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Album Review

Milton was recorded in 1970, one year before Milton Nascimento's and Lô Borges' famous collaboration Clube da Esquina. The sound, production and musical orientation of Milton is also very similar to the Clube da Esquina album. It is an elegant mix of slightly Beatlesque pop, soul and folk music from the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. The music also displays the type of dreamy soundscape that is so typical of the early work of Milton Nascimento and Lô Borges. Just as on other albums recorded by Nascimento during this period, the songs are co-written by his friends and musical partners Lô Borges, Márcio Borges, Fernando Brandt, Ronaldo Bastos and Toninho Horta. There is no real weak point on this album, and all songs are solid, though five songs are worth extra mention. "Para Lennon e McCartney" and "Alunar" are two typically melodic and harmonious compositions written by the two Borges brothers, spiced up with characteristic psychedelic guitar play. "Clube da Esquina," "Durango Kid" and "Canto Latino" are beautiful, intricate ballads which gain extra ornamentation from exquisite flute, piano and electric organ tones. EMI's CD release of Milton also includes four bonus tracks, of which the instrumental "Tema de Tostão" is the finest. ~ Philip Jandovský, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Brazillian Brilliance

Milton Nascimento's voice is superior on this recording. Standout songs are "Fairy Tale Song" and "Nothing Will Be As It Was". Sounds like he has a superb band with him here also.

A Beautiful Album

Milton Nascimento is a very important figure in Brazilian music. If you are looking for traditional Sambas and Bossa Novas, then this may not be the disc for you. However, if you are looking for magical jazz-influenced world music, then look no further. Highlights include the well-known Cravo e Canela, Nothing Will Be As It Was, and Fairy Tale Song. Wayne Shorter makes a guest appearance and adds another element to an already amazing album.

This is the American album called Milton, not the Brazilian

The wrong review above. This album is a real gem of that fine blend we call Milton, has a cast of characters like Wayne Shorter's Native Dancer, Herbie, Robertinho de Silva, etc.

Biography

Born: 1942 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Genre: Brazilian

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

International singing superstar and songwriter Milton Nascimento may have his roots in Brazil, but his songs have touched audiences all over the world. Born in Rio, Nascimento's adoptive parents, both white, brought him to Tres Pontas, a small town in the state of Minas Gerais, when he was two. His mother sang in a choir and at local music festivals, often accompanied by Milton. Nascimento's father was an electronics tinkerer, math teacher, and at one point ran a local radio station where a young...
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