PAGANINI - It's a long way to the Top - 12" Vinyl LP Album

  Paganini a Swiss Heavy Metal/Hard Rock band from the town of Basel, Switzerland. This band was founded by Marco Paganini in 1983. The main activity period was from 1983 until 1987 with it's original band-members: Marco Paganini - Lead Vocals, Edgar Zanoni - Guitars, Iso - Bass, P.B. Bega - Drums, Ralph Murthy - Guitars. Around 1988 the band was reformed with Marco Paganini remaining as only member from the original formation. This web page has photos of album covers, inner sleeves, record labels together with production details, musicians and track-listing.


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Essential Album Information For: PAGANINI - It's a long way to the Top

Music Genre:

Heavy Metal

Label & Catalognr:

Vertigo 830 790 / AA 830 790-1.1Y / LC 1633

Media Format:

Record Format: 12" Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

1987 Germany

PAGANINI - It's a long way to the Top Production & Recording Information

Album Packaging

This album includes the original thick custom inner sleeve with album details, and photos of the Paganini band-members. 


Vic Vergeat ( ex Toad ) - Producer

Vic Vergeat Biography and Timeline

In the vast and diverse world of music, there are certain individuals who possess a rare combination of talent, creativity, and a relentless passion for their craft. Vittorio "Vic" Vergeat is undeniably one of those remarkable figures who has left an indelible mark on the industry as both a producer and musician. With an impressive career spanning several decades, Vergeat has consistently showcased his musical genius, earning him a well-deserved reputation as a masterful producer and an exceptional musician.

Born in Zurich, Switzerland, Vic Vergeat's journey into the world of music began at an early age. Fascinated by the sound of the guitar, he picked up the instrument and quickly developed a natural aptitude for it. Vergeat's musical prowess and dedication soon led him to become a respected and sought-after guitarist, renowned for his technical proficiency, emotive playing style, and versatility across various genres.

Vergeat first gained prominence as a member of the Swiss rock band Toad in the late 1960s. As the band's lead guitarist, Vergeat demonstrated his ability to create captivating melodies and deliver awe-inspiring solos, earning him recognition both in Switzerland and beyond. Toad's albums, such as their self-titled debut and "Tomorrow Blue", showcased Vergeat's exceptional musicianship and his knack for crafting infectious rock songs.


Following his time with Toad, Vergeat embarked on a solo career that allowed him to further explore his musical horizons. His solo albums, such as "Down to the Bone" and "Who's Blues", demonstrated his versatility and willingness to experiment with different styles, ranging from blues and rock to jazz and funk. Vergeat's compositions showcased his gift for storytelling through music, with each track taking the listener on a captivating journey.

Beyond his prowess as a guitarist and solo artist, Vic Vergeat's true musical genius shines through his work as a producer. Renowned for his meticulous attention to detail and his ability to bring out the best in every artist he works with, Vergeat has left an indelible mark on countless albums and recordings. His keen ear for arrangements, instrumentation, and production techniques has elevated the work of numerous musicians and bands, helping them achieve their artistic vision and reach new heights.

Vergeat's extensive production credits include collaborations with renowned artists from around the world, spanning various genres and styles. From rock icons like Peter Maffay and Stephan Eicher to jazz legends such as Billy Cobham and Marla Glen, Vergeat's collaborations showcase his versatility and ability to adapt his production skills to different musical contexts. His work as a producer has earned him widespread acclaim and accolades, solidifying his reputation as one of the industry's most respected and sought-after talents.

Vittorio "Vic" Vergeat's contributions to the world of music are immeasurable. As a producer and musician, he has continually pushed boundaries, defied expectations, and created timeless pieces of art. Whether it's through his soul-stirring guitar solos, his captivating compositions, or his meticulous production work, Vergeat's influence on the industry will undoubtedly be felt for generations to come.

In recognition of his remarkable career, Vic Vergeat has received numerous awards and honors, cementing his status as a true icon of the music industry. However, it is not the accolades that define him but rather his unwavering commitment to his craft, his passion for music, and his genuine love for creating and sharing his art with the world.

Timeline: Vittorio "Vic" Vergeat

1946: Vittorio "Vic" Vergeat is born in Zurich, Switzerland.

Late 1960s: Vergeat becomes the lead guitarist for the Swiss rock band Toad, gaining recognition for his exceptional guitar skills.

1971: Toad releases their self-titled debut album, featuring Vergeat's electrifying guitar work.

1972: Toad releases their second album, "Tomorrow Blue", further solidifying their status as one of Switzerland's prominent rock bands.

1973: Vergeat leaves Toad to pursue a solo career and explore new musical avenues.

1976: Vergeat releases his debut solo album, "Down to the Bone", showcasing his versatility across genres such as blues, rock, and jazz.

1982: Vergeat releases his second solo album, "Who's Blues", demonstrating his prowess as a songwriter and storyteller through music.

1980s-1990s: Vergeat collaborates with renowned artists, both as a musician and a producer, including Peter Maffay, Stephan Eicher, Billy Cobham, and Marla Glen.

1999: Vergeat's exceptional production work on Peter Maffay's album "X" earns him the German ECHO Award for Producer of the Year.

2000s-2010s: Vergeat continues his prolific career as a producer, working with a diverse range of artists across various genres, contributing to the creation of numerous critically acclaimed albums.

2021: Vergeat's extensive musical journey and contributions are celebrated as he receives a lifetime achievement award in recognition of his remarkable career.


Recording Location:

This album "It's a Long Way To The Top" was Recorded and Mixed Karo Studio, Munster, Germany.

 Karo Musikstudio a recording studio originally founded in Münster, Germany, later relocated to Brackel, Germany. Operated by Kalle Trapp (Sound Engineer) and Rolf Köhler (Sound Engineer)


Robert Ellis, London - Photographer

Robert Ellis is a highly accomplished British photographer renowned for his exceptional work in the field of music photography. With a career spanning several decades, Ellis has captured iconic moments and personalities in the music industry, leaving an indelible mark on the visual representation of music culture. His work has been prominently featured in esteemed publications such as NME (New Musical Express), Melody Maker, Kerrang, and Sounds, earning him widespread recognition and acclaim.


Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Robert Ellis developed an early passion for photography and music. In the 1970s, he embarked on his professional journey as a photographer, immersing himself in the vibrant music scene of the era. Ellis quickly established himself as a talented and versatile photographer, capturing the energy, spirit, and raw emotion of live performances.

Ellis's keen eye and ability to capture the essence of musicians in their element soon caught the attention of leading music-related publications. His work became highly sought after, and he started receiving assignments from prestigious magazines, including NME, Melody Maker, Kerrang, and Sounds. These publications were instrumental in shaping the music culture and disseminating information about emerging and established artists, making Ellis's photographs an integral part of the narrative.

Throughout his career, Robert Ellis had the opportunity to photograph numerous influential musicians, bands, and artists. From capturing intimate portraits of legendary figures such as David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, and Mick Jagger to documenting the explosive energy of performances by bands like Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, and The Clash, Ellis consistently delivered stunning images that resonated with audiences worldwide.

One of Ellis's notable strengths as a photographer was his ability to establish a rapport with his subjects, putting them at ease and capturing their authentic selves. His photographs often reflected the deep connection he formed with the artists, revealing the vulnerability and passion behind their public personas. Whether in the chaos of a live concert or the stillness of a backstage moment, Ellis's images told stories that transcended the music itself, creating a visual legacy that would endure for years to come.

Musicians on: PAGANINI - It's a long way to the Top

Band-members, Musicians:

Mark Paganini - lead and backing vocals

Ralph Murthy - guitars, backing vocals

Edgar Zanoni - guitars, backing vocals

Iso - bass, backing vocals

P.B. Bega - drums, backing vocals

Track-listing of: PAGANINI - It's a long way to the Top

  1. It's A Long Way To The Top 04:22
  2. Rich Girl 03:53
  3. Salted Water Kisses 04:13
  4. One Of A Kind 03:03
  5. Our Rock Will Find A Way 03:55
  6. Mr. Big Mouth 04:51
  7. Hold You Back 04:00
  8. For Your Love 04:43
  9. Get Ready 04:11

PAGANINI - It's a long way to the Top High Resolution & Quality Photos

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Front Cover Photo Of PAGANINI - It's a long way to the Top


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Photo Of The Back Cover PAGANINI - It's a long way to the Top
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Close up of Side One PAGANINI - It's a long way to the Top

Orange and Yellow Colour VERTIGO 830 790-1 Record Label Details: AA 830 790-1.1Y Made in West Germany LC 1633 GEMA ℗ 1987 Phonogram Gmbh, Hamburg

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