Eh, Paisano! 100% Italian-American Classics

Eh, Paisano! 100% Italian-American Classics

     
 

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It's nice to be Italian. The wine is good, the food can't be beat, and it's comforting to know that you probably have a distant cugino who can take care of "that little problem you had upstate." Eh, Paisano! is another reason to celebrate the Italian-American experience, whether or not you're Italian. This collection of crooner classics reads like a setSee more details below

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It's nice to be Italian. The wine is good, the food can't be beat, and it's comforting to know that you probably have a distant cugino who can take care of "that little problem you had upstate." Eh, Paisano! is another reason to celebrate the Italian-American experience, whether or not you're Italian. This collection of crooner classics reads like a set list for the local goodfella wedding singer. The immortal "That's Amoré" by Dean Martin (real name Dino Paul Crocetti) is almost as good as momma's homemade gravy (or sauce, as Americans like to call it). Songs like Louis Prima's "Angelina and Zooma Zooma" and Lou Monte's "Peppino, the Italian Mouse" will get all the grandmas away from the buffet and doing the tarantella. And not even Tony Soprano could resist Julius LaRosa's hysterical "Eh, Cumpari?" There are also plenty of beautiful ballads that will leave you weeping in your chianti, dreaming of the homeland. So what if there's no Frank Sinatra on this disc? All the real Italians have all his music already anyway. Mangia! Chris (my mother's Italian) MacDermott

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The concept behind Eh, Paisano! 100% Italian-American Classics -- namely, 18 tracks of pop standards and Italian songs from the '50s and '60s, sung by crooners like Dean Martin, Louis Prima, and Lou Monte -- may be a little cutesy, but it works surprisingly well. Even with tracks by pop acts like Jay & the Americans and Connie Francis, the album is a focused, if occasionally campy, collection of classics like "Volare," "That's Amore," and "Eh Cumpari." It may be designed to appeal to the kitsch-addled hipsters of the '90s cocktail nation, but the music on Eh, Paisano! is so strong, such quibbles don't matter -- it's one of the most enjoyable collections of mainstream pop assembled in the mid-'90s.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/14/1997
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227257729
catalogNumber:
72577
Rank:
76936

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Tracks

  1. That's Amore  -  Dick Stabile & His Orchestra
  2. Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)  - Domenico Modugno
  3. Mama  - Connie Francis
  4. Angelina/Zooma Zooma  - Louis Prima
  5. Mala Femmina  - Jerry Vale
  6. Pepino the Italian Mouse  - Lou Monte
  7. Spanish Eyes  -  Martino
  8. Eh, Cumpari  - Julius LaRosa
  9. Cara, Mia  -  Jay & the Americans
  10. Piove (Ciao, Ciao Bambina)  - Domenico Modugno
  11. Runaround  -  Three Chuckles
  12. Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody  - Louis Prima
  13. Here in My Heart  - Keely Smith
  14. For the First Time (Come Prima)  -  Tony Reno & The Sherwoods
  15. Al-Di-La  - Emilio Pericoli
  16. Love Is a Many Splendored Thing  -  Alberts
  17. Darktown Strutters' Ball  -  Hugo Winterhalter & His Orchestra
  18. Innamorata  -  Chrous

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dean Martin   Track Performer
Martino   Track Performer
Louis Prima   Track Performer
Connie Francis   Track Performer
Jay & the Americans   Track Performer
Keely Smith   Track Performer
Julius LaRosa   Track Performer
Jerry Vale   Track Performer
Four Aces   Track Performer
Tony Osborne   Conductor
Alberts   Track Performer
Domenico Modugno   Track Performer
George Greeley   Conductor
Lou Monte   Track Performer
Emilio Pericoli   Track Performer
Archie Bleyer   Conductor
Joe Reisman   Conductor
Three Chuckles   Track Performer
Percy Faith & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Hugo Winterhalter & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Chrous   Track Performer
Tony Reno & The Sherwoods   Track Performer
Dick Stabile & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Mario Migliardi   Organ

Technical Credits

Louis Prima   Composer
Julius LaRosa   Arranger
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Phil Spector   Composer
Archie Bleyer   Arranger
Irving Caesar   Composer
Roger Graham   Composer
Milt Kabak   Composer
Jack Pleis   Director,Orchestra Director
Joe Reisman   Arranger
Billy Vera   Liner Notes
Spencer Williams   Composer
Phil Brito   Composer
Doris Fisher   Composer
Harold Barlow   Composer
Cesare Bixio   Composer
Leonello Casucci   Composer
Bruno Cherubini   Composer
Paolo Citarella   Composer
Tom Williams   Art Direction
Totò   Composer
Allan Roberts   Composer
Julius Brammer   Composer
Vincenzo di Paola   Composer
Sanatro Taccano   Composer

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