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Os Afro Sambas/Vontade [Import]

Baden PowellAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 13, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: El [Cherry Red]
  • ASIN: B0013XZN5U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,747 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Canto De Ossanha
2. Canto De Xangô
3. Bocochê
4. Canto De Iemanjá
5. Tempo De Amor
6. Canto Do Caboclo Pedra Preta
7. Tristeza E Solidão
8. Lamento De Exu
9. Garota De Ipanema
10. Berimbau
11. O Astronauta
12. Consolação
13. Sorongaio
14. Samba Do Avião
15. Saudade Da Bahia
16. Candomblé
17. Conversa De Poeta
18. Samba Triste

Editorial Reviews

Vinicius de Moraes was the principal lyricist of Bossa Nova, ('Girl from Ipanema', 'Chega de Saudade' and 'Insensatez' are amongst the famous international hit songs he wrote with Tom Jobim), and Os Afro-Sambas is his response to the commercialization of the movement in the mid '60s. Co-written with the brilliant Brazilian guitarist Baden Powell and eventually released in 1966, these eight songs combine Powell's melodic gifts with Bahian Folk traditions and Gregorian chant. With the joyous vocalizations of Quarteto Em Cy, the atmosphere is at once haunting and spontaneous. The music hasn't even begun to date. Recorded at a time when musicians around the world were looking to break down barriers - between Classical and Pop, East and West - but the Afro-Sambas appear to recognize no such barriers in the first place. El. 2008.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I got this CD as part of the Baden Powell Box with 13 Baden Powell's classic CDs released a few years ago in Brazil (and sadly unavailable since then). But you can find all of them separately, I believe...

Here we have two discs in one. The first is Os Afro-Sambas de Baden E Vinicius and A Vontade

But as I say on the title, the first (tracks 1-8) is one of the most important ever released in Brazil. And it brings eight major songs sung by Vinicius and featuring the female ensemble of voices Quarteto em Cy (who later came to enjoy their own share of success in many other artists' recording as well as their own).

All the songs here are composed by Powell and Vinicius and all of them are known as Brazilian standards today - and here you get THEIR original versions.

The lyrics (in Portuguese) are stunning and unparalleled anywhere. They reflect Afro-Brazilian stories of love and sadness and constant relationship with the gods. Here are some of my favorite verses...

Ela não sabe (She does not know)
Quanta tristeza cabe numa solidão (How much sadness fits into a solitude)
Eu sei que ela não pensa (I know she does not think)
Quanto a indiferença (How much such indifference)
Dói num coração (Hurts in a heart)

From TEMPO DE AMOR (track 5)
Ah, que não seja meu (Oh, let not be mine)
Um mundo onde o amor morreu (A world where love has died)

Isn't it beautiful???
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Os Afro Sambas is a perfect record February 4, 2009
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Os Afro Sambas is, in my opinion, the finest Brazilian album ever recorded. It sounds like nothing else that came before it or since.

I'm a fan of Tropicalia, Brazilian Nordeste and Forro. Os Afro Sambas doesn't fit neatly into any category. Vinicius and Baden both had roots in Bossa Nova, but this album was their intentional attempt to move beyond it. It's experimental with wonderful hooks, spontaneous lead vocals, haunting Gregorian female vocals, spare songs and loose, but perfect, production. It's not as hi-fi as the albums that would follow it, but it doesn't need to be.

Vontade is also included with Os Afro Sambas on this CD, but, as fine as it is, I find it distracting and out of place.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars great music - poor recording February 21, 2010
By rkogel
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The quality of recording and mastering of the Os-Afro Sambas tracks is sub-par. The volume keeps shifting and the stereo image is unstable - it all creates a distraction from the otherwise fine music. This album really needs a re-mastered treatment.
This, of course, is not a problem for the Vontade tracks which feature solo guitar - no mixing problems here. Those are great tracks to listen to.
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