Elizeth Cardoso

Elizeth Cardoso/Zimbo Trio/Jacob do Bandolim, Vol. 1

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In 1968, upon encountering economical difficulties, the Sound and Image Museum of Rio de Janeiro (MIS) conceptualized a show with Elizeth Cardoso backed by Jacob do Bandolim, his regional Época de Ouro, and the Zimbo Trio, directed by Hermínio Bello de Carvalho, to raise funds for their important work preserving culture. The historic show, which took place on February 19, 1968 (surrounded by enormous anxiety due to the proportions of the event and the struggle with budget limitations, not to mention a torrential summer rain that poured until two hours before showtime), was recorded and released on two LPs, of which this is the first. Saving tapes (that weren't new, blank ones), the two engineers of the MIS (Paulo Lavrador and Hamilton Córdoba) had to record in seven and a half IPS (instead of the professional 15 IPS) with modest two-channel equipment. The original sequence of the show was not preserved in the albums. This one starts with the show's opening "Elizetiana," as Carvalho called a selection of big hits by the singer that are interpreted by the Zimbo Trio. Elizeth Cardoso performed next with "Cidade Vazia" (Baden Powell/Luís Fernando Freire); the anxiety of the experienced singer was evident in her bad intonation the second time that she sang the verse, "Porisso, o jeito é lutar." But the passionate applause of the public by and by confirmed to the performers that they were participating in a night that would never be forgotten, a confirmation better expressed with the emotional singing along in "Barracão" (Luís Antônio/Oldemar Magalhães) (followed by a solo by the audience that complimented with an enthusiastic "Bravo!" by do Bandolim himself, who improvised with rare flexibility in this song). Cardoso's two highly emotional encores, both a cappella ("Serenata do Adeus" by Vinícius de Moraes and "Canção do Amor Demais" Tom Jobim/Vinícius de Moraes) were released on the second volume. The albums sold 80,000 copies and contributed notably to save the museum. In 1977 a third volume was released with the subtitle "Fragmentos Inéditos do Histórico Recital," and later the show was reissued on CD in its entirety.