I Santoni came from Florence, Italy, originally formed in
1967 as a quartet with Bruno Mosti on keyboards/vocals,
Franco Bettazzi on sax/flute, Wilson Lupi on drums and
Marco Puggelli on bass.
Lupi was soon replaced by Fabrizio Prussi and another
addition followed, Giorgio Gorini on sax/flute.
By the time of their first single in 1971 Puggelli had left
his place to Giovanni Rondelli and the next year the only
album of the group ''Noi: I Santoni'' came out on
Car Juke Box label.
While not actually a prog album, ''Noi: I Santoni'' shows
the clear tendency of this obscure band towards elaborate
and artistic compositions, despite they are all delivered
in very short forms.
The sound of the group is led by the constant use of
Hammond organ and the discreet presence of flutes
The work is characterized by a strong melodic content,
somewhat close to the more accesible tracks of
BLOCCO MENTALE, DELIRIUM and DALTON with a
vintage-styled organ leading the way, while guitars
are used carefully.
Some light interplays with flute, sax and piano in evidence
can also be detected.
But the overall result is in fact an album full of
song-structured pieces, having some minor yet
delicate instrumental themes with a slight Proto-Prog color.
The vocals of Mosti are certainly good, a typical Italian voice
with an instant expression, and the vocal harmonies
belong among the highlights of the album.
The sole release of I Santoni was not particularly succesful,
still it was good enough to give the band the opportunity to
tour Italy and even play abroad.
Sadly they disbanded a couple of years after the release of