Mondo Cane

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All Music Guide - Jason Lymangrover
Mike Patton's previous work scoring a Morricone-esque soundtrack A Perfect Place, covering themes from movie soundtracks The Directors Cut, embracing the language and music of other cultures Anonymous, and crooning Lovage, all invariably had a deeper purpose: preparation for his most elaborate endeavor to date which is saying a lot. Inspired by time spent in Italy visiting his in-laws and listening to the oldies station there a decade prior, for this project the vocalist extraordinaire performs renditions of cinematic Italian pop songs of the '50s and '60s, all while backed by a 40-piece orchestra, a choir, and a 15-piece band. To add to the grandeur, the recordings ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Lymangrover
Mike Patton's previous work scoring a Morricone-esque soundtrack A Perfect Place, covering themes from movie soundtracks The Directors Cut, embracing the language and music of other cultures Anonymous, and crooning Lovage, all invariably had a deeper purpose: preparation for his most elaborate endeavor to date which is saying a lot. Inspired by time spent in Italy visiting his in-laws and listening to the oldies station there a decade prior, for this project the vocalist extraordinaire performs renditions of cinematic Italian pop songs of the '50s and '60s, all while backed by a 40-piece orchestra, a choir, and a 15-piece band. To add to the grandeur, the recordings are taken from live shows, with the best bits pasted together from a slew of European performances using studio magic. Most of the parts are taken from the tour's first intimate performances in Italy, which is fitting. Mondo Cane sounds authentically Italian. Patton's time in his second home in Bologna was apparently well spent. His grasp of the language is exceptional; he sings naturally with the comfort of a true native and a flair for rolling "r"s throughout the bulk of the release. "Deep Down" lapses into English, only because the original does, in a masterfully embellished version of Ennio Morricone's theme from Danger Diabolik. Because the original soundtrack masters are M.I.A., this little slice of magic brings a previously unavailable piece of history back to life, and it's a totally worthy substitution. It's not surprising that Patton would pay tribute to his hero Morricone, whose material Ipecac reissued in the Crime and Dissonance set, but the big surprise and reward is when he takes risks with deep Italian cuts by Fred Bongusto, the Blackmen, Luigi Tenco, and Gino Paoli. All of these, while taken from a variety of styles, from Frank Sinatra pop to psychedelic garage rock, are covered as they should be: with proper respect to the original, while showing off the unique personality of Patton. Sure, he's showing restraint, and singing ballads, mostly, but that doesn't mean he's not going to go from an Operaman impression to a maniacal wail on a whim. Dynamic bombast is his specialty, and amazingly, it all fits perfectly within the confines of Italian pop. As outlandish as Mondo Cane is, it all somehow amounts to the most easily digestible thing in Patton's scattered discography. Weird, considering Peeping Tom was his so-called "pop project."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/4/2010
  • Label: Ipecac Recordings
  • UPC: 689230011927
  • Catalog Number: 119
  • Sales rank: 29,786

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Il Cielo In Una Stanza (3:55)
  2. 2 Che Notte! (3:18)
  3. 3 Ore D'amore (2:52)
  4. 4 Deep Down (3:21)
  5. 5 Quello Che Conta (4:03)
  6. 6 Urlo Negro (2:49)
  7. 7 Scalinatella (3:15)
  8. 8 L' Uomo Che Non Sapeva Amare (3:17)
  9. 9 20 KM Al Giorno (2:55)
  10. 10 Ti Offro Da Bere (2:27)
  11. 11 Senza Fine (4:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mike Patton Primary Artist, Vocals, Overdubs
Roy Paci Trumpet
Roberta Magnetti Choir, Chorus
Aldo Sisillo Conductor
Gegè Munari Drums
Antonio Borghini Electric Bass, Double Bass
Vincenzo Vasi Theremin, electronics
Alessandro "Asso" Stefana Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar
Riccardo Onori Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini Performing Ensemble
Fabrizio Aiello Percussion
Elena Bacciolo Choir, Chorus
Coralli Di Torino Choir, Chorus
Beppe Gismondi Choir, Chorus
Silvano Borgatta Choir, Chorus
Roberta Bacciolo Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Bert Kaempfert Composer
Mike Patton Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Digital Editing, Layout
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Lady T Layout
Anton Riehl Digital Editing
Daniele Luppi Arranger, Producer, Digital Editing
Martin Kvamme Layout
Massimo Carli Live Recording
Bernstein Composer
Fidenco Composer
Murolo Composer
Massara Composer
Buscaglione Composer
Bonagura Composer
Kenneth Weaver Layout
Regione Emilia Romagna Producer
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