70's Italian Prog Rock bands: Celeste


LINE-UP

Ciro Perrino (drums, percussion, flute, keyboards, vocals)
Leonardo Lagorio (keyboards, flute, sax)
Mariano Schiavolini (guitar, violin)
Giorgio Battaglia (bass)


HISTORY

Along with Museo Rosenbach, Celeste were born from the ashes of the legendary Il Sistema, a band from Sanremo whose only posthumous released recordings don't give a real idea of their importance. Celeste were formed by drummer Ciro Perrino and sax player Leonardo Lagorio (who had played with Museo Rosenbach in their early days). This four piece went in a totally different direction from their beginnings, playing a mostly acoustic, dreamy and delicate prog. It was a studio group, since they had a very limited live experience. Their first album, Celeste, also known as Principe di un giorno, was released by the small Grog label only in 1976, but the tracks had been composed in 1973 and recorded in 1974. The album contains seven tracks, with pastoral lyrics. A second album, recorded in 1977, was released in 1991 by Mellow with the  title of Celeste II. Closer to jazz-rock and very far from their debut album, this one suffers from poor quality and unfinished recordings. In the same year, the album Second plus was released, which is a reissue of Celeste II with bonus tracks recorded also in 1977. Another album, born as a soundtrack and called I suoni in una sfera was released in 1992, more similar to their first work, including unreleased recordings from 1974 and two songs also on Principe di un giorno.

Giochi nella notte

After the band split Ciro Perrino played with St.Tropez (that also included Celeste bass player Giorgio Battaglia), Compagnia Digitale and SNC and released a solo album, Solare, in 1980, before founding with Mauro Moroni the praiseworthy Mellow label, so important during the years for the world diffusion of the Italian prog. The whole story of Celeste is celebrated by a nice 4CD box set, The Complete Recordings 1969-1977, issued in 2010, containing Celeste's recordings, all the recorded works of Il Sistema and St.Tropez and many unreleased tracks.

La grande isola


DISCOGRAPHY
Studio albums

Celeste / Principe di un Giorno (1976):
1. Principe Di Giorno (6:12) 
2. Favole Antiche (8:18) 
3. Eftus (4:17) 
4. Giochi Nella Notte (8:11) 
5. La Grande Isola (5:04) 
6. La Danza Del Fato (3:56) 
7. L'imbroglio (1:06)







Celeste II (1991):
1. Un mazzo di ortiche (13:09)
2. Setteottavi (10:06)
3. All'umbra di un fungo (8:19)
4. La danza del mare Parte 1/2 (14:38)










Second Plus (1991):
1. Il Giardino Armonico (2:32) 
2. Bassa Marea (5:00) 
3. Un Mazzo di Ortiche (13:09) 
4. Setteottavi (10:06) 
5. All'umbra di un fungo (8:19) 
6. La Danza Del Mare Parte 1/2 (14:38) 
7. Slancio dell'Immaginazione (2:52) 
8. Un'anima nell'Universo (2:18) 
9. Nodissea (3:18) 
10. Ala del Pensiero (3:02) 
11. Lontano profondo (3:48) 
12. Il Giardino Armonico-Ripresa (2:16)

I Suoni In Una Sfera (1992):
1. Hymn To The Spheres (2:20) 
2. The Dance Of The Sounds (4:30) 
3. The Gates To Consciousness (4:08) 
4. In The Darkside (1:06) 
5. Last Flight Of The Mind (4:19) 
6. To Embark On A Love Affair (2:36) 
7. The Rediscover Of The Traditions (2:35) 
8. A Vision (2:10) 
9. The Thought Flies High Again (3:38) 
10. Eftus (3:42) 
11. Favole Antiche (6:29) 
12. Nadissea (5:03)

Compilations

The Complete Recordings 1969-1977 Il Sistema/Celeste/St. Tropez (2010):

CD 1. Il Sistema
1. Il viaggio senza andata (10:27)
2. I pensieri del mattino (9:21)
3. Dinamica e cibernetica (4:54)
4. Lugubre (6:11)
5. Sangue sulle ruote (2:48)
6. Flautando (2:18)
7. Il pozzo (14:48)
8. Una notte sul Monte Calvo (9:49)
9. Campo 11 (7:56)
10. Il tempo per una verde spirale (5:10)

CD 2. Celeste: Principe di un giorno
1. Principe di un giorno (6:13)
2. Favole antiche (8:20)
3. Eftus (4:18)
4. Giochi nella notte (8:10)
5. La grande isola (5:05)
6. La danza del fato (3:52)
7. L'imbroglio (1:08)

CD 3. Celeste: Celeste II/Prince of One Day
1. Un mazzo di ortiche (13:11)
2. Settottavi (10:07)
3. All'ombra di un fungo (8:22)
4. La danza del mare (14:42)
5. Nodissea (5:05)
6. Far White Halo (2:54)
7. Prince of One Day (4:30)
8. Ancient Fables (6:35)
9. The Merchant (1:06)
10. Fireflies in the Grass (3:23)
11. Eftus (3:48)

CD 4. St. Tropez: Icarus
1. Noccioline, caramelle, gelati (11:20)
2. Segnale limpido (8:56)
3. Il laghetto del cigno (4:27)
4. Nella Cascata (6:28)
5. Bollito misto (4:08)
6. Icarus (8:39)
7. Re del deserto (12:20)
8. Verdure saltate (6:11)
9. Luna in Vergine (7:21)
10. Il lato sconosciuto (4:55)

Un'anima nell'universo



Sources: 
http://www.italianprog.com/index.htm
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=55