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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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  • 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 (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,345 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.

Customer Reviews

I'm a music teacher and I speak Italian very well.
Stella Hostis
I'm no expert on Italian music (I'm a bigger consumer of their food) but it seems there's better stuff out there than this.
K. Cooper
If you enjoy the variety and pleasant surprise of international music, this is a great CD to have.
J-Man

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Woolcott on August 23, 2005
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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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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Stella Hostis on 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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By H+E on July 18, 2005
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mike F. on August 16, 2007
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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 By Susan Adler on 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 4 people found the following review helpful By Scott A. Humphries on August 29, 2007
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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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By James Scharnott on September 24, 2009
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This CD actually discovered me. For months it was playing on an endless loop over the PA system where I work, and I never grew tired of it. The music was mostly upbeat, often jazzy or rocking, and always put me in a good mood for the day, often whistling its tunes as I worked. So when the audio gods of the store switched to another disc, I missed these tunes and got a copy for my home.

That being said, I highly recommend this to listeners who love a vintage sound and style. With a mixture of early Europop, American rock n'n roll, swing jazz, balladeering and a wonderful little touch of klezmer (Quadro Nuevo's clarinet-driven instrumental take on Renato Carosone's "To Vou' Fa' l'Americano" sounds straight out of the Catskills), this program of Italian tracks from the '50s through the '90s never seases to charm, providing an ideal backdrop for a cocktail party, a family singalong or a day on the beaches of San Remo.

If you're expecting Italian tunes along the line of the MOB HITS collections, you may be disappointed at first. But upon a second listen, you wil indeed be "innamorato" with this disc.
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OK, I think you'll mostly enjoy this CD if you're from Italy. No, not Italian-American, but if you moved to the US from Italia.
If you're looking for the "Italian Festival" Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Jerry Vale, "when the moon hits your eye like-a-bigga-pizza-pie" type songs, you will not find them and you're most likely going to be disappointed as many other reviewers.
There are artists from the 40's, 50's, and even great contemporary ones on this CD, I find the selection to be outstanding and the tunes captivating. If you can understand the words to the songs, it will make your heart jump with emotion.
I looooove all the Putamayo compilations, I think they have great pros who are able to put together cool, smooth sounds of artists that sometimes are forgotten in time, or never made it to mass-distribution. I own several CDs of their large collection, but I'm always looking for more. I think these CDs also make a great gift for just about anyone who enjoys to have friends over, these make great chill-out background music.
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