180g White Vinyl LP!
Connoisseurs of 1960s girl-pop have been well served in today's market, particularly those with a preference for American or British singers. Good music, of course, is not exclusive to the English-speaking world. Collections devoted to the female vocalists of France, Japan, Spain, and Germany are also available, but to the best of Ace Records' knowledge, their Italian counterparts have not been anthologized. If Ciao Bella!, released as a 12-track white vinyl LP in gatefold sleeve is the first of its kind, lets hope its not the last.
In a country known for its song festivals, most notably the prestigious event held annually in Sanremo, lushly orchestrated ballads have always been especially popular, and a few exceptional examples are featured here. The album opens, however, with a selection of uptempo titles.
The 12-track vinyl LP opens with Brunetta's prized dance floor-filler 'Baluba Shake' and closes with 'Pà Diglielo A Mà', a dramatic ballad by big-voiced Nada. The prolific Mina - queen bee of Italy's female singers - gets two tracks: folk rock nugget 'No' and 'Se Telefonando,' a sophisto-pop epic courtesy of maestro Ennio Morricone.
Other highlights include the sitar-embellished Il Mio Posto Qualè by Ornella Vanoni, a convincing cover of Baby Please Dont Go by beat girl Caterina Caselli, Gigliola Cinquettis superbly orchestrated Eurovision-winner Non Ho Letà (Per Amarti) and breathy-voiced actress Catherine Spaaks bossa-flavored La Notte È Fatta Per Rubare.'
1. Baluba Shake - Brunette & Her Balubas
2. No - Mina
3. Il Mio Posto Quale - Ornella Vanoni
4. Sono Qui Con Vol - Caterina Caselli & Friends
5. Un Amore Inutile - Isabella Iannetti
6. La Notte E Fatta Per Rubare - Catherine Spaak
1. Il Geghege - Rita Pavone
2. Questa Sinfonia - Carmen Villani
3. Ragazzo Triste - Patty Pravo
4. Non E Mal Tardi - Rita Monico
5. Se Telefonando - Mina
6. Pa Diglielo A Ma - Nada