Saturday, February 14, 2009

Paolo Conte: Concerti (CGD, 1985)

Though he's older than the other ones among the most prominent cantautori, Paolo Conte didn't record songs until 1974, and reached personal fame only in 1979, with the album "Un gelato al limon". Despite his longtime work as a songwriter (he's the man behind such hits as Celentano's "Azzurro" and Caterina Caselli's "Insieme a te non ci sto più"), Conte's name is mainly associated with the first Eighties.

"Concerti" is his first live album, featuring some of the most successful and indicative songs. It's a wonderful synthesis of his unique style, based on very passionate and amusing piano playing, old-fashioned jazz structures and arrangements and half-spoken, smoky vocals. Both the lyrics and the music are usually detached, reserved and even cynical at times, but they're unfailingly wise, ironic, unpretentious and somehow tender-hearted. A very cultured and poetic character, Conte often focuses on lazy and autumnal impressions, based on mixed-level nomenclatures, black-and-white atmospheres and suspended chords. Musically speaking, he's probably the most classy of all the italian singer/songwriters.
"Concerti" isn't Conte's most celebrated album, but as a live and recapitulatory album it has two main merits: it works fine as an introduction to his very personal style and his most immediate songs, and it doesn't have the same very tiresome production gloss of his studio recordings.

  1. Lo zio
  2. Come di
  3. La ricostruzione del Mocambo
  4. Via con me
  5. La Topolino amaranto
  6. Alle prese con la verde milonga
  7. Parigi
  8. Diavolo rosso
  9. Hemingway
  10. Bartali
  11. Un gelato al limon
  12. Una giornata al mare
  13. Il nostro amico angiolino
  14. Onda su onda
  15. Sotto le stelle del jazz
  16. Azzurro
  17. Boogie
  18. Genova per noi
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wago said...

"Il ballo di San Vito" should still be up, but I can post another album next week, maybe "Canzoni a manovella".

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