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Studio Album, released in 2010

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Il Cielo In Una Stanza (3:56)
2. Che Notte! (3:18)
3. Ore D'Amore (2:53)
4. Deep Down (3:22)
5. Quello Che Conta (4:04)
6. Urlo Negro (2:49)
7. Scalinatella (3:15)
8. L'Uomo Che Non Sapeva Amare (3:17)
9. 20 KM Al Giorno (2:56)
10. Ti Offro Da Bere (2:28)
11. Senza Fine (4:38)

Total Time: 36:56

Line-up / Musicians

- Mike Patton / vocals, arranger & co-producer

- Roberta Magnetti / vocals
- Roberta Bacciolo / vocals
- Elena Bacciolo / vocals
- Beppe Gismondi / vocals
- Silvano Borgatta / vocals
- Coralli Di Torino / chorus vocals
- Riccardo Onori / electric & acoustic guitars
- Alessandro Stefana / electric & acoustic guitars, mandolin
- Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini / orchestra
- Aldo Sisillo / conductor
- Roy Paci / trumpet
- Enrico Zavalloni / Hammond, clavinet, Moog, Farfisa
- Vincenzo Vasi / Theremin, electronics
- Antonio Borghini / acoustic & electric basses
- Gegè Munari / drums
- Fabrizio Aiello / percussion

Releases information

Cover versions of 1950s / 60s Italian pop music, by Ennio Morricone and others, arranged for a 40-piece orchestra, partially recorded Live

Artwork: Martin Kvamme with Cristina and Mike Patton

CD Ipecac Recordings ‎- IPC 119 (2010, US)

LP Ipecac Recordings ‎- IPC 119LP (2010, US)

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MIKE PATTON Mondo Cane ratings distribution

(34 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(26%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(50%)
Good, but non-essential (21%)
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Review by Rune2000
3 stars Just like John Zorn who defies placement under any genre or label, Mike Patton has now followed his mentor's steps and once again broadened the possibilities of his musical talents.

Mondo Cane is an album filled with renditions of cinematic Italian pop songs from the '50s and '60s all sung in their native language by Mr.Patton. Backed by an orchestra and recorded during two live shows, among them one in Italy, this album shows everything you might or might not care to know about Mike Patton's vocal and linguistic abilities. This material shows off just how unique of a personality that he possesses and if you could handle Patton singing tenor-style vocals on an opera-sounding Il Cupo Dolore off A Perfect Place or any of his previous solo albums then I'm sure that you'll enjoy bits and pieces of this release.

Granted that this material is void of anything resembling prog or avant-garde, Mondo Cane is not for everyone but there's just enough charm to this material for a lovely easy listening session. I can definitely recommend playing it while having a few guests over just to hear them ask what music this is. Then you can go about and tell them everything you know about Patton, but make sure not to go overboard by completely alienating them in the process. The album features a total of 11 tracks where each displays something new about Mike Patton may it be his great pronunciation on the quirky Che Notte! or passionate and sweet delivery on Ti Offro Da Bere, this release displays it all!

Even though I seem to be enthusiastic about Mondo Cane, which I am, there is no real point in recommending it to anyone but the fans and even some of them might scratch their heads when experiencing this album for the first time. Still one can't blame Mike for any lack of ideas and that's why I award the album a shaky good, but non-essential rating for showing how an artist can go about when broadening their scope of abilities.

**** star songs: Il Cielo In Una Stanza (3:56) Ore D'Amore (2:53) Deep Down (3:22) Quello Che Conta (4:04) Ti Offro Da Bere (2:28) Senza Fine (4:38)

*** star songs: Che Notte! (3:18) Urlo Negro (2:49) Scalinatella (3:15) L'Uomo Che Non Sapeva Amare (3:17) 20 KM Al Giorno (2:56)

Review by UMUR
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Mondo Cane is the 5th full-length studio album ( including a couple of soundtracks) by American experimental rock artist Mike Patton. The album was released May 2010 by Ipecac Recordings. The prolific vocalist is assisted by the Filarmonica Arturo Tuscanini orchestra and choir which is conducted by Aldo Sisillo.

Mondo Cane continues a Mike Patton tradition in the sense that you should expect the unexpected. This time the singer has chosen to cover 50s and 60s Italian pop songs backed by an orchestra and a choir. All songs have Italian lyrics. As usual a bold move that Mike Patton more or less pulls off with ease. The man has an extremely versatile vocal style and while it's only Urlo Negro that features some semi-aggressive vocals, we're still presented with a plethora of different "clean" vocal styles on the album. The backing works really well and gives the songs the right atmosphere but it's Mike Patton's vocals that are the center of attention. There's a nostalgic and sentimental atmosphere to most of the songs that really grap my attention, but images of spies and femme fatales also come to mind in the most energetic of the tracks like Che Notte! and the above mentioned Urlo Negro. Mostly the songs are just really warm and pleasant to listen to. A kind of arty easy listening experience.

The sound is warm and the album is very well produced.

I had read a couple of reviews of Mondo Cane before I listened to the album and therefore I wasn't too surprised by the music style, but I didn't expect to enjoy myself as much as I did. While I don't find Mondo Cane to be a revelation in any way a 3.5 star rating is still deserved for a very pleasant and warm album.

Review by TCat
4 stars With Mike Patton's history in music, I think it is safe to say that the biggest surprise he could give us now would be to not surprise us at all. His versatility shines through on this album where he ventures into arranging and singing classic Italian cinema songs. This album is completely in Italian and his amazing voice is backed up by beautiful orchestral arrangements. One of the nicest things about this album is that the songs sound updated yet they still retain that genuine classical Italian flavor. You could be in any Italian ristorante listening to this music and think you are listening to a native speaking Italian. But Patton fans need not dispair, the voice is uniquely Mike Patton's voice and that's what makes this so wonderful. He pulls off the drama and the dynamics of these songs to convince you he is totally in a realm he belongs in singing Italian music and adds his own twists and turns so that you remember he is a contemporary artist and that there is no doubt that this is 100% Mike Patton. He even takes a slightly dark turn (not as extreme as some other albums however) in the arrangements "Che Notte!" and "Urlo Negro". The orchestral arrangements are beautiful and really are essentail to this collection, the most beautiful in my opinion is "Quello Che Conta". This album is excellent and should be added to anyone's collection that considers themselves a Mike Patton fan, it should be explored by prog lovers, but it probably could not be considered essential. There really is no new ground explored here, but the arrangements of the songs and production of this album is so well done that it should not be passed by if at all possible. Look this one up, especially if you are a fan or if you are into Italian Progressive.

Latest members reviews

5 stars Let me start by saying that im a huge Rock Progressivo Italiano fan, a friend of mine sent me this album, and I had no idea what to expect (truth be told I was expecting Faith No More) I began listening and I was pleasantly surprised, it’s all covers of 50’s 60’s Italian pop ... (read more)

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