Brazilian pop hero Chico Buarque's early music differed from that of his contemporaries in the Tropicalia movement in that it was less overtly political and experimental. Instead, Buarque's songs were steeped firmly in samba, bossa nova, and other common Brazilian forms. The link to tradition, however, never compromised Buarque's individuality as a songwriter: his uncanny facility with lyrics and durable, infectious melodies made his material as fresh as any Brazilian artist of the era.
CLASSIC YEARS brings together the best of his early work under one cover. Buarque would branch out both stylistically and technically over the course of his lengthy, prolific career, but this 20-track collection, which stretches back to his earliest singles ("Sonho de Um Carnaval"), demonstrates that the artist's subtle, precise sense of songcraft and moving performances were dazzling even from the beginning.