G.G. Near ‎– Living In A Rom

Plexy Glass ‎– PX 003
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM

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℗ 1986 Renata Ed. Mus.
Produced for Memory Records
Printed in Italy

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout groove, etched): PX 003 A MG
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout groove, etched): PX 003 B MG
  • Rights Society: S.I.A.E.

Other Versions (5 of 6) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
PX-003 G.G. Near Living In A Rom(12") Memory Records PX-003 Spain 1986 Sell This Version
BB 8086 G.G. Near Living In A Rom (Swedish Remix)(12", Promo) Beat Box BB 8086 Sweden 1986 Sell This Version
BB 8086 G.G. Near Living In A Rom (Swedish Remix)(12") Beat Box BB 8086 Sweden 1986 Sell This Version
PS MEM 010 G.G. Near Living In A Rom(7", Single) Memory Records PS MEM 010 Italy 1986 Sell This Version
MEM 8046 G.G. Near Living In A Rom(12", Maxi) Memory Records MEM 8046 Germany 1986 Sell This Version



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May 21, 2009

This is the first and the last joint venture between two of the top Italo producer teams from the mid-1980s: Arduini & Bortolotti and Zanni & Cundari, and they really did it at their best..
The title refers to how life would be inside of a Rom. For those non familiar with computers nor electronics, that word stands for Read Only Memory. As it suggests, that's not the typical Italo romantic or love song, but it gets into the hard(ware) style. The arrangements and song structure follows the Memory Records high level standards. There is a long instrumental ascending intro unfolding a perfect suitable atmosphere to introduce us to the subject, a large central break to ease the DJ mix, and the frenetic refrain looped at the end. It runs into the mid-range at 118,5 BPM. The B side contains the instrumental version, with exactly the same structure and running time.
About the sound, it's pure Arduni-Bortolotti style. In fact, they re-used a keyboard effect taken from Paul Sharada's "Keep Your Love Alive" (released a year before). The synths are simply gorgeous and with much presence in the whole song. Not less is the deep and low tone voice of the vocalist, Luigi Vicini (here is where GG Near name comes from), which makes a perfect match. By the way, it's also perceived, intended or not, some vague sounding similarities with Tom Hooker's "Looking For Love", just released short time before.
The guy from the picture sleeve is not other than Ettore Foresti, the same who was used to be the Superbowl's image and would became the first Cappella a couple of years later. Photographer Emilio Tremolada did an excellent work, capturing the sense of the title theme by projecting a printed circuit board into Ettore's face, giving as a result such a weird and original effect.
Third and last from the as short as excellent Plexy-Glass label definitely is 5 out of 5.