Livro

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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
From the warm embrace of a ballad ("Você é Minha") to the syncopated swish and sway of a samba ("How Beautiful Could a Being Be?"), Veloso's versatility is breathtaking. And Brazil's poet king is at the height of his powers on LIVRO, destined to be remembered as a masterwork in his storied career. It begins with Caetano singing "Vem" ("Come"), drawing out the vowel so sweetly that it's simply an offer you can't refuse. Then a battery of Bahian percussionists roll out a thick, welcoming carpet of drums that lure you into a lush musical wonderland that you won't want to leave. LIVRO is yet another virtuosic display from this prodigious Brazilian singer-songwriter....
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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
From the warm embrace of a ballad ("Você é Minha") to the syncopated swish and sway of a samba ("How Beautiful Could a Being Be?"), Veloso's versatility is breathtaking. And Brazil's poet king is at the height of his powers on LIVRO, destined to be remembered as a masterwork in his storied career. It begins with Caetano singing "Vem" ("Come"), drawing out the vowel so sweetly that it's simply an offer you can't refuse. Then a battery of Bahian percussionists roll out a thick, welcoming carpet of drums that lure you into a lush musical wonderland that you won't want to leave. LIVRO is yet another virtuosic display from this prodigious Brazilian singer-songwriter. Who else could write a sultry but cool-as-Miles ode to Manhattan ("Manhatã") and then follow it up with a toe-tapping twelve-tone(!) techno number ("Doideca")? It's all held together not only by the thick glue of Brazilian percussion that permeates most songs on the album, but by Caetano's consistent ability to forge gorgeous, unpredictable melodies. LIVRO closes with "Pra Ninguém," an homage to the great Brazilian singers, past and present. Someday, when this song becomes a standard -- and it will -- the last line deserves to be altered to say: "E melhor do que o silêncio só Caetano" -- "And better than silence [there's] only Caetano."
All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Caetano Veloso continues his free-thinking explorations of tropicalismo on this ambitiously arranged, elaborately packaged suite of songs devoted to whatever happens to cross his mind. Veloso says that he was listening a lot to the collaborations of Miles Davis and Gil Evans around this time, and Jaques Morelenbaum's charts often reflect their darkly urbane ethos. Yet for Morelenbaum's yin there is also the yang of the battering Bahian percussion that dominates many of the rhythm tracks. "Livros" in Portuguese means "books," so Veloso gives you a sample of his book Verdade Tropical in the booklet notes and pays eloquent tribute to them on the title track: "Books are transcendental things/But we can love them with our hands." He is alternately awestruck and appalled by the ambiguities of New York City on "Manhata"; here, the arrangement definitely contains haunting echoes of Evans. He can venture into atonality on "Doideca" 12-tone, but pointedly translated in the booklet as "loony", recite the horrors of a slave ship voyage, tell someone off "Nao Enche," which means "Piss Off", or simply sing "How beautiful could a being be" over and over, presumably to a child, in falsetto to a hot groove. One of the most amazing songs is an epic about the life of Alexander the Great; it comes off like a great saga song. Finally, he runs down a long list of all his favorite Brazilian singers, seemingly leaving out no one, only to close with "Better than this there's only silence/And better than silence, only Joao." Can't add anything to that, except don't miss this CD if you love Brazilian music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/1/1999
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • UPC: 075597955729
  • Catalog Number: 79557

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Caetano Veloso Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Hand Clapping
Zeca Assumpção Acoustic Bass
Carlinhos Brown Percussion, Drums, Steel Drums, Sabar, Campana
Nara Gil Background Vocals
Walmir Gil Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Soloist
William Magalhaes Keyboards
Carlos Malta Flute, Piccolo, Baritone Saxophone
Jota Moraes Xylophone, Vibes
Jaques Morelenbaum Cello, Hand Clapping, Soloist, Maculele
Ramiro Mussoto Kalimba, Berimbau, Hand Clapping
Fernando Nunes Bass
Giancarlos Spala Pareschi Spalla
Victor Santos Trombone
Pedro Amorim Cavaquinho
Mauricio Carrilho Guitar
Jorge Helder Bass, Hand Clapping
Daniel Jobim Background Vocals
Moreno Veloso Tambourine, Vocals, Background Vocals, Djembe, Hand Clapping, Guitar (Tenor), Maculele
Jose Carlos Ramos Tenor Saxophone
Paula Morelenbaum Background Vocals
Marcelo Bernardes Flute
Paschoal Perrota Violin
Marcelo Costa Percussion, Drums, Tambourine, Agogo, Guiro, Bacurinhas, Afoxe, Maculele
Gustavo de Dalva Tambourine, Djembe, Hand Clapping, Kettle Drums
Marcelo Martins Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Luis Brasil Guitar, Drums, Berimbau, Agogo, Hand Clapping, Bacurinhas
Drauzio Chagas Tuba
Paulo Sérgio Dos Santos Clarinet
David Ganc Flute
Luiz Carlos Justi English Horn, Oboe
Dari Moraes Hand Clapping
Jessé Sadoc Trumpet
Ubaldo Versolato Baritone Saxophone
Daniel Garcia Tenor Saxophone
Pedro Sá Guitar, Background Vocals, Maculele
Dadi Bass, Hand Clapping
Belo Veloso Background Vocals
Francois de Lima Trombone
Nahor Gomes Flugelhorn
Proveta Alto Saxophone
Du Tambourine, Snare Drums, Hand Clapping, Bacurinhas, Kettle Drums
Vittor Santos Trombone
Zé Canuto Flute, Alto Saxophone
Bass, Conga, Tambourine, Bells, Snare Drums, Djembe, Agogo, Bacurinhas, Kettle Drums
Flávio Melo Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Phillip Doyle French Horn
Cristiano Siqueira Alves Clarinet
Ismael de Oliviera French Horn
Jorge Ribeiro Hand Clapping
Márcio Victor Conga, Drums, Snare Drums, Djembe, Soloist, Bacurinhas, Kettle Drums
Victor Alcantara Tenor Saxophone
Leonardo Reis Djembe, Hand Clapping
Sueli Faria Baritone Saxophone
Antônio Augusto French Horn
Léo Bit Bit Tambourine, Berimbau, Djembe, Agogo, Hand Clapping, Bacurinhas, Caxambu
Ulisses DeAbreu Trombone
Boghan Tambourine, Bells, Snare Drums, Djembe, Agogo, Hand Clapping, Barrel Drum, Chocalhos, Kettle Drums
Valdir Ferreira Trombone
Hudson Nogueira Alto Saxophone
Pinduca Chimes
Nelson Oliveira Trumpet
Eliezer Rodrigues Tuba
Technical Credits
Maria Bethânia Special Participation
Caetano Veloso Arranger, Liner Notes, Direction
Zeca Assumpção Arranger
Barney Studio Coordinator
Carlinhos Brown Special Participation
Nara Gil Arranger
Walmir Gil Arranger
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Bob Ludwig Mastering
William Magalhaes Arranger
Carlos Malta Arranger
Jota Moraes Arranger
Jaques Morelenbaum Arranger, Orchestral Arrangements, Direction
Ramiro Mussoto Arranger, Drum Samples
Fernando Nunes Arranger
Giancarlos Spala Pareschi Arranger
Victor Santos Arranger
Antonio "Moogie" Canazio Engineer
Pedro Amorim Arranger
Jorge Helder Arranger
Moreno Veloso Arranger
Marcelo Bernardes Arranger
Paschoal Perrota Arranger
Marcelo Costa Arranger, Percussion Arrangement
Max Pierre Art Direction
Gustavo de Dalva Arranger
Marcelo Martins Arranger, Woodwind Arrangement
Luis Brasil Arranger, Orchestral Arrangements
Drauzio Chagas Arranger
Silas Degodoy Engineer
David Ganc Arranger
Fábio Henriques Engineer
Luiz Carlos Justi Arranger
Luiz Zerbini Graphic Design, Paintings
Daniel Garcia Arranger
Pedro Sá Arranger
Dadi Arranger
Belo Veloso Arranger
Francois de Lima Arranger
Nahor Gomes Arranger
Proveta Arranger
Du Arranger
Vittor Santos Arranger
Zé Canuto Arranger
Arranger
Flávio Melo Arranger
Phillip Doyle Arranger
Cristiano Siqueira Alves Arranger
Ismael de Oliviera Arranger
Isabel de Sena translation
Fernanda Villa-Lobos Graphic Design
Jorge Ribeiro Arranger
Márcio Victor Arranger
Victor Alcantara Arranger
Vanius L. Marques Engineer
Leonardo Reis Arranger
Sueli Faria Arranger
Antônio Augusto Arranger
Léo Bit Bit Arranger, Contributor
Ulisses DeAbreu Arranger
Boghan Arranger
Valdir Ferreira Arranger
Hudson Nogueira Arranger
Pinduca Arranger
Nelson Oliveira Arranger
Barrao Graphic Design
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