The Story-Faced Man

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All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
Vinicio Capossela has long been revered in his native Italy as a visionary and talented performer, a kind Tom Waits-meets-Paolo Conte figure who has also, throughout the trajectory of his now 20-year musical career, brought together elements of Italian film composers and cantautori, Gypsy, Eastern, American, and traditional Mediterranean music, as well as more biblical, literary, and mythical references than the average listener has time to comprehend. It was only in 2010, however, that Capossela released an album in North America, in the form of The Story-Faced Man, a collection of 17 of the artist's best songs, and which serves as his official welcome into the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
Vinicio Capossela has long been revered in his native Italy as a visionary and talented performer, a kind Tom Waits-meets-Paolo Conte figure who has also, throughout the trajectory of his now 20-year musical career, brought together elements of Italian film composers and cantautori, Gypsy, Eastern, American, and traditional Mediterranean music, as well as more biblical, literary, and mythical references than the average listener has time to comprehend. It was only in 2010, however, that Capossela released an album in North America, in the form of The Story-Faced Man, a collection of 17 of the artist's best songs, and which serves as his official welcome into the English-speaking world (even though, with the exception of a couple of phrases, the songs are all in Italian). While an understanding of the language certainly adds an inevitable level of comprehension, it's anything but necessary. Capossela's songs are stories, his songs are journeys, Old World tradition and New World mystique (or, perhaps, Old World mystique and New World tradition), and this comes as much in structure, in the timbre and delivery of his voice, of musical elements and interludes, as it does in the lyrics themselves. It's a performance, it's a spectacle, it's a show, and Capossela happily plays the court jester, the fool juggling alone on the side with his balls and his hat, spouting what sounds like nonsense initially, but what an astute audience realizes to be more honest and real than any of the other proffered truth. This ability to mix farce with profound observation is even more developed in his later work, specifically 2006's Ovunque Proteggi, from which a large part of The Story-Faced Man draws, like in "Brucia Troia" or the powerful "SS. dei Naufragati" ("naufragati" means "shipwrecked"), an exploration of sin and destiny, most of which Capossela delivers in an ominous, menacing whisper, counterbalanced with a lonely cello and the Angels of St. Maurice's Chapel choir. At heart, however, Capossela's a songwriter, and an appreciator of good songs, and so his cover of Adriano Celentano's 1962 hit, "Si è Spento il Sole," previously only available on the best-of collection L'Indispensabile, is a perfect example. Here, Capossela ties together the eternal Italian fascination with the American West with the equally satisfying elements of 1960s Italian pop. It is, to say the least, a successful pairing, representative of the album, and hopefully will help to enamor the English-speaking world to him as much as Europe already is.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/22/2010
  • Label: Wea Spain
  • UPC: 825646834594
  • Catalog Number: 4683459
  • Sales rank: 57,082

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Non Trattare - Zeno DeRossi (6:01)
  2. 2 Il Ballo di San Vito (3:24)
  3. 3 Brucia Troia - 3 Mamoiadas Tenores (4:53)
  4. 4 La Faccia della Terra (5:18)
  5. 5 Lettere Di Soldati (5:43)
  6. 6 Moskavalza (5:19)
  7. 7 Bardamù (4:32)
  8. 8 Polka Di Warsava (0:44)
  9. 9 Marajà (3:27)
  10. 10 Con Una Rosa (5:23)
  11. 11 Non È L'amore Che Va Via (4:06)
  12. 12 Signora Luna (4:14)
  13. 13 Si È Spento Il Sole (2:25)
  14. 14 Che Coss'è L'amor (4:15)
  15. 15 L' Uomo vivo (5:06)
  16. 16 SS. Dei Naufragati (7:37)
  17. 17 Ovunque Proteggi (5:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Vinicio Capossela Primary Artist, Dobro, Guitar, Piano, Rhythm Guitar, Horn, Keyboards, Vocals, cowbell, national steel guitar, Indian Harmonium, Piano (Grand)
Marc Ribot Banjo, Dobro, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Piero Odorici Saxophone
Antonello Salis Accordion
Joey Burns Double Bass, Classical Guitar
Ares Tavolazzi Double Bass
John Convertino Drums
Roy Paci Conductor, Drums, Brass
Gabriel Tenorio Slide Guitar
Gak Sato Rattle
Marco Tamburini Trumpet
Achille Succi Bass Clarinet, Clarions
Jacob Hernández Claves
Tommaso Vittorini Conductor
Marco Brioschi Trumpet
Mirco Mariani Cymbals, Drums
Zeno DeRossi Cymbals, Drums
Luciano Titi Accordion, Glockenspiel, Player Piano
Jacob Valenzuela Trumpet
Martin Wenk Trumpet
Giancarlo Bianchetti Guitar, Electric Guitar
Fabrice Martinez Violin, Soloist
Glauco Zuppiroli Bass, Double Bass
Mario Brunello Cello
Alfio Antico Rattles
Giorgio Cavalli Guitar
Vincenzo Vasi Bass, Theremin
Alessandro "Asso" Stefana Banjo, Dobro, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Machine
Enrico Lazzarini Drums, Double Bass
Anna Garano Dobro
Angels of St. Maurice's Chapel Choir, Chorus
Giuseppe Fornaroli Guitar
Giulio Rosa Tuba, Brass
Giovanni Barone Conductor
Giorgio Giovannini Trombone
Gigi De Gasperi Trombone, Brass
Gaetano Santoro Baritone Saxophone
Elia Galante shofar
Massimo Marcer Trumpet
Lucio Caliendo Drums
Luciano Macchia Trombone
Stefano Nanni Conductor, Harmonium
Roberto Rossi Trombone
Technical Credits
Evan Lurie Arranger
Mauro Pagani Producer
Roy Paci Arranger
Gak Sato Arranger, Producer
Giovanni Versari Mastering
Antonio Marangolo Arranger
Tommaso Vittorini Orchestration, String Score
Traditional Composer
Vinicio Capossela Composer, Lyricist, Producer
Pasquale Minieri Producer
Enrico Gabrielli Score
Alessandro Stefana Producer
L. Beretta Composer
Jd Foster Producer
Adricel Composer
Renzo Fantini Producer
David Hutcheon Liner Notes
Luca Bernini Executive Producer
Stefano Nanni Score
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