Il Balletto Di Bronzo

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Italian progressive rock band initially active during the late 1969–1973 and again since 1996.

Il Balletto di Bronzo (The Ballet of Bronze) started as the Naples beat group Battitori Selvaggi (Savage Batters), becoming Il Balletto di Bronzo in 1969. Their debut LP Sirio 2222 (1970) is acclaimed as the first Italian prog album, although it was clearly a product of the 1960's, ranging flower-power pop through to experimental freak-out. Although no musician credits are given it is known that keyboard wizard Gianni Leone (ex-Volti di Pietra and the pre-Osanna band Città Frontale) joined during the sessions and features on about half the album. Some themes from the LP and the song "Ti risveglierai con me" were made in collaboration with well-known musical maverick Piero Umiliani, and feature in the soundtrack to Mario Bava's psychedelic Giallo film Five Dolls for an August Moon (1970).

From the original band only Gianchi Stringa and Lino Ajello continued here on, relocating to Rome, adding bassist Vito Manzari, with Gianni Leone becoming a fully-fledged member. This quartet spent the next year composing and developing YS (1972) - one of the landmark symphonic rock albums of the 1970s, a grand opus in five parts that is extremely complex and powerful.

After the band split Gianni Leone continued as a soloist (working under the name Leo Nero at one point) releasing a number of albums. He also more recently in 1996 reformed Il Balletto di Bronzo along new musicians performing a repertoire from YS and his solo albums, in a more modern heavy style.

1969-70
o Marco Cecioni – vocals, guitar
o Lino Ajello – guitar
o Michele Cupaiuolo – bass
o Giancarlo "Gianchi" Stinga – drums

1971-73
o Gianni Leone – keyboards, vocals
o Lino Ajello – guitar
o Vito Manzari – bass
o Giancarlo "Gianchi" Stinga – drums
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Albums

Il Balletto Di Bronzo - Sirio 2222 album art Il Balletto Di Bronzo Sirio 2222 (Album) RCA Italy 1970 Vendi questa versione
Il Balletto Di Bronzo - Ys album art Il Balletto Di Bronzo Ys (Album) Polydor, Polydor Italy 1972 Vendi questa versione
MMP 367 Il Balletto Di Bronzo - Trys album art Il Balletto Di Bronzo Trys(CD, Album) Mellow Records MMP 367 Italy 1997 Vendi questa versione
Il Balletto Di Bronzo - Cuma 2016 DC album art Il Balletto Di Bronzo, Lino Ajello, Marco Cecioni Il Balletto Di Bronzo, Lino Ajello, Marco Cecioni - Cuma 2016 DC (Album) Suonidelsud, NO Music NO Life Italy 2016 Vendi questa versione

Singles & EPs

Il Balletto Di Bronzo - Neve Calda  album art Il Balletto Di Bronzo Neve Calda (Single) Arc (5) Italy 1969 Vendi questa versione
Il Balletto Di Bronzo - Si, Mama Mama / Meditazione album art Il Balletto Di Bronzo Si, Mama Mama / Meditazione (Single) RCA Italiana Italy 1970 Vendi questa versione
Il Balletto Di Bronzo - Nieve Calda album art Il Balletto Di Bronzo Nieve Calda (Single) RCA Victor Chile 1971 Vendi questa versione
AS 176 Il Balletto Di Bronzo - Primo Incontro album art Il Balletto Di Bronzo Primo Incontro(7", Promo) Polydor AS 176 Italy 1972 Vendi questa versione
AS 164 Il Balletto Di Bronzo - Ys / My Reason album art Il Balletto Di Bronzo / Demis Roussos Il Balletto Di Bronzo / Demis Roussos - Ys / My Reason(7", Promo) Polydor, Philips AS 164 Italy 1972 Vendi questa versione
Il Balletto Di Bronzo - La Tua Casa Comoda / Donna Vittoria album art Il Balletto Di Bronzo La Tua Casa Comoda / Donna Vittoria (Single) Polydor Italy 1973 Vendi questa versione
AN 4193 Il Balletto Di Bronzo - Neve Calda album art Il Balletto Di Bronzo Neve Calda(7", S/Sided, Num, Promo) Arc (5) AN 4193 Italy 1988 Vendi questa versione

Compilations

Il Balletto Di Bronzo - Il Re Del Castello album art Balletto Di Bronzo* Il Re Del Castello (Comp) Raro! Records Italy 1990 Vendi questa versione
IGDA 1219 / IGDA 1220 Il Balletto Di Bronzo - Untitled album art Il Balletto Di Bronzo / Il Rovescio Della Medaglia Il Balletto Di Bronzo / Il Rovescio Della Medaglia - Untitled(LP, Comp) DeAgostini IGDA 1219 / IGDA 1220 Italy 1990 Vendi questa versione
ECLY0109 Il Balletto Di Bronzo - Il Balletto Di Bronzo E L'Idea Del Delirio Organizzato album art Il Balletto Di Bronzo Il Balletto Di Bronzo E L'Idea Del Delirio Organizzato(CD, Comp) Eclysse ECLY0109 Italy 2009 Vendi questa versione
Il Balletto Di Bronzo - On The Road To Ys album art Balletto Di Bronzo* On The Road To Ys (Comp) AMS (3) Italy 2011 Vendi questa versione
AMS 200 CD Il Balletto Di Bronzo - On The Road To Ys (...And Beyond) album art Il Balletto Di Bronzo On The Road To Ys (...And Beyond)(CD, Comp) AMS (3) AMS 200 CD Italy Unknown Vendi questa versione

Miscellaneous

MMP 112 Il Balletto Di Bronzo - "YS" English Versions album art Il Balletto Di Bronzo "YS" English Versions(CD) Mellow Records MMP 112 Italy 1992 Vendi questa versione

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poneromusikologist

poneromusikologist

15 marzo 2015
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You would be hard-pressed to out-prog these PURE-PROG merchants; yes, there's the cantankerous crusade of Krautrock, the erudite experience of English Lark's tongues, the flashy and difficult showmanship of the North-American species, but none of these outdoes the inherently progressivo purpose of Italian Prog-Rock, with Canada's byzantine fancy too-many-song-parts-olympics a close second.
There is not a single unconsidered quaver in the carefully-composed songwriting, not a percussive flam or synthesizer knob-twist that isn't deliberate and functional; these are some of the most arranged arrangements I've ever heard, whether simple or complex, where every instrumental component competes, counterpoints, solos or doubles or harmonizes without a shred of ambiguity or ambivalence. These guys seem to be listening to each other almost more than themselves and the interaction is so integrated that there is a palpable resolve in the sounding of the notes that is rarely heard; the puzzle pieces lock together so well one can only see the whole until they provide an exploded view for your benefit.
Virtuosity seems easy in music making this exhaustively CONSCIOUS; it is among the most musical modern music I know of, outside of chamber music or classical and despite the clarity, their performance miraculously comes off as uncontrived, if specific.
Bravissimo, Ballet of Bronze, the Paganini of the Giallo!

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