Italian label Disco Segreta teams up again with legendary electronic music producer Mario Baldoni aka “Miro,” in the re-release of the 1970s-80s classic “Passion Night.”

Miro - Mario Baldoni

Italian Italo-disco and Italo-house label Disco Segreta teams up again with legendary Italian electronic music producer Mario Baldoni aka “Miro,” in the re-release of the 1970s-80s track “Passion Night.”

Mario Baldoni, AKA Miro (Macerata, 1943), is an Italian singer, songwriter, and performer. He is best known among disco collectors for his psychedelic masterpiece “Safari of Love,” in his debut 1977 album “Real Life Games,” released on the Italian cult label Vedette Records. The eclectic songwriter has released both disco and Italo disco tracks either written for other people or under various monikers such as Miro Banis, Phil Sun, Pat & Pats, Govinda.

Within its cross-genre blend of synth-pop, italo-disco, and jazz, “Passion Night” is an outstanding musical time capsule, a vivid picture-perfect snapshot of the year 1987, with the additional historical value as a document itself: it’s the only strictly non-jazz project in Massimo Urbani’s repertoire, in a revelatory performance shedding light over an unusual facet of Urbani’s versatile talent, regardless of boundaries, a few years before his untimely passing.

The vinyl release features three remixes: the Balearic infused “Miro Smooth Jazz Remix” and a remix by highly acclaimed guitar player and producer Julyo, who can claim a plethora of collaborations and cameo appearances for artists as diverse as Paulo Bragança, Paco de Lucia, Tasos Bougas, Goldie, Take That, and Michael Brecker. An additional lo-fi remix by LoFi Jazz (the pioneers of the genre “lo-fi jazz”) will be exclusively available on Bandcamp.

“Passion Night” was initially written by Miro in 1985. The story goes that envisioning a release by 1987, Miro teamed up with legendary South-African sound engineer Allan Goldberg, in light of their previous Vedette Records disco-infused collaboration for the “Slang “studio project the “Real Life Games” LP. The team also featured track co-writer Gregorio Puccio, ready to unleash the synths (Roland JD800 + D50, Yamaha DX7, Oberheim 12, Prophet 5), two young vocalists, Giulia Fasolino and Silver Pozzoli, later to become household names for the italo-disco heads.

As a unique feature on the track, Miro brought in the studio contribution of the top Italian jazz contralto saxophone virtuoso of the era, Massimo Urbani.

In September 1987, a session at Pomodoro Studio had the track recorded on a 24 tracks tape, where it has been sitting unreleased for 35 years until now!