Full Moon Mix: Cittadini e contadini

Italians are said to be light-hearted people. This mix proves this prejudice wrong. As this compilation reveals, Italian folk music is not about la dolce vita, but rather a deeply melancholic affair.

The title of this mix is borrowed from a record by Canzoniere Internazionale, who contribute the opener. “Cittadini e contadini” translates as “songs from the city and songs from the country”, and that’s what we find on here: rural and urban traditionals from Tuscany, Napoli and Sicily.

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1. Canzoniere Internazionale – E me ne stavo mesto a lavorare
Cittadini E Contadini – Canzoni Del Folklore Toscano, I Dischi Dello Zodiaco, 1973

2. Gruppo “Z” – Ballata per l’anarchico Pinelli
Canti Anarchici Italiani, Way Out, 1974

3. Duccio Belgiorno & Gino Carbonaro – Cantu ri li scugghitura
Musica Tradizionale Della Contea Di Modica, Control Data, 1988

4. Renato Carosone E Il Suo Quartetto – Maruzella
Carosello Carosone, Pathé, 1955

5. Romano – Tengo nu chiuovo ‘m’ pietto
Chansons Italiennes No 2, BAM, 1957

6. Coop12 Mesi – I pirati a Palermu
Si Cunta E S’Arricunta, Paladino, 1978

7. Sandra Mantovani & Bruno Pianta – Cecilia
Servi Baroni E Uomini, Albatros, 1970

8. Rosa Balistreri – Vinni a cantari all’ ariu scuvertu
Vinni A Cantari All’ Ariu Scuvertu, Cetra, 1978

9. Roberto Di Simone & Compagnia Il Cerchio – Jesce sole
La Gatta Cenerentola, EMI, 1976

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