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Artist: BATTIATO, FRANCO
Title: Fetus
Format: LP
Label: Superior Viaduct
Country: USA
Price: $28.00
"Franco Battiato is often heralded as Italys answer to Brian Eno. A quizzical composer/lyricist, Battiato turned pop music upside down in the early 70s with three classic LPs -- Fetus, Pollution and Sulle Corde Di Aries -- that formed a confluence of avant-folk sensibilities and analog electronics. Originally released in 1971 on Bla Bla, Fetus predated the prodigious Cramps and Multhipla catalogues to become one of the first electronic records produced in Italy. With his trusted VCS3 synthesizer, Battiato created primordial soundscapes that shift between dreamy and delirious. His unsentimental, yet evocative voice -- combined with a sublimely detached approach to lyrics -- spawned a new breed of divergent songwriting. Fetus, a concept album exploring themes of genetic engineering, is enigmatically sub-titled Ritorno al Mondo Nuovo (Return to the New World) and dedicated to Aldous Huxley. While the sleeve design may have raised a few eyebrows upon its initial release, the back cover photograph of Battiato (standing defiant in dark glasses) makes the real iconoclastic statement. Battiatos infectious melodies and innovative sound-collage techniques remain uniquely spry given that each track averages less than four minutes in length. Pink Floyds Meddle, Os Mutantes eponymous recordings and Jim ORourkes experimental-pop idiosyncrasies all find parallels to the curious beauty of Fetus. Superior Viaduct is honored to present the first-time domestic release of Fetus on vinyl. Reproducing the original gatefold jacket, this reissue is part of an archival series that chronicles Franco Battiatos masterful body of work from 1971 to 1978." - Superior Viaduct.

Artist: BATTIATO, FRANCO
Title: Pollution
Format: LP
Label: Superior Viaduct
Country: USA
Price: $28.00
"Franco Battiato is often heralded as Italys answer to Brian Eno. A quizzical composer/lyricist, Battiato turned pop music upside down in the early 70s with three classic LPs -- Fetus, Pollution and Sulle Corde Di Aries -- that formed a confluence of avant-folk sensibilities and analog electronics. Pollution from 1972 is the captivating follow-up to Fetus. Like its predecessor, the album features Baroque textures, motorik rhythms, weird tape effects and Battiatos perfectly oblique vocals. Upon hearing Pollution, Frank Zappa joyfully proclaimed it genius. While Battiatos core group of collaborators remains largely the same as on his debut, this phenomenal band (joined by an eighteen-year-old Roberto Cacciapaglia on keys) appears even more in the foreground on Pollution. Out of the Ash Ra Tempel-like riffs and urgent guitar strumming emerge hypnotic grooves and cinematic flourishes, suggesting a futuristic meeting point between Stereolab and Ennio Morricone. Dedicated to the Centro Internazionale Studi Magnetici, Pollution touches on themes of environmental catastrophe. Futurist allusions seep in through eccentric lyrics (at times sung backwards) about hydraulics, magnetic fields, etc., yet listeners dont need to speak the artists language to grasp his melancholy vision. With Pollution, Battiato solidifies not only his cult figure status, but also many of his forward-thinking ideas on rock n roll. Superior Viaduct is honored to present the first-time domestic release of Pollution on vinyl. Reproducing the original gatefold jacket, this reissue is part of an archival series that chronicles Franco Battiatos masterful body of work from 1971 to 1978." - Superior Viaduct.

Artist: BATTIATO, FRANCO
Title: Sulle Corde Di Aries
Format: LP
Label: Superior Viaduct
Country: USA
Price: $28.00
"Franco Battiato is often heralded as Italys answer to Brian Eno. A quizzical composer/lyricist, Battiato turned pop music upside down in the early 70s with three classic LPs -- Fetus, Pollution and Sulle Corde Di Aries -- that formed a confluence of avant-folk sensibilities and analog electronics. 1973s Sulle Corde Di Aries is the third chapter in Battiatos foray into esoteric pop. While the artist would venture further out into avant-garde terrain on subsequent releases, his early records enjoy a lyrical and playful spirit -- eschewing traditional, song-based composition in favor of kosmische voyages. On Sulle Corde Di Aries, Battiato guides the labyrinthine structural changes and majestic tones to evolve gradually over four electroacoustic suites. Sequenze e Frequenze, the albums side-long centerpiece, blooms in a polyphony of organic pulses reminiscent of the vibrant keyboard minimalism of Terry Rileys A Rainbow In Curved Air and the rhythmic interconnectedness of Cans Ege Bamyasi. While Fetus and Pollution are often considered his masterpieces, Sulle Corde Di Aries remains a hidden gem in Battiatos catalogue. With more of a cohesive album-feel than the previous records, Sulle Corde Di Aries slows the pace to take in the sweeping scope of otherworldly sounds and soulful harmonies. Superior Viaduct is honored to present the first-time domestic release of Sulle Corde Di Aries on vinyl. Reproducing the original gatefold jacket, this reissue is part of an archival series that chronicles Franco Battiatos masterful body of work from 1971 to 1978." - Superior Viaduct.

Artist: BATTIATO, FRANCO
Title: Foetus
Format: LP
Label: Vinyl Magic
Country: Italy
Price: $35.00
"An internationally known artist, Franco Battiato has been everything in his long career, from beat singer to avantgarde performer, producer, and contemporary music composer. His beginnings lay in the mid 60s, with many singles released with no particular success, the first two under his real name of Francesco. He had left his native Sicily (he was born in Jonia, near Catania in 1945) moving to Milan around 1965. In 1970 after his collaboration with Osage Tribe (that he quit before their only album Arrowhead) he had a record deal with Bla Bla, releasing his first solo album in 1972. Foetus, housed in a outrageous cover (reproducing a foetus) was definitely a prog album, but a very original one, with a minimalist sound mainly based on the use of a VCS3 synth, unusual lyrics, complex arrangements. Two tracks, Energia and Una cellula were also released as single. Produced by Pino Massara in the 70s, Foetus remained unreleased until 1999, when Vinyl Magic finally released it on CD (VM CD 065). This little gem of Italian progressive music is now reissued in its most suitable format, as a black 180 gram vinyl enclosed in a beautiful argent laminated cover." - Vinyl Magic.
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Artist: BATTIATO, FRANCO
Title: Fetus
Format: CD
Label: Water
Country: USA
Price: $15.00
"Franco Battiato moved into the 1970s on the crest of the progressive rock wave. This 1972 impossibly strange record inhabits that nether world of pop music, electronics, politics and experimental rock. Fetus is an album beyond all definition. Its a masterpiece of daring and wild risks that work every single time. Battiato takes us through eight uniquely super-detailed songs that tug at the heart strings as no other experimental record ever could. New liner notes by Jim ORourke." - Water.

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