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All The Best From Italy: 40 Italian Favorites [2-CD SET]
Genres: World Music, Pop
Kicking off this highly unusual collection of Italian music is "L'Italiano," whose contemporary arrangement veers dangerously close to Jamaican reggae. And if "Gloria" doesn't set sail on a sea of disco lights, then the Po... more »
Kicking off this highly unusual collection of Italian music is "L'Italiano," whose contemporary arrangement veers dangerously close to Jamaican reggae. And if "Gloria" doesn't set sail on a sea of disco lights, then the Pope doesn't live in Rome. But the emphasis on pop settings over pizza parlor fare isn't too much of a departure from the "favorites" tag considering the influence of Neapolitan ballads and operatic arias on the early days of Tin Pan Alley. Fans of Italian music will still find plenty of traditional themes and melodies here and enough soaring emotion to satisfy the soul of Verdi. For lovely Italian songs more grounded in tradition, also look to the Putumayo label's Italian Music Odyssey anthology. For gritty street-corner folk music, check out the four titles released so far in Rounder Records' Italian Treasury series. --Bob Tarte
Member CD Reviews
Angela N. (italia) from MONTGOMERY, IN
Reviewed on 9/26/2006...
This two-disc set includes 40 Italian classics, from Arrividerci Roma to Santa Lucia. My Italian husband says the singers are not necessarily the ones who made the songs famous, but they are fine for a clueless American like me :-)
Italian Favorites ? Maybe not for an Italian
Angelo Abruzzese | San Diego, California United States | 05/30/2002
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Well I own this album and can safely say I played it once and then put them away with a couple of other never to be played again cd's. I did not realize at first that these were cheesy imitations of the real thing. If you want Italian compilations put a little more money in and buy the original artists and songs."
I have usually found the "all the best of..." cd's to be "
Angelo Abruzzese | 07/22/2002
(1 out of 5 stars)
"a good start on world music, but I have to ask what the heck was on the Italy disc. I'm getting ready to major in Italian in college and was hoping to have some "theme" music for studying. Imagine my surprise when all but about 4 songs are horribly-made 80's imitations! I imagine this is an insult for people of Italian heritage, and it certainly is an earache for the rest of us! There is only about 4 (1 one of the new songs are semi-ok) songs I care for off the whole thing, and I just wasted 12 dollars of my weekly pay! They should have a warning on the label!"