This is a great CD. It's not a parody of Italy. It's not EPCOT center Italy nor is it The Olive Garden (which is about as Italian as boomerangs and enchiladas). Lomax has collected authentic FOLK music. Folk means PEOPLE and this is music made by real people for the sake of making music, not for selling mass quantities of CDs. It is very authentic. Unfortunately, most of contemporary Italy shuns the traditions of the past in the same way that hip Americans regard our roots music as passe', so I'm glad that these songs are being recorded for prosperity. For those of you who want something to listen to while eating spaghetti covered in Kraft parmesian cheese there are plenty of cheesy collections of O Sole Mio and "tarantellas for the tourist" out there. But I would recommend checking out the Putumayo collection Italian Music Odyssey. It's a polished collection of good Italian songs by professional musicians, but it's not as gritty as this collection. I also...
OK. If you are into it, this is realy authentic folk playing and singing. Recorded in 1954 (excelently restored!), gives an overview of many Italian regions, not excluding minorities (Albanians of Calabria and Slavs of Venezia-Giulia), with the traditional music performed by local artists. Most impressive moment: A capella Calabrian song recorded on a fishing ship, while the crew (20 half-naked, (so the notes say!),fishermen) is raising an undersea net. It is a bawdy song, but strangely beautiful. You can hear squeaking and squeeling of the capstain throughout the song. Full notes, all texts and translations, and history. Bravo! No cheap commercial stuff, my friends, but real life material...
i come from italy and i must say it is very authentic. i love it. it sounds just like home. i do not knoww why anybody does not like it. if you want great italian music, i suggest this. it is very lively and happy. i love this cd. it remind me of home.
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