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5.0 out of 5 stars Setting the mood and a journey to Italy..., 12 Aug 2011
This review is from: Cafe Italia (Audio CD)
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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Initial post: 11 Sep 2011 12:55:07 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 Sep 2011 12:57:01 BDT
Great review. And what a lovely cover photo of sexy busty babe SOPHIA LOREN.
Picture actually from one of Loren's sexy Italian-made films[early 1960s].
Which is available to buy on dvd.
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