Franco Battiato

Franco Battiato

Real Name:
Francesco Battiato
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. In the 2000's Battiato is still one of the leading figures in italian music.
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Franco Battiato Discography


BBXL 10001 Battiato* Fetus (Album) Bla Bla BBXL 10001 Italy 1971 Sell This Version
BBXL 10002 Battiato* Pollution (Album) Bla Bla BBXL 10002 Italy 1972 Sell This Version
BBXL 10003 Battiato* Sulle Corde Di Aries (Album) Bla Bla BBXL 10003 Italy 1973 Sell This Version
BBXL 10006 Franco Battiato Clic (Album) Bla Bla BBXL 10006 Italy 1974 Sell This Version
BBXL 10008 Franco Battiato M.elle Le "Gladiator" (Album) Bla Bla BBXL 10008 Italy 1975 Sell This Version
SMRL 6201 Franco Battiato Franco Battiato (Album) Ricordi SMRL 6201 Italy 1977 Sell This Version
ORK 78467 Franco Battiato Juke Box (Album) Ricordi ORK 78467 Italy 1978 Sell This Version
SMRL 6220 Franco Battiato L'Egitto Prima Delle Sabbie (Album) Ricordi SMRL 6220 Italy 1978 Sell This Version
66 1182854 Franco Battiato L'Era Del Cinghiale Bianco (Album) EMI 66 1182854 Italy 1979 Sell This Version
66 1185211 Battiato* Patriots (Album) EMI 66 1185211 Italy 1980 Sell This Version
3C 264 18558 Franco Battiato La Voce Del Padrone (Album) EMI 3C 264 18558 Italy 1981 Sell This Version
3C 264 18597 Battiato* L'Arca Di Noè (Album) EMI 3C 264 18597 Italy 1982 Sell This Version
64 1186464 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) La Voce Del Padrone 0777 7 4 6800 2 8, CDP 7468002, 7468002 Italy 1985 Sell This Version
64 1187104 T Franco Battiato Echoes Of Sufi Dances (Album, Comp) EMI 64 1187104 T Italy 1985 Sell This Version
7507 Franco Battiato Nomadas (Album) EMI, EMI 7507 Argentina 1986 Sell This Version
MMAD 3031 Franco Battiato Genesi (Album) Fonit Cetra MMAD 3031 Italy 1987 Sell This Version
090-7903142 Franco Battiato Fisiognomica (Album) EMI, EMI 090-7903142 Switzerland 1988 Sell This Version
2-070 7934252 Battiato* Giubbe Rosse (Album, Comp) EMI 2-070 7934252 Italy 1989 Sell This Version
66 7956201 Franco Battiato Musiche Per Il Film Su Benvenuto Cellini "Una Vita Scellerata" (Album) EMI 66 7956201 Italy 1990 Sell This Version
504 7981215 Franco Battiato Come Un Cammello In Una Grondaia (Album) EMI, EMI Italiana S.p.A. 504 7981215 Italy 1991 Sell This Version
0777 7 54759 2 0 Franco Battiato Gilgamesh (Album) EMI Classics 0777 7 54759 2 0 Italy 1992 Sell This Version
7243 8 274824 3 Franco Battiato Caffé De La Paix (Album) EMI 7243 8 274824 3 Italy 1993 Sell This Version
5 55158 1 Franco Battiato Messa Arcaica (Album) EMI Classics 5 55158 1 Italy 1994 Sell This Version
7243 8 31641 2 7 Franco Battiato Unprotected (Album, Comp) EMI Italiana S.p.A. 7243 8 31641 2 7 Italy 1994 Sell This Version