De Gregori (album di Francesco De Gregori del 1978)

Il 2 Aprile 1976, mentre era in concerto per promuovere l’album BUFFALO BILL al Palalido di Milano, Francesco De Gregori subì un’accesa contestazione dalla sinistra extraparlamentare che addirittura lo invitò a suicidarsi: un processo politico allucinante. Francesco ne uscì traumatizzato ponderando la sua dipartita canora, ma nel 1978 pubblicò un album che divenne il manifesto del suo ritorno.

La prima canzone è Generale, brano iconico simbolo di anti militarismo tra rintocchi di campane e la citazione della sua esperienza durante il servizio di leva. Natale è un’incalzante canzone d’amore intrisa di sofferenza, sorretta da una eccellente vena di composizione e scrittura. Il ’56 attinge all’infanzia di Francesco su un motivo vigoroso e radiofonico retto su piano e batteria. Raggio di sole è un inno universale alla vita con riferimento ai propri figli appena nati: dolce l’accompagnamento chitarristico. L’impiccato confluisce tra voce e piano. La campana è un pezzo plumbeo, una sorta di nodo alla gola anche per via del basso di Mario Scotti. Babbo in prigione si snoda per sottrazione toccando una delicata tematica di una violenza domestica: inquietante il pianoforte che permea il pezzo. Renoir si divide in due parti, una malinconica l’altra allegra, un modo per sdrammatizzare il racconto di un amore ormai sepolto. Due zingari è la presa di coscienza di De Gregori resosi conto della minaccia di un sogno metropolitano: nel brano Mario Schiano suona un ottimo sax alto.

Certamente un album stimolato dagli antefatti sopra citati, per la sua natura travagliata concatenatasi a una fase singolare della vita del cantautore romano che tuttavia rende un risultato coraggioso e liberatorio.

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