Caetano Veloso

Caetano, Gil, Gal & Bethânia: Serie Autografos de Sucesso

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AllMusic Review by Alvaro Neder

This compilation marks the initial years of the movement that would be later known as Tropicalia. The exception here is "Sorte," which is from a more recent vintage. This selection brings the four Bahians prior to the milestone of the Guitar March. So, these are acoustic recordings still embedded with bossa nova arrangements. The time reference here must be the historic show Arena Conta Bahia or Opinião. This release contains the skinny Caetano Veloso, who recently arrived from Bahia, as a wonderful composer in four tracks; Noel Rosa was already revered by the Tropicalists, as Maria Bethânia (Caetano's sister) beautifully expresses in "Pra Que Mentir?" (Noel Rosa/Vadico). Gilberto Gil was still an enterprise administrator; and Gal Costa brought her still uneducated, naturally crystal-clear voice to this CD. Reflexes from the terrible Ages of Lead (the military dictatorship) can be perceived in several tracks, of which the best examples are "Procissão" (with a delicate cameristic backing), "Viramundo," and "Roda." An important panel of nascent Tropicalia, essential for those who are into this section of Brazilian music.

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