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Lucia Rango

Lucia Rango canta Piero Ciampi (Deluxe Edition LP, teal green vinyl)

Repressed by popular demand on coloured vinyl. The discovery of a previously unreleased recording of “Non chiedermi più” – the only duet ever recorded by Piero Ciampi – through the work of Journalist Lucilla Chiodi, has given way to the reissue of this expanded and fully remastered version of the album “Lucia Rango Show”. Recorded by the singer in 1967 with the full involvement and supervision of Ciampi himself in the recording studio, the album was arranged and conducted by Maestro Elvio Monti, and also features the valuable participation of Alessandro Alessandroni's I Cantori Moderni. Forgotten by most and having become over time a sought-after collector's item for all fans of Ciampi's output and Italian music in general, the album contains a selection of tunes belonging to the early years of the Leghorn singer-songwriter's career, and as many as six songs – very precious – written by Ciampi specifically for Lucia Rango, who consigns to history their only interpretation ever recorded.

Tip! ** 300 copies, deluxe edition with obi strip, 8-page booklet, poster and download code ** Missed opportunities, never-released albums, wrong or hasty decisions... The world of music – like many others – is full of fascinating stories and “what ifs”, to use comic-book jargon. The story of Lucia Rango, an Apulian singer who was active for a short period during the Sixties, rightfully belongs to that category and meets all requirements for becoming a legend. In 1967, when she was almost unknown, she recorded "Lucia Rango Show" an entire album made of songs taken from the repertoire of her friend Piero Ciampi, who worked closely with her on their selection and arrangements.

Being one of the most maudit and personal authors of national songwriting, Ciampi had always been a perfect outsider: blunt, shy, extremely talented, and unable to adapt to the rules of the music business. But above all, the Leghorn-born singer was a superb songwriter. The match between his songs and Rango's classical voice and ethereal beauty looked like a very promising one, but never brought any success.

Arranged and orchestrated by Maestro Elvio Monti, and embellished by the participation of Alessandro Alessandroni's I Cantori Moderni, the record is a perfect child of the Sixties, featuring beat tunes and “yè-yès”, Italian canzone, intense ballads, Brigitte Fontaine-like atmospheres and the rediscovered duet of Lucia with her friend Piero, "Non chiedermi più", whose recording was known among insiders at the time but sadly appeared to be lost forever.

Ciampi's voice lives again in a song that has remained unreleased for more than 50 years within this new expanded version of "Lucia Rango Show", thanks to the long research of journalist Lucilla Chiodi (Musica Jazz). Needless to say, the album is an enormously valuable historical document for all fans of Ciampi's output and Italian music in general: along with classics such as "Fino all'ultimo minuto", "Quando il giorno tornerà" and "Hai lasciato a casa il tuo sorriso" – all originally included in Ciampi's first LP released under the alias Piero Litaliano in 1963 – Lucia Rango's voice consigns to history as many as six songs conceived and written specifically for her recording debut by Ciampi along with Elvio Monti. To date, Rango's invaluable interpretations are the only versions ever recorded of "Samba per un amore", "Il tuo volto", "Stasera resta qui", "Primavera a Roma", "Ti ho sognato" and "Sono stanca".

"Lucia Rango canta Piero Ciampi" is released in a deluxe edition of 300 copies on teal green vinyl, completely remastered from the original analog tape masters, and printed in Germany with DMM (Direct Metal Mastering) technology.

The album includes:

- exclusive obi strip with liner notes and original unpublished pictures
- LP-sized 8-page booklet in Italian / English with brand new liner notes, original unpublished pictures and an exclusive interview with Lucia Rango
- new poster on Usomano premium quality paper
- download code

Anni Luce is a new Italian label producing editions aimed at recovering unreleased or forgotten recordings from the golden age of music produced in Italy, putting the utmost care on the visual and informative aspect of its releases, and with a special attention to presentation and quality of the materials.

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