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Fabio Celi & Gli Infermieri were a group founded by Fabio Celi (real name Antonio Cavallaro) in San Giorgio A Cremano (near Neaples) towards the end of the 60's, with the name of Fabio Celi & I Pop. The line-up included Ciro Ciscognetti, Luigi Coppa , Rino Fiorentino and Roberto Ciscognetti. With this name they realized a POP single. Their only album (Follia) was recorded at the 'Studio 7' and was supposedly published in 1969 under the name of Fabio Celi & Gli Infermieri. This album is very Rock. It is described as psychedelic as a result of the use of a Farfisa organ modified to sound like the Moog. The lyrics are heavy, often obscure, and against certain aspects of society. Due to this the album was censored by RAI (the Italian broadcasting) and the promotion was really poor. In truth this album is also a post Beat album.

Celi released a single in 1971 with the same musicians of the album except with Silvio Feo instead of Coppa. In 1973 Fabio Celi participated in the 'Festival D'Avanguardia E Nuove Tendenze' in Neaples (famous festival for RPI birth and promotion) and in 1975 in 'Adesso Musica', a TV show. The song 'Uomo Cosa Fai' led to the reprint the album but without producing any significant sales. The band were never able to successfully return. Only the drummer Roberto Ciscognetti remains in the music business.

In my opinion Fabio Celi & Gli Infermieri' can be juxtaposed with The Doors, Iron Butterfly, Vanilla Fudge, Deep purple, Colosseum, Warhorse, Biglietto Per L'Inferno and in general to all groups on the Rock side of Early Prog. If the 1969 release date claimed by Celi was accurate then this is one of the earliest transitional albums moving from Pop and Beat to the classic RPI period we would know a few years later. [Mandrakeroot/Andrea Salvador]

Why this artist is listed in www.progarchives.com: Fabio Celi & Gli Infermieri was one of the first RPI bands with Le Orme, Dik Dik, Formula 3 and others.

1) 'Ti Ho Vista Piangere/ Un Milione Di Baci' (1968, single, as Fabio Celi & I Pop)
2) 'Follia' (1969 and 1975, LP, as Fabio Celi & Gli Infermieri)
3) 'Via Gaetano Argento 80141 Napoli/ Fermi Tutti Una Rapina' (1971, single [also as bonus tracks in 'Follia' Remastered], as Fabio Celi)

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Fabio Celi e Gli Infermieri Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Finnforest
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3 stars Early transitional artist

Fabio Celi e Gli Infermieri are considered to be historically significant in the Italian prog universe because their album was made in 1969, making it one of the earliest entries of the RPI movement. Depending on the source you believe however it may not have been released until years later-Scented Garden's claims it was not released until 1973 due to the lyrics controversy and even then not allowed in record shops or radio. Croce's page says it was issued in '69 so I really don't know. The band were from the Naples area and released a single before changing the name and releasing a full length album. The 5-piece band's sound is heavily ruled by the twin-keyboards of Celi and Ciro Ciscognetti and the often outrageous vocals of Celi. The group obviously is influenced by British psych-pop of the 60s and would be inconsequential at PA if not for their excursions toward the progressive scene. They did this by extending the song lengths to the 5-7 minute range and using more complicated arrangements and parts. You can hear the pop structure clearly but you can also hear each player beginning to stretch out significantly via elaborate keyboard runs, long guitar solos, and some pretty cool drum fills. The vocals are also more theatrical and daring. Yet still it is a bridge band well short of anything happening in the classic RPI years of 72-74. Don't expect this to be rattle your cage to the extent of "Ys" or "Palepoli." I would say it reminds me a bit of a Yes' "Looking Around" or "I See You" from the first album-but with Cherry 5 performing it instead of Yes. How's that for a convoluted description?

But given the disclaimers above this is actually a pretty solid psych-flavored pop/rock sound. "Follia" apparently means "crazy" or "folly" and there is a clear streak of rebelliousness running throughout, some of the lyrics were banned on Italian television it is said. Italianprog.com notes that the stage act was pretty outrageous as well with Celi being carried onstage in a coffin and wearing a straightjacket during the final number. Highlights of the album include the title track which features Celi breaking into an unbelievably obnoxious, forced laughter after each repetition of the word "Follia." This occurs over and over and certainly will be enough to drive your wife and children from the house. Oddly I have taken to the song and consider it highly memorable which was perhaps Celi's intent. The album in full features an excellent blend of piano and organ as a backdrop to the rock and roll and from there often throws in the psych electric leads. Vocals are present on all tracks I believe and Celi's style almost seems spoken sometimes though he is clearly singing, it's an odd voice surely but not unpleasant to me. I can understand anyone who does get irritated from them though as they are strange. "Uomo Cosa Fai" has a very cool opening that is tight and definitely prog but then slides into a rather bland ballady chorus. Sometimes the rhythms can be a bit static and slip into that "60s spy tv show theme" but eventually it does break and there are plenty of interesting change-ups. The Mellow reissue includes only the original lyrics reprinted from the album and no other Bio information. The CD does include two decent bonus tracks recorded originally from 1971 with mostly the same line-up. The album was reissued in '73 or '74 but Celi never made another album in those fruitful years.


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