70's Italian Prog Rock bands: Campo di Marte


Line-up:
Enrico Rosa (guitar, vocals, mellotron)
Alfredo Barducci (horns, piano, organ, vocals)
Paul Richard (Ursillo) (bass, vocals)
Mauro Sarti (drums, percussion, flute, vocals)
Carlo Felice Marcovecchio (drums, percussion, vocals)

Quarto tempo


The story of Campo di Marte (named after an area of Florence) is a familiar one in the annals of Italian progressive rock. Like many of their fellow countrymen they released one album and due to a lack of interest and record company promotion, they split up. In fact the band had already called it a day before the album was released. Nevertheless it remains an important release. The band was formed in Florence in 1971 by ex-Senso Unico guitarist Enrico Rosa who also composed all the material. Drummer/flautist Mauro Sarti had previously played with Rosa in La Verde Stagione and the line-up was completed by second drummer Carlo Felice Marcovecchio who had previously played with I Califfi, American-born bassist Paul Richard (real name Richard Ursillo) and on keyboards and French horn Alfredo Barducci. The large number of instruments played by Barducci gave the new group the chance to mix classical inspired rock music with various influences obtaining a rich and varied sound and the presence of a second drummer left Sarti the freedom to play the flute in many tracks. The band had a good live activity, playing under different names, and the final one, Campo di Marte, was found during the LP recordings. All band members are credited with vocals, though they only appear sporadically, the album being for the greater part instrumental. Musically the band played classical influenced symphonic prog alternating with a heavy rock style. A high standard of musicianship is present and the albums subject matter deals with the futility of war and in contrast the cover contained a drawing of ancient Turkish mercenaries injuring themselves to demonstrate their strength and courage. Campo di Marte, released in 1973, is a very good album, very well composed, sung and played, with some orchestrated parts. Good guitar and keyboard playing throughout the LP make this an essential album. The seven tracks are sequentially named (starting with Primo tempo up to Settimo tempo) as movements of a symphonic composition.

Quinto tempo


Campo di Marte (1973):
1. Primo Tempo 
2. Secondo Tempo
3. Terzo Tempo
4. Quarto Tempo
5. Quinto Tempo
6. Sesto Tempo 
7. Settimo Tempo








Sesto tempo


After the split guitarist Enrico Rosa formed a completely new version of Campo di Marte and recorded a second album that was rather a solo album and totally different from the debut LP. This album has never been released to this day. Shortly after this he turned down an offer to join Banco del Mutuo Soccorso and moved to Denmark where he's still a professional musician to this day having a long activity both as session guitarist and as solo musician in the jazz and classical music fields. Bass player Paul Richard, now reverting to his real name of Richard Ursillo, moved onto a career with Sensation's Fix and drummer Mauro Sarti joined Bella Band. Also drummer Marcovecchio has collaborated with Sensations' Fix from time to time. 2003 has come, and the group has been reformed by the original members Enrico Rosa and Mauro Sarti, along with Eva Rosa (recorder), Matin Alexandr Sass (keyboards) and Maurilio Rossi (bass), for some concerts in Tuscany and for the recording of the live CD Concerto zero. The double set includes a 1972 concert recording, originally used on a promo-only LP made by the band, and the whole 2003 reunion set.