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Ballettirosadimacchia

Ballettirosadimacchia

Ballettirosadimacchia


The album was printed in Canada with a german producer, the music is good organ and mellotron-led prog sung in italian with a strong foreign accent and often incomprehensible lyrics: this is almost certainly a foreign group, probably japanese, playing under fake italian names, and even the incredibly high number of errors in the cover notes and lyrics confirms this impression. So, how weird is that? Mind you, the estimable Mauro Degrassi, is of the opinion that it was recorded by a bunch of Italian ex-pats living in Germany in the mid-'70s Read more on Last.fm
The album was printed in Canada with a german producer, the music is good organ and mellotron-led prog sung in italian with a strong foreign accent and often incomprehensible lyrics: this is almost certainly a foreign group, probably japanese, playing under fake italian names, and even the incredibly high number of errors in the cover notes and lyrics confirms this impression. So, how weird is that? Mind you, the estimable Mauro Degrassi, is of the opinion that it was recorded by a bunch of Italian ex-pats living in Germany in the mid-'70s, who probably spoke German as their first language, or maybe it's just that that's the story that's going round? Anyway, it has to be said that Ballettirosadimacchia (a composite of 'balletti rosa di macchia') is actually very good, even if it is, technically, a 'fake'. None of the tracks are that long (apart from the seven-minute closer Se Ti Piace), in keeping with many other Italian bands of the era, and the album certainly has 'that Italian sound', with mellifluous guitar leads, occasionally gutteral vocals, slightly jazzy drumming and swathes of Hammond and Mellotron. Oddly enough, despite having a full-time keyboard player in Gianni Mazzi, the 'Tron is played by bassist Tonino Leo Ucchi and drummer Marcello Taddeo Matteotti, although I can't imagine how they could've reproduced the parts on stage, assuming they ever played live. It's difficult to pinpoint any outstanding use, as it's used mostly for chordal strings backdrops, with the odd bit of flute, complementing Ucchi's real one (he also sang and played acoustic guitar). The only real variation in approach is the heavily phased 'Tron on Suono, which actually sounds more like an overdubbed synth part; speaking of which, the only obvious Moog (?) part on the album is on Se Ti Piace. So who knows this album's real provenance? I hope the real story leaks out one day, but it's such an obscurity that I wouldn't be surprised if the mystery remains exactly that.

I would be surprised if it was recorded in the '80s, though, as the sound is so very '70s, with no telltale signs (at least to my ears) that it was produced a decade later, although it seems quite certain that the band weren't actually Italian, at least not by residence. Japanese? I don't think so - German seems far more likely, particularly given Ulrich Zichter's production. Maybe the 'Germans of Italian parentage' story is actually true? --------------------------------------------------------------------- Line-up Tonino Leo Ucchi (vocals, bass, acoustic guitar, flute, keyboards), Antonio Sassada (guitar), Gianni Mazzi (keyboards) Marcello Taddeo Matteotti (drums, percussion, keyboards). Read more on Last.fm.

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