quality: lossless (wv, cue, log, scans)
time: 32'22" size: 242 mb
Little known in the world until a few years ago, Dedicato a... is among the most wanted and expensive Italian album nowadays.
Supported by the pop artist Mario Schifano (who was not a musician, by the way), in the same way that Andy Warhol acted with Velvet Underground, this band from Rome (though Crescentini and Marini were from Veneto and Cerra from Alessandria) was created in 1967 and released their first and only album the same year.
Bass player Crescentini, had briefly played before in the last incarnation of New Dada, a very popular garage-beat group.
Housed in an incredible gatefold cover, painted by Schifano himself, the album contains a side-long improvised track on side 1, with the long title of Le ultime parole di Brandimarte, dall'Orlando Furioso, ospite Peter Hartman e fine (da ascoltare con TV accesa senza volume), a surreal title just like the track itself. Closer to avantgarde or contemporary music performances than to rock, the stunning track gives a good idea of what the group's music and live concerts were about. Side 2 is more conventional, with five short tracks with psych influences.
The band only released another single, this time on CBS, before splitting.
Keyboardist and singer Nello Marini tried a solo career with a commercial single, L'amore è il mio mestiere/Il mio amore per te (CBS 3800) issued in 1968, and later appeared on Venetian Power's LP. In 1993 he released a self-produced CD, entitled Artista with saxophonist Carlo Ponara.
1. Le Ultime Parole di Brandimante, dall'Orlando Furioso, Ospite Peter Hatman e Fine (da Ascoltarsi con TV accesa, Senza Volume) (17:46)
2. Molto Alto (3:12)
3. Susan Song (3:47)
4. E Dopo (2:12)
5. Intervallo (2:37)
6. Molto Lontano (a Colori) (2:50)
Nello Marini / keyboards, vocals
Urbano Orlandi / guitar, vocals
Giandomenico Crescentini / bass, vocals
Sergio Cerra / drums