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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.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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


Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 21, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Putumayo World Music
  • ASIN: B00099IJ7S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,745 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. I'm not sure the concept of the album, Italian music of the 50's and 60's, works for me. I mean, why not Italian music of the here and now? Or is Italian pop pretty much like Europop in general? And American pop? But conceptual quibbles aside, this is a crowd-pleasing album that's sure to chill you out. I didn't have a favorite, it was all good, but nothing in it stood out as outstanding. That's something I've noticed about Putumayo in general, it's pleasant music that doesn't stand out. The brand has come to stand for "inoffensive." At first I didn't like that, but after half a dozen albums it's grown on me. I like to play this music for background music when I'm writing or when I'm doing house chores or when I've got a headache and want something soothing. Putumayo music is good for all these things, and I've had friends listen to some of it, and they like it, too. If you like occasional easy-listening (hell, if you like LOTS of easy-listening), Putumayo is your brand!
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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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