The music created by Dom Salvador e Abolição on this album is an extremely funky, smooth, and natural-sounding mixture of different music styles like samba, soul, rock, jazz, forro, and baião. Considered to be a milestone within Brazilian music, the album has had enormous influence on the sound and development of Brazilian funk, soul, and jazz. Especially the famous Banda Black Rio, who would follow the lucid path that Dom Salvador laid with this album. Indeed, Banda Black Rio's future leading member, Oberdan, also appears on this record, playing saxophone and flute. Compared to Banda Black Rio's music, this album is, in general, slightly more pop- and rock-styled, with more direct and distinct melodies. Dom Salvador e Abolição also use a wider variety of music styles in the various songs on this album than Banda Black Rio would on theirs. Most tracks on Som, Sangue e Raça are instrumental, but the ones with lyrics, as, for example, the dramatic opening track, "Uma Vida," with its magnificent piano intro played by Dom Salvador himself, are among the absolute highlights of the album. Another great track with vocals and lyrics is "Hei! Você," where '70s R&B is mixed with typical baião tones. Some other tracks that are worth a special mention here are "Folia de Reis," featuring exciting accordion play; the famous "Guanabara," featuring Oberdan's flute; and the great "O Rio," which starts of as a smooth funk tune but in the end turns into a carnival-esque samba. The unique, funky groove of Dom Salvador e Abolição turned Som, Sangue e Raça into one of the best and most important samba/soul albums ever recorded in Brazil.
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AllMusic Review by Philip Jandovský