Geraçâo Bendita

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Spectrum's Geraçào Bendita (Blessed Generation) came out in Brazil in 1971, sold poorly, and went forgotten until the 1990s brought a revival of the genre and record collectors began to dig up old recordings, at which point it became a sought-after rarity. The German label Shadoks reissued it in 2002. More than a curiosity, this album chronicles the difficult emancipation of a generation. Made up of ex-members of the group 2000 Volts, Spectrum formed in the studio for this specific project, the soundtrack of a movie directed by Carlos Bini, written and performed by the members of a hippie community in Nova Friburgo (near Rio de Janeiro). Known as the first Brazilian hippie movie, it was completed in 1971, censured, and finally released in 1973 under the title E Isso Ai Bicho. The music draws inspiration from the Woodstock generation, especially the folk songs of Crosby, Stills & Nash, the West Coast psychedelia of Jefferson Airplane, and the vocal harmonies of the Mamas & the Papas. Except for an occasional acid guitar solo ("Trilha Antiga"), the songs remain in pastoral settings, full of acoustic guitars and rich vocal harmonies. Love, sun, and the simple pleasures of life are sung in Portuguese and English, by both male and female singers (uncredited in the liner notes). The sound quality on the reissue is often shaky (some tracks have obviously been lifted from a copy of the LP in place of master tapes; "15 Years Old" sounds downright awful), but the quality of the writing and the historical significance of this album make it an interesting item for aficionados of the genre. However, be warned that it is short: 30 minutes.

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