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Studio Album, released in 1978

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Europa Minor (6'01'')
2. Argiento (4'40'')
3. Violer d'amores (2'39'')
4. La cittā aromatica (3'32'')
5. L'albero di canto (p. 1 a) (4'49'')
6. Choron (5'22')
7. Da qualche parte tra la Calabria e Corfų il blu comincia davvero (5'12'')
8. L'albero di canto (p. 2 a) (3'52'')

Total: 36'10''

Line-up / Musicians

Mauro Pagani - violin, bouzouki, viola
Mario Arcari - oboe (1, 2)
Walter Calloni - percussion (1, 6)
Giulio Capiozzo - drums (1, 5)
Patrizio Farizelli - piano (1, 5)
Pasquale Minieri - percussion (1)
Ares Tavolazzi - electric bass (1, 5)
Giorgio Vivaldi - percussion (1, 6)
Teresa De Sio - vocals (2)
Roberto Colombo - synthesizer (4)
Franz Di Cioccio - drums (4)
Patrick Djivas - bass (4)
Franco Mussida - guitar (4)
Demetrio Stratos - vocals (5, 8)
Luca Balbo - guitar

Releases information

Ascolto - ASC 20093. Reissued as a CD in 1991 (CGD 9031 - 742842).

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Review by memowakeman
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4 stars His first (and maybe best) solo effort!

Yes, this is the same Mauro Pagani who used to play in a well known Italian band named PFM and i wanted to review this album ages ago, now i feel like writing something decent. Itīs curious to see that non of the collabs have actually reviewed this album, i use to read the reviews of the album im about to review, i hope to see soon a couple of reviews more about it.

So, Mauro Pagani during the years has gained recognition not only in his country but around the world, his work as a member of PFM was remarkable on the bandīs music and of course it helped him to gain respect from the same musicians of the best 70s Italian prog bands and some more better known musicians in the local Italian scene.

After he left PFM, he started a career as a solo artist and this first and self-titled album was released back in 1978, Mauro Pagani contains 8 songs and a total lenght of 36 minutes, maybe we could wonder what would have happened if he hadnīt left the band, better leave it to our imagination and concentrate in this great, believe me great album.

I will start now with the songsīreview, but first i would like to let you all know that in this album we will find other known names besides Pagani, such as Franz di Cioccio, Patrick Djivas, Demetrio Stratos and Giulio Capiozzo, among others, who worked together with Mauro in this album, and they were really helpful.

Europa Minor is the opener, i love the opening acts because i like to see the way the album runs, some first songs are strong, some others melodic and some other just show a brief example of the music we actually are going to listen. this song starts as it has to start, with a clear and obviously great violin playing with a mediterranean flavour, the sound is not that symphonic oriented, but some kind of jazzy-folk style (if that thing exists), the song follows with that mediterranean style, and there are some clappies, (mm that word remnds me to some known PA charachter who im sure loves this album)

Argiento features for the first time in the album vocals, female vocals actually by a girl named Teresa who actually i donīt know who is or how did she get to sing on this album, not my favourite vocal style, acoustic guitars ala folk RPI of the 70s, a nice melody.

Violer dīamores is a short violin solo song with a classical style, he shows a little bit of his virtuosism, he is a trained musician, if you didnīt know.

La cittá aromatica itīs a nice song, as normal a violin driven song, but this time accompanied by the exquisite playing of his ex PFM mates, a beautiful instrumental passage, great music and noticeable guitar playing, a very enjoyable song.

LīAlbero di Canto (Pt. 1) is the second time in the album we hear voices, but this time Demetrio Stratos gave his unique vocal style to this song, we will listen to the piano first, then violin and the odd but incredible Stratos voice, the song actually sounds like some Area tunes, one of the best songs of the album without a doubt.

Choron starts with a flute and a calm and soft sound which lasts almost 2 minutes and then fades out, then a totally folkish sound begins with some percussion which in fact reminds me to some of my country (Mexico) folk passages, then Paganiīs violin enters and the song follows the same road throughout the 5 minutes.

Da qualche parte tra la Calabria e Corfų il blu comincia davvero , i was lazy to write the name of this song so i copied and pasted it from above (lol), now we are about to reach the goal, we are in the final 10 minutes, this song is beautiful, acoustic guitar which reminds me to Riccardo Zappa, bello, molto bello.

LīAlbero di canto (pt.2) after a great instrumental acoustic guitar song, we finish this great album which i really enjoy listening to, as you can imagine as the first part of this song, we will listen to Stratos vocals and the Area flavoured song, since this is kind of a reprise.

I like the album a lot, i think every RPI lover should take a listen to this. Not outstanding, not bad at all, an excellent addition to any prog lover, 4 stars.

Enjoy it!

Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars Mauro Pagani left PFM late in 1976 to take a break really from the world tours and recording studios to do some teaching. He would deepen his knowledge of Mediterranean music at this time as well. This is significant as his passion was renewed to get back in the studio and record this style of music we now call World Music. It's very cool that Mauro gets help on this album from not only his PFM bandmates but several from AREA as well. It would be the following year that Mauro would join Demetrio Stratos and Giorgio Vivaldi (both help out on this record) to further push the boundries of this style of music into more Avant territories in a band called CARNASCIALIA. Well I took the usual route into work this morning as I listened to this album yet I felt like I should be riding a camel on a dusty road in the Middle East.

"Europa Minor" features several AREA members instrumentally and it hits the ground running with violin and a beat leading the way. Aboe replaces the violin before a minute but not for long. Check out the violin 2 minutes in as the aboe comes and goes. I like the percussion 3 minutes in. "Argiento" opens with Bouzouki and it sounds great as female vocals join in. Vocals stop and violin joins in at 2 minutes. Aboe too then the vocals return around 4 minutes. "Violer D'ammes" has violin throughout and Mauro is very impressive.

"La Citta Aromatica" is where Mauro's PFM mates (drums, guitar & bass) help him out. We get drums, bass, violin and more. So much going on. Guitar before 1 1/2 minutes. A great sounding track. "L'albero Di Canto Pt 1" is Stratos on vocals with three other AREA mambers helping out instrumentally. It opens with piano then we get violin, drums and bass after a minute. Killer sound before 2 minutes.The piano leads before 3 minutes in an uptempo section.The bass then becomes prominant then violin. Piano is back then Stratos. "Choron" has flute of some sort only for 2 minutes then a new soundscape takes over with a cool sounding rhythm. "Da Qualche Parte..." has this intricate Bouzouki melody then the sound builds. So good. Beautiful stuff. "L'albero Di Canto Pt 2" opens with violin as Stratos joins in.

Not as good as as the album that would follow under the band name CARNASCIALIA but still a four star album.

Latest members reviews

4 stars If you love the contamination in RPI... Pagani is the best example. 'Mauro Pagani' is not a solo work but a band album by Mauro Pagani and other italian musicians that love the Arabic music. This is the messae by Mauro Pagani in album sleevenotes. And sure this is true. The music is not to ... (read more)

Report this review (#231003) | Posted by 1967/ 1976 | Tuesday, August 11, 2009 | Review Permanlink

2 stars I'm a bit lost how to describe this! There's a certain progginess to it on some tracks but it's probably best described as world music. One thing for sure. It's about as far away from PFM (his previous band) as you can imagine. He has clearly drawn heavily on eastern folk music. In fact part ... (read more)

Report this review (#105019) | Posted by zedkatz | Sunday, December 31, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Highly recommended! Not only but especially for AREA-Fans. Very passionate progfusion, clearly related to AREA (look at the lineup) more than to PFM (look at the lineup). Strong eastern-mediterrenean folk influences, irresistable rhythms, melodies and solos especially from Mauro on violin an d ... (read more)

Report this review (#82349) | Posted by Cometa Rossa | Saturday, July 1, 2006 | Review Permanlink

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