Artist

RICCARDO ZAPPA

A gifted guitarist that has produced a series of solo albums since his first one in 1977 and still playing in the 2000's, Riccardo Zappa has always been considered one of the best Italian acoustic guitars players, and this is well demonstrated by his LP's.

His beginnings were with an album released on PDU in 1974 along with fellow guitarist Klaus Aulehla. The album, not particularly successful, included mostly acoustic ballads and the duo split afterwards.

First album, Celestion, was very popular, containing all instrumental tracks showing the excellent quality of Zappa's playing, sometimes filtered through electronic effects. 
Later albums repeated the formula, going closer to a new age musical style.

Since around 1983 Zappa has started a collaboration with former Alphataurus keyboardist Pietro Pellegrini, and has recorded in his own studio much of his production.

 

LP (until 1980)
Celestion Divergo (DVAE 016/5335 516) 1977 single cover
Chatka Divergo (DVAE 021/5335 521) 1978 single cover with inner
Trasparenze DDD (ZPLDR 34111) 1980 single cover


CD
Celestion Mellow (MMP 290) 1997 reissue of 1977 album
  BTF/Vinyl Magic (VM 111) 2006 as above with mini-LP gatefold cover
Chatka Mellow (MMP 294) 1997 reissue of 1978 album
  BTF/Vinyl Magic (VM 112) 2006 as above with mini-LP gatefold cover


PROMO AND JUKEBOX SINGLES
(with blank cover) 
Celestion
Frammenti
Divergo (001) 1977 promo - both tracks from Celestion
Chatka
Eleila
Divergo (002) 1978 promo - both tracks from Chatka

 

AULEHLA & ZAPPA

LP
 
Aulehla & Zappa PDU (PLD 6008) 1974 gatefold cover with 12-page booklet glued in the inner


SINGLES
(with picture cover) 
Tu giovane amore
Quando sera
PDU (PA 1104) 1975 both tracks from Aulehla & Zappa

 

None of the Riccardo Zappa solo albums is particularly rare, while his first album with Klaus Aulehla is more difficult to locate.
It
has a gatefold cover with a 12-page lyric and picture booklet glued in.

Trasparenze was issued in Germany in 1982 by Ariola (205 227).
No other foreign issues or counterfeits exist.

Aulehla & Zappa - LP

Aulehla & Zappa/Tu giovane amore- 7" single

Celestion - LP

Chatka - LP

Trasparenze - LP

 

 



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Live a Passaggio di Bettona (PG)
27/10/2005

 

Riccardo Zappa has his own website at http://www.riccardozappa.it/

 

 

Thanks to Fabio Marchignoli and Fabio Locatelli for pictures and information