Cercando l'oro is an album of the Italian singer-songwriter Angelo Branduardi. It was released in 1983 by Polydor; in the same year a French version was also released, entitled Tout l'or du monde.As usual for Branduardi, the lyrics were written in collaboration with his wife, Luisa Zappa, while the French lyrics were by Etienne Roda-Gil. The song "Piano piano" is an Italian version of the popular English song "Barbara Allen".
Italian folk-pop icon Angelo Branduardi was born February 12, 1950 in the Milanese countryside in a small town called Cuggioni. Branduardi experimented with a few instruments before settling on guitar, playing piano at age six, and violin as a soloist at the Conservatory Niccolo Paganini…
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection.
Appearing Alan Stivell
As I have written in my review of "81" I have missed Branduardi in the 80s, but the label has reprinted the whole collection in a nice price series so at least in Italy you can find all his 70s and 80s production at 5euro each.
"Le Livre" (The Book) has a strong medieval flavor as many of Angelo's songs. The chorus says "Turn the page and tell me what you see". It's a sort of madrigal. The book is a book of fairytales and the one who turns the page is a child.
Classical music meets mediterrenean meets pop, and a beautiful masterful journey into the world of ethnic popular music…
English versions of Branduardi's albums were written by Peter Sinfield, also lyricist for King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer.