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This 1969 album was a huge success when it was released in Brazil and produced several great hits, like the sweet and catchy "Cadê Teresa," the love ballad "Que Maravilha," and "País Tropical," one of Ben's most popular and well-known songs. The English-titled track "Take It Easy My Brother Charles" is an excellent example of Jorge Ben's unique brand of acoustic samba funk, and the wonderful concluding song, "Charles Anjo 45," was Ben's contribution to TV Globo's 1969 music festival. The sound on the album is quite characteristic for Jorge Ben during this period, with the songs being driven by his funky acoustic guitar play and spiced up with the typical brass arrangements. ~ Philip Jandovský, All Music Guide

Biography

Born: 22 March 1942 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Genre: MPB

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

While many of the performers during the heyday of Tropicalia and the rise of MPB (música popular brasileira) opted for a more radical stance in their challenge to Brazil's political and cultural authorities, artists like Jorge Ben took a more understated approach. Rather than use overly theatrical performance to shock the audience or write songs loaded with political content, Ben became known as one of the country's great musical alchemists, a furiously eclectic songwriter who combined elements of...
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