Le Avventure Di Lucio 2


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Review Text One of Italy's most beloved composers, in the height of his career (those years from the late-'60s to 1981 spent with songwriting partner Mogol) the reclusive Lucio Battisti released hundreds of songs and about a dozen albums. The three-disc Le Avventure di Lucio Battisti e Mogol, Vol. 2 captures many of the highlights from this period. Every album, with the exception of 1977's Images, which was just English versions of some of the duo's work, is included, though the compilation tends to shy away from the bigger hits and singles and present the lesser-known pieces instead (neither title track, for example, from Il Nostro Caro Angelo or Il Mio Canto Libero is seen here, though "La Canzone della Terra" and "Luci Ah" do make the cut). The discs move along chronologically for the most part; it's only the beginning of the first one, which opens up with two cuts from 1972's Il Mio Canto Libero, then moves into "Il Vento" from 1969's Lucio Battisti, then goes to "La Folle Corsa," an unreleased single from 1971, before finally settling back down with "La Mia Canzone Per Maria" (again from Lucio Battisti) and getting on its way, that's a little perplexing. The change in Battisti's sound as he moves through the '70s into 1980, where things end (Una Giornata Uggiosa was the last record he did with Mogol) is made very obvious, with synths beginning to take the place of acoustic guitars, but his arrangements, both simple and complex, the emotion in his voice, along with the delicate endearing quirkiness of Mogol's words is consistent throughout. Le Avventure...Vol. 2 may be missing many of Battisti's most famous songs, but it's still a great introduction to him, as well as a nice addition to a fan looking to augment his collection, a thorough overview of one of the most important collaborations in Italian music history. ~ Marisa Brown

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