Franco Battiato

Francesco Battiato

Also known as Battiato, Battiato Franco, F. B., F. Battiato, F.Battiato, Francesco Battiato
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Discography of Franco Battiato:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Feed Back 13 Audio 1976-00-00 Bla Bla
2 Fetus 8 Audio 1971 Bla Bla
3 Pollution 7 Audio 1972 Bla Bla
4 Sulle Corde Di Aries 4 Audio 1973 Bla Bla
5 Clic 7 Audio 1974 Bla Bla
6 1972 Fetus / Pollution 9 Audio 1979 Orizzonte
7 1974 Sulle Corde Di Aries / Clic 7 Audio 1979 Ricordi
8 M.elle Le "Gladiator" 3 Audio 1981 Ricordi
9 Clic 7 Audio 1998 Ricordi
10 Clic 4 Audio 1974 Island Records
11 I Treni Di Tozeur 2 Audio 1984 EMI
12 M.elle Le "Gladiator" 3 Audio 1993 Artis Records
13 2 Audio 1993 Artis Records
14 Pollution 7 Audio 1991 BMG
15 Sulle Corde Di Aries 4 Audio 2000 BMG
16 Franco Battiato 2 Audio 1998
17 Foetus 8 Audio 1999 Vinyl Magic 2000 Records
18 Juke Box 6 Audio 1998 BMG Ricordi S.p.A.
19 L'Era Del Cinghiale Bianco 7 Audio 1979
20 Fisiognomica 8 Audio 1988
21 Orizzonti Perduti 8 Audio 1984 Pathé Marconi EMI
22 Nomadas 9 Audio 1986 EMI-Odeon, S.A.
23 Introspettiva 18 Audio 2001 EMI Music (Italy)
24 Campi Magnetici 8 Audio 2000 Sony Classical
25 Messa Arcaica 5 Audio 1994 EMI Classics
26 L'Imboscata 10 Audio 1996-12-00 Mercury
27 Patriots 7 Audio 1998 EMI
28 L'Arca Di Noè 7 Audio EMI ITALIANA S.p.A.
29 Dal Cinghiale Al Cammello 25 Audio 2004 EMI
30 Caffé De La Paix 8 Audio 1993 EMI
31 L'Ombrello E La Macchina Da Cucire 9 Audio 1995 EMI Italiana S.p.A.
32 Mondi Lontanissimi 9 Audio 1985 La Voce Del Padrone
33 L'Arca Di Noè 7 Audio 1982 EMI
34 Yo Quiero Verte Danzar 2 Audio 1987
35 Nomadas 3 Audio 1987 EMI
36 Centro Di Gravità 2 Audio 1981 EMI
37 Patriots 7 Audio 1986 EMI
38 Bandiera Bianca 2 Audio 1981 EMI
39 1972 Fetus / Pollution 9 Audio 1990 Ricordi
40 L'Egitto Prima Delle Sabbie 2 Audio 1998 BMG
41 M.elle Le "Gladiator" 3 Audio 1998 BMG
42 Mondi Lontanissimi 9 Audio 1985
43 Genesi 24 Audio 1987 Fonit Cetra
44 Musiche Per Il Film Su Benvenuto Cellini "Una Vita Scellerata" 28 Audio 1990 EMI Italiana S.p.A.
45 Come Un Cammello In Una Grondaia 13 Audio 1991 EMI
46 La Convenzione 10 Audio 2002 D'Autore
47 Patriots 7 Audio EMI
48 Bandiera Bianca 18 Audio 2008 EMI
49 L'imboscata 10 Audio 1996 PolyGram
50 Fleurs3 12 Audio 2007 Sony Music Entertainment (Italy) S.p.a.

An internationally known artist, Franco Battiato has been everything in his long career, from beat singer to avantgarde performer, producer, contemporary music composer.

His beginnings lay in the mid 60's, with many singles released with no particular success, the first two under his real name of Francesco. He had left the native Sicily (he was born in Jonia, near Catania in 1945) moving to Milan around 1965.

In 1970 after his collaboration with Osage Tribe (that he quit before their only album Arrowhead) he had a record deal with Bla Bla, releasing his first solo album in 1972.

"Fetus", housed in a outrageous cover (reproducing a foetus) was definitely a prog album, but a very original one, with a minimalist sound mainly based on the use of a VCS3 synth, unusual lyrics, complex arrangements. Two tracks, "Energia" and "Una Cellula" were also released as single.

Second album "Pollution" followed the same route, but the sound was a bit richer with a larger use of traditional rock instruments. A good concert activity led to Battiato being very popular as an alternative artist and Pollution even reached the Top Ten italian chart.

These two albums are considered their best (and most musically accessible) from prog fans.

With third album, Sulle corde di "Aries", the sound shifted toward a more avantgarde style, but the long "Aria Di Rivoluzione" remains one of his best tracks from the first period.

Fourth album "Clic" was mainly instrumental, with just a single vocal track, "No U Turn", and it also had an english release on the prestigious Island label, though this album contains different versions of tracks originally included in "Sulle Corde Di Aries" and the italian issue of "Clic". His first solo album had also been recorded in an english version, entitled "Foetus", but this was never released at the time and only appeared on CD recently.

With 1975's "M.lle Le Gladiator" we're in full avantgarde music, the album even contains a long church organ solo performance and is a very difficult listen. After the Bla Bla's demise the following releases up to 1978 were all in the same direction, with long instrumental piano or synth performances closer to contemporary music than to progressive.

1979 saw the first radical turn, with the new wave-inspired album "L'Era Del Cinghiale Bianco" that began a fruitful collaboration with violinist Giusto Pio. The album was a big hit and later works followed the same style, with very good arrangements and highly inspired and original lyrics. In the 2000's Battiato is still one of the leading figures in italian music.

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