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A charming triple CD from a bygone era
on 29 January 2015
I stumbled across this triple album by accident on Amazon and what a delightful surprise. It will appeal to UK pop aficionados of the late 50s and doubtless lots of Italians! The end of the ballad era featured many Italian songs doubtless driven by Italian Americans such as Connie Francis and Dean Martin who took Volare to number 2 in the UK.
This triple album includes the original versions of many of these songs by the likes of Domenico Modugno and Marino Marini who also had lesser UK hits. All the material is digitally remastered giving the best sounding version of these songs that you are likely to find. The 3 discs come in a quality gatefold sleeve with short but informative notes on one side. The gorgeous photograph of Sophia Loren on the cover is a bonus! The fact that she is a quite passable singer as proved by the CDs came as a surprise to me at least.
Another surprise was to find that Italian songs are still finding their way into the UK charts - to number one no less! Tu vuo fa l'Americano by Renato Carasone reached number one in July 2010 under the guise of We No Speak Americano by Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP. The new arrangement is very similar to the original testifying to the quality of the songs on this triple CD.
If you would like to buy something a little different this package is strongly recommended for the car, background music at home or whenever you would like to create an Italian atmosphere.