Putumayo Presents: Italian Café

Putumayo Presents: Italian Café


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Putumayo Presents: Italian Café

This is a charming, if ultimately fairly inconsequential, collection of recordings from 1950s and 1960s Italy, along with a handful of songs by a few modern artists whose stylistic roots go back to the postwar era as well. The overall sound may come across as a bit kitschy to American ears -- there are lots of accordions and crooning, emotive vocals -- but if you spend some time with these recordings most of them will grow on you. Highlights include the quirky Vinicio Capossela's "Che Cossè l'Amor," Quadro Nuevo's jazzy instrumental "Tu Vuo' Fa' l'Americano," and Quartetto Cetra's slightly cute but really very engaging "Un Bacio a Mezzanotte." On the slightly less compelling side are Gianmaria Testa's contributions, the willfully goofy "Dentro al Cinema" and the self-consciously intense (and ultimately self-parodying) "La Traiettorie delle Mongolfiere," but the high points outweigh the low ones on this ultimately charming collection. Recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/21/2005
Label: Putumayo World Music
UPC: 0790248023823
catalogNumber: 238

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Jorge Maldonado   translation
Dan Storper   Executive Producer
Renato Carosone   Composer
Gianmaria Testa   Composer
Nicola Heindl   Illustrations
Daniele Silvestri   Composer
Giorgio Conte   Composer
A. Testa   Composer
Jacob Edgar   Liner Notes
Vinicio Capossela   Composer
Claudia Guarducci   Proof Reading
Walter Malgoni   Composer
Julien Massardier   translation
Bonnie Slotnick   Proof Reading
Gaëlle Erkens   Proof Reading
Diletta Giuntoli   translation
Maria Pierantoni Giua   Composer

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Putumayo Presents: Italian Café 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
my seven-year-old dances to it around the living room
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fabulous cd..silly and splendid. Great for a party!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago