Il Rovescio Della Medaglia

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Italian prog-rock band, "Il Rovescio della Medaglia" were formed in Rome around the end of 1970 from the ashes of the beat band "I Lombrichi". Enzo Vita (guitar), Stefano Urso (bass guitar) e Gino Campoli (drums), with Gianni Mereu (not the guitarist of "Logan Dwight") as lead singer first, then Sandro Falbo (from "Le Rivelazioni") and soon later Pino Ballarini, who had moved to Rome from Pescara where he played with "Poema".

First LP La Bibbia, released in 1971, was basically a very good hard-rock album with slight prog influences, recorded live in. The second one, Io come io (1972), was in the same style, with ambitious philosophical lyrics inspired from Hegel works.

In 1973 a fifth member was added, keyboard player Franco Di Sabatino, briefly with "Il Paese dei Balocchi". With their sound enriched by the keyboards, Il Rovescio released the third album, Contaminazione, with the help of argentine composer Luis Bacalov, who had already worked with "New Trolls". The album was obviously more in a symphonic direction, and was also released in an English-sung version and issued in many foreign countries, to try to launch the group abroad.

By this time the band was being renowned for their powerful performances, always played at the loudest possible volume and helped by a unique sound system. But... in December 1973 the stealing of their big and expensive PA brought the band close to the end, with Pino Ballarini leaving for Switzerland (briefly replaced by Michele Zarrillo from Semiramis (2)) and the others continuing as an instrumental-only band. The live album Giudizio avrai, privately released by the band in the late 80's, contains a recording from this period, with the band's sound dominated by the keyboards.

Last release is a single from 1975 (there's a mention on its cover of a new album, but this was never released), then the band had various line-up changes up to 1977.
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Albums

PSL 10521 Il Rovescio Della Medaglia - La Bibbia album art Il Rovescio Della Medaglia La Bibbia (Album) RCA Italiana PSL 10521 Italy 1971 Sell This Version
PSL 10545 Il Rovescio Della Medaglia - Io Come Io album art Il Rovescio Della Medaglia Io Come Io (Album) RCA Italiana PSL 10545 Italy 1972 Sell This Version
DPSL 10593 Il Rovescio Della Medaglia - Contaminazione album art Il Rovescio Della Medaglia Contaminazione (Album) RCA, RCA Italiana DPSL 10593 Italy 1973 Sell This Version
RDML 75, R.D.M.L. 75 Il Rovescio Della Medaglia - ... Giudizio Avrai album art Il Rovescio Della Medaglia ... Giudizio Avrai(LP, Album) Not On Label, Not On Label RDML 75, R.D.M.L. 75 Italy 1988 Sell This Version
177120013-4 Il Rovescio Della Medaglia - Il Ritorno album art Il Rovescio Della Medaglia Il Ritorno (Album) DB Records (4) 177120013-4 Italy 1995 Sell This Version
VM CD 069 Il Rovescio Della Medaglia - Vitae album art Il Rovescio Della Medaglia Vitae(CD, Album) VM 2000 VM CD 069 Italy 2000 Sell This Version
88697976982 Il Rovescio Della Medaglia - Microstorie album art Il Rovescio Della Medaglia Microstorie (Album) Sony Music, RCA 88697976982 Italy 2011 Sell This Version
VSPR4110 Il Rovescio Della Medaglia - Official Bootleg Limited Edition Live Recorded At Club Citta' On Apr. 27, 2013 album art Il Rovescio Della Medaglia Official Bootleg Limited Edition Live Recorded At Club Citta' On Apr. 27, 2013 (Album) Vivid Sound VSPR4110 Japan 2013 Sell This Version
88895367541 Il Rovescio Della Medaglia - Tribal Domestic album art Il Rovescio Della Medaglia Tribal Domestic (Album) Cramps Records, Sony Music 88895367541 Italy 2016 Sell This Version
JRR111 Il Rovescio Della Medaglia - Contaminazione 2.0 album art Il Rovescio Della Medaglia Contaminazione 2.0 (Album) Jolly Roger Records (2) JRR111 Italy 2020 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

PM 3730 Il Rovescio Della Medaglia - La Grande Fuga / La Mia Musica album art Il Rovescio Della Medaglia La Grande Fuga / La Mia Musica(7", Promo) RCA Italiana PM 3730 Italy 1973 Sell This Version
JBPM 3736 Il Rovescio Della Medaglia - La Mia Musica / No! Mamma, No! album art Il Rovescio Della Medaglia / Renato Zero Il Rovescio Della Medaglia / Renato Zero - La Mia Musica / No! Mamma, No!(7", Jukebox) RCA JBPM 3736 Italy 1973 Sell This Version
FRS 3001 Il Rovescio Della Medaglia - Let's All Go Back album art Il Rovescio Della Medaglia Let's All Go Back(7") Frog Records (5) FRS 3001 Italy 1975 Sell This Version

Compilations

LPK 21175 Il Rovescio Della Medaglia - Stereosuccessi, Vol. 7 album art Middle Of The Road, The Trip (19), Mal, Il Rovescio Della Medaglia Middle Of The Road, The Trip (19), Mal, Il Rovescio Della Medaglia - Stereosuccessi, Vol. 7(Cass, Comp) RCA LPK 21175 Italy 1971 Sell This Version
LPK 10547 Il Rovescio Della Medaglia - Wanted! album art Tony Mimms, The Trip (19), Il Rovescio Della Medaglia, Quella Vecchia Locanda Tony Mimms, The Trip (19), Il Rovescio Della Medaglia, Quella Vecchia Locanda - Wanted!(Cass, Comp) RCA LPK 10547 Italy 1972 Sell This Version
IGDA 1219 / IGDA 1220 Il Rovescio Della Medaglia - Untitled album art Il Balletto Di Bronzo / Il Rovescio Della Medaglia Il Balletto Di Bronzo / Il Rovescio Della Medaglia - Untitled(LP, Comp) DeAgostini IGDA 1219 / IGDA 1220 Italy 1990 Sell This Version
74321-13530-2 Il Rovescio Della Medaglia - Il Rovescio Della Medaglia album art Il Rovescio Della Medaglia Il Rovescio Della Medaglia (Comp) RCA, Musicatua 74321-13530-2 Italy 1993 Sell This Version