Piero Cotto (from Asti, Piedmont) begun his musical career in the early 60's with the Henghel Gualdi Orchestra, then as a solo artist. He lived for many years in Greece, where he had a huge success with the album Forgiveness. When he came back to Italy, he formed the group Piero e i Cottonfields with musicians from his home town (except Russo from Turin and Scarpellini from Bologna), that had their debut with a successful appearance at the Disco per l'Estate TV contest in 1972 with their first single Due delfini bianchi. In the same year they released their one and only album, with the long title "Il Viaggio, La Donna, Un'altra Vita", housed in a beautiful gatefold cover. Despite some more pop-inspired tracks, the album is on a good musical level, halfway between early Delirium and Odissea, with very nice flute passages like in Cantico or the title track, and the powerful harsh voice of Piero Cotto (similar to Delirium's Ivano Fossati) in evidence.
Interesting concept with this Crimson album, as half of the album is performed live in front of an audience (the same concert as the live release The Night Watch), and the other half performed in the studio. The live tracks on this album range from totally out there improvs (Starless and Bible Black) and impeccably structured songs (Fracture).
Italian violinist Enrico Gatti has made various recordings of the late Baroque violin repertory with Ensemble 415 and other groups, and his booklet notes, as encrusted with decorations as the music itself, are always part of the attraction. Here he holds forth, in English, French, and German translations of the original Italian, on Giuseppe Tartini's life and career, heading his reflections with an Emily Dickinson poem (unfortunately somewhat less effective in German) and diverging into such avenues as an attack on daily newspaper journalism as it pertains to Baroque music.
Someone ought to get some t-shirts made that say "Vivaldi rocks!" At least that partly accounts for his popularity in the twenty first century; among the old masters, Antonio Vivaldi's sense of rhythmic dynamics and the gale-like force of many of his string concertos are close enough to the ever-enervating pulse of pop music that he has found an unlikely audience among younger listeners. Andrea Marcon and the Venice Baroque Orchestra's disc Vivaldi: Concerti & Sinfonie per Archi delivers these very kinds of goods, and will prove pleasing to Vivaldi fanciers of the younger set.
R.E.M. began their Warner contract in 1988 as the biggest band to emerge from the college-radio-fueled American underground. Fifteen years later, they released In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003, the first overview of their long stint at Warner Records. During that decade and a half, R.E.M. had a turbulent journey…
Dave Edmunds assembled a self-consciously eclectic roots-rock album for D.E. 7th, his first post-Rockpile effort. Instead of returning to a one-man band status, Edmunds hired a new band, which prevented him from returning to the studied perfectionism of his early work. Nevertheless, D.E. 7th lacks the pop sensibilities that made early Edmunds a guilty pleasure, concentrating instead on roots musics. While that occasionally means there's mis-steps like "Deep in the Heart of Texas," but it also means the wonderful bluegrass-stomp "Warmed Over Kisses (Left Over Love)," the country-rocker "Bail You Out," the cajun-tinged "Louisiana Man" and the excellent Springsteen cover "From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come)." The rest of D.E. 7th is uneven, but there a few enjoyable cuts, and compared to what came later, it's certainly more fun.
After the release of the two highly successful 12inches "Filicium" and "Third Space", which generated the first UK Big Beat charts entrance for the Elektrolux label, Hamburg/Germany based electro specialists N)E(M deliver their first longplayer. "Northern Electro Movement" is a groundbreaking album, which represents all aspects of contemporary Electro and helps to push the music another step further. The producers of this master work, 3DJ Dirsch and Andreas Roll, already rank among the top german Electro artists, performing live all over the country (listen to "United Meadow" and "Silikon").
Édition de référence avec notes et augmentée de clefs de lecture. Des clefs de lecture tout à fait passionnantes, inspirées de la Tradition des Pères de l'Église. Une autre façon de lire et de découvrir la Bible, éclairée par la lumière de la foi catholique.