I Am Mina

I Am Mina

by Mina
     
 

I Am Mina is not exactly just another Mina collection. Part of a multilingual triptych completed by Je Suis Mina and Yo Soy Mina, each CD serves as a generous compilation of the great Italian singer's many recordings in English, French, and Spanish (covering just three of the eight languages Mina has dabbled in at one point…  See more details below

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I Am Mina is not exactly just another Mina collection. Part of a multilingual triptych completed by Je Suis Mina and Yo Soy Mina, each CD serves as a generous compilation of the great Italian singer's many recordings in English, French, and Spanish (covering just three of the eight languages Mina has dabbled in at one point or another in her astonishingly prolific career). Each CD boasts the same stylish artwork by Mauro Balletti (whose artwork has graced Mina's covers for 40 years and has greatly contributed to turning Mina into a myth or icon), but in a different color, blue for I Am, red for Je Suis, and brown for Yo Soy. All in all, a great idea for a compilation realized with sheer class, and yet, from a musical point of view, I Am is a bit of a disappointment, at least the English volume. Most of these songs are standards translated into English, and most of them simply do not translate well --Portuguese speakers know exactly how this feels, as English versions of the bossa nova classics always make Brazilians cringe. Furthermore, Mina's readings of American jazz and pop tunes which close the collection are not particularly inspired. Mina is more than a great voice, but her unique personality does not come across well here; not in the way it does in Italian, or even in Spanish. This type of compilation is typically made in order to introduce the artist to a foreign market. It is hard to tell whether that was the original intention with the I Am/Je Suis/Yo Soy Mina series, but the end result is a compilation that would not necessarily appeal much to an international audience, but rather to Mina fans and avid collectors, who are presented with a bonanza of prized rarities, in the form of 45s, singles, and albums often never distributed in Italy. In conclusion, a godsend for Mina completists, but those who want to understand what her genius is all about should avoid these misleading portraits, and head straight for any of her albums or compilations in Italian, instead.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/14/2011
Label:
Emi International
UPC:
5099909787629
catalogNumber:
0978762

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mina   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Bert Kaempfert   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Buck Ram   Composer
Hal David   Composer
L. Lopez   Composer
Norman Newell   Adaptation
Shel Shapiro   Composer,Adaptation
Danilo Vaona   Composer
Mina   Composer
Gino Paoli   Composer
Eddie Snyder   Composer
Mauro Balletti   Cover Art
Tony Renis   Composer
Enrico Riccardi   Composer
Stefano Scandolara   Composer
Alberto Testa   Composer
Luigi Albertelli   Composer
Giorgio Calabrese   Composer
Augusto Martelli   Composer
Giuseppe Spada   Graphic Design
Christiano Malgioglio   Composer
Gianni Ronco   Illustrations
Bruno Canfora   Composer
P. Cassella   Composer
Antonio Amurri   Composer
Gina Basso   Composer
Ande Rand   Composer
Alberto Anelli   Composer
Andrea Lovecchio   Composer
Corrado Castellari   Composer
Mogol   Composer
Charles Singleton   Composer
Renato Angiolini   Composer

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