Anguish [ang-gwish] noun: excruciating or acute distress, suffering, or pain.
Originally released by Octopus, a label devoted to thematic libraries, “Angoscia” is one of the best works by Alessandro Alessandroni: here the composer native of Lazio shows his unique skills as an author and as an arranger.
Famous for his work in the movies – often with masters such as Piero Umiliani and Ennio Morricone, with whom he collaborated to create some truly immortal soundtracks (especially those written for Sergio Leone) – Alessandroni also developed a parallel career as an author of libraries, freely crossing and touching every music genre. Alone, or together with friends and pupils like Rino De Filippi (aka Gisteri) and Giuliani Sorgini (aka Raskovich), he always managed to push the boundaries of experimentation – but with great taste and personality, never giving up on the majestic orchestrations which are characteristic of his art.
“Angoscia” (released in 1975, when the artist was at his own creative peak) features twelve tracks revolving around the core theme of the album – an oppressive state of mind. Each one portrays a facet of distress (“angoscia”, in Italian): in the beginning it’s anguish, then it becomes dismay, desperation, uncertainty, pride, resignation, frustration, desolation, agony, prostration, obsession and – finally – fear. Thirty minutes of anguish never seemed so enticing and nuanced before...
Edition of 300 copies, first-ever reissue on vinyl, remastered sound.