A 5CD package filled with great work from this Brazilian samba legend – three full albums, plus two discs of rare material too! First up is the Candeia album from 1970 – lovely samba work from Candeia, a singer with a voice that's richly expressive, but often without any effort at all – a laidback approach that's instantly compelling, laid over some lively old school arrangements! There's a bit of horns mixed in with the percussion and backing vocals – making the set feel more like some early 60s set than you'd guess from the date – and Candeia more than lives up to the spirit with an equally classic sound in his vocals! Titles include "Sorriso Antigo", "Viver", "O Pagode", "Prece Ao Sol", "Outro Recado", and "Ilusao Perdida". Next is Seguinte Raiz – upbeat, lively, and mighty nice – an early 70s set from Candeia – a Brazilian samba singer who never cracked the big time, but who's well worth discovering all these many years later! The album's got a rootsy brilliance that's wonderful – and almost tops some of the bigger samba sets from the same generation – with an approach that's always right
on the money, making you feel that the music's got an organic quality that really matches Candeia's rich vocals! Titles include "Vem E Lua", "Saudacao A Toco Preto", "Silencio Tamborim", "De Qualquer Maneira", and "Vai Pro Lado De La". Samba De Roda is a damn great little record from Candeia – a set that's even rootsier than his earlier albums – with lots of heavy percussion at the bottom, and an earthy quality that really hits home right
from the start! Candeia's vocals are wonderful throughout – slightly raspy, and very individual – no easy samba cliches at all – and coming across with a sense of personality that makes us feel like Candeia's serving up the tunes just for us, right
on the spot! Titles include "Brinde Ao Cansaco", "Conselhos De Vadio", "Camafeu", "Acalentava", and "Sinha Dona De Casa". Then, the box also features a CD titled Raridas – which includes obscure singles and collaborations – including work with Escola De Samba Portela, Partido Em 5, and Dona Ivone Lara! And last is the CD O Compositor – which features 14 Candeia tracks done by other artists – including Os Autenticos, Mensageiros Do
Samba Da Portela, Osvaldo Nunes, Cabana, O Coral, Zaira, and others.