The Follow-up to "Bossa Nova Lounge" Series Organized by Ronaldo Bastos features More of the Most Popular Brazilian Artists. Includes the Enchanting Music of Sylvia Telles, Sergio Mendes and Bossa Rio, Gal Costa, Jobim and Milton Nascimiento Among Many Others.
Caetano Veloso has been tied in a kind of historical knot for decades with Gilberto Gil, with whom Veloso helped spur the Tropicalia movement in the 1960s. And just as Gil's moved on to reference and discuss a panoply of themes in his music, so too is Veloso on an extended foray into nonmusical subjects. The sprawl of this package, with its lengthy, swirly-painted accompanying booklet, is aided by Veloso's essay on pop culture in his native Brazil. And while the points he makes--mainly about what literary theoreticians call the "simulacrum"--are cogent, you can't really hear the mark of his ideas in the music. No matter, really, since the music itself is a vertical stack of styles that's both tall and thick. On top of Bahian rhythms, frequently played in the style of drum troupe Olodum, are strong, swaying samba elements. On top of that are riffing, sometimes mellifluously floating horns, and on top of that is Veloso's smooth voice, which moves at an eased speed that counters the thronging sound of all the in...
World Psychedelic Classics 1: Brazil- The Best of Os Mutantes / Everything is Possible!
Manufacturer: Luaka Bop
"You must take a look at the new land," Os Mutantes singer Rita Lee softly proclaims on Everything Is Possible!'s English-language rewrite of Caetano Veloso's "Baby." The Brazilian psychedelic-rock pioneers were addressing a hoped-for American-British audience, but they could also have been singing to their own country's political establishment, which didn't take kindly to the Tropicalia era's fusion of Beatles and Hendrix influences with elements of bossa nova and samba. The result continues to reverberate more than three decades later in the work of Beck, Stereolab, and Cibo Matto, not to mention on late-'90s reissues such as this. Full of beauty, self-mocking good humor, and a command of varied styles that Lennon and McCartney would've envied, this enticing music is every bit as fresh as it must've sounded to South American swingers back in the day. --Rickey Wright
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