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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
If you think there's nothing more to Neopolitan song than "Funiculi, funicula," the music of this acoustic troupe will curl your spaghetti. The latest incarnation of the automobile workers' group or gruppo operaio known as E Zezi, Spaccanapoli incorporate a hard-charging acoustic attack with a populist agenda that translates into pure Italian fervor. The heartbeat of Spaccanapoli is Neopolitan folk music, driven by the insistent beat of the tamura frame drum and the riotous rhythms of the tarantella and other dances. The band pump up these rustic beats with rock-styled arrangements that channel their socialist messages -- stirring cries against the racism faced by ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
If you think there's nothing more to Neopolitan song than "Funiculi, funicula," the music of this acoustic troupe will curl your spaghetti. The latest incarnation of the automobile workers' group or gruppo operaio known as E Zezi, Spaccanapoli incorporate a hard-charging acoustic attack with a populist agenda that translates into pure Italian fervor. The heartbeat of Spaccanapoli is Neopolitan folk music, driven by the insistent beat of the tamura frame drum and the riotous rhythms of the tarantella and other dances. The band pump up these rustic beats with rock-styled arrangements that channel their socialist messages -- stirring cries against the racism faced by Italian gypsies, corrupt politics, and rampant unemployment. At home and on tour in Europe, the group gain some extra frisson from their rally-style performances, with Communist banners and portraits of Che Guevara figuring prominently. But there's something more timeless in the whirling, trance-inducing rhythms, a Dionysian quality that runs from Roman orgies straight through to Memphis rock 'n' roll. Keening pipes, mournful strings, marching brass, and the relentless percussive attack will attract fans of Celtic rockers like the Pogues; lovers of Mediterranean rhythms will be equally enthralled, as will rebel souls of all stripes.
All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
It's tempting to call Spaccanapoli an Italian folk-rock band, since they employ some electric instruments to fatten up their acoustic sound and there's a judicious use of sampling -- the modern touch that's almost universal. But to pigeonhole them so readily doesn't do them justice. Their music is redolent of their native Naples in its use of the traditional tarantella and tummurriata dances, whose southern Italian origins are misty. But more than that, they're as political as, say, Chumbawamba or Negativland; "Sant' Anastasia," for example, flails against the rich bosses as much as an old folk song, and "A'Ferriera" is a chilling tale of a dead ironworker. But they do have more strings to their bow, however: "Santa Notte," which closes the record on a mostly instrumental note, offers its comforting touch of religion, while the traditional "O'Rinillo O'Rinillo" is a call to the tarantella, a dance of spirituality. All the sides of the band's personality come together in the title track, another traditional piece whose lyrics -- about the unknown dead -- have a very contemporary political relevance, and whose music reinvents the song for a new audience. Monica Pinto is a wonderful vocalist with a flowing sensuality to her voice, and Antonio Fraioli anchors the band to their strong folk roots, while giving plenty of space to Oscar Montalbano and Emilio De Matteo to build their thicker sound structures on top. A great record which wears its heart firmly pinned on its sleeve.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2008
  • Label: Real World
  • UPC: 884108008829
  • Catalog Number: 89
  • Sales rank: 104,607

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pummarola Black (5:13)
  2. 2 O'Mare (4:07)
  3. 3 Sant' Anastasia (4:12)
  4. 4 Palummiello (1:30)
  5. 5 Vesuvio (3:39)
  6. 6 A' Ferriera (4:11)
  7. 7 Aneme Perze (4:26)
  8. 8 O' Munachino (3:35)
  9. 9 Siente Munacie' (4:16)
  10. 10 Miezzo a Festa (3:56)
  11. 11 O' Rinillo O' Rinello (3:51)
  12. 12 Vesuvio Reprise (1:14)
  13. 13 Plazza Dante (2:48)
  14. 14 Santa Notte (4:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Spaccanapoli Primary Artist
Lele Melotti Drums
Alessandro R.A. Benedetti Background Vocals
Monica Pinto Vocals, Background Vocals, Fx Vocals, Lead, Group Member
Oscar Montalbano Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Bouzouki, Electric Bass, Drums, Bass Drums, Background Vocals, Classical Guitar, Acoustic Bass, Group Member
Emilio DeMatteo Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Group Member
Giulio Antognini Stick, Background Vocals
Gennaro Petrone Mandolin, Mandocello
Franco Fraioli Double Bass
Marcello Colasurdo Vocals, Background Vocals, Tamburello, Lead, Group Member
Antonio Fraioli Percussion, Piano, Violin, Cymbals, Drums, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Snare Drums, Tamburello, Group Member
Technical Credits
Bernie Grundman Mastering
E Zezi Composer
Alessandro R.A. Benedetti Engineer, Engineering
Marc Bessant Graphic Design
Marcello Colasurdo Contributor
Antonio Fraioli Arranger, Composer, Contributor
Alessandro Benedetti Engineer
Peter Walsh Producer, Percussion Programming
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful, Stirring, Soulful, Heart Thumping!

    If you are reading these words, something must have brought you thus far....BUY THIS CD!...It's exquisite and ancient and soulful music is an absolute joy. Why this band hasn't recorded more than just this album baffles me. The hoardes should be clamoring! This album is filled with sensual, sad, stirring and uplifting music. If it doesn't make you want to dance, cry, make love or sing--you can't have a pulse. O'Mare and Vesuvio are two of the albums best. Spaccanapoli Bella!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sopranos!

    The best part of the entire cd is the "vesuvio"!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sopranos Episode 43 this season

    Vesuvio is the track played at the end of the episode at Furio's party...

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