Echoes Of Italy

Various Artists
FORMAT: Audio CD - 2 Disc
Release date: 18 Oct 2010

CAT No: FVDD072UPC TEXT: 5055311000725

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Continuing a series exploring the popular music of Europe, Echoes Of Italy offers the ideal snapshot of Italian music in the fifties. This superb collection presents almost two and a half hours of great performances by such legends as Sophia Loren and Mario Lanza, as well as artists like Marino Marini and Domenico Modugno, who enjoyed international chart success as the world succumbed to the charms of Italian pop. Echoes Of Italy casts its net wide to also explore the ties which bound Italian-American performers to the old country.

For many centuries, Italy has been famed for its romance and its music and no collection in our “Echoes” series will be more passionate or better sung. You will thrill to the soaring voice of Mario Lanza as he sings “O sole mio” and “La donna è mobile”. With his good looks and engaging personality, it is hardly surprising that he became a Hollywood star. This collection features such popular songs as ”Volare”, “Come prima”, “Buona sera” and “Arrivederci Roma” performed by Domenico Modugno, Marino Marini, Adriano Celentano and many other Italian stars. Some of the melodies will be familiar to you as the songs were often translated for the English-speaking market, but by and large our collection is performed in Italian. Around the start of the twentieth century, there was a mass immigration of Italians to America and as a result there are many, very popular Italian-American singers. We have included Perry Como, Connie Francis and several other entertainers. The more unusual tracks on Echoes Of Italy include Sophia Loren praising the mambo and Dean Martin worrying about his Italian pronunciation! There are the personality-laden voices of Louis Prima and Lou Monte and, in complete contrast, some Italian protest songs.

Whether or not you have been to Italy, these songs will transport you to such sunlit destinations as Rome, Naples and Sicily. Most of all, you will be transported the Trevi Fountain, so get ready to throw in your coins!



  1. Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare) (Domenico Modugno)
  2. Come prima (Marino Marini & His Quartet)
  3. Mambo Bacan (Sophia Loren)
  4. Comm’e’ belle a stagione (Connie Francis)
  5. O sole mio (Mario Lanza)
  6. Return To Me (Ritorna a me) (Dean Martin)
  7. Che bambola! (Fred Buscaglione)
  8. You Alone (Solo tu) (Perry Como)
  9. ’Na voce, ’na chitarra (Ugo Calise)
  10. Non dimenticar (Vittoria Mongardi)
  11. Il tuo bacio è come un rock (Adriano Celentano)
  12. Fontana di Trevi (Three Coins In The Fountain) (Katyna Ranieri)
  13. Papaveri e papere (Nilla Pizzi)
  14. Mama (Connie Francis)
  15. Io, mammeta e tu (Domenico Modugno)
  16. The Honeymoon Song (Marino Marini & His Quartet)
  17. Lazy Mary (Luna mezzo mare) (Lou Monte)
  18. Dove vola l’avvoltoio (Where does the vulture fly) (Pietro Buttarelli)
  19. Ciao, ciao bambina (Piove) (Domenico Modugno)
  20. Il ribelle (Adriano Celentano)
  21. Guaglione (Renato Carosone & His Quartet)
  22. Romagna mio (Secondo Casadei)
  23. Felicia no capicia (Louis Prima with Sam Butera & The Witnesses)
  24. Torna a Surriento (Michel Legrand)
  25. La donna è mobile (Mario Lanza)


  1. Kriminal tango (Piero Trombetta)
  2. Anema e core (Connie Francis)
  3. Luna rossa (Claudio Villa)
  4. Santa Lucia Luntana (Roberto Murolo)
  5. ’O surdato ’nnammurato (Sergio Bruni)
  6. Scapricciatiello (Aurelio Fierro)
  7. La pansé (Renato Carosone)
  8. Madonna delle rose (Oscar Carboni)
  9. La donna riccia (Domenico Modugno)
  10. Serenata Cortese (Monia Liter & His Orchestra)
  11. Roman guitar (Chitarra Romana) (Lou Monte)
  12. Torero [aka Torero Cha Cha Cha] (Renato Carosone & His Sextet)
  13. Vecchio frack (Domenico Modugno)
  14. Eternamente (Nilla Pizzi)
  15. Tutti gli amori (All Loves) (Michele Straniero)
  16. Sicilian Lullaby (Monia Liter & His Orchestra)
  17. Teresa, non sparare (Fred Buscaglione)
  18. Che m’e ’mparato a ffà (Sophia Loren)
  19. Chella lla’ (Marino Marini & His Quartet)
  20. Fontana di Trevi (Claudio Villa)
  21. Luna mezzo mare (Dean Martin)
  22. Funiculì, Funiculà (Mario Lanza)
  23. Italian Hucklebuck (Lou Monte)
  24. Buona Sera (Louis Prima with Sam Butera & The Witnesses)
  25. Arrivederci Roma (Renato Rascel)