70's Italian Prog Rock bands: Gli Alluminogeni


LINE-UP

Patrizio Alluminio (keyboards, vocals)
Enrico Cagliero (guitar, bass)
Daniele Ostorero (drums)

HISTORY

Gli Alluminogeni's roots can be traced back to 1966, to five young friends who met each year while on holiday on the Italian Riviera. Originally formed as a beat group, the band went through several changes of name in those early days and at different points they were known as Green Grapes, Vips, and Bats. In 1968 lead singer Patrizio Alluminio moved from Casale Monferrato to Turin, where most of the band were based, and this enabled them to be more active. Around this time they condensed to a trio consisting of Patrizio Alluminio (keyboards, vocals), Daniele Ostorero (drums), and Guido Maccario (guitar). Maccario would prove to be the first in a long succession of temporary guitarists. Further changes of group name ensued, firstly to Terza Sensazione and ultimately to Gli Alluminogeni (after Alluminio who was the most accomplished musician of the three, having graduated in piano from the Conservatorio Viotti of Vercelli). On the back of their demo tracks they successfully landed a recording contract with the Fonit Cetra label. 

La natura e l'universo

After recording their first single in 1970 they performed in front of 15.000 at the Cantagiro summer festival having had little previous live experience. Over the course of the next two years they released a further 3 singles, and Piero Tonello replaced Maccario as guitarist during this period. In 1971 they appeared at an Avant-garde festival in Viarregio and then supported Gentle Giant on their Italian tour. Also in 1971, Ciao 2001 magazine named them the third best band in Italy, behind Formula 3 and New Trolls, and ahead of Le Orme. Another change of guitarist saw Tonello leave and Enrico Cagliero join the band. This new line-up (Alluminio, Ostorero, Cagliero) recorded the soundtrack for an Italian movie in which the band appeared, performing as Troglomen. In 1972 they released the apocalyptic concept album Scolopendra, a visionary tale with cosmic ecology as its central theme. The album is very well made, based around Alluminio's Hammond organ and plaintive vocals, with good instrumental parts. But the band members were unhappy with the final production as they felt it sounded too commercial. Their dissatisfaction with the record label, combined with some internal conflict, resulted in the break-up of the band. Consequently, the album wasn't promoted and the split also obscured their participation in the annual Festivalbar song contest in Italy. Patrizio Alluminio subsequently brought out a solo single, Tu anima mia/L'isola, in 1975, that was in fact an unreleased cut from the Alluminogeni LP. Apart from that one release, the different members of Gli Alluminogeni went on to pursue careers outwith the music industry.

Che fumo c'è


Following the re-issue of Scolopendra in 1991 the band reformed and they decided to record a new album in the original style of the band. The resultant album, Geni Mutanti (1993), also carries a strong ecological message about the future of the planet. They followed this up with Green Grapes (1994), which contains new and old unreleased material and also an English version of their first single L'alba di Bremit. A further album, Metafisico, had been due for release in 2008 but other than 4 songs that are available via music download sites, this album has never materialised. Gli Alluminogeni's '90s and 2000's work is in a commercial pop rock,  rather than in prog rock style though.

Thrilling

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles

L'alba di Bremit/Orizzonti lontani (1970)
Dimensione prima/La vita e l'amore (1970)
Solo un attimo/Psicosi (1971)
Troglomen/Costruendo astronavi (1971)

Albums

Scolopendra (1972):
1. La natura e l'universo
2. Scolopendra
3. Che fumo c'è
4. La stella di Atades
5. Thrilling
6. Cosmo
7. Pianeta








Geni Mutanti (1993):
1. Mass media
2. Grande spazio libero
3. Opera
4. 1969
5. Odio
6. Più lontano
7. Noi e voi
8. All'alba
9. Politiciki
10. Grande spazio libero (reprise)



Green Grapes (1994):
1. Lauda dell'amore mistico
2. La casa dei riflessi
3. Opera
4. Antichi riti di magia
5. Sulla soglia del peccato
6. Nuove speranze 
7. 1969
8. Cry for me (L'Alba di Bremit)
9. Eravamo alla fine del mondo
10. Mentre scendevo
11. Incubo
12. Da quando ci sei tu
13. Abissi


Pianeta