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1. Volare [Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu]
2. O Sole Mio [My Sunshine]
3. Santa Lucia
4. Come Back to Sorrento [Torna a Surriento]
5. Non Dimenticar [T'ho Voluto Bene] [From Anna]
6. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me
7. Oh Marie [Maria, Mari!]
8. Al Di La
9. That's Amore [That's Love] [From The Caddy]
10. Finiculi Finicula
12. O Mio Babbino Caro
13. Be My Love [From The Toast of New Orleans]
14. Brindisi [Libiamo] [From La Traviata]
16. Mambo Italiano
17. Botch-A Me (Ba-ba-Baciami Piccina)
18. Arrivederci Roma [Goodbye to Rome]
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 46284
Craig Leon; Joris Wolff; Chris Allen; Paul Power
Personnel: Angelica di Castro, Jessica Carvo, Gabriel Burrafato, Christopher Macchio, Miriam Pulto (vocals); John Paricelli (guitar, mandolin); Peter Tiehus (guitar); Benny Ludemann (mandolin); Dominique Paats (accordion); Hans Vroomans (piano); Marcel Serierle (drums).
Audio Mixer: Craig Leon.
Recording information: Bottomwood Recording, U.K.; Power Sound Studios, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Sear Sound, New York, NY.
Photographer: Clay Patrick McBride.
Arranger: Craig Leon.
The vocal quintet Bell'Aria was assembled through auditions from singers responding to an ad in Backstage magazine for the purpose of creating an act to play in Las Vegas. (Who placed the ad? Their press biography doesn't say, but a good guess might be Ian Ralfini, credited as executive producer of this album.) The idea of the act might be described as a cross between the Rat Pack and the Three Tenors, with a heavy distaff participation, three women (Jessica Carvo, Angelica DiCastro, and Miriam Pultro) joining two men (the baritone Gabriel Burrafato and the tenor Christopher Macchio) to sing Italian-oriented music ranging from 1950s pop standards popularized by the likes of Dean Martin to opera arias by Verdi. The inevitable album version of the act (which debuted at the Venetian in August 2010) mixes just that sort of music, with a higher complement of pop than opera. In solos, duets, trios, quartets, and quintets, the five young singers address songs like "Volare," "That's Amore," and "Be My Love" on the one hand, and "Brindisi" from La Traviata on the other. If this is a gimmick, so was the concept of the Three Tenors, and, having passed their auditions, these are five talented singers. There may be no personality voices like those of Martin or Louis Prima, nor voices of the distinction of Mario Lanza, but the singers do creditable jobs with the material. It's hard to believe there's more than one more album in this concept, but as a souvenir of a Vegas act aimed at Italian-Americans, it was at least worth doing once. ~ William Ruhlmann
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