Franco Falsini (guitar, keyboards, vocals)
Richard Ursillo (bass)
Keith Edwards (drums)
Stephen Head (keyboards)
Edwards quits, Stephen Head plays keyboards and drums
Franco Falsini had been in 1966 one of the founder members of the legendary power trio Noi Tre, that also featured a future member of La Triade, Agostino Nobile. The group, equally influenced by the likes of Cream and Pretty Things, only released a single , Un posto dove, in 1968, after which Falsini left them, replaced by another future legend of the Italian progressive rock, Paolo Tofani, later with Area and also known as Electric Frankenstein.
After another short-lived group, Le Madri Superiori, Falsini
then formed Sensations' Fix, with former Campo
di Marte italo-American bass player Richard Ursillo and American drummer
It's worth noticing that the group's name has been written as Sensation's Fix on their 1974 promo-only album and Sensations' Fix in the other ones.
The group was based in a farm near Florence, and had a krautrock-like attitude that leaves them as a unique band in the
Italian prog field. Mainly an electronic band, based on keyboards and with very
little use of voice, they released no less than three albums in 1974, one of
them only intended for promotional use, and all based on
instrumental-only themes in the same style as many German bands of the Cosmic
Their albums were self-produced and recorded in the band's own studio, with an amateurish sound quality.
With the entrance of keyboardist Stephen Head, the fourth album Finest finger is their first containing many vocal parts, a more accessible work than their previous ones. In the same direction their next LP, Boxes paradise.
The band went to California, where another US-only
album, Vision's fugitives, was released, with no success. The most
American-sounding of their album, this also includes former Campo
di Marte drummer Carlo Felice Marcovecchio (credited as Marco Marcovecchio)
in a couple of tracks.
Their late album was Flying tapes, released in 1978 and including reworkings of tracks from their earlier LP's.
Changing name to Sheriff and now based in Virgina, the group, composed by
Falsini, Ursillo and Edwards, helped by second guitarist Frank Filfoyt, issued
an US-only LP, with a much rock-inspired sound.
When Ursillo left the band to go back to Italy, the group went on as a trio nearly all of 1979 with new bassist Gary Falwell, but only playing live once. The break-up followed, at the end of that year, when Falsini decided to move to New York to work as studio engineer. Later, in 1983, he reappeared as guitarist and producer of the electro-pop group The Antennas, that released an LP and a single in France.
Keith Edwards stayed in the USA where he played for many
years, before being diagnosed an incurable disease which took him to suicide.
Leader Franco Falsini also released a solo album, Cold nose, soundtrack to a film with the same name, in 1975. He's been reported producing techno music in London in the early 90's.
Bass player Richard Ursillo has kept playing in various groups in the Florence area after the band's demise, and was briefly involved in Campo di Marte 2003 reunion.
Two albums with unreleased recordings have appeared in 2012 showing a growing interest in this group throughout the world. Time to decide, issued by the Russian label Mirumir, contains recordings from the last days of the group, while Music is painting in the air, on the American RVNG label, documents their most creative period, between 1974 and 1977.
|Fragments of light||Polydor (2448 023)||1974||single textured cover|
|Portable madness||Polydor (2448 034)||1974||single textured cover|
|Sensation's Fix||Polydor (AS 273)||1974||promo-only - single laminated cover|
|Finest finger||Polydor (2448 048)||1976||gatefold laminated cover|
|Boxes paradise||Polydor (2448 064)||1977||single cover|
|Vision's fugitives||All Ears (SF 11478) - USA||1977||US-only album - single cover with lyric insert|
|Flying tapes||Polydor (2448 074)||1978||single cover|
|Time to decide||Mirumir (MIR 100701LP) - Russia||2012||LP with bonus CD - unreleased live and studio recordings from 1978-80|
|Music is painting in the air||RVNG (RERVNG02LP) - USA||2012||2 LP - unreleased live and studio recordings from 1974-77 - single cover with inners and booklet|
|Antidote||Hablabel (HBCD 101)||1989||unreleased live and studio recordings from 1978-80 - now deleted|
|Get Back (GET 3)||2003||reissue of the above CD with different cover|
|Fragments of light||Polydor (517 854-2)||1992||reissue of 1974 album - now deleted|
|Polydor (523 696-2)||1998||as above|
|Universal (0602527319384)||2010||mini-LP single cover - part of the box set Progressive Italia - Gli anni '70 vol.4|
|Portable madness||Universal (0602527121802)||2009||reissue of 1974 album - mini-LP single cover - part of the box set Progressive Italia - Gli anni '70 vol.1|
|Finest finger||Universal (0602527122052)||2009||reissue of 1976 album - mini-LP single cover - part of the box set Progressive Italia - Gli anni '70 vol.2|
|Boxes paradise||Universal (0602527316482)||2010||reissue of 1977 album - mini-LP single cover - part of the box set Progressive Italia - Gli anni '70 vol.3|
|Flying tapes||Universal (0602527339603)||2010||reissue of 1978 album - mini-LP single cover - part of the box set Progressive Italia - Gli anni '70 vol.5|
|Sensation's Fix||Universal (0602527382470)||2010||reissue of 1974 album - mini-LP single cover - part of the box set Progressive Italia - Gli anni '70 vol.6|
|Music is painting in the air||RVNG (RERVNG02) - USA||2012||2 CD - unreleased live and studio recordings from 1974-77 - mini LP covers in slipcase with booklet|
VARIOUS ARTISTS COMPILATIONS
(with Just a little bet on the curve)
|Laboratorio (LB/LP 201)||1976||live recording from the 1976 Parco Lambro festival - also features AgorÓ, Ricky Gianco, Area, Canzoniere del Lazio, Toni Esposito, Paolo Castaldi, Eugenio Finardi.|
|Stampa Alternativa (RP 02)||2005||CD reissue of the above with different mini LP cover - only sold with the book Area/Musica e rivoluzione by Gianpaolo Chiaric˛|
(with Music is painting in the hair)
|Materiali Sonori (MASOCD 90055)||1993||CD with book - compilation of Florence 70's-80's bands, also including Bella Band|
|Sheriff||Observatory (OR 1996) - USA||1979||US-only album - single cover with inner|
The rarest album to find is their eponymous album from
distributed by the band and the label for promotional purposes.
The other albums, all on Polydor, are rather common even if they have not been reissued.
Sixth album, Vision's fugitives, was released
only in USA in
1977 on the small All Ears label (SF 11478); it's rather scarce and came with a
distinctive cover and a lyric insert. Even the 1979 album by Sheriff was issued
only in the USA on the Observatory Records label and never reissued on CD.
The Antidote CD was only released by the independent Italian label Hablabel in 1989 and included some unreleased recordings from the late 70's made in Paris, New York and Rome.
No counterfeits exist.
In the CD discography, Antidote is a compilation of
unreleased material that will only appeal to diehard fans of the genre.
Five of the six albums released by Sensations' Fix for Polydor have been issued in Italy on CD for the first time with single cardboard cover as part of the Progressive Italia - Gli anni '70 vol.1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 box sets (Universal 2009-2010) and are not individually available. The 4th volume of the same series includes Fragments of light, the only Polydor album of the group to have already been previously issued on CD.
Japanese CD reissues of Finest finger (with gatefold cover) and Portable madness, as well as Franco Falsini's solo album Cold nose, exist on the Tachika label, with mini-LP covers; these are probably bootleg releases, but have an excellent quality.
Franco Falsini's 80's group, The Antennas, released an LP (Vertical love, Polydor 2393 351) and a single (Just your love/Certified vertical love, Polydor 811 545, issued on 7" and 12"), in France only in 1983.
Sensation's Fix - LP
Fragments of light - LP
Portable madness - LP
Finest finger - LP
Boxes paradise - LP
Vision's fugitives - LP (USA only)
Flying tapes - LP
Sheriff - LP (USA only)
Antidote - CD, first and second issue
Many thanks to Paolo Noro, Scott Martin, Jamie Guggino and Lorenzo Pittan of Amarcord for pictures and information