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Album Review

A sampling of the early recordings of Caetano Veloso, who broke into the Brazilian music scene on the wings of Tropicalia, this winning anthology covers a bewildering variety of styles which the soft-spoken firebrand had at his command. There is pure bouncy Brazilian pop ("Beleza Pura"), romantic bossa nova ("Coisa Mais Linda"), a sprouting Hawaiian guitar in the background ("Muito"), a repetitive folk flavor that would pop up again in his career ("O Leaozinho"), light-as-a-feather electro pop ("Podres Poderes"), songs that end up in the air ("Menino do Rio"), and '60s Top 40 rock with a North American accent ("Supercabana"), to name but a few. A really engaging tune which you won't be able to get out of your head is "Soy Loco por Tí, Ameríca," which piles a light samba beat on top of a vintage Motown bassline. Unfortunately, there are no translations of the Portuguese lyrics, no recording dates or personnel, not even the album sources, so you're on your own. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi

Customer Reviews

A great intro to a great artist

This was the album that first got me into the wonderful Mr. Veloso. I first heard him in a class on popular music in Portuguese (I was a Spanish and Portuguese studies major) and loved him. This album si a good representation of his earlier work. He has done excellent work his entire career, but these really are some of his best. Although this is a compilation, it actually does flow quite well even though the style varies greatly from song to song. That is the magic of Caetano though; he manages to move through genres effortlessly, owning them all as he explores them. For those of you who know any Portuguese, he also has absolutely fantastic lyrics.


Born: August 7, 1942 in Santo Amaro da Purificação, Brazi

Genre: MPB

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A true heavyweight, Caetano Veloso is a pop musician/poet/filmmaker/political activist whose stature in the pantheon of international pop musicians is on a par with that of Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, and Lennon/McCartney. And even the most cursory listen to his recorded output over the last few decades proves that this is no exaggeration. Born in 1942 in Santo Amaro da Purificacao in Brazil's Bahia region, Veloso absorbed the rich Bahian musical heritage that was influenced by Caribbean, African, and...
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