Created by Mario Ladich, Janus were formed in Rome in 1975 in the right wing political movements circuit and never had an easy life as the Italian musical scene and rock concert organization during the 70's were led by left wing movements. The first name of the band was Janum, that was later corrected in the right form of Janus (the roman god of the beginnings). The group always had frequent changes in its line- up (never mentioned on covers and in various interviews).
After a debut single, in late 1976, with the original name Janum, a new line- up released an EP in 1977. Even if he didn't take part in the recording of the EP, guitarist Stefano Recchioni (killed during a political riot in 1978) was briefly in the band in this early period, that saw many different singers in the band. Their only album, the privately released Al maestrale came in late 1978, mixing together the early hard rock influences of the band with a slight folky touch (with good use of flute) and even some punk inspired sounds (like in Manifestazione non autorizzata).
Contains insert with pictures and liner notes, postcard.