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Jorge Ben was a good decade older than the young tropicalistas who transformed the Brazilian music scene in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, but his fearless eclecticism, and his willingness to enliven traditional Brazilian forms with amplified instruments and psychedelic production flourishes won him their undying admiration. 1967’s O bidú was greeted with particular excitement. Both Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil recall being stunned by its aggressive fusion of samba rhythms and rock ‘n’ roll instrumentation. The beat heavy “Si manda” and the breathlessly celebratory “Amor de carnaval,” have all of the rag-tag charm and casual insouciance of the Stones, Beatles and Kinks albums that were then capturing the hearts and minds of Brazilian youth. Elsewhere on the album Ben returns to the hard samba style that characterized his earlier hits. The charmingly straightforward “A jovem samba” sings the praises of youth culture, but stylistically would not have sounded out of place on Ben’s 1963 debut. O bidú effortlessly distills the sound of young Brazil poised on the cusp of the brief but glorious tropicalia revolution.

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Salve Jorge!

Jorge Ben's fifth album, recorded in 1967, has been out of print for years and years. Though most of Jorge Ben's catalog has been reissued, this is one of the few albums that has rarely been reissued due to the recording company's going out of business. Recorded on a low budget and during a time when Ben made a few "bad choices" regarding switching recording companies, this is arguably one of his five or ten best albums. Finally, it's available on iTunes and it's an album worth listening all the way through. This was the start of Jorge Ben changing his style of music, adding a more island/tropical feel to his music and it was only a hint of what was yet to come between the years of 1969 to 1972 (a period where he could do no wrong at all)!

ESSENTIAL TRACKS: Amor de Carnaval, Rosa Mas Que Nada, Cancao de Uma Fa, Menina Gata Augusta, Toda Colorida & Frases


Born: March 22, 1942 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Genre: Brazilian

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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O bidú (Silêncio no Brooklin), Jorge Ben
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  • $7.99
  • Genres: Latino, Music
  • Released: Sep 28, 2010

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