Enrico Simonetti With Goblin - Gamma. CD. Re-issue of Enrico Simonetti & Goblin's impossibly rare score for the cult Italian early seventies TV drama "Gamma". His latin tinged tracks blend remarkably well with the darker themes of prog rockers Goblin; the restored sound quality makign this one of the last Goblin collectables. Twelve tracks in all.
(Label: Bella Casa, Cat.No: CASA10CD)
Edda Dell'orso - Voice. CD. Seventte ntrack cojpilation celebrating the voice of Italian cinema. Anyone who has ever watched one of the Sergio Leone spaghettit westerns from the 60's and 70's will already know her, Dell'orso's vocal refrains featured on ennio Morricone's earliest scores. This CD includes tracks from numerous films composed by (largely) Morricone, Roberto Pregardia, Armando Trovajoli and Piero Piccioni.
(Label: Bella Casa, Cat.No: CASA8CD)
Area - Arbeit Macht Frei. CD. CD re-issue of the Debut album by the massively influential Italian progressive group, Area (lead by Demetrio Stratos), originally released in 1973 on the experimental Italian Cramps label. This ground-breaking album sailed Italian music into uncharted waters and right off the edge of the earth. Experimental politicized rock with overtures to prog and jazz all held together by Stratos’ otherworldly vocals. Track listing 1. Luglio, agosto, settembre (nero) 2. Arbeit macht frei 3. Consapevolezza 4. Le labbra del tempo 5. 240 chilometri da Smirne 6. L’abbattimento dello Zeppelin
(Label: Akarma, Cat.No: AK1036-1CD)
Area - Areazione. CD. For their fourth album (originally released in 1975 on Cramps), Area’s unique sound combined the punch of rock with the frightening chaos of experimental music. The International POPular Group was a fascinating band. This album contains one song from each of their previous records plus a 15-minute jam (the title song) and a free-jazz interpretation of "L’Internazionale". Track listing 1. Luglio, Agosto, Settembre (nero) 2. La mela di Odessa 3. Cometa rossa 4. Are(A)zione 5. L’Internazionale
(Label: Akarma, Cat.No: AK1036-4CD)
Area - Caution Radiation Area. CD. Originally released in 1974, the band’s second album added increasing levels of fringe experimentation to their already weird recipe. Stratos’ vocal comes off throughout as one-third Pavarotti, one-third haunted house, and one-third Diamanda Galas’ long-lost brother. Primitive drums and electronics, intense dustbowl jams, ARP synthesizers, a blizzard of speaking voices, Fender Rhodes solos, wavering Middle Eastern hummingbird and modes, ghostly voices morphing into tortured cries. Track listing 1. Cometa rossa 2. ZYG (Crescita Zero) 3. Brujo 4. MIRage? Mirage! 5. Lobotomia
(Label: Akarma, Cat.No: AK1036-2CD)
Area - Crac!. CD. Originally released in 1975 on the experimental Italian label, Cramps, Area’s third album is an eclectic furnace of jazz-rock, ethnic folk, experimentation and an ethically conscious manifesto for the arising of the masses, which made Area an icon of the Italian music scene of the 1970s. This is perhaps the best confirmation of the band’s crazy fusion: furious, mind-bending rhythms and melodies balanced with humor and the avant-garde. Track listing 1. L’elefante bianco 2. La mela di Odessa (1920) 3. Megalopoli 4. Nervi scoperti 5. Gioia rivoluzione 6. Implosion 7. Area 5
(Label: Akarma, Cat.No: AK1036-3CD)
Area / Paolo Tofani - The Complete Florence / London Sessions. CD. One of Italy’s greatest-ever guitar talents, Paolo Tofani is perhaps best known for his involvement in the seminal Italian avant-rock band, Area (1972-1979), but he was actually also a very a versatile multi-instrumentalist and innovative producer as this collection of ‘pre-Area’ sessions clearly shows. With very little in the way of high-tech studio equipment and Tofani playing every instrument and producing himself (mostly in home-studios), these ‘one-man band’ sessions are an important piece of Italian musical history, not only because Tofani was doing things here, both musically and technically, that nobody else in Italy was doing at the time, but also because Tofani’s influence on Italian music can still be felt today. Sessions - 1966: recorded at Studio Due in Florence for NET label); 1970-71: recorded in Tofani’s home studio in Florence; 1971-72 recorded in Tofani’s home-studio in London.
(Label: Beat It, Cat.No: BEAT302CD)
Goblin - Fantastic Voyage Of Goblin. CD. Synonymous with writing the scores for Italian horror films of Dario Argento, this is a nineteen track best of that draws from the prog rockers soundtrack work. Each track is wonderfully effective as both a film underscore and as rock tracks that stand alone without the aid of the moving image. Loved by the sampler generation, they have been capable of achieving themes of suspense, action and the dramatic in progressive formats and textures. Includes tracks from the films "Suspiria", "Tenebre", "La Chiesa" and "Profondo Rosso."
(Label: Cherry Red, Cat.No: CASA1CD)
Novembre - Materia. CD. Previously signed to Century Media, Novembre are from Rome, Italy and this, their fifth album, is generally regarded as their most accomplished work yet. Melodic, dramatic slabs of gothic doom/ death metal in the classic Peaceville style (Anathema, Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride etc) that should appeal to miserablists everywhere. Not to mention one of the greatest songtitles ('Nothijngrad') in the genre's history!!.
(Label: Peaceville/Snapper, Cat.No: CDVILEF131)
Antonius Rex - Praeternatural. CD. Demons and wizards, vampires and witches, darkness and shadows, obsessions and nightmares, all shivering down the spine. . .the first world of the Antonius Rex era is coming to an end. This is the last episode, recorded in 1980. Often described as 'black magic sound' this will appeal to fans of both Italian occult prog fiends (like Devil Doll or Jacula) and early British/American satanic/mystical rock (Monument, Atomic Rooster, Black Widow, Coven, BOC, Sabbath, Necromandus etc). Mwohahahaha!!!!
(Label: Black Widow, Cat.No: BWRCD742)
Antonius Rex - Neque Semper Arcum. CD. Previously unreleased studio album from 1974: the year the band met the aristocratic Albert Goodman, a practioner of the occult and a weathly owner of country estates and the independent record label Darkness. After intense rehearsal the band recorded this 6 tracks of typically dark progressive hard rock with Black Sabbath influences. Albert was delighted and went back to London and released a demo album with a black and white cover featuring magical symbols and a "diabolical" letter, dated 1624. Sounds pretty scary!!!
(Label: Black Widow, Cat.No: BWRCD66)
Cherry Five - Cherry Five. LP. Cherry Five were a progressive rock band from Italy and were founded in 1974 by Carlo Bordini (who came from the then recently disbanded Rustichelli and Bordini), Tony Tartarini, Walter Martino, Claudio Simonetti and Adriano Monteduro. In the same year their only (self titled) album, which has been compared to the Nice, was published by Cinevox without creating any significant interest. Shortly after this album,Tartini and Bordini left the band and Cherry Five broke up: subsequently, with a slightly different line up, they of course transformed into Goblin.Today this album is one of the most sought-after records of the Italian prog-rock-scene: this limited official reissue on 160 gram vinyl comes complete with a fold-out-cover.
(Label: Amber Soundroom, Cat.No: ASLP052)
Semiramis - Dedicato A Frazz. LP. Exact repro pressed on 180 gram vinyl of this Italian prog monster. Recorded in 1973 (not released until 1974) the album has complex rhythm changes and good guitar/keyboards interplay throughout and with the interesting production you see why this is still regarded by many as one of the top italian prog LP's. Very limited vinyl pressing.
(Label: Trident, Cat.No: TRI1004LP)
Biglietto Per L'Inferno - Biglietto Per L'Inferno. LP. LIMITED Vinyl reissue of album by heavy progressive rock legends from the Italian early 70's music scene. Combination of heavy guitars and organs typical for those early 70's days.The band were an excellent outfit who could balance classical and heavy rock influences to a fine art.. Coming with the original artwork.
(Label: Trident, Cat.No: TRILP1005)