ALICE (Carla Bissi) - Mezzogiorno Sulle Alpi (1992)
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Source format: CD
Number of tracks: 11.
"Mezzogiorno Sulle Alpi is the twelfth studio album by Italian singer-songwriter Alice, released in 1992 on EMI Music.
Three years after the commercial success of Il Sole Nella Pioggia Alice returned to the music scene with her most mature and complex work to date, exploring genres like experimental and avant-garde rock. Mezzogiorno Sulle Alpi displayed Bissi's effort to steer away from being a commercially oriented Mediterranean pop act to a much more ambitious performer and marked an increasing expansion into electronics, expressed in colourful synth sounds, occasional drum loops and subdued ambient passages as well as highlighting influences from contemporary jazz.and European and Asian folk music. Mezzogiorno Sulle Alpi, which translates as "Noon in the Alps", also featured further collaborations with prominent British musicians such as keyboardist Richard Barbieri (former member of Japan and Rain Tree Crow, Barbieri also co-wrote two of the tracks), drummer Gavin Harrison (King Crimson, Porcupine Tree), bassist Danny Thompson (David Sylvian, Kate Bush, Tim Buckley), guitarist Dave Gregory (XTC, Peter Gabriel, Porcupine Tree), guitarist and keyboardist Jakko Jakszyk (Level 42, Tom Robinson, King Crimson), bassist Martin Elliott (Jesus and Mary Chain, Michael Nyman, Franco Battiato) as well as influential Italian jazz trumpeter Paolo Fresu.
The album's opening track and lead single, "In viaggio sul tuo viso", includes an excerpt from the Hungarian folk melody "Istenem Istenem". The English language track "Blue Melody" is a cover of a song by American singer-songwriter Tim Buckley, originally included on his 1969 album Blue Afternoon. The song "Tim" is dedicated to the late Tim Kramer, a noted sound engineer with whom Alice had collaborated on the albums Mélodie passagère and Il Sole Nella Pioggia. The album also saw Bissi interpreting more complex lyrics, such as on the track "La recessione" ("The Recession"), originally a poem by controversial Italian cinematographer, intellectual and writer Pier Paolo Pasolini, taken from one of his early works, La meglio gioventù (1954), set to music by Alice's longtime co-writer Mino Di Martino. "Luce della sera" ("The Lights of the Night") in turn opens with a haiku by Japanese novelist Natsume S?seki.
Mezzogiorno Sulle Alpi came to be Alice's final studio album for EMI Music. Despite its moderate commercial success the Italian subsidiary of the EMI label chose not to record the artist's next project, Art Et Décoration with the Arturo Toscanini Symphony Orchestra, and instead released a best of compilation of 1980s hits entitled Il Vento Caldo Dell'Estate, including an unapproved disco remix of the 1982 duet "Chan-son Egocentrique" with Franco Battiato, which omitted all lines sung by the composer himself. This subsequently resulted in both artists leaving the EMI label after a fifteen year long collaboration.
Alice recorded new interpretations of both "Madre notte" and the Hungarian traditional "Istenem Istenem" for her 1999 album God Is My DJ."
Mezzogiorno Sulle Alpi (1992)
01. In Viaggio Sul Tuo Viso
02. Passano Gli Anni
03. Blue Melody
04. Neve D'Aprile
05. Rain Town
06. Il Colore Della Lontananza
08. Lungo Ritorno A Casa
09. La Recessione
10. Madre Notte
11. Luce Della Sera