Artist

I TEOREMI

1971
Tito Gallo (vocals)
Mario Schilirò (guitar)
Aldo Bellanova (bass)
Claudio Mastracci (drums)

1972
Gallo replaced by
Vincenzo Massetti (Lord Enzo) (vocals)

A quartet from Rome, though their singer Vincenzo "Lord Enzo" Massetti came from Naples, having had a solo career since the late 60's and having also participated at the 1968 Festival degli Sconosciuti in Ariccia. 

The group's debut was with a single in 1971, Sognare backed by an Italian version of Jethro Tull's With you there to help me called Tutte le cose. The line-up on the single was different from their later LP, with Tito Gallo on vocals. 

The album, simply called  I Teoremi, is one of the rarest Italian prog-era albums, though not a proper prog LP, as it contains a hard rock inspired sound in the same style as early Rovescio della Medaglia.  It was issued in 1972 on the small Polaris label, that also produced the Alpha ralpha boulevard LP by I Numi, and contains seven self-penned tracks, mostly in the hard rock vein, with light prog influences as in the long Mare della tranquillità, the only track including piano. A very good album whose original copies are worth a fortune.

Bassist Aldo Bellanova later went to Samadhi, while Lord Enzo left Italy to Thailand where he is still working as singer.
Drummer Claudio Mastracci briefly played with Il Punto (also at Villa Pamphili festival in Rome with them), and later with some pop artists like Donatella Rettore and Sergio Caputo, and in some TV shows orchestras. He still works as drum teacher.
Guitarist Mario Schilirò has played with important Italian artists like Antonello Venditti and, still now since many years, Zucchero.

 

LP
I Teoremi Polaris (POL/BP 711) 1972 gatefold cover with flap on right side
  Vinyl Magic (VM LP 031) 1993 as above with textured cover + bonus 7" single - 300 numbered copies
  Akarma (AK 1020) 1999 standard gatefold cover - 2 extra tracks
  AMS/BTF (AMS 45LP) 2011 as above with textured cover - first 300 copies on white vinyl


CD
I Teoremi Vinyl Magic (VM 031) 1993 reissue of 1972 album
  Akarma (AK 1020) 1999 as above with mini gatefold cover - 2 extra tracks
  AMS/BTF (AMS 214CD) 2015 new reissue with mini gatefold cover - 2 extra tracks


SINGLES (with picture cover)
Sognare
Tutte le cose
Polaris (FK2) 1971 both unreleased tracks - orange red label and picture sleeve


SINGOLI PROMOZIONALI E DA JUKEBOX (with blank cover)
Sognare
Tutte le cose
Polaris (701) 1971 same as FK2 but with black label, promotional single with blank cover
Sognare Polaris (JP1) 1971 juke box single with white label - backed with Mauro Teani/La voglia di piangere

 

An incredibly rare album, I Teoremi has been reissued three times with its gatefold white cover. 
The first reissue by Vinyl Magic (who also issued it in CD) was in a numbered issue of 300 copies with a textured gatefold cover having a flap on the right side as the original; the band's only 7" release was included as a bonus single. This reissue is rather difficult to find.
A new reissue was by Akarma, with a standard gatefold cover, adding the singles' tracks on the LP.
In 2011 the album has been reissued again by AMS with the same textured gatefold cover with flap as the original and a limited early pressing of 300 white vinyl copies.
Both the Akarma reissues, on CD and LP, have the tracks of the two original sides in reverse order compared with the other versions.

No counterfeits exist.

The band's only single, almost as rare and expensive as the LP, was issued with two different catalogue numbers and label designs, one with Polaris' classic red/orange background and the other with a black label. The last one was possibly a promo.

I Teoremi - LP (from LP reissue)

I Teoremi - gatefold inner (from LP reissue)

Original LP label

Sognare - 7" single cover

Sognare - 7" Vinyl Magic reissue single

   

Sognare - 7" single labels - standard, promo, jukebox issues

Lord Enzo
official photo
Mario Schilirò
official photo
Aldo Bellanova
official photo
Claudio Mastracci
official photo
Lord Enzo - Polaris label official picture

 

 



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Teoremi - official picture

 

 

Many thanks to Vincenzo (Lord Enzo) Massetti for precious information and pictures. Hope to have a full Teoremi story soon!!!

Also thanks to Rockground (www.rockground.it) and Nicola Di Staso for some of the pictures.