Italian progressive rock in Mexico

Italian progressive rock in Mexico
Italian progressive rock in Mexico

It happens even in the best music families: Italian progressive rock in Mexico has a very special cult, and in the highest sanctuary (the poplar) where it is like a religion for scholars and boasters of rarities, it even has a virgin, to whom her faithful devotees pray in search of record miracles from times gone by.

Its great boom was in the first half of the 70s. However, as incredible as it may seem, those who know more about its origins and subsequent development are not the Italians themselves, but the Mexicans.

Anchored in psychedelic rock, the classical music and jazz, the Italian progressive expanded in an Italy that recognizes little merit.

On a trip to Rome and Milan, when the damn neighborhood Y the Children of the Fifth Courtyard were promoted in the old continent, sharing the stage with the very kinks At the Jools Holland Show, closing a promotional tour, which very few nationals knew about, I asked several BMG record executives about groups such as Il Balletto di Bronzo, Premiata Forneria, Le Orme, Banco del Mutuo Socorso, Rosenbach Museum and nobody knew them, which was incredible. I even made a rash comment: in Mexico we know more about Italian rock than you do.

Much of the mythology of the genre and its rarities is due to mythical vinyl records such as the legendary first album by Locanda delle Fate which, if it went straight to destruction (with many of the promotional ones arriving at Polydor, looking for a release) which was rescued by a server to start his disc legend rare and very hard to get.

A large illustrated volume with a “complete discography” due to Paolo Barotto Y Marco D’ubaldo, It places the trajectories of many mythical progressive albums, before those that, in some way, set trends and schools such as Franco Battiato. Many also met at the San Remo Festival and from there, like Matia Bazar or Anna Oxxa, they became international.

Some groups came to Mexico (Il Balleto, PFM and Banco) and were revered and some were even released on compact discs.

However, the acetate that revered them at the time, made them unattainable until now, when they cost real fortunes among collectors, who practice those old rites of caressing them, smelling them, putting them on the turntable, praying for them, etc.

Some subsidiaries, such as Columbia they tried at the time (the 80’s) with groups that they had in their catalog such as Equipe 84, but they did not go beyond single disc editions.

Outside of their initial boom and with the advent of punk and other genres, there were some groups like L’Ultima Spiaggia, Court of Miracoli and her own Locanda delle Fate, who managed to remain in the Italian underground recording field, until preserving their cult.

Today, thanks to many digital platforms, there are many who are returning to the origins of these groups with almost their complete digital discographies and discovering, through them, many new ones.

Meanwhile, mini LP editions with scale replicas of the Italian original have become one of the most lucrative businesses in professional copying for moderate collectors who do not strictly need the presentation, but the music.

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