Brazil Classics Box Set

Brazil Classics Box Set

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It’s been many years since the Brazil Classics series came out, and the musical landscape has changed considerably in that time. When these records came out, Brazilian music meant two things to many people in the North: bossa nova (“The Girl from Ipanema” rivals “Yesterday” as a song known round the world) and a smiling dancing woman with fruit on her head (Carmen Miranda).

A lot has changed since then.

The first record we put out in this series—Beleza Tropical—became a restaurant staple in the North and in Europe. Sales of that first collection exploded, well, for a compilation anyway. Three hundred and fifty thousand copies, mostly vinyl, in North America and Europe.

These records were not meant as a snapshot of Brazilian music being made at the time, instead they looked back over preceding decades to give an inkling of the riches and pleasures to be found beyond the usual clichés. It worked, compilations like these could do that in those days. It was a moment in time, when what was essentially a playlist could change people’s perceptions of music and their place in it. This music often reflected the social and poli


Brazil Classics 1 – Beleza Tropical
Side 1
1. Ponta De Lança Africano (Umbabarauma) – Jorge Ben
2. Sonho Meu – Maria Bethânia & Gal Costa
3. Só Quero Um Xodó – Gilberto Gil
4. Um Canto De Afoxé Para O Bloco Do Ilê (Ilê Ayê) – Caetano Veloso
5. O Leãozinho – Caetano Veloso
6. Caçada – Chico Buarque
7. San Vincente – Milton Nascimento
Side 2
1. Quilomba, O El Dorado Negro – Gilberto Gil
2. Caixa De Sol – Nazaré Pereira
3. Queixa – Caetano Veloso
4. Andar Com Fé – Gilberto Gil
5. Fio Maravilha – Jorge Ben
6. Anima – Milton Nascimento
7. Terra – Caetano Veloso


Brazil Classics 2 – O Samba

Side 1
1. A Deusa Dos Orixás – Clara Nunes
2. Ijexá (Filhos De Gandhy) – Clara Nunes
3. S.P.C. – Zeca Pagodinho
4. Sufoco – Alcione
5. Formosa – Ciro Monteiro
6. Olerê Camara – Alcione
7. O Encanto Do Gantois – Beth Carvalho
Side 2
1. Aldeia De Okarimbé – Neguinho Da Beija Flor
2. Quem Me Guia – Almir Guineto
3. Ela Nao Gosta De Mim – Agepê
4. Claustrofobia – Martinho Da Vila
5. Batuca No Chão – Martinho Da Vila
6. Sarau Para Ramadés – Paulinho Da Viola


Brazil Classics 3 – Forró, etc.

Side 1
1. O Fole Roncou – Luiz Gonzaga
2. Festa do Interior – Gal Costa
3. Tum-Tum-Tum – Jackson do Pandeiro
4. Danado de Bom – Luiz Gonzaga
5. Querubim – Dominguinhos
6. O Sucesso da Zefinha – Anastácia
7. É de Dar Água na Boca – Nando Cordel & Amelinha
Side 2
1. Vou com Você – Dominguinhos
2. Asa Branca – Gonzaguinha
3. Recordação de Vaqueiro – Clemilda
4. Bom Demais – Jorge de Altinho & Dominguinhos
5. Aniversário do seu Vavá – Genival Lacerda
6. Rejeição – Trio Nordestino
7. Sanfoninha Choradeira – Luiz Gonzaga & Elba Ramalho

tical convulsions of the time. Gil, Caetano and others were jailed and sent into exile. As joyous as they often sound they are deeply serious, and the dictatorship was afraid of them. Joy, beauty and pride are potent weapons. As we go through our own present period of political turbulence, maybe these songs can serve as an example—how to maintain one’s creativity and humanity in the face of forces that seek to grind innovators down and silence voices that dispute those in power.