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Known for his work both as a musician and an actor, Seu Jorge was born in the favelas of Brazil and has risen to international fame. He's appeared in the critically acclaimed movie, 'City of God' as well as Wes Anderson's latest film, 'The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.' In 'The Life Aquatic' Seu Jorge's character appeared throughout as a sailor troubadour, strumming bossa nova-flavored versions of David Bowie songs in Portuguese. A handful of those songs appeared on the soundtrack to the film but now the entire recording session is being made available. Hollywood. 2005.

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While The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou movie got mixed reviews, the soundtrack was universally hailed as excellent. The standout was Jorge, who not only had a role as an actor but also played a handful of Bowie songs solo with acoustic guitar, singing them in Portuguese ­ it was a perfect combination of beautiful songs laid bare with a bit of exotic Brazilian spice to add fresh flavor. This collection features the whole of that Bowie session, which means Jorge's six songs from the soundtrack, seven other Bowie tunes and one playful Jorge original entitled "Team Zissou." Even though 2005 saw the release of his domestic debut Cru (which mostly featured his own songs and a band), Jorge found himself touring the U.S. in front of large crowds of 20-somethings who patiently waited for those Bowie songs. This album obviously gives the people what they want, and the good news is that the other versions are just as good as the ones that are on the original soundtrack. ­ --Tad Hendrickson

1. Rebel Rebel
2. Life On Mars?
3. Starman
4. Ziggy Stardust
5. Lady Stardust
6. Changes
7. Oh! You Pretty Things
8. Rock N' Roll Suicide
9. Suffragette City
10. Five Years
11. Queen Bitch
12. When I Live My Dream
13. Quicksand
14. Team Zissou
15. Untitled Track

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 22, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • ASIN: B000BRD6T4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,720 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Schuyler Corry on February 11, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I have had "The Life Aquatic" soundtrack on my wishlist for awhile, but never bought it for two reasons: it's copy-protected, and it only included a few of Seu Jorge's songs, NOT including my particular favorite from the movie, "Queen Bitch." I actually got Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust" album after seeing the movie, because I was so impressed with Seu Jorge's interpretations of Bowie's songs. Many songs from "Ziggy" are on this acoustic album, including "Starman," "Ziggy Stardust," "Lady Stardust," Rock 'n' Roll Suicide," "Suffragette City," and "Five Years." In the liner notes, David Bowie himself is quoted as saying, "Had Seu Jorge not recorded my songs in Portuguese I would never have heard this new level of beauty which he has imbued them with."

One reader was disappointed there was no lyrics sheet. I agree, especially since the lyrics in Portuguese don't correspond with Bowie's lyrics. By the way, "Seu Jorge" just means "Mr. George." "Seu" is not a first name, just a title. You may recognize him as "Man? Galinha" (literally "Chicken Manuel," but strangely translated as "Knockout Ned") from the movie "City of God."

This is a great album for fans of David Bowie and Brazilian music. If you like this album, or acuoustic Brazilian melodies in general, you should check out Jorge Ben's 1974 album "A T?bua de Esmeralda," which is probably the best album I've purchased in the past year.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By M. Lin on December 6, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Even after a year "The Life Aquatic" was released, Seu Jorge's Protuguese versions of David Bowie songs still remain soft and genuine with Jorge's guitar and compelling voice. Half the reason for buying the original "The Life Aquatic" Soundtrack was listening to Seu Jorge. Then, half the reason for buying the special edition DVD was listening to Seu Jorge yet again!

With the release of "Studio Sessions," Jorge proves again that his versions of Bowie's songs are original songs, with a slight hint of Bowie sprinkled here and there. The standouts here are "Ziggy Stardust," "When I Live My Dream" and well everything else. The original five tracks on "The Life Aquatic" soundtrack are rerecorded (Starman, Rebel Rebel, Five Years, Life of Mars and Rock'n'Roll Suicide) but do not carry as much life as they did in their first release. However, that's not to say that are not great songs, but the other nine songs are more powerful.

While one reviewer suggests that this release is "bad" because one song, "Space Oddity" is not on the cd but as a download via iTunes, that does not give anyone the right to give this one star. Go ahead and spend one dollar (One dollar) on "Space Oddity" but it will not kill you. Seu Jorge's "Studio Sessions" deserves more credit for its originality and loving sound.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Geek Chick on January 28, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Like everyone else, I agree that the Seu Jorge tracks were undoubtedly the best musical part of the movie. Like the movie, these songs are a little eccentric but also beautiful and sincere. Few people can cover a David Bowie song and not sound like a wannabe, but Jorge manages this grace to produce a wonderful aural experience. I will definitely check out his other musical work...his voice is so rich, and his guitar totally unaffected. Lovely.

Word of advice: Get it on iTunes so that you pay $3 less and get "Space Oddity."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JG on July 15, 2006
Format: Audio CD
"The life aquatic" is one of my favorite movies, in part because of Bill Murray's minimalist (some might say surrealist) period, but also because of Seu Jorge's part in the movie. If I recall correctly, his character doesn't participate in any dialogue, he just shows up in different scenes for no apparent reason other than sitting there strumming his acoustic guitar and singing bossa versions of Bowie songs.

I bought the soundtrack immediately after seeing the movie, and it's great, but I was a little disappointed it didn't include all of Seu Jorge's songs, so it was a real treat to find out about this release.

Jorge is obviously a huge Bowie fan in his own right. In listening to his versions, you realize that he just loves these songs. As Bowie himself comments in the liner notes, had Jorge not recorded these songs in Portuguese, he would never have heard this new level of beauty Seu Jorge imbued the songs with.

10 out of 5 stars.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Miles Louis Smith on January 6, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is not really a review but I don't believe the samples linked on this page are actually from this album. ???
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mickael on April 10, 2006
Format: Audio CD
What a powerful combination of Seu Jorge's voice and David Bowie's best songs! For those unfamiliar with Seu Jorge, his voice is a rich and deep one and produces surprising range with wonderful effect. Seu Jorge -- a product of Brazilian favelas --sings with heart and feeling. There are at least half a dozen songs that will surely please the listener. If you enjoy music sung in Portugese, accoustic guitar, David Bowie -- okay, you needn't necessarily like Bowie -- and the wonderful voice of Seu Jorge, you will be very glad that you bought this album.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on March 18, 2007
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These transliterations of classic Bowie tunes into a Portuguese/Brazilian context are pretty charming and funny (...I kinda wish he'd done some with a full band though!)

A few things are worth pointing out: 1) These aren't really "bossa nova" versions of Bowie's work -- it's actually straightforward acoustic rock, which is a rarity in Brazilian music... But the main adaptation is in the lyrics, not in the style. 2) This isn't the first time this has been done. A few Brazilian artists have covered Bowie before, notably the pop band Nenhum De Nos, who had a hit in the 1980s with a Portuguese-language cover of "Starman." I suspect Bowie was really big in Brazil in the '70s and '80s... why wouldn't he be??... which would explain why he was covered so often :-) and 3) Although Seu Jorge's performances are woefully under-utilized in the film itself, you can see the full takes of many of his acoustic sessions on the "extras" reel on the 2-disc Criterion Collection DVD. Fun stuff!
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