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Compilation: Oggi & Domani (1971) Leo Records featuring Rino de Filippi, Paride Miglioli, Gianfranco Reverberi, Giuliano Sorgini, and Edda Dell’Orso
In 1971, Leo Records released Oggi & Domani, “Today and Tomorrow” in English, a promotional album commissioned by clothing manufacturer Double Dacron to promote its Mac Queen label. The compilation features a pair of compositions each by Rino de Filippi, Falenito aka Paride Miglioli, Ninety aka Gianfranco Reverberi, Giuliano Sorgini, plus one from Gino Redi and Nisa aka Nicola Salerno and another by Salvatore D’Esposito and Tito Manlio. The second Rino de Filippi composition includes a vocal by Edda Dell’Orso and the two Reverberi tracks performed by The Psycheground Group, better known as the musicians behind the early 1970s progressive rock band Nuova Idea.
The limited-run promo LP commissioned by Double Dacron licensed compositions from four new and upcoming releases on Italian labels specializing in library and soundtrack music. Two tracks came from Rino de Filippi’s early 1970s album Romanticismo leri…e… oggi on Metropole Records, a pair were on The Psycheground Group’s Psychedelic And Underground Music album released by Lupus Records the same year, two were taken from Giuliano Sorgini’s Under Pompelmo, which Dischi Montecarlo pressed in 1973, and the final four from Paride Miglioli e La Sua Orchestra’s Love Music album released by Dischi Produzioni Ventotto in 1971.
Side A includes “Tango del mare” by Gino Redi and Nisa and “Anema e core” by Salvatore D’Esposito and Tito Manilo, both performed by Paride Miglioli and his orchestra. Miglioli also contributes “Riflessi di Broadway” and “Amore di Zingaro,” two pieces composed using his Falenito alias. Rino de Filippi’s “Terna di Tilde” and “Terna di Sarah” are featured, as well, with the latter cut showcasing an uncredited vocal by Edda Dell’Orso. The quartet of tracks on Side B include Giuliano Sorgini’s “Echos From Canyon” and “To Rebound” and Gianfranco Reverberi’s “Ray” and “Psycheground,” both credited to his Ninety pseudonym. The SIAE database also lists Sandro Brugnolini and Stefano Torossi as uncredited composers on these last two tracks.
Rino de Filippi’s “Tema di Tilde,” the third track on the compilation, is on YouTube:
All four tracks performed by Paride Miglioli on Side A of the Oggi & Domani promo compilation were included on Love Music, an album released by the Dischi Produzioni Ventotto label between 1971 and 1972.
The Love Music album was reissued in 1980 by City Record. It is also now available as a digital download. Composer-musician Paride Miglioli made at least three LPs for Lupus Records in the early 1970s, including Miglioli’s Immagini Moog and Colori, bozzetti e miniature musicali. He also released Telemusica N. 3 on Metropole Records in the same time frame, among other albums.
Paride Miglioli’s third album on Lupus Records Impressioni musicali features three tracks by an uncredited Stefano Torossi.
Miglioli and Torossi were also listed as composers on Beppe Carta’s Ventaglio musicale album on Lupus Records. Long out of print, a single track from the 1971 LP is found on the SoundCloud link on this site, composed by Ninety (aka Gianfranco Reverberi).
Falenito aka Paride Miglioli’s “Amore di Zingaro” (later renamed “Amore zigano”) is online:
Auto-generated videos for the remaining three album cuts performed by Paride Miglioli and his orchestra are found on YouTube in most markets, including “Riflessi di Broadway,” “Anema e core,” and “Tango del mare.”
Surprisingly, nine of the ten tracks on the Oggi & Domani compilation are currently online–and all but the Rino de Filippi compositions from Romanticismo leri…e… oggi have been reissued and are now available 45 years later. Kudos to the person responsible for compiling the tracks for this limited release promo!
Giuliano Sorgini’s two contributions to the compilation were drawn from his Under Pompelmo album released by Montecarlo in Italy in 1973, and in France by Sonimage under the title London Transport the same year. Musicians on the album, originally credited to the band I Visconti, include Marcello Caruti Atonelli on bass, Luigi Massari and Massimo Tonson Latour on guitar, Franco Romagniello on drums, and Giuliano Sorgini on piano, spinet, and organ.
Giuliano Sorgini also composed and arranged the music–and the groovy artwork on the cover of the Montecarlo release is the handiwork of Sandro Symeoni.
“Echoes From Canyon,” spelled “Echos From Canyon” on both the compilation and the original album, is on YouTube:
For collectors in the market for a copy of the original Montecarlo Under Pompelmo vinyl, be prepared to part with $2500 U.S. or more. The Sonimage version of the album, on the other hand, should run no more than a few hundred dollars, if you can find it.
In 2015, Cinedelic Records reissued Under Pompelmo in vinyl, which includes a high-quality download in multiple formats including MP3 and FLAC. The digital download is also available separately. Alternatively, the Cattolica-based label’s limited edition picture disc and hand-numbered versions released the same year can usually be found on auction sites and music retailers specializing in sound library and soundtrack music.
A closer look at this album is located on this site in an article on Giuliano Sorgini’s Strumentali: Sentimenti per grande orchestra album released by Fonit Cetra in 1989, produced by Stefano Torossi.
Stay tuned for an exclusive interview with the composer-musician planned for next month.
Giuliano Sorgini’s “To Rebound” is online, featuring Marcello Caruti Atonelli on bass, Luigi Massari and Massimo Tonson Latour on guitar, Franco Romagniello on drums, and Giuliano Sorgini on organ and spinet:
Ninety, better known as Gianfranco Reverberi, has a pair of compositions on the Oggi & Domani compilation, “Ray” and “Psycheground.” Both cuts come from The Psycheground Group’s Psychedelic And Underground Music album released by Lupus Records in 1971.
The Psycheground Group album was composed by Gianfranco Reverberi and performed by the musicians from Nuova Idea: Enrico Casagni on bass, flute, and vocals, Claudio Ghiglino on guitar and vocals, and Paolo Siani on drums and vocals, Giorgio Usai on keyboards and vocals, and Marco Zoccheddu on guitar and vocals.
According to the SIAE database, in addition to Ninety (aka Gianfranco Reverberi), Sandro Brugnolini, Massimo Catalano, and Stefano Torossi are also uncredited composers on the album.
In 2016, a pair of albums featuring composer Gianfranco Reverberi were released, Sharon “Mhati” Chatam’s Fantasy, which was initially released by RCA in 1973, and The Underground Set’s War In The Night Before, first put out by Tickle in 1971. Each album is currently available from Cinedelic Records in vinyl, with a bundled digital download–War In The Night Before also comes in CD format.
The Psycheground Group’s “Ray,” composed by Ninety (aka Gianfranco Reverberi) and performed by the musicians from Nuova Idea, is on SoundCloud:
The Psycheground Group’s Psychedelic And Underground Music album was initially released by Lupus Records in a limited quantity of no more than a few hundred LPs and is now near impossible to find. A copy of this holy grail record is certain to run several thousand dollars.
In 2008, Psychedelic And Underground Music was reissued by Cinedelic Records in vinyl, and again in LP format in 2016. In 2009, the AMS label released the album in CD–copies appear on eBay and Discogs now and then.
A closer look at this progressive rock standout and the musicians who made it is located on this site under ALBUMS.
The album profile includes an audio file of Gianfranco and Gianpiero Reverberi’s amazing hypnotic “Last Man Standing,” which first appeared on the soundtrack for director Ferdinando Baldi’s Preparati la bara! (Django, Prepare a Coffin aka Viva Django) film in 1968. This was sampled in 2005 by Gnarls Barkley (aka Danger Mouse and CeeLo Green) for their smash hit “Crazy.”
An audio file of “Psycheground,” composed by Ninety (aka Gianfranco Reverberi) and performed by the musicians from Nuova Idea, including Enrico Casagni, Claudio Ghiglino, Paolo Siani, Giorgio Usai, and Marco Zoccheddu, is online:
The two compositions by Rino de Filippi are the only album cuts on Leo Records’ Oggi & Domani that have yet to be reissued. Both first appeared on the early 1970s album Romanticismo leri…e… oggi, released by Metropole Records.
Perhaps not coincidentally, the same small Italian label may have also released another promo sponsored by Double Dacron, this time for Stefano Torossi’s Fantasia Musicale LP. This is not entirely clear, however, as the track listing on the special release does not correlate with the correct rundown on the original Metropole Records album.
Several of these versions have appeared at auction sites in recent years although the composer, Stefano Torossi, has no knowledge of the supposed Double Dacron release.
The only track that appears to neither be available for purchase nor to listen to online is Rino de Filippi’s “Tema di Sarah,” featuring an uncredited Edda Dell’Orso.
Rino Filippi’s “Tema di Sarah,” featuring Edda Dell’Orso, is now 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.
More Music from the Artists
Several of Rino de Filippi’s classic albums from the 1970s have been recently reissued in addition to a collection of previously unpublished music from 1973, Arte Marziale, soon to be released by Cometa Edizioni Musicali.
In 2016, Rino de Fillipi’s reissues include Oriente Oggi on Cinedelic Records, an album that was initially released by Prima in 1973 and features drummer Vincenzo Restuccia and Bruno Battisti D’Amario on stringed and ethnic instruments.
Atmosfere, with Orchestra Ollamar featuring Giancarlo Chiaramello, was also released in 2016. The SONOR Music Editions reissue was first released by Fonit Cetra in 1971.
The Rome-based SONOR also are responsible for reissuing Rino de Filippi’s Riflessi in 2015, an album first released under his Awake alias with the title First Born in 1973, on the Smash Original Cast label. The same album was reissued under his own name on Edipan in 1978, using the Riflessi title.
Rino de Filippi’s “Iconoteca,” which debuted on Awake (aka Rino de Filippi)’s First Born album in 1973, is on YouTube:
This site has an article on Stefano Torossi’s soundtrack for L’età del malessere, released by General Music in 1968 and reissued in CD by Verita Note in 2010, featuring Edda Dell’Orso and I Cantori Moderni di Alessandroni, Stefano Torossi’s Musica per commenti sonori album on Costanza Records in 1971 featuring I Cantori Moderni di Alessandroni, and The Crystal Voice: Best Of Edda Dell’Orso compilation by Cinevox Records in 2007, reissued as a download in 2014.
Edda Dell’Orso also appears on two albums by groups with Giacomo Dell’Orso, The Rhythm Of Life by Oscar Lindok’s Orchestra and Habitat by The Fine Machine. Articles on both of these albums are on this site as well as an exclusive interview with Edda Dell’Orso that contains a closer look at some of her album and soundtrack projects from the 1960s through the 2010s.
Reissue of Amedeo Tommasi’s Thomas Soundtrack Features Edda Dell’Orso
In 2017, SONOR Music Editions reissued Amedeo Tommasi’s soundtrack for director Pupi Avati’s cult horror film Thomas, a production infamous for going bankrupt before it could be distributed.
The soundtrack album, originally released on Gemelli in 1970, has been a longtime favorite of Italian thriller and giallo fans. The LP is a mixture of eerie suspense themes, avant-garde sounds, hallucinogenic beats, and a title track featuring Edda Dell’Orso on vocals.
An audio file with excerpts from the new reissue, which was remastered from the original Sermi master tapes, is online.
An excerpt from Amedeo Tommasi’s Thomas soundtrack, featuring Edda Dell’Orso on vocals, is here:
Alex Puddu and Edda Dell’Orso Video from In The Eye Of The Cat
In terms of new music, Edda Dell’Orso appears on Alex Puddu’s In the Eye of the Cat album, released on the Schema label in 2016.
Edda Dell’Orso and her husband Giacomo appear on Alex Puddu’s 2013 Registrazioni al buio album, as well.
Both Schema releases are available in both vinyl and CD format.
The official video for Alex Puddu’s “Una donna allo specchio” from In The Eye Of The Cat, featuring Edda Dell’Orso on vocals, is on YouTube:
More Music from Amedeo Tommasi and Stefano Torossi
A closer look at four of the six full length albums by Amedeo Tommasi and Stefano Torossi is found in the ALBUMS section above. This includes a pair of albums released under Torossi’s Farlocco alias for Tommasi’s Rotary Records’ label in 1974, The Swingers’ Jazz Video: Musiche di Farlocco and Farlocco’s Tecnologia. Amedeo Tommasi plays piano on the first one and keyboards and electronic synthesizers on the second one–reissued in 2016 by Intervallo.
In 1986, Amedeo Tommasi and Stefano Torossi made Musica per commenti sonori: L’uomo e la natura for Costanza Records in 1986, reissued three years later by Fonit Cetra, and Musica per commenti sonori: Tecnologia elettronica, reissue by Fonit Cetra in 1992 Fonit Cetra. Both of these albums are profiled, along with a look at a few highlights from Amedeo Tommasi’s career in jazz, library music, and film soundtracks.
A selection of a dozen tracks found online from Stefano Torossi covering 1986 to 1989 includes “Camel Trophy” and “Natura violenta” by Amedeo Tommasi and Torossi from their Musica per commenti sonori: L’uomo e la natura (1986) album on Costanza Records; “La fossa dei serpenti,” “Cavaliere d’acciaio,” and “Replicante” from Strumentali: Genere computermusic – homo tecnologicus (1986) and “Fiabesk,” “Il filo di Arianna,” “Uccellini,” and “Delirium tremens” from Strumentali: Emozionale (1987), both with Sandro Brugnolini on Fonit Cetra; Brugnolini’s “Work” from Strumentali: Il mondo del lavoro (1989), produced by Torossi; and Giuliano Sorgini’s “Freddezza” and “Raccontare” from Strumentali: Sentimenti per grande orchestra (1989), produced by Torossi: