by Blue Phantom

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Diodo 03:54
Microchaos 02:46
Compression 02:52
Equoibrium 03:58
Dipnoi 02:52
Distillation 03:46
Violence 03:05
Equivalence 02:36
Uncle Jim 02:43


Blue Phantom's "Distortions" is mostly considered the best instrumental psych record coming out of Italy. Entirely instrumental, it was released in Italy in 1971, along with a single, and later released in other European countries, among which England, this time with a complete different artwork.

Both album and single appeared in Italy on Vedette subsidiary Spider label, and were composed (under his nickname Tical) and played by Armando Sciascia. Following successful tours of Europe with his orchestra and an impressive series of recordings with Fonit Cetra, then Italy’s `preeminent record company, in the 1960s Armando Sciascia formed Vedette Records, his own independent record group based in Milan, which grew into an important classical, pop, jazz and ethnic repertory on various labels which were soon distributed world-wide.

Vedette’s recording studios also served as experimental music labs not only for electronic music, but where some of Italy’s finest jazz and studio musicians often gathered for impromptu sessions or live recordings, In fact, it was from one of these spontaneous musical conversations that Blue Phantom emerged as one of the first successful so-called “heavy rock psychedelic” recordings in Italy with both songs and arrangements by Sciascia. With today’s plethora of electronic gadgets, distortion of sound is by now common practice, but in the ‘60s, especially when one considers that Moog was still an experiment, and digital still a long way off, Blue Phantom's sound was not only revolutionary, it was almost anathema! The titles of this collection, however, clearly indicate the group knew what they were saying, and correctly guessed there were lots fans out there who understood and loved what they heard! So there you have it!


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"Distortions" è per lo più considerato il miglior record psych strumentale uscito in Italia. Interamente strumentale, l'album fu pubblicato in Italia nel 1971, insieme a un singolo, e successivamente in altri paesi europei, tra i quali l’Inghilterra, questa volta con un artwork completamente diverso.

Sia l’album che il singolo sono apparsi solo in Italia su etichetta sussidiaria Vedette Spider, e sono stati composti (sotto il suo soprannome Tical) e suonati da Armando Sciascia. In seguito a tournée di successo in Europa con la sua orchestra e una serie impressionante di registrazioni con la Fonit Cetra in Italia, nel 1960 Armando Sciascia fonda la Vedette Records, il suo gruppo discografico indipendente con sede a Milano, che in seguito crebbe nell’area di musica classica, pop, jazz ed etnico per varie etichette, e che fu presto distribuito in tutto il mondo.

I Blue Phantom emersero come uno dei primi successi della Vedette, il cosiddetto ‘heavy rock psichedelico’. Quello che oggi si considera pratica comune nel prog, alla fine degli anni sessanta era ancora un azzardo, soprattutto se si considera che il moog era ancora un esperimento, e il digitale ancora lontano; il suono Blue Phantom era non solo rivoluzionario, era quasi un anatema! I titoli di questo LP, in ogni caso, indicano chiaramente le intenzioni di un gruppo conscio di cosa stesse facendo, e compresero che ci sarebbero state molte persone che avrebbero compreso e amato queste sonorità! Eccole qui, dunque!



released January 1, 1971


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