Putumayo Presents: Italian Cafe
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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.
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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.
Mom & Pop cooking sauce in the back of the store - kind of feel - but it left us both flat. Somehow, it doesn't seem like "happy" music.
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.