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Another entry on the far-too-long list of "RPI What Might Have Beens" is the band PERDIO. Hailing from Bergamo, the trio of Titta Colleoni (keyboards and vocals), Fulvio Monieri (bass, guitar, vocals), and Michele Capogrosso (drums and vocals), initially formed in 1972. Colleoni and Capogrosso had played together in I RAMINGHI and TERZA CLASSE, a band which also provided the nucleus for another band from Bergamo, MADRUGADA.

Despite some decent live activity, most notably in support of BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO, PFM, AREA, NEW TROLLS ATOMIC SYSTEM, ALAN SORRENTI, and FRANCO BATTIATO, PERDIO was only able to garner work as session musicians and never able to release an album during their lifetime. The only recording they ever released in the 1970s was as the backing musicians for EDOARDO BENNATO's album "Non Farti Cadere le Braccia." By the end of 1974 they decided to split up. They reunited briefly in 1976, adding guitarist Diego Valtorta. But this reunion was short-lived, and the band disappeared.

During the prog rebirth in the 1990s, several Italian labels released posthumous albums of 1970s bands that never issued albums during their lifetime. Such it was that in 1998 Giallo Records released a compilation of some of the surviving recordings of PERDIO, four tracks from 1973 and two from 1976, entitled "Perdio: Raccolta Completa 1973-76." The music shows promise and good improvisational skills. Of note are two versions of the lovely ballad "E' Triste il Vento," a song also performed by MADRUGADA, probably a carryover by both bands from their TERZA CLASSE days. The 1973 tracks are more typical RPI sounding, with a nice use of organ, bass, and drums, along with strong melodies. The 1976 tracks, including one version of "E' Triste il Vento," incorporate a much spacier, extended feel, perhaps even showing some Krautrock influences.

Encouraged by the interest in the 1998 album, two original members (Monieri and Capogrosso) briefly reformed the band, recruiting former MADRUGADA keyboardist Gianfranco Pinto and guest guitarist Pino Bifano. They released one album, entitled "A Robert," in tribute to Robert Wyatt, after which they again split up. In addition to a reworking of "Caroline," the album includes several original compositions far from their 1970s style and more in a Europop vein.

Giallo released a final compilation in 2008, entitled "Ultimate Collection 1974," consisting of unreleased recordings from 1974. Covers make up the bu...
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A Robert
1998

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Perdio: Raccolta Completa 1973-76
1998
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Ultimate Collection 1974
2008

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 Ultimate Collection 1974 by PERDIO album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2008
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Ultimate Collection 1974
Perdio Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

— First review of this album —
2 stars Apparently the reunion of Perdio lasted for little time and the band soon became history again for good.However in 2008 another compilation appeared on Giallo Records, entitled ''Ultimate Collection 1974''.All the material included was recorded in 1974 at Cineteatro in Cuneo and features the original line-up of Monieri, Capogrosso and Colleoni.

Ultimate it is not of course, because this compilation contains only unedited recordings and cover songs by the group with few connections with the previously released albums, highlighted by two long instrumental improvisations, clocking at 27 minutes.Despite their loose mood, both are nicely executed, featuring hypnotic Electronic grooves, much in a Kraut/Psychedelic Rock style with a bit of GONG-like Space/Fusion thrown in.Lots of loops, spacey textures, psychedelic percussions and deep bass offer two great pieces for fans of the style.The most famous track of the band ''Č triste il vento'' is included in two alternate versions, both are entirely built around synthesizers, bass and drums in a typical Italian Prog style without the presence of organs or other analog keyboards, but still sound quite charming and dramatic.The sole new track of the album is the short ''Per l'amico Matteo'', performed in a Classic Italian Prog mood with organs and synthesizers in the forefront and strong Classical influences, very close to LE ORME's style, both musically and lyrically.The rest of the album contains five covers by Pink Floyd, Buddy Holly, Grateful Dead, Neil Young and The Rolling Stones, with good organ work and lot of jamming parts, finally featuring the presence of electric guitars.Decent executions but nothing new to add in the band's lost playlist.

''Ultimate Collection 1974'' seems to be the least attractive of all Perdio releases.It contains some great music at moments, but the mass of it is covered by rare recordings and improvisations and I think it would be better to start propably with ''Raccolta completa'', if searching for the group's most interesting side.If this doesn't dissapoint you, then your next step should be this compilation...2.5 stars.

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 A Robert by PERDIO album cover Studio Album, 1998
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A Robert
Perdio Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
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— First review of this album —
3 stars The interest of Giallo Records for the early Perdio material finally led to a reunion of the band in late-90's.From the original line-up only bassist/singer Fulvio Monieri and drummer Michele Capogrosso were on the new formation, but next to them was ex-Madrugada keyboardist Gianfranco Pinto and guitarist Pino Bifano.The quartet recorded a fresh album in 1998, dedicated to Robert Wyatt, thus its title was ''A Robert'', and released it again on Giallo Records.

Anyone expecting somekind of stuff comparable to their 70's recordings will be rather dissapointed, as the new Perdio chose a more flexible, easy-going and diverse style for their fresh start.Based on a very good production and the sensitive Italian vocals, ''A Robert'' is a mixed bag of sounds, containg ballads, Soft Prog themes, Space Rock and even poppy and funky tunes and at first glance this seems a very inconsistent release.The truth though is different.Despite the various styles and sounds met throughout the album, ''A Robert'' is characterized by some great melodies, grooves and atmospheres, featuring those beautiful vocal arrangements and background synthesizers that can create dreamy images.The melodies are well-crafted and the ballads have some nice musicianship supporting.The couple of Pop and Funk tracks of the album are rather dissapointing, but the band also offers a good Italian version of Wyatt's ''O Caroline'' and a fantastic Space Rock instrumental on ''Caleidoscopio''.

Not the best comeback in Prog history, as ''A Robert'' can be considered a Soft Art Rock album rather than a Prog one.But the overall strong performances of the members make it a welcome effort.Recommended.

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 Perdio: Raccolta Completa 1973-76 by PERDIO album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1998
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Perdio: Raccolta Completa 1973-76
Perdio Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Perdio were unsurprisingly another case of a 70's Italian band with no recordings during their early lifetime.Found in 1972 and coming from Bergamo, they were led by former I Raminghi members Michele Capogrosso (drums, vocals) and Titta Colleoni (keyboards) along with bassist/vocalist Fulvio Monieri.Perdio had a good live activity but disbanded in 1974, failing to sign a contract with a label, returning for a brief reunion in 1976 with the fourth member being guitarist Diego Valtorta.Four of the 73' recordings along with two ones from the 76' line-up were captured and released in 1998 as ''Raccolta completa'' by Giallo Records, at a time when the band had returned alive and kicking after more than 20 years.

The album features two reworkings of the Madrugada classic track ''E'Triste il Vento'' (both Perdio and Madrugada members played in the short-lived band Terza Classe), the first by the 73' trio being close to Italian Classic Prog with a soft symphonic atmosphere, fantastic vocals and excellent keyboard work, the secong edition from 1976 being close to a psychedelic jam session with some spacey parts and far from the original track.The 1973 Perdio were actually a pretty good band, the other three cuts from that period are nice examples of their trully progressive sound, which was a mix of organ-driven Psychedelic Rock with CLEARLIGHT-like Space/Fusion-esque keyboard touches and smooth Symphonic Rock in the vein of GENESIS.The compositions are long, semi-structured, with plenty of instrumental parts and Colleoni's unique keyboard approach on the forefront, accompanied by a pounding rhythm section.In a blink of an eye the band switches from heavy organ grooves to classic Italian canzone and from synth-based trippy experiments to calm melodic passages.Some moments though are a bit excessive, however the majority of their length are well-executed Italian Prog with a tendency towards experimentation and improvisation.The other track from the 1976 line-up is actually an ultra-long jam, clocking at over 22 minutes, with guitars, organ and electric pianos being quite dominant, still this has some interesting psychedelic parts and of course the familiar Perdio energy, but it is definitely overstretched and hard-listening.

A great archival release for fans of Italian Prog and a pretty nice addition for the rest of the prog audience.Especially fans of more experimental prog forms with a good dose of Classic Prog stylings are more likely to appreciate it.Recommended.

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 Perdio: Raccolta Completa 1973-76 by PERDIO album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1998
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Perdio: Raccolta Completa 1973-76
Perdio Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Todd
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3 stars Another lost gem!

Another entry on the far-too-long list of 'RPI What Might Have Beens.' Hailing from Bergamo, the trio initially formed in 1972. Colleoni and Capogrosso had played together in I RAMINGHI and TERZA CLASSE, a band which also provided the nucleus for another band from Bergamo, MADRUGADA.

Despite some decent live activity, most notably in support of BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO, PFM, AREA, NEW TROLLS ATOMIC SYSTEM, ALAN SORRENTI, and FRANCO BATTIATO, PERDIO was only able to garner work as session musicians and never able to release an album during their lifetime. By the end of 1974 they decided to split up. They reunited briefly in 1976, but this reunion was short-lived, and the band disappeared.

During the prog rebirth in the 1990s, several Italian labels released posthumous albums of 1970s bands that never issued albums during their lifetime. Such it was that in 1998 Giallo Records released a compilation of some of the surviving recordings of PERDIO, four tracks from 1973 and two from 1976, entitled 'Perdio: Raccolta Completa 1973-76.' The sound quality is that of demo or good live recordings, and the instrumentation consists of organ, bass and drums, with guitar added to the 1976 tracks.

The music shows promise and good improvisational skills. Of note are two versions of the lovely ballad 'E' Triste il Vento,' a song also performed by MADRUGADA, probably a carryover by both bands from their TERZA CLASSE days. To my ear, the 1973 tracks are better and are more typical RPI sounding, with a nice mixture of strong melodies and improvisation. The 1976 tracks, including one version of 'E' Triste il Vento,' incorporate a much spacier, extended feel, perhaps even showing some Krautrock influences. Check out the video for "Londonderry" on the PA artist page, which gives a good feel for the 1973 tracks. (The other video, a recent live version of "E' Triste il Vento," is much more world-music-sounding than either the 1973 or 1976 versions on this album, but is another really nice interpretation of a beautiful song.)

Certainly not essential in the vast RPI catalogue, PERDIO nevertheless is a solid entry in the annals of RPI. If you are inclined to investigate this delightful band, I would recommend starting with this compilation and go from there. Although the CD is out of print, the album is available for legal download at eMusic and Amazon at least, probably others as well. 3+ stars (Gnosis 10/15).

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