Picchio Dal Pozzo

Picchio Dal Pozzo

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A sort of open group, based around the nucleus of Aldo De Scalzi (younger brother of New Trolls' Vittorio), Griguolo and Beccari and with large use of external collaborators.
Their first album was released by De Scalzi's label Grog, one of just five releases on this collectible label, with help from various artists from Genova such as Vittorio De Scalzi, Ciro Perrino and Leonardo Lagorio from Celeste, Renzo "Pucci" Cochis from Jet.
Often described like a sort of Italian Canterbury sound, their first album includes an original blend of different sounding, based on keyboards and horns, with surrealistic lyrics and vocal effects. Interesting and intriguing, the album is worth a listen, and is very far from everything else in the Italian prog field.
Their four years break has been recently documented by the CD Camere Zimmer Rooms, with very good quality recordings from the 1977-80 era, an interesting release with a very nice introducing track as Il Presidente with irreverent lyrics on the then President of Italy.
Their second official album was made in 1980, this time on L'Orchestra label after their collaboration with Stormy Six and the Rock in Opposition movement.
Another interesting album, still with complex rhythm changes and various influences, this also had a flexi single included.
Many of the musicians involved in Picchio dal Pozzo have followed their career in the later years, and a new four-piece line-up, featuring De Scalzi, Griguolo, Lugo and Di Marco, has released a new album in 2004. Called Pic_nic @ Valdapozzo this contains some recordings from late 2002 based on some sampled unreleased vocal experiments by Demetrio Stratos, who briefly assisted the band around 1979. An instrumental album for the most part (except for the Stratos experiments and a single vocal track), this is far from their older albums though it keeps a good quality. Some of the typical sound the group had created in the 80's is still there, though the album is closer to jazz and relies much more than in the past on improvisation, the surreal lyrics of the earlier albums are sadly missing.
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Picchio Dal Pozzo Discography

Albums

GRL03 Picchio Dal Pozzo Picchio Dal Pozzo (Album) Grog Records GRL03 Italy 1976 Sell This Version
OLPS 55013 Picchio Dal Pozzo Abbiamo Tutti I Suoi Problemi (Album) L'Orchestra OLPS 55013 Italy 1980 Sell This Version
Rune 153 Picchio Dal Pozzo Camere Zimmer Rooms(CD, Album) Cuneiform Records Rune 153 US 2001 Sell This Version
AUD 01704 Picchio Dal Pozzo Pic_nic@Valdapozzo(CD, Album) Auditorium Edizioni AUD 01704 Italy 2004 Sell This Version
ALT-011 Picchio Dal Pozzo A_Live (Album) AltrOck ALT-011 Italy 2010 Sell This Version

Videos

ESP045 Picchio Dal Pozzo Live(DVD-V, DVD) I Dischi Dell'Espleta ESP045 Italy 2013 Sell This Version

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SUGARCREEK

SUGARCREEK

July 28, 2011
The original pressing is on Grog records from Italy who only released a handful of records during their existence.

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