Picchio dal Pozzo’s second album is finally available again on CD! One of the most original, impressive and highly respected of all the experimental groups to have come out of Italy in the Seventies, Picchio dal Pozzo would have been in RIO, had RIO lasted another year – and had the group not folded up and disappeared before anyone had realised it was there. In the last decade the record was reissued briefly in Japan, then it disappeared again. A new remastered CD edition is now available from BTF. Copying no one, though there is some Frank Zappa influence – Picchio had a unique and highly developed style of composition that was not only out of step with it’s own time but which sounds contemporary still. Highly composed and devoid of jazz phrasing and riffs with solos, this record achieves maximum musical effect with minimum instrumental means through close attention to timbre, dynamics and expressed tempi and a kind of deep complexity that sounds simple but changes with each listening. A lot of ideas subtly developed – rather than experimented with; a one-off classic.