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[music:] Maurizio Monti, Diavolo custode (1976)

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Promise is debt. So here comes the long-time lost second solo album by Maurizio Monti, Diavolo custode (“guardian devil”).

For those who fell in love with his debut full-length, L’amore (posted here some time ago), this one could be a slightly different experience. Monti embraces a much more twisted songwriting here, with such negative, cynical and hopelessly ironic lyrics that he seems possessed by Mauro Pelosi‘s evil spirit; and while L’amore‘s signature sound was that of both acoustic and electric piano, most of the tracks in Diavolo custode are built around guitars (Adriano Monteduro is credited in the backing band, which also counts Paolo Rustichelli on keyboards, Carlo Bordini on drums and Glauco Borrelli on bass).

The subtly unconventional arrangements are by Monti himself together with Paolo Dossena – who’s in charge of the production as well – featuring staggering ambience shifts, breathtaking groove breaks (such as the coda to “La tessera del tram”, which people like Air would willingly give a couple of kidneys for) and also Italian folk hints, especially when the rythm section takes a marching band pace, like in “Ruote” or “Cuore di rosa”.

Here is the tracklist:

01, Io e la bambina (“me and the baby girl”)
02, Piccolo animale (“little animal”)
03, Ruote (“wheels”)
04, Cuore di rosa (“heart of rose”)
05, Rosmarino (“rosemary”)
06, Povero idiota (“poor idiot”)
07, La tessera del tram (“the tram pass”)
08, Il diavolo (“the devil”)

Get it: Maurizio Monti, Diavolo custode (1976)

You can also check out his MySpace tribute page, mantained by his daughter Nina.


Written by alteralter

September 5, 2009 at 4:44 pm

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    Su “Classic Rock” si parla di sesso molto spinto.
    Chi ha coraggio, “venga” a dire la sua!!



    September 22, 2009 at 12:59 pm

  2. devo dire che alla fine preferisco L’amore. Magari meno interessante musicalmente, meno ricercato, addirittura più banale, ma alla fine lo ascolto molto di più. Il diavolo ha dei testi ancora più belli, ma alla fine per un motivo o per l’altro lo ascolto molto meno. Resta che incontrare Monti è stata veramente una bella scoperta. Grazie


    October 2, 2009 at 12:51 pm

  3. Thanks for this, and for all the great work you’ve done on your blog. Even when the music doesn’t really grab me, your historical write-ups are always fascinating. (Before reading your blog, I had no idea Italy had a revolutionary student movement all the way up to the late 70’s for example). If I can, I’d like to make a few requests; if you happen to have any of these, I’d love to hear them:
    Canzoniere Del Lazio – Spirito Bono (1976), Italien (1977, released in East Germany), Mora (1978)
    Massimo Catalano + Remigio Ducros – La Fatica (1972)
    Legenda Meligunis – S/T (1979)
    Perdio – Raccolta Completa (Rec. 1973-76)
    Charles Tiring (Organ player in Jacula) – De Sade in Convent (1974), The Dark Experience (1976)
    Thanks again for a great blog!


    October 5, 2009 at 2:47 pm

  4. L’attesa per nuovi post sta mutando in preoccupazione … che diavolo succede ?
    Non fatemi stare in pena …
    Saluti ed abbracci !!


    November 9, 2009 at 7:32 pm

  5. Where are U finished ????????????????


    May 7, 2010 at 2:36 pm

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