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Album Review

Elba Ramalho, Alceu Valença, Geraldo Azevedo, and Zé Ramalho are all northeastern artists who knew fame and success in the southeast in the late '70s. On this album they revisit their biggest hits in wonderfully rhythmic acoustic renditions, differently than in their solo albums, which in general had to bend to the strong exigencies of the pop market in the '80s and '90s, watering down their talents. Here they cover "Sabiá" (Luiz Gonzaga/Zé Dantas), "Admirável Gado Novo," "Dia Branco," "Chão de Giz," "Trem Das Sete" (Raul Seixas), and many other classics.

They command a firm grasp over the audiences, who are deeply connected and responsive to their stimulus; the public goes delirious in the improvised verses ("desafios") in "Coração Bobo," filling the blanks in "Pelas Ruas Que Andei," and adding to the deep emotional electricity felt throughout this sincere release.


Born: 01 July 1946 in Sao Bento do Una, Pernambuco, Bra

Genre: MPB

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

Alceu Valença is an extremely successful composer and the owner of a distinctive style that mixes his northeastern roots and contemporary grooves; he is also an energetic and mesmerizing live performer. His songs have been recorded by several major artists, including Luiz Gonzaga (with whom he wrote "Plano Piloto"), Maria Betânia, and Elba Ramalho. His life was depicted in Anamelia Maciel's book Alceu Valença em Frente e Verso (Edição do Autor, recife, 1988). The son of a locally renowned lawyer,...
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