The Story-Faced Man

The Story-Faced Man

by Vinicio Capossela


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The Story-Faced Man

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/22/2010
Label: Wea Spain
UPC: 0825646834594
catalogNumber: 4683459

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
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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