I Santoni - Noi. 1972 Italy

I Santoni - Noi. 1972 Car Juke Box

CD reissue: 1996 Mellow

Packaging: Like everything on Car Juke Box, originals are as rare as hen's teeth. The Mellow CD, like most on the label at that time, is a straight reissue with no added extra or liners. But it's good enough for a record such as this, and that's the version I own.

Notes: "Noi" is primarily dominated by traditional Italian singer-songwriter and pop psychedelic elements, but it only tells part of the story. There are also some complex instrumental charts played by sax, flute, and Hammond organ that gives it a strong whiff of the progressive rock movement that was just about to sweep Italy for the next 5 years. If you love the "Dolce Acqua" album by Delirium, and would like to hear a theoretical precursor album to it - then I Santoni's "Noi" is likely to satisfy at a high level. Those coming here looking for the next early 70s Italian progressive rock monster will need to move on to the next one on your list.

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