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Album Review

Connie Francis' Italian-language recordings from the late '50s and '60s are among her most acclaimed records, both by critics and her fans. The two-volume The Italian Collection is the first comprehensive American CD compilation of these records, featuring selections from her five Italian albums — Sings Italian Favorites, More Italian Favorites, Sings Modern Italian Hits, Mala Femmena & Connie's Big Hits from Italy, and Love, Italian Style — as well as Italian singles and live tracks. Francis herself compiled the discs, and the results are wonderful. Any serious fan who hasn't heard this music needs to acquire this collection, and fans familiar with this material should be pleased with the remastered sound, extensive liner notes, and previously unpublished photos. Among the highlights on Vol. 1 are "Tango Della Gelosia," "Terra Straniera," "Tango Delle Rose," "Ciao, Ciao Bambino," "Arrivederci Roma," "Canta Ragazzina," "La Paloma," and "Addio, Mi' Amore."

Customer Reviews

Still the queen of soft ballads!

This is Connie Francis at her very best - she proves beyond a doubt that she is a great singer! I enjoyed.

Long lost treasure

What a voice! Masterful inflections and tonal quality. It's like discovering a long lost treasure.

Italian Collection, Vol. 1

Her voice still brings me chills, whenever I listen to her.Her music was a large part of my young adult life and will enjoy her music until the day I die.


Born: December 12, 1938 in Newark, NJ

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Connie Francis is the prototype for the female pop singer of today. At the height of her chart popularity in the late '50s and early '60s, Francis was unique as a female recording artist, amassing record sales equal to or surpassing those of many of her male contemporaries. Ultimately, she branched into other styles of music -- big band, country, ethnic, and more. She still challenges Madonna as the biggest-selling female recording artist of all time. Like Madonna, Concetta Rosemarie Franconero came...
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The Italian Collection, Vol. 1, Connie Francis
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  • $7.99
  • Genres: Vocal, Music, Pop, Pop/Rock
  • Released: Nov 18, 1997

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