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De André In Concerto

Fabrizio de André

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Album Review

Fabrizio De André did not record very often after the early '80s, so every new album and tour was a major event. This live album and video documents the tour for Anime Salve, the last album De André would release, and it appeared a few months after the songwriter's untimely death to lung cancer. But for the dubious commercial opportunism of its timing, this record is unimpeachable. A notorious perfectionist, De André would only work with the best, and once again his supporting band is outstanding, both on the early classics and the more ambitious world music-oriented new compositions. Highlights include an extended segment of his concept album masterpiece La Buona Novella, and a beautiful duet with the singer's daughter Luvi on the traditional "Geordie." A second volume taken from the same concert appeared on 2001.

Biography

Born: February 18, 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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