Red Hot + Rio: Pure Listening Pleasure
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There are several reasons I like this CD. For one, the proceeds go to benefit AIDS awareness efforts. Second, this is good "background" music -- even when upbeat it allows you to hold a conversation and not get distracted by the music. But the coolest thing is the selection of music itself.
"Red, Hot & Rio" contains almost a mini-evolution of Brazilian music. It starts out mellow and somewhat traditional. The sound of the bossa nova "Desafinado," for instance, is quite laid-back and timeless. But gradually, the music begins to rev up, as current performers experiment with classic sounds. Some techno beats are thrown in, some modern hooks, lots of interesting drums and percussion, even some rap. The end of the CD sounds completely different from the beginning of it -- almost like you've just gone through 40 years of Brazilian music on one CD.
I can't honestly say I love all the songs; I tend to favor the first half of the CD over the second, save a couple of songs (such as "Refazenda"). But that's the beauty of CDs: You simply skip over those songs you don't care for.
Of course, people who like the "original" bossa nova or samba sounds will be disappointed. They don't want the music to have changed and evolved, but to remain exactly the same as it was 40+ years ago. (Ironically, samba enthusiasts felt the same way about the bossa nova movement in the 1950s.) But that's what I love about this CD.Read more ›
An excellent addition. I have most of the songs on the album on at least two other CDs, but the artists have played with the songs enough to complement the originals.
Most of the songs contained herein were written way back in the day by Antonio Carlos Jobim and at least a few should be vaguely familiar: "The Girl From Ipanema", of course, but also "One Note Samba", "Waters Of March", and "Water To Drink". But these aren't the original versions--they're updates in a variety of styles. Some work pretty well, some will make you want to hurl (mainly Sting's take on "How Insensitive", which is droning and pointless).
Notable are: a punched-up synth-heavy "Ipanema" by one-hit-wonder Crystal Waters, jazz group Incognito on "Water To Drink", world-music-loving David Byrne and sultry Marisa Monte on "Waters Of March", the well-known Caetano Veloso and Ryuichi Sakamoto with the lesser-known Cesaria Evora on "E Preciso Perdoar", Stereolab's quirky and strange "One Note Samba", and Bebel Gilberto on "Preciso Dizer Que Te Amo".
The Red Hot series, which started with the Cole Porter tribute "Red Hot + Blue", has always done excellent work and this compilation is no exception. If you'd like to sample Brazilian pop music of a certain era but you're terrified of breaking out your dad's dusty old Jobim LPs, this is a great way to see what's what.
Also the liner notes are extensive and informative, so you really get your money's worth. I'm still not clear on the divide between samba and bossa nova, but I reckon that's my fault.
This disc, made in 1996 I believe, in some ways I think can be credited for some of the new sounds coming from Brazil, like Brazil 2 Mil and BossaCucaNova and etc. Although the songs are revisited and remade classics, the popular musicians of that time internationally and in Brazil all contributed. Caetano Veloso, Marisa Monte, David Byrne along with Stereolab (they made a brilliant remake of 1 Note Samba with Herbie Mann), George Michael, Maxwell, Money Mark (beastie Boys) and Gilberto Gil - and what some people will love is that Bebel Gilberto is even on the final track titled Eu Preciso Dizer Que te Amor (I must say that I love you) that was recorded with Cazuza, who passed away due to AIDS, I believe. That is by far my favorite track on the CD.
A terrific disk. You will not be disappointed - and FYI - it has two companion pieces - Nova Bossa, which has the original versions of most of the songs as performed by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao Gilberto and Stan Getz (Album cover and disc is almost identical to this one) Ondha Sonora - Red Hot and Lisbon - tributing to the Sound of the Portugal, Angola and Brazil - major Portuguese speaking nations and their music.
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I bought this new on CD when it first came out and have loved it ever since. For some reason, I didn't have it uploaded to the cloud, and due to a system crash last year, lost lots... Read morePublished 12 months ago by grandpamike
I bought this only because I wanted Corcovado, some of the other songs are good, some not.Published 13 months ago by lab3369
There is a tiny scratch at CD case back side.
But I don't care about that.
CD's quality is perpect, and sounds good!
This is bossa nova with a twist. It's sultry and sexy. I like and recommend it. It's great for playing in the car on sunset drives.Published on July 29, 2013 by Maitre
I bought the album because of their Waters of March duet. All of the other songs are a great bonus.Published on July 10, 2013 by Josh
This is wonderful riding and feel good music! It showcases an abundance of culture and musical influence, yet it flows so well.Published on December 15, 2012 by Nikisha Handy
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