Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Franco Battiato: Giubbe Rosse (EMI, 1989)

Franco Battiato's one of the most prominent Italian artists. His critically acclaimed production began in the seventies with some experimental albums which embodied a very personal progressive/kosmische musik formula with slight ethnic allures. The album "L'Egitto prima delle Sabbie" won the international Stockhausen prize as best piano composition.
Right after that, at the end of the decade, he began shifting towards a more pop attitude. "La voce del padrone" (1981) was the first Italian album to sell a million copies and definitively marked the style transition. Battiato's music was still very innovative: now blending synth-pop, mediterranean suggestions and a nonsense/citationist approach to the lyrics, his new recipe sounded groundbreaking and had a distinct influence on many Italian artists of the Eighties.

"Giubbe Rosse" is his first live record. A double album collecting songs from three 1988 performances in theatres around Europe (Paris, Milan, Madrid). The tracks span over all of his career, thus including both mainly instrumentally-focused synthetizer compositions and his most famous pop songs. Some of the latter were originally written by Battiato for other Italian singers: "Lettera al governatore della Libia", brought to success by Giuni Russo, was never released by Battiato before this album.


Tracklist:
  1. Giubbe Rosse
  2. Alexander Platz
  3. Lettera al governatore della Libia
  4. Mesopotamia
  5. L'era del cinghiale bianco
  6. Un'altra vita
  7. Voglio vederti danzare
  8. Oceano di silenzio
  9. Sequenze e frequenze
  10. Aria di Rivoluzione
  11. No U turn
  12. Summer on a solitary Beach
  13. Cuccurucucu
  14. Centro di gravità permanente
  15. Gli Uccelli
  16. E ti vengo a Cercare
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Danilo said...

Bellissimo blog. Sono contento di averlo trovato. Molta musica bella e tanti album che non conosco ancora. Sono dell'Acre, nordovest della Amazzonia brasiliana, ho vissuto per 13 anni in Italia e mi manca molto le sonorità italiane, per questo cumplimenti per il blog.
Grazie mille.
Danilo de S'Acre