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Biography

  • Years Active

    1974 – present (43 years)

This group was formed in Rome in 1974, with an unusual four-guitar line-up and strong American-styled folk and country musical roots. A sixth member of the group, Gianni Dearca, was their sound engineer and lyricist.
With the early line-up they played at the 4th Festival d'Avanguardia e Nuove Tendenze, held in Rome, Villa Borghese in June, winning the "best new group" poll. In September of the same year they also played the seminal Rome Villa Pamphili Pop Festival.

A popular concert group, they only appeared on the 1975 Trianon 75 live compilation playing on their own and as Antonello Venditti backing band, and didn't have the chance to record a studio album until the end of the 70's, when their Maida Vale debut LP appeared on Philips.

A good melodic album, this is by no means a progressive LP, being close to country rock in some parts. It contains eight songs, that despite their melodic inspiration are often long and with elaborated instrumental parts.
The music is mainly built on acoustic guitars, but there is help by guest musicians like Agostino Marangolo (on drums, from Flea and Goblin), keyboardist Danilo Rea and Claudio Pizzale on vibes, and very good electric guitar parts.

The group kept playing during the years as Venditti's backing band in studio and on tour.

A second album came in 1983, a four track Q-Disc (a mini-LP) on the It label, featuring former Cherry Five singer Tony Tartarini and guests keyboardist Sandro Centofanti (Buon Vecchio Charlie and Libra) and drummer Bruno Bergonzi; lighter in comparison with the first LP, this went unnoticed and the group disbanded.

A retrospective CD including tracks from the albums along with unreleased recordings has been privately distributed by the band in late 2002, but it sadly didn't have a commercial release.

LP
Maida Vale Philips (6323 089) 1979 single cover with inner
Figli dei figli della guerra It (ZPGT 33436) 1983 12" four tracks mini-LP (Q-disc) with single cover

CD
Antologia 1974-1984 private pressing 2002 promotional compilation with excerpts from the albums and unreleased live and studio tracks
Maida Vale Universal (0602527122083) 2009 reissue of 1979 album - mini-LP single cover - part of the box set Progressive Italia - Gli anni '70 vol.2

VARIOUS ARTISTS COMPILATION ALBUMS
Trianon 75 - Domenica musica
(with Maida Vale) RCA (TCM2-1178) 1975 2LP - gatefold cover - live album including Antonello Venditti, Mario Schiano, Perigeo, Rino Gaetano, Lucio Dalla, Toni Esposito and others

SINGLES (with picture sleeve)
Maida Vale
William Wilson Philips (6025 238) 1979 both tracks from Maida Vale

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