Published May 25, 2017Earlier this year, the music world was hit with the sad news that Italian soundtrack hero Alessandro Alessandroni had passed away at the age of 92. Luckily, the work of the fallen maestro and beloved Ennio Morricone collaborator continues to be celebrated by a whole new generation of listeners, which will once again get to experience the fascinating sounds of Alessandroni via a pair of upcoming vinyl reissues.
On June 15, the ever-great Sonor Music Editions has announced that it will be treating Alessandroni's much-coveted library album Drammatico to a vinyl re-release. Recorded in the early '70s, the now impossible-to-get album came under the banner of Braen & Raskovich — the famed duo of Alessandroni and fellow Italian musical visionary Giuliano Sorgini.
Sonor describes the release like this: "Concept album where the music is just out-of-this-world and way ahead of its time, nothing to be compared with! War and dramatic themed music ranging from the most evil electronics to dark fuzz distortions and huge hip-hop beats all driven by a mental psychedelic madness."
Drammatico has been remastered from the original master tapes for this new vinyl edition, which will be limited to 500 copies. You can get an idea of what to except in the SoundCloud player below and pre-order the album directly from the label here.
If that wasn't enough, Alessandroni's Barocco & Romantico is also set to receive a vinyl reissue via celebrated Italian reissue hub Dagored this summer. Captured in 1980, the album comes in stark contrast to the far-out sounds of Drammatico, with Alessandroni embracing a very calm and gentle approach for a period-piece sort of album that very much lives up to its title.
Dagored's reissue will be limited to 500 copies on pink vinyl and arrive on July 14.
In related news, Sonor will also release another Holy Grail Italian library album next month, with Angelo Baroncini and Bruno Battisti D'Amario's obscure 1969 effort Music for Movement getting a vinyl reissue on June 15. With D'Amario being best known as Morricone's fuzz-loving guitar slinger, the album is said to feature "CRAZY early fuzz beats with fast Western swings, experimental rock distractions, musical rhythmic movements with totally insane acid guitar & sitar riffs and a huge underground psychedelic mood."
Below, you can stream the entirety of Music for Movement, and you can pre-order the reissue over here. Again, it's limited to 500 copies.