Five full albums by the lovely Maysa – packaged here as a single set, with original artwork too! First up is Maysa E Maysa from 1959 – dramatic work from Brazilian singer Maysa – a set that's nicely balanced between two generations – the later, cooler modes of the bossa generation, and some of the more emotive styles that had come before! Maysa's rich vocal approach makes her a key talent in the latter mode – but the lighter elements on some tracks fit right
in with the former – showing the full range of Maysa's talents in a record that really lives up to its title's promise of many sides of the singer! Titles include great versions of "A Felicidade" and "Manha De Carnaval" – plus "Viver Em Paz", "Recado", "Pela Rua", "Castigo", "A Noite De Nos Dois", "So Deus", and "E Dai". Also fetaures a few bonus tracks. Voltei is early work from the lovely Maysa – accompanied here by the RGE Orchestra, in a style that's a mix of bossa and samba modes! The recording is filled with lots of the bluer tones that set Maysa apart from some of her contemporaries – hints of the deeper emotion you might find in Brazilian singers of the 50s, but served up here with a lean quality overall – one that's much more in the spirit of the bossa generation. Instrumentation is often nicely creative – a bit of organ, a touch of tinkling piano, or occasional snakey clarinet line to liven things up – all elements that keep the album lively, even when the tone is a bit melancholy. Titles include "Dindi", "Qualquer Madrugada", "Meditacao", "Alguem Me Disse", "Carinho E Amor", "Voltei", "Vem Conmigo", and "Cheiro De Saudade". Canta Sucessos is a mix of samba numbers and more romantic tunes from Maysa – all recorded in that classic style she used for sides like this with the RGE label! The instrumentation's nicely light on some of the samba numbers – with hints of bossa scoring at points, and mixing that has Maysa's vocals right
up front on most tracks. Mellower numbers have a bit fuller backings – some strings, but never used too strongly – and overall, the whole thing's still light years from US or European pop at the time, with an understated beauty that's really wonderful! Titles include "O Menino Desce O Morro", "Ri Samba", "Noite Chuvosa", "O Amor E A Rosa", "Estou Pensando Em Ti", "Um Novo Ceu", and "Diplomacia". Maysa Amor features Maysa doing what Maysa does best – singing a host of blue-tinged love songs, most of which have a pretty melancholy feel! The backings here are pretty great – often a bit leaner than Maysa's vocals, especially on the more upbeat numbers – which have an echoey, samba-based style in the rhythms, and some occasional organ lines that ring out in the background and illuminate things beautifully well underneath Maysa's lead. Some of the mellower numbers bring up the strings a bit more, but with an edge that's nicely unsettling, and quite far from mainstream pop – and titles include "Quizas Quizas", "Chorou Chorou", "Raizes", "Estou Para Dizer Adeus", "Chao De Estrelas", and "Murmurio". Cancao Do
Amor Mais Triste features great arrangements from maestro Erlon Chaves – warm, round, and fluid – in a way that mixes leaner bossa rhythms with the more romantic styles of an earlier generation! Maysa's more emotive qualities are nicely kept in check by the approach – and her vocals her flow along beautifully with the blend of strings, piano, and percussion used by Chaves – all presented in ways that remind us a lot of Deodato's best full orchestrations from the same period. The whole thing's nicely compressed, and never overdone – and titles include "Favela", "O Amor Que Acabou", "Mil Flores", "Ah Se Eu Pudesse", "Round Midnight", "Fim De Noite", "Cancao Do
Meu Amor", and "Agua De Beber".