ALBUM: STUDIO UNO // STUDIO UNO 66
LABEL (YEAR): RIFI (1965 / 1966)
FOR FANS OF: DAVID BOWIE, THE BEATLES, PATTY PRAVO
Words by Sam Hall
Anna Maria Quaini, more commonly known as the beguiling songstress Mina, is without doubt one of the most successful Italian singers of all time. A dominant figure in the '60s and '70s, she was deemed a national treasure for her vocal finesse and consistent musical output. These beautifully coupled early records, recorded months apart from one another in the same studio, showcase her resolute talent and knowingly foretell her rise to stardom and ultimate musical influence.
'Se Telefonando', co-written by screen-great Ennio Morricone, should justify your interest alone. The key theme of the song plays around three notes taken from a police car siren in Marseilles – this self-imposed artistic constraint doesn't seem to limit the song's potential as it's without doubt the best song she's ever recorded.
If you're in search of some perfectly constructed '60s dittys in the vein of Lennon and McCartney that ooze continental class, look no further.
Want to hear more of the great Italian songwriters? Check out our introduction to Italian songwriters.