PICCHIO DAL POZZO
Aldo De Scalzi (keyboards, percussion, vocals)
Paolo Griguolo (guitar, vocals)
Giorgio Karaghiosoff (sax, flute, percussion, vocals)
Andrea Beccari (bass, vocals)
Claudio Lugo (sax, flute)
Roberto Romani (sax, flute)
Aldo Di Marco (drums, percussion)
A sort of open group, based around the nucleus of Aldo
De Scalzi (younger brother of New Trolls' Vittorio), Griguolo and Beccari and with large
use of external collaborators.
Their first album was released by De Scalzi's label Grog, one of just five releases on this collectible label, with help from various artists from Genova such as Vittorio De Scalzi, Ciro Perrino and Leonardo Lagorio from Celeste, Renzo "Pucci" Cochis from Jet.
Often described like a sort of Italian Canterbury sound, their first album includes an original blend of different sounding, based on keyboards and horns, with surrealistic lyrics and vocal effects. Interesting and intriguing, the album is worth a listen, and is very far from everything else in the Italian prog field.
Their four years break has been recently documented by the CD Camere Zimmer Rooms, with very good quality recordings from the 1977-80 era, an interesting release with a very nice introducing track as Il Presidente with irreverent lyrics on the then President of Italy.
Their second official album was made in 1980, this time on L'Orchestra label after their collaboration with Stormy Six and the Rock in Opposition movement. Another interesting album, still with complex rhythm changes and various influences, this also had a flexi single included.
Many of the musicians involved in Picchio dal Pozzo have followed their career in the later years, and a new four-piece line-up, featuring De Scalzi, Griguolo, Lugo and Di Marco, has released a new album in 2004. Called Pic_nic @ Valdapozzo this contains some recordings from late 2002 based on some sampled unreleased vocal experiments by Demetrio Stratos, who briefly assisted the band around 1979. An instrumental album for the most part (except for the Stratos experiments and a single vocal track), this is far from their older albums though it keeps a good quality. Some of the typical sound the group had created in the 80's is still there, though the album is closer to jazz and relies much more than in the past on improvisation, the surreal lyrics of the earlier albums are sadly missing.
The nice A_live CD, issued in 2010, contains a live recording from the 2008 AltRock Festival in Sesto S.Giovanni (near Milan), where Picchio dal Pozzo were aided by the musicians of Yügen.
A DVD issued in 2014 contains the recording of a concert held at La Claque in Genova in January 2011.
Along with his activity with Picchio Dal Pozzo, Aldo De Scalzi also had a long career as composer and producer. With his long time collaborator Pivio they composed many film soundtracks, gaining quite a few important awards.
|Picchio dal Pozzo||Grog (GRL 03)||1976||gatefold cover|
|Goodfellas (GF PDP1LP)||2011||reissue with single cover and inner|
|Abbiamo tutti i suoi problemi||L'Orchestra (OLPS 55013)||1980||single cover with lyric insert + bonus 7" flexi single|
|Picchio dal Pozzo||Vinyl Magic (VM 067)||2001||reissue of 1976 album|
|Goodfellas (GF PDP1CD)||2011||new reissue with digipack cover and a bonus track|
|Camere Zimmer Rooms||Cuneiform (RUNE 153) - USA||2001||1977-80 unreleased recordings|
|Pic_nic @ Valdapozzo||Auditorium (AUD 01704)||2004||new recordings|
|A_live||Altrock (ALT011)||2010||live at AltRock Festival in 2008 with help from Yügen musicians|
VARIOUS ARTISTS COMPILATIONS LP'S
|Raccomandato di vinile
(with Uccellin dal bosco)
|L'Orchestra (OLPS 55555)||1981||Promotional label sampler, also includes Art Bears, Mamma Non Piangere, Stormy Six, Alessandro Carrera, Strumento Concerto, Ensemble Havadia|
|Recommended records sampler
(with Uccellin dal bosco)
|Recommended (RR 8/9) - UK||1982||UK-only 2LP release -
Recommended records sampler - plastic bag with inserts
also includes Stormy Six
PROMO-ONLY AND JUKEBOX SINGLES (with blank cover)
|Uccellin dal bosco||L'Orchestra (no cat.no.)||1980||flexi 7" bonus with Abbiamo tutti i suoi problemi|
The Picchio dal
Pozzo albums are both hard
First one comes with a gatefold cover, second one in a single sleeve with a
lyric 12"x12" insert.
Originally Abbiamo tutti i suoi problemi included a one-sided 7" flexi disc with the unreleased Uccellin dal bosco housed in a plain white diecut cover. The LP contained, in the original shrink, a small card advertising the single, with the text “contiene 45 giri in regalo” [includes free 45rpm single]. This is by far their rarest item as most copies around seem to have lost it.
The same track was also included in two compilations, Raccomandato di vinile by L'Orchestra and on the English Recommended label sampler, a 2-LP set with many contemporary avantgarde artists from all over the world housed in a nice clear plastic cover with inserts.
Some tracks from the first Picchio dal Pozzo album also appear in instrumental form on records issued by Magma in the promotional SMAG series and credited to Gianni e i Suoi Solisti:
- the solo flute part that opens Napier is included in integral version with the title Flauti atonali on the Background - Musiche di atmosfera (Magma SMAG 01) LP, which also contains the instrumental base of Seppia renamed Aggeggi savana.
- the instrumental base of Cocomelastico appears with the name Multistrati on the LP Musiche di sensazioni (Magma SMAG 02).
Both album have been reissued in Japan (King K22P183 and K22P243) and the first one in Korea as well (SiWan SRML 2005). No counterfeits exist.
Picchio dal Pozzo has had a 2003 CD
reissue by the Japanese label Arcangelo (ARC-7027) with a mini-LP cover. This is
also part of an 8-CD box set dedicated to Grog
(that includes in fact only three Grog
releases along with five albums originally on Magma).
Second LP Abbiamo tutti i suoi problemi was reissued by the UK-based ReR Megacorp on CD in 2006 (cat.no. ReRPdP) and on vinyl in 2016 (cat.no. ReRPdPV).
Picchio dal Pozzo - LP
Abbiamo tutti i suoi problemi - LP
Uccellin del bosco - bonus 7" flexi label
Camere Zimmer Rooms - CD cover
Pic_nic @ Valdapozzo - CD cover
A_live - CD cover
A website dedicated to Picchio dal Pozzo will soon be found at http://www.picchiodalpozzo.com
Thanks to Giancarlo Del Papa and Valerio D'Angelo for some information