Oscar Lindok’s Orchestra’s The Rhythm Of Life (1972) CAM by Lindok (aka Giacomo Dell’Orso), Proluton (aka Gianni Dell’Orso), and Donimak (aka Nico Fidenco) featuring Alessandro Alessandroni and Edda Dell’Orso

In 1972, Oscar Lindok’s Orchestra released The Rhythm Of Life on CAM, an album featuring Oscar Lindok (aka Giacomo Dell’Orso), Proluton (aka Gianni Dell’Orso), and Donimak (aka Nico Fidenco). Fidenco, who also used the longer alias “Peter Donimak,” produced the LP. Among other genres, the dozen tracks touch funk, jazz, easy listening, and psychedelic rock.

Oscar Lindok's Orchestra - The Rhythm Of Life (1972) CAM

Oscar Lindok’s Orchestra – The Rhythm Of Life (1972) CAM

Uncredited performers on the album include Alessandro Alessandroni and Edda Dell’Orso, and composers Sandro Brugnolini and Stefano Torossi.

Oscar Lindok's Orchestra - The Rhythm Of Life (1972) CAM back

Oscar Lindok’s Orchestra – The Rhythm Of Life (1972) CAM back

The first side of the LP includes “Sad Trumpet,” “Walking In Scotland,” “Thinkin’ On Tiptoe,” “Madame Butterfly’s Memory,” “Flying About,” and “Black Girl.”

Madame Butterfly’s Memory,” composed by Donimak (aka Nico Fidenco) and featuring an uncredited Edda Dell’Orso, is on YouTube:

In CAM’s first pressing of the LP, this track was called “M. Me Butterfly’s Memory.”

Oscar Lindok's Orchestra - The Rhythm Of Life (1973) CAM

Oscar Lindok’s Orchestra – The Rhythm Of Life (1973) CAM

This is one of six tracks on the LP that showcase soprano Edda Dell’Orso. Others include “Flying About,” “Black Girl,” “Sweet Corinne,” “Waiting Oscar,” and “Working-Day.”

Oscar Lindok's Orchestra - The Rhythm Of Life (1972) CAM label 1

Oscar Lindok’s Orchestra – The Rhythm Of Life (1972) CAM label 1

Donimak (aka Nico Fidenco) and Lindok (aka Giacomo Dell’Orso)’s “Flying About,” featuring an uncredited Edda Dell’Orso, is on SoundCloud:

Note: If any legal rights holders object to the posting of this rare, out of print, and unavailable track ripped from this correspondent’s personal collection, please drop a line and it will be removed immediately.

Side B of The Rhythm Of Life includes “Sweet Corinne,” “Village Feast,” “Waiting Oscar,” “Madrigal Of ‘600,” “Working-Day,” and “Fables.” All of the compositions on the album were arranged by Giacomo Dell’Orso.

oscar-lindoks-orchestra-the-rhythm-of-life-1972-cam-label-2

Oscar Lindok’s Orchestra – The Rhythm Of Life (1972) CAM label 2

Both versions of The Rhythm Of Life LPs are out of print and difficult to find. A quick scan of auction sites finds a single copy on offer at Discogs for about $1000.00 US. Alternatively, two more tracks are found online, including a video for “Fables.”

a recent photo of Giacomo and Edda Dell'Orso

a recent photo of Giacomo and Edda Dell’Orso

“Working-Day,” composed by Proluton (aka Gianni Dell’Orso) and featuring an uncredited Edda Dell’Orso, is on YouTube:

More Music from Oscar Lindok

At this time, the majority of Giacomo Dell’Orso’s albums released under his alias Lindok/Oscar Lindok are out of print.

Oscar Lindok and His Friends - Come Upstair (1973) Picci

Oscar Lindok and His Friends – Come Upstair (1973) Picci Records

This includes Come Upstair (1973) on Picci Records and Eruzioni (1974), an LP part of Fly Record’s Filodiretto series. Both tiny labels based in Italy focused on soundtrack and library music.

Lindok - Eruzioni (1974) Fly Record

Lindok – Eruzioni (1974) Fly Record

Besides The Rhythm Of Life, Moderno Beat Vol. II – Various Images (1976), an album put out by Italy’s Cinevox, is also currently not in print.

Oscar Lindok - Moderno Beat Vol. 2 (Various Images) (1976) Cinevox

Oscar Lindok – Moderno Beat Vol. 2 (Various Images) (1976) Cinevox

“Chopin In Paris,” composed by Lindok (aka Giacomo Dell’Orso) and an uncredited Sandro Brugnolini, is online. The Come Upstair track from 1973 features an unidentified vocalist who although Edda-esque, is not the famous spouse of Dell’Orso.

Giacomo Dell’Orso explains:

“The voice that sings in “Chopin in Paris” is not Edda but of a girl who at the time was studying with me.”

Oscar Lindok and His Friends’ “Chopin In Paris” is on SoundCloud:

Note: If any legal rights holders object to the posting of this rare, out of print, and unavailable track ripped from this correspondent’s personal collection, please drop a line and it will be removed immediately.

The Revelations

A couple of Giacomo Dell’Orso’s albums and individual tracks composed under his Lindok/Oscar Lindok pseudonym have been reissued, however, including The Revelations. The LP by the group of the same name is a collaboration between Lindok (aka Giacomo Dell’Orso) and Proluton (aka Gianni Dell’Orso). The album was originally released in 1971 on Help!, the first label run by Gianni Dell’Orso. Soon after, Dell’Orso founded GDM Music, a record company and music publisher that specializes in movie and TV soundtracks. The Revelations album was reissued by Schema in vinyl and CD in 2013.

The Revelations - The Revelations (1971) Help!

The Revelations – The Revelations (1971) Help!

The library music album features Silvano Chimenti on guitar, Enzo Restuccia on drums, and Giovanni Tommaso on bass.

The Revelations (1971) Help! label

The Revelations – The Revelations (1971) Help! label

The Revelations “Soul 111,” composed by Lindok, is here:

The Fine Machine

Giacomo and Gianni Dell’Orso joined forces with Donimak (aka Nico Fidenco) for another CAM release in 1972, Habitat. Credited to The Fine Machine, the LP (CrT  001) was released directly after The Rhythm Of Life (CrT 002). These two albums are supposedly the only ones in this time frame issued with an alternative cover.

The Fine Machine - Habitat (1972) CAM

The Fine Machine – Habitat (1972) CAM

The one-off album of funk, progressive rock, and jazz tracks, which also features an uncredited Edda Dell’Orso, has just been reissued in vinyl by Cinedelic Records. This correspondent highly recommends this limited release.

The Fine Machine - Habitat (2016 Reissue) Cinedelic Records (1972)

The Fine Machine – Habitat (2016 Reissue) Cinedelic Records (1972)

The Fine Machine’s “Shut Paranoia” from Habitat is online:

The Fast Machine

Around 1972-1973, Giacomo Dell’Orso composed the music for The Fast Machine’s eponymous album on Picci Records. Although the collection of funk, jazz, and rock has yet to be reissued, several tracks have been posted online.

The Fast Machine - The Fast Machine (1972~1973) Picci

The Fast Machine – The Fast Machine (1972~1973) Picci Records

Among exceptional tracks is the opener on The Fast Machine, “Born To Love You,” written by Oscar Lindok (and an uncredited Giancarlo De Bellis and Victor Pagano). It is included, along with “Don’t Blame This World” and “High Wind,” on the audio sampler at the bottom of this page.

The Fast Machine - The Fast Machine (1972-1973) Picci back

The Fast Machine – The Fast Machine (1972-1973) Picci Records back

The Fast Machine’s “Highway South,” composed by Oscar Lindok (aka Giacomo Dell’Orso) and Gene Pittoni, is on SoundCloud:

Note: If any legal rights holders object to the posting of this rare, out of print, and unavailable track ripped from this correspondent’s personal collection, please drop a line and it will be removed immediately.

Live Clip of Alex Puddu and Giacomo Dell’Orso

In 2013, Alex Puddu released Registrazioni al buio, an album that includes three vocal tracks featuring Edda Dell’Orso, one with Giacomo Dell’Orso on piano, “Il mare dietro la porta.”

Alex Puddu - Registrazioni al buio (2013) Schema

Alex Puddu feat. Edda Dell’Orso – Registrazioni al buio (2013) Schema

Puddu’s follow-up album In the Eye of the Cat, released at the beginning of 2016, includes four tracks with Edda Dell’Orso.

Alex Puddu feat. Edda Dell'Orso - In the Eye of the Cat (2016) Schema

Alex Puddu feat. Edda Dell’Orso – In the Eye of the Cat (2016) Schema

A live clip of Alex Puddu and Giacomo Dell’Orso working on an arrangement for “Il mare dietro la porta” from the recording sessions for Registrazioni al buio is on YouTube:

A closer look at a few highlights of the remarkable musical career of  Giacomo Dell’Orso is found in an interview HERE.

Oscar Lindok (aka Giacomo Dell’Orso) Online Audio Sampler

An audio sampler of the music of Oscar Lindok (aka Giacomo Dell’Orso) currently found on SoundCloud includes:

  • Oscar Lindok’s Orchestra’s “Flying About” from The Rhythm Of Life (1972) CAM
  • The Fine Machine’s “Crazy Eel,” “Shut Paranoia,” “Hand Shake,” “Raging Beat,” “Wait For Me,” “Obsessing Promenade,” and “Skin-Deep” from Habitat (1972) CAM
  • The Fast Machine’s “Highway South,” “Born To Love You,” “Don’t Blame This World,” and “High Wind” from The Fast Machine (1972~1973) Picci
  • Oscar Lindok and His Friends’ “My Way To Mexico,” “Let’s Go To Manhattan” and “Chopin In Paris” from Come Upstair (1973) Picci
  • Lindok’s “Lipari,” “Vulcano,” “Ustica,” “Egadi,” and “Marettimo” from Eruzioni (1974) Fly Record
  • Oscar Lindok’s “Nerves” from Moderno Beat Vol. 2 (Various Images) (1976) Cinevox

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