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The Life Aquatic: Studio Sessions
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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.
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.
Word of advice: Get it on iTunes so that you pay $3 less and get "Space Oddity."
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.
It's also very different from most of Seu Jorge's other albums, but it still increased my appreciation of his musical gamut. If you are buying this based on his other albums you may want to sample some of the songs.
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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high quality studio recordings. i do wish maybe some of them had been live or recorded live from the film production, though. would've given it MORE nuance and life. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Pen Name
Great album, don't know any Portuguese but I can pick up some words from knowing basic Español. More importantly, the music and his voice are very captivating.Published 5 days ago by Amazon Prime User
I love this album so... very sweet renditions of Bowie songs! French gives them an interesting dimension.Published 18 days ago by L. M. Howard
Talented man covering the songs of another talented man. Can't go wrong.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Sublime! All that the very best music should be. Deep and moving--and technically perfect. Thank you, Seu Jorge, for such beauty.Published 2 months ago by Jenny G.
It's been 10 years since this movie came out and I only just discovered that this album was released. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bob
Lots of fun to listen to. Great way to enjoy classic Bowie in a new and interesting way. Great job Seu Jorge!Published 3 months ago by OlympusRan