Franco Battiato is one of the most successful singers in Italy. He began his career as a "light" singer, recording a few singles. In 1971 he started his particular journey through experimental music, recording his proggiest issues: "Fetus", "Pollution", "Sulle corde di Aries". Some very atmospheric parts and some very melodic songs make these records worthwhile, along with musical references to the arabic culture and italian folk that will surface from time to time in all of his following output. His next records are gradually more and more experimental, exploring minimalism and culminating with "L' Egitto prime delle Sabbie", with two long pieces based on hardly one note and its harmonics.
Nell'antica città di Uruk, in epoche perdute della memoria,
regnò Gilgamesh: colui che tutto intravide. L'eroe a cui i misteri furono manifesti.
Estraete la tavoletta di lapislazzuli e leggetela, la storia di quest'uomo che patì sofferenze di ogni genere.
Cercò la vita eterna,
raggiunse Utnapishtim 'il Lontano', e la completa saggezza.
Per due terzi divino e per un terzo mortale, come sole possente, invincibile, regnava in Uruk,
città dalle mura ben salde, e soverchiava tiranno i suoi sudditi contrariando gli dei.
E gli dei convennero di dargli un avversario, pari in forza e bellezza: in terra precipitarono una stilla di firmamento…
ed ecco sorgere Enkidu, figlio del silenzio, saetta di Ninurta, delle umane cose ignaro.
Enkudu, reso umano dall'abbraccio di donna (una sacerdotessa del tempio di Ishtar),
verso Uruk si avvia a sfidare Gilgamesh che ne divina nel sogno le mosse e gli intenti.
L'incontro è scontro d'astri tremendo, e tremano le mura
e sussultano i telai delle porte allo schianto dei corpi avvinghiati alla lotta.
Soggiace infine Enkidu, e Gilgamesh vittorioso l'abbraccio gli tende, suggello d'eterna amicizia.
Terribile prova ora attende i due amici: nella remota foresta labirinto trapunto di cedri,
ove il viaggio si fa passo di danza, sta Khumbaba potenza del male, terrore di umani.
"Trema la terra e freme
ignara della sorte del combattimento…
e buio e luce insieme"
Film director Alfonso Cuarón's dystopian science fiction thriller Children of Men is about a near future in which human fertility has nearly ceased, and to represent a setting that is familiar yet disturbing, the compilers of this various-artists soundtrack (there is also an album of the score) have chosen some rock and pop songs by well-known artists dating back to the '60s, some of them, however, presented in versions not so well known. Everybody knows the heavy metal band Deep Purple, but the band's initial American hit, a cover of Joe South's "Hush," doesn't sound much like its more successful "Smoke on the Water" phase. The Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows" and the Rolling Stones' "Ruby Tuesday" are iconic '60s songs, but they are here performed by Junior Parker and heavily accented Italian singer Franco Battiato, respectively. John Lennon's "Bring on the Lucie (Freeda Peeple)," a song featured on his 1973 album Mind Games, is not one of his more celebrated numbers, despite its anthemic appeal; the version heard here is a rehearsal take that first appeared on the Lennon Anthology box set in 1998. There are also rap and reggae toasting tracks, and some electronic music, adding to the sense of dislocation called for in the film.
Excellent compilation of Tiziano's hits over his 14 year career. The songs are mixed together from each of his five previous CDs on these four CDs so you don't really get an idea of his growth and maturity as an artist based on this compilation alone. However, this collection is a gem and the new and previously unreleased tracks along with the duets are worth every penny. Pop, ballads, rap, bossa nova, etc., it's all here. You will not be disappointed.