Elba Ramalho

20 Super Sucessos [Polydisc]

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Compilation of the early hits of Elba Ramalho, important interpreter of Northwestern origin. This compilation's strongest point is the sincere style of Ramalho's beginning. Prejudice has ravaged her regional style of singing ever since, and she by and by opened hand of her singular style in favor of a mainstream interpretation in which she lost much of her personality. Energetic tunes with the urgent delivery of a typical Northeastern regional (small group) are topped by her authoritative voice, and delicate songs have the uncanny sensibility of the Northeastern hinterlands. The selection privileges the first, with several important songs interpreted with the aggressive feel of the survivors, like Elomar's "O Violeiro," "Caldeirão dos Mitos," "Capim do Vale" (Sivuca), "Não Sonho Mais" (Chico Buarque), "Banquete de Signos" (Zé Ramalho), and "Espiral do Tempo" (Geraldo Azevedo). Tender moments are scarce in this excursion through the unfair land of dryness and poverty, but they are present, nevertheless, in the choro "Cartão Postal," in the doleful "Canta Coração" and "Ave de Prata," in the xote "Cajuína" (Caetano Veloso), and, especially, in "Légua Tirana" (Luiz Gonzaga/Humberto Teixeira). A great compilation that shows the true Elba Ramalho from the early undiluted performances.

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