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Italy: Avanti Popolo! (Forward People!)

Various Artists
Italy: Avanti Popolo! (Forward People!)

This collection features protest songs and political ballads from the post-World War II years into the 1970s. The 17 songs were collected by researchers working for Il Canzoniere Italiano (The New Italian Song), the first politically oriented group that gathered songs about the Italian working class and used them as a cultural tool to promote unity among workers. The songs relate the increasing political awareness of the working class of the late 1960s and 1970s, and its continuous demand for basic rights and better working conditions.

Liner notes describe the origins of each track and its history, including lyrics from older folk songs that inspired them.

Track Listing

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Lamentu ppi la Morti di Turiddu Carnivali (Lament for the Murder of Turiddu Carnivali) Cicciu Busacca 3:15
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102
Bandiera Rossa (The Red Flag) Brass Band of Conselice 1:12
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103
Sacco and Vanzetti (Sacco and Vanzetti) Giovanna Daffini and Vittorio Carpi 4:22
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104
Se Otto Ore Son Troppo Poche (If Eight Hours are Not Enough) Rice-harvesters from Novellara, Reggio Emilia 2:09
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105
Tarantella dei Baraccati (Squatters' Tarantella) Singer from Polistena, Reggio Calabria 2:49
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106
Guarda Giú dalla Pianura (Look Down the Plain) Rice-harvester from Cremona, Lombardia 1:27
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107
Noi Vogliamo L'Uguaglianza (We Want Equality) Members of a rice-harvesters' co-op, "Cappuccini" 3:09
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108
E Noi Che Siamo Donne (We Who are Woman) Crouzet workers 1:41
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109
Quadernos Iscrittos (Notebooks Written) Peppino Marotto 3:09
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110
Bella Ciao (Goodbye Dear) singers of the "Bella Ciao" production in Spoleto 1:35
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201
La Basi Americane (The American Bases) Rudi Assuntino 2:25
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202
Per I Morti di Reggio Emilia (For the Martyrs of Reggio Emila) Fausto Amodei 3:40
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203
O Cara Moglie (My Dear Wife) Ivan Della Mea 3:42
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204
Gli Ingranaggi (Machinery) Gualtiero Bertelli 4:07
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205
Ballata Della Fiat (Ballad of Fiat) Alfredo Bandelli 4:23
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206
Povero Pinelli (Poor Pinelli) Luisa Ronchini and Canzoniere Popolare Veneto 2:01
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Contessa (Countess) Paolo Pietrangeli 3:23
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