Mention De De Lind to most aficionados of Italian progressive rock and, chances are, they will come right back at you with the band's best known claim to fame -- one of the longest LP titles ever accepted by a major label (Mercury) -- Io Non So da Dove Vengo e Son So Dove Mai Andrio, Uomo è il Nome Che Mi Han Dato. Even more impressively, most of those aficionados will then inform you that it is one of the genre's finest ever releases, and send you out in search of it, on either its original vinyl or via the 1990 Mercury CD reissue.
De De Lind formed in 1969, with a lineup of Vito Paradiso (vocals, acoustic guitar), Gilberto Trama (flute, sax, keyboards), Matteo Vitolli (guitar), Eddy Lorigiola (bass), and Ricky Rebajoli (drums). Signing to the Windsor label, they released the single "Anche se Sei Qui"/"Come si Fa?" that same year, before being scooped up by Mercury. Two singles followed over the next two years, "Mille Anni"/"Ti Devo Lasciare" in 1970, and "Signore Dove Vai"/"Torneremo Ancora" the following year. Io Non So da Dove Vengo e Son So Dove Mai Andrio, Uomo è il Nome Che Mi Han Dato was released in 1972, and proved to be the band's last stand. By the end of the year, De De Lind had vanished, with only vocalist Paradiso ever resurfacing, for a short-lived solo career during the late '80s. ~ Dave Thompson