Published Nov 20, 2019Earlier this year, Sonor Music Editions teased an incoming reissue of Alessandro Alessandroni's holy grail Open Air Parade, promising the elusive Italian library album would once again be hitting turntables soon. Now the label has pulled back the curtain on that highly anticipated release, plus announced a reissue by frequent Alessandroni collaborator Giuliano Sorgini.
For the unfamiliar, Open Air Parade was made by late Italian maestro Alessandroni and Giovanni Tommaso, with the pair originally releasing the album in 1972 via the legendary SR Records imprint. Like most SR albums, though, Open Air Parade is one seriously rare piece of wax, with originals being almost nowhere to be found in 2019.
Ranking up there with beloved Alessandroni works such as the recently reissued Spontaneous and Ritmo Dell'Industria, Open Air Parade finds the "Wizard of Sound" at the top of his game. Sonor explains the upcoming reissue like this:
A long-awaited masterpiece and sought-after gem by record collectors all over the world originally released in 1972 on the mythical SR Records with two tracks by the great bassist Giovanni Tommaso who surely played in this session. A dreamy album with the top-notch, strung-out psychedelic funk sounds ever recorded in Italy during the early '70s, laden beat and groovy music with lush arrangements and insane vocal themes by Alessandro Alessandroni's Cantori Moderni chorus. Italian Library monster that blows your mind away, don't sleep!
For a taste of what's in store, you can listen to a sampler of Open Air Parade below.
The Open Air Parade reissue arrives on November 28 and will be limited to 500 vinyl copies. Pre-orders are now live.
As for the Giuliano Sorgini reissue, Sonor will be giving his Un Urlo Dalle Tenebre its first-ever vinyl release.
The release captures Sorgini's soundtrack to the occult 1975 film directed by Elio Pannacciò. The reissue comes as a co-production with Digitmovies, the label that previously treated the OST to a CD release in 2016.
Un Urlo Dalle Tenebre is described as "a very obscure and macabre score about exorcism and the struggle between good and evil written by the cult composer that provides insane, spectral horror music with a hallucinatory mix of demoniac atmospheres, dark beats and refrains, abstract and fearful themes with distinct Edda Dell'Orso's scary vocals. A totally trippy session breaked up by huge driving grooves that unleashes the demons force."
Un Urlo Dalle Tenebre has been remastered from the original master tapes and will arrive on November 28 as a limited-edition of 300 copies. It also features newly imagined — and rather awesome — artwork by Italian font master Luca Barcellona. You can hear a sampler of the release below as well.
Pre-order Un Urlo Dalle Tenebre here.