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    TropicaliaA Brazilian Revolution in SoundSoul Jazz Records

    Tropicalia: A Brazilian Revolution in Sound. Tropicalia is one of the most significant cultural movements in Brazil encompassing music, film, visual art and theatre.

    ‘Tropicalia' is the first album to bring together all the key artists involved in the movement – Os Mutantes, Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Tom Zé, Gal Costa and many more.

    The Tropicália movement was born in 1968, a momentous year around the world. It was the year of the Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy assassinations, the Prague Spring, the Chicago Convention, the Tet Offensive in Vietnam and the anti-war movement, the student rebellion in France, civil rights, the beginning of the end for the Soviet Union and the birth of the women’s movement. In Brazil, army violence that killed three protesters in the opening months of 1968 failed to keep students from protesting the four-year-old repressive Brazilian military dictatorship. It was against this extraordinary backdrop that Tropicália arrived. As a coherent movement allied to worldwide political and cultural unrest, Tropicália lasted little more than a year, yet it had – and continues to have – a profound effect on Brazilian society.

    Mixing psychedelic rock, avant-garde musique concrete (tape loops, sound experiments), samba, funk and soul, Tropicália was so radical – and its social implications so politically profound - that its leading protagonists, Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, were arrested, imprisoned and finally exiled in 1969. Tropicália’s unique ideology mixed high art with mass culture. Tropicália created musical and cultural anarchy, a revolution in Brazilian sound with a legacy later to be internationally championed by such diverse artists as David Byrne, Beck, Kurt Cobain, Stereolab, The Bees and Tortoise. Tropicália artists loved the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix. They loved such forgotten Brazilian musical radio heroes as Dorival Caymmi, Luis Gonzaga and Orlando Silva as much as they were interested in the avant-garde of John Cage and Stockhausen. The Tropicália artists loved Joao Gilberto even though the rise of Tropicália in many ways resulted in the demise of Bossa Nova, the elegant Brazilian music that had swept to international prominence at the start of the Sixties.

    REVIEWS

     "Essential! The vibrant sound of late 60's Brazil" Q MAGAZINE

    "A near perfect primer to Brazilian psychedelica" TIME OUT

    "An exhilarating blend of Bossa Nova, acid rock and avant-garde samba, funk and soul" MOJO

    "Subversive, psychedelic and rocking. A superlative compilation" THE GUARDIAN (CD of the Week)

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    • Gilberto Gil – Bat Macumba
    • Os Mutantes – A Minha Menina
    • Gal Costa – Tuareg
    • Gilberto Gil & Os Mutantes – Domingo No Parque
    • Caetano Veloso – Alfomega
    • Gal Costa – Sebatiana
    • Gilberto Gil – Procissao
    • Caetano Veloso – Irene
    • Os Mutantes – Ave Genghis Khan
    • Jorge Ben – Take It Easy My Brother Charlie
    • Tom Ze – Jimmy Renda-Se
    • Os Mutantes – Ando Meio Desligado
    • Caetano Veloso – Tropicalia
    • Tom Ze – Quero Sambal Meu Bem
    • Gal Costa – Vou Recomecar
    • Os Mutantes – Panis Et Circenses
    • Tom Ze – Gloria
    • Os Mutantes – Quem Tem Medo De Brincar De Amor
    • Caetano Veloso – Lost In The Paradise
    • Os Mutantes – Bat Macumba
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    Brazil Bossa Beat!Bossa Nova And The Story Of Elenco Records, BrazilSoul Jazz Records

    Following on from our Bossa Nova album and deluxe book (compiled by Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker) comes this incredible collection of bossa nova tracks from Brazil’s infamous Elenco Records, the legendary record label  whose releases represent a who’s who of bossa nova artists in Brazil in the 1960s – Vinicius de Moraes, Edu Lobo, Baden Powell, Nara Leao and many, many more.

    This deluxe CD-pack comes with a massive 75-page book (and superb limited double heavyweight gatefold vinyl edition) containing extensive text on the music of Elenco Records and the story of the label, whose iconic output represented the pinnacle of Bossa Nova music in Brazil during this celebrated era.

    The best artists, the best designs, the best music, the best everything! – Elenco is the definitive Bossa Nova label (the equivalent of Studio One in Reggae, Blue Note in Jazz etc).

    None of these tracks have ever before been released outside of Brazil, and have over the years Elenco releases have become the holy grail for fans and collectors alike of Brazilian music.

    Elenco’s superb, high quality output featured all the bossa nova major artists and defined everything that was great in bossa nova and Brazilian music with stunning graphics and sophisticated sound.

    The booklet comes complete with a gallery section featuring the iconic designs of Cesar G. Villela whose covers defined bossa nova – stylish, cool and hip.

    Essential for anyone interested in Bossa Nova and the music of Brazil!

    Watch out for two more Brazilian album compilation releases on Soul Jazz to follow in the future – Jazz Bossa! and Brazil Funk

    Feature in the Economist

    Review in LA Weekly here.

    • Edu Lobo – Resolucao
    • Baden Powell – Consolacao
    • Quarteto Em Cy – Canto de Ossanha
    • Sergio Ricardo – A Fabrica
    • Edu Lobo – Zanzibar
    • Vinicius and Odette – Berimbau
    • MPB-4 – Beco Do Mota
    • Roberto Menescal – Cinco Por Oito
    • Nara Leao – Maria Moita
    • Sergio Ricardo – Enquanto a Tristeza Nao Vem
    • Edu Lobo – Upa Neguinho
    • Nara Leao – Nana
    • Baden Powell – Candomble
    • Edu Lobo – Reza
    • Quarteto Em Cy – Amaralina
    • Lennie Dale – Sambar de Mudar
    • Nara Leao – Consolacao
    • MPB-4 – Cravo E Canela
    • Lucio Alves – Negro
    • Baden Powell – Coisa No. 1
    • Roberto Menescal – Adriana
    • Sylvia Telles – Samba De Uma Nota So
    • MPB-4 – Sentinela
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    Brazil USA 70: Brazilian Music In The USA In The 1970sFeaturing Airto, Deodato, Sergio Mendes, Flora Purim, Sivuca, Donato & moreSoul Jazz Records


    All of the music featured here on this new Soul Jazz Records collection was created by Brazilian artists living and working in the USA in the 1970s.

    The album brings together some of these finest works and comes complete with extensive notes that explains the path these musicians took from Brazil to the USA and shows the political and musical links between Brazil and the USA that created the conditions for this unique fusion of these two distinct cultures, North American Jazz and Brazilian music, that occurred in the 1970s.

    In the early 1970s North American jazz musicians were eager to work with upcoming Brazilian musicians. Miles Davis invited Airto Moreira to join his new ‘electric’ band, Dom Um Romao (part of Sérgio Mendes’ legendary Brazil ‘66 in the 1960s) joined the fusion group Weather Report, Flora Purim and Airto both became a part of Chick Corea’s new project Light As A Feather, Wayne Shorter collaborated with Milton Nascimento, George Duke recorded Brazilian Love Affair, and so on.

    With all the attention placed on them from these important jazz artists, North America became the new musical playground for a large number of these Brazilian artists – Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Sérgio Mendes, Luiz Bonfá, Eumir Deodato, João Donato and many others.

    Most of these musicians had already experienced success through the earlier popularity of bossa nova in the 1960s, either at home in Brazil or in the USA. But by the end of the 1960s many Brazilian artists had left their own country, as the military dictatorship became progressively more authoritarian and repressive. In the USA, through their critically acclaimed work for Miles Davis, Weather Report, Light As A Feather etc., all of these artists were now given reign to explore new musical terrains away from the restrictions of both a musical genre and a state censor back in Brazil.

    The album comes as a deluxe gatefold double vinyl LP, complete with download code, full sleeve notes, exclusive photography, double inner sleeves. The CD contains CD plus a large 40-page outsize booklet all housed in Soul Jazz slipcase.

    • Airto – Samba De Flora
    • Duke Pearson and Flora Purim – Sandalia Dela
    • Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 – Batucada (The Beat)
    • Deodato – Skyscrapers
    • Milton Nascimento – Catavento
    • Airto – Tombo in 7/4
    • Luiz Bonfá – Bahia Soul
    • Dom Um Romao – Braun-Blek-Blu
    • Moacir Santos – Kathy
    • João Donato – Almas Irmãs
    • Sivuca – Ain't No Sunshine
    • Milton Nascimento – Rio Vermelho
    • Tamba 4 – Consolation (Consolação)
    • Flora Purim – Moon Dreams
    • Dom Um Romao – Escravos de Jo
    • Airto – Andei (I Walked)
    • 1. Airto – Samba De Flora
    • 2. Duke Pearson and Flora Purim – Sandalia Dela
    • 3. Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 – Batucada (The Beat)
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    Soul Jazz Records presents Brasil featuring Sivuca, Joyce, Raul de Souza and moreRecorded in Rio de Janeiro, BrazilSoul Jazz Records

    Brand new edition of Soul Jazz Records’ Brasil album recorded in Rio de Janeiro in 1994 with a host of legendary Brazilian musicians including Sivuca, Raul de Souza and singer Joyce Moreno – which has remained one of the key defining early releases from the record label. Out-of-print for over 20 years (!!!) the album has now been fully digitally re-mastered for this new 2018 edition.

    The album was recorded at the height of the first wave of interest in Brazilian music in London in the 1990s. Joyce and a group led by husband drummer Tutty Moreno had just been brought to the UK for the first time ever by Gilles Peterson and Brazilian music obsessive Joe Davis (and future head of Far Out Records) and performing to over 2,000 new young fans.

    Singer-songwriter Joyce has been a living legend in her native Brazil ever since the Bossa Nova movement of the 1960s and had made her first record when she was just 20, and described by Antonio Carlos Jobim as ‘one of the greatest singers of all time.’

    Joyce Moreno agreed to be involved in the project to record an album in Brazil produced with a UK sensibility and Tutty Moreno’s group signed up as the house-band for the project. Stuart Baker (founder of Soul Jazz Records) and Joe Davis then flew to Rio de Janeiro, searching out studios and rehearsal spaces.

    During this time in Brazil more artists signed up for the project including legendary figureheads of the Brazilian music Sivuca (who brought his own group) and trombonist Raul de Souza. Other key figures included singer/guitarist Celia Vaz who worked extensively as arranger with the legendary Quarteto Em Cy and drummer Dom Um Romao); Wanda Sá, who played in Sergio Mendes’ original seminal bossa nova group Brasil 65 (during which time she married the artist Edu Lobo); and legendary saxophone/flautist Teco Cardoso whose bio reads like a who’s who of Brazilian music and includes work with Edu Lobo, Dori Caymmi, Baden Powell, Joao Donato, Carlos Lyra and others.

    The final piece to this Brazilian jigsaw was the addition of percussionist Pirulito – whose stunning display of self-made instruments allowed him to magically create the massive sound of Rio’s Samba Schools live inside the studio. The album was recorded over one hot summer, mixed in London and then released at the end of 1994.

    Over 20 years on and Soul Jazz records’ Brasil album manages to capture both an important cross-cultural musical moment in time between Brazil and London while at the same time sounding as fresh as if it was recorded today! Following the original success of this album Soul Jazz Records’ continued its love affair with Brazil and went on to release a host of Brazilian albums including classics such as Tropicalia, Brazil 70, Bossa Nova, a Bossa Nova cover art deluxe book with Gilles Peterson and releases by Sergio Mendes, Baden Powell, Edu Lobo and more

    This new edition album is released with full original artwork and now comes as limited edition remastered vinyl edition (+ free download), limited edition Japanese heavy card CD edition and digital album.


    • Pirulito – Introduction
    • Pirulito – Batucada No.1
    • Celia Vaz & Wanda Sa – Zanzibar
    • Celia Vaz & Wanda Sa – Amazon River
    • Tutti Moreno & Group – Berimbau
    • Pirulito – Capoeira
    • Joyce – Magica
    • Sivuca – Forro
    • Tutti Moreno & Group – Misturada
    • Pirulito & Raul De Souza – Batucada No.2
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    Gilberto GilLouvacaoUniversal Sound

    NOW ON CD as deluxe Jap-style hard-cased exact repro digitally remastered box edition with Obi-card.

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    Superb collectors edition very limited deluxe (1000 copies worldwide ) VINYL ONLY  release on Soul Jazz Records/Universal Sound. bespoke 180gsm remastered audiophile vinyl, w/jap obi strip and thick card sleeve.

    This is the extremely rare debut first album from Gilberto Gil, first released in Brazil in 1967, at a time when Gil was a man already at the height of his creative powers and yet barely a few years into his career. 

    In 1967 Gil was already established as a Bossa Nova star in Brazil and had helped launch Musica Popular Brasileira, introducing traditional northern folkloric styles into the urban bossa nova style to create a new hybrid that effectively defined Brazilian popular music for the next 25 years.

    Just around the corner the musical and cultural anarchy of the Tropicalia movement was about to be created by Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Tom Ze and Os Mutantes. 

    Gil had first met Caetano Veloso in Bahia in the early 1960s. Alongside Maria Bethania, Gal Costa and Tom Ze they had formed the Group from Bahia. In 1965 he moved to Sao Paulo to launch his solo career after Elis Regina had a hit with Gil's own composition Louvacao.

    This debut 1967 album showed how confident Gil was in his musical inventiveness. As well as the title track, the album includes seminal tracks that have become classics of Brazilian contemporary music. 

    Viramundo (later covered by Sergio Mendes) effortlessly blended the north-eastern accordion baiao and xaxado rhythms of Luiz Gonzaga. Procissao, in contrast, took its starting point as the religious processions found in the Afro-Brazilian centre of Salvador. Songs such as Roda, instantly became classics of Brazilian popular music.

    Add to this the lyricism of poets and artists Chico Buarque, Torquato Neto, Capinam, Caetano Veloso, Tom Ze and Gil himself and we are presented with one of the most significant debut albums of Brazilian music from one of the most important artists in Brazil to this day.

    • – Louvacao
    • – Beira Mar
    • – Lunik 9
    • – Ensaio Geral
    • – Me Perdoe Maria
    • – A Rua
    • – Roda
    • – Rancho Da Rosa Encarnada
    • – Viramundo
    • – Mancada
    • – Água De Meninos
    • – Procissao
    • – Minha Senora
    • – A Moreninha
    Elis Regina In LondonUniversal Sound

    Soul Jazz Records/Universal Sounds Original Brazil Classics series.

    Legendary Brazilian vocalist Elis Regina's stunning 1969 landmark London album.

    An amazing, unique and highly successful mix of bossa nova, MPB, swinging funky orchestral grooves and more as Elis Regina hits the London studio scene, with UK musical direction by Peter Knight (arranger for Scott Walker). ‘Elis in London’ is a stunning and unique album mixing Brazilian and late 1960s British music sensibilities, from the queen of Brazilian music.

    Featuring definitive versions of classic tunes such as Edu Lobo’s Upa Neguinho as well as songs by Jorge Ben, Tom Jobim and Menescal. Elis Regina is perhaps the greatest talent ever to come out of Brazil - and this unique album was recorded at the height of her career.

    Brazilian musician legends Wilson das Neves, Meirelles and Antonio Adolfo alongside an absolutely on-fire set of Britain’s studio musicians creates one of the most successful meetings of musical worlds.

    This is a bespoke high quality box-edition CD of this seminal album with exact-reproduction artwork of the original album, never before released outside Brazil. Their is also a very collectable limited edition (1000 worldwide), exact-repro vinyl edition with hardback American-pressed sleeve and heavyweight 180 gm vinyl.

    • Elis Regina – Corrida De Jangada
    • Elis Regina – A Time For Love
    • Elis Regina – Se Voce Pensa
    • Elis Regina – Giro
    • Elis Regina – A Volta
    • Elis Regina – Zazueira
    • Elis Regina – Upa Neguinho
    • Elis Regina – Watch What Happens
    • Elis Regina – Wave
    • Elis Regina – How Insensitive
    • Elis Regina – Voce
    • Elis Regina – O Barquinho
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    Tropicalia: The Definitive 1968 Classic Brazilian Album Ou Panis et CircencisUniversal Sound

    This is the definitive Tropicalia concept album, originally released in 1968 and featuring all the key players in the movement: Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Os Mutantes, Tom Ze and Nara Leao. If you have the Soul Jazz Records' 'Tropicalia' compilation then this is the perfect accompaniment.

    Here you will find the original, groundbreaking mix of psychedelic rock combined with with boleros, sambas, bossa nova and jazz into a carnival-esque parade which redefined and first announced the new global sound of Brazilian music.

    What is stunning is that this anarchic and groundbreaking release was recorded at the height of the Brazilian military dictatorship, during an era where censorship, repression and the threat of violence was a constant in all (musical and) daily life inside the country.

    Rolling Stone magazine in Brazil has voted this album no.2 in the 100 Best Brazilian albums of all-time.

    This classic album is Tropicália’s manifesto - a fantastical syncretic fusing of psychedelic rock & pop, Brazilian traditional music and the avant-garde. Soul JAzz Records are proud to be presenting this original album in full exact reproduction glorious cover art and fully remastered sound.

    Essential!

    • Gilberto Gil – Misere Nobis
    • Caetano Veloso – Corocao Materno
    • Os Mutantes – Panis et Circencis
    • Nara Leao – Lindoneia
    • Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa & Os Mutantes – Parque Industrial
    • Gilbero Gil – Geleia Geral
    • Gal Costa & Caetano Veloso – Baby
    • Caetano Veloso & Gilberto Gil – Tres Caravelas
    • Caetano Veloso – Enquanto Seu Lobo Nao Vem
    • Gal Costa – Mamae Coragem
    • Gilberto Gil – Batmacumba
    • Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa & Os Mutantes – Hino Ao Senhor Do Bonfim Da Bahia
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    Tamba TrioTempoUniversal Sound

    Soul Jazz Records/Universal Sounds Original Brazil Classics series.

    Following on from our earlier release ‘Avanco’ comes Tempo – an album blending bossa nova and jazz with an unparalleled experimentalism. Originally released in Brazil in 1964, The Tamba Trio’s third album Tempo is a deep bossa jazz masterpiece.

    The group were centred around the genius pianist/composer Luiz Eca, alongside Bebeto on flute and bass and Helcio Milito on drums. Emerging out of Brazil’s new Bossa Nova scene at the start of the 1960s, they became the key group of musicians associated with all the major singers of the period - Carlos Lyra, Edu Lobo, Nara Leão, Sylvia Telles and more - as well as a stunning body of work as a group in their own right.

    This is a bespoke high quality box-edition CD of this seminal album with exact-reproduction artwork of the original album.

    There is also a very collectable limited edition (1000 worldwide), exact-repro vinyl edition with hardback American-pressed sleeve and heavyweight 180 gm vinyl.

    • – Boranda
    • – Nuvens
    • – Se Eu Pudesse Voltar
    • – Barumba
    • – Pregao
    • – Danielle
    • – Berimbau
    • – O Amor Em Paz
    • – A Morte De Um Deus De Sal
    • – Yansa
    • – Consolacao
    • – Moto Continuo
    Airto de MoreiraSamba De Flora (1980)Soul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records are re-releasing Airto Moreira’s classic album ‘Samba de Flora’, out of print for 30 years ever since its original release in 1988. The album is very limited to just 1000 copies only, pressed on both vinyl and CD.

    The impact of Airto Moreira in both the world of American jazz and in Brazilian music is unparalleled. At the start of the 1970s Airto was invited to join Miles Davis’ groundbreaking ‘electric’ group, which with albums such as the seminal ‘Bitches Brew’ helping Davis regain his title from John Coltrane as the most important jazz artist of all time.

    Two years later Airto helped establish two of the most important jazz fusion groups of all time: Weather Report, with Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul and Miroslav Vituous; and Return to Forever, with Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Flora Purim.

    Airto Moreira also began his solo career in the USA in 1970, and alongside his wife, the singer Flora Purim, and Brazilian artists such as Hermeto Pascoal, Sivuca, Deodato, Raul de Souza, Azymuth, all played a major part in the Latinised sound of American jazz fusion throughout the 1970s.

    By this time Airto established himself in the USA in the 1970s, he had already had a formidable career back in Brazil in the 1960s as an important figure in the Bossa Nova movement, which soon after spread throughout the world. Airto played in a number of important groups during this time – Quarteto Novo Sambalanco Trio and Sambrassa Trio (all of with Hermeto Pascoal) – which proved to be three of the most ground-breaking groups of this era.

    The album ‘Samba de Flora’, including the seminal jazz dance title track, is a masterpiece of jazz and Brazilian fusion and features Airto Moreira alongside Flora Purim, fellow Brazilian artist Raul de Souza and heavyweight USA jazz musicians Alphonso Johnson, percussionist Don Alias (from Stone Alliance), Cuban conga player Cachete and Argentinian pianist Jorge Dalto.

    The album was originally released on the small independent Montuno Record label (which was run out of the unassuming Record Mart record store situated in the Times Square underground subway station!) and has been unavailable for many, many years.

    This album is fully re-mastered and re-released by Soul Jazz Records for the first time ever, packaged in full original artwork on both vinyl (+ download code) and CD.

    • Airto – Parana
    • Airto – Samba De Flora
    • Airto – La Puerta
    • Airto – Dedos
    • Airto – Yanah Amina
    • Airto – El Fiasco
    • Airto – Mulambo
    • Airto – Latin Woman
    Baden PowellA Vontade (1964)Universal Sound

    Soul Jazz Records Original Brazil Classics:

    Brazilian guitarist and composer Baden Powell successfully radicalised and revolutionised Brazilian music when his album 'Baden Powell A Vontade' was first released in 1964.

    Powell and his songwriting partner, the celebrated Brazilian poet and diplomat Vinicius de Moraes launched with this album a new style known as Afro-Bossa, which connected Bossa Nova, Jazz and the heavyweight Afro-Brazilian rhythms of north-east Brazil to stunning effect.

    After succeeding in launching the bossa nova movement with his fellow composer Tom Jobim and singer Joao Gilberto, the poet and diplomat, Vinicius de Moraes, this time in partnership with the genius young guitarist Powell, looked deep into Afro-Brazilian culture for his inspiration.

    This resulted in a set of classic new songs such as Berimbau, Candomblé and Consoloçao all of which featured on the album Baden Powell a Vontade for the first time.

    These songs became standards in Brazilian music almost overnight (and remain so today) having been covered by everyone from Elis Regina, Edu Lobo, Nara Leao, Sergio Mendes and many 100s more.

    This album was the debut Baden Powell release on the super cool Elenco Records, an independent label in Rio de Janeiro set by Aloysio de Oliveira,  that was at the forefront of the Bossa Nova scene throughout the early 1960s. Elenco Records released many stunning albums by Powell, Sergio Mendes, Tom Jobim, Nara Leao, Vinicius de Moraes and other legends of Brazilian music.

    Baden Powell A Vontade features the iconic, stark and stunning artwork of the designer Cesar G Villesa, whose classic minimal black, white and red designs helped define the style of Bossa Nova throughout the world and for generations to come.

    This is a bespoke high quality box-edition hardback-cased card CD edition of this seminal album with exact-reproduction artwork from the original album.

    There is also a very collectable limited edition (1000 worldwide), exact-repro vinyl edition with a hardback American-pressed heavy card sleeve and also a heavyweight 180 gm vinyl pressing.

    • – Garota De Ipanema
    • – Berimbau
    • – O Astronauta
    • – Consolacao
    • – Sorongaio
    • – Samba Do Aviao
    • – Saudades Da Bahia
    • – Candomble
    • – Conversa De Poeta
    • – Samba Triste
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    Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66Stillness: The Original Classic 1970 Brazil Album Universal Sound/Soul Jazz Records

    Absolutely 100% killer Brazil album.

    Includes stunning versions of "For What It's Worth", "Chelsea Morning" and Gilberto Gil's "Viramundo"! The bomb.

    This classic and groundbreaking album was recorded in Los Angeles in 1970, at a time when Sergio Mendes was at the height of his commercial status with his incredibly successful musical blend of Brazilian flavours and American pop sensibility. 'Stillness' was a decisive break away from commercial pop towards a more serious and mature sound.

     Powerful new vocal songs such as Stillness and Righteous Life signified a new era in the music of Sergio Mendes. The Brazilian influence is, if anything, even more pronounced than before as Mendes and guitarist Castro-Neves - originally two central figures in the Bossa Nova scene in Rio de Janeiro in the early 1960s - dig deep into Brazilian music with amazing versions of Gilberto Gil's Viramundo and Caetano Veloso's Lost in Paradise.

     But what is new about this album is the perfect blending of this Brazilian sensibility with the deep West Coast sound at the start of the 1970s. Mendes augments his Brasil '66 group with Los Angeles players to stunningly interpret songs by Buffalo Springfield (For What It's Worth), Joni Mitchell (Chelsea Morning) and Blood, Sweat and Tears (Sometimes in Winter), creating a fantastic unique and mature new sound.

    Long-regarded a cult classic due to the club tracks 'For What It's Worth', 'Viramundo'', and the spiritual and musical depth of tracks such as Stillness and Righteous Life, Stillness' is a tour-de-force album.

    • – Stillness
    • – Righteous Life
    • – Chelsea Morning
    • – Cancao Do Nosso Amor
    • – Viramundo
    • – Lost In Paradise
    • – For What It's Worth
    • – Sometimes In Winter
    • – Celebration Of The Sunrise
    • – Stillness (Reprise)
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    Elis ReginaSamba, Eu Canto Assim !Universal Sound

    Soul Jazz Original Brazil Classics:

    In 1965, Elis Regina dominated the world of Brazilian music. Riding high on her success, the powerfully-voiced singer was the star of her own television show (O Fino da Bossa), winner of the first national broadcast musical competition (for TV Excelsior) and a stunning live performer on stage.

    Having emerged out of the Bossa Nova wave of the early 1960s, Elis Regina's stunning theatrical mixture of boss nova, samba, jazz and other music styles placed her at the top of her profession and her unique style effectively launched MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira), the new post-bossa nova modern musical movement in Brazil that would reign supreme for the next 20 years, as singers such as Gal Costa, Caetano Veloso, Jorge Ben, Chico Buarque and others embraced this new style.

    Artistically Elis Regina surrounded herself with only the finest songwriters and musicians such as Edu Lobo, Carlos Lyra, Marcos Valle, Vinicius de Moraes, Baden Powell.

    Whilst her music was apolitical, her criticism of the military dictatorship ( from a coup in 1964), led to persecution by the state, at one point the authorities forcing her to sing the Brazilian national anthem at a stadium concert, under threat of her family's safety.

    Elis was married twice, first to boss nova songwriter Ronaldo Boscoli and secondly to the musician Cesar Mariano. She tragically died in 1986, aged 36.

    Samba, Eu Canto Assim is one of Elis Regina's definitive albums recorded at the height of her career and long regarded as a classic release in Brazil. This is a bespoke high quality box-edition hardback-cased card CD edition of this seminal album with exact-reproduction artwork from the original album. 

    • Elis Regina – Reza
    • Elis Regina – Menino Das Laranjas
    • Elis Regina – Por Um Amor Maior
    • Elis Regina – Joao Valentao
    • Elis Regina – Maria Do Maranhao
    • Elis Regina – Resolucao
    • Elis Regina – Sou Sem Paz
    • Elis Regina – Pot - Pourri: Consolacao / Berimbau / Tem Do
    • Elis Regina – Aleluia
    • Elis Regina – Eternidade
    • Elis Regina – Preciso Aprender A Ser So
    • Elis Regina – Ultimo Canto