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MEDITERRANEA

Rock Progressivo Italiano • Italy


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MEDITERRANEA is a trio from Caserta, in the region of Campania, formed in 1978 under the leadership of guitarist Fausto Mesolella. Mesolella also contributed mandolin and keyboards and was joined by Pasquale Ziccardi (bass and mandolin) and Agostino Santoro (drums and percussion). The band toured for a few years before releasing their only album, "Ecce Rock," in 1981. The album blends heavy rock, jazz, and Campanian folk elements and melodies, particularly in their use of mandolin.

This was written by bassist Ziccardi: "Fender guitars' smell, fingers through the hair, leather belts, heeled boots, heavy amplifiers, dreamed trips, missed rendez-vous and lunches, worn nights, fake tokens, changing at the steering wheel, military service, punched streets, first time in Milan. . . . For us Mediterranea was a place to find shelter, a destination, a place to die too. To die of Music."

Although "Ecce Rock" was their only album, the music found a ready audience particularly in Japan, where it was reissued with a different cover (which was used on the recent reissue as well). After the group disbanded, Mesolella found success in the band Avion Travel, Ziccardi joined Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare (NCCP), and Santoro left the music industry.

[Todd]

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