Exposé Online banner

Errata Corrige — Siegfried, il Drago e Altre Storie (2015 Version)
(Black Widow BWRCD 173-2 / BWR 173, 2015, CD+DVD / LP)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2015-12-12

Siegfried, il Drago e Altre Storie (2015 Version) Cover art

In 1976, an obscure band from Turin, Italy privately released a very rare LP, Siegfried, il drago e altre storie. The band broke up in 1975 before the release and member Marco Cimino went on to play bass with Arti e Mestieri. Now 40 years later Errata Corrige, with sufficient budget, modern technology, and experience were able to rerecord their album the way they intended for it in 1975. In addition to the four friends – Mike Abate (guitars and vocals), Marco Cimono (keyboards, flute, vocals), Gianni Cremona (bass, acoustic guitar, vocals), and Guido Giovine (drums, percussion, vocals) – they are joined by Manuel Zigante (cello), Martin Mayes (French horn), Federico Forla (oboe), Ivan Bert (trumpet), and Diego Mascherpa (sax and clarinet). In the mid 70s, Errata Corrige were not interested in making political statements. Instead they wanted to tell stories with their music and Siefried, il drago e altre storie is just that, a collection of fantasy inspired musical paintings. This is dreamy soft Italian prog rock that recalls Genesis’ Trespass and Nursery Cryme. And the remarkable tenor vocals of all four members are more than a passing reference to Le Orme. There is an accompanying DVD of the band recording the album that features a different band member introducing each of the first four songs. Watching the DVD you notice that the music has been carefully scored and performed by these skilled musicians. As a bonus, there is a faithful cover of King Crimson’s “Cadence and Cascade” with Italian lyrics penned by the band. And of course there is plenty of Mellotron to satisfy your cravings. This album is a breath of fresh air, as today’s prog bands seem to focus more on technical artistry and complex arrangements. And if you are inspired to hear the original, Black Widow has released an anniversary edition of the 1976 album on vinyl.


Filed under: New releases, 2015 releases

Related artist(s): Errata Corrige

Latest news

2020-01-21
Gong Announces UK Tour for 2020 – Having spent the last few years touring the world, including dates in Japan with psych legend Steve Hillage, multiple headline European tours and festivals, America’s Cruise to the Edge festival, a South America headline tour, and a headline performance at Tomorrow Festival in China, the band have won the hearts of both traditional and modern Gong fanbases. During this live journey, Gong has delved further into the truly psychedelic, exploratory, and mind-expanding side of the music. » Read more

2020-01-15
Carlos Alvarado RIP – Carlos Alvarado, pioneering composer, multi-instrumentalist and pioneer of progressive rock and electronic experimental music in Mexico, passed away January 14th, 2020 at age 68 after a two year battle with cancer.  » Read more

2020-01-12
Wolfgang Dauner RIP – Pianist Wolfgang Dauner, one of the pioneers of both European free jazz and jazz rock, has died at the age of 84. With his own groups and with the United Jazz+Rock Ensemble, his playing and compositions were a prominent presence in European jazz from the mid-60s until just recently. » Read more

2020-01-12
Michael Allison RIP – Michael Allison, who since 1997 has been recording as Darshan Ambient, passed away on January 9th after a long and brave battle with cancer. He has been at at the forefront of the new ambient/electronic music scene, with over eighteen releases to his credit. » Read more

2020-01-10
Neil Peart RIP – One of rock music's defining drummers has died at the age of 67. Neil Peart's work with Rush provided one of the templates for percussion in rock, and he certainly ranks in the top ten most influential drummers of the 20th Century. Peart retired from playing in 2015 due to health issues, and succumbed to brain cancer on January 7, 2020. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Porcupine Tree - Metanoia – This hard-to-find treat was released after the live album Coma Divine but prior to the latest album Stupid Dream as a limited edition gatefold double 10" vinyl-only release. Recent interviews...  (1999) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues