Tábua de Esmeralda, the eleventh studio album by Brazilian maestro Jorge Ben, released in 1974 on Philips Records. The album showcases Ben’s interest in theosophy, mysticism, and, above all, alchemy. Its title refers to the Emerald Tablet, a cryptic piece of
Hermetica reputed to contain the secret of the prima materia and its transmutation; and its artwork incorporates drawings from Nicholas Flamel, who was historically immortalized as a great alchemist for his work on the philosopher’s stone.
Considered Ben’s masterpiece, it was ranked by Rolling Stone Brasil as the sixth greatest Brazilian album of all time, and has been included in Tom Moon’s 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die.
A Tábua de Esmeralda belongs in the record collection of any fan of Ben’s music and is also a great starting point for someone who wants an introduction to his work.
01. OS ALQUIMISTAS ESTÃO CHEGANDO OS ALQUIMISTAS
02. O HOMEM DA GRAVATA FLORIDA
03. ERRARE HUMANUM EST
04. MENINA MULHER DA PELE PRETA
05. EU VOU TORCER
07. MINHA TEIMOSIA, UMA ARMA PRA TE CONQUISTAR
10. O NAMORADO DA VIÚVA
11. HERMES TRISMEGISTO E SUA CELESTE TÁBUA DE ESMERALDA
12. CINCO MINUTOS
JORGE BEN, vocals & guitar, on all tracks,
accompanied by Trio Mocotó.
Arrangements by Osmar Milito, Darcy de Paulo & Hugo Bellard.