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The Best of Caetano Veloso

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Since finding his American home at the Nonesuch label in 1989, Caetano Veloso has released a string of reliably excellent recordings, each one vastly different than the last, yet united by the mature songcraft of this Brazilian institution. As liner notes scribe David Byrne puts it, this collection represents Veloso in his fourth stage -- the bossa nova interpreter, tropicalia firebrand, and pop star have made way for the restless artistic explorer. Veloso can record anything and find an ear for it, thanks to the self-assured grace and weight he'd bring to even the most unlikely project. Consider this disc's offerings, from the electronica-fashioned "O Estrangeiro" to ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Since finding his American home at the Nonesuch label in 1989, Caetano Veloso has released a string of reliably excellent recordings, each one vastly different than the last, yet united by the mature songcraft of this Brazilian institution. As liner notes scribe David Byrne puts it, this collection represents Veloso in his fourth stage -- the bossa nova interpreter, tropicalia firebrand, and pop star have made way for the restless artistic explorer. Veloso can record anything and find an ear for it, thanks to the self-assured grace and weight he'd bring to even the most unlikely project. Consider this disc's offerings, from the electronica-fashioned "O Estrangeiro" to the swooning "Que Não Se Vé Come Tu Mi Vuoi" to the buoyant samba "Onde O Rio E Mas Baiano" from the jazzy Livro. Then there are two tracks from his Spanish-language Latin American Songbook sampler, Fina Estampa, a pair from 1994's reunion with Gilberto Gil, Tropicália 2, a live track, and more. Throughout, the constant is Veloso's soothing quaver of a voice and his philosophical poetry. The latter is grounded as much in rhythmic Brazilian place names as in an expansive view of appropriate song-fodder: Tropicalista that he his, everything is grist for his guitar, from Italian cinema to lit-crit, with dashes of local and world history and shout-outs to Brazilian music icons such as Tom Jobim. That Veloso makes it all seem so effortlessly sexy is reason enough to dip into this toothsome collection.
All Music Guide - Gregory McIntosh
It is understandable that Elektra/Nonesuch deemed an overview of Caetano Veloso's output on the label appropriate, but naming this collection The Best of Caetano Veloso is audacious. Veloso has been a pioneer of Brazilian pop since 1967, when his debut album sparked one of Brazil's most famous movements in music and politics, the legendary Tropicalia movement. Presumably due to publishing rights, Elektra/Nonesuch did not access the vaults of the Phillips label, which, along with that first album, contain the first 20 years of Veloso's output. This is fine and dandy, but to reiterate: the 12 years spanning the collected material here do not make a considerable enough dent in Veloso's 30-plus-year career as an influential recording artist to tag "Best Of" to the cover of this release and leave it at that. In fact, it is a misleading slap in the face. That aside, Elektra/Nonesuch has pieced together a nice collection of songs Veloso recorded for them between the years 1989 and 2001. It is astonishing to note how much Veloso has continued to evolve with finesse through his career, never rooting himself in a single place, but instead exploring constantly. His arrangements are sometimes sparse, sometimes gorgeously complex, sometimes dissonant, and sometimes wild. Most of these tendencies are explored on this collection, from the beautiful and lush "Manhatã" to the polyphony of "13 de Maio" to the string quartet and vocal waltz "Fina Estampa" to the rhythmic and melodic glory of "Un Tom." It is easy to become so lost in the marvelous organicity of Veloso's compositions and his downy voice that the diversity and calculations of his arrangements become an afterthought. This is a mystifying effect -- one does not have to dissect these songs because they are so natural; however, once the nuances are placed under the scientific ear, endless imagination and innovation are revealed. There have been many attempts to describe this imagination and innovation Veloso exudes to an American audience over the years, as David Byrne's liner notes state, without success, because the comparisons to the founding fathers of Western music are invalid. Byrne points out that Veloso's contributions to the world's music stage rival Lennon/McCartney melodically, Dylan poetically, and the inventiveness of Neil Young, Serge Gainsbourg, Stevie Wonder, and others. He has a point; no music fan ever refers to the music of Paul Simon by stating who Simon sounds like, simply because Paul Simon sounds only like Paul Simon, and while it is difficult to impress such a concept on the ears of those not familiar with Veloso, he is an artist of such magnitude and should be recognized as such. The Best of Caetano Veloso provides much to back this up and is an excellent starting point for the uninitiated, even if it pretends almost two-thirds of Veloso's remarkable career never existed.
Blender - Tom Moon
This set... provides an excellent introduction to the bold, mature artist who's obsessed with texture and hue.

This set... provides an excellent introduction to the bold, mature artist who's obsessed with texture and hue.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/16/2003
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • UPC: 075597980820
  • Catalog Number: 79808
  • Sales rank: 38,400

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Caetano Veloso Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals, Human Whistle, Hand Clapping
Gilberto Gil Guitar, Vocals
Arto Lindsay Guitar
Raul Mascarenhas Tenor Saxophone
Tony Lewis Drums
Zeca Assumpção Acoustic Bass
Carlinhos Brown Pandeiro, Surdo, Shaker, Cascara
Bill Frisell Guitar
Leo Gandelman Baritone Saxophone
Nara Gil Vocals
Walmir Gil Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Soloist
Liminha Bass, Keyboards, E-bow
Carlos Malta Flute
Torcuato Mariano Acoustic Guitar
Marcio Montarroyos Flugelhorn
Jota Moraes Xylophone, Vibes
Jaques Morelenbaum Cello, Conductor, Hand Clapping, Soloist
Ramiro Mussoto Kalimba, Berimbau, Hand Clapping
Giancarlos Spala Pareschi Violin
Alceu Reis Cello
Peter Scherer Keyboards
Serginho Trombone Trombone
Alceu de Almeida Reis Cello
Arthur Maia Bass
Jorge Helder Bass
Jesuina Noronha Passaroto Viola
Moreno Veloso Percussion, Cello, Conga, Electric Guitar, Tambourine, Vocals, Surdo, Hand Clapping, Bumbo, Guest Appearance
Jose Carlos Ramos Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Marcelo Bernardes Flute
Michel Bessler Violin
Carlos Eduardo Hack Violin
Bernardo Bessler Violin
Marcelo Costa Percussion, Drums, Berimbau, Hand Clapping, talking drum, Bacurinhas, Blocks
Walter Hack Violin
Jose Alves Violin
Gustavo de Dalva Timbaus
Marcelo Martins Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Nico Assuncao 6-string bass
Luis Brasil Guitar, Drums, Berimbau, Hand Clapping, Bacurinhas
Drauzio Chagas Tuba
Joao Daltro Violin
Ismael Junior Deoliveira French Horn
Jairo Diniz Viola
David Ganc Flute
Marcio Eymard Malard Cello
Dari Moraes Electric Guitar, Hand Clapping
Iura Ranevsky Cello
Flavia Rosa Cello
Maria Christine Springuel Viola
Ubaldo Versolato Baritone Saxophone
Pascoal Perrotta Violin
Marcos Amma Conga
Carlos Bala Drums, Drum (Bông)
Daniel Garcia Tenor Saxophone
Andréa Earnest Dias Flute
Antonella Pareschi Violin
Dadi Hand Clapping
Belo Veloso Vocals
Francois de Lima Trombone
Nahor Gomes Flugelhorn
Proveta Alto Saxophone
Du Surdo, Hand Clapping, Timbaus, Kettle Drums
Vittor Santos Trombone
Zé Canuto Alto Saxophone
Flávio Melo Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Phillip Doyle French Horn
Vitor Alcantara Tenor Saxophone
Jorge Ribeiro Hand Clapping
Márcio Victor Conga, Drums, Atabaque, Surdo, Djembe, Hand Clapping, Soloist, Bacurinhas, Kettle Drums
Ricardo Amando Violin
Denner Campolina Bass, Double Bass
Sueli Faria Baritone Saxophone
Marie Christine S. Bessler Viola
Antônio Augusto French Horn
Bindinho Flugelhorn
Léo Bit Bit Djembe, Agogo
Alfredo Videl Violin
Ulisses DeAbreu Trombone
Vinícius Assumpção Dorin Tenor Saxophone
Boghan Djembe, Agogo, Chocalhos
Valdir Ferreira Trombone
Jotinha Vibes
Naná Nasconcelos Percussion, Voices
Hudson Nogueira Alto Saxophone
Pinduca Chimes
Jorge Ranewsky Cello
Leonardo San Leandro Trombone
Ricardo Taboada Viola
Technical Credits
Nino Rota Composer
Caetano Veloso Composer, Producer, Horn Arrangements
David Byrne Liner Notes
Billy Joel Composer
Gilberto Gil Composer, Producer, Horn Arrangements
Arto Lindsay Producer, translation
Fito Páez Composer
Carlinhos Brown Sound Effects
Robert Hurwitz Executive Producer
Liminha Producer, Horn Arrangements, drum programming, Percussion Programming
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Jaques Morelenbaum Arranger, Producer, String Arrangements, Wind Arrangements, String Conductor
Ramiro Mussoto drum programming, Drum Samples
Peter Scherer Producer
Serginho Trombone Horn Arrangements
Mayrton Bahia Artistic Director
Ary Barroso Composer
Max Pierre Artistic Director
Luis Brasil Wind Arrangements
Isabel de Sena translation
David Nasser Composer
Gregg Schaufeld Editorial Coordinator
Gad Guterman translation
Lorraine Leu translation
Ricardo Moreira Artistic Director
John Ryle translation
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