Garra

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Tempering his funkier inclinations to create a Baroque masterpiece of easy listening Brazilian pop, Marcos Valle recorded the most entertaining album of his career, and perhaps the best Brazilian pop album of all time. Garra begins with the elegant "Jesus Meu Rei," with a magisterial men's choir echoing Valle's sentiments while textured piano and organ complete the rich sonic palette. Second track "Com Mais de 30," only the first of several ingenious transitions, offers a light, breezy alternative, bouncing back and forth from main melody to an excellent bridge. Indeed, nearly every song has a bridge as strong as -- or stronger than -- the main melody, and Valle proves ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Tempering his funkier inclinations to create a Baroque masterpiece of easy listening Brazilian pop, Marcos Valle recorded the most entertaining album of his career, and perhaps the best Brazilian pop album of all time. Garra begins with the elegant "Jesus Meu Rei," with a magisterial men's choir echoing Valle's sentiments while textured piano and organ complete the rich sonic palette. Second track "Com Mais de 30," only the first of several ingenious transitions, offers a light, breezy alternative, bouncing back and forth from main melody to an excellent bridge. Indeed, nearly every song has a bridge as strong as -- or stronger than -- the main melody, and Valle proves himself a master at weaving together the various studio musicians at his disposal. Valle moves briskly and assuredly from piano lines to acoustic guitar and back for "Com Mais de 30," combines flutes and a Mellotron for a tight bridge on the title track, and coaxes all manner of emotions from a symphonic orchestra -- hushed yet gradually building strings, bleating brass -- for the unabashed "Black Is Beautiful." Every song is excellent, most in the easy-pop vein of Samba '68. "Wanda Vidal," "Vinte e Seis Anos de Vida Normal," and the perfectly done closer, "O Cafona," are seamless blends of funk and easy listening; the last features a rangy bassline, organ, and wah-wah guitar working together with handclaps and separated men's and women's backing choruses while Valle breathily repeats words and phrases several times before climaxing at the end of nearly every line. Continually besting symphonic seducers from Esquivel to Brian Wilson, Marcos Valle recorded his masterpiece with Garra. [Previously only spottily available, occasionally as a badly mastered CD bootleg, Garra made its first appearance on legal CD courtesy of a 2001 Japanese import, with the bonus track "Berenice."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/15/2013
  • Label: Light In The Attic
  • UPC: 826853009126
  • Catalog Number: 91

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Marcos Valle Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Robertinho Silva Drums
Dom Salvador Organ, Piano
Geraldo Vespar Guitar
Marizinha Vocals
Technical Credits
Osmar Milito Composer
Orlando Silveira Orchestration
Marcos Valle Composer, Photo Courtesy, Archival Materials
César Camargo Mariano Orchestration
Mariozinho Rocha Composer
Paulo Sérgio Valle Composer
Milton Miranda Producer
Geraldo Vespar Orchestration
Matt Sullivan Producer, Executive Producer, Re-Release Producer
Josh Wright Executive Producer
Lindolfo Gaya Musical Director
Joel Cocchiararo Layout
John Baldwin Mastering, Remastering
Henry Owings Re-Release Design
Jason Grant Proof Reading
Allen Thayer Producer, Liner Notes, translation, Photo Courtesy, Re-Release Producer, Archival Materials
Greg Caz translation
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