Caetano Veloso

Circuladô Vivo

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The album Circuladô had so much success in the previous year that Veloso released this double CD with some of its songs, like "Circuladô de Fulô," a baião with berimbau and cello Indian-like scales, built over the concrete poet Haroldo de Campos' homonymous poem (from the book Galáxias); "Itapuã"; and "A Terceira Margem do Rio" (a beautiful composition by Milton Nascimento/Veloso that has, under its universe of ecological images, glimpses of psychoanalytical and semantic impressions). The album opens with the re-recording of a Bahian samba, "A Tua Presença." "Americanos" is a striking discourse about homosexuals, AIDS, and Americans, not by accident performed immediately after Michael Jackson's "Black or White." "Um Índio" is a ballad recorded with success by Milton Nascimento and Barão Vermelho about an Indian who will come like a futuristic extraterrestrial. "Queixa" is an old romantic tune, now with a rock intro. The traditional Veloso recovery of old values is represented here by Carlos Gardel's immortal tango "Mano A Mano," with a superb cello backing (Jaques Morelenbaum, of course). Bossa is then recalled in "Chega de Saudade" (No More Blues). "Disseram Que Eu Voltei Americanizada" was the song written by Vicente Paiva and Luiz Peixoto for Carmen Miranda following her cold reception by Brazilians after her explosion in the U.S. The sentimental section of the album includes old Veloso hits ("Você É Linda," "O Leãozinho") and a beautiful '70s hit by Roberto Carlos/Erasmo Carlos, "Debaixo Dos Caracóis Dos Seus Cabelos." But the big hit of the album was "Jokerman" (Bob Dylan). The arrangements had a sensitive approach in the acoustic orientation, in contrast with Veloso's most frenetic albums.

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