O Terço

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O Terço is a band that came out in 1969 in Rio, organized by guitarist/vocalist Sérgio Hinds. Initially influenced by the Beatles, they had a penchant to progressive rock, funk, and danceable rock in their basic heavy metal. This album has a curious conception for a band with that profile: recovering important Brazilian composers like Pixinguinha, they interpret never-published songs by them (together with hits like "Sangue Latino" by the disbanded Secos & Molhados' member João Ricardo with Paulinho Mendonça). The elaborate vocals are present, together with rock guitars/drumming and progressive influences in the eloquent keyboarding. "Folhas Secas" (by the former Titãs member Arnaldo Antunes, great lyrics), "Poeira" (by Daniel Gonzaga, son of Gonzaguinha and grandson of Luiz Gonzaga, who proved to be a happy revelation of a good lyricist/melodist), "Mágica" (by the excellent new sambista Lula Barboza, who has intensively written all kinds of just-in-time music like this one, with its cheesy Roupa Nova style), "Quem Mata A Mulher Mata O Melhor" (by Ivan Lins/Salgado Maranhão, introducing electronics in their work), "Mundaréu" (Vinícius Cantuária/Ségio Hinds), "O braço Da Minha Guitarra" (again, slipping in a cheesy style, this time similar to Guilherme Arantes'), "Mãe Terra" (a delicate rendition of a song by Lula Barboza together with Ana Caram, full of Yes references), "Prazer E Fé" (Ivaldo Moreira/Luis Carlos Sá), and the great surprise, "Elsa" by Pixinguinha, in Focus style. The album is strongly commercial (survival tactics), sometimes corny, but in its best moments captures an esthetics dear to many.