Anni di piombo, anni di paillettes.

Music from a country on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

[music:] Gianni Morandi, Il mondo di frutta candita (1975)

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A kind of an identity disorder struck most of the Sixties’ teenage monstre popstars once entered the following decade, forced to face the evolution in young people’s music taste and the rise of rock bands, progressive, and cantautori.

Caught in this middle-age crisis, in the early Seventies Gianni Morandi was staggering between faint attempts to sound a bit more updated in music and engaged in lyrics, badly reviewed experiments in theatre and musicals, and fruitless efforts to win back his past success, when he decided to record a song written by Oscar Prudente and Mogol and already released as a single by Prudente in 1971: “Il mondo di frutta candita” (“the candied fruit world”), and everything suddenly seemed to fall in its place. An entire new album was built around this track, featuring the same Prudente and the young Ivano Fossati as songwriters.

You can feel his excitement and his trust and commitment in the project by the way he took over the songs with a yet unheard hoarse and almost raging voice, blessing overlooked jewels such as “Autostrade, no!”, “Io vado a sud” or “Io domani me ne vado” (just listen to this last one, and then consider that “Amarsi un po'” by Lucio Battisti will come two years later, in 1977). A promotional movie was also shot in the States to help launching the record (watch an excerpt here). And, guess what? Il mondo di frutta candita came basically unnoticed, worsening his crisis with the most bitter disappointment.

Here is the tracklist:

01, La caccia al bisonte (“the buffalo hunt”)
02, Sette di sera (“seven in the evening”)
03, Autostrade, no! (“highways, no!”)
04, Favole di mare (“sea fables”)
05, Il mondo di frutta candita (“the candied fruit world” also released as a 7″ b/w “La caccia al bisonte”)
06, Io vado a sud (“i’m going south”)
07, Due ore di polvere (“two hours of dust”)
08, Io domani me ne vado (“tomorrow i’m going away”)
09, La mia gente (“my people”)

Get it: Gianni Morandi, Il mondo di frutta candita (1975)

Anyway, this sad story came to a happy ending: after a three-years retirement from the music business, during which he studied double bass at Santa Cecilia conservatory in Rome, Gianni Morandi managed to hit the charts again in 1980, just to stay there.

He has released more than thirty albums to date, and is still one of the most popular pop singer in Italy. You can find more info on his official site MorandiMania (in Italian).

Written by alteralter

August 26, 2009 at 9:23 am

4 Responses

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  1. questo lo voglio proprio ascoltare.

    ellaguru

    August 30, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    • ehilà! ti dico solo che ha sorpreso ascoltatori insospettabili… fammi sapere la tue impressioni. a presto.

      alteralter

      August 31, 2009 at 11:01 am

      • ottimo disco, e chi se l’aspettava?
        grandi arrangiamenti.
        scononosciuto ai più….

        ellaguru

        September 3, 2009 at 1:45 pm

  2. mhà…. ascoltato senza pregiudizi, ma a me la voce di Morandi non va giù in qualsiasi salsa la si condisca

    certo meglio di tutta la sua produzione, ma non è che ci voglia molto

    Vikk

    October 24, 2009 at 12:52 am


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