The Wildest Game, The Di Maggio Connection
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During January 2005, Marco Di Maggio's new CD "The Wildest Game" came out with a new project "The Di Maggio Connection". The repertoire of this band his based on a neo-rockabilly/surf sound with almost all original tracks. One track, the remake of "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" in Rockabilly style, will be featured on a videoclip.

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...

The Wildest Game / Easy For You / Worn Out Life / The Toll / My F. Rock 'n' Roll / Nightmare / Killing Rock / Goody Two Shoes / Don't Let Me Misunderstood / The Ticket / Songbook Reachers / Hillbilly Hurricane / Supersonic Stuff / Every Breath You Take / Dance Around My Heart / Surf Attack - Di Maggio Theme

The Di Maggio Connection are:
Marco Di Maggio - Vocals, Guitar, Banjo
Matteo Gianetti - Bass, Double Bass
Marco - Barsanti - Drums

Claudio Gregori - Vocals on "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood"
Vladimiro Martini - Trumpet
Tony Gambino - Additonal Drums
Joe Busalla - Additional Bass


Contact information:
Marco Di Maggio
V. Vittorio Emanuele, 11
50134 Florence, Italy
Phone: +39 (0)55 482245 

Reviewed by The BlackCat, 2005