Of the early stars of MPB (Música Popular Brasileira), CHICO BUARQUE was one of the first to become a certifiable pop star. With his warm, nasalinflected croon, elegant phrasing, and considerable skill at lyric writing, Buarque (who is handsome to boot) became extremely popular with women, who loved his understated sensuality. In 1974, Buarque recorded Sinal Fechado, after having his music censored numerous times by the Brazilian military dictatorship during the ‘70s. By the time of this recording, Buarque was not allowed to compose his own songs, so on Sinal Fechado Chico pays tribute to a host of other Brazilian composers, such as Tom Jobim, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Noel Rosa, Nelson Cavaquinho, Vinícius de Moraes, and Sebastião Nunes, among others.
Included here is “Acorda, Amor,” a landmark song of the period penned by Chico under the pseudonym Julinho da Adelaide to avoid censorship.
01. Festa Imodesta (Caetano Veloso) 2:46
02. Copo Vazio (Gilberto Gil) 2:47
03 .Filosofia (André Filho-Noel Rosa) 2:22
04. O Filho Que Eu Quero Ter (Toquinho-Vinícius de Moraes) 4:13
05. Cuidado Com A Outra (Augusto Tomaz Júnior-Nelson Cavaquinho) 2:46
06. Lágrima (Jackson do Pandeiro-José Garcia-Sebastião Nunes) 2:15
01. Acorda Amor (Julinho da Adelaide-Leonel Paiva) 2:22
02. Lígia (Tom Jobim) 2:55
03. Sem Compromisso (Geraldo Pereira-Nelson Trigueiro) 2:41
04. Você Não Sabe Amar (Carlos Guinle-Dorival Caymmi-Hugo Lima) 3:36
05. Me Deixe Mudo (Walter Franco) 2:18
Sinal Fechado (Paulinho da Viola) 2:37
Produced by Sérgio M. de Carvalho
Arrangements and conductor: Perinho Albuquerque
Engineers: Luis Cláudio, Luigi, Coutinho & João Moreira
Mastered by Joaquim Figueira at Phonogram Studios, Rio de Janeiro.
Photos: Luiz Garrido
Lay-Out: Aldo Luiz