Ivan Lins

Focus: O Essencial de Ivan Lins

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Issued in BMG's Focus series of best essentials, this one has strengths as well as many weaknesses. Lins has always been an album player; he carefully constructs recordings that fit together like the pieces in a puzzle. It's been very hard to take his music out of its original context. The other problem is that Lins has recorded with other labels besides BMG, and only those tracks are included here, so it can't quite be representative. Perhaps the greatest difficulty is in issuing the entirely of his Modo Livre album here, out of sequence and separated by other tracks that serve only to fill out the set. There are 11 tracks that make up that album, five from Chama Acesa, and four from other sources. Again the five from Chama Acesa are split up as well, making this a muddy, strange mess of a collection that makes no sense in its compiling. There are many Ivan Lins collections; do yourself a favor -- get one of them and avoid this.

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