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Brazil Classics, Vol. 1: Beleza Tropical
     

Brazil Classics, Vol. 1: Beleza Tropical

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Americans had been fascinated with the weightless elegance of Brazilian bossa nova since Stan Getz hooked up with Joao Gilberto in 1964, but David Byrne's groundbreaking 1989 compilation, Brazil Classics 1: Beleza Tropical, presented an entirely new vision of Brazilian pop. Culling together '70s and '80s tracks by avant-garde artists (Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa,

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Americans had been fascinated with the weightless elegance of Brazilian bossa nova since Stan Getz hooked up with Joao Gilberto in 1964, but David Byrne's groundbreaking 1989 compilation, Brazil Classics 1: Beleza Tropical, presented an entirely new vision of Brazilian pop. Culling together '70s and '80s tracks by avant-garde artists (Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Caetano Veloso) as well as Afrocentric soulsters (Milton Nascimento, Jorge Ben), Byrne presented a polyglot pop that was as blithe as '60s bossa nova and as adventurous as his own work with the Talking Heads. On Beleza, the bossa rhythm is turned into an elastic springboard for wild experimentation -- from Jorge Ben's gritty funk to Caetano Veloso's stately art-pop to Gilberto Gil's airy crooning and Nazare Pereira's entrancing party jams. Throughout, state-of-the-art production and a very postmodern sense of eclecticism effect an album that was (and is) as constantly challenging as it is endlessly satisfying. Loopy and lush, stylish and scintillating, this is the kind of album whose constantly varying hues and textures will always present the listener with fresh perspectives.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Joslyn Layne
Brazil Classics, Beleza Tropical is the first in a series compiled by Talking Heads singer David Byrne that preceded the big wave of interest in Tropicalia during the late '90s by almost a decade. Performers include such influential Brazilian figures as Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, and Jorge Ben, with several songs from each. The selected recordings span the 1970s and '80s, also including tracks from Milton Nascimento, Nazare Pereira, and more. The liner notes feature the original lyrics as well as their English translations.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/21/2003
Label:
Luaka Bop
UPC:
0680899000123
catalogNumber:
90001
Rank:
64079

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jorge Ben   Track Performer
Maria Bethânia   Track Performer
Chico Buarque   Track Performer
Gal Costa   Track Performer
Milton Nascimento   Vocals,Track Performer
Caetano Veloso   Track Performer
Gilberto Gil   Track Performer
Jorge   Track Performer
Borges   Track Performer
Nazare Pereira   Track Performer
Borgues   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Jorge Ben   Composer
Chico Buarque   Composer
Milton Nascimento   Producer
Caetano Veloso   Producer
David Byrne   Liner Notes
Gilberto Gil   Composer,Producer
Arto Lindsay   Liner Notes,translation,English Translations
Roberto Menescal   Producer
Liminha   Producer
Mazola   Producer
Perinho Albuquerque   Producer
Guilherme Araújo   Producer
Sergio Carvalho   Producer
Cezanne   Producer
Paulinho Tapajós   Producer
Coaty de Oliveira   Composer
Todo Mundo   Producer

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Brazil Classics, Vol. 1: Beleza Tropical 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed brazilian music since I was very little. Not long ago I went to my native country of Puerto Rico and was kind of hard to adjust to the culture clash, but I found this CD in my dad's collection and made me feel like I was in the paradise island. It lifted my spirits up and made me feel an undescribable emotion. I have many memories when I listen to any of these songs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
once in the cd player you will play it over and over and over. buy two or burn one because one will definately get worn out. this cd is listed on my top favorite list. trust me, not too many make it there. its a cd you will beable to listen to again for years to come. even though i only speak english, the first time i heard it i felt like i knew what the songs were about. emotional and inspiring! more than 5 stars.