201002 Weather Underground
Produced by Paolo Baltaro
Released on 2010
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K ronomyth 6.0: SADO ACTIVISM. There was a time, in a storybook world called The Seventies, when the idea of “explosive rhetoric” was taken at face value. SADO chronicles the exploits of the Weather Underground, a US-based radical organization that staged a series of bombings (harmlessly referred to here as “fireworks”) during the first half of the 70s in opposition to minority oppression, imperialism and all the other ugly sins of American democracy. SADO is itself a radical organization loyal to the aesthetic of such 70s jazz-fusion/avant-rock experimentalists as Henry Cow, Soft Machine, Frank Zappa, etc. The odd wrinkle here (as if another is needed) is that SADO is an Italian outfit, and so the original work is rendered in Italian and repeated on a supplemental disc in English. Someone might have saved them the trouble, since Americans as a general rule are very happy in their plank-eyed ignorance, and the real barrier here is presentation not translation (i.e., the vocals are so standoffishly strange that hearing them in your native tongue still sounds alien). Broken into a series of announcements that present a timeline of the WUO’s demonstrations in reverse chronological order, Weather Underground (the album) reads like a laundry list of revolt rather than an historical play (which would have been more interesting). Still, the work’s musical achievements more than make up for the plotholes. Delving into mini tempests of Soft Machine-like fury, often rendered with the creative microburst imagination of Frank Zappa/Mike Keneally, SADO presents some stunning ideas on this album. The faux Latin oddness of “Goodbye Megabyte,” the funky jazz of “Green Tea at 5 A.M.” and an inspired reworking of “Adestes Fideles” would seem to have nothing in common; it’s the experimental excellence of the musicians that runs through them like a bleeding, panama red thread and ties them all together. If you can imagine Burnt Weeny Sandwich cut into smaller bites and narrated by the Central Scrutinizer’s Italian counterpart, you’ll have some inkling into what Weather Underground holds. This is revolutionary music (they call it deconstructed metajazz) in just about every sense. Vive la rivoluzione!

201002 picture sleeve
201002 picture sleeve

TRACK LISTING

    CD 1: Italian Version - CD 2: English Version
  1. INTRO (THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER)
  2. WET WEATHER
  3. KONINGSPLEIN A'DAM 1017 BB
  4. SCORRIMEEENTOH
  5. FOOD &AGRAVE LA BLUE
  6. POO POO'S UGLY SISTER
  7. SPRAY GUN (THEME)
  8. TREMOLINO E MORDICCHIO VANNO AL BAGNO
  9. GOODBYE MEGABYTE
  10. ADESTE FIDELES    (Sir John Francis Wade)
  11. GIMME THREE BOMBS AND A HALF (THEME)
  12. CAVALCIONI WALTZ
  13. PELLICOLE ROMBOJDALI (LIVE)
  14. UN INCONTRO IN FARMACIA    (viola part inspired by Ettore Pozzoli)
  15. PLEXIGLAS CUBES
  16. THE WAR GOES ON (PART 1 & 2)
  17. MARY QUAINT REGINA DI STOFFA (FUCKING POTATOES)
  18. FOR FUNNY (THEME)
  19. CHAOS IN HARWARD
  20. GREEN TEA AT 5 A.M.
  21. CUBAN'S CAPITALIST BLUES
  22. BAD COPS OVER POPPELLA (THEME)
  23. BRANO MATURO SERIO E RESPONSABILE
  24. VIOLENT SOCIETY
  25. WEATHERMEN'S FIRST WORD (DRINK TO THEM)

    Composed by S.A.D.O. unless noted. Lyrics by Franz Krauspenhaar. Words by Guido Michelone.

CREDITS

PAOLO BALTARO -- bass, upright piano, Rhodes, synthesizer, noise generators, tambourine, engineer, mixing, editing
ANDREA BECCARO -- drums and percussion
ENRICO BRICCO -- guitar, noises
G. BATTISTA FRANCO -- serious announcer
SANDRO MARINORI -- tenor sax, flute, trombone, editing
GUIDO MICHELONE -- storyteller (cd1)
BORIS SAVOLDELLI -- singer
STEVN THOMAS -- storyteller (cd2)
Enrico Caruso -- piano (3)
Filippo -- barking (23)
Franz Krauspenhaar -- lyrics
Barbara Rubin -- viola, choirs

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UK 2010 Banksville 2CD 201002  

 

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