Forty years have passed since the publication of one of Enzo Jannacci’s most interesting record projects, entitled “Foto Ricordo”, his tenth studio work. After a few years of stalemate, the Milanese artist returns with a record of absolute quality that finally gets the right visibility, the same that had previously come sporadically for “Vengo anch’io” and “Quelli che…”, accomplice the choice to return to perform live after a period of absence from the stage.
Eight songs in the setlist, plus three recited interludes that fully embody the irreverent style of Jannacci. In all, there are four unreleased tracks and as many already published previously in the records of other colleagues, including: “Era tutto qui” recorded by Mina two years earlier; “Bartali” and “Sudamerica” published by Paolo Conte in June of the same year and, finally, “Mario” already included by Pino Donaggio in his previous album dated 1976.
Among the truly new songs, in fact, stand out: “Io e te”, romantic and inspired in its desire to deal with existential discomfort, strictly with a touch of humor; the ironic and autobiographical “Saltimbanchi”; the introspective “Natalia”, which recounts the artist’s experience as a heart surgeon, dealing with a young patient with a serious heart condition, and finally, the irreverent “La poiana”, whose text was signed by his friend Dario Fo.
Produced by Nanni Ricordi and arranged by Luis Bacalov, the album is contemporary even if listened to at a distance of four decades, the way of immortalizing the reality of Enzo Jannacci, is not only current, but continues to be futuristic, especially if we relate it to what we hear around today. In an ideal world discs of this caliber would be studied in schools, disseminated among young people and passed on the radio, instead of turning between the flea markets or take dust in some dark basement.