MPB-4

Amigo E Pra Essas Coisas

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Reissue in CD format of the LP recorded live at the show of the same name in 1989. MPB-4, the best male vocal quartet in activity in Brazil, began its activities in 1962, constituting its style in times of repression, when they established a close collaboration with Chico Buarque, whose lyrics of strong social content were the perfect vehicle for their indignation. This album is a document of the new times of distention, where they were trying to find new ways for their expression. Their renditions for compositions by Kleiton (from the duo Kleiton & Kledir), Beto Guedes, and Cazuza are testimonies of this effort. Some of them were successfully incorporated in their repertoire (like "Vira Virou"), but others remained as curiosities isolated in their career. The album brings classics by Milton Nascimento ("Canções E Momentos," "Canção Da América," "Paula E Bebeto"), João Bosco (the humorous "A Nível De..."), a version of Silvio Rodriguez's "Por Quien Merece Amor," and several Chico Buarque songs, everything performed with their usual virtuosity, swing, and expressiveness.

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