Saturday, June 18, 2011

Rocco Allegrezza-Ruggiero - Neapolitan Songs (1965)

Rocco Allegrezza-Ruggiero has very little information regarding himself floating around on the internet. I guess updating for the times isn't something Allegrezza-Ruggiero was concerned with, if he is even around anymore which is doubtful. Being no expert on the different varieties of Italian folk music, I'm forced to go with the little info implicit in the album. This is a 2004 reissue by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings of the original release from 1965, which lends creditability to the idea that this is legitimate Neapolitan folk music. I am sure there are those that read this that can actually understand him and I do often wonder what he's singing about. Regardless it is stripped down, beautiful acoustic guitar folk. If you can get over any hangups you might have regarding the stereotypical shit they play in Italian restaurant chains it is straight up some wonderful music.

To be had here:
Rocco Allegrezza-Ruggiero - Neapolitan Songs [224 VBR kbps]

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