(A superb production, great sound and awesome new songs for this great Rock’n’Roll/Rockabilly guitarist! Who loves Cramps or Stray Cats needs a listen!!)The Rockabilly Hall of Fame – Usa &
Area Pirata Produzioni
THE DI MAGGIO
With the cd “The Wildest Game”, Marco opened a new chapter on his music.
During ’99, he recorded an album under request of some labels specialized
on soundtracks for movies and tv spots. That was the chance to work
without limits of style on the many kind of swingin’ genres he use to play
His operate has immediately great consents and many of his songs were
choosen for movies and tv spots in almost all the US, Canada, South
America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
Because of his versatility in music, he recorded many Surf instrumentals,
Swing, Rockabilly, Lounge, Country and Blues,
One of his songs, “You’ll Be Mine”, was featured also by the famous tv
series Friends .
Intentioned to recreate the same sound with a new project, during spring
2004 he formed the band The Di Maggio Connection .
The repertoire of the trio includes almost all original compositions and the
sound is a mix of NeoRockabilly, Power Surf, Rock’n’Roll, NeoSwing, Country
and a touch of 60s sound.
The new cd is composed by 16 tracks, written by Marco, Francesco Chisci
and Volker Houghton . There’s also a couple of remakes like “Every
Breath You Take” and “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” and this one,
was featured on a videoclip where, as special guest, the populair tv
showman Greg sing with Marco.
An exciting, explosive cocktail of all the coolest music styles, where marco’s
guitar runs very fast from some hot Rockabilly licks, jumpin’ to astounding
From ’96, Marco played with all the Rockabilly Legends such as: D.J FONTANA (ELVIS’band), SCOTTY MOORE (ELVIS’band), TERRY WILLIAMS (DIRE STRAITS), ROBERT GORDON, LINDA GAIL LEWIS, SONNY BURGESS, PAUL BURLISON, BILLY RILEY, ALBERT LEE, GENE VINCENT BLUE CAPS, RAY CAMPI just to name a few from a list of over 40 artists!!
He realized 5 official albums (appearing also in circa 30 compilations), 1 video, a book coming soon. From 2002, his trio became the official band for Robert Gordon in Europe.
He realized several interviews with the biggest magazines, TV and Radio Networks and some of his original songs where choosen for populair TV Spots in USA, CANADA, JAPAN, SWEDEN, UK, GERMANY, SPAIN and ITALY.
Reviewed by Marijn Raaijmakers From BLACK CAT ROCKABILLY EUROPE www.rockabilly.nl
“Marco Di Maggio is no stranger on the rockabilly scene, be it in Europe or the United States, every rockabilly cat has heard his name and knows his music. And the Italian maestro of rockabilly music is treating us again with an excellent album full of hot rockin’ music. Opening up with the title track “The Wildest Game”, a fast paced rockabilly bopper, you just know you are in for a treat again. Superb vocals, scorching lead guitar, yes the maestro is back!
For the rockabilly purists, it needs to be said that Marco injected a lot of neo-rockabilly and reverb into this new album. A new project, a new sound… and what a sound! Just listen to the original rockabilly/surf mix “The Toll” or the hard knocking “My F. Rock ‘n’ Roll” and you’ll know exactly what I mean.
Marco’s rendition of “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”, with guest musician Vladimiro Martini on trumpet, was completely rearranged to a brand new rockabilly hit with tremendously fast guitar licks, it’s rough, it’s tough, it’s beautiful! Talking about fast, don’t forget to fasten your seatbelts before playing the instrumental “Hillbilly Hurricane”. Even the former Police hit “Every Breath You Take” has got Marco’s rockabilly treatment.
The closer of the album “Surf Attack – Di Maggio Theme” is, as the title implies, surf’s up all the way. What a great album, with a great new view on rock ‘n’ roll music. A superb production, great sound and awesome new songs…” Marijn Raaijmakers
MARCO DI MAGGIO DISCOGRAPHY
TELE ROCK AND ROLL – Rockhouse Rec. 1995 I/NL
ROCKABILLY GUITAR – Video – Playgame Music 1997 I
ROCKABILLY FROM THE BOOTS UP – Rockabilly Hall Of Fame 1998 USA
THANK YOU EDDIE – Vampirella Rec. 1999 D
SUPERPICKING – Vampirella Rec. 2000 D
AT FULL SPEED – Vampirella Rec. 2002 D
EVERYBODY’S MOVIN’ (with Simone Di Maggio) – Vampirella Rec. 2001 D
THE WILDEST GAME – Area Pirata Rec – Italy – 2004
CASH ON DELIVERY – CMH Rec. – 1998 USA
ROCKABILLY HALL OF FAME Vol.2 – RabHof – 1998 USA
ROCKABILLY HALL OF FAME Vol.3 – RabHof – 1999 USA
SWING YOUR HIPS – Whampire Rec. – 1999 D
SWING, JIVE AND WAIL – Whampire Rec. – 1999 D
KINGS OF ROCKABILLY GUITAR – Vampirella Rec. – 1999 D
WILD MEN BOP 3 – Vampirella Rec. – 1999 D
WILD MEN BOP 4 – Vampirella Rec. – 1999 D
THE TRIBUTE TO BUDDY HOLLY – Whampire Rec. – 1999 D
THE TRIBUTE TO JERRY LEE LEWIS – Whampire Rec. – 2000 D
ROCKABILLY HALL OF FAME Vol.4 – RabHof – 2000 USA
WILD MEN BOP 5 – Vampirella Rec. – 2000 D
5TH ANNIVERSARY VYNIL – Whampire Rec. – 2000 D
ELVIS STILL ALIVE – Vampirella Rec. – 2000 D
JAMBOREE XMAS ALBUM – Jamboree Rec. – 2000 I
WILD MEN BOP 6 – Vampirella Rec. – 2001 D
THE SUN TRIBUTE – Vampirella Rec. – 2001 D
And many more
Maximum R’n’R 06/05
Nice to see that Italian rocker/rockabilly types honor Italian-American baseball great Joe Di Maggio. Oh wait, the guitarist is named Marco Di Maggio.
At any rate, this is very good Eurobilly: you can generally tell the European take on rockabilly and, as with Russian rockabilly and Japanese rockabilly, it’s not just the accents, it’s a certain quality they bring to the proceedings.
In the case of Eurobilly, that quality is a certain smoothness (learning more towards the Carl Mann than the Charlie Feathers end of the rockabilly spectrum) and the DI MAGGIO pull it off nicely with some revved-up REV. HORTON style guitar and plenty of nice deviations from standard retrobilly tossed in (tought the last track’s surf medley I could have done without, as much of a crowd pleaser as it might be playing to boozed up crowd). Extra points for their name checking of the Eddie Cochran Appreciation Society: these boys are all right with me. (DD)
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