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A three-CD anthology that roughly includes half the entire output of Fabrizio de André. While an excellent sampler of all the albums, it cannot be recommended without some reservations, chiefly because it breaks the flow of the original albums. De André was first and foremost an album artist, and in fact many of his masterpieces, such La Buona Novella or Non al Denaro, non all'Amore Nè al Cielo are concept albums. While every track on this compilation is superb, casual listeners are better served with a single-disc compilation — or with any of the original studio or live albums for that matter, since they are all almost uniformly excellent.


Born: 18 February 1940 in Genoa, Italy

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

With the death of Fabrizio De André from cancer on January 11, 1999, Italy lost one of its most modern singer/songwriters. Inspired by the songwriting of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, De André's songs encompassed Genoese folk songs, French protest/social commentary, beatnik "stream of consciousness" poetry, and the soundtracks of Italian film Westerns. A native of the Genoese province of Liguria, De André was born into a wealthy family. His father's criticism of the fascists who controlled Italy caused...
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