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Artist: ROCCHI, CLAUDIO
Title: A Fuoco
Format: CD
Label: Cramps
Country: Italy
Price: $7.00
2003 reissue. Originally released in 1977. "Although Rocchi is probably better known for his earlier material on other labels, his offering on Cramps from 1977 A Fuoco (originally Cramps CRSCD 023) is a good showcase for his own talents (vocals, synthesizers, songwriting, and production) as well as his knack for surrounding himself with top notch musicians. Ostensibly a pop-singer, his skillful mastery of dynamics and clever arrangements put him on a par with the pre-glam/pre-disco work of David Bowie (circa Hunky Dory) or perhaps even later post-folk Donovan. Indeed, many of the tunes are driven by simple acoustic guitar or piano, and then built upon with full arrangements of synths, bass, drums, saxes, violins, and more. . . . fine music." - Exposé.

Artist: ROCCHI, CLAUDIO
Title: In Alto
Format: CD
Label: Cramps
Country: Italy
Price: $7.00
"2011 release. The final album by Italian prog singer-songwriter Claudio Rocchi (1951-2013). Rocchi was a bassist in the group Stormy Six, and appeared on their 1968 debut album, Le idee di oggi per la musica di domani. Italian newspaper la Repubblica described his 1971 album Volo Magico N.1 as "one of the definitive albums of the Italian psychedelic music, perhaps the only true classic of the genre ever produced in our country."" - Cramps.

Artist: ROCCHI, CLAUDIO
Title: Suoni Di Frontiera
Format: CD
Label: Die Schachtel
Country: Italy
Price: $18.00
"2009 reissue of this Italian psychoacoustic obscurity, originally released in 1975 on Ariston. Slick tri-fold digipak release with 12-page booklet and gloss varnish cover." - FE. "Back in 1975 when Suoni Di Frontiera (Borderline Sounds) was released, Claudio Rocchi was already a well known figure in the Italian pop scene. In the late 60s Rocchi had burst onto the scene as a member of Milanese psych-prog legends Stormy Six. He performed on their Le Idee Di Oggi Per La Musica Di Domani LP in 1969 and soon after, the acid folk of Viaggio, Rocchis solo debut, was released in 1970. That same year Rocchi hosted an influential radio show on the Italian national broadcasting station, RAI. 1971 brought the simply awesome Volo Magico No.1.
An acknowledged classic, it emerged as not dissimilar to Roy Harpers landmark song cycle of progressive/psych folk, Stormcock. The album -- especially the epic 18 minute title track -- established Rocchi as the Italian psych-folk minstrel par excellence. Then, after traveling to India, improvisation and Eastern philosophies began to shape his next few albums, Essenza from 1973 being a high point. 1974s Il Miele Dei Pianeti Le Isole Le Api (The Honey Of The Planets The Islands The Bees) featured guitars, tabla, strings and percussion but the following album from 1975, Rocchi was, according to the man himself, a real U turn. It featured a handful of songs, though Rocchi baffled his hardcore following by introducing cut-ups, environmental sounds and analogue synthesizers recorded at his home studio using a Revox A70.
This brings us to the experimental electronics of his next album Suoni Di Frontiera. Consisting of 16 sketches made at home, this recording went much further out than Rocchi. Described by so-called authorities to be naïve and unsophisticated, to these ears Suoni is a highly personal and extremely charming collection of psychedelically damaged constructs. All of Rocchis celebrated and highly-recognized vocals were now processed and modulated -- if they were heard at all. They sat alongside his spacey and dislocated homespun synth stylings that sound simultaneously retro and futuristic. What more can one ask for?
Rocchi described the release as "diving deeper into psychoacoustics, a practical theory on healing music, mind resonances, inner flows." Yep. And thanks to the good folk at Die Schachtel, another crucial piece of the 70s Italian puzzle has been unearthed for our pleasure. Dig in." - Oren Ambarchi.
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Artist: ROCCHI, CLAUDIO
Title: Suoni di Frontiera
Format: LP
Label: Die Schachtel
Country: Italy
Price: $29.00
"Die Schachtel present the first vinyl reissue of Claudio Rocchis Suoni di Frontiera, originally released in 1976. A foundational album of electronic music, available again on vinyl for the first time since its original release. An unavoidable and formative element of Italys long history of avant-garde music is its resistance to category and definition. Even in the face of this, Claudio Rocchis stunning Suoni di Frontiera is an anomaly -- a body of introspective synthesizer works, stretching out to the world beyond. Italian experimental and avant-garde music from this period is distinctly different from other contexts in Europe and America, in part because many artists would begin within the realms of popular music, and slowly pushed towards more ambitious creative territories as time wore on. Rocchi is no exception. He entered the public eye during the late 1960s and early 70s, working within the idioms of psychedelic rock, folk, and prog. While some of Suoni di Frontieras elements are present in earlier and later works, nothing reaches the crystalline totality of its being. It is the lone, pure avant-garde gesture in Rocchis long and noted career. Infused with oscillating loops, astral synth excursions, and sharp collages of vocal snippets and electronics, the music of Suoni di Frontieramight remind some of early Cluster and Harmonia. But Suoni di Frontieras ambition and breadth is overwhelming. It achieves what few have: realizing the dream set forth by the pioneers of early electronic music and creating a new democratic architecture of sound, as creatively ambitious as it is accessible. It is a gesture of the avant-garde, which could have only emerged from the realms of pop -- sixteen discrete works of acoustics instrumentation, electronics, processing, and synthesis, freestanding and intertwined as a towering whole. Its a restless constellation, delving from one possibly to the next -- pulsing, rhythmic tones, sheets of pure abstraction, fragments of voice and environmental sound, captured and spun wild by tape loops, beautiful ambiences, and space age sounds. Its reemergence holds the potential to reform many perceptions surrounding electronic music as a whole. Oren Ambarchi, from the liner notes: "Another crucial piece of the 70s Italian puzzle has been unearthed for our pleasure. Dig in." Newly remastered and pressed on heavyweight vinyl; Silver and gloss varnish print with printed inner sleeves housing a transparent anti-static record sleeve; Includes insert with notes in Italian and English; Edition of 500." - Die Schachtel.

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