Si Arricchisce La Saga Infinita Dei Cofanetti! Pretty Things – Bouquets From A Cloudy Sky

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The Pretty Things – Bouquets From A Cloudy Sky – The Complete Pretty Things – 13 CD – 2 DVD – 1 10″ Vinyl Replica Acetate – Madfish/Snapper

E’ uscito in questi giorni un ulteriore mirabile (e costoso) manufatto dedicato ad un altro dei gruppi storici del rock inglese che festeggia il suo 50° Anniversario di attività, i Pretty Things. Anche per Dick Taylor, Phil May e soci il nome è preso da un celebre brano blues composto da Willie Dixon nel 1955 , Pretty Thing, e come per gli amici Jagger & Richards con cui Taylor aveva mosso i primi passi, l’inizio dell’attività live risale al 1963, ma discograficamente esordiscono nel 1964 e il primo album esce nel 1965, per cui, per una volta, ci siamo con i tempi. Il gruppo è tuttora in attività ed insieme agli Stones possono essere considerati una delle band più longeve della storia del rock mondiale, anche se il successo non è sicuramente stato lo stesso. Però pure i Pretty Things hanno attraversato tutti i periodi della musica rock: il proto-blues misto a R&R degli esordi, il beat di metà anni ’60, la psichedelia, le opere rock, S.F. Sorrow, uscita nel dicembre 1968, fu la prima, precedendo Tommy degli Who di qualche mese. E ancora il rock classico degli album pubblicati per la Swan Song, l’etichetta degli Zeppelin, e poi un lento ed inesorabile declino, con vari sussulti di dignità, soprattutto dal vivo, che ce li consegnano ancora oggi tra i vessilliferi del cosiddetto classic rock.

In questo cofanetto trovate più o meno tutto, esclusi i live, ma compresi due DVD (anche dal vivo) che ne tracciano la storia dal 1964 ai giorni nostri. Il box esce in una tiratura limitata di 2.000 copie, tipa quella di Here Come Nice degli Small Faces, e quindi in teoria dovrebbe andare esaurito celermente (ma quello degli Small Faces si trova ancora, costoso, ma pure questo dei Pretty Things non scherza). Per i completisti il motivo di interesse dovrebbero essere soprattutto i due CD di Rarities posti in apertura del cofanetto, comunque, se avete più o meno 200 euro che vi crescono, che questa è lista completa dei contenuti:

Rarities CD 1:

1 Don’t Bring Me Down (Live On The Beat Room 1964) [2:16]
2 Mama Keep Your Big Mouth Shut (Live On The Beat Room 1964) [3:26]
3 Johnny B. Goode (Live On The Beat Room 1964) [1:42]
4 Cry To Me (Alternate Version) [2:44]
5 Photographer (Rough Mix From Acetate) [2:12]
6 Bright Lights Of The City (Demo) [3:00]
7 Out In The Night (Demo) [2:39]
8 One Long Glance (Demo) [2:55]
9 Children (Alternate Version) [3:02]
10 Defecting Grey (Alternate Mix) [3:12]
11 Why (Live In Hyde Park) [6:16]
12 She Says Good Morning (Live At The Paradiso, Amsterdam) [3:41]
13 Alexander (Live At The Paradiso, Amsterdam) [3:29]
14 Renaissance Fair (Live At The Paradiso, Amsterdam) [2:13]
15 S.F. Sorrow Is Born (Live At The Paradiso, Amsterdam) [3:34]
16 You Might Even Say (Philippe Debarge Sessions) [4:01]
17 Eagle’s Son (Philippe Debarge Sessions) [3:00]
18 Graves Of Grey (Philippe Debarge Sessions) [0:50]
19 It`ll Never Be (Philippe Debarge Sessions) [04:33]
20 Scene One (Westbourne Terrace Demo) [01:15]
21 The Good Mr. Square (Westbourne Terrace Demo) [04:33]
22 She Was Tall, She Was High (Westbourne Terrace Demo) [00:56]
23 In The Square/The Letter (Westbourne Terrace Demo) [03:41]
24 Rain (Westbourbe Terrace Demo) [03:20]
25 Cries From The Midnight Circus (Westbourne Terrace Demo) [03:53]

Rarities CD 2:

1 I’d Love Her If I Knew What To Do (Version 1 – Westbourne Terrace Demo) [2:16]
2 Seen Her Face Before (Westbourne Terrace Demo) [1:24]
3 Everything You Do Is Fine (Westbourne Terrace Demo) [4:07]
4 Cold Stone (Westbourne Terrace Demo) [3:28]
5 You Never Told Me Lies (Westbourne Terrace Demo) [2:04]
6 Take A Look At Me (Westbourne Terrace Demo) [4:12]
7 Wild And Free (Demo) [3:42]
8 I’d Love Her If I Knew What To Do (Version 2 – Demo) [1:39]
9 Spider Woman (BBC Radio Session) [4:32]
10 Route 66 (Live At The Hippodrome) [2:52]
11 Joey (Mono US Single Mix) [3:02]
12 Monster Club [3:51]
13 Cause And Effect [3:09]
14 Holding Onto Love (Outtake) [6:07]
15 You Can`t Judge A Book [3:01]
16 Chain Of Fools [4:53]
17 No Questions [4:20]
18 It’s All Over Now Baby Blue (Outtake) [4:04]
19 Hoochie Coochie Man (Outtake) [5:44]
20 Look Away Now (Outtake) [5:15]
21 Helter Skelter [4:54]

DVD 1:

Midnight To Six, The Pretty Things 1965-70, produced by Reelin’ in the Years [2 hours duration]

Bonus Material:

The Pretty Things. On Film [13:00]
Rosalyn (Promo Video) [2:20]
Eve Of Destruction (Promo Video) [3:03]

DVD 2:

S.F. Sorrow – Live At Abbey Road [1 hour]

10″ ‘Replica Acetate’:

Side 1:

1 Defecting Grey (Full Length Demo from acetate) (5:10)
2 Turn My Head (Demo) (2:34)

Side 2:

1 Don’t Bring Me Down (Previously Unreleased Version) (1:40)
2 I Can Never Say (1:58)

Studio albums on CD:

The Pretty Things (1965):

1 Roadrunner [3:12]
2 Judgement Day [2:46]
3 13 Chester Street [2:22]
4 Big City [2:01]
5 Unknown Blues [3:48]
6 Mama, Keep Your Big Mouth Shut [3:23]
7 Honey, I Need [1:59]
8 Oh Baby Doll [3:01]
9 She`s Fine She’s Mine [4:24]
10 Don’t Lie To Me [3:53]
11 The Moon Is Rising [2:33]
12 Pretty Thing [1:38]

Bonus Tracks:

13 Rosalyn [2:18]
14 Big Boss Man [2:36 ]
15 Don’t Bring Me Down [02:08 ]
16 We’ll Be Together [2:08 ]
17 I Can Never Say [3:36 ]
18 Get Yourself Home [2:18 ]

Get The Picture? (1965):

1 You Don’t Believe Me [2:22]
2 Buzz The Jerk [1:54]
3 Get The Picture? [1:55]
4 Can’t Stand The Pain [2:41]
5 Rainin’ In My Heart [2:30]
6 We’ll Play House [2:33]
7 You`ll Never Do It Baby [2:26]
8 I Had A Dream [2:58]
9 I Want Your Love [2:16]
10 London Town [2:26]
11 Cry To Me [2:51]
12 Gonna Find Me A Substitute [2:57]

Bonus Tracks:

13 Get A Buzz [4:01]
14 Sittin’ All Alone [2:47]
15 Midnight To Six Man [2:19]
16 Me Needing You [1:58]
17 Come See Me [2:39]
18 L. S. D. [02:24]

Emotions (1967):

1 Death Of A Socialite [2:41]
2 Children [3:01]
3 The Sun [3:04]
4 There Will Never Be Another Day [2:19]
5 House Of Ten [2:49]
6 Out In The Night [2:40]
7 One Long Glance [2:52]
8 Growing In My Mind [2:19]
9 Photographer [02:07]
10 Bright Lights Of The City [3:02]
11 Tripping [3:22]
12 My Time [3:05]

Bonus Tracks:

13 A House In The Country [3:01]
14 Progress [2:58]
15 Photographer [2:15]
16 There Will Never Be Another Day [2:26]
17 My Time [3:11]
18 The Sun [3:04]
19 Progress [2:42]

S.F.Sorrow (1968):

1 S.F. Sorrow Is Born [3:15]
2 Bracelets Of Fingers [3:38]
3 She Says Good Morning [3:30]
4 Private Sorrow [3:50]
5 Balloon Burning [3:49]
6 Death [3:11]
7 Baron Saturday [4:02]
8 The Journey [2:42]
9 I See You [3:53]
10 Well Of Destiny [1:46]
11 Trust [2:47]
12 Old Man Going [3:07]
13 Loneliest Person [1:27]

Bonus Tracks:

14 Defecting Grey [4:33]
15 Mr. Evasion [3:30]
16 Talkin’ About The Good Times [3:46]
17 Walking Through My Dreams [3:37]

Parachute (1970):

1 Scene One [1:51]
2 The Good Mr. Square [1:27]
3 She Was Tall, She Was High [1:36]
4 In The Square [1:55]
5 The Letter [1:39]
6 Rain [2:29]
7 Miss Fay Regrets [3:28]
8 Cries From The Midnight Circus [6:28]
9 Grass [4:20]
10 Sickle Clowns [6:36]
11 She`s A Lover [3:32]
12 What`s The Use [1:45]
13 Parachute [3:52]

Bonus Tracks:

14 Blue Serge Blues [3:58]
15 October 26 [5:00]
16 Cold Stone [3:15]
17 Stone-Hearted Mama [3:52]
18 Summer Time [4:32]
19 Circus Mind [2:03]

Freeway Madness (1970):

1 Love Is Good [6:53]
2 Havana Bound [3:57]
3 Peter [1:27]
4 Rip Off Train [3:18]
5 Over The Moon [4:31]
6 Religion’s Dead [4:14]
7 Country Road [4:48]
8 Allnight Sailor [1:57]
9 Onion Soup [3:49]
10 Another Bowl? [2:54]

Bonus Tracks:

11 Religion’s Dead (Live Lyceum 1973) [4:48]
12 Havana Bound (Live Lyceum 1973) [4:20]
13 Love Is Good (Live Lyceum 1973) [6:43]
14 Onion Soup (Live Lyceum 1973) [8:28]

Silk Torpedo (1974):

1 Dream / Joey [6:46]
2 Maybe You Tried [4:20]
3 Atlanta [2:41]
4 L. A. N. T. A. [2:24]
5 Is It Only Love [5:05]
6 Come Home Momma [3:41]
7 Bridge Of God [4:57]
8 Singapore Silk Torpedo [5:12]
9 Belfast Cowboys [6:55]

Bonus Tracks:

10 Singapore Silk Torpedo (Live Santa Monica 1974) [7:06]
11 Dream / Joey (Live Santa Monica 1974) [7:21]

Savage Eye (1976):

1 Under The Volcano [6:02]
2 My Song [5:09]
3 Sad Eye [4:29]
4 Remember That Boy [5:02]
5 It Isn’t Rock ‘n’ Roll [3:58]
6 I’m Keeping [3:58]
7 It’s Been So Long [5:04]
8 Drowned Man [4:23]
9 Theme For Michelle [1:46]

Bonus Tracks:

10 Tonight [3:06]
11 Love Me A Little [3:11]
12 Dance All Night [2:54]

Cross Talk (1980):

1 I’m Calling [4:07]
2 Edge Of The Night [3:20]
3 Sea Of Blue [3:14]
4 Lost That Girl [2:50]
5 Bitter End [3:17]
6 Office Love [4:12]
7 Falling Again [0:20]
8 It’s So Hard [3:15]
9 She Don’t [4:08]
10 No Future [4:29]
11 Wish Fulfillment [3:06]
12 Sea About Me [3:23]
13 The Young Pretenders [4:06]

Rage Before Beauty (1999):

1 Passion Of Love [3:22]
2 Vivian Prince [5:15]
3 Everlasting Flame [3:46]
4 Love Keeps Hanging On [8:55]
5 Eve Of Destruction [3:03]
6 Not Givin’ In [4:02]
7 Pure Cold Stone [5:47]
8 Blue Turns To Red [4:01]
9 Goodbye, Goodbye [2:45]
10 Goin’ Downhill [4:12]
11 Play With Fire [4:07]
12 Fly Away [4:31]
13 Mony Mony [4:45]
14 God Give Me The Strength (To Carry On) [6:03]

Balboa Island (2007):

1 The Beat Goes On [4:10]
2 Buried Alive [3:35]
3 Livin’ In My Skin [3:59]
4 (Blues For) Robert Johnson [8:01]
5 Pretty Beat [2:52]
6 In The Beginning [4:42]
7 Mimi [2:34]
8 Feel Like Goin’ Home [2:43]
9 The Ballad Of Hollis Brown [6:28]
10 Freedom Song [4:46]
11 Dearly Beloved [4:59]
12 All Light Up [4:30]
13 Balboa Island [4:42]

Novità Di Gennaio, Parte IIA. Ristampe: Tyrannosaurus Rex, Ron Nagle, Willy DeVille & Pretty Things Rockpalast

Oggi doppia razione, dopo la recensione degli I Am Kloot

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Seconda parte delle uscite discografiche relative al mese di gennaio, gli album in uscita il 26: visto che ce ne sono veramente molti (almeno tra i 25 e i 30 titoli) li ho divisi in tre parti, partiamo con un po’ di ristampe.

La Universal completa (?) il suo ciclo di ristampe in versione Deluxe dell’opera omnia di Marc Bolan con la pubblicazione dei primi album, quelli usciti ancora a nome Tyrannosaurus Rex, prima di passare a Marc Bolan & T. Rex, e pii semplicemente T. Rex. Sono gli album più folk, quelli in cui la formazione era un duo, a fianco di Bolan c’era il multristrumentalista Steve Peregrin Took, mentre il produttore era già Tony Visconti (qualcosa con Joe Boyd). I dischi sono usciti in innumerevoli versioni ma queste dovrebbero essere quelle definitive:

My People Were Fair And Had Sky In Their Hair …But Now They’re Content To Wear Stars In Their Brows, più che un titolo, un breve racconto, è il primo, uscito nel 1968.

Questi i contenuti della versione Deluxe:

CD1
1. Hot Rod Mama
2. Scenescof
3. Child Star
4. Strange Orchestras
5. Chateau In Virginia Waters
6. Dwarfish Trumpet Blues
7. Mustang Ford
8. Afghan Woman
9. Knight
10. Graceful Fat Sheba
11. Weilder Of Words
12. Frowning Atahuallpa ( My Inca Love )
13. Highways – BBC Top Gear 3/10/67
14. Scenescof – BBC Top Gear 3/10/67
15. Child Star – BBC Top Gear 3/10/67
16. Dwarfish Trumpet Blues – BBC Top Gear 3/10/67
17. Pictures of Purple People – BBC Top Gear 3/10/67
18. Hot Rod Mama – BBC Top Gear 3/10/67
19. Knight – BBC Top Gear 11/3/68
20. Afghan Woman – BBC Top Gear 11/3/68
21. Frowning Atahuallpa ( My Inca Love ) – BBC Top Gear 11/3/68
22. Strange Orchestras – BBC Top Gear 11/3/68
23. Deborah – BBC Top Gear 11/3/68
24. Mustang Ford – BBC Top Gear 11/3/68

CD2
1. Highways – Take 4 – Joe Boyd Session
2. Child Star – Take 2 – Joe Boyd Session
3. Dwarfish Trumpet Blues – Take 2 – Joe Boyd Session
4. Chateau In Virginia Waters – Take 3 – Joe Boyd Session
5. Dwarfish Trumpet Blues story
6. Hot Rod Mama
7. Scenescof
8. Child Star
9. Strange Orchestras
10. Chateau In Virginia Waters
11. Dwarfish Trumpet Blues
12. Mustang Ford
13. Afghan Woman
14. Knight
15. Graceful Fat Sheba
16. Weilder Of Words
17. Frowning Atahuallpa ( My Inca Love )
18. Deborah – A – Side
19. Puckish Pan – Stereo Tony Visconti Home Demo
20. Dwarfish Trumpet Blues – Tony Visconti Home Demo
21. Knight – Tony Visconti Home Demo
22. Scenescof – Tony Visconti Home Demo
23. Knight with bass guitar – Tony Visconti Home Demo
24. Lunacy’s Back – Tony Visconti Home Demo
25. Marc Bolan Interview – BBC Radio

Prophets, Seers And Sages: The Angels Of The Ages, il secondo, è sempre del ’68, e questa è la tracklist:

CD1
1. Deboraarobed
2. Stacey Grove
3. Wind Quartets
4. Conesuala
5. Trelawny Lawn
6. Aznageel The Mage
7. The Friends
8. Salamanda Palaganda
9. Our Wonderful Brownskin Man
10. Oh Harley (The Saltimbanques)
11. Eastern Spell
12. The Travelling Tragition
13. Juniper Suction
14. Scenescof Dynasty
15. One Inch Rock – Single A
16. Nickelodeon – Take 1
17. Stacey Grove (BBC Top Gear – 11/6/68)
18. One Inch Rock (BBC Top Gear – 11/6/68)
19. Salamanda Palaganda (BBC Top Gear – 11/6/68)
20. Eastern Spell (BBC Top Gear – 11/6/68)
21. Wind Quartets (BBC Top Gear – 11/6/68)
22. Juniper Suction – Poem – BBC
23. Juniper Suction – BBC
24. Top Gear – Jingle BBC 14/10/68
25. Conesuala – BBC Top Gear 14/10/68
26. The Travelling Tragition – BBC Top Gear 14/10/68

CD2
1. Deborah – Take 2 June 1968
2. Stacey Grove – Take 2 16/5/68
3. Wind Quartets – Take 4 10/6/68
4. Conesuala – Take 8 22/4/68
5. Trelawny Lawn – Take 3 8/8/68
6. Aznageel The Mage – Take 3 8/8/68
7. The Friends – Take 5 8/8/68
8. Salamanda Palaganda – Take 4 10/6/68
9. Our Wonderful Brownskin Man – Take 7 4/7/68
10. Oh Harley (The Saltimbanques) – Take 5 4/7/68
11. Eastern Spell – Take 12 16/5/68
12. The Travelling Tragition – Take 1 June 68
13. Juniper Suction – Take 1 14/7/68
14. Scenescof Dynasty – Takes 3 & 4 16/5/68
15. Nickelodeon – Take 5 10/6/68
16. One Inch Rock – Take 5 22/4/68
17. Wind Quartets – Take 1 16/5/68
18. Conesuala – Take 4 22/4/68
19. Trelawny Lawn – Take 1 8/8/68
20. Aznageel The Mage – Take 1 8/8/68
21. The Friends – Take 3 8/8/68
22. Salamanda Palaganda – Take 3 10/6/68
23. Our Wonderful Brownskin Man – Take 6 4/7/68
24. Oh Harley (The Saltimbanques) – Take 2 4/7/68
25. Eastern Spell – Take 2 16/5/68
26. The Travelling Tragition – Take 2
27. Juniper Suction – Take 3 14/7/68
28. Nickelodeon – Take 6 10/6/68
29. One Inch Rock – Take 4 16/5/68
30. Conesuala – Take 3 10/6/68

Unicorn è il terzo, uscito in origine nel 1969, anche questo ha un ricchissimo corredo di bonus tracks:

CD1
1. Chariots of Silk
2. ‘Pon A Hill
3. The Seal of Seasons
4. The Throat of Winter
5. Cat Black (The Wizards Hat )
6. Stones for Avalon
7. She Was Born To Be My Unicorn
8. Like A White Star, Tangled and Far, Tulip That’s What You Are
9. Warlord of The Royal Crocodiles
10. Evenings of Damask
11. The Sea Beasts
12. Iscariot
13. Nijinski Hind
14. The Pilgrims Tale
15. The Misty Coast of Albany
16. Romany Soup
17. Pewter Suitor – Single A – Side
18. King Of The Rumbling Spires – Single A – Side
19. Do You Remember ( Cult ) – Single B – Side
20. Once Upon A Sea Of Abyssinia from 20th Century Superstar
21. Demon Queen from 20th Century Superstar
22. Ill Starred Man from 20th Century Superstar
23. Blessed Wild Apple Girl from The Best of T.Rex
24. Chariots Of Silk – Live on BBC Top Gear 11/5/69
25. Once Upon The Seas of Abyssinia – Live on BBC Top Gear 11/5/69
26. Nijinsky Hind – Live on BBC Top Gear 11/5/69
27. The Misty Coast of Albany – Live on BBC Top Gear 11/5/69
28. Iscariot – Live on BBC Top Gear 11/5/69

CD2
1. Pewter Suitor – Take 3 Previously Unreleased
2. Chariots Of Silk – Take 1 from Unicorn
3. ‘Pon A Hill – Take 2 Previously Unreleased
4. The Seal Of Seasons – Take 5 Previously Unreleased
5. The Throat Of Winter – Take 2 Previously Unreleased
6. Cat Black (The Wizards Hat) – Take 1
7. Stones For Avalon – Take 2 Previously Unreleased
8. She Was Born To Be My Unicorn – Take 1
9. Like A White Star, Tangled And Far, Tulip That’s What You Are – Take 1
10. Warlord Of The Royal Crocodiles – Take 4 Previously Unreleased
11. Evenings Of Damask – Take 4 Previously Unreleased
12. The Sea Beasts – Take 3 Previously Unreleased
13. Iscariot – Take 4 Previously Unreleased
14. Nijinsky Hind – Take 5 Previously Unreleased
15. The Pilgrim’s Tale – Take 1
16. The Misty Coast Of Albany – Take 3 Previously Unreleased
17. Romany Soup – Take 1 Previously Unreleased
18. King Of The Rumbling Spires – Take 1 Previously Unreleased
19. King Of The Rumbling Spires – Take 3 Previously Unreleased
20. Do You Remember (Cult) – Take 2 Previously Unreleased
21. Once Upon The Seas Of Abyssinia – Take 3 Previously Unreleased
22. Demon Queen – Take 1
23. Ill Starred Man – Take 1
24. Blessed Wild Apple Girl – Take 2
25. The Lion And The Unicorn (live The Lyceum, London, 11th April 1969)
26. Interview – Blue Thumb promo 7″ Previously Unreleased

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Bad Rice è l’unico disco di Ron Nagle, pubblicato nel 1970, album di culto già all’epoca, riceve il trattamento Deluxe da parte dell’ottima etichetta americana Omnivore Recordings, con l’aggiunta di un secondo CD di Demos. L’album era prodotto da Jack Nitzsche e vedeva la partecipazione tra i musicisti di Ry Cooder e Sal Valentino dei Beau Brummels. Suono tipico dell’epoca e disco interessante:

CD1: Bad Rice (Plus…)
1. 61 Clay
2. Marijuana Hell
3. Frank’s Store
4. Party In L.A.
5. That’s What Friends Are For
6. Dolores
7. Capricorn Queen
8. Sister Cora
9. Somethin’s Gotta Give Now
10. Family Style
11. House Of Mandia
12. Berberlang
13. Francine
14. Frank’s Store (Alternate Mix)
15. Dolores (Alternate Mix)
16. Bad Rice Radio Spot 1
17. Bad Rice Radio Spot 2

CD2: Pre Cooked/Converted: The Bad Rice Demos
1. From The Collection Of Dorothy Tate*
2. 61 Clay*
3. People Have Told Me
4. Out In The Hall
5. Showdown
6. Say My Name
7. Half As Much
8. Who You Gonna Tell
9. So Long Johnny
10. Sleep For Me
11. Rudy My Man
12. Wasted Paper
13. Alice Valentine
14. Saving It All Up For Larry

All tracks on Disc 2 previously unissued except *

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Prosegue l’ottima serie delle ristampe dei Live At Rockpalast curata dalla Repertoire (peccato per i prezzi, un po’ “carucci”), questa volta (dopo i due concerti come Mink De Ville) è il turno di Willy DeVille come solista e anche la storica band inglese dei Pretty Things catturata al Rockpalast in una serie di concerti nell’ultima fase della carriera. Questi i contenuti per entrambi, lo leggete sul retro delle confezioni, così facciamo prima, i concerti sono del 1995 e 2008 per DeVille:

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mentre per i Pretty Things tre concerti del 1998, 2004 e 2007

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Domani si continua, con le altre ristampe e molte uscite interessanti da entrambi i lati dell’Atlantico.

Bruno Conti