Saturday, 7 December 2013

if you liked "Budgie" and "Bakerloo", you will like this album: Electric Frankenstein - What Me Worry (Italian Hardrock 1976)


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Paolo Tofani, guitarist extraordinaire from Florence and a member of Area , also released some records for Cramps as Electric Frankenstein and under his real name.

He started his professional career in the early 60's with Samurai, also playing abroad with them, then he joined I Califfi, leaving them probably around the end of 1970 to move to London, where he played as a solo artist and recorded some tracks in his home studio. He was then offered to join Area and relocated to Italy in 1973.

The chance to release a solo album came in 1975, when Cramps offered him to issue an LP with his London 1971 recordings under the name Electric Frankenstein. The LP, a guitar extravaganza with long spacey guitar solos by Tofani and all the instruments played by himself, the album will appeal to acid-psych lovers rather than prog fans. Mostly instrumental with vocal parts in English, the album contained some reworkings of his previous works with I Califfi and also had two tracks released as a single.

Tofani also released another solo album in 1977, Indicazioni, a more experimental work based on guitar with large use of electronics, before entering a Hare Krishna community. With another Krishna devotee Claudio Rocchi, he has released an album in 1980, Un gusto superiore, on the Iskcon label.

The Complete Florence/London sessions 1966/73 CD, issued in 2007, contains rare and unreleased recordings by Tofani, starting with some 1966 songs (issued by the Net label under the nickname Danny), and including then his later home-studio tapes from Florence and London.

"Hiding under the name of Electric Frankenstein was Paolo Tofani, guitarist extraordinaire with Area and 60's groups Noi Tre and Califfi before them. 
With this name he released a solo album in 1975, on Cramps label, that's more a guitar extravaganza than a serious album.

With long spacey guitar solos by Tofani and all the instruments played by himself, the album will appeal to acid-psych lovers rather than prog fans. Mostly instrumental with vocal parts in English, the album contained some reworkings of his previous works with I Califfi and also had two tracks released as a single.

01. Waiting  4:28
02. Feeling  7:07
03. Moon Walk  2:58
04. Why Don't You Understand  3:24
05. The Land Of The Magic Wizard  2:52
06. Get Together  5:17
07. Somebody Help Me  7:18
08. Music Man  4:50
09. If She's Still Mine  3:35

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Italian Single 1973
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9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Fantastico lo tenia pero hacia mucho tiempo que no lo escuchaba.Muy bueno.

The Demon said...

I Will Have To Check This One Out Thanx !!!

adamus67 said...

Paolo Tofani the guitar player of Area used some of his spare time to record some completely different music in 1975. In fact, much of the material was composed several years earlier and some of it was recorded in Italian by I Califfi, a group of which Tofani had been a member (prior to their album sessions). Not only do the songs have been composed in 1972 (and perhaps the beginning of 73) but have also been recorded in that period. Other tracks were recorded by The Crystals, who he produced some sessions for in 1973 (but Cramps, the record label, didn't release the album!). Tofani in very young age , he moved from Florence to London where he not only learned the art of " finger picking " by Chet Atkins, but knows Steve Winwood of Traffic , who invited him to collaborate on some of his project and attended the Electronic Music Studios by Peter Zinovieff ( who built synthesizers for Pink Floyd ) , recording a first 45 ( " The Land Of The Magic Wizard / Moon Walk "). The two tracks on the single (which should be released in late 1973, shortly after Arbeit which was released September 15 , and not in 1975 as reported by many ) , and were taken as they were printed by the Cramps. Tofani reworked the material completely on his own, resulting in this tongue-in-cheek, berserk fuzz guitar album! All the lyrics were sung in English. Some influences might have been drawn from Jimmy Page's strongly folk- and blues-flavoured Led Zeppelin tracks, but this detracts little from the musical value. This album is really fun with electric and acoustic guitars, vocals, tablas and tambourine.

For the album , instead they took the tapes and London November 13, 1975 were transferred to a sixteen tracks to Regson Milan Tofani where we worked . On the 19th of the same month was packed the final stereo master . In December, the transfer was made , and in January of 1976 ( and not 75) was released on LP .

The Crystals, produced by Tofani, and the I Califfi,drew on unreleased (at the time ) suggested to them by the same Tofani obviously. I hope that this information will be useful to someone.

@Chris,thanks for scharing!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for all the great stuff. This link goes to 24 carat black, however.

Daniel said...

"If you liked Budgie and Bakerloo"...yep, that's my case. Thanks Chris.

DoKtor Alphonzo said...

this really is a very good album - another new find thanks to your blog - many thanks for posting

DoKtor Alphonzo said...

@Adamus67
your info is much appreciated

kobilica said...

Yes!interesting album,but with BAKERLOO or BUDGIE in my opinion is not much music on this album...

adamus67 said...

@DoKtor Alphonzo:Thanks for nice words,of greetings!