Albergo Intergalattico Spaziale — Albergo Intergalattico Spaziale
(Musicando MUS 011, 1977/1995, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 1996-08-01
Now that nearly all of the classic Italian albums have been reissued, all that remains now is the most obscure material. Case in point... Albergo Intergalattico Spaziale was the duo of Mino di Martino (keyboards and piano, ex-I Giganti) and Terra di Benedetto (vocals), supported by various other uncredited musicians – presumably from the then-current lineup of Franco Battiato's band, possibly including percussionist Lino "Capra" Vaccina. The music here consists mostly of wandering spacy organ / keyboard passages supporting Terra's ethereal voicings, with occasional percussion and second vocalist. This is pretty much avant-garde territory, with a touch of what might be called proto-new-age. The material is captivating, but probably not that remarkable given the earlier work of Battiato and Falsini in this area. The duo was very much into the anti-nuclear power activism of the times, as all the album art will plainly indicate. A five-minute bonus track from a follow-up recording that never materialized has been added. Regrettably, the CD is an obvious vinyl transcription, with little attempt made to clean it up. Still, the album is enjoyable and it's good to finally have it available again.
Related artist(s): Albergo Intergalattico Spaziale
Soft Machine Set to Release New Music – It's been 50 years since The Soft Machine changed the face of music with their first album. Their blend of psychedelic rock and jazz was unique, and while the band went through many changes before disbanding in 1981 — by which time there were no original members remaining — they remained an innovative force with a style all their own. » Read more
7d Surfaces Happy Rhodes Back Catalog – We've covered singer Happy Rhodes before, both for her solo work and recently with The Security Project, but her 11 albums have been hard to track down. Until now. 7d features high-quality downloads of all her releases, and several of them are also available on CD. » Read more
Fred Chalenor RIP – We have news of another sad passing in the world of creative music. Bassist Fred Chalenor, whose creativity featured on albums by Tone Dogs, Caveman Shoestore, and many more, died on June 23, 2018 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Tributes have poured in from the many musicians and fans whose lives he touched. » Read more