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Possibly the most influential of Italian singer-songwriters, FABRIZIO DE ANDRE' was born in Genoa on 18th February 1940. He studied law at the University of Genoa, but left before graduating. His first instrument was the violin, and then he took up the guitar, playing in local jazz bands.

In the late Fifties and early Sixties, the port city of Genoa was a hotbed of artistic creativity, and DE ANDRE' would soon become one of the leading representatives of the city's musical circle. In 1960 he recorded his first two songs: "Nuvole barocche" and "E fu la notte". In 1962 his first and only son, Cristiano, was born, who would follow in his father's footsteps to become a musician and songwriter.

Over the years that followed, DE ANDRE' , inspired mainly by Georges Brassens' works and medieval troubadour music, wrote a number of songs which made him known to the public at large. His major break came when, in 1968, his song "La canzone di Marinella" was recorded by the famous Italian singer, Mina, and its author was acclaimed as the most important Italian "cantautore", or singer-songwriter.

In the early Seventies DE ANDRE' went on to record a number of successful albums, many of them concepts based on the apocryphal Gospels ("La buona novella", 1970), Edgar Lee Masters' "Spoon River Anthology" ("Nč al denaro, nč all'amore, nč al cielo", 1971), and the student demonstrations of those years ("Storia di un impiegato", 1973). In 1975 he began to perform in a series of memorable concerts, while in the previous years, after his first performances of the early 1960s, he had always refused to appear in public, except for a couple of television broadcasts.

In 1977 he moved to Sardinia with his partner, singer Dori Ghezzi. The following year DE ANDRE' issued a new LP, "Rimini". Most songs included in this album were written in collaboration with a young Veronese singer-songwriter, Massimo Bubola. 1979 began with a series of live concerts in which DE ANDRE' was accompanied by one of the most renowned Italian progressive rock bands, PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI. A double live album recorded during that tour was released in the same year.

At the end of August, DE ANDRE' and Ghezzi were kidnapped by a gang of Sardinian bandits, and held prisoner in the inaccessible Supramonte mountains. The couple was released four months later; no ransom was paid. When the bandits were apprehended by the police, and DE ANDRE' was called as witness before the Cour...
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3.85 | 13 ratings
Volume I
1967
4.56 | 18 ratings
Tutti morimmo a stento
1968
4.08 | 13 ratings
Volume 3
1968
3.92 | 19 ratings
La Buona Novella
1970
4.27 | 24 ratings
Non al denaro non all'amore nč al cielo
1971
4.39 | 18 ratings
Storia di un impiegato
1973
3.67 | 12 ratings
Canzoni
1974
3.55 | 11 ratings
Vol. 8
1975
3.97 | 13 ratings
Rimini
1978
3.64 | 11 ratings
Fabrizio De Andrč [aka Indiano]
1981
4.67 | 21 ratings
Creuza de mä
1984
4.17 | 12 ratings
Le nuvole
1990
4.41 | 17 ratings
Anime salve
1996

FABRIZIO DE ANDRÉ Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.77 | 22 ratings
Fabrizio De André + PFM In concerto
1979
3.22 | 16 ratings
Fabrizio De André + PFM In Concerto Vol. 2
1980
3.83 | 6 ratings
1991 Concerti
1991
4.25 | 4 ratings
In concerto
1999
3.50 | 2 ratings
In concerto volume II
2001
4.67 | 3 ratings
Fabrizio De André + PFM In Concerto Vol. 1 & 2
2007
4.00 | 1 ratings
I concerti (16CD)
2012
0.00 | 0 ratings
La Bussola e Storia di un impiegato - Il concerto 1975/76 (with New Trolls)
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
L'indiano - Il concerto 1981/82
2013
4.00 | 1 ratings
Cręuza de mä - Il concerto 1984
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
Le nuvole - Il concerto 1991
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
In teatro - Il concerto 1992/93
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
Anime salve - Il concerto 1997
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
Mi innamoravo di tutto - Il concerto 1997/98
2013

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4.96 | 4 ratings
Fabrizio De André - In Concerto
2004
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Effedia Sulla mia cattiva strada
2008
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Dentro Faber Vol.1 - L'amore
2011
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Dentro Faber Vol.2 - Gli ultimi
2011
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Dentro Faber Vol.3 - Le donne
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
Dentro Faber Vol.4 - L'uomo, il potere, la guerra
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
Dentro Faber Vol.5 - Genova e Mediterraneo
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
Dentro Faber Vol.6 - Il sacro
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
Dentro Faber Vol.7 - L'anarchia
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
Dentro Faber Vol.8 - Poesia in forma di canzone
2011
5.00 | 1 ratings
Dentro Faber (8DVD)
2011

FABRIZIO DE ANDRÉ Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

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Tutto Fabrizio de Andre'
1966
3.67 | 3 ratings
Nuvole Barocche
1969
0.00 | 0 ratings
Fabrizio De Andrč (Il pescatore)
1976
4.00 | 1 ratings
Fabrizio De André [The blue anthology]
1986
4.00 | 2 ratings
Il viaggio
1991
3.67 | 3 ratings
La Canzone Di Marinella
1995
4.50 | 4 ratings
Mi innamoravo di tutto
1997
3.00 | 1 ratings
Da Genova
1999
0.00 | 0 ratings
Peccati di gioventů
2000
0.00 | 0 ratings
Una musica per dannati (Le voci del tempo)
2004
5.00 | 2 ratings
In direzione ostinata e contraria
2005
4.50 | 2 ratings
In direzione ostinata e contraria 2
2006
0.00 | 0 ratings
5 album originali 1967 - 1971
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
5 album originali 1973 - 1978
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
5 album originali 1979 - 1990
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
5 album originali 1991 - 2004 (4CD+DVD)
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
In direzione ostinata e contraria - Deluxe Edition (6CD)
2010
2.00 | 1 ratings
Sogno n°1 (with London Symphony Orchestra)
2011

FABRIZIO DE ANDRÉ Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

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Una storia sbagliata
1980
0.00 | 0 ratings
La canzone di Marinella (with Mina)
1997
3.09 | 3 ratings
Ed avevamo gli occhi troppo belli
2001

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 Non al denaro non all'amore nč al cielo by DE ANDRÉ, FABRIZIO album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.27 | 24 ratings

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Non al denaro non all'amore nč al cielo
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Review by Warthur
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4 stars This folky concept album based on the Spoon River Anthology is, like the source material, essentially a collection of character studies, each song revolving around a character from the Edgar Masters poems. Although the musical backing by Fabrizio De André and Nicola Piovani isn't full-on prog - more of a blend of influences from Italian folk and classical music - but at the same time these are also the sorts of influences the Italian prog bands of the time liked to introduce into their music, so fans of 1970s Italian bands like PFM or Quella Vecchia Locanda could do a lot worse than checking this out to see where Italian contemporary singer- songwriter stuff was at the time. Other listeners will find this a highly competent singer- songwriter release, though you may lose a little if you don't speak Italian and songs with lyrics you don't understand bug you.

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 Il viaggio by DE ANDRÉ, FABRIZIO album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1991
4.00 | 2 ratings

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Review by NotAProghead
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4 stars The complete collection of De André's early songs

Fabrizio De André's discography consists of two unequal parts - singles period (1960-66, called, by the name of publishing company, periodo Karim) and album era (1967-1998). Early songs made De André popular and became all-time Italian classics, some of them were re-recorded for later studio albums and were often performed live during his entire career.

"Il viaggio" presents, though not in chronological order, all De André's singles recorded between 1960 and 1966. Even his first single "Per i tuoi larghi occhi"/"Fila la lana" (1960) made it evident that this guy is something special, Faber's deep sensual voice was instantly recognizable. If "Per i tuoi larghi occhi" was a simple love song, "Fila la lana" contained references to medieval history. With newer songs new themes and heroes appeared - life stories and social problems ("La cittŕ vecchia"), world of criminals ("Delitto di paese", "La ballata del Michč"), victims of war ("La ballata dell'eroe", "La guerra di Piero"). Of course love is the main subject ("La canzone dell'amore perduto", "Valzer per un amore", "Amore che vieni amore che vai"), even if it often goes hand in hand with death ( "La canzone di Marinella", "Geordie"). And De André had a good sense of humour (sometimes black humour, like in "La ballata dell'amore cieco").

It's a good bonus if you are fluent in Italian. If not you can simply enjoy Fabrizio's voice and music. These songs have wonderful melodies and orchestral arrangements are excellent (many of them made by Giampiero Reverberi who later worked with De André on such great albums like "Tutti morimmo a stento" and "La buona novella", many other Italian bands and artists and produced some of the best albums by LE ORME). Music has obvious 60s feel, but these songs are timeless, like timeless are the classics of, for example, Sinatra or Elvis.

These initial versions of Faber's songs are not included in numerous BMG/Ricordi compilations (due to copyright reasons I guess), but some CDs like this one give us the possibility to listen to them. "Il viaggio" is the best and most complete collection of early De André's classics. "Il viaggio" CD is out of print now, relatively rare and quite expensive, but it worth every cent spent. Despite mono sound (all 1960-66 singles were recorded in mono) and some tape hiss the sound is warm, rich and natural.

Progressive rock did not exist in the days when these songs were created, so if you want prog touches go to Fabrizio's later works. But these little wonders are an essential part of great Italian bard's discography, after all these years they still sound fresh.

My personal rating - 5 biggest and brightest stars, 4 stars for this site.

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 Fabrizio De André + PFM In Concerto Vol. 2 by DE ANDRÉ, FABRIZIO album cover Live, 1980
3.22 | 16 ratings

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Fabrizio De André + PFM In Concerto Vol. 2
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Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl Team

3 stars The release of this album one year after the huge commercial success of its predecessor was just a commercial operations. One thing is releasing a double live album where masterpieces and weaker songs can co-exist so that the weaker things are masked by the goodies. Another thing is taking some of the material discarded from the"Volume 1" to fill a "Volume 2" one year after.

As result we have a still good album, because of the great songwriting of FDA and the great musicianship of PFM, but no highlights.

The live versions of those songs are not much better than the studio, and in particular the last two songs, taken from FDA's masterpiece "La Buona Novella" are better arranged in PFM's "AD 2010" album and were playeed by almost the same artists even on the original FDA album.

However I think that the songs are too well played to consider this album just a collector item, so I can round up my rating to 3 stars with a complain for the label who has released it: a double album would have been a milestone of Italian music in general. This sort of "B-side" sounds just as a well recorded bootleg.

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 Creuza de mä by DE ANDRÉ, FABRIZIO album cover Studio Album, 1984
4.67 | 21 ratings

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Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl Team

5 stars I remember comments from Peter Gabriel (actually very interested in World Music) and from David Byrne saying that this was the best album of the year. Effectively it sounds a lot "world" also because of the dialect in which the songs are written and in the use of ethnic instruments also from middle-East.

"Creuza De Ma'" (Road to the Sea) is mainly a description of the little world of his youthness: Genoa, its harbour and the surroundings. It describes places, people and situations with a base of major chords with a middle eastern flavor.

This contamination between the major chords of the Italian tradition and the middle-eastern instruments is stronger on "Jamin-A" This is the name of an Arabic prostitute who "works" in the harbour as a mariner tells. The music is strongly Middle-eastern influenced and there's also a very good "Oud" solo. I think that any prog fan can like this song.

"Sidun" is a very dramatic track. "Sidun" is an ancient city, one of the most important of Lebanon. The city was attacked by the troops sent by Sharon in 1982 and the lyrics are the lament of a father who has seen his son killed by a tank and carries his devastated body. Dark, tragic and moving. "In this big burning sky a so little death"

"Sinan Capudan Pascia'" is a character taken from the history. It's a Genoan seaman captured by Turks and later converted to Isalm. He then became a "Grand Vizir". About his conversion he said "I have only changed the God to blaspheme". This song has less Arabic elements.

"A Pittima" was the debts collector. Genoan citizens had the possibility, during the Renaissance, to call and send him to the debtors. A nasty guy, isn't it? Hated just a little less than am executor. The lyrics are a dialog (for what I can understand) between he and a debtor. One thing about Genoan language, it sounds incredibly similar to Portuguese, and this surely adds a "World" flavor. The song is in the mood of the opener. Major chords and a slow hypnotic rhythm.

"A Dumenega" (The Sunday) is aboout an ancient use: The maitresses of Brothels were used to make a sort of procession to show their prostitutes. A sort of advertising....with the people commenting and joking at their passage. The language is maybe a bit raw but with Fabrizio de Andre also this is poetry. The Arabian influence is eveident in the instrumental coda in which the guitar sounds quite Spanish.

The closer is "Da A Me Riva" (from my seaside) is about the period of his life in Sardinia that's the opposite seaside to Genoa. A nostalgic song like a lullaby, very appropriate as closer.

What else? I agree with Gabriel and Byrne. This is a great album even if you don't understand the language. I had to look to the official artist's website in order to understand what the songs are about, and I'm Italian! The songs are excellent from a musical point of view and knowing what the lyrics are about can improve the listening pleasure.

A masterpiece even if just prog-related.

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 Fabrizio De André + PFM In concerto by DE ANDRÉ, FABRIZIO album cover Live, 1979
3.77 | 22 ratings

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Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl Team

4 stars Reviewing this album after the remake of "La Buona Novella" released in 2010 by the PFM should help making the things clearer.

First of all, Fabrizio de Andre' was better known as lyricist and effectively many of his songs are pure poetry. It's not that he wasn't a good instrumentist or composer, too. His first release is dated 1958 and he was strongly influenced by the French "chansonniers". Later, as many other italian singer-songwriters he felt the influence of Bob Dylan. This is where he's from. A great artist, never commercial, but surely not prog. At least proto-RPI.

You all know PFM here, instead. Forget them. At the time of the tour from which this live album is taken, Fabrizio was surely most famous than PFM in the mainstream public and was alsovery acclaimed by the critics while PFM was "only" the bigger RPI band together with Banco.

So don't be surprised if all the songs are Fabrizio's hits and PFM is just supporting him. This is a Fabrizio De Andre album which features the excellent arrangement of the PFM.

Now the songs:

"Bocca di Rosa" (Rosemouth) is the true story of a whore that he knew in his city Genoa. Fabrizio was always fascinated by borderline people, also because Genoa is famous for its harbour and is full of borderlines. She died last year and a newspaper has dedicated an article to her. The song is a folky tune in French style and from a lyrical point of view is a song about hypocrisy. All the "good" guys are deprecating the whore but all the town his happy to pay her. One of the most famous songs of this artist.

"Andrea" is about homosexuality. It's a soldier who diserted for love during the first world war and manages to let everybody think that he's dead. Musically it's a sort of country-rock song based on 12 strings acoustic guitar.

"Giugno '73" (June '73) is opened by an interesting bass solo. It's another "French style" song, and one of the few that can really be of some interest for a progger. It's an important song from a lyrical point of view. This is real poetry about the end of a love that's not working between a man, likely Fabrizio himself and a woman too stuck into the conventions. "Leaving ourselves has been better than having never met".

"Un Giudice" (A Judge) is one of the most well-known song of Fabrizio. It's taken form the concept album "Non Al Denaro, Non all'Amore Ne al Cielo" inspired by the "Anthology of Spoon River" of Edgar Lee Masters. "A dwarf is surely a bad person because his heart is too close to his asshole". It's also the song on which the PFM arrangements work better.

"La Guerra di Piero" (Piero's War) is a hymn to the antimilitarism. Piero is a soldier who surprises an enemy in a field of wheat. He's about to shoot him but he stops thinking that he's killing somebody that he doesn't know. That he'll have enough time to see his dying glance...but while he's hesitating the other sees him and shoots him dead.

This was only the side A.

Another very famous song now comes: "Il Pescatore" (The fisherman). To be honest I have never really understood the meaning of the story narrated in this song, apart the fact that the fisherman helps the assassin only because he's asking for food and wine and a safe place to hide. This live version of the song is famous for the excellent violin part performed by Lucio Fabbri.

"Zirichiltaggia" is a song that has a particular story. It's written in one of the Sardinian dialects. It's a language that needs a translation also for Italians. Fabrizio worte it after having been kidnapped by Sardinian bandits (see the artist's bio). It's funny how this language fits into a country-western base. Of course there's room for Lucio Fabbri's violin.

"La Canzone di Marinella" is a classic. It was sung in the 60s by Mina, who is probably the best female vocalist of the Italian pop history. It's the bigger hit single released by Fabrizio. I think it's the story of a woman who commits suicide for love narrated in form of a fairytale. It's the song that I like less in all the Fabrizio's production and PFM doesn't add much to the original.

"Volta la Carta" (Turn the card) is a "ronde". It's a sort of nursery rhyme (literally, nothing to do with Genesis) with some more adult contents. Very folky with a touch of country, between Bob Dylan and Blackmore Nights. Fun but non essential.

Reading other reviews it seems that "Amico Fragile" (Fragile Friend) is the song more appealing for proggers. Effectively is a whispered poetry very dramatic and intensively interpreted. Full of metaphoric images it's not an easy one also in terms of lyrics. It's really dark and sometimes sarcastic: "- Do you know that I've lost two sons? Miss, you are a very inattentive woman!"

If you are looking for PFM classics this is not the right album, but if you want to understand better an album like "A.D. 2010" this is where it started.

It's an excellent addition to any "good" music collection. I have doubts about "prog", but given this advise, I think that 4 stars are not a scandal

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 La Buona Novella by DE ANDRÉ, FABRIZIO album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.92 | 19 ratings

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Review by Pietro Otello Romano

5 stars Although I am a long standing fan of Fabrizio de Andre', I gained knowledge of this album thirty years after, just during his last concert, dated on 1999 at the Brancaccio theatre.

Fabrizio is not a proper prog artist, his roots are strongly deep inside the traditional Italian singer-songwriter's genre, which is largely even far from the traditional rock's genre, but "La buona Novella", with the subsequent albums "Non al denaro non all'amore nč al cielo" and "Storia di un impiegato", represents a significant prog digression in the artist's career.

"La buona novella" is an exquisite concept album and, if we consider that it is almost contemporary of "In the wake of Poseidon", "The Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other" and "Trespass" among the others, and two years in advance of "Storia di un minuto", and "Banco del Mutuo Soccorso" it is among if not even the first real Italian prog record ever, and one of the most important oeuvre of the "Rock Progressivo Italiano".

Fabrizio, a professed atheist, tells the story of the Virgin Mary from a different point of view, generated by his deep studies of the so-called "Apocryphal Gospel". Jesus Christ is the third most important prophet of the Muslim religion, and there are several anecdotes regarding his life within the Koran too, that are not reported within the catholic Gospel. The artist through these anecdotes develops a poignant story, composed with highly poetic metaphors, in order to highlight the problems of the society of his time too, such as war, woman's condition, power politics, hypocrisy etc...

The first five songs tell the story of the Virgin Mary's childhood, apparently raised from the age of three to the age of twelve in a temple until the coming of her first period. Won by Joseph, in market's raffle prize, she become the child-bride of a man (Joseph) too old to be a husband and unwilling to be a father. War. Joseph, a carpenter, is sent to the front in order to use is skill to fix the injured limps of the soldiers, and he will be away for four years. During this period, Mary has a love's affair with an "Angel (?)", and when Joseph is back she is pregnant. I like the best this first part, which is the most progressive part of the album too, the five songs unfold like a real suite in five movements with a proper intro and a "Gran Finale", of course Fabrizio, an excellent musician, is even a better poet, and the knowledge of the Italian language not only help to appreciate his works at the best, but it accentuate this impression of listening a proper suite, too.

The rest of the album carries on a more appropriate way to the traditional Italian songs. "Via della Croce" is a very beautiful ballad with a powerful and forceful pace, worthy of a Leonard Cohen. It tells of the last walk of Jesus Christ to his execution carrying the cross on his back, through the hostile and hypocrite crowds.

"Tre Madri" literally three mothers, describe, in a poignant song, the pain of the Virgin Mary and the mothers of the two thieves, for the execution of their sons.

"Il testament di Tito" among the most popular songs of de Andre' ever, is a sort of "Ten Commandments" the other way around and it is a blast to the hypocrisy of the power and in particular of the Catholic Church.

The symphonic "Laudate Homini" is a progressive "Gran Finale", including of string quartet and choir.

I rate this album 5 star, first of all because it is an historical landmark of the Italian popular music and also because it is one of the first important step into the beginning of the "Rock Progressivo Italiano".

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 Rimini by DE ANDRÉ, FABRIZIO album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.97 | 13 ratings

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Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl Team

4 stars His music has a touch of American folk and his voice is bass pitched and similar to Leonard Cohen of whom Faber (as he was nicknamed) has made some covers, too. But what makes him very important for the Italian music, both pop and RPI are his lyrics. Faber is first of all a poet, very interested in telling stories of people and sometimes speak of politics.

This album comes after a big disillusion from the political side. The last "movement" is dead not only because of repression. The ideas behind the movement are weakening and Faber decides to concentrate on stories.

The title track is about a girl that aborted a baby and looks to the sea, dreaming of Columbus while people comes and goes in this city, Rimini, that's totally built on summer tourism. From a musical point of view it could be a Leonard Cohen's song.

"Volta La Carta" (Turn the card) is just a sort of nursery rhyme, a "false popular" song full of citations. A folky tune.

"Coda Di Lupo" (Wolf's Tail) is about the political disappointment that I was mentioning before. The young protesters are compared to the native Americans. It's a good ballad with a bit of country-rock inside but I think is one of the album's songs that can fit into the RPI definition, but I know that my opinion is not shared by RPI fans.

"Andrea" is probably the most famous song of this disc, the most popular and the one that I like less. The story is interesting: an omosexual love during the first world war. It's primarily a song against war and militarism, then is against discriminations, too. It's poetry as well. I don't like it from a musical point of view. It's a simple song too repetitive (as many ballads are) so at the end, once you know the story, it's a bit boring.

"Tema di Rimini" is a short acoustic instrumental. First a fiddle then a finger picking guitar. I don't know if it's even prog-related, but it's good. Caravan's Tollington Park Rag is not more prog than this.

"Avventura a Durango" is just a Dylan's cover (Romance to Durango)

"Sally" is interesting from a literary point of view. It starts with the translation of an English nursery rhyme, then there are references to Jodorowsky and Garcia Marquez, but it's a very sad song about heroin and drugs addition. Musically it has French influences. Another ballad.

"Zirichiltaggia" is a joke. It's a country-western song in Sardinian language, about a dispute between two brothers for an inheritance. However is one of the three songs of this album, together with "Andrea" and "Volta La Carta" which are in the live album with the PFM.

"Il Naufragio della London Valour" (The shipwrecking of the London Valour) is IMO the most prog thing of the album. It's a talking poetry over a good instrumental. It's not about a real shipwrecking. It belongs to the most hermetic side of Faber's poetry and contains a lot of things apparently disconnected. A sequence of images.

The album is closed by a melodic instrumental track that I define prog as well.

As I said, this is not a prog album, however Faber has been influencial to all the non-trivial Italian artists, specially for what concerns the songwriting. He's been the first in Italy to use the music to vehiculate poetry. Being influenced by the French "Chansonniers" of the 50s and by artists like Dylan and Cohen his music could be defined as "proto-RPI".

It's a very good album and I think that proggers are open-minded enough to like it even if not properly prog, so it can have a place also in a prog collection.

4 stars.

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 Ed avevamo gli occhi troppo belli by DE ANDRÉ, FABRIZIO album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2001
3.09 | 3 ratings

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Review by clarke2001
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars A live CD with eight tracks, clocking at less than 18 minutes? What is going on?

Quite simple: most of the tracks are clocking between minute and two, and only two of those are actual songs - the rest is a compilation of Fabrizio's speeches, mostly as interludes between song during his life performances.

This is not a pointless collection of banters - each of these eight verbal essays makes a political statement. De Andre comments on humanism, the gay and minorities rights, political liberties. 'Al fianco degli Indiani' explains his famous 'Fiume Sand Creek', with a bitter comment on situation (both past and present) of Native Americans (with a ironical nod all the way back to Columbus' discovery). 'Princesa e i Rom' tackles the issue of Gypsies and their nomadic life.

Political leaning of Fabrizio de Andre are not unknown to an average fan - at least not after 1973 (since his 'Storia' album was based on Protest of '68) - but this little oddity is a bold, good-hearted statement - even if it was issued two years after his death; it was published by 'A' , an Italian company publishing anarchistic periodicals; they can hardly be accused of misusing de Andre's figure and catalogue, since it was him who had been helping the publishing company with financial injections when necessary.

Frankly, I can not recommend this audio document, since it contains almost no music, and it will be next to useless if you don't understand Italian. However, I must look on it with an keen eye since it's never a bad thing to be reminded of little bit of humanism. This is tiny yet truthful fragment of an artist's life.

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 La Buona Novella by DE ANDRÉ, FABRIZIO album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.92 | 19 ratings

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Fabrizio De André Prog Related

Review by Ivan_Melgar_M
Special Collaborator Symphonic Prog Specialist

3 stars A few days ago I wrote a 5 stars review about "AD 2010 - La Buona Novella" by PFM, so decided to review the album by FABRIZIO DE ANDRÉ (La Buona Novella) that originated this masterpiece and honestly after years of not listening this release, found it dated and a bit disappointing in comparison with the 2010 release.

Lets start with the fact that FABRIZIO DE ANDRÉ is a "cantautori" (singer songwriter) more than a Prog performer and composer, so whoever expects a Progressive Rock masterpiece, will find instead some sort of revolutionary troubadour with a fantastic voice that reminds me of the Russian bard "Vladimir Vysotsky".

One of the reasons I bought this album back in the late 70's was because I found PFM performed it, but their role is secondary, because the album is written by and for FABRIZIO DE ANDRĂ?'S glory, and that's a shame, being that the concept is brilliant but sadly the band is underused and most of the songs except "Il Sogno di Maria" are undeveloped.

The atmosphere is a nice blend of Medieval and Folk music with an incredibly poetic lyrics, but seems empty because the voice and guitar of "De André" are not enough to get the brilliance this conceptual album deserved.

Still enjoyed " from start to end, specially "Maria nella Bottega del Falegname" (Mary at a Carpenter's Workshop) a song that has everything a Prog fanatic will expect, from beautiful melodies top nice orchestration and chorals.

Probably if "2010 AD - La Buona Novella" wasn't so fresh in my head, would had rated "La Buona Novella" with 4 stars, but my opinion is that PFM took an extremely beautiful album and turned into an almost perfect masterpiece, so I will give 3 stars to "FABRIZIO DE ANDRE" release, that should be 3.5.

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 Non al denaro non all'amore nč al cielo by DE ANDRÉ, FABRIZIO album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.27 | 24 ratings

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Fabrizio De André Prog Related

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl Team

4 stars I'm quite surprised to see that this album doesn't have any review. This album (Not at Money, not at Love neither at Heaven) is less intense than his previous masterpiece "La Buona Novella" and even if based on the concept of Edgar Lee-Masters' Spoon River is more a collection of songs than a concept album.

Defining it prog is hard but it contains some of the most famous songs ever written by "Faber".

Based on classical and acoustic guitar, with many influences which go from the acoustic country-rock on "Un matto" and "Un Giudice" to the French Medieval flavour of "Un Blasfemo" has its strength in the highly poetical lyrics, and it shouldn't surprise being the poetry of Lee- Masters the concept. If you really want to appreciate this album manage to get a translation of the lyrics.

The opening track "Dormono sulla collina"(They sleep on the hill) is a summary of what you can expect in the album. It briefly mentions some characters not so important to have an entire song based on them apart of "Jones the musician". The music is based on minor chords with an orchestral arrangement that make it sound like a movie soundtrack until it turns into acoustic.

"Un Matto" (A Fool) is a slow country-rock song based on acoustic guitar and violin. Probably the easier listening of the whole album.

"Un Giudice" (A Judge) is the most famous song of the album, mainly becaus eof a very hard sentence "A dwarf is a bastard for sure because his heart is too close to his asshole". The dwarf is the Judge who in life was used to send people to death as revenge against people who considered him a half-man. Musically is another country piece with a non- country tempo, based on acoustic bass and guitar.

"Un Blasfemo" (A Blaspheme) goes back to the "La Buona Novella" themes. About religion and intolerance. "They killed me because I said that God fooled the first man" and "Not God, bot somebody who invented him, constraints us to dream in an enchanted garden". The song starts with flute and acoustic bass, then voice and classical guitar, finally cymbals. The flavour is medieval with a bit of French a-la-Brassens. My fav on this album.

"Un Malato di cuore" (A heart-illed) is a sad slow song about an illed boy who dies while kissing his first love. Keyboard, bass and classical guitar for a mixture of French and country.

"Un Medico" (A Medician) has a grotesque start with violins on a melody that reminds to XIX century's Italian Opera (I mean Rossini). The chords are everything but trivial with sudden changes in scale and pitch.

"Un Chimico" (A Chemistry) is Dylanesque, based on finger-picking acoustic guitar.

"Un Ottico" (an Optician) starts Frenchy, then goes into a sort of psychedelia as the subject of the song is a metaphor of drugs and acid allucinations. The lenses sold by the opticians are clearly referred to acid. The lyrics of the psychedelic part are just descriptions of allucinations but with a lot of references. Back to France on the final.

Finally "Il Suonatore Jones" (Jones the Musician) is another sad slow song full of regret for the past (even if he says "it ended with no regret at all). The best lyrics of the album, maybe. The track is based on classical guitar and flute.

I can't give it 5 stars because even if it's clearly a masterpiece, this is not progressive rock, but I think that anybody who looks for good music full of contents can be happy to have it in his collection.

4 stars.

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