Various Artists - PAISA’ GOT SOUL - Soul, AOR & Disco in Italy, 1977-1986 2LP

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The folks at Four Flies Records pull together some very cool Italian tracks for Paisa Got Soul.  This 2LP compilation makes them available to everyone that can't/won't pay a fortune for originals, or want to find out about this stuff for the first time!  Grab a copy and enjoy an Italian version of City Pop music.  (Speaking of which, we're including this in the City Pop category so folks don't miss out on it.  We know it isn't Japanese and therefore many wouldn't consider it City Pop.)

This summer, dive with us into the often-overlooked sea of late ‘70s/early ’80s Italian Soul, AOR and Disco. Compiled by journalist, producer and digger extraordinaire David Nerattini (with a little help from our own Pierpaolo De Sanctis), PAISAGOT SOUL is the smooth and near-danceable soundtrack to a decade that is somehow still with us. A time of gentle grooves, summer loves and sweet escapism – one beautifully captured by Claude Nori in his photographs of Italian beaches and summer holidays. Welcome to the mood of an era.

  • “Paisà Got Soul” features pop veterans Peppino Di Capri, Mario Lavezzi and Alberto Radius alongside atypical singer-songwriters (Enzo Carella, Enzo Cervo, Gino D’Eliso), Italo-disco heroes (Stefano Pulga), international hit composers (Beppe Cantarelli, who has co-written for Aretha Franklin and Mariah Carey), Brazilian-born naturalized Italians (Jim Porto) and complete unknowns (Franco Camassa, I Ricci, Massimo Stella).
  • It brings together little gems that in most cases are no longer available on the market, or only available in their original and now very rare vinyl format

Track List:

  • Alberto Radius - California Bill
  • Mario Lavezzi - In Alto Mare
  • Beppe Cantarelli - Se Il Mio Canto Sei Tu
  • I Ricci - Vienimi A Pigliare
  • Eduardo De Crescenzo - Alle Sei di Sera
  • Jim Porto - Smettila (Po-Pará)
  • Barnaba - Bianco e Nero
  • Enzo Cervo - Solo Mó
  • Peppino Di Capri - Mo...
  • Franco Camassa - Non Andar Via
  • Stefano Pugla - La Mia Nave
  • Massimo Stella - C'é Una Donna Sola
  • Gino D'Eliso - Ti Ricordi Vienna?
  • Enzo Carella - Contatto
  • Serafini - Se Ti Va Cosí