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After ten years of wrangling, Luaka Bop is set to release 'Nobody Can Live Forever: The Existential Soul of Tim Maia' a fifteen track survey of Maia's 1970s recordings, completely remastered, commemorating what would have been the Brazilian musical legend's 70th birthday on September 28. The release is the fourth in the label's World Psychedelic Classics series, known for unearthing long neglected masterworks by Os Mutantes, Shuggie Otis, and one of the first compilations of African psychedelia and funk.

1. Que Beleza
2. Let's Have a Ball Tonight
3. O Caminho Do Bem
4. Ela Partiu
5. Quer Queira, Quer Não Queira
6. Brother Father Mother Sister
7. Do Leme Ao Pontal
8. Nobody Can Live Forever
9. I Don't Care
10. Bom Senso
11. Where is My Other Half
12. Over Again
13. The Dance is Over
14. You Don't Know What I Know
15. Rational Culture

Product Details

  • Vinyl (October 2, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Luaka Bop
  • ASIN: B008Y1YGNE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,506 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Leopold Stotch on October 9, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Setting aside the somewhat annoying Putumayo-for-hipsters style packaging, graphics, and marketing copy, this is actually a very helpful and eminently listenable collection by the late Brasilian soul star. As the thoughtful and refreshingly even-handed notes explain, Maia was not a grand innovator. He was no relentless experimenter like Tom Ze, he didn't set artistic and political concepts on their heads like Caetano Veloso, nor did he write with the poetic beauty and nuance of Chico Buarque. His was a much more visceral, sensual art, marked by propulsive grooves, somewhat mundane (but also elliptical and charming) lyrics, and his appealing voice--which is a perfect hybrid of gruff and sweet. This is music for block parties and bedrooms, funky and fun.

As the booklet nicely explains, Maia was also no radical nationalist musically: This stuff is American-style '70s R&B, with a few Brasilian touches, but for the most part American-inspired. But, whenever cultural barriers are crossed (think Memphis's Big Star recreating the British Invasion or Ray Charles still-staggering country/western transformations), new wrinkles, subtleties, and happy accidents emerge from the transition and translation.

Rather than dwell on Maia's artistic decline, this anthology focuses on his '70s prime, with a special emphasis on the fascinating "Racional" albums he made while a member of a bizarre UFO cult. The oddball spirituality of these "Racional" cuts isn't so far off from the wide-eyed wonder of his more mainstream work, and alongside one another they sound quite nice. The musicianship is fantastic throughout, funky yet polished, and Maia's eventual vocal was still a few years off.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. W. Boone on May 1, 2013
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The first song, Que Beleza, really sets the tone for this album. Brassy, jazzy, but with a thick American funk style that you might get from a 1970s film about black America. Tim Maia actually spent some time in America, and it shows. He also spent some time in a cult, and that shows as well (half the songs reference it directly). Probably the most interesting thing is the CD's fold out booklet that tells about Tim's background, his life, and finally his death.

Some of the songs are in Portuguese, the rest in English. His cult-inspired songs are heavy with symbolism, while his post-cult songs are admittedly cynical of anything approaching spirituality. The only reason I'm not giving this 4-stars is because of that aforementioned hypocrisy, but the music is easy to turn on and enjoy as long as you can ignore that.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shadoobie on March 10, 2013
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Love it! Great lyrics, great eclectic modern sounds with retro 60s 70s sounds! I do not have time to write 20 words about this product. Its good. I recommend it. Buy it and enjoy it.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By shopaholic on February 16, 2013
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i dont understand all of the lyrics but i feel all of the emotion and love that a music lover feels
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