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20 Aug 2016

Pino Daniele “Nero A Metà “ 1980 one of the best Italian records ever.

Pino Daniele “Nero A Metà “ 1980 Italy my favorite älbum by Pino..recommended…!! one of the best Italian records ever. 

Napolitano Pino Daniele 1955-2015 . 

full  with (HQ) sound & lyrics

I was surprised to find that among the reviews dedicated to Pino Daniele shorthanded this album. A great record, in which they develop the brilliant insights of the first two but with a smaller presence of the Neapolitan folk music.

As in the two previous works, this album is perfect from the first to the last song. “I say ‘i’m’ CCA” opens the dance, with the classic Neapolitan-English language Pino Daniele (well, to be honest here makes it a much more economical use than its usual), and it’s really a wonderful welcome because the song is very beautiful. The solar melody creates a nice contrast with the slightly melancholic text.
Similar in atmospheres (regarding the melody) is “Music Music”, just a little 'more lively rhythmically. It’s a must report the sax of this song (if I remember correctly should be saxophonist James Senese, Enzo Avitabile had left after the first album, I hope I’m wrong). It is distinguished from the first track to a subtle irony that leaves the piece runs in a fit of bitterness.

The third song is “Quanno chiove”, sweet and relaxed piece, among the most famous of Daniel. In this song everything is “soft”, by instrument sounds (recorded really well in my opinion) to the chord progressions. There is not the slightest harmonic or melodic harshness, the pace is slow and sweet. Yet the melodic creativity of Pino Daniele prevents so much relaxation bore the listener. It totally changes register with “Puozze passà 'nu mess,” rock-blues piece peppered with nice phrasing easy listening blues but never dull! Beautiful melody of the singing but mostly fits perfectly the only electric guitar (nothing particularly original, but very pleasant).
You return to calm and meditative melodies with “I want more”, a song from the poignant drama that features one of the best texts of the disc. The full text is in English, though perfectly on par with the pieces in dialect.
Another great song on this great album is “Appocundria”, sad and passionate singing supported by a strongly Mediterranean guitar, the melancholy sound but warm. The song is also an opportunity for Daniel to show off his guitar skills, but the piece never becomes a sterile exercise in style, and the rest of the song may not in any way boring as it lasted just 1:38 minutes. Sounds stronger we find them in “To me I like it 'or blues”, it goes without saying that the blues influence is stronger here than ever before (no, it is not superfluous! Actually blues there is not so much as it would seem promise the title!). The rhythm of the song is really addictive, it’s hard not to go behind the drums and bass with the head (about the bass, there are “sparkling” funky moments that help to keep alive the vitality of the piece throughout its duration) .

“And I know 'you happy’ and depart ’” is the piece that I like the least, but it’s still a good song. One of my favorite songs is “Nun annoys me ’”, a fairly canonical blues on which, however Daniele spreads a beautiful vocal melody that, in practice, is the role that has usually lead guitar on a blues standard. Every so often the floor fraseggetti remind us that Pino Daniele arrangements are always top notch. The best thing of the song (in addition to the text, wonderful in its biting irony) are the two guitar solos, sensational! Nothing ultratecnico eh, but we are dealing with something extremely refined. The sound of the guitar then intrigues me too (it’s a simple wha filtered with a fuzz or something or even using a TALK-BOX? I’ll bet on the latter!). “Alleria” is another masterpiece, I will only say that the piano is extraordinary, but honestly I could not describe making justice, then I give up. A slight funky sound is back with “Head down.” But you! Also worth a mention “Under 'or shine”! Pino Daniele, where you let yourselves be enthralled by South American rhythms while singing

“And under 'or shine veins and leaves’ and ascends sulamente’ to desire and 'jastemma’ nun will parlamme cchiù nun parlamme it …”

And the disc closes with “Alleria” which I have already talked about (in fact, of which I have already spoken NOT!). If you do not have it go get, what are you waiting?….

“Nero a meta” but certainly not by chance, Pino Daniele 80 is the third album, after the crackling and aromatic debut of “My Land”, with the tasty “'Na tazzulella’ and café” (1977), and album confirms namesake of '79, that of “Je so 'crazy’. Pino is 25 years old, but already a good experience as an instrumentalist: playing since the age of twelve, and after having played in Batracomiomachia jazz-rock band has accompanied the Jenny Sorrenti guitar and was the bassist of the past Napoli Centrale, whose saxophonist James Siena will choose to accompany him on a solo career.

Experienced as we have seen only marginally the years of "Neapolitan Power” - with various Edward Jackson, Toni Esposito and the same Naples Central blood heirs of prog samples such as the Balletto di Bronzo, Osanna and brothers Sorrenti - Daniele paradoxically drew benefit: in his sound flowing lava of Vesuvius and the water of the Mississippi (half black), but compared to other experiences the Neapolitan tradition plays a more creative role. The result is a unique mix of momentum and class, thanks to the guitar talents of Pino, who bravely embraces both the acoustic as the electric, well-guided study by Marcello Todaro.
The first track is the famous “I say the 'I’m CCA”, with the clear mention of the harmonica by Bruno De Filippi, who will probably make a wrong calling the Toots Thielemans Italian, followed by programmatic “Music Music”, “for music music / how much I cried I do not know / but the music / music is all I have ”, and only listening to you understand how musical repetition. After the intimate “Quanno chiove”, Pino Daniele shows us his great talent as a guitarist (the “songwriter” ended up guiltily to overshadow) in Napoletanissima “Puozze passà 'nu trouble.”
The interlude in Italian of “I want more” is an opportunity for worldwide put a little 'dot the i, “You know that does not crawl to assert myself”, “I will be so always ready to say no”, then the back napolitudine fully into almost philological “Appocundria”, a very Neapolitan guitar and the congas Karl Potter. A nice contrast to the topical “To me I like it 'or blues,” which is not blues, but funky and not also forget the origins: “But little remains nce’ or sea / and 'in patience’ and suppurtà ’/’ to people ca walking / miezo 'via eg barks’ / i’ i come to you appriesso / flaws know cCA born ”.
“And I know 'you happy’ and depart ’” is the classic love song to Pino Daniele ( “And I know’ you happy 'and depart’ cu te flaws / faults faje Look at me 'no vedè’”), “Nun me scoccià ’ "the equally classical invective (the Neapolitan version of” I do not break “the Bank?), a standard bluesaccio with a final touch to the Prince De Curtis -” Nun me scoccià 'cchiù / dies you too much … “- and a solo d 'yesteryear complete with a wah-wah pedal. The jazzy "Alleria” (with the line dipietresco avant la lettre “he ascends’ to desire to alluccà / ca nun c'azzicche nothing you”) and the explanatory “Upside down” ( “The feeling is safe / what not goes away / throw it out each time / is your whole life and you know / to be a black in the middle ”) accompanying the epochal closed,“ Under 'or shine ”, a few verses but one memorable scat, worthy of the best Al Jarreau .
Given what is at Pino Pino and his musicians what they deserve, keyboardist Ernesto Vitolo bassist and co-producer Gigi De Rienzo, drummer Agostino Marangolo percussionist Rosario Iermano (he too nell'affollatissima control room), to the aforementioned Siena, Potter and De Filippi, it remains to say that the Anglo-Neapolitan blend original encounters, and how, public tastes: meet again “Black halfway” sixteenth biggest selling album of 1980, “Go bring all” the following year will earn a couple of positions, “Bella 'mbriana” '82 will stand in tenth place. It’s not an overwhelming success, and from which to be overwhelmed, but the flow constant and incessant water, not the gutter in which Pino pees on the cover, but a great river, a Mississippi blues……

by rockol…..

October 1979, the beloved and revolutionary Seventies are coming to an end. Italy is still a country struggling with a thousand and one problems, unable to face and solve its endless political and social contradictions. A wounded nation and destroyed by terrorist bombs and the fire of organized crime. However, in those months the musical soul of the beautiful country lives one of its most prosperous times. Rampant various Dalla, Conte, Bennato, Vecchioni, Guccini and De André. The unforgettable Stone Castle Studios in Carimate collect the flagship of the Italian songwriting. These are the years of songwriting revenge, the golden years in which poetry and music follow the same trail as one, merging into an artistic embrace ever so intense and bold. The censorship chains are now a distant memory and radio are full of successes. Italians eventually feel the need to scream to the world his disappointment, his anger. Carousels are not enough, and the tip of evasion towards well other solutions. There is a universe of sound out of the largely unexplored peninsula, and it is time to freely enrich their land of many different flavors.

In those months, Pino Daniele is a promising young Neapolitan singer, but above all a unique guitar of its kind, which is preparing to go into the Castle Studios mentioned above in order to create what will be one of the main posters of his career and of Italian music . In the previous three years, his talent has largely seduced an entire city, and in particular Claudio Poggi, record producer of Italian Emi, who after listening to the first demo decided to focus his eyes closed on that shy boy, but by the inspiration artistic elusive.
Pino is the St. Joseph neighborhood of Naples, and already has two albums, “My Land” (1977) and the eponymous “Pino Daniele” (1979); He is twenty-four years old, but is already a musician sailed and secure their means. Moreover, its artistic potential is the highest level at an early age. Pino just come of age made up what was to become the anthem of an entire city, the only testament of its charm and the consequent disenchantment, the homage to its beauty and its socket deeper consciousness: “Napule is.”

In this sense, to fully understand the artistic essence of Pino Daniele, its DNA, it must in fact go in the alleys of his town, learn their secrets and souls that characterize it. Vesuvius, not surprisingly symbol of the Neapolitan turmoil, that the magma humps generates inspiration and secretes the most hidden fears, is both an emblem of terror and life force symbol. We are in the full swing of a revolution of manners that in Naples has never had neither beginning nor end. class struggle, where the individual seeks itself through the self historical and bourgeois condition blazing; the clash between being and becoming, the upward momentum and forgetting the real dirt and passionate experiences of events. Art becomes a leader who simply intercepts impulses telling the new currents that unconsciously mix and shape the social activity.
The Viviani theater, Di Giacomo first and De Filippo later, were the first attempt of analysis of the transformation of the individual and its implications coarse and decaying; that revolution, which followed and preceded the turmoil, was picked up musically by the Neapolitan renaissance movement, better known as Napolitan Power. cultural artistic movement, was tied to the better known black power of which he was following, however, an interest, unlike the latter, to the territory and its ethnic mutations.

“Nero A Metà “, third album of Neapolitan singer-songwriter, is almost a figment of black revolution, of an intense intake of soul consciousness sallow and suffering the funny of its interpreters. E 'singular as one of the most successful attempts to world music and global music has been fully synthesis in a socially ghettoized territory, paralyzed between the sea and marble, including the domination and rebellion, between the lights and shadows. To seal, also this unlikely and blinding amalgam, is the field presence of musicians of the caliber of Gigi De Rienzo, Ernesto Vitolo, Augustine Marangolo, Aldo Mercurio, Mauro Spina, James Senese, Jermano Rosario, Tony Cercola auction aka Tony Esposito, Karl Potter, Bruno De Filippi and Enzo Avitabile. A veritable squadron of talent ready to follow the young singer-songwriter in its infinite and mutable sound contamination.
“I say the 'I’m CCA” which opens the disc, assimilates the revolutionary lesson Carosone, who in the past had experienced the result of the mixture of Neapolitan language and the American language Anglo-Saxon. Gestation and the subsequent birth today produces noticeable effects of combustion that the war had created in Naples. 'A Nutt’ Edwardian, now behind us long ago, now finds himself an adult generation that claims a social position and with it new and fresh musical identity; Musella to whose memory is dedicated to the disc, the war by the son becomes the father of a new Neapolitan, which is in the notes of the tenor saxophonist James Senese eternal engraved on the stone and in the Neapolitan breath.

The musical catharsis of “Black in half” lives on the thin line between the congenital compassion and delirious hilarity; the texts they ride a dark suffering as in “I want more”, and then bring out the whim of collegiate “To me I like it 'or blues”. The artistic dichotomy highlights even more decisive in the alternation of gender, as the author himself will define jokingly “taramblu” balanced between the popular spirit of the tarantella, the South American rumba and the Delta blues. The funky rhythm draws his sword on several occasions, “Music”, “Upside Down”, the aforementioned “I say the 'I’m cca’” and “I like me or 'blues’, a soft sound alluring who delights without ever swoop in cloying mannerisms.
The musical customs clearance is consolidated through the notes of the rumba "Appocundria”, from the Latin flavor. The implementation, however, remains only an excuse to tell a state of mind, the prophetic words unite an entire people that expresses the melancholy like an epiphany aware ( “Appocundria me bursts / ogne minutes 'mpietto / Pecce passanno strong / haje sconcecato’ or lietto / Appocundria 'and who is satiated / ca and says it diuno / Appocundria’ and nisciuno … ”); domestic images and basic needs paint a canvas with dark colors that dance on a warm and reassuring music velvet.

On the same slender thread lies “Quanno chiove”, poignant song and at the same time release, through which the spirit of revenge and the desire to find their birth allegorical shift in purity and simplicity of the event climate reread now saving key. The soul Scugnizza and irreverence whole Neapolitan, masterfully expressed only a year before the famous “Je so 'crazy’, catch their breath in” Nun me scoccià “with Daniel in the role of the minstrel and provocateur. The fusion theme that introduces the sweet "And I know you happy 'and is” confirms the ability of our in weaving melodic canvas with multiform colors, variations from stretch surprisingly distinguishable, unique in their enveloping singularities.
The soft ballad “Alleria” draws another theme so dear to the Neapolitan people, the need for joy as an antidote to the existence practical and emotional distress; his voice and his floating through the air blast docile passages of piano and bass, sealing the mood essence Neapolitan prince.

The charisma and the talent of the individual tracks on the album will culminate in the concert of two hundred thousand in Piazza del Plebiscito, where it all ended, and will lead the artist to various collaborations with internationally renowned musicians such as Wayne Shorter, Alphonso Johnson, Steve Gadd and Richie Evans in the discs to follow. But the true sound global, ahead of its time, this work will make a sound unique et hibridum both for the art.....


Album in studio 

1977 – Terra mia (EMI Italiana, 3C 064 18277) 
1979 – Pino Daniele (EMI Italiana, 3C 064 18391)
1980 – Nero a metà (EMI Italiana, 3C 064 18468)
1981 – Vai mò (EMI Italiana, 3C 064 18550)
1982 – Bella ‘mbriana (EMI Italiana, 3C 064 18590)
1984 – Musicante (EMI Italiana, 64 2401501)
1985 – Ferryboat (Sciò Records-EMI Italiana, 64 2402641)
1987 – Bonne soirée (EMI Italiana, 64 2407701)
1988 – Schizzechea with love (EMI Italiana, 64 7909721)
1989 – Mascalzone latino (EMI Italiana, 66 7934691)
1991 – Un uomo in blues (CGD, 9031 73310 1)
1991 – Sotto ‘o sole (CGD 9031 76095 1)
1993 – Che Dio ti benedica (CGD 4509 92258 2)
1995 – Non calpestare i fiori nel deserto (CGD 4509 99791 2)
1997 – Dimmi cosa succede sulla terra (CGD 0630 17593 2)
1999 – Come un gelato all’equatore (CGD 3984 26955)
2001 – Medina (RCA 74321835222)
2004 – Passi d’autore (RCA 82876585272)
2005 – Iguana cafè – Latin blues e melodie (RCA 82876728052)
2007 – Il mio nome è Pino Daniele e vivo qui (RCA 88697059532)
2009 – Electric Jam (RCA 88697486612)
2010 – Boogie Boogie Man (RCA 88697811352)
2012 – La grande madre (Blue Drag 8055960280001)
Album dal vivo

1984 – Sció live (live, album doppio) (EMI Italiana, 64 2402723)
1994 – E sona mo’ (live) (CGD 4509 94253 2)
2001 – Pino Daniele Live @ RTSI (registrazione del 1983)
2002 – Concerto Medina Tour 2001 (live con due inediti) (RCA 743219129222)
2002 – In tour (live con Francesco De Gregori, Fiorella Mannoia e Ron, album doppio) (Blue Drag Records/BMG Ricordi 5099751027225)
2013 – Tutta n’ata storia – Vai mo’ – Live in Napoli (live con due inediti del concerto dell/8/7/2008, include DVD) (Blue Drag Records 88765440542)

1998 – Yes I Know My Way (antologia con 3 inediti) (Warner Music Italia)
2008 – Ricomincio da 30 (antologia con 23 brani in versione originale, 18 nuove versioni e 4 inediti, album triplo) (Sony Music Italia)
45 giri

1976 – Ca calore/Fortunato (EMI Italiana, 3C 006 18189)
1977 – ‘Na tazzulella ‘e cafè/Napule è (EMI Italiana, 3C 006 18202)
1979 – Je so’ pazzo/Putesse essere allero (EMI Italiana, 3C 006 18417)
1980 – Nun me scoccià/I say i sto ccà (EMI Italiana, 3C 006 18430)
1982 – Tutta nata storia/Io vivo come te (EMI Italiana, 33C 000-79217, promo)
1984 – Keep On Movin’/Keep On Movin’(instrumental) (Bagaria 14 2003016)
1984 – Yes I Know My Way (Special Remix)) (Polydor, 821 251-7, promo Francia e Spagna)
1985 – Ferryboat/Amico mio (EMI Italiana -14 2013016)
1987 – Watch Out/Watch Out (EMI Italiana 14-2020356)
1987 – Bonne Soirèè/Bonne Soirèè (Radio version) (EMI Italiana 1793306, promo)
1988 – Tell Me Now/Tell Me Now (Instrumental)/Al capone (EMI Italiana 060-20 3281 6, promo)
1988 – Tell me now/Jesce juorno (EMI Italiana)
1989 – Anna verrà/Carte e cartuscelle (EMI Italiana)
1991 – ‘O scarrafone/’O scarrafone (Scaramix edit version) (CGD, 9031 73363-7)
1993 – Che Dio ti benedica/Questa primavera (CGD, 06000077-7)
CD singoli

1995 – Io per lei/’O cammello ‘nnammurato
1995 – Se mi vuoi – con Irene Grandi
1997 – Tele + (EP promozionale)
1997 – Che male c’è/Dubbi non ho
1997 – Dubbi non ho (promo cartonato)
1997 – Stare bene a metà (promo cartonato)
1998 – Amore senza fine/Senza Peccato
1998 – Senza Peccato (Remix)/Senza Peccato (Album Version)
1999 – Neve al sole/Cosa penserai di me
2001 – Sara/Mareluna/Tempo Di Cambiare
2001 – Senza ‘e te/Lettera dal cuore
Altri singoli

1980 – Quanno chiove
2004 – Pigro/Dammi Una Seconda Vita/Tango della buena suerte
2005 – It’s now or never
2005 – Occhi che sanno parlare
2005 – Narcisista in azione
2005 – Maria
2007 – Back Home
2007 – Vento di passione
2007 – Rhum and coca
2008 – Anema e core
2009 – Il sole dentro me
2009 – Dimentica
2010 – Boogie Boogie Man
2011 – It’s a Beautiful Day
2012 – Melodramma
2012 – Niente è come prima
2012 – Due Scarpe
2013 – Non si torna indietro
Raccolte senza inediti

1986 – Musica musica (EMI Italiana)
1990 – Tra musica e magia (EMI Italiana)
1995 – Passa ‘o tiempo e che fa – I primi anni (EMI Italiana)
1997 – Voglio ‘o mare
2000 – Studio Collection, Le origini (EMI Italiana)
2000 – Napule è (CGD East West)
2002 – Amore senza fine (Warner Music Italia)
2004 – The Platinum Collection (EMI Italiana)
2005 – Studio Collection (EMI Italiana)
2006 – Pino Daniele D.O.C.
2006 – Tutto Daniele – Che male c’è (Waner Music Italia)
2008 – The Platinum Collection: The Early Years (EMI Italiana)
2008 – I grandi successi- Pino Daniele (Warner Music Italia)
Produzioni per altri artisti

1983 – Common Ground (Richie Havens)
1990 – Io dal mare da Oltre (Claudio Baglioni)
1991 – In questa città (Loredana Bertè)
1991 – Pinocchio (Heather Parisi)
1993 – Gli amori della vita mia (Joe Barbieri)
1997 – Mangio troppa cioccolata (Giorgia)
1998 – Virus (Joe Barbieri)
2009 – SILVIAPRILE (Silvia Aprile)
Colonne sonore

(1978) La mazzetta, regia di Sergio Corbucci
(1981) Ricomincio da tre, regia di Massimo Troisi
(1983) Mi manda Picone, regia di Nanni Loy
(1985) Blues metropolitano, regia di Salvatore Piscicelli
(1987) Le vie del Signore sono finite, regia di Massimo Troisi
(1988) Se lo scopre Gargiulo, regia di Elio Porta
(1991) Pensavo fosse amore… invece era un calesse, regia di Massimo Troisi
(1999) Amore a prima vista, regia di Vincenzo Salemme
(2003) Opopomoz, regia di Enzo D’Alò
(2003) Fame chimica, regia di Antonio Bocola e Paolo Vari
(2006) La mano de Dios, regia di Marco Risi
(2008) La seconda volta non si scorda mai, regia di Alessandro Siani
(2009) Negli occhi, regia di Daniele Anzellotti & Francesco Del Grosso, co-prodotto da Giovanna Mezzogiorno
(2010) Passione, regia di John Turturro


Stefano Bonagura, Pino Daniele, *Lato Side, Roma 1982.
Maurizio Macale, Pino Daniele. Un uomo in blues. Da Napule è a Medina, *Bastogi Editrice Italiana 2001
Marco Ranaldi, Pino Daniele. Cantore mediterraneo senza confini, Ed. Frilli 2002
Autori Vari (a cura di Enrico Deregibus), Dizionario completo della canzone italiana, Giunti editore (2006)
Marcella Russano, Nero a metà. Dalle origini a “grande madre”, tutta la poesia di Pino Daniele, Ed. Arcana 2012

First band of Pino Daniele from left Toni Esposito,Tullio De Piscopo,James Senese,Pino,Joe Amoruso & Rino Zurzolo
First band of Pino Daniele from left Toni Esposito,Tullio De Piscopo,James Senese,Pino,Joe Amoruso & Rino Zurzolo

 Pino Daniele and Eric Clapton. Sadly Pino died earlier this week
 Pino Daniele and Eric Clapton. Sadly Pino died earlier this week.

johnkatsmc5, welcome music..





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