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Tracks: (Disc 1) 1 - Rumba azul ; 2 - Pecado ; 3 - Maria bonita ; 4 - Contigo en la distancia ; 5 - Recuerdos de ypacarai ; 6 - Fina estampa ; 7 - Capullito de aleli ; 8 - Un vestido y un amor ; 9 - Maria la o ; 10 - Tonada de luna llena ; 11 - Lamento borincano ; 13 - Vete de mi ; 14 - La golondrina ; 15 - Vuelvo al sur ;
In Fina Estampa, released in 1994, Brazilian singer and songwriter Caetano Veloso set out to recast classics of the Latin American songbook, most of them in Spanish. It is quite a challenge. Some of these songs have been dulled by rote repetition and over-singing. Perhaps it just takes an artist like Veloso, who understands the value of what not to do, to make them new. "Contigo a la distancia" gets an understated, perhaps melancholy, treatment that gives the song a long-lost feeling of yearning; "Pecado," originally a tango, becomes a sober bolero; "Recuerdos de Ypacaray," a Paraguayan classic, is performed to an austere solo bass accompaniment. Veloso might have set out just to revisit the classics, but by the album's end, he makes them his own. --Fernando Gonzalez
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With his high, pure voice, which has a lovely, subtle vibrato, Caetano sings like a smooth caress, in a style that is at once sophisticated and sweet. The musical arrangements are also soft and gentle, and I especially like the ones that include the cello of Jacques Morelenbaum.
Veloso, born in Bahia in 1942, was part of the Bossa Nova craze that hit America in the mid '60s, started by Joao and Astrud Gilberto and Antonio Carlos Jobim among others. Still going strong, Veloso won a Latin Grammy in 2003, and was part of the marvelous soundtrack of the 2002 film "Frida".
Full of romance, this is a perfect CD for those candlelit dinners; the only lively number is "Capullito de Aleli", which is delightful, and will make those who remember the cha-cha-cha want to get up and dance. One of my favorites is a song so familiar to me from childhood, "Pecado", that Veloso gives a whole new spin to...it is innovative and beautiful, and another is the fascinating "Tornada de Luna Llena". The booklet insert lists the musicians and includes the lyrics, the sound is excellent, and total playing time is 51'55.
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This is beautiful, mellow, progressive music in Spanish.