There was just something super groovy about Italian soundtracks. They were magical and whimsical. Think of "The Now Sound" with a sense of self irony and an international twist.
A group of artists (in assorted fields) got together and decided to record a Christmas album true to those Italian soundtracks of the 60s and 70s, "Molto Groovy Christmas". "Molto Groovy Christmas" is sheer genius and you're bound to find something for your holiday mixtape that will make all your family and friends sit up and smile. "Molto Groovy Christmas" arrives November 28...on CD AND vinyl (and digital download, of course).
I'm not going to say anything more just now because I'm hoping to give you a full review in the not too distant future. But, unless you grew up on Italian movies, you wouldn't understand, anyway, without hearing for yourselves. So go now and sample "Molto Groovy Christmas". You'll be glad you did.
Hard copy CDs are on the way, but may not arrive at online retailers until mid-December. You can likely get it sooner if you pre-order direct from Vinnie (email him at vazmusic @aol.com for details). Digital downloads of "A Retro Cool Mixed Bag Christmas" are currently available from CD Baby.
In fact, this is such a super Big Band record, it wouldn't even be in this post of "off the beaten path" selections for your mixtapes if not for one standout track...."God Rest Ye Merry Surfers". "God Rest Ye Merry Surfers" is the successful collision of Big Band, Surf, cartoons...and The Munsters. Even if the rest of the album sucked, that track alone is worth it. And, please note, "Holidays With A Bang" by the David Ricard Big Band does not suck.
Hard copy CDs are available direct from David Ricard and the digital downloads can be had at Amazon or CD Baby.