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Tozzi, Umberto - 1981 Notte Rosa

ARTIST: Tozzi, Umberto
ALBUM: Notte Rosa
SERIAL: CGD 20255 (LP), 2292-44843-2 (CD)
YEAR: 1981


LINEUP: Umberto Tozzi - vocals, guitar * Paolo Gianoglio - guitar * Mats Bjorklund - guitar * Les Hurdle - bass * Barry Morgan - drums * Greg Mathieson - piano * Geoff Bastow - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Notte Rosa * 02 Barbara * 03 Please * 04 Amantenova * 05 Per Angela * 06 Super Lady * 07 Roma Nord * 08 Amico Pianoforte * 09 Marea


One of Italy's most renowned vocalists, Umberto Tozzi has sold reputedly 45 million albums around the world, despite not being a household name. Tozzi first appeared in the late 60's a teenager in various bands, but didn't release his first solo album until 1976 and a year later achieved immortality with his single 'Ti amo' a ballad which became one of the biggest hits in Italian music history, no small feat in anybody's book. What Tozzi became most known for though was being the writer of 'Gloria' which he recorded prior to Laura Brannigan's hit version of in 1982. I recall hearing his version years ago but had no idea it was Tozzi, let alone how much of a star he was in his homeland. With the recognition of these hits Tozzi tried to make inroads into the U.S. market and his early 80's albums naturally steered into AOR territory. Of his slew of albums from 1976-84 'Notte Rosa' ('Pink Nights' translated) appears to be the pick of the bunch for early 80's AOR buffs.

The Songs
The seven minute title track sees Tozzi singing in his native tongue, instantly delving into exciting synth drenched melodic rock with riffs and orchestration that often recalls The Alan Parsons Project at their most upbeat. Tozzi gives some impassioned wails during 'Barbara' which sounds like a remake of The Little River Band's 'Help Is On Its Way' to be honest. The first signs of West Coast melody appear on the classy 'Please' which fits well into the plethora of similar albums around 1981. The pulsating synths of 'Amantenova' have a typically Italian feel to them, making this more new wave than AOR, but it works handily thanks to the upbeat pace. 'Per Angela' isn't far off 'Gloria' itself, with vintage keyboard stabs and melodic verses that raise this far above average. There's more Americanized AOR to savor with the heavier 'Super Lady' and I could imagine Toto having a crack at this one in their heyday, that's the kind of material we're dealing with here. The guitars of 'Roma Nord' have a fair amount of punch to them and this one alternates between slower and heavier sections, always in the AOR threshold and similar to early 80's America. The swirling keyboards of 'Amico Pianoforte' give it a lush arrangement, close to mid-seventies Supertramp for a distant reference point. 'Marea' is another quality ballad of sorts, featuring a timely melodic guitar solo and an overall sense of pleasantness that Gino Vanelli fans would find agreeable.

In Summary
Finding this album and Tozzi's body of work has been a nice discovery, with this album the most representative of what most of us here like. Tozzi's 1982 effort 'Eva' had more synth-pop inclinations than 'Notte Rosa' but is also another album to check out, with all Tozzi's 80's repertoire falling into the same category. Surely it's time Tozzi became a household name here at Glory Daze too.

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#1 | gdazegod on December 20 2013 23:54:33
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#2 | gdazegod on December 20 2013 23:55:39
You're right Alun, Tozzi sounds much like the Alan Parsons Project, based on the video/title track above. A good discovery indeed. This is one for Lee B to discover.. hehe..
#3 | aoraor on December 21 2013 22:13:58
It's pleasing to notice that some of our most successful acts of the 80-90 (Pooh, Tozzi) gain your attention in this fantastic website. Actually Umberto Tozzi has always been a fan of the Aor sound a la Toto and never hid this, the truth that he is also a really a great songwriter and always caring for state of the art production in his heyday. Even the previous album (Tozzi), including mega local hits Stella Stai and Dimmi Di No, is worth a review. In the same league, maybe more successful in the years and less Aor, is Vasco Rossi whose works from the mid 80s ( Cosa succede in città, C'è chi dice no, Liberi Liberi) shows signs of Rick Springfield, Robert Tepper, Peter Frampton. He still fills mega stadiums in Italy (San Siro, Olimpico..)
#4 | dangerzone on December 22 2013 00:01:33
Cheers for the heads up on Vasco Rossi, just about to check out his work based on your tip!
#5 | AOR Lee on December 23 2013 05:27:24
Checked this out, and very cool as expected. A classic discovery from Alun, enjoyed this review
#6 | aoraor on December 23 2013 16:11:22
@ Vasco Rossi check also this out :
'Ci Credi ', this could be soft aor similar to Russ Ballard mid 80, very nice keyboards riff

'Brava Giulia 'is a straight Hi tech aor with a big chorus

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#7 | dangerzone on December 23 2013 16:17:03
Expect to see more Tozzi and some Vasco Rossi reviews in the near future. So many great albums by both.
#8 | gerard on January 06 2014 10:25:03
Interesting review! An album I will be checking out! So far I only knew Tozzi from the single 'Gente di mare' and had never even heard of Vasco Rossi before... Am afraid my knowledge of Italian AOR has been pretty much limited to Riccardo Cocciante's album 'Sincerita'... Sad
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