“Sabato pomeriggio”, one of the cornerstones of Italian pop music, was released in the summer of 1975, immediately becoming a hit and being the best-selling single of that year.
The song is the leading track of the homonymous concept album in which all the songs revolve around a common theme: in this case the theme is that of the vain waiting, for example of those who hope to win at the soccer pools (“2 1 X”) or waiting for a boy who will not show up under the streetlight of the station (“Lampada Osram”).
In the song Baglioni waits for the arrival of Saturday afternoon, the day in which he will see his beloved, but she will not come: the singer then begs his famous “passerotto” not to abandon him and hopes to change her mind by reminding her of some moments lived together. “Sabato pomeriggio” is the last song of the album and also this choice can be traced back to the theme of waiting, being the most representative song of the entire work.
The B side of the single is “Poster”, also one of the most important songs of Baglioni’s career, reinterpreted several times by artists such as Mina, Gianni Morandi and the New Trolls.
The success of the song. is testified by the 14 weeks spent at number one of the singles, a record for Baglioni, although “Sabato pomeriggio” is less immediate than the previous hits: the melody is a bit ‘old-fashioned and leverages a lot on the sense of abandonment and sadness, but the high notes of the singer and the famous incipit almost as the “maglietta fina” have made it one of his workhorse and most sung reasons.
After the collaboration with Vangelis in E TU…, another great of music has lent its help to Baglioni for the entire album: it is the Italian-Argentine Luis Bacalov, who brings the sound to timbres more. classic after the electronic parenthesis of the previous disc. The keyboards give way to the orchestra and the piano and the atmospheres are more intimate and less experimental.
3. Alzati Giuseppe
5. Tutto qua!
1. Lampada Osram
2. 2 1 x
3. Sisto V
4. Il lago di Misurina
5. …Ed aspettare
6. Sabato pomeriggio