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A group from Genova, they had much in common with New Trolls, and some of their members like Usai and Belloni have even played with that band in different stages.
They formed in 1969 with the name of Plep, that afterwards became J.Plep, and released a single in that year under this name (the label bears the name "Gil dei J.Plep" that was in fact the lead singer Giorgio Usai).
In 1970 the new name Nuova Idea and their first single, presented at the Disco per l'Estate and including two tracks based on a similar theme; but the real success came in 1971, when the band played at the first Viareggio pop festival with Come, come, come, and a long 20-minute version of that track was also included in the Ariston sampler Al Festival Pop Viareggio 1971 along with tracks by Stormy Six and Top 4.
The same track was chosen as leading theme of a popular TV show (A come Agricoltura) and appeared on the first side of their debut album In the beginning, while on the other side there were four shorter songs in a more melodic style (three of these had already appeared on the band's early singles).
1972 came and guitarist Marco Zoccheddu left the band, with Antonello Gabelli replacing him on the second album Mr.E.Jones, a concept album based on a clerk's life, with good lyrics and some nice tracks like the long Illusione da poco. The band make a strong use of multivocal and falsetto parts not unlike New Trolls', but the instrumental parts are very well played.
In 1973 another new guitarist, Ricky Belloni from the Milan group Il Pacco, and the band releases their best product, Clowns, where the particular (and disturbing, to many listeners) voice of the newcomer adds an original touch to a majestic instrumental background. The success is still far from Nuova Idea, and the band members split, with Belloni joining New Trolls in 1975 to record their Concerto Grosso n.2, Usai following his example in 1978, and drummer Siani playing with Equipe 84 and Opus Avantra.
Another drummer, Flaviano Cuffari (from Simon Luca's backing band), had briefly played in the group just before the split.
After the end of Nuova Idea Ricky Belloni and Paolo Siani formed the short-lived supergroup Track that only released an album on Ariston in 1974, Track rock, a sort of all-stars jam session.
Belloni also had a solo single on PDU (Ricordi da bruciare/Letto sfatto) in 1974 before joining New Trolls.
The first line-up of Nuova Idea was also behind the Underground Set name with a totally different kind of records.
01. Clessidra 5:30
02. Un'Isola 8:06
03. Il Giardino Dei Sogni 5:20
04. Clown 10:44
05. Una Vita Nuova 5:25
Claudio Ghiglino / guitar, vocals
Giorgio Usai / keyboards
Enrico Casagni / bass, flute, vocals
Paolo Siani / drums, vocals
Ricky Belloni / guitar, vocals
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