Caetano Veloso

Homem Comum

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Homem Comum is an excellent and very comprehensive 56-track anthology of Caetano Veloso's career from the late 1960s to the late '90s. Among the tracks are several great and famous classics such as "Alegria, Alegria," "Queixa," "Tropicália," "Terra," "Um Índio," and "Odara." There are also many lesser known, and in some cases almost forgotten songs, such as "Maria Bethânia," "Júlia/Moreno," "Oração ao Tempo," "Cajuína," "Nu com Minha Música," "Beleza Pura," and "O Homem Velho," all stunningly beautiful in their own different ways. There are also several excellent examples of Veloso's talent as an interpreter of other artists' work, as on Tom Jobim's "Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar," the Beatles' "For No One," Chico Buarque's "Carolina," Dorival Caymmi's "Coqueiro de Itapuã," and Luiz Gonzaga's "Asa Branca." Songs such as "Os Passistas," "Jeito de Corpo," "Gente," and "Atrás do Trio Elétrico" add groove and samba to the compilation. The last track is the extremely delicate "Alguém Cantando," from the 1977 album Bicho Baile Show, sung by Veloso's sister Nicinha. Representing sheer beauty, it is the perfect way to conclude a Caetano Veloso anthology. One song that usually appears on all Veloso compilations but which is missing here is the lovely "O Leãozinho," one of his most famous compositions. That's only a minor omission, however as this is an excellent anthology and tribute to one of the great international figures of popular music.

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