Various Artists - Brazil Classics 1, 2 & 3 - Compiled by David Byrne
Brazil Classics 1, 2 & 3 - Compiled by David Byrne (rsd19)
30 Year Anniversary Box Set of David Byrne’s legendary Brazil Classics Series.
This is one of the first compilations of pop music from Brazil, and one of the most important compilations of music from anywhere. It became the beginning of a shift to music in other languages and from places other than where you are now. And, it was the beginning of Luaka Bop, which we are pretty happy about. It’s been many years since the Brazil Classics series came out, and the musical landscape has changed considerably in that time. When these records came out, Brazilian music meant two things to many people in the North: bossa nova (“The Girl from Ipanema” rivals “Yesterday” as a song known round the world) and a smiling dancing woman with fruit on her head (Carmen Miranda). A lot has changed since then. The first record we put out in this series— Beleza Tropical—became a restaurant staple in the North and in Europe. Sales of that first collection exploded, well, for a compilation anyway. Three hundred and fifty thousand copies, mostly vinyl, in North America and Europe. These records were not meant as a snapshot of Brazilian music being made at the time, instead they looked back over preceding decades to give an inkling of the riches and pleasures to be found beyond the usual clichés. It worked, compilations like these could do that in those days. It was a moment in time, when what was essentially a playlist could change people’s perceptions of music and their place in it. This music often reflected the social and political convulsions of the time. Gil, Caetano and others were jailed and sent into exile. As joyous as they often sound they are deeply serious, and the dictatorship was afraid of them. Joy, beauty and pride are potent weapons. As we go through our own present period of political turbulence, maybe these songs can serve as an example—how to maintain one’s creativity and humanity in the face of forces that seek to grind innovators down and silence voices that dispute those in power. TRACKLISTING: Brazil Classics 1: Beleza Tropical A1. Ponta De Lança Africano (Umbabarauma) - Jorge Ben A2. Sonho Meu - Maria Bethânia & Gal Costa A3. Só Quero Um Xodó - Gilberto Gil A4. Um Canto De Afoxé Para O Bloco Do Ilê (Ilê Ayê) - Caetano Veloso A5. O Leãozinho - Caetano Veloso A6. Caçada - Chico Buarque A7. San Vincente - Milton Nascimento B1. Quilomba, O El Dorado Negro - Gilberto Gil B2. Caixa De Sol - Nazaré Pereira B3. Queixa - Caetano Veloso B4. Andar Com Fé - Gilberto Gil B5. Fio Maravilha - Jorge Ben B6. Anima - Milton Nascimento B7. Terra - Caetano Veloso Brazil Classics 2: O Samb C1. A Deusa Dos Orixás - Clara Nunes C2. Ijexá (Filhos De Gandhy) - Clara Nunes C3. S.P.C. - Zeca Pagodinho C4. Sufoco - Alcione C5. Formosa - Ciro Monteiro C6. Olerê Camara - Alcione C7. O Encanto Do Gantois - Beth Carvalh D1. Aldeia De Okarimbé - Neguinho Da Beija Flor D2. Quem Me Guia - Almir Guineto D3. Ela Nao Gosta De Mim - Agepê D4. Claustrofobia - Martinho Da Vila D5. Batuca No Chão - Martinho Da Vila D6. Sarau Para Ramadés - Paulinho Da Viola Brazil Classics 3: Forró, etc. E1. O Fole Roncou - Luiz Gonzaga E2. Festa do Interior - Gal Costa E3. Tum-Tum-Tum - Jackson do Pandeiro E4. Danado de Bom - Luiz Gonzaga E5. Querubim - Dominguinhos E6. O Sucesso da Zefinha - Anastácia E7. É de Dar Água na Boca - Nando Cordel & Amelinha F1. Vou com Você - Dominguinhos F2. Asa Branca - Gonzaguinha F3. Recordação de Vaqueiro - Clemilda F4. Bom Demais - Jorge de Altinho & Dominguinhos F5. Aniversário do seu Vavá - Genival Lacerda F6. Rejeição - Trio Nordestino F7. Sanfoninha Choradeira - Luiz Gonzaga & Elba Ramalho