Various Artists

Samba Brasil [Philips]

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Samba Brasil is a fine collection of some of Brazil's best active performers, not really definitive of anything but full of quality material. Some of the biggest names here include Caetano Veloso, Elis Regina, Gal Costa, Beth Carvalho, Maria Bethania, Joao Bosco, and Chico DaSilva -- so the lineup leans toward an overall tropicalia flavor (Gilberto Gil isn't here, but a couple of his compositions are). All in all, a good listen.

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