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Mondo Cane
     

Mondo Cane

by Mike Patton
 

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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

Overview

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."

Product Details

Release Date:
05/04/2010
Label:
Ipecac Recordings
UPC:
0689230011927
catalogNumber:
119
Rank:
46866

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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,Layout
Lady T   Layout
Daniele Luppi   Arranger,Producer
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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