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5.0 out of 5 stars Setting the mood and a journey to Italy...
This comprehensive set has a total of 75 performances and about 3 times that in listening time! The set concentrates on the period 1957 to 1961 and really creates an atmosphere in a similar way to the French collection issued by Not Now earlier on. This is a mixture of tradition songs and more middle of the road performances from the likes of Sophia Loren; Mario Lanza;...
Published on 12 Aug 2011 by C. FULLER

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3.0 out of 5 stars music a little bland
there are a lot of songs to go through to find one that you like. Not a touch on Frankie & Bennys cd
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5.0 out of 5 stars Setting the mood and a journey to Italy..., 12 Aug 2011
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C. FULLER (Brixham, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This comprehensive set has a total of 75 performances and about 3 times that in listening time! The set concentrates on the period 1957 to 1961 and really creates an atmosphere in a similar way to the French collection issued by Not Now earlier on. This is a mixture of tradition songs and more middle of the road performances from the likes of Sophia Loren; Mario Lanza; Marino Marini; Domenico Modugno; Gino Paoli; Claudio Villa and many others...The sound quality is excellent and the liner notes by Joseph Adair set the tone for this most entertaining collection. The attractive packaging with its colourful picture of Sophia Loren on the front and slim line format makes storage easy. Marino Marini (1924 - 1997) was an Italian popular musician who achieved international success in the 1950s and 1960s. Marini's recordings in the late 1950s and early 1960s included covers of Domenico Modugno's Volare, Come Prima and Ciao ciao Bambina and Rocco Granata's Marina. In 1960, he won the first and the second prizes in the Naples song festival with Serenata a Margellina and Uè uè uè che femmena. In 1958 he performed Mikis Theodorakis's The Honeymoon Song in Michael Powell's film Honeymoon. In 1960 the first quartet disbanded and in 1961 new quartet was formed with Marini, Bruno Guarnera (guitar), Pepito di Pace (drums,) and Vittorio Benvenuti (bass, vocal, dance). The quartet was re-formed again in 1963 with Francesco Ventura (guitar), Sergio (drums), and Franco Cesarico (bass guitar and vocal). Here you will find at track 25 of CD1 Ciao Ciao Bambina Piove/(alt title- Piove (Ciao Ciao Bambina)- Marino Marini Quartet dating from 1961 as well as other examples across the set. Domenico Modugno (1928 - 1994) was an Italian singer, songwriter, actor, and later in life, a member of the Italian Parliament. He is known for his 1958 international hit song "Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)". He is considered the first Italian cantautore. Gino Paoli (born 1934 in Monfalcone) is an Italian singer-songwriter. He wrote four masterpieces of Italian popular music: "Il cielo in una stanza", "Che cosa c'è", "Senza fine" and "Sapore di sale". Claudio Villa, byname of Claudio Pica (1926 - 1987), was an Italian singer.Tenor Claudio Villa was born Claudio Pica in the Trastevere quarter of Rome in 1926. He recorded over 3000 songs, sold 45 million records, and appeared in 25 musicals during his career. He was honored and helped by Franco Barbuto song writer and guitar master. Franco Barbuto wrote the famous song "U Capeluzzo". What a great load of music for your money. Another super release from Not Now Music.
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3.0 out of 5 stars music a little bland, 7 May 2014
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there are a lot of songs to go through to find one that you like. Not a touch on Frankie & Bennys cd
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cafe Italia, 4 May 2014
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N. Eagling "N. Eagling" (High Wycombe, Bucks. UK) - See all my reviews
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For people who were children of the 60s you will recognise so many of these songs and hopefully you will enjoy it as much as I am..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cafe Italia, 4 April 2014
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Easy listening to music and songs, you do not have to no Italain to enjoy. Can accompany cooking Italain food.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 13 April 2013
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Omnipresent (Cheshire Cat, UK) - See all my reviews
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A delightful stuff have never stop playing ever since I got it delivered. If I own a Café or Restaurant I won't hesitated to put it on as background music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars cafe italia cd, 4 Jan 2013
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P. Mcfadyen (England) - See all my reviews
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Ah all the Italians should buy it or Italian descents they will get to know the old songs and the iconic singers like Carosone ,, Gino Paoli, Domenico Modugno with its song Volare, that made history in the Italian music. An original intact very good product. You cant go wrong with it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Italian evergreens., 26 Oct 2013
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J. P. M. Smit (The Hague, Netherlands) - See all my reviews
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To my best remembering the fifties, all the well known Italian songs are present and unforgetable, Thank You for your help
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5.0 out of 5 stars Music from heaven, 25 Jun 2013
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Lovely songs, I could hear this CD all day.
It makes me feel happy and brings a lot of sweet memories
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great if you are Italian, 1 July 2013
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Brian J. Candy (Qatar) - See all my reviews
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Not my scene really, but I'm sure Italians are going to love it. However if you are putting together an Italian Theme Night then this will make your life nice and easy.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A bit GLUM..., 23 Sep 2012
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Mr. J. L. Porter (Dorset) - See all my reviews
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Italy ....sunshine,History,Food,Language,Landscape,...uplifting to visit.Oh but how dissapointing to listen to this collection of tracks...All very downbeat..glum even..Sophia Loren on the sleeve is the only highlight of this CD. Now the Cafe` France album of this series is Outstanding...
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