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Officina Meccanica ~ 1976 ~ La Follia Del Mimo Di Fuoco
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A six-piece from near Rome, Officina Meccanica deserve a mention because judging from their Bambini innocenti single and the TV clip that was released at the time, they could have been a very important group had they ever had the chance of recording an album.
The band only released five singles, the first three on the elusive Picci label that also produced La Seconda Genesi. They mixed brass rock influences (including in the line-up a horn section) like in Stranger in his country or Signora Marisa, with a dramatic prog feeling, like in the marvellous Bambini innocenti or Un prato e poi sognare.
The band came to its end in 1978, and three of the original members (Maiozzi, Barbati and Bentivegna) formed rock band Stazione Termini (from the name of Rome central railway station) with three new members, being augmented by Officina Meccanica bass player Canini in 1985.
Guitarist Gianni Barbati now plays in Genesis cover band Estro.
01. suite bambini innocenti 6:51
02. primo turno 6:24
03. via non esiste 10:33
04. insieme al sole 3:11
05. nel grattacielo delle idee il pensiero...piu alto 10:51
06. amanti di ieri 5:06
07. il viaggio di....nella valle del tempo 13:22
08. angelo 3:13
I remember them very well, they were the only experimental band within quite a large area.
This area of Italy was the most industrialised place in the southern regions, hence the name 'Officina Meccanica'. The guys did not all work in heavy industry or mechanical engineer factories - and I cannot remember what all their day jobs were. But did they love music. They were all practising as much as they could, despite reduced time on their hands.
For me their music was like being thrown at the deep end of everything, while I could not really understand anything. It is a real shame that they were so much ahead of their times, and yet - for me they are a band to be treasured somewhere deep in my older memories.
I 'blame' them for having then gone on to loving every bit of music I discovered afterwards, my family was totally uninterested in music and these guys were THE source of inspiration in the place where I lived.
I realise this is more of a personal experience than a critical evaluation, but music is, after all, an intense personal experience.
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