Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Marcos Valle - The Essential Marcos Valle [Vol 1]

Marcos Valle - The Essential Marcos Valle [Vol 1]
Label - Mr. Bongo
Recorded - 1995
Style - Brazilian, Samba, Lee Library, Bossa, Jazz, Funk

(From liner notes)
Marcos Valle is a composer, arranger and singer from Rio, Brasil. This compilation covers his Samba 68 work, right up to his early 80s material. He was responsible for popularising bossa in the US, and struck gold with the "Samba 68" LP, from which the anthemic "Crickets Sing For Anamaria" (Jazz Juice 2) was taken. In the 60s bossa nova was isolated by the intellectualism of cariocas like Edu Lobo appealing to the middle class. Valle brought bossa to the masses, with protest songs talking about democracy "Democustico" and poverty in the language of the North.

His wife Anamaria features on "Ele E Ela" and "Proton Electron Neutron". Inspired by his love Marcus wrote these duets where they try to outdo each other in vocal refrains. "Os Grilos" and "Mentira" will appeal to dancers. Valle the improviser created "Nao Tem Nada Nao" and "Vem", which resonate with modal magic. His brother Paulo co-wrote most of this collection; as an airline pilot, he is responsible for the sound effects on "Freio Aerodinamico". This album is a tribute to the fertile Marcos Valle, a man and his music.

(from Dusty Groove)
An amazing compilation of the genius work of Brazilian composer/arranger/singer Marcos Valle! Valle originally started out by writing some of the biggest hits of the bossa era, but as time and the sixties wore on, he got waaaaay out in his approach to the music, and really began experimenting with a lot of crazy funky and electronic sounds, in this mad baroque way that we'd rank up there with the best groundbreaking work in MPB. Most of his best material's been out of print for years, and this extremely well-selected set gives you a rare chance to hear some of his greatest moments. This record is totally great, and will leave your jaw dropping in awe at such cuts as "Freio Aerodinamico", "Proton Electron Neutron","Mentira", "Nao Tem Nada Nao", "Democustico", and "Terra De Ninguem".

1. Marcos Valle - Mentira (3:45)
2. Marcos Valle - Os Grilos (2:33)
3. Marcos Valle - Malena (2:06)
4. Marcos Valle - Pista 02 (1:57)
5. Marcos Valle - Nao Tem Nada Nao (3:10)
6. Marcos Valle - Nao Tem Nada Nao (Instrumental) (1:17)
7. Marcos Valle - Freio Aerodinamico (2:43)
8. Marcos Valle - Proton Electron Neutron (2:46)
9. Marcos Valle - Viagem (2:49)
10. Marcos Valle - Terra De Ninguem (2:34)
11. Marcos Valle - Ele E Ela (2:24)
12. Marcos Valle - Vem (2:06)
13. Marcos Valle - Democustico (2:23)



Anonymous said...

Wowee! Thanks so much for posting these Marcos Valle seleciones - he is such a brilliant Brazilian musician, and is sorely underrated.

~mybb(move ya bodi-bodi)

XMP said...

thanks, bodi-bodi~! you have hit the pollo on its head.

Geo said...

Great blog! Any chance you could re-up The Essential Marcos Valle Vol 1 +2?.

Anonymous said...

hey ... i would be so greatful if someone could post a download link again - the old one is not functioning anymore