A much-needed look at the 70s work of Jards Macale – a singer/
songwriter who was almost as important to his generation as Caetano Veloso or Tom Ze
! First up is the 1972 self-titled album Jards Macale – an album that we'd rank right up there with work by Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, or Lo Borges from the same time – with an underground singer/
songwriter style, performed in a manner that mixes rock and jazz styles, but all with a rough edge and a very rootsy feel. Macale is an enormous talent that's always been woefully overlooked by listeners outside of Brazil – but he's one of the greatest talents of the 70s, and this may well be his best album! Titles include "Farinha Do Desprezo", "Mal Secreto", "Hotel Das Estrelas", "78 Rotacoes", and "Movimento Dos Barcos". Also features 3 bonus tracks – "Anjo Exterminado", "Movimento Dos Barcos", and "Rua Real Grandeza". Next is Aprender A Nadar, from 1974 – a record that only seems to deepen the songwriting skills of Jards, while also giving him more confidence on the vocal tip. There's still plenty of sharp edges throughout – on material that ranges from post-Tropicalia MPB, to mellow tracks delivered in a smooth soulful voice. Titles include "Jards Anet Da Vida", "Sois Coracoes", "Imagens", "Dona De Castelo", "Estatutos Da Gafieira", "Mambo Da Cantareira", and "E Dai". Also fetaures bonus tracks – demos of "Boneca Semitoica", "Dona De Castelo", "Rua Real Grandeza", "Anjo Exterminado", and "Senhor Dos Sabados". Box set also features 2 more CDs of rare and unissued tracks – 24 more titles that run from Jards' earliest years on record, to some overlooked tracks from later years too!