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Il Rovescio della Medaglia was born in Rome in 1970 from an idea of guitarist Enzo
Vita, then Stefano Urso on bass, Gino Campoli on drums and singer Pino Ballarini
joined the band. Unlike many prog-rock bands of the time (PFM, Banco del Mutuo
Soccorso, Orme, Osanna,...), they chose not have a keyboard player, aiming to offer so
a straight hard rock sound with a strong live impact. Showing great skills with their
instruments, they played live at many festivals in in Italy. In 1971 they signed a deal
with major RCA to record their first album entitled “La Bibbia”. Recorded live in only
one day (!) it’s a “rock bomb” and immediately a triumph among critics and audiences.
In 1972 they recorded their second album entitled “Io come Io”, inspired by Hegel’s
philosophy. Then they started to tour (also outside Italy) and played live with their
“rare” huge music-equipment, infact at the time owning more than 10 thousand watts
of power was thing reserved to few groups. In 1973, Luis Enriquez Bacalov, famous
orchestra conductor and composer of many motion-soundtracks (Oscar with Troisi’s
“Il Postino”) contacted the band to propose to work together on a new album that
would have melt rock to symphonic music. For Bacalov it was the third experience like
this, after the previous successes with New Trolls (“Concerto Grosso”) and Osanna
(“Milano Calibro 9”). The result of this cooperation was the album ”Contaminazione”.
It’s considered a milestone of the italian progressive rock, taking inspiration from by
J.S. Bach’s preludes and fugues while lyrics tell the alleged theme of a Scottish son not
recognized by the great Austrian composer. It was a worldwide success, so high that
RCA company also released an english language version with the title “Contamination”.
To present live the new album Il Rovescio della Medaglia recruited a keyboard
player, Franco Di Sabatino. Unfortunately later their truck with the equipment is stolen
and even if the most famous bands of the time organized a concert to help them,
at the “Piper” in Rome, the band feels the blow: the singer left and after a new single,
they decided to quit. Founder Enzo Vita began his career as session-man collaborating
with many Italian artists and in 2011 gave new life to the band releasing a new album
“Microstorie” with Roberto Tiranti (Labyrinth, New Trolls,…) on vocals. In 2016 it’s
time for another new album, entitled “Tribal Domestic” (with major Sony) back to a
progressive and symphonic rock sound. In 2017 Enzo Vita contacted bassist Andrea
Castelli (Shabby Trick, Silver Horses, Mantra, Cappanera…) to form also a live-band
to bring on stages once again their music.

1 - Absent For This Consumed World
2 – Ora Non Ricordo Piu’
3 – Il Suono Del Silenzio
4 – Mi Sono Svegliato E....
Ho Chiuso Gli Occhi
5 – Lei Sei Tu : Lei
6 – La Mia Musica
7 – Johann
8 – Scotland Machine
9 – Cella 503
10 – Contaminazione 1760
11 - Alzo Un Muro Elettrico
12 - Sweet Suite
13 - La Grande Fuga

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Formato LP
Genere Progressive
Data pubblicazione 2020-11-20
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