Ritratto Di Gianni
Label: RCA RECORDS LABEL
There's something fantastic about hearing American-style pop in Italian mouths. The boyish Gianni Morandi was the perfect vehicle for early rock 'n' roll -- he's got this elastic delivery that can be a little cheeky one minute and perfectly earnest the next. A song like "La Mia Mania" feels like more fun than anybody has a right to, and the joy just continues: Sometimes you'll think you're hearing Jorge Ben rendezvousing with The Beatles in Italy.