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Putumayo Presents: Italian Cafe

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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Putumayo World Music was established in 1993 to introduce people to the music of the world's cultures. The label grew out of Putumayo clothing company, founded by Dan Storper in 1975 and sold in 1997. Co-founder Michael Kraus joined Dan to launch Putumayo World Music and establish a non-traditional sales division. Putumayo World Music has become known primarily for its upbeat and melodic ... Read more in Amazon's Putumayo Presents Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 21, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Putumayo World Music
  • ASIN: B00099IJ7S
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,825 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Juke Box - Fred Buscaglione
2. Un Bacio A Mezzanotte - Quartetto Cetra
3. Cannelloni - Giorgio Conte
4. Che Cosse L'Amor - Vinicio Capossela
5. Petali E Mirto - Maria Pierantoni Giua
6. Gne Gne - Giorgio Conte
7. Piccolissima Serenata - Renato Carosone
8. Dentro Al Cinema - Gianmaria Testa
9. Le Cose In Comune - Daniele Silvestri
10. Tu Vuo' Fa' L'americano - Quadro Nuevo
11. La Traiettorie Delle Mongolfiere - Gianmaria Testa
12. Carina - Nicola Arigliano

Editorial Reviews

With an intoxicating blend of Italian songs from the 50s and 60s and contemporary music inspired by this bygone era, Italian Caf‚ is a charming collection that will appeal to listeners of any generation. It follows the successful French Caf‚ CD. Featured artists include Gianmaria Testa, Vinicio Capposela,Renato Carosone and Giorgio Conte. Putumayo. 2005.

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy, Fun, Enjoy life Songs August 23, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I truly enjoy this cd. The songs are not the traditional songs you might think of listening to while cruising the Grand Canal in Venice in a gondola, but are songs that evoke images of Sophia Loren, Dean Martin, and the happy images of the late 50's. Most of the songs make you want to dance. They are a joy to listen to. They are not all old songs though - several are from current artists. Only track #3 seems out of place - but is not too annoying to make you want to avoid the cd altogether. Both my young children and I love listening to them all. Now to learn to speak Italian so I can sing along!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars nostalgia June 5, 2006
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I'm a music teacher and I speak Italian very well. I heard most of this CD while cleaning up after a Tuscan-themed Teacher Appreciation Lunch at my own son's school. I think this CD is a great find: contains a whole bunch of music I wasn't familiar with; witty lyrics, and a real authentic, not-overproduced feel. I really had not heard indigenous Italian jazz, and now I find that it's great stuff. I'm pretty picky--for instance, love Putamayo's Gypsy Caravan and Arabic Groove but detest Jewish Odyssey. So for what it's worth, that's my opinion.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars felice July 18, 2005
By H+E
Format:Audio CD
This collection is a lot of fun, spanning the ages from the 50's to modern pieces. My only criticism is that there are two singers who are represented twice on this cd. It's not that they aren't good songs, but weren't there other performers to represent?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great mood CD August 16, 2007
By Mike F.
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I find the Putamayo CDs hit-or-miss, but this one is definitely a hit. It's not corny but not challenging, either. A good choice when you're trying to create a certain mood.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Toe Tapping Italiano September 19, 2010
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Anyone who has grown up with Dean Martin, Louis Prima in their home would appreciate this CD. It's an updated version of your parents music, both retro and contemporary that evokes those '50's and '60's moments from Italian cafes. I feel like I'm listening to everything from the Maguirre Sisters harmonies to Leonard Cohen in Italian. I love it, my 88 year old Sicilian father loves it and so do my kids. I want to sing along and dance to it. I've never been disappointed with the choices that Putumayo World Music makes for me. I just want to hear more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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The Putumayo Presents series are an excellent introduction to various international musical genres and they seem to nail it each time. This CD is no exception. The musical choices may not be so exciting if you know very much (or even anything) about Italian contemporary music, but for those of us who don't you can put it on, drink your Chianti and eat your pasta and salad and imagine yourself in some little cafe in a backstreet in Rome. Or you can make yourself an espresso and stand up at your kitchen counter and pretend you're at an espresso bar. It's a nifty little mood setter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, wonderful fun CD September 4, 2011
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This CD is AWESOME. Wow. I popped it in as I was driving to work the other evening. It sent me right back to long lunches in Firenze, gawking at tourists in Rome (and pretending I wasn't one), and the amazing beauty of Venice (and that cute waiter who flirted by telling me he "couldn't tell I was American" and that I spoke Italian with a "perfect accent"). Amazing music - some classic, some contemporary, but all great. Some of the songs are swingy, some are bluesy, some tell a story, some make you *feel* the story. If you have ever had un caffe in Venice or alcuni biscotti a Roma or cenato nel trattoria a Firenze, get this CD and remember. Ten stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Italian cafe: Relaxing italian music August 19, 2011
By Ben4957
Format:Audio CD
When I got this CD I was so happy. I thought the music was great and relaxing. I advise you to listen to this CD by either library (if possible) or by purchasing it online or at your local music store. This is a must buy!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect Music for a Summer afternoon!
I love the music on these CD's! It really sets a nice mood. There are others in the series and if you have a CD changer it's just the best! Read more
Published 2 months ago by William L. Allen
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad, Not Great
This is another easy-listening selection from Putumayo, and as such it is calculated not to offend and to provide a mellow, relaxed listening experience. In this it succeeds. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Neodoering
5.0 out of 5 stars Calming
I love Italian Cafe, I can easily say that I adore every song on the disc. Listening to the songs create images in my mind of traveling to Italy, I highly recommend this... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Neikata Crawford
1.0 out of 5 stars italian cafe
hate it, hate it, hate it, hate it. hate it. i've ordered other french/italian music and love it but NOT these.
Published 19 months ago by sandy conkle
1.0 out of 5 stars another bad.. no wait, horrible cd by Purumayo
a terrible cd. nothing Italian about it. Nothing good either. at first listen , I knew it was sub-par. Hated it.
Published 21 months ago by Neal Ward
1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, but awful
Could not get past the first two cuts. Noisy and unpleasant---nothing like what I'd imagined I'd get (melodic, semi-romantic). Phew.
Published 22 months ago by northern Cal
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I love this CD and play it frequently. The songs are fun and quirky and they help make time fly while I'm working.
Published on June 6, 2012 by Karina Rizzo
5.0 out of 5 stars Italian Cafe
If you are ever in a depressed mood, listen to this delightful CD -- you don't have to speak Italian for it to lift your spirits. Read more
Published on April 18, 2012 by Erika
3.0 out of 5 stars so-so
I love Italian music but this CD has left me to desire more, the songs are short and could be better. A few good songs but not worthy of buying the whole CD.
Published on August 12, 2011 by Ekaterina Berger
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming collection
A charming collection of Italian songs that will transport you to the picturesque little place in Trastevere. Not the "Arrivederci Roma" of the tourist joints. Read more
Published on July 27, 2010 by Helmswoman
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