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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.
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on 19 March 2017
Not the best choice and very limited quality, the price was ok otherwise I would have been tempted to send it back.
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on 1 July 2017
Lovely background music! Play it in the kitchen most days!
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on 13 April 2013
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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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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on 15 October 2014
Nice collection. Maybe a little bit too much packed into one presentation. But really fine stuff here. Great history of old Italian pop. Several wonderful classics.
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on 4 May 2014
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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on 8 February 2015
Can't go wrong at 8p a song. The three CD's, with 75 tracks in total, are cheaper than the price of two cups of coffee in the nearest Italian restaurant. For the price, not only do you get the CD's, you get an mp3 download of each song. The sound quality is perfect.
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on 15 September 2014
I bought this cd for children to listen to as they entered the school hall for Italian themed assemblies. A nice mix of Italian songs. Cds are cleverly presented as Lps in Italian flag colours red, white and green.
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on 4 January 2013
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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