World Psychedelic Classics 4: The Existential Soul of Tim Maia

World Psychedelic Classics 4: The Existential Soul of Tim Maia

by Tim Maia
     
 

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Luaka Bop planned this Tim Maia volume in its World Psychedelic Classics series a decade ago. Due to legal struggles, it took until 2012 to get this 15-track retrospective released. It's been worth the wait. Maia, who passed away in 1998 at the age of 55, had a wild, controversial, and creative life, personally and

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Luaka Bop planned this Tim Maia volume in its World Psychedelic Classics series a decade ago. Due to legal struggles, it took until 2012 to get this 15-track retrospective released. It's been worth the wait. Maia, who passed away in 1998 at the age of 55, had a wild, controversial, and creative life, personally and musically. He effectively introduced American R&B, funk, and soul into Brazilian music during the Tropicalia era, and came up with something completely new in the process. He caught the American music bug as a teen. He lived, worked, made music, and committed petty crimes in the States between 1957 and 1964 when he was deported back to Brazil. While this music isn't psychedelic in terms of its sound necessarily, it is in its outlook. Maia was an unrepentant acid head and one-time member of a UFO cult, a hedonist and a spiritual traveler. His themes of universal brotherhood, spiritual transcendence, free love, and collective partying fit the psych era in a decidedly more groove-based musicology. The songs don't feel dated because they are contained in arrangements, compositions, and a production aesthetic that is timeless. The material was compiled from Maia's albums recorded between 1971 and 1978 -- many of them simply entitled Tim Maia (seven bore the title during this period alone). The only other titles in his album discography from the era were his undisputed classics Racional (1974) and its sequel, Racional, Vol. 2 (1975). Six of these 15 cuts come from these last two albums. Opener "Que Beleza" (original title "Imunização Racional") (1974) is a burning meld of funk, big horns, and early-'70s sophisticated soul (with an electric guitar sound that comes right from Ernie Isley's book). Disco makes its presence felt on "Do Leme Ao Pontal," from 1978; the chanted refrains add elements of Brazilian folk music traditions into the mix, too. "Let's Have a Ball Tonight," with its spacey soul, shimmering B-3, and layered guitars gives way to a series of tight, nasty, bass vamps, smooth keyboards, and tinny snare breaks. "I Don't Care," from his 1971 debut, with its interplay between rolling breaks, dramatic strings, vibes, horns, and electric guitars, is a high point. But his ballads work well, too; check "Where Is My Other Half" (1972). The midtempo groover "The Dance Is Over" is one of the sexiest tunes Maia ever recorded. "Rational Culture" (from 1974's Racional) is a monster 12-plus-minute funk jam. It contains the hippest use of a clavinet this side of Herbie Hancock's Headhunters. Nobody Can Live Forever: The Existential Soul of Tim Maia, more than lives up to its title; it is the definitive compilation from his greatest years.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/02/2012
Label:
Luaka Bop
UPC:
0680899006729
catalogNumber:
67
Rank:
33422

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tim Maia   Primary Artist,Flute,Guitar,Percussion,Conga,Drums,Vocals
Ariovaldo   Percussion,Conga,Tumba
Serginho Trombone   Piano
Alceu de Almeida Reis   Cello
Paulo Ricardo   Guitar,Percussion,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Soloist
Paulinho Trompete   Trumpet
Ana Bezerra   Cello
Murillo Da Silva Lourdes   Viola
Robson Jorge   Piano,Keyboards
Luis Carlos   Drums
Carlos Simoes   Bass
Hyldon   Guitar
Luiz Carlos   Drums
Ze Bodega   Tenor Saxophone
Gastão Lamounier   Vocals
Arthur Verocai   Strings,Horn
Oberdan Magalhães   Saxophone
Barrosinho   Horn
Pinduca   Vibes
Paulinho Guitarra   Bass,Guitar
Aurino   Baritone Saxophone
Pedrinho   Organ
Marcelo Pompeu   Violin
Nelson DeMacedo   Viola
Waldir   Horn,Brass
José Mauricio   Rhythm Guitar
Adolpho Pissarenko   Violin
Natércia Teixeira Silva   Violin
Antonio Claudio   Vocals
Beto Cajueiro   Bass
Antônio Pedro   Percussion,Vocals
Robério Rafael   Drums
Reginaldo Francisco   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Harp,Keyboards,Vocals
Quinidio Faustino Teixeira   Violin
Pesach Nisembau   Violin
Paulinho Roquete   Rhythm Guitar
Paulinho Batera   Percussion,Drums
Otávio Canabrava Waladares   Violin
Octávio Miranda Ilha   Violin
Luis Endes   Vocals
Homero Gelmini   Violin
Gentil Dias   Violin

Technical Credits

Yale Evelev   Executive Producer
Nelson Motta   Liner Notes
Tim Maia   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Paul Heck   Liner Notes
Hyldon   Composer
Rodrigo Corral   Cover Design
Miguel Cidras   String Arrangements
Andre Szajman   Producer
Cláudio Szajman   Producer
Arthur Verocai   Woodwind Arrangement
Barrosinho   Arranger
Waldir   Arranger
Sam Weber   Cover Illustration
Reginaldo   Composer
João Marcello   Producer
Boscoli   Producer
Beto Cajueiro   Composer
Happy Tedium   Package Layout
Allen Thayer   Liner Notes,translation

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