Equipe 84: Stereoequipe (1968, Italian Beat)

Probably the most famous italian beat group from the 60's, and with a long career starting with a debut single in 1964, Equipe 84 lasted until mid 70's and also had a (slightly) prog influenced period.

This four piece from Modena was for the italian teenagers the local answer to the Beatles, and they had a long series of hit singles between 1966 and 1969 with such classics as Io ho in mente te, Auschwitz, Bang bang, 29 settembre (that also had an english sung release in USA and UK), Un angelo blu, Tutta mia la città.

The band had its first crisis in 1970 with original member Franco Ceccarelli leaving the group and drummer Alfio Cantarella arrested for drug possession, being replaced for a short time and a single by ex-Rokes drummer Mike Shepstone; later, with the help of another guest drummer, Franz Di Cioccio (from I Quelli, then Premiata Forneria Marconi), they released what is usually considered their most progressive album, Id.

This, their fourth album, was less song-based than their previous works, and contained ten tracks with dynamic arrangements and some orchestral passages. Not a real prog album, this has some good tracks like Il re dei re and the long Un brutto sogno, but for many italian listeners the characteristic voice of Maurizio Vandelli is too tied to their beat period for this to be convincently considered a prog album.



Pablo "Pochola" Cazorla said...

Pw: mza-garage

(thankx to all for the 210.000 visits!)

aldo said...

This is a great album, one of those I play on a regular basis...I suppose as an Italian I do kind of... hear it differently.
My personal fave is "Tutto é solo colore" very psychedelic lyrics too...
I almost posted this too since its birthday was coming...glad to see it here!
This was the first STEREO LP in Italy! Released 40 years ago, in Sept 1968.

Pablo "Pochola" Cazorla said...

great to hear news from you man!!
thanks and take care friend.

Monodelica said...
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Monodelica said...

Great album, thanks!

Danilo said...

What a fantastic album! My heart went boom when I seen it in this wonderful blog. Congratulations! Danilo from Italy.

Anonymous said...

Thanks! Interesting one.

El taller de Curra said...

I'm looking for a song of equipe 84

The words are more or less..

Certa gente tu lo sai, non mi va piú, quella che non ride mai....

Anyone knows this song????