Franco Battiato

Real Name:
Francesco Battiato
Profile:
Franco Battiato, born Francesco Battiato (Ionia, March 23, 1945 - Milo, May 18, 2021), was an Italian singer-songwriter, composer, musician, and painter.

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 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.
Sites:
Aliases:
In Groups:
Variations:

Artist

Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions

Albums

BBXL 10002 Pollution — Franco Battiato Battiato* Pollution (Album) Bla Bla BBXL 10002 Italy 1972 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
BBXL 10001 Fetus — Franco Battiato Battiato* Fetus (Album) Bla Bla BBXL 10001 Italy 1972 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
BBXL 10003 Sulle Corde Di Aries — Franco Battiato Battiato* Sulle Corde Di Aries (Album) Bla Bla BBXL 10003 Italy 1973 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
BBXL 10006 Clic — Franco Battiato Franco Battiato Clic (Album) Bla Bla BBXL 10006 Italy 1974 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
BBXL 10008 M.elle Le Franco Battiato M.elle Le "Gladiator" (Album) Bla Bla BBXL 10008 Italy 1975 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
SMRL 6201 Franco Battiato — Franco Battiato Franco Battiato Franco Battiato (Album) Ricordi SMRL 6201 Italy 1977 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
ORK 78659 L'Egitto Prima Delle Sabbie — Franco Battiato Franco Battiato L'Egitto Prima Delle Sabbie (Album) Ricordi ORK 78659 Italy 1978 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
SMRL 6218 Juke Box — Franco Battiato Franco Battiato Juke Box (Album) Ricordi SMRL 6218 Italy 1978 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
3C 264 18285 L'Era Del Cinghiale Bianco — Franco Battiato Franco Battiato L'Era Del Cinghiale Bianco (Album) EMI 3C 264 18285 Italy 1979 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
3C 264 18521 Patriots — Franco Battiato Battiato* Patriots (Album) EMI 3C 264 18521 Italy 1980 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
3C 264 18558 La Voce Del Padrone — Franco Battiato Franco Battiato La Voce Del Padrone (Album) EMI 3C 264 18558 Italy 1981 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
3C 064-18597 L'Arca Di Noè — Franco Battiato Battiato* L'Arca Di Noè (Album) EMI 3C 064-18597 Italy 1982 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
64 1186464 Orizzonti Perduti — Franco Battiato Battiato* Orizzonti Perduti (Album) EMI 64 1186464 Italy 1983 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
66 1187071 Mondi Lontanissimi — Franco Battiato Franco Battiato Mondi Lontanissimi (Album) La Voce Del Padrone 66 1187071 Italy 1985 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
81 1187121 8305 Echoes Of Sufi Dances — Franco Battiato Battiato* Echoes Of Sufi Dances (Album, Comp) EMI 81 1187121 8305 Argentina 1985 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
066 1187741 Nomadas — Franco Battiato Franco Battiato Nomadas (Album) EMI, EMI 066 1187741 Spain 1986 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
LMAD 3031 Genesi — Franco Battiato Franco Battiato Genesi (Album) Fonit Cetra LMAD 3031 Italy 1987 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
7903142 Fisiognomica — Franco Battiato Battiato* Fisiognomica (Album) EMI, EMI 7903142 France 1988 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
2-070 7934252 Giubbe Rosse — Franco Battiato Battiato* Giubbe Rosse (Album) EMI, EMI 2-070 7934252 Switzerland 1989 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
0777 7 95620 4 6 Benvenuto Cellini Franco Battiato Benvenuto Cellini "Una Vita Scellerata" (Album) EMI 0777 7 95620 4 6 Italy 1990 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
090 - 7981212, 090 7981212 Come Un Cammello In Una Grondaia — Franco Battiato F. Battiato* Come Un Cammello In Una Grondaia (Album) EMI, La Voce Del Padrone 090 - 7981212, 090 7981212 Italy 1991 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
0777 7 54759 2 0 Gilgamesh — Franco Battiato Franco Battiato Gilgamesh (Album) EMI Classics 0777 7 54759 2 0 Italy 1992 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
724382748281 Caffé De La Paix — Franco Battiato Franco Battiato Caffé De La Paix (Album) EMI, EMI 724382748281 Italy 1993 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
5 55158 4 1 Messa Arcaica — Franco Battiato Franco Battiato Messa Arcaica (Album) EMI Classics, EMI Classics 5 55158 4 1 Italy 1994 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
7243 8 31641 2 7 Unprotected — Franco Battiato Franco Battiato Unprotected (Album, Comp) EMI 7243 8 31641 2 7 Italy 1994 Sell This Version

Add Review

raulvinasmartin

raulvinasmartin

May 18, 2022
BUSCO EL AUDIO DEL CONCIERTO DE ZARAGOZA 1986.
[email protected]
pago
adimensional

adimensional

May 19, 2021
Mi mas profundo respeto y admiración hacia su persona y su obra, nos ha dejado un gigante.
Nos veremos en las estrellas.
ruben.mancera

ruben.mancera

May 18, 2021
Hermanas y hermanos planetario.... transformemos la tristeza por la danza inmaterial en el que él tanto creía...forma parte existencial de nuestras almas y eso no hay fuerza universal que nos lo arrebate....pronto nos reencontraremos
Mucho Amoooor
-bcb-

-bcb-

May 18, 2021
¡Qué día tan, tan tremendamente triste el de hoy!
Desde que hace ahora 40 años oí por primera vez "Summer on a solitary beach" y "Bandiera bianca" no he dejado nunca de escuchar y admirar a Franco Battiato y dejarme invadir por sus melodías y sus textos. Sólo lamento no haber podido asistir a ninguno de sus conciertos.
Ahora por fin descansa en un océano de silencio, desde el que nos seguirá inspirando eternamente.
Lucky_Strike

Lucky_Strike

May 18, 2021
Un gigante. Grazie Maestro, la tua musica vivrà nei nostri cuori.
s.cagnucci

s.cagnucci

May 18, 2021
Fondamentale. Grazie per sempre Franco .Per me tutto inziò da quel regalo , dalla "Voce del Padrone"
jaffa

jaffa

May 18, 2021
R.I.P. Maestro. Grazie per tutto quello che ci hai lasciato.
Golomann

Golomann

April 17, 2019
"DJ Lele Sacchi pays his respects to an Italian pop culture icon." - from NTS, 14.04.19, Milan https://www.nts.live/shows/guests/episodes/lele-sacchi-franco-battiato-special-14th-april-2019

Videos (121)

Edit