Tropicália 2

Tropicália 2

by Gilberto Gil
     
 

Longtime stars Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso are as beloved in Brazil as Lennon and McCartney are in the English-speaking world. Though solo performers, Gil and Veloso have been linked since they both rose up as leaders of the tropicalia movement in Brazil in the late 1960s. This 1997 reunion album shows why theySee more details below

Overview

Longtime stars Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso are as beloved in Brazil as Lennon and McCartney are in the English-speaking world. Though solo performers, Gil and Veloso have been linked since they both rose up as leaders of the tropicalia movement in Brazil in the late 1960s. This 1997 reunion album shows why they are considered consummate pop songwriters and performers. The delectable tunes here are varied and inventive, thoughtful and playful. The album opens with the rueful, politically charged "Haiti," then goes through soft sambas, bossa tunes, and Brazilian-flavored rock. Highlights include the rollicking "Cada Macaco No Seu Galho" (Every Monkey on His Branch), an acoustic, swinging version of Jimi Hendrix's "Wait Until Tomorrow," and the heartbreakingly beautiful anthem (and instant classic) "Desde Que O Samba E Samba" (Ever Since Samba Has Been Samba). As if to show they haven't lost their tropicalismo edge, the pair includes the "Revolution 9"-like "Rap Popcreto," which consists solely of a series of samples of various singers singing the word "quem," which means "who." Even if Veloso and Gil hadn't been making similarly wonderful music for 30 years, TROPICALIA 2 would still be a remarkable demonstration of their talent.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alvaro Neder
Between harsh criticism (due to the retro opportunistic use of Tropicália), and sectarian defense, Tropicália 2 yielded a Caetano Veloso/Gilberto Gil tour through E.U.A. and Europe one year after this release. The reference to Tropicália was used as a safe-conduct for the duo's incursions in electronics, axé music (the contemporary and pragmatic sound of Bahia) and other commercial exploitation -- since under Tropicália everything goes (or used to go, some 30 years ago). The album opens with "Haiti," a dry percussive electronic pattern over which Caetano and Gil speak verses dealing with racism; "Cinema Novo" is a beautiful samba, whose lyrics "explain" and greet the Brazilian cinema movement which gained the world. "Nossa Gente" brings the percussive sounds of axé music together with funk brass attacks. "Rap Popconcreto" is a musical concrete poem which echoes as a synthesis of the old concept of Tropicália -- utilizing samplers in an improbable atmosphere, piling several old recordings from various artists singing the word "Quem?" ("Who?"). The Jimi Hendrix song "Wait Until Tomorrow" receives a Brazilian percussion treatment, and "Cada Macaco No Seu Galho" is a Novos Baianos hit which received an old baião groove treatment in the drum-machine programming, mixed with modern Bahian percussion. "Baião Atemporal" is a beautiful baião with a very modern and haunting melody and arrangement. The album, in philosophical terms, expresses fragile concepts. Poetically and musically, represents good entertainment, and, in its best moments, good Art.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/03/1994
Label:
Nonesuch
UPC:
0075597933925
catalogNumber:
79339
Rank:
93387

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gilberto Gil   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Caetano Veloso   Vocals,Whistle (Instrument)
João Gilberto   Spala
Raul Mascarenhas   Tenor Saxophone
Nico Assumpção   6-string bass
Carlinhos Bala   Drums
Bidinho   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Carlinhos Brown   Timbales,Pandeiro,Surdo,Snake,Djembe,Blocks,Timbaus
Zeca DaCuica   Cuica
Firmino   Percussion
Leo Gandelman   Baritone Saxophone
Nara Gil   Vocals
Jesuina   Viola
Jorge   Spala
Liminha   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
William Magalhaes   Keyboards
Marcio Mallard   Cello
Armando Marçal   Tamborim
Michel   Violin
Marcio Montarroyos   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Arlindo Penteado   Viola
Perrota   Violin
Raphael Rabello   Guitar
Alceu Reis   Cello
Serginho   Trombone
Stephany   Viola
Trambique   Repique
Vidal   Violin
Zizinho   Pandeiro
Dininho   Bass
Celso Fonseca   Steel Guitar
Luciana Rabello   Cavaquinho
Daniel Jobim   Keyboards
Moreno Veloso   Cello
Jose Carlos Ramos   Alto Saxophone
Marcelo Costa   Percussion
Jose Alves   Violin
Arthur Baia   Bass
Joao Daltro   Violin
Wilson Neves   Drums
Everaldo   Castanets,Bacurinhas
Marcelo   Violin
Lucas Santtana   Flute
Luna   Surdo
Pedro Sá   Electric Guitar
Dadi   Bass
Nito   Claves,Timbaus
Beterlau   Agogo
Popo   Bacurinhas
Aizik   Violin
Canegal   Ganza
Zamith   Cello
Ras Bernardo   Violin
Coelho   Timbaus
Léo Bit Bit   Timbaus
Lui Coimbra   Cello

Technical Credits

Caetano Veloso   Composer,Producer,Contributor
Gilberto Gil   Producer
Carlinhos Brown   Contributor,Hands
Vitor Farias   Engineer
Jorge   Contributor
Liminha   Producer,Engineer,Contributor,drum programming,Percussion Programming
Armando Marçal   Contributor
Antoine Midani   Engineer
Ramiro Mussoto   Contributor,drum programming
Raphael Rabello   Contributor
Celso Fonseca   Contributor
Eduardo Chermont   Engineer
Paulo Junqueiro   Engineer
Mauro Bianchi   Engineer
Riachao   Composer

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