Rossi's Oratorio per la Settimana Santa is a masterpiece of the period. Its unusual representation of the Crucifixion draws on elements of both the Passion and the Stabat mater traditions. It also includes an almost operatic scene that vividly depicts a descent into Hades. Its moralistic intent was to move the listener through compassion to repentance. This striking recording from William Christie and the ensemble Les Arts Florissants was originally released in 1989.
Doubtless Italy's biggest rock star, Vasco Rossi is not only the most successful Italian singer since the 1980s, but he is also the most realistic and consistent incarnation of the triad of sex, drugs (or alcohol), and rock & roll. Ignored – when not hated – by the critics but adored by his fans, Rossi was the first Italian artist to tour the stadiums (at the end of the 1980s), reaching the apex of a popularity that has survived uncountable trend changes and at least two full decades. His songs, heavy riff-based rockers and romantic power ballads, and his lyrics made him a sort of a prophet for a generation of disappointed youngsters who found in them an escape, a door to an easier, reckless life: the "Vita Spericolata" described in one of his most famous hits.
This Deluxe Version contains: 4 CDs and a 50 pages photobooklet in a wallet boxset soft touch finished. 69 songs, 4 previously unreleased tracks, taken from Vasco's first 40 years of career.
Being his first solo-tour, Francis presents his wonderfully characteristic voice to London at St. Luke’s. This live show features songs from his album "One Step At A Time", and includes not only Status Quo classics like ‘Caroline’, ‘My Little Heartbreaker’, and ‘Don’t Waste My Time’ but also hissolo songs like "Crazy For You", "One Step At A Time" and "Sleeping On The Job". Showing his true talent, and being one of the best rockers of our time, he truly demonstrates not only his brilliant song-writing talents, but also his wonderful way with his music and performance skills. “I never stop writing songs and melodies but there have been many tracks over the years that just weren’t right for Quo. These songs have been gathering dust in my mind for too long and now seems the right time to let them out into the world. It’s a big step for me – I love these songs so much it hurts!” ~ Francis Rossi