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Dedicato A Frazz

Artist: Semiramis
Label: Trident (2), Trident (2)
Catalog#: TRI 1004, TRI.1004
Format: Vinyl
Country: Italy
Released: 1973
Tracklist
A1 La Bottega Del Rigattiere  
A2 Luna Park  
A3 Uno Zoo Di Vetro  
B1 Per Una Strada Affollata  
B2 Dietro Una Porta Di Carta  
B3 Frazz  
B4 Clown  
Credits

Marcello Reddavide - Bass, Bells
Gordon Faggetter - Design [Cover Design]
Paolo Faenza - Drums, Percussion, Vibraphone, Effects
Michele Zarrillo - Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Arranged By
Giampiero Artegiani - Guitar [Di Giorgio], Twelve-string Guitar [Ovation], Synthesizer, Arranged By
Marcello Reddavide - Lyrics By
Michele Zarrillo - Music By
Fabio D'Emilio - Photography By
Maurizio Zarillo - Piano, Electric Piano, Synthesizer, Harpsichord, Idiophone [Sistro], Arranged By
Robert Cunningham - Producer
Luciano Marioni - Technician

Notes

Released in a gatefold cover.
Second cat.nr. as it appears on the label.

Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Semiramis was another Italian group that forged a substantial legacy based on one recording. Formed in Rome in the early 70s by the brothers Zarrillo—keyboardist Maurizio and vocalist Michele—the band also featured bassist Marcello Reddavide and drummer Memmo Pulvano. Like Cervello, they were all teenagers at the time. Also a guitarist, brother Michele joined in 1972, replacing the band's original vocalist. Then Semiramis earned a slot at the Festival pop di Villa Pamphili in Rome, held in late May 1972. Spread over three days, the festival featured dozens of RPI groups—including Banco, New Trolls and Osanna, along with Hawkwind, Amon Düül II and Van der Graaf Generator—playing to a reported 100,000 plus audience; yes, it was the Italian Woodstock. Adding drummer Paolo Faenza and keyboardist Giampiero Artegiani, Semiramis then signed to Trident Records and recorded their debut album, Dedicato A Frazz, which was released in 1973. "La bottega del rigattiere" ("The Junk Dealer's Shop") opens the album, revealing a dense rock progressivo Italiano. Layers of keyboards, vibraphone and guitar fill the soundstage as the song shifts through several themes. "Luna Park" jumps off frenetically before settling down, while the ensuing "Uno Zoo Di Vetro" ("A Glass Zoo") is the opposite; it scuttles its gentle beginning for something downright metal, shifts gears for a resplendent finale and then sideswipes again with a sideways solo vibraphone finish. You get the point: Semiramis pour everything into the mix. "Dietro Una Porta Di Carta" ("Behind a Paper Door") offers more of Michele's heavy guitar, while "Frazz" shifts violently between themes. The album stands as one of the most original and exciting displays of RPI, but it wasn't to last: Weathering further lineup changes, the band broke up after a final performance at the Villa Pamphili festival in 1974. Michele Zarrillo briefly joined Il Rovescio della Medaglia before forging a successful Italian solo career in the 80s.
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