Comprising soaring big beat ballads, the occasional guitar-driven nugget and other feminine pop gems of the stylish Italian variety, this much-anticipated follow-up to Ciao Bella! (one of Ace Records’ best sellers of 2015) offers further proof that there is musical life beyond the shores of English-speaking countries.
Bellissima! More 1960s She-Pop From Italy comprises an equal mix of superstars and obscure artists, performing songs of both Italian and overseas origin. Living legend Mina sings Cartoline, one of several numbers custom-composed by maestro Bruno Canfora to show off her fantastic vocal technique, and her arch rival Milva delivers the stomping Tamburino, Ciao…, another top-tier Italian original, while highlights of the selections by lesser-known vocalists include È Proprio Inutile by Meri Marabini and Il Beat... Cos’è? by La Ragazza 77, groovy covers of the Hollies’ You Know He Did and Sonny and Cher’s The Beat Goes On respectively.
CD - 24-Track CD with a picture-packed 24-page booklet.
LP - 14 Track 180 Gram White Vinyl LP packaged in a heavy-duty sleeve with an illustrated inner bag – each featuring a detailed track commentary by compiler Mick Patrick.