VARIOUS – Ciao Bella!

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Connoisseurs of 1960s girl-pop have been well served in the modern era, particularly those with a preference for American or British singers. Good music, of course, is not exclusive to the English-speaking world, and collections devoted to the female vocalists of France, Japan, Spain and Germany are also available, but to the best of my knowledge their Italian counterparts have not been anthologised. If “Ciao Bella!”, released as a 12-track 180g white vinyl LP in gatefold sleeve, is the first of its kind, let’s hope it’s 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 which include the sitar-embellished ‘Il Mio Posto Qual’è’ by Ornella Vanoni, a convincing cover of ‘Baby Please Don’t Go’ by beat girl Caterina Caselli, Gigliola Cinquetti’s superbly orchestrated Eurovision-winner ‘Non Ho L’età (Per Amarti)’ and breathy-voiced actress Catherine Spaak’s bossa-flavoured ‘La Notte È Fatta Per Rubare.

Brunetta E I Suoi Balubas – Baluba Shake

Mina – No

Ornella Vanoni – Il Mio Posto Qual'è

Caterina Caselli Con Gli Amici – Sono Qui Con Voi

Isabella Iannetti – Un Amore Inutile

Catherine Spaa– La Notte È Fatta Per Rubare

Rita Pavone – Il Geghegè

Carmen Villani – Questa Sinfonia

Patty Pravo – Ragazzo Triste

Rita Monico  – Non È Mai Tardi

Mina – Se Telefonando

Nada – Pà Diglielo A Mà