Artist: Alan Sorrenti
Label: Harvest
Catalog#: 3C 064-17836
Format: Vinyl
Country: Italy
Released: 1972
A Aria 19:53

Jean-Luc Ponty - Violin

B1 Vorrei Incontrarti 4:58
B2 La Mia Mente 7:40
B3 Un Fiume Tranquillo 7:56

Vittorio Nazzaro - Bass, Lead Guitar [Classical]
Martin Paratore - Castanets
Bruno Tibaldi - Coordinator
Fiorella Tedesco - Design, Photography By
Umberto Telesco - Design, Photography By
Tony Bonfils - Double Bass
Tony Esposito - Drums, Percussion
Franco Patrignani - Engineer
Giulio Spelta - Mixed By
Albert Prince - Piano, Organ [Hammond], Synthesizer [Harp], Mellotron, Accordion [Fisarmonica], Arranged By
Corrado Bacchelli - Producer
Jean Costa - Trombone
André Lajdli - Trumpet
Alan Sorrenti - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Lyrics By, Music By, Arranged By


Textured gatefold cover with printed inner sleeve.

Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Italian singer Alan Sorrenti spent some of his childhood in Wales (his mother was Welsh) but hailed from the fertile progressive scene in Naples. Originally in a group called Moby Dick, he struck out solo with a couple of albums for the Harvest label. Aria was first. The title track occupies the album’s first side. A sprawling, formless construct, it drifts back and forth between gentle, dreamy acoustic passages and some more aggressive progressive moments, all adorned with the violin of Jean-Luc Ponty. Very much influenced by Peter Hammill, Sorrenti’s tenor occupies a different range, but explores similar histrionics. The second side contains shorter pieces: The folksy “Vorrei incontrarti” (“I’d like to meet you”) is punctuated by a wonderful accordion from Albert Prince, while “La mia mente” (“My mind”) is much darker and unsettling. Drummer extraordinaire Toni Esposito kicks off “Un fiume tranquillo” (“A quiet river”), but the juxtaposition of the song’s sections is all Sorrenti: never easy, never comfortable and always interesting. A second album, Come un Vecchio Incensiere All’alba Di Un Villaggio Deserto, saw release the following year. It would follow a similar format, with the lengthy track occupying the second side. Francis Monkman and David Jackson guest, but the violin of American Toni Marcus remains the album’s standout. Sorrenti’s next album marked a change, and a hit single, “Dicitencello Vuje” b/w “Poco Più Piano,” sealed the move away from progressive rock. Shifting gears to commercial music, Sorrenti found great success in Italy with a funky, disco sound. His sister Jenny was in the Neapolitan band Saint Just, who issued a pair of notable albums for EMI with Sorrenti guesting.
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