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    ITEM#: 12688545

    Personnel: Mike Patton (vocals); Alessandro "Asso" Stefana (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin); Riccardo Onori (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Roy Paci (trumpet); Antonio Borghini (double bass, electric bass); GegS Munari (drums); Fabrizio Aiello (percussion); Vincenzo Vasi (electronics, Theremin). Audio Mixer: S. "Husky" H”skulds. Recording information: Angelica Festival Internazionale Di Musica; Teatro Comunale di Modena; The Piazzale Delle Terme Berzieri, Salsomaggiore, Italy; The Teatro Rossini Di Lugo; Vulcan, S.F. Arrangers: Daniele Luppi; Mike Patton. Mike Patton's previous work scoring a Morricone-esque soundtrack (A Perfect Place), covering themes from movie soundtracks (The Directors Cut), embracing the language and music of other cultures (Anonymous), and crooning (Lovage), all invariably had a deeper purpose: preparation for his most elaborate endeavor to date (which is saying a lot.) Inspired by time spent in Italy visiting his in-laws and listening to the oldies station there a decade prior, for this project the vocalist extraordinaire performs renditions of cinematic Italian pop songs of the '50s and '60s, all while backed by a 40-piece orchestra, a choir, and a 15-piece band. To add to the grandeur, the recordings are taken from live shows, with the best bits pasted together from a slew of European performances using studio magic. Most of the parts are taken from the tour's first intimate performances in Italy, which is fitting. Mondo Cane sounds authentically Italian. Patton's time in his second home in Bologna was apparently well spent. His grasp of the language is exceptional; he sings naturally with the comfort of a true native (and a flair for rolling "r"s) throughout the bulk of the release. "Deep Down" lapses into English, only because the original does, in a masterfully embellished version of Ennio Morricone's theme from Danger Diabolik. Because the original soundtrack masters are M.I.A., this little slice of magic brings a previously unavailable piece of history back to life, and it's a totally worthy substitution. It's not surprising that Patton would pay tribute to his hero Morricone, whose material Ipecac reissued in the Crime and Dissonance set, but the big surprise and reward is when he takes risks with deep Italian cuts by Fred Bongusto, the Blackmen, Luigi Tenco, and Gino Paoli. All of these, while taken from a variety of styles, from Frank Sinatra pop to psychedelic garage rock, are covered as they should be: with proper respect to the original, while showing off the unique personality of Patton. Sure, he's showing restraint, and singing ballads, mostly, but that doesn't mean he's not going to go from an Operaman impression to a maniacal wail on a whim. Dynamic bombast is his specialty, and amazingly, it all fits perfectly within the confines of Italian pop. As outlandish as Mondo Cane is, it all somehow amounts to the most easily digestible thing in Patton's scattered discography. Weird, considering Peeping Tom was his so-called "pop project." ~ Jason Lymangrover

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    UPC 689230011927
    Runtime 36 min.
    Type Performer
    Genre Rock & Pop
    Sub Genre Film Composers
    Label Ipecac Recordings
    Producer Daniele Luppi; Regione Emilia Romagna; Mike Patton
    Number of Discs 1
    Track Listing Disc 1
    • 1. Cielo in Una Stanza, Il
    • 2. Che Notte!
    • 3. Ore D'amore
    • 4. Deep Down
    • 5. Quello Che Conta
    • 6. Urlo Negro
    • 7. Scalinatella
    • 8. Uomo Che Non Sapeva Amare, L'
    • 9. 20 Km Al Giorno
    • 10. Ti Offro Da Bere
    • 11. Senza Fine
    Format Compact Disc
    Spars Coding n/a
    Artists Patton, Mike
    Country of Origin United States

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    • NOT WHAT I EXPECTED

      Back in the 60's I had the record of "Mondo Cane;" may have been a movie soundtrack, don't really remember but it was so beautiful and I played it constantly so I thought this would be the same..................WRONG!!! DO NOT LIKE IT!!! I might recommend it to kids now-a-days but NOT to my generation

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