Various Artists

Fados from Portugal, Vol. 1: Fado de Lisboa 1928-36

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The singers here represent a simpler, less-stylized style than the very high-octane technique of Amalia Rodriguez and her successors. Rodriguez at her best sounded like some force of nature. Most of the singers here sound like people, though some of them do have something of the cosmic yowl. As usual for the genre the men, though fine, are heavily outgunned by the women -- notably the splendid Maria Silva.

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