- World Of Music - Svastara - 2008
D E L I R I U M
P o r t r a i t
P o r t r a i t
Formed at the end of the seventies under the name of "Sagittari" (Pino
Di Santo, Ettore Vigo, Mimmo Di Martino, Marcello Reale) later jioned by Ivano
Fossati in 1970. In 1971 the band presents their first album "Dolce acqua" which
offers an atmosphere based on a soft acoustic sound mixed with soft rock and
a touch of jazz, enriched by Fossati's flute creating a sort of latin version
of the more famous Jethro Tull.
The popularity of the band took a giant step in 1972 by appearing at the Sanremo
song festival with the song "Jesahel", soon becoming a number 1 seller
with over a million copies sold. Despite Fossati leaving the band (for military
service) and being replaced by english flute and sax player Martin Grice, Delirium
record their second album, "Lo Scemo e il Villaggio", reaching a
new level of full artistic maturity with a splendid album of progessive rock
In 1974 it's the turn of Delirium 3, "Viaggio negli Arcipelaghi del Tempo",
the most progressive of their works, enriched by a full string section and
for the first time Di Martino uses the electric guitar. This album is generally
considered amongst the top works in italian prog. In 1975 the group disbands.
After years of silence and thanks to drummer Di Santo's insistence, in 2003
the band reforms with Vigo, Grice and two new members - Fabio Chighini bass
and guitarist - vocalist Roberto Solinas. Delirium are back in splendid form
with their first ever live . "Vibrazioni Notturne", recorded at the
end of summer 2006 in which they present a mixture of old classics revitalised,
new material and a couple of perfect covers for a live show, Jethro Tull and
a splendid version of "With a Little Help from my Friends".
Also in preparation is a new album, "Delirium 4",
containing new material which hopefully will be ready by mid 2007, both these
albums are presented
by the independant label "Black Widow".
Delirium (currently) features:
Martin Grice (flute, sax, voice);
Ettore Vigo (keyboards);
Pino Di Santo (drums, voice);
Fabio Chighini (bass, voice);
Roberto Solinas (guitars, voice).