Mar
05
2012
0

Rumore

Proto disco with a steady bass drum. I really love this one.

Raffaella Carrà – Rumore (1974)

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Oct
03
2011
0

Black Heart

Barigozzi Group – Black Heart

Deeply unreconstructed beats for the time of the party when things start to get out of control.

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Jul
24
2011
4

Passaporto Per La Follia

This track rocks my world.

Nadia Cassini – Passaporto Per La Follia

Sorry, just a YouTube link this time, I’m still actively looking for a second hand copy of the record.

Thanks to Spaziale (Scott Hesselink) for kindly unveiling the mystery – and Discotrooper for the MP3.

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Jul
05
2011
1

Roma


Luppi&Mouse – The Gambling Priest
Luppi&Mouse – Theme From Rome
Two cinematic cuts from Rome, the grandiose follow up to Daniele Luppi’s Italian Story cd. He’s now collaborating with Danger Mouse and again using many studio musicians, singers, and authentic recording equipment from the golden era of Italian cinema to present a hommage to maestros like Ennio Morricone, Theo Usuelli and Armando Trovaioli. Even Edda Dell’Orso is there, with new recruits like Norah Jones. Essential.

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Jun
24
2011
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Jun
02
2011
0

Dancing


Paolo Conte – Dancing
Rita & L’Anonima Ragazzi – Presto (People Are People)
A leftfield entry from Italy, pitched all the way down. Borderline stuff but I’ve found it works on the floor.
The 2nd cut is another one that may make you go hmmm…is it a schlager or something else? The singer is Rita Pavone, a big favourite among the mor crowds during the 60’s.

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May
31
2011
0

Photochrome

I had spotted this little gem in a SpAceLex’s DJ set, but I couldn’t find it anywhere for sale… until I recently discovered that it had been bootlegged by Amplified Orchestra.

So here’s the full length vocal version (over 7 min. long):

Cento – Photochrome (Part 1) (Amplified Orchestra Bootleg)

The instrumental track should be uploaded to the webradio very soon.

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Apr
30
2011
4

Die Unersättlichen

Various Artists – Die Unersättlichen

A false sequel to Hard Dixo.

The first half is dedicated to hard electronic basslines and French stompers, the other one slows down a bit and features some oddities and exotic curiosities.

The tracklisting follows: (more…)

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Oct
21
2010
2

Flash

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Grazia Vitale – Flash (1977)

Just… wow.

I’ve got quite a few new tracks to add to the radio database, I’ll submit them this week end. Stay tuned.

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Aug
24
2010
1

Black Inferno

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In my last Guido and Maurizio De Angelis post I mentioned a rare 1983 12 inch single released on the German Kangaroo Team Records label with the title Black Inferno. It features two tracks which were taken from the soundtrack the brothers did for the 1983 Ruggero Deodato film I predatori di Atlantide (known alternatively as Atlantis Interceptors or Atlantis Inferno).

I have yet to see the film myself but the basic plot seems to revolve around a team of scientists who discover an ancient Atlantean artefact while raising a submarine from the ocean floor. In the process of it’s recovery they somehow bring about the re-emergence of Atlantis which in turn triggers a giant tsunami, destroying most of civilisation except of course for the mandatory b-movie “small band of survivors“!

The twist seems to be the fact that the Atlanteans far from being a benevolent race of advanced spirtual entities are in fact a group of blood thirsty rampaging rambo types hell bent on wiping out what is left of humanity!

Anyway, this is not a film blog so on with the music! I have not been able to ever locate a copy of this 12 inch and as it has never been re-released or on any compilation or bootleg (as far as I know) this is the best rip I can find.

The music is really special in my opinion, a wonderful blend of seventies vocal based Italian progressive rock elements fused with the melodic groove of early eighties Italo-disco and synth-pop. I hope the two tracks inspire one or two Overfitting Disco contributors to join in the hunt for this ultra-rare release.

Black Inferno – Black Inferno [1983]

Black Inferno – Black Inferno (Instrumental) [1983]

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Aug
23
2010
4

Formula Uno

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I know Guido and Maurizio De Angelis need very little introduction for most people who are reading this post but just in case you don’t recognise the names here is a quick recap :

Born in the 1940s, the two Italian brothers were barely out of their teens before they had struck a deal with RCA Italiana and became one of the label’s leading in-house musical arrangers as well as composers and artists in their own right. By the time the 1970s came around they had recorded dozens of albums and soundtracks under a variety of  names, including the very popular Oliver Onions.

You don’t have to be a DJ, record digger, library head, beat fiend or cosmic/afro disco lover to have heard the music of the De Angelis brothers, there is a good chance (if you are a 70s/80s child) that you have already come across the pair through their soundtracks to such animation series as Around The World With Willy Fog and perhaps most memorably (for me anyway!) Dogtanian & The Three Muskehounds.

However, for anyone who thinks they are in for some cheesy seventies or eighties kids TV pop music, I think the two tracks below will be a pleasant surprise. Both tracks are taken from their 1978 soundtrack album Formula 1 – Febbre Della Velocita released on the German Kangaroo Team Records label (who also released many of their eighties records including the 1983 cosmic killer Black Inferno 12 inch for the Atlantis Inferno soundtrack ) and while having a listen, it’s worth bearing in mind that though these tracks sound curiously contemporary (to my ears anyway) they are in fact 32 years old!

Guido & Maurizio De Angelis – Box [1978]

Guido & Maurizio De Angelis – Speed Fever [1978]

Whenever I hear music like the tracks above I am always struck by the irony of cultural history; namely, the very records categorized in the seventies and eighties as having high aesthetic value & being serious and socially worthy are the very vinyls that sounds the most dated to me.

On the other hand some of the music that was deemed at the time of having low aesthetic or marginal cultural significance such as obscure disco records, soundtrack recordings, library records or strange avant-garde electronica are the very records that today sound the most fascinating and weirdly enduring in my mind.

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Aug
17
2010
10

Italia Numero Uno

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Various Artists – Italia Numero Uno (right click to save)

One hour of one-hundred-percent certified Italian bangers.

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Jul
26
2010
0

Follow Me

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Laura D’Angelo e La Danceterie – Follow Me (Italian Version) (1984)

Digitally available for very cheap almost everywhere.

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Jul
12
2010
11

Raffaella Carrà – Black Cat

The enormous Raffaella in yet another disco masterpiece from 1978 written by Gianni Boncompagni. Watch the video to see how Raffaella has been enormously influential in Italy (and not only)

“Watch out/Don’t make a sound/Danger’s around/Black cat”.

Raffaella Carrà – Black Cat

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Jul
05
2010
0

Alibi

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La Doppia Faccia – Alibi (1980)

All hail Dream Chimney TOTD (and special agent Thunderbals) for letting the world know that such a groovy track exists, MP3 addicts can get the full song here.

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Jul
04
2010
2

Ancor Di Più

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sr4558GEpi4

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Jun
24
2010
1

El Pasador & Karina Huff – Marajà

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Interestingly enough, the flipside of “Mexico”, contained this track titled “Maraja”, quite a solid bassline-driven orientalish track with nice synths solos……

El Pasador feat. Karina Huff – Maraja

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Jun
24
2010
3

El Pasador & Karina Huff – Mexico

mexico posterAutumn evenings on TV in Italy in 1981 were quite nice with the TV show “Signori si parte”, presented by Gianfranco D’Angelo and Karina Huff, most famous for her roles in the Vanzina bros flicks “Sapore di Mare” and “Vacanze di Natale”, thanks to her previous appearance on the cover of the italian edition of Playboy. Immediate popularity arrived, as well as another nude exploit in 1984 on Playmen. Right before she completely gave up on cinema, she played the role of Rosy Mainardi in Lucio Fulci’s horror “Voci dal Profondo”.

El Pasador feat. Karina Huff – Mexico

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Jun
24
2010
13

Tonica & Dominante

 

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Tonica e Dominante – Tigre

This one has been under the radar for a while now, and one of my major secrets that it’s now time to reveal to the world…..another obscure true italian gem from 1979, Tonica & Dominante’s “Tigre” 7″ on the similarly obscure Dominant label, is really a unique track: it is pure disco power sung in Neapolitan dialect.

This little pearl is filled with orchestra parts and amazing winds, and belongs to the next-big-thing in the disco scene revival: the Neapolitan afro (jazz-funk-ethno-pop-disco) scene of the middle 70s-to-early 80s, that gave birth (and a fruitful career) to the likes of  Tullio de Piscopo, Tony Esposito, Teresa de Sio and the now ultra mainstream cheese-spreader Pino Daniele. Therefore you can easily imagine there must be some more real disco masterpieces still buried under the ashes of the Vesuvio………

Oddly (or luckily) enough, even the flipside, “Gennarino O’ Sioux” is ultra killer material.

Tonica e Dominante – Gennarino O’ Sioux

This is one of the rarest and most expensive italian disco releases, as it was a private press in small numbers, pretty ignored at the time!

UPDATE: Tracks uploaded to the radio playlist

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Jun
24
2010
3

Raffaella Carrà – Male

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Italian TV entertainment legend and eternal show-woman, here depicted in some of her most legendary outfits, respect!

Actually, there IS something decent in her productions……..This is a lovely Shel Shapiro/Gianni Boncompagni produced track from 1975, and you can hear it, classic disco with strings and orchestration.

Raffaella Carrà – Male

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