VENENO ITALIANO E UMA BOA RARIDADE PARA OS ENVENENADOS!! BANDA ORIGINÁRIA DE FLORENCIA E FORMADA EM 1964 COMO UMA BANDA BEAT, PERÍODO EM QUE GRAVARAM ALGUNS EPs!! DEPOIS DE VÁRIAS MUDANÇAS NA FORMAÇÃO, EM 1970 O SOM DOS CARAS COMEÇA A MUDAR UM POUCO!! O BEAT E O RYTHM BLUES SAEM DE CENA E COMEÇA OS COVER DE BANDAS COMO SPIRIT, BLACK SABBATH, DEEP PURPLE E OUTROS DESSA LINHA!! MAS NOS SHOWS DA BANDA ENTRA O EXPERIMENTALISMO MUSICAL INSPIRADOS EM BANDA COMO KING CRINSON E COLOSSEUM!! A PARTIR DAÍ COMEÇA O PERÍODO PROGRESSIVO QUE É O TEMA PRINCIPAL DESSE ALBUM QUE É UMA SUÍTE COMPOSTA NOS ANOS DE 1970-71 E GRAVADO EM 1972!! USAVAM O BÁSICO PARA UM CONJUNTO DE ROCK: GUITARRA ELÉTRICA, BAIXO, BATERIA E ORGAN HAMMOND!! UM BOM E RARO VENENO PROGRESSIVO ITALIANO!! TUTTI BUONA GENTE!!
SPETTRI was a five-piece band from Florence, formed by brothers Ugo and Raffaele Ponticiello in 1964. They had a fairly long career and released several singles during the height of the Italian beat era although their sound gradually evolved and by the turn of the decade they had turned to performing covers of songs by contemporary heavy rock groups from the UK and USA. The band also underwent a number of personnel changes during the intervening years and among the musicians who came and went was drummer Mauro Sarti of CAMPO DI MARTE fame. The youngest member of the Ponticiello clan, Vincenzo, joined in 1971 thus making the venture a real family affair.
Between 1970-71 the band had also written enough original material for a full-length album that was later recorded in a single session on 13 October 1972, with a sound that is rather primitive and badly produced. However, the album never saw the light of day until 2011 when Black Widow Records released a re-mastered version of the self-titled work almost on the eve of its 40th anniversary. It's a concept album that portrays one man's search for his inner self by means of a séance, although it's also an allegory on the selfishness and hypocrisy of modern society and the erosion of humanity. The protagonist's journey to the abyss is aptly accompanied by a dark atmosphere of heavy guitar riffs and Hammond organ that together sounds like a collision of BLACK SABBATH and DEEP PURPLE.
SPETTRI had a good live activity but eventually disbanded in 1975; according to the album's liner notes the various band members followed different musical paths due to ''growing public indifference to refined music'' around that time. Describing SPETTRI as ''refined'' might strain the listener's credulity somewhat as the main appeal of this band seems to be characterised by its very defects, its rawness and its sheer exuberance.
- Ugo Ponticiello: vocals
- Rafaelle Ponticiello: electric and acoustic guitars
- Vincenzo Ponticiello: bass
- Stefano Melani: Hammond organ
- Giorgio Di Ruvo: drums
1. Introduzione (0:55)
2. Prima Parte: Stare Solo (5:32)
3. Seconda Parte: Medium (9:55)
4. Terza Parte: Essere (12:03)
5. Quarta Parte: Incubo (11:00)