Geraldo Vandré

Vandré

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Geraldo Vandré is a name that stands by itself in Brazil. This compilation has historical moments where the music can't be fully understood out of perspective. The album opens with "Caminhando - Pra Não Dizer Que Não Falei Das Flores" putting the listener in the center of the action where history happened. It was the III FIC (International Song Festival, São Paulo, national phase, September 1968). Brazil was immersed in the bloodiest period of military dictatorship. "Caminhando," clearly the multitude's favorite, achieved the second place in the jury's decision, with "Sabiá" (Tom Jobim/Chico Buarque) in first, which revolted the attending people. In spite of "Sabiá"'s lyrics and music subtle anti-dictatorship message, "Caminhando" expressed more strongly a nation's feeling, and it is made clear by the massive attendance's singing along with him and applauding frenetically, while at the same time booing the jury. Soon after, "Caminhando" was vetoed for public execution. Vandré was exiled and until today has not told his story.

On the properly musical side of this double-CD reissue, which in fact is Vandré's musical biography, so precociously interrupted, with several different phases of his career, one can get acquainted with his first partnership with Carlos Lyra (who was the first to abandon bossa nova in favor of a more politicized musical activism), "Quem Quiser Encontrar O Amor." "Disparada," in partnership with Theo de Barros, was winner of TV Record's II FMPB, 1966, in São Paulo (tied with Chico Buarque's "A Banda"). Also highlighted are Vandré's important partnerships with names such as Baden Powell, Alaíde Costa, and others. Politics aside, Vandré is a fine melodist, fully committed to the production of pure Brazilian music, devoid of fashionable trends. The musical production is uneven, where his very rustic violão strumming backing coexist with his well-modulated voice and orchestral/piano tracks with good instrumental work. His songs, recorded by the best interpreters of Brazil, are here vocally performed only by him, with Ana Lúcia joining him on a couple of tracks.