Artist

I RAMINGHI

Franco Mussita (bass, vocals)
Angelo Santori (keyboards)
Angelo Serighelli (guitar)
Romeo Cattaneo (drums)

A band from Bergamo born in the late 60's, that, as many others, was halfway between a psych-inspired beat and early progressive. Their production was all released on the small Bentler label, consisting in three singles and an album, made between 1970 and 1975.

Some of the album tracks are very good, like Buio mondo nero e giallo, also on single, and La nostra verità, others a bit boring like Every day Jesus with a monotonous choir, but the album is representative of all those bands that turned to progressive while maintaining a strong 60's feeling.

The long waited 2005 official CD reissue of their only album also includes a full 1975 live CD. This shows the strength of the group in concert and also includes a small surprise, the unreleased Mi svegliai al mattino, later recorded as Zora in the album of the same name by Antonius Rex.

In their long career, ended in the second half of the 70's, I Raminghi had many line-up changes, all around the leading figure of "Herr" Mussita. Among the others were part of the group Valerio Cherubini (guitar), Titta Colleoni (organ), Michele Capogrosso (drums), the last two were also in Terza Classe and Perdio.

Guitarist Angelo "India" Serighelli also released a solo album and some singles, while both he and leader Mussita collaborated with Antonius Rex on Zora.
Together, Mussita and Serighelli under the name Mussi & India issued a single entitled Canto d'amore indiano, close in style to a 1974 Italian hit single, Soleado by Daniel Sentacruz Ensemble, with wordless vocalisms, and a B-side which can be vaguely described as progressive.
Serighelli formed in 1985 the hard rock group Wizard, with which he played throughout northern Italy, and in 2001 a Hendrix tribute band called Valindstef, he sadly died in May 2008.

 

 

LP
Il lungo cammino dei Raminghi Bentler (BE LP 1016) 1972 laminated gatefold cover
  Bentler (BE LP 1016) 1998 laminated gatefold cover - 450 copies
  BTF/Vinyl Magic (VM LP102) 2015 gatefold cover, clear vinyl, poster - contains an unreleased bonus track


CD
Il lungo cammino dei Raminghi/Live 1975 BTF/Vinyl Magic (VM102 A/B) 2005 reissue of 1971 album + an unreleased live CD from 1975 - mini-gatefold cover with booklet


VARIOUS ARTISTS COMPILATION ALBUMS
New Berghem rock band
(with Per un sorriso)
Spray (SR LP 1010) 1983 compilation of groups from Bergamo, produced by the Raminghi leader Franco Mussita


SINGLES
(with picture sleeves)
Come viviamo
Guarda tuo padre
Bentler (BE NP 5065) 1970 B-side also on the album
Buio mondo nero e giallo
Partire
Bentler (BE NP 5073) 1971 both tracks from the album
Express
Rendimi l'anima
Bentler (BE NP 5093) 1975 both unreleased tracks


PROMOTIONAL AND JUKEBOX SINGLES
(with blank cover)
Come viviamo
Guarda tuo padre
Bentler (BE NP 5065) 1970 identical to the corresponding regular single, with white label
Buio mondo nero e giallo
Partire
Bentler (BE NP 5073) 1971 identical to the corresponding regular single, with white label

    

MUSSI & INDIA

SINGLES
(with picture sleeves)
Canto d'amore indiano
Una foglia
Emmebi (MB 2001) 1978  

 

An ultrarare album, housed in a beautiful gatefold cover, Il lungo cammino dei Raminghi has been reissued in late 90's on the same label and with the same cover as the original. 
This has apparently been taken by original masters and came in a 450 numbered copies batch privately sold by one of the band members, and is now very hard and expensive to find.
These two issues are very similar, they can be identified by the label (see pictures below) which, in the original, has the SIAE stamp and the Bentler logo higher than in the reissue.

The 2015 reissue by BTF (on clear vinyl) contains an unreleased bonus track, Non farlo, and a poster.

A  mini-gatefold cover CD version of the album (with no extra tracks) has been issued by the Korean M2U label in 2004, it has no. M2U 1018. It's been the first CD reissue of the album ever made.
The official Italian reissue has been released in 2005 by BTF, with an extra live CD and mini-gatefold cover with a nice illustrated booklet.

It has to be pointed out that the label of some singles carries the writing "lead vocals Herrmussita", this was the nickname of Franco Mussita!
The correct years of release of the records, not appearing on the labels, have been confirmed by Mussita himself.

 

Il lungo cammino dei Raminghi - LP

 

Il lungo cammino dei Raminghi - original and reissue labels

Come viviamo - 7" single

Buio mondo nero e giallo - 7" single

Express - 7" single

Mussi & India / Canto d'amore indiano - 7" single

 

 



Click on pictures to enlarge

Raminghi - promo picture Raminghi - promotional poster

 

 

An official website on I Raminghi can be found at www.raminghi.com 

 

 

Thanks to Fabio Locatelli, Alos, Giovanni Ottone, Mauro Costa, John Elvis Gualtieri for pictures and information on the group. Also thanks to Franco Mussita for the correct dates mentioned in the discography.