16 Sep Jorge Ben – Jorge Ben – Limited Edition 180 Gram LP
Elemental Music, together with Universal Music Spain proudly presents a new LP reissue of the long unavailable sixth studio album of the Brazilian artist JORGE BEN. Released in 1969, it was Jorge Ben’s first album with Trio Mocotó, a group that would be backing him along the 70’s on many other seminal albums, such as Força Bruta (1970), Negro É Lindo (1971) and A Tábua de Esmeralda (1974).
The present album is said to have influenced the “Tropicália” movement, as three tracks from this set, “Que pena”, “País tropical” and “Charles, anjo 45” were immediately covered by Gal Costa (the former two), and Caetano Veloso (the latter), two key artists of that Brazilian musical and artistic movement. This album is considered a samba soul classic, and quite possibly Ben’s greatest album ever.
In contrast to the cerebral output of the “Tropicália” camp in 1969, this album is much more visceral and personal, and yet no less revolutionary.
****½ ALL MUSIC GUIDE
03. CADÊ TERESA?
05. PAÍS TROPICAL
01. TAKE IT EASY MY BROTHER CHARLES
02. DESCOBRI QUE EU SOU UM ANJO (4:05)
03. BEBETE VÃOBORA
04. QUEM FOI QUE ROUBOU A SOPEIRA DE PORCELANA CHINESA QUE A VOVÓ GANHOU DA BARONESA?
05. QUE PENA
06. CHARLES, ANJO 45
JORGE BEN, vocals & guitar, with:
TRIO MOCOTÓ (Fritz “Escovão”, cuíca; João “Parahyba”, percussion & drums; Nereu Gargalo, pandeiro
All songs written by JORGE BEN
Arrangements: JOSÉ BRIAMONTE (except on “Descobri que eu sou um anjo” & “Barbarella”, ROGERIO DUPRAT)
Recorded at STUDIO SCATENA (S. Paulo) & C.B.D. (Rio)
Engineers: ARY CARVALHAES, CÉLIO MARTINS, DIDI, STÉLIO CARLINI & JOÃO KIBELESTIS
Produced by MANOEL BARENBEIN
Photo: JOHNNY SALLES