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Franco Battiato

Longtime Italian superstar Franco Battiato developed from a prog-psych singer/songwriter of the early '70s to one of the biggest pop stars in Europe, even as he pursued his recording interests in a variety of genres.

Born in 1945 in the village of Jonio, Battiato's initial stabs into musical work in the 1960s didn't go anywhere beyond a single or two, leaving his first real break to occur in the early '70s when he began recording a series of albums for the underground label Bla Bla. Starting with Fetus in 1971 and concluding with L'Egitto Prima Delle Sabbie (Egypt Before the Sands) in 1978, he staked out his own claim in the high-ferment world of Italian prog rock. Musically accomplished if sometimes poorly recorded, and unafraid to indulge in more than a little whimsy, these records covered the gamut from extreme experimentalism to more song-focused efforts, the two most notable of which would be 1972's Pollution and 1973's Sulle Corde Di Aries (On the Ropes of Aries). Compared to other bands like Area and PFM, however, Battiato and his band were cult figures more loved abroad than at home; performances in France and Germany as the opening act for Brian Eno and Nico give a sense as to his appeal elsewhere. Battiato's often extravagant appearance at this time make him something of an Italian Peter Gabriel, while his lyrics eschewed then-fashionable Maoist/terrorist posing in favor of a deep but humorous combination of Asian philosophies and literary reflection.

Switching labels to EMI's Italian branch, his fortunes in the Italian popular eye turned (also in an uncanny parallel with Gabriel) in the '80s, specifically with 1981's La Voce del Padrone (The Voice of the Master). Embracing a more direct, synth-pop style -- not too surprising given that keyboards were always his primary musical instrument -- Battiato found himself rewarded with an Italian smash, enabling his star to rise both at home and elsewhere in Europe. Since then, while he has not specifically revisited his earlier style in full, Battiato has continued to explore any number of musical styles and approaches in the present day. This includes a number of collaborations with orchestras and multimedia touring, notably including a visit with Virtuosi Italiani in 1993 to Baghdad to collaborate with Iraq's national orchestra, as well as works commissioned by his native Sicily to celebrate that island's rich history. Something of an elder statesman of Italian popular music as of the turn of the millennium, Battiato continues to record and perform, following his muse wherever it leads him. ~ Ned Raggett
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Anthology - Le Nostre Anime

1. Le Nostre Anime

2. L'Era Del Cinghiale Bianco (2015)

3. Stranizza D'Amuri (Edit 2015)

4. Up Patriots To Arms (2015)

5. Prospettiva Nevski (2015)

6. Summer On A Solitary Beach (2015)

7. Bandiera Bianca (2015)

8. Gli Uccelli (2015)

9. Cuccurucucù (2015)

10. Centro Di Gravità Permanente (2015)

11. Voglio Vederti Danzare (2015)

12. La Stagione Dell'Amore (2015)

13. Un'Altra Vita (2015)

14. No Time No Space (2015)

15. L'Animale (2015)

16. E Ti Vengo A Cercare

17. Nomadi (2015)

18. Giubbe Rosse (2015)

19. Alexander Platz

20. Center Of Gravity (Feat. MIKA)

21. Lo Spirito Degli Abissi

22. Povera Patria

23. Caffé De La Paix (Mix Edit 2015)

24. Strani Giorni (2015)

25. La Cura (2015)

26. Shock In My Town

27. Il Mantello E La Spiga

28. Niente E' Come Sembra

29. Inneres Auge

30. L'Incantesimo

31. Un Irresistibile Richiamo

32. Testamento

33. Passacaglia

34. Il Re Del Mondo (Live At Arena Di Verona)

35. Del Suo Veloce Volo (Frankestein) (Live At Arena Di Verona)

36. I Treni Di Tozeur (Feat. Alice) (Live At Arena Di Verona)

37. Se Telefonando

38. Aria Di Neve

39. Te Lo Leggo Negli Occhi

40. La Canzone Dei Vecchi Amanti

41. Tutto L'Universo Obbedisce All'Amore (Feat. Carmen Consoli)

42. L'Addio

43. Inverno

44. Oceano Di Silenzio

45. Le Sacre Sinfonie Del Tempo

46. L'Ombra Della Luce

47. Lode All'Inviolato (2015)

48. Haiku (2015)

49. Stati Di Gioia (2015)

50. Io Chi Sono? (2015)

51. L'Isola Elefante 2015

52. Proprietà Proibita

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Track List: Open Sesame

1. Un Irresistibile Richiamo

2. Testamento

3. Quand'ero Giovane

4. Eri Con Me

5. Passacaglia

6. La Polvere Del Branco

7. Caliti Junku

8. Aurora

9. Il Serpente

10. Apriti Sesamo

11. The Will

12. The Dust Of The Pack

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Track List: Telesio

1. Prologo

2. Inizio

3. Ouverture

4. Il Sogno

5. Elettronica Arcobaleni

6. Duplice Intelletto

7. Le Stimmate

8. Fine Del Sistema Solare

9. Corale

10. Danza I

11. Prologo Secondo Atto

12. Abiuras

13. Il Freddo E Il Caldo

14. Benedictus

15. Un Amore Romano

16. L'esistenza Di Dio

17. Scampanio

18. Attende Domine

19. Danza II

20. Devota Precisazione

21. Coro

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Track List: Inneres Auge (Il Tutto E' Più Della Somma Delle Sue Parti)

1. Inneres Auge

2. Un'Altra Vita

3. Inverno

4. No Time No Space

5. L'Incantesimo

6. Haiku

7. La Quiete Dopo Un Addio

8. Stage Door

9. Tibet (Feat. Chiara Vergati)

10. 'U Cuntu

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Track List: Fleurs 2

1. Tutto L'Universo Obbedisce All'Amore (Feat. Carmen Consoli)

2. Era D'Estate

3. E Piu' Ti Amo (Plus Je T'Entend)

4. It's Five O'Clock

5. Del Suo Veloce Volo (Frankestein) (Feat. Antony Hegarty)

6. Et Maintenant

7. Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay (Feat. Anne Ducros)

8. Il Carmelo Di Echt

9. Il Venait D'Avoir 18 Ans (Feat. Sepideh Raisadat)

10. Bridge Over Troubled Water

11. La Musica Muore (Feat. Juri Camisasca)

12. L'Addio

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Track List: Fleurs 3

1. Perduto Amore

2. Impressioni Di Settembre

3. Se Mai

4. Ritornerai

5. Col Tempo Sai

6. Insieme A Te Non Ci Sto Piu'

7. Il Cielo In Una Stanza

8. Le Tue Radici

9. Se Tu Sapessi

10. Sigillata Con Un Bacio (Sealed With A Kiss)

11. Come Un Sigillo

12. Beim Schafengehen

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Track List: Gommalacca

1. Shock In My Town

2. Auto Da Fe'

3. Casta Diva

4. Il Ballo Del Potere

5. La Preda

6. Il Mantello E La Spiga

7. E Stato Molto Bello

8. Quello Che Fu

9. Vite Parallele

10. E. Shakleton

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Track List: L'Imboscata

1. Di Passaggio

2. Strani Giorni

3. La Cura

4. ...Ein Tag Aus Dem Leben Des Kleinen Johannes

5. Amata Solitudine

6. Splendide Previsioni

7. Ecco Com'e Che Va Il Mondo

8. Segunda - Feira

9. Memoria Di Giulia

10. Serial Killer

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Track List: L'Arca Di Noe

1. Radio Varsavia (2008 Remaster;)

2. Clamori (2008 Remaster;)

3. L'Esodo (2008 -Remaster;)

4. Scalo A Grado (2008 Remaster;)

5. La Torre (2008 Remaster;)

6. New Frontiers (2008 Remaster;)

7. Voglio Vederti Danzare (2008 Remaster;)

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Track List: La Voce Del Padrone

1. Summer On A Solitary Beach

2. Bandiera Bianca

3. Gli Uccelli

4. Cuccurucucù

5. Segnali Di Vita

6. Centro Di Gravità Permanente

7. Sentimiento Nuevo

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Track List: Patriots: 30th Anniversary Edition

1. Up Patriots To Arms

2. Venezia-Istanbul

3. Le Aquile

4. Prospettiva Nevski

5. Arabian Song

6. Frammenti

7. Passaggi A Livello

8. Perspectiva Nevski (Spanish Version)

9. Up Patriots To Arms (English Version)

10. Up Patriots To Arms (Spanish Version)

11. Up Patriots To Arms (Instrumental)

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Here with Italian relatives who love has Italian songs, but where???
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Not a single Italian song...
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Was I the only one expecting Italian music. I knew he had songs in English but ...
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I cannot believe that Pandora does not have any albums of Franco Battiato !!! ...
http://en.wi k i p e d i a . o r g / w i k i / F r a n c o _ B a t t i a t o
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THAT was interesting. I will definatley seek him out.
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For the lovers of Battiato, try to listen to Sentimento Nuevo, it's brilliant!
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Great cover ;)

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Am I here all alone?
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I had never heard of Franco Battiato before I started to listening to Pandora. I smile everytime I hear him start to sing Ruby Tuesday. I would like to know more about him and his music.

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