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The Very Best of Lou Monte

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Lou Monte 5/20/1997

Review

Lou Monte, the king of the Italian-American novelty song, is well represented on this career-spanning anthology that contains selections from his terms with RCA Victor, Roulette and Reprise, including all of his Top 100 hits. Only a couple of ballads interrupt an otherwise non-stop program of novelties, many of which are Italian remakes of popular songs such as "(At The) Darktown Strutters' Ball" and "The Sheik of Araby." In Monte's world, even the animals are Italian, from the chipmunk-voiced "Pepino the Italian Mouse" and his feline friend ("Pepino's Friend Pasqual") to Rudolph the Reindeer's would-be successor, "Dominick the Donkey." "Calypso Italiano" recalls Rosemary Clooney's "Mambo Italiano" and was a logical response to the calypso craze in 1957. The only song lacking the Italian touch is "Elvis Presley for President," which Monte recorded at the request of his label. The popularity of The Very Best of Lou Monte prompted a followup anthology, The Best of the RCA Victor Recordings, to compile most of Monte's remaining RCA singles. ~ Greg Adams
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Darktown Strutters' Ball [Italian Style] Lou Monte 2:43
  3. 2 Somewhere There Is Someone Lou Monte 2:44
  4. 3 Italian Huckle-Buck (The Huckle Buck) Lou Monte 2:16
  5. 4 When I Hold You in My Arms (Comm'a Bella'a Stagione) Lou Monte 2:36
  6. 5 Roman Guitar (Chitarra Romana) Lou Monte 2:50
  7. 6 Calypso Italiano Lou Monte 2:42
  8. 7 Elvis Presley for President Lou Monte 2:2
  9. 8 Lazy Mary (Luna Mezza Mare) Lou Monte 2:38
  10. 9 The Sheik of Araby [The Sheik of Napoli] Lou Monte 2:15
  11. 10 Eh Marie, Eh Marie Lou Monte 2:28
  12. 11 Skinny Lena Lou Monte 2:32
  13. 12 Dominick the Donkey (The Italian Christmas Donkey) Lou Monte 2:27
  14. 13 Please Mr. Columbus (Turn the Ship Around) Lou Monte 2:10
  15. 14 Pepino the Italian Mouse Lou Monte 2:36
  16. 15 Pepino's Friend Pasqual (The Italian Pussy-Cat) Lou Monte 3:10
  17. 16 Mama Get the Hammer (There's a Fly on Papa's Head) Lou Monte 2:32
  18. 17 Paul Revere's Horse (Ba-Cha-Ca-Loop) Lou Monte 2:11

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