Published Apr 30, 2020Alessandro Alessandroni's "Butterfly" album is once again set to take flight. Adding to an increasingly long list of recent Alessandroni reissues, Sonor Music Editions has announced it will be bringing the late Italian composer's beloved — and incredibly rare — 1971 effort back to vinyl. What's more, Sonor will be heading back to its very beginnings with a new reissue of its first-ever release, the legendary Italian library album Freedom Power.
Originally release via SR Records in 1971, the untitled Alessandroni library production has become more commonly known as "Farfalla" (or "The Butterfly") over the years. The album originally was pressed in a very limited run of only a few hundred copies, making it one of the most sought-after Alessandroni records. Even the previous reissue by Cometa Edizioni Musicali in 2015 now easily fetches around $200.
As Sonor explains, "This record is a true holy grail and worldwide recognized as some of the finest Library music ever recorded."
Of the contents within, the label goes on to write the following:
The music ranges from jazz to psychedelia and huge easy listening/lounge themes, massive scat vocals by maestro's vocal ensemble I Cantori Moderni to just about everything you can imagine... featuring the most refined lounge music of the field (along with his other grail Prisma Sonoro), groovy psychedelic beat with Alessandroni's infamous guitars and other musical delights.
The reissue will arrive on May 15 in a limited-edition run on 500 copies pressed on 180-gram vinyl.
Also on May 15, Sonor will repress one of the most classic Italian library albums ever, Freedom Power, which the label reissued as its first-ever release back in 2013.
Featuring a cast of Italian players such as Sandro Brugnolini, Gabriele Ducros, Silvano Chimenti, Enrico Pieranunzi, Paolo Casa and Adriano Declich, Freedom Power saw its debut release via Cometa Edizioni Musicali back in 1976. And without question, it stands as one of the funkiest Library productions to ever come out of the Italian scene.
Sonor describes the album like this:
The listener is constantly kept by the incredible music that swings between psychedelic funk, esoteric jazz and cinematic/love themes. Tracks like "Love for Sale," "Privacy," "Metropolis Notte" and "Dopping 2000" are simply timeless, with a stunning sound that perfectly plunges in the universe of great 1970s vibes and golden Italian library/film music of the time.
The Freedom Power album will also be limited to 500 copies on 180-gram wax, "again with improved sound quality remastering from the original master tapes."
You can hear samples of both the Alessandroni reissue and Freedom Power down below.
Pre-order the Alessandroni reissue here and the Freedom Power release here.