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Brazil Classics 1: Beleza Tropical [Import]

Brazil Classics (Series)Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (February 7, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: February 7, 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sire
  • ASIN: B000002LG3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,458 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ponta de Lanca Africano (Umbabarauma) - Jorge Ben
2. Sonho Meu - Maria Bethania E Gal Costa
3. So Quero Um Xodo - Gilberto Gil
4. Um Canto de Afoxe Para O Bloco do lle (Ile Aye) - Caetano Veloso
5. O Leaozinho - Caetano Veloso
6. Cacada - Chico Buarqe
7. Calice - Chico Buarqe/Milton Nascimento
8. Equatorial - Lo Borges
9. San Vicente - Milton Nascimento
10. Quilomba, o el Dorado Negro - Gilberto Gil
11. Caramba!... Galileu Da Galileia - Jorge Ben
12. Caixa de Sol - Nazare Pereira
13. Maculele - Nazare Pereira
14. Queixa - Caetano Veloso
15. Andar Com Fe - Gilberto Gil
16. Fio Maravilha - Jorge Ben
17. Anima - Milton Nascimento
18. Terra - Caetano Veloso

Editorial Reviews

Compiled by former Talking Head David Byrne and released in 1989, with liner notes and translations by Arto Lindsay, Beleza Tropical documents a New York hipster's first infatuation with the rich, deep, and varied spectrum of Brazilian popular music from the rebellious '70s. There are better Brazilian anthologies, but none so clearly assembled in order to counter the received opinion of Brazilian music as lightweight bachelor-pad fluff (although Milton Nascimento, with his beautiful high tenor, sometimes comes close). Caetano Veloso (whose magnificent "Terra" is itself worth the price of admission) and Gilberto Gil are remarkable lyricists whose music is influenced as much by the Afro-Brazilian rhythms of northern Brazil as by the Beatles. Jorge Ben contributes a pair of highfalutin yet funky soccer songs, Chico Buarque is at his most uncompromisingly poetic, and Nazare Pereira taps deep into Brazilian folklore. --Richard Gehr

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great CD January 18, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I've had this CD for nearly 10 years now, and I still love it. It is a great introduction to Brazilian music. Like many compilations featuring various artists, there is a wide variety of styles; some songs I don't like as much, while others are just incredible, and that's why it ranks as a five-star CD. I would rank the best songs on "Brazil Classics I: Beleza Tropical" with songs by the Beatles or Simon & Garfunkel. It's hard to describe-- the music is a little bit familiar and accessable to my American ears, and at the same time very different than anything I had heard before. I gave a copy as gift to a friend, and he loved it. Then he promptly went out and bought two copies to give as gifts to other friends. It's definitely the kind of CD you want to share with your friends and spread the word about. The liner notes are quite good, too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why ONLY 5 stars? November 30, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the best compilations (not only of brazilian music, but of any kind) i've ever had the luck to listen to, even though i think it's not the best David Byrne's compilation (i think Samba is). It's great from beginning to end, it doesn't have a flaw, it offers you some of the best creations of some of the best MPB musicians of any time. This is a must (IMHO) not only for all the MPB fans (including myself) but all music fans out there, you can't go wrong with this. Thanx David Byrne for such compilation, and even more thanx to the musicians that in any way were part of the process of creating such marvelous music. thanx again!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The star of my music collection October 24, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
My introduction to Brazilian music, this album has been one of my absolute favorites for 10 years now and still can't get enough of it. Perfect for every mood. Even though I do not speak portuguese, I know all the words!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars David Byrne made some excellent choices for this album November 5, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
"Beleza Tropical" is the first in a four part series of Brazilian music assembled by David Byrne. The three albums that are still in print are all fantastic - I highly recommend each one. Byrne has selected some prime offerings from the biggest names in MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira - it's easily translatable)for this album, almost exclusively from the 1970s, at the highpoint of the genre (Caetano Veloso, Jorge Ben, Gilberto Gil, Milton Nascimento). If I were to make any criticism it is that the artists are rather narrowly represented, with only the biggest names present on multiple tracks, but having said that, the tracks are all great, and this does provide some greater insight into the work of those artists. In particular, the three Jorge Ben songs are fantastic and the the two Chico Buarque songs are also outstanding; there is a good summary of "Calice"provided in an earlier review.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Literally changed my life. November 14, 2010
Format:Audio CD
This CD literally changed my life. I purchased it at a time in my life when I was pretty much bored with all the music that I was hearing and was exploring and looking for something else. Got it solely in the strength of David Byrne's name. It took a couple of months for me to catch onto the CD, but once I did, I started exploring more Brazilian music and then more of Latin music, and then onto world music.

But it all started with this disc.

Not every song on this became a favorite, but many of them did. Queixa not only remains one of my favorite songs, but has for years also been what I use as an Internet alias. Jorge Ben Jor, Milton Nascimento, and Caetano Veloso have remained favorites. Quilomba led me to look into Brazilian movies some.

And this disc (and the others compiled by David Byrne) is an excellent place to start exploring Brazilian music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Desert island stuff, this August 3, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I've been listening to this remarkable collection for four years now, and my enthusiasm for it is undiminished. I don't want to sound dogmatic, preachy, or whatever, but this is one record that every lover of popular music should hear. This music is not an oddity; it is essential. I don't know a word of Portugese, and I am as provincial as one can be in many respects, but this disc's vibes transcend all borders; music (and not English) is indeed the international language. The tracks by Gilberto Gil and Milton Nascimento are standouts, but there isn't a bum cut on the whole thing. All the others in the series (incl. the recently-released Beleza Tropical 2) are very good, but this disc, the first in the series, just might be my favorite record--period. (I'd have to think about that.) God bless David Byrne.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Protest Music, Brazilian Style July 10, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
A great introduction to the style of Brazilian music so disarmingly named "Musica Popular Brasileiro (Popular Brazilian Music)" or MPB for short. Rich lyrics decrying the totalitarian regime that ripped freedom of expression from Brasil dance coyly with the ironic synthesis of western and afro/brazilian rhythms. 'O trem azul (The Blue Train)', for example, borrows heavily from the Beetles with lyrics describing a ride on the 'Blue Train', a popular euphemism for a drug trip. The title word from the song 'Calice', written and performed by Chico Buarque, is a homophone in Portuguese. This spelling means chalice, and the song descibes it as being full of 'red wine and blood'. When written out as 'cale-se', the meaning transforms, becoming the command, 'shut up'. This double-entendre is a great example showing how brazilian protest song writers had to be very careful in what they wrote. They walked a fine line between communicating opposition to the oppressive regime and becoming persecuting by it. In fact, several of the artists on this album were exiled from Brazil for several years, living and recording in London until allowed to return to Brazil. Though a great primer on the musical era, this album is fantastic if judged strictly on the music. Pick it up!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Desert Island Classic.
Published 22 days ago by K. Aaron
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect.
Perfect. Just as promised.
I love strawberry jam. I wish I had more strawberry jam. I would bathe in it.
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite CD ever!
I bought this cd sometime in college...don't know what year but now I'm 38, so we've been friends a good long while. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kim Masoni
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites ever
I've owned this since it came out. I just bought a new amplifier yesterday and I'm playing this right now. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Don Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the few disks my 19 month old will fall asleep to.
This is a gem. I've come back to listen to and enjoy this album repeatedly over the years. Nearly every song is catchy, rich and unlike anything else I've heard before. Read more
Published 13 months ago by S. Kidder
5.0 out of 5 stars Top 5 albums in my life
For awhile, maybe a decade or more, this was my favorite album of all time, ever. It has to share that spot with a few others now. Read more
Published on May 5, 2011 by David Gorman
5.0 out of 5 stars Close your eyes and take a journey
I love this album, and have listened to it for years. In particular, Gilberto Gil's "Só Quero Um Xodó" is one of my all-time favorite songs. Read more
Published on September 2, 2009 by D. Margolis
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect For Non-Experts
Back in the '80s when this came out, US pop stars like David Byrne and Paul Simon won great praise for discovering "world music. Read more
Published on April 10, 2007 by Bradley F. Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Artists...Just Not Their Best Songs.
I was definitely a little dissapointed in this CD. I originally bought it because it had a lot of my favorite artists on it (Jorge Ben, Milton Nascimento, Gilberto Gil, Caetano... Read more
Published on November 3, 2003 by M. Katayama
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost worth replacing
I owned this CD until recently. Basically, I wore it out by playing certain cuts over, and over, and over ... Read more
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