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MAURO PELOSI

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MAURO PELOSI is yet another talended singer/songwriter from Italy he was born in Rome and developed his music there in the 70s, with an own style, MAURO PELOSI released four albums, all of them during the seventies, among which probably the first two albums are his best efforts and better yet, albums that are desired by prog collectors and Italian progressive scene lovers, as they contain gloomy songs, often with dismal lyrics.
Despite the presence of GIANNI LEONE and GIANCHI STINGA from IL BALLETTO DI BRONZO, the other albums are mostly based on acoustic guitar and with some orchestral arrangements here and there.
PELOSI started a new phase in his musical career at the end of the 90's, being a fan of musical plays, he has cme up with the release of some new works on CD.

Discography:
La Stagione Per Morire - 1972)
Al Mercato Degli Uomini Piccoli - 1973)
Mauro Pelosi - 1977)
Il Signore Dei Gatti - 1979)

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3.08 | 13 ratings
La Stagione Per Morire
1972
3.24 | 15 ratings
Al Mercato Degli Uomini Piccoli
1973
3.20 | 5 ratings
Mauro Pelosi
1977
3.17 | 6 ratings
Il Signore Dei Gatti
1979

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 Al Mercato Degli Uomini Piccoli by PELOSI, MAURO album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.24 | 15 ratings

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Al Mercato Degli Uomini Piccoli
Mauro Pelosi Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Despite released on Polydor, ''La stagione per morire'' succedded limited sells and a few broadcast aiplays.A single followed in 1973 as a taste to Pelosi's sophomore album, which was arranged by orchestral director and guitarist Pinuccio Pirazzoli.Entitled ''Al mercato degli uomini piccoli'' was again released on Polydor, in an attempt to lift Pelosi's career.

The album unfortunately was again a failure for the directory of Polydor and earned some fame many years later, especially among Prog fans in Japan and South Korea.It swirls again around a pessimistic, poetic mood, led by Pelosi's melancholic vocals, while Pirazzoli's touch in the composing field in more than evident, as the album has a strong orchestral mood throughout with heavy use of piano and strings.Piano and acoustic guitars remain the leading instruments, several tracks include the presence of a good rhythm section, while a few of them still maintain a strong Italian Folk flavor with minimalistic acoustic textures in a typical singer/songwriter style.To be fair this work sounds a bit more complicated than Pelosi's debut.The constant presence of a cinematic atmosphere and the complex orchestrations of Pirazzoli help the album to be delivered in a more demanding style overall.However its heavy lyrical content will propably prevent many non-Italian listeners from fully enjoying it.At the end it all comes to the musicianship, which is impressive at moments and this time its depressive mood works very well through the concept.

Dissapointed with the music industry, Pelosi started travelling, before returning in mid- and late-70's with two more albums, even closer to a traditional singer/songwriter style.Among his collaborators was Ricky Belloni of New Trolls/Nuova Idea fame.He then moved on to other activities, never abandoning the music field, composing and arranging pieces over the years.

Another soft Progressive/Psych/Pop Rock album from Italy, which deserves attention.Elaborate orchestrations mixed with acoustic/lyrical exercises, that create deep emotions.Recommended.

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 Al Mercato Degli Uomini Piccoli by PELOSI, MAURO album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.24 | 15 ratings

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Al Mercato Degli Uomini Piccoli
Mauro Pelosi Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by coasterzombie

2 stars I'd never heard of singer-songwriter Mauro Pelosi until the release of UMG's Progressive Italia Gli Anni '70 Vol. 1 in 2009. Really Italian Pop with some Prog tendencies, Al Mercato Degli Uomini Piccoli is a marginal inclusion and of somewhat peculiar interest to RPI collectors. Although there are some nice moments here and there, Pelosi's second album is only for completists, or fans of symphonic pop along the lines of Riccardo Cocciante or Lucio Battisti. And I would definitely NOT recommend Al Mercato Degli Uomini Piccoli to anyone with lingering emotional problems, depressive bouts or relationship issues - the songs, both musically and lyrically, are melancholy to a fault and nearly all in a minor key. Sometimes this approach works, as in the case of Quella Vecchia Locanda's second album, but here it falls flat and leaves the listener exhausted. Even though Pelosi's debut is more proggy, Al Mercato Degli Uomini Piccoli is the better of the two if you're in the mood for it.

The title track begins innocently enough, before erupting into a wash of mournful strings, and eventually ending on a high note. "Al Mercato Degli Uomini Piccoli" deals with themes of worthlessness and unattainable romance, a constant throughout the album. "Un Mattino" may contain the most heart-wrenching description of clinical depression I've ever heard: "Cerchi nel buio e in fondo ti piace, di ricordare per farti piu male" ("You seek in the darkness and in the end, you like to remember to hurt yourself more). Clearly not for the faint of heart, the album does save face with the enjoyable "Ehi! Signore," probably the best track. Pelosi sounds more like Alvaro Fella of Jumbo here, and leaves the tortured artist routine aside long enough to spin a yarn of everyday life. Musically, "Ehi! Signore" has a lot going on and is one of the more prog-inspired songs on the album. The string accompaniment on "Non Tornano Piu" is also very tasteful and not overdone as in the first two tracks. Here Pelosi sings about his school sweetheart and how nothing in life will ever compare, so why bother trying? I appreciate Pelosi's vulnerability, but the poetic devices used and lyrical choices made are juvenile and easily dissected (even by someone who does not speak Italian fluently).

"Con Te" features some nice acoustic guitar courtesy of Pelosi, and is an upgrade in the vocal department as well. The strain and anguish in his voice has been replaced with a pure, almost child-like quality that is much preferred. "Ti Portero' Via" is interesting in that it sounds astoundingly similar to "Like Spinning Plates" by Radiohead; I don't know if the latter was inspired by or intended to emulate Pelosi or if it is merely a coincidence, but the connection is definitely there. "No, Io Scherzo" is a sweet, lightheaded affair with a little Mellotron at the end. The finale "Mi Piacerebbe Diventar Vecchio Inieme A Te" or "I'd Like To Grow Old Next To You," is a tale of unrequited love, told in the most pathetic way Pelosi could possibly muster, and puts and end to this dreadful and morose album. Perhaps some more uplifting moments could have balanced out Al Mercato Degli Uomini Piccoli and elevated it to three stars, but as it stands I cannot recommend it on its own. As a set however, Progressive Italia Gli Anni '70 Vol. 1 is an excellent value.

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 La Stagione Per Morire by PELOSI, MAURO album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.08 | 13 ratings

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La Stagione Per Morire
Mauro Pelosi Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars With the guests that Mauro has helping him on this album I was expecting a lot more.Gianni Stinga and Gianni Leone from IL BALLETTO DI BRONZO among others help out this singer who doesn't play an instrument on here. I mention this because it's hard to imagine him singing these songs in concert wthout sitting on a chair and playing acoustic guitar or something. Just because they are slow moving and melancholic tracks. By the way acoustic guitar and vocals dominate the sound. In fact i'm sure many who are into Prog-Folk would like this album.The vocals are theatrical and emotional yet he doesn't really let loose.The music is melancholic for the most part, although considering the title of the album means "A Season To Die" it's not too surprising. We get mellotron on four tracks.

The first to feature mellotron is the third track "Vent'anni Di Galera" which is the best song up to this point in my opinion. I like the organ work in that one too. "Vendero" is more upbeat at times with strummed guitar although it certainly has a sadness about it.

The title track is next and the vocals are barely sung at first as the organ floats in the background. Some mellotron after a minute too.Vocals cry out before 2 minutes then get fragile as it gets quiet.

"E Dire Che A Morire" opens with mellotron-flutes as reserved vocals and acoustic guitar join in. Another melancholic and reserved tune. The final track "Suicido" has mellotron and these lazy vocals early on. It does pick up some as the acoustic guitar comes in and then it turns dirge-like again later.

This 1972 release just isn't really the style of music that i'm into although I really believe fans of Folk music would like this.

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3.24 | 15 ratings

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Al Mercato Degli Uomini Piccoli
Mauro Pelosi Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by memowakeman
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4 stars A sweet and delicate album!

When I was in the RPI team I could make a couple of additions to the database, one of them was Mauro Pelosi, an artist whose music was introduced to me back in 2006, and whose melancholy attracted me immediately. I don't really know why I had not reviewed this album, which I like a lot and which should be better known, at least for us, the Italian prog rock fans.

Pelosi was born in Rome and is a musically trained singer/songwriter which followed that fantastic 60s-70-s era of Italian popular music. In 1973 he released this album entitled "Al mercatto degli uomini piccoli" which features eight compositions and a total time of 37 minutes, of (in my opinion) high quality music.

It kicks off with the title track, "Al mercatto degli uomini piccoli" which is a killer track that starts softly with acoustic guitar and Pelosi's voice. A minute later drums and keyboards appear and create a fantastic atmosphere that I totally adore, in spite of the melancholic and even sad sound it may provoke. The vocals are disarming, beautiful to my ears.

"Un mattino" starts with a delicate piano sound for the first forty seconds, it makes a short stop and vocals enter a few seconds later with a heartrending sound. The rhythm may be repetitive but it is necessary in the song's essence; the mood is sad, if you are actually in the mood, you may even drop a couple of tears, so though I totally recommend it, I warn you, listen to it only if you think you can carry with it. Sigh.

"Ehi! Signore" reminds me actually a bit of Jumbo's DNA. It starts softly and after a minute it makes a changes and the song becomes incredibly beautiful with drums and both piano and keyboard sound, the atmosphere and mood are pure beauty to my ears. Later it stops and returns to the first part sound, and then the formula is repeated, because that beautiful instrumental passage returns as well.

"Non tornano piu" Oh man, this album is not really for depressive people, believe me. I love it and I am used to listen to it no matter if I am sad or not, but it always moves me. This track has also that bleak feeling. After two minutes the keyboards seem to create another mood, but no, it was only an illusion, because the song continues with the same sound and mood.

"Con te" is a nice ballad with acoustic guitars and some string orchestra instruments which Ill be honest, I don't know if were made by the same Pelosi on keyboards, or if a mini orchestra really appeared. It is a nice track that may make you taking a deep breath.

"Ti portero via" is another extraordinary track, I really love how Pelosi's vocals get on well with both, acoustic guitar and piano, no matter which instrument is being played, they work perfectly together and reaches its goal, at least with me. His voice is pretty similar to some other 70s Italian singers, but Mauro Pelosi has its own sound, nevertheless.

"No, Io scherzo" is another mellow and calm track, in moments it may tranquilize you, the sound becomes an ally of peace and if you want, you can be part of it, just sit or lie in the place you want, close your eyes and that's it, you may bring some memories to your mind or I don't know, but I am sure you will enjoy this track, in spite of its weird last thirty seconds sound.

The last song is "Mi piacerebbe diventar vecchio insieme a te" which is a beautiful acoustic composition that starts very slow and with a low sound, seconds later it becomes a bit higher due to the feelings shared by the singer. Besides the guitar there is another instrument that can be heard as background, which adds a peculiar flavor to the music. The last part is pretty good with bass and drums included.

Now I'll be honest, talking about progressive rock, this may not be the best example, I bet you may actually ask yourself if Mauro Pelosi's music is prog or not, I don't really care, but what I can say is that to me this is a wonderful album that I adore. I invite the RPI lovers to listen to this unknown gem. My final grade will be four stars.

Enjoy it!

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 La Stagione Per Morire by PELOSI, MAURO album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.08 | 13 ratings

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La Stagione Per Morire
Mauro Pelosi Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars MAURO PELOSI is an Italian singer/song-writer, who released four personal albums in the 70's,a couple of them being of interest for progressive rock fans.At late 60's he collaborated with Beldisc Label,but soon he would quit due to disagreements related to his musical direction with the director.After doing his military service in 1969,he returned to Milan and he was signed by Phonogram Label.In 1972 he released his first solo output ''La stagione per morire''. PELOSI was helped by a mass of great musicians such as Gianni Leone and Gianni Stinga from ''Il balleto do bronzo'', keyboardist Mike Logan of ''The motowns'' and drummer Dave Baker from early-''Le orme''.

Despite the presence of musicians from the progressive rock scene,''La stagione per morire'' walks on the typical way and style of the Italian singer/song-writer albums with lots of lyrical moments, however it hold also enough progressive sounds.The atmosphere is really calm and pessimistic with depressive lyrics sung, of course, in Italian and Ronnie Jackson (ex- Simon Luca) dominating the compositions with his acoustic guitar...but most of the songs contain some really atmospheric keyboard work :Smooth piano passages,distinctive organ sounds and mostly light symphonic-related mellotron parts of high calibre.There are also some pastoral flute and violin parts in here,which add the album a folkish/traditional flavor.The compositions are quite strong with nice vocal arrangements and inspiring melodies.''La stagione per morire'' heads mainly towards listeners of calm,relaxing yet atmospheric Acoustic Prog,though fans of Italian Prog in general will propably like it as well.Recommended.

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