Legendary Brazilian singer/songwriter Gilberto Gil has over five decades and 57 albums to his credit. A pioneer of the tropicalia movement of the 1960s and '70s, Gil celebrated his 70th birthday with a sold-out show at Brazil's Theatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro on May 28, 2012. Featuring his steady five-piece touring band, which included son Bem Gil on guitar, and backed by a symphony orchestra, the concert acted as a broad overview of his lengthy and diverse career. Beautifully captured here on this live recording, the 15-song set features a variety of essential cuts from his own catalog along with interpretations of songs by Caetano Veloso and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Gil's voice and guitar playing sound as vital as ever and the arrangements are full of the elegance and taste we've come to expect from this great artist.
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AllMusic Review by Timothy Monger