Ciao Bella! Italian Girl Singers Of The 60s - Various Artists on Import LP
Connoisseurs of 1960s girl-pop have been well served, 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 many of their Italian counterparts have not been anthologized.
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 collection begins with Brunetta's prized dancefloor-filler "Baluba Shake" but the star of the show is the prolific Mina, queen bee of Italy's female singers, who provides two tracks: "No," a jangly folk rock nugget and and "Se Telefonando," a sophisto-pop opus courtesy of maestro Ennio Morricone.
Other highlights 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, and breathy-voiced actress Catherine Spaak's bossa-flavored "La Notte È Fatta Per Rubare."