måndag 19 april 2010
No.14 x 2010 / Alberto Radius Special No.1
It's Alberto Radius-week at the academy! I think it's about time we cast the spotlight on this italian guitarist and producer and his strange and wonderful career.
No doubt some of us spotters on the bearded side as well as the hardcore italo heads have at some point crossed paths with a record discreetly credited to this man.
Although he has had a hand in a comprehensive output of italian disco singles during the golden years of the early 1980s, no one seems to have picked up on the red thread that is his distinct sound and pointed it out as a mark of quality in the same manner bestowed on the likes of Bobby O or Patrick Cowley. Possibly due to Radius more dominating connection with prog and avantgarde as is evident in the releases under his own name and his inclusion in psych-group Formula 3. But to prove my point, you only need to give a listen to this cut from his second solo album; a heavy chunk of bass & drums funkrock turned into soaring string-driven disco pop, keeping both a slick and proggy appeal that ties the whole track together.