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Le Stelle di Mario Schifano — Dedicato A
(Mellow MMP 126, 1967/1992, CD)

by Mike McLatchey, Published 1996-08-01

Dedicato A Cover art

Kckck wk zz r ckck! It sounds like the workers at the CD mastering plant took time out to play frisbee with the source LP; you can not only tell this CD was mastered from LP but at times the surface noise is blatantly irritating. Putting that aside if you can, this incredibly rare 1967 Italian album is a surprisingly pioneering album of psychedelic rock. The first side is a 17 minute collage of bizarre Freak Out! styled psychedelic mayhem, with swirling effects, electronics, rock, and orchestration. Zappa's experimentations were an obvious strong influence on Schifano's project; this piece has to be heard to be believed. The rest of the album is a collection of unusually distorted psych / beat songs with a strong Silver Apples similarity – tracks of a typical beat nature but twisted and manipulated until practically unrecognizable. This is a truly innovative album that a CD from a mint LP or original master would be truly welcome. Recommended with scratchy reservation.


Filed under: Reissues, Issue 10, 1992 releases, 1967 recordings

Related artist(s): Le Stelle di Mario Schifano

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