- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 2004
- Label: Collectables Records
- Original Album #1: MGM 3791 (1959)
- Original Album #2: MGM 3871 (1960)
Description by OLDIES.com:
Born Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero, Connie Francis was one of the most successful female artists of the 50s and 60s. These two albums, originally released on the MGM label, are two of her best "internationally-themed" recordings. "Sings Italian Favorites" went as high as #4 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart when released, and the single "Mama" hit #8 on the Pop Singles chart. "More Italian Favorites" hit #9.
- 1.Comm'e Bella A Stagione
- 2.Anema E Core
- 3.Arrivederchi Roma
- 4.You Alone
- 6.Non Dimenticar
- 7.Toward The End Of The Day
- 8.Ciao Ciao Bambino
- 10.Do You Love Me Like You Kiss Me
- 11.I Have But One Heart
- 12.There's No Tomorrow
- 13.Santa Lucia
- 14.Come Back To Sorrento
- 16.Senza Mamma E Nnamurata
- 17.Just Say I Love Him
- 18.Funiculi, Funicula
- 19.Summertime In Venice
- 20.Roman Guitar
- 22.Nights Of Splendor
- 23.Tell Me You'Re Mine
- 24.That's Amore
- 25.Ritorna A Me
- 26.The Lovliest Night Of The Year
2 LPs on 1 CD: SINGS ITALIAN FAVORITES (1959) / MORE ITALIAN FAVORITES (1959).
Liner Note Authors: Connie Francis; George Christy; John Tobler.
It's doubtful that anyone born after the '60s remembers Connie Francis well, despite the fact that she was a mega pop star during the late '50s and throughout the '60s. Albums like Sings Italian Favorites and More Italian Favorites sold faster than hotcakes at the local fire department fundraiser, making Concetta Rosemarie Franconero the forerunner to female performers like Madonna (though Francis' wardrobes tended to be more conservative). The 2004 release of these two albums will most strongly appeal to those who remember Francis from her heyday, and have been waiting for her many, many albums to be reissued. The songs, sung in English and Italian, and backed by a full orchestra, don't hold up in the way an Ella Fitzgerald recording does, but Francis is a good singer with a soft, romantic lilt to her voice. And while one wouldn't call the production masterful, the MGM crew keeps a fairly even hand on things for Sings Italian Favorites. The second album, More Italian Favorites, is a bit more bombastic, and more echo -- which isn't needed -- is added to Francis' voice. For old fans, or anyone curious about the types of songs that made mom and dad fall in love, Sings Italian Favorites/More Italian Favorites will be a blast from pop history's past. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.
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Music Lover: Michael Weingardner
Newark, NJ US
-- May, 9, 2004
Listening to Connie sing again her 1960 top ten hit Mama, and her versions of Non Dimenticar, I Have But One Heart, Ritorna A Me, That's Amore, and the 21 others was like listening to them for the very first time. The sound is excellent. Connie's voice and orchestrations on each song is so crystal clear that I actually heard things that I never heard before.
Thank you Collectables for making these two classic Connie albums, in their entirety, available on one CD. I can only hope you will continue and put more of her albums on CDs such as, Mala Femmena, Modern Italian Hits, Jealous Heart and Follow the Boys, just to name a few.
Connie is one of the greatest female singers of all time and it's wonderful to have her, and her music back.