One of the most creative artists in the whole Italian
rock scene of the 70's, Demetrio Stratos (real name Demetrious Efstratios) was
in fact born in Alexandria, Egypt in 1945 from a greek family, and came to Italy
His first musical experiences came in the early 60's, first as keyboardist and later as singer, and he joined a popular beat group, I Ribelli, that released their eponymous album for Ricordi in 1968.
When I Ribelli split he was signed to Numero Uno, that issued his first and only single in 1972. Daddy's dream, an unsuccessful attempt to launch Stratos as a commercial singer that went unnoticed. In the same year he formed Area, one of the most interesting and influencial Italian progressive bands.
His works with Area are well known and documented, but Stratos kept following his studies on the use of the human voice, and his solo albums are a great demonstration of his capabilities. He collaborated with various Italian and international avantgarde artists, and guested on many contemporary music albums.
In 1979, along with Area's
guitarist Paolo Tofani and former PFM founder member Mauro
Pagani, he recorded a live album called Rock and roll exhibition, a
sort of divertissement based on the reworking of rock'n' roll classics and
distant light years from his avantgarde interests.
This was his last record release, as he died in New York on 13th June, 1979 of medullary aplasia.
The day after, a great celebrative concert was held in Milan with 60000 people attending. A posthumous album, Recitarcantando, recorded live in 1979 with Lucio Fabbri, was released in 1980 by Cramps.
|Metrodora||Cramps (CRSLP 6205)||1976||single cover with inner- issued in Cramps' DIVerso series (no.5)|
|Cramps (5206 205)||1977||as above - reissue with new catalogue number|
|Get back (GET 5206)||2001||single cover|
|Sony/BMG (88843 02325 1)||2014||numbered box set with LP, CD and 5 postcards|
|Sony/BMG (88985 36554 1)||2017||new remastered reissue|
|Cramps/De Agostini (CRSLP 6205)||2018||single cover with inner and 8-page insert - no.27 in the De Agostini "Prog Rock Italiano" series|
|Cramps/Sony Music (19658 70313 1)||2022||red vinyl|
|Cantare la voce||Cramps (5206 119)||1978||issued in Cramps' Nova Musicha series (no.19) - gatefold cover with inner and booklet|
|Sony/BMG (88883 77558 1)||2013||numbered box set with LP, CD, insert and 32 page booklet|
|Cramps/De Agostini (5206 119)||2019||gatefold cover with booklet and 8-page insert - no.47 in the De Agostini "Prog Rock Italiano" series|
|Cramps/Sony Music (19658 70435 1)||2022||single cover with inner - white vinyl|
|Rock and roll exhibition||Cramps (5205 901)||1979||with Mauro Pagani and Paolo Tofani - single cover with inner|
|Akarma (AK 1016)||2001||as above|
|Cramps/Sony Music (19658 70637 1)||2022||single cover with inner - orange vinyl|
|Recitarcantando||Cramps (5206 501)||1980||gatefold cover with inner|
|Cramps/Sony Music (19439 84841 1)||2021||gatefold cover, yellow inner - issued for Record Store Day 2021|
|Concerto al teatro S. Leonardo||Progressivamente/De Agostini (GMP 008)||2021||unreleased 1979 live recording - gatefold cover with inner and 8-page insert - no.98 in the De Agostini "Prog Rock Italiano" series|
|Concerto all'Elfo||Cramps/Sony Music (19658 70637 1)||2022||1978 live recording, issued on CD in 1995 - blue vinyl|
|Le milleuna||Cramps/Sony Music (19658 70476 1)||2022||2 LP - gatefold cover with yellow vinyls - issued on CD in 1990|
|Metrodora||Cramps (CRSCD 065)||1989||reissue of 1976 album - now deleted|
|Cramps/EMI (72438 57441 2)||1998||as above|
|Edel (CRA 0136612)||2001||as above with digipack cover|
|Cramps (CRSCD 065)||2009||new reissue with mini-LP gatefold cover|
|Cantare la voce||Cramps (CRSCD 119)||1989||reissue of 1978 album - now deleted|
|Edel (CRA 0136592)||2001||as above with digipack cover|
|Cramps (CRSCD 013)||2009||new reissue with mini-LP gatefold cover|
|Le milleuna||Cramps (CRSCD 034)||1990||1979 recordings|
|Edel (CRA 0136572)||2001||new reissue of the above|
|Rock and roll exhibition||Cramps (CRSCD 010)||1994||reissue of 1979 album - now deleted|
|Akarma (AK 1016)||1999||as above with mini gatefold cover|
|Recitarcantando||Cramps (CRSCD 035)||1994||reissue of 1980 album with slightly different mix and longer tracks - now deleted|
|Edel (CRA 0138642)||2001||reissue of 1980 album with digipack cover|
|Concerto all'Elfo||Cramps (300 037-2)||1995||1978 live recording|
|Cramps/EMI (72438 57443 2)||1997||as above|
|Sony Music (88883 79417 2)||2014||new remastered reissue|
|Stratosfera box set||Akarma (AK 1037/5 CD)||2002||5CD box set including his solo albums Metrodora, Cantare la voce, Recitarcantando, Le milleuna, Concerto all'Elfo|
VARIOUS ARTISTS COMPILATIONS
(with Daddy's dream)
|Numero Uno (2G2KY 19279)||1972||compilation, also featuring Demetrio Stratos, Premiata Forneria Marconi, Formula 3, Adriano Pappalardo|
- Poesia sonora
(with O tzitziras, o mitziras)
|Cramps (5206 307)||1978||7 LP box|
|Cramps (CRSCD 091-095)||1989||5-CD set - reissue of the above 1978 box set|
|Quelli della Numero Uno
(with Daddy's dream)
|Numero Uno (CFD 01080-10)||1999||10 CD - box set with tracks from singles|
SINGLES (with picture cover)
Since you've been gone
|Numero Uno (ZN 50142)||1972|
|Numero Uno/Sony Music (19439 86116 7)||2021||reissue of 1972 single on purple vinyl - numbered edition issued for Record Store Day 2021|
Though not particularly expensive the original albums
by Demetrio Stratos are not easy to find.
The rarest item from his discography is his only single on Numero Uno, Daddy's dream, that also received a French pressing on Vogue at the time.
Cantare la voce contained a 32-page booklet, Hyde Park, by the artist Gianni Emilio Simonetti.
Recitarcantando has been reissued three times on CD, by Cramps, Edel and in the Akarma box set; the
first of these, now deleted, contained some extra tracks and a different
(rougher) mix of the concert than the vinyl version.
SonyMusic issued in 2013 and 2014 two numbered edition box sets with both the LP and CD versions of Cantare la voce and Metrodora.
The 2021 LP Concerto al teatro S. Leonardo contains an unreleased live recording taken in Bologna in February 1979. The album was issued as part of De Agostini's Prog Rock Italiano series.
Metrodora - LP
Cantare la voce - LP
Rock and roll exhibition - LP
Recitarcantando - LP
Daddy's dream - 7" single cover
A site dedicated to Demetrio Stratos is at http://www.demetriostratos.org/