Elis Regina

Elis Especial [Noves Fora]

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Released originally in 1979, this was one of the last albums recorded by the great Brazilian singer Elis Regina. The sound is quite bad, with predominance of the middle harmonics in the fusion arrangements. Her exciting swing can be heard in "Noves Fora," "Ou Bola Ou Búlica," and "Dinorah, Dinorah," while deep sorrow is conveyed in "Violeta de Belford Roxo," the curious mix of valsa and marcha-rancho "Valsa Rancho," and "Bodas de Prata." The album also has bossa nova, in "Entrudo" and "Bonita" (with lyrics in English), and the typical Milton Nascimento 6/8 grooves in "Credo." "Deixa O Mundo E O Sol Entrar" had such a kitschy interpretation/arrangement that the tune shouldn't be included, but the French atmosphere of "Joana Francesa" is part of the identity of the song and helps to establish a nostalgic feel. The album is a document of her generosity in recording contemporary composers: Fagner, Belchior, João Bosco, Aldir Blanc, Milton Nascimento, Fernando Brant, Ivan Lins, Vitor Martins all owe a lot to her.

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