An incredible live album from Gal Costa – one that's easily as great as any of her studio albums from the time! But unlike the studio albums, the style here is quite spare and intimate – a very personal presentation of Gal's music, recorded in a way that has her starting out nearly solo at the start, then adding in band members as the concert rolls on. The first portion of the performance mostly features acoustic guitar and Gal's vocals – in a style that's a bit like late 60s Nara Leao or MariaBethania – but the second half gets more electric, often with some trippier Tropicalia touches! Titles include "Falsa Baiana", "Coracao Vagabundo", "Como 2 e 2", "Hotel Das Estrelas", "Mal Secreto", "Assum Preto", "Antonico", "Sua Estupidez", "Fruta Gogoia", and "Perola Negro". CD
The music of Antonio Carlos Jobim performed by Elis Regina, MariaBethania, Gal Costa, Sarah Vaughan, Zizi Possi, Rosa Passos, Sylvia Telles, Ella Fitzgerald, Robert Sa, Nara Leao, and Astrud Gilberto. CD
(Out of print.)
Edu Lobo —
70 Anos ... CD Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2014. Used ...
Edu Lobo at 70 – looking better than we did at 30 – working here in a wonderfully rich record that returns him to the glory of his most sophisticated sides from decades back! The performance is a live one – with a full orchestra behind the smaller combo – and Edu sings, and contributed all songs – and also gets wonderful help from guests who include MariaBethania, Chico Buarque, Bena Lobo, and Monica Salmaso – all artists who duet with Lobo on a few tracks each, then all join together at the end! The approach is beautiful – more collaborative than most other albums from Edu, but in a way that still retains the magic and majesty of his music. Titles include "Noite De Verao", "Ponteio", "Cheganca", "Vento Bravo", "Ave Rara", "Corcacao Cigano", "Valsa Brasileira", and "Canto Triste". CD
Music from the Mighty Diamonds, Gabriel Romero, the Abyssinians, Tabou Combo, Joe Higgs, MariaBethania & Gal Costa, Prince Far I, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, David Rudder, Bim Sherman & singers & players, Orchestre Kin-Bantous & more. CD
The first-ever record in the Luaka Bop legacy – a massive collection of Brazilian grooves that still serves as one of the best introductions to the music we can think of! Most of the artists here are the bigger names of the MPB generation of the 70s – but many are still very under-represented in the US market – which makes the collection of work here completely essential. The styles range from samba soul of Jorge Ben to the lyrical poetry of Caetano Veloso to the soulful drama of Milton Nascimento – and titles include "Ponta De Lanca Africano" and "Fio Varavilha" by Jorge Ben, "Cacada" by Chico Buarque, "Quilombo O El Dorado Negro" and "So Quero Um Xodo" by Gilberto Gil, "Quiexa" and "O Leaozinho" by Caetano Veloso, "Sonho Meu" by MariaBethania & Gal Costa, "Caixa De Sol" by Nazare Pereira, and "Anima" by Milton Nascimento. CD