Napoli Centrale were formed by the nucleus of Showmen after the band's split, when James Senese and Franco Del Prete, along with american keyboardist Mark Harris and english bass player Tony Walmsley veered toward a personal blend of jazz-rock and popular music leaving any traces of prog behind them.
With lyrics sung in neapolitan dialect, the first single Campagna became a hit. The six-track debut album was in a similar style, the strong lyrics dealing with social problems while the music was sometimes very original. After the LP release, bassist Tony Walmsley left the band to join the reformed Rovescio della Medaglia, and was soon followed by Mark Harris, they were replaced by Ciro Ciscognetti from Fabio Celi & gli Infermieri and a young Pino Daniele on bass, later a popular solo artist.The band had a good live activity and also played the Montreux jazz festival in Switzerland.
A second album was released in 1976, with help from many well-known session musicians among which drummers Bruno Biriaco (Perigeo) and Agostino Marangolo (Flea and Goblin), and was in the same style as the first one.
Third album came in 1977, with the founding duo helped by other musicians, and was more jazz-oriented than their previous works.
After the band split James Senese started a short solo career with two albums, while both him and Del Prete have had a good career as session musicians.Keyboardist Mark Harris, still living in Italy, has launched his own record label, Saint Rock, to promote new italian artists (see link below).
A revamped line-up of Napoli Centrale was created by James Senese in the late 80's, with Savio Riccardi (keyboards), Gigi De Rienzo (bass) and Agostino Marangolo (drums). This line-up released two albums, Jesceallah in 1992, including reworkings of early tracks, and 'Ngazzate nire in 1994. Another album followed in 2001, entitled Zitte! Sta venenn' 'o mammone.
In 2005 neapolitan rock writer Carmine Aymone has published Je stò ccà.....James Senese, a book with a bonus CD with 6 tracks, produced by the independent label Suonidelsud (see link at the bottom of the page and the Books section for more details).
This one 's included in the NWW list,but cannot understand why...It's just a very good progressive LP.Anyway,essential enough to be posted here:)
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