Taiguara

Viagem

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Originally released in 1970 on the Odeon label, Taiguara's Viagem (Portuguese for "Voyage") finds him accompanied by members of Som Imaginario, an ensemble that was essentially Milton Nascimento's backing band and included Latin jazz keyboard legend Wagner Tiso. The title track was a hit and the album had just enough oomph to come across as slightly more substantial than its immediate predecessor, Hoje. Even so, young Taiguara was a mild mannered and comparatively conventional singer whose producers seem initially to have favored standard issue Nixon-era AM radio pop production. Even at its most dynamic, Taiguara's sound on records was usually less vibrant than what was being purveyed by many of his contemporaries. Viagem is therefore a high point in the early portion of his discography. He was destined for even greater achievement near the end of his career when he opted for more sanguine Afro-Brazilian sounds.

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