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Released in Brazil in conjunction with a television ad campaign, this anthology taken from the ill-fated Brazilian superstar's PolyGram (now Universal) catalog comes with no documentation whatsoever, other than titles, approximate years of the recordings, and untranslated Portuguese lyrics. A pity for North American listeners, for the disc covers a lot of material that never received much exposure here, with Regina's clear high voice occasionally giving way to a earthy lower range. There is a bossa nova treatment of vintage Jobim ("So Tinha de Ser Com Voce"), rapid-fire Gilberto Gil ("Amor Ate O Fim"), hoary standards like "Fascinacao" (Fascination), and "Aquarela do Brasil," a wonderfully intimate treatment of Milton Nascimento's early "Morro Velho" backed just by a guitar and a cello. Regina does a lounge-like rendition of "These Are the Songs" in English, with the wildly vibrating voice of composer Tim Maia offering a bizarre response. Also, Jobim's "How Insensitive" is crooned in English, with a string-laden pop arrangement. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi


Born: 17 March 1945 in Porto Alegre, Brazil

Genre: MPB

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

Elis Regina was one of the most ferociously talented singers to emerge from Brazil. A perfectionist who was frequently dissatisfied, Regina drove herself and members of her band relentlessly, leading to her being dubbed "Hurricane" and "Little Pepper" by musicians and journalists. Her tempestuous nature aside, she commanded the respect of Brazil's leading songwriters, who lined up for the chance to have her record one of their songs, and for much of her short life was the country's most popular female...
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