A beautiful collection of work from Chico Buarque – one of the most important singer/
songwriters in Brazilian music during the past 50 years! The first three records in the set are the classic Chico Buarque De Hollanda Vols 1, 2, & 3 – originally issued on RGE records, and pressed here on vinyl that's heavier and better than the original copies! The records mark the debut of a legend – a groundbreaking batch of tunes that helped shape the sound of popular music in Brazil for years to come! Buarque predates the Tropical
ia era on the records, but is working here in a style that clearly allowed for their later impact – a mode that draws on styles from bossa, folklore, and samba – but which somehow manages to rise into a groove that's all its own. Buarque's genius can immediately be summed up in classics that include A Banda", "Tem Mais Samba", "Noite Dos Mascarados", "Desencontro", "Roda Viva", "Carolina", "O Velho", and many more gems. Next up is the very obscure Chico Buarque De Hollanda Na Italia – an early record that really links Chico Buarque to the European scene – an audience that would keep Chico's music strong for many years, and with a reach that went far beyond some of his contemporaries! The set was recorded in Italy, but with all the charm and sparkle of his classic Brazilian recordings – and Chico sings in Italian, doing versions of some of his best early songs – all in a lively mode, inflected with samba and post-bossa grooves, and some of the best young songwriting of his youthful years. There's a slightly different vibe here than some of his other early records – but the overall sound is every bit as appealing – and titles include "La TV", "La Banda", "Juca", "Ole Ola", "Far Niente", "Maddalena E Andata Via", and "C'E Piu Samba".
(Four albums on heavy vinyl, with original artwork, in a limited box!)