Beleza Tropical: Brazil Classics 1

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1 Ponta De Lanca Africano (Umbabarauma) 03:55 $1.49 Buy
2 Sonho Meu 02:55 $1.49 Buy
3 Só Quero Um Xodó 04:56 $1.49 Buy
4 Um Canto De Afoxé Para O Bloco De Ilê (Ilê Ayê) 03:06 $1.49 Buy
5 O Leãozinho 03:09 $1.49 Buy
6 Caçada 03:07 $1.49 Buy
7 Calice 04:06 $1.49 Buy
8 Equatorial 03:15 $1.49 Buy
9 San Vicente 02:45 $1.49 Buy
10 Quilombo, O El Dorado Negro 04:45 $1.49 Buy
11 Caramba! ... Galileu Da Galileia 02:32 $1.49 Buy
12 Caixa De Sol 03:30 $1.49 Buy
13 Maculelê 02:33 $1.49 Buy
14 Queixa 04:27 $1.49 Buy
15 Andar Com Fé 03:22 $1.49 Buy
16 Fio Maravilha 02:18 $1.49 Buy
17 Anima 04:15 $1.49 Buy
18 Terra 06:46 $1.49 Buy

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Includes liner notes by David Byrne and Arto Lindsay.

The first in a series of compilation discs put together by David Byrne for his Luaka Bop label, BELEZA TROPICAL attempts to harness a whole musical movement within a single collection. While North America had long succumbed to bossa nova (to the point of its becoming merely a cheesily exotic seduction), the sounds of tropicalismo initially had little impact outside of its native Brazil. Forged in a period of social and political upheaval, the music draws on an enormous variety of musical influences--from traditional Brazilian folk music and street songs to chansons and rock & roll--and reflects the complexity of a culture caught between the expansion of the modern world and the harshness of a repressive dictatorship. And although it's impossible to draw an entire portrait with a single stroke, BELEZA TROPICAL is a suitable introduction to some of the innovators of Brazilian pop, among them Milton Nascimento, Gal Costa, and Caetano Veloso.

I have to tip my hat to any record that can induce me to dig rockpoets Caetano Veloso (four tracks) and Milton Nascimento (two), both of whom I've resisted (uneasily, but with increasing vehemence) for a decade. But in fact my pleasure is more like grudging respect or bemused enjoyment--I admire Arto Lindsay's translations, hum along in unguarded moments. Fact is, every certified auteur on this unexceptionable compilation could support a fetching best-of. Fact also is, the only ones I'm sure I'd dig would be by Gilberto Gil (three), an old fave, and Jorge Ben (two), whom D. Byrne has sold me on. B+ - Robert Christgau