Franco Battiato

Real Name:
Francesco Battiato
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An internationally known artist, Franco Battiato has been everything in his long career, from beat singer to avantgarde performer, producer, contemporary music composer.

His beginnings lay in the mid 60's, with many singles released with no particular success, the first two under his real name of Francesco. He had left the native Sicily (he was born in Jonia, near Catania in 1945) moving to Milan around 1965.

In 1970 after his collaboration with Osage Tribe (that he quit before their only album Arrowhead) he had a record deal with Bla Bla, releasing his first solo album in 1972. "Fetus", housed in a outrageous cover (reproducing a foetus) was definitely a prog album, but a very original one, with a minimalist sound mainly based on the use of a VCS3 synth, unusual lyrics, complex arrangements. Two tracks, "Energia" and "Una Cellula" were also released as single.

Second album "Pollution" followed the same route, but the sound was a bit richer with a larger use of traditional rock instruments. A good concert activity led to Battiato being very popular as an alternative artist and Pollution even reached the Top Ten italian chart. These two albums are considered their best (and most musically accessible) from prog fans.

With third album, Sulle corde di "Aries", the sound shifted toward a more avantgarde style, but the long "Aria Di Rivoluzione" remains one of his best tracks from the first period.

Fourth album "Clic" was mainly instrumental, with just a single vocal track, "No U Turn", and it also had an english release on the prestigious Island label, though this album contains different versions of tracks originally included in "Sulle Corde Di Aries" and the italian issue of "Clic". His first solo album had also been recorded in an english version, entitled "Foetus", but this was never released at the time and only appeared on CD recently.

With 1975's "M.lle Le Gladiator" we're in full avantgarde music, the album even contains a long church organ solo performance and is a very difficult listen. After the Bla Bla's demise the following releases up to 1978 were all in the same direction, with long instrumental piano or synth performances closer to contemporary music than to progressive.

1979 saw the first radical turn, with the new wave-inspired album "L'Era Del Cinghiale Bianco" that began a fruitful collaboration with violinist Giusto Pio. The album was a big hit and later works followed the same style, with very good arrangements and highly inspired and original lyrics. From late 1980's until today Battiato is still one of the leading figures in italian music.
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BBXL 10002 Franco Battiato - Pollution album art Battiato* Pollution (Album) Bla Bla BBXL 10002 Italy 1972 Sell This Version
none Franco Battiato - Fetus album art Franco Battiato Fetus (Album) Bla Bla none UK 1972 Sell This Version
BBXL 10003 Franco Battiato - Sulle Corde Di Aries album art Battiato* Sulle Corde Di Aries (Album) Bla Bla BBXL 10003 Italy 1973 Sell This Version
BBXL 10006 Franco Battiato - Clic album art Franco Battiato Clic (Album) Bla Bla BBXL 10006 Italy 1974 Sell This Version
BBXL 10008 Franco Battiato - M.elle Le "Gladiator" album art Franco Battiato M.elle Le "Gladiator" (Album) Bla Bla BBXL 10008 Italy 1975 Sell This Version
SMRL 6201 Franco Battiato - Franco Battiato album art Franco Battiato Franco Battiato (Album) Ricordi SMRL 6201 Italy 1977 Sell This Version
SMRL 6220 Franco Battiato - L'Egitto Prima Delle Sabbie album art Franco Battiato L'Egitto Prima Delle Sabbie (Album) Ricordi SMRL 6220 Italy 1978 Sell This Version
SMRL 6218 Franco Battiato - Juke Box album art Franco Battiato Juke Box (Album) Ricordi SMRL 6218 Italy 1978 Sell This Version
3C 264-18285 Franco Battiato - L'Era Del Cinghiale Bianco album art Franco Battiato L'Era Del Cinghiale Bianco (Album) EMI 3C 264-18285 Italy 1979 Sell This Version
3C 264 18521 Franco Battiato - Patriots album art Battiato* Patriots (Album) EMI 3C 264 18521 Italy 1980 Sell This Version
3C 264 18558 Franco Battiato - La Voce Del Padrone album art Franco Battiato La Voce Del Padrone (Album) EMI 3C 264 18558 Italy 1981 Sell This Version
3C 064-18597 Franco Battiato - L'Arca Di Noè album art Battiato* L'Arca Di Noè (Album) EMI 3C 064-18597 Italy 1982 Sell This Version
64 1186464 Franco Battiato - Orizzonti Perduti album art Battiato* Orizzonti Perduti (Album) EMI 64 1186464 Italy 1983 Sell This Version
0777 7 4 6800 2 8, CDP 7468002, 7468002 Franco Battiato - Mondi Lontanissimi album art Franco Battiato Mondi Lontanissimi (Album) La Voce Del Padrone 0777 7 4 6800 2 8, CDP 7468002, 7468002 Italy 1985 Sell This Version
81 1187121 8305 Franco Battiato - Echoes Of Sufi Dances album art Battiato* Echoes Of Sufi Dances (Album, Comp) EMI 81 1187121 8305 Argentina 1985 Sell This Version
7507 Franco Battiato - Nomadas album art Franco Battiato Nomadas (Album) EMI, EMI 7507 Argentina 1986 Sell This Version
MMAD 3031 Franco Battiato - Genesi album art Franco Battiato Genesi (Album) Fonit Cetra MMAD 3031 Italy 1987 Sell This Version
7 90314 4 Franco Battiato - Fisiognomica album art Battiato* Fisiognomica (Album) EMI, EMI 7 90314 4 Netherlands 1988 Sell This Version
2-070 7934252 Franco Battiato - Giubbe Rosse album art Battiato* Giubbe Rosse (Album) EMI, EMI 2-070 7934252 Switzerland 1989 Sell This Version
0777 7 95620 4 6 Franco Battiato - Benvenuto Cellini "Una Vita Scellerata" album art Franco Battiato Benvenuto Cellini "Una Vita Scellerata" (Album) EMI 0777 7 95620 4 6 Italy 1990 Sell This Version
090 - 7981212, 090 7981212 Franco Battiato - Come Un Cammello In Una Grondaia album art F. Battiato* Come Un Cammello In Una Grondaia (Album) EMI, La Voce Del Padrone 090 - 7981212, 090 7981212 Italy 1991 Sell This Version
0777 7 54759 2 0 Franco Battiato - Gilgamesh album art Franco Battiato Gilgamesh (Album) EMI Classics 0777 7 54759 2 0 Italy 1992 Sell This Version
724382748281 Franco Battiato - Caffé De La Paix album art Franco Battiato Caffé De La Paix (Album) EMI 724382748281 Italy 1993 Sell This Version
5 55158 4 1 Franco Battiato - Messa Arcaica album art Franco Battiato Messa Arcaica (Album) EMI, EMI 5 55158 4 1 Italy 1994 Sell This Version
7243 8 31641 2 7 Franco Battiato - Unprotected album art Franco Battiato Unprotected (Album, Comp) EMI 7243 8 31641 2 7 Italy 1994 Sell This Version