP - gatefold cover


CD
Azimut RCA (ND 74103) 1989 reissue of 1972 album
  Sony/BMG (88697-97692-2) 2011 as above with mini-LP cover
Abbiamo tutti un blues da piangere RCA (ND 71934) 1989 reissue of 1973 album
  Sony/BMG (88697-92145-2) 2011 as above with mini-LP gatefold cover
Genealogia RCA (ND 71935) 1989 reissue of 1974 album
La valle dei templi RCA (ND 71936) 1989 reissue of 1975 album
Non è poi così lontano RCA (ND 74099) 1989 reissue of 1976 album
Alice RCA (74321 185312) 1990 reissue of 1980 album
Live 1976 Contempo (CONTECD 156) 1990  
Live in Montreaux RCA (74321 149842) 1990  
Alice RCA (82876 59279 2) 90's reissue of the 1980 QDisc


VARIOUS ARTISTS COMPILATIONS
Free dimension
(with Grandangolo and Aspettando il nuovo giorno)
RCA (CKAY 27134) 1973 newspaper cover - RCA label sampler also featuring Nadma, Living Music, Brainticket
Trianon 75 - Domenica musica
(with Via Beato Angelico)
RCA (TCM2-1178) 1975 2LP - gatefold cover - live album including Antonello Venditti, Mario Schiano, Stradaperta, Rino Gaetano, Toni Esposito, Lucio Dalla and others
Q-concert
(with Aschimilero)
RCA (PG 33417) 1981 as New Perigeo - 4-track 12" mini-LP (Q-disc) with Rino Gaetano and Riccardo Cocciante
Giovanni Tommaso/I've been around
(with Sicilian sunset)
Musica Jazz (MJCD 1154) 2003 as New Perigeo - live recording from 1981, included on Giovanni Tommaso's solo album


SINGLES
(with picture sleeve)
La valle dei templi
Tamale
RCA (TPBO 1152) 1975 both tracks from La valle dei templi
Movie rush (La febbre del cinema)
Tema di Alba
RCA (TBBO 1224) 1976 both unreleased tracks, from the soundtrack of the film La febbre del cinema
Fata Morgana
Take off
RCA (TPBO 1278) 1976 both tracks from Non è poi così lontano
Alice QDisc (Il quartiere, Bella città, Festival, Tea party, Al bar dello sport) RCA (PG 33407) 1980 as Perigeo Special - 12" mini-LP (Q-disc) with tracks from Alice


PROMO-ONLY AND JUKEBOX SINGLES (with blank cover)
Via Beato Angelico
Torre del Lago
RCA (TPBO 1071) 1974 both tracks from Genealogia - promo-only, no cover
Confusione, gran confusione, ovvero Il processo
Bella la città
RCA (PB 6450) 1980 both tracks from Alice - as Perigeo Special - promo-only, no cover

 

All the Perigeo albums are rather common and cheap. Maybe the only notable exception is the original first album with the 12 page booklet that includes the musicians' biographies. Maybe this was intended for promotional reasons and was not included in later copies.

Some of their LP's had foreign issues, La valle dei templi (with the title translated to Valley of the temples) and Genealogia had an US release with same catalogue numbers and minimal design differences, many of them had european releases.
Non è poi così lontano was issued in the USA with the title Fata Morgana, from one of its tracks. This was released by RCA with cat.no.1228 in 1977 and had a different single cover.

No counterfeits exist.

Before their debut album Azimut, Giovanni Tommaso composed the soundtrack to a documentary entitled Vivere a: Tokyo città del paradosso, broadcast in 1971 and part of a six-part series dedicated to some world cities, produced by Corrado Augias. An LP mistakenly entitled Vivere a: Tokyo città del paradiso (RCA Original Cast SP 8039, but the label has the correct title Vivere a: Tokyo città del paradosso) was released, probably never put on sale. Tommaso himself confirmed that the album wasn't played by the Perigeo musicians, as was previously believed.

 

Azimut - LP cover and booklet

Abbiamo tutti un blues da piangere - LP

Genealogia - LP

La valle dei templi - LP

Valley of the temples (US issue) - LP

Non è poi così lontano - LP

Fata Morgana (US issue) - LP

Alice - LP

Alice QDisc - LP

New Perigeo / Effetto amore - LP

Giovanni Tommaso / Vivere a: Tokyo citta del paradiso - LP

Movie rush - 7" single

Fata Morgana - 7" single

 

Thanks to Virgilio Venditti, Monica Santosuosso, Annunziato Cangemi, Ubaldo Cibei (Franco), Valerio D'Angelo, Marco Giorgi for information and scans on this page.

 

 

Drummer Bruno Biriaco's site is www.brunobiriaco.com/