Things I love to love

Yesterday’s list needed a complement because I believe in positivity, see.

1. Campari and gin
2. Cauliflower rice
3. Philip Larkin’s poems
4. Transformers comics
5. Bartender chit-chats
6. Buying CDs
7. Screenings before 10 a.m.
8. Gil e Jorge
9. Public libraries
10. Hair gel/styling creme/wax

1 thought on “Things I love to love

  1. Jukebox

    Ten alternatives to your very surprising and yummy number 8 item. I own Gilberto’s Expresso 2222, the RE trilogy: Refavela, Refazenda (all excellent) and Realce (just for “Toda Menina Baiana” when he went disco without sacrifacing his samba roots and a classic) and his stongest 90s set of songs: Quanta. But these 11 Cds I found not a filler song in them and cover the wide expectrum from tropicália to samba, to rock to psychedelia to northeastern forró and sertanejo (Brazilian country) in which Zé Ramalho’s debut album is both stunning and a bona fide weeper. Just, if you want, listen to “Chao de Giz” to get a glimpse of how sertanejo sounds like:ç

    Honorable mentions: Tom Zé’s “Si O Caso E Chorar” (1971), “Todos Os Olhos” (1972) and “Estudando a Samba” (1975). Chico Buarque’s Construçao (1971) and “Meus Caros Amigos” (1975).

    Gal Costa: Gal Costa (1968)
    This is Gal Costa at her best and at the height of her tropicalist phase, performing splendid songs written by artists like Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil.

    Tim Maia: Tim Maia (1970)
    The first album of Brazilian soul and one of the absolute top albums of the genre. Listening to this, it’s easy to understand why Tim Maia is considered as one of the greatest singers in Brazilian music history.

    Vinícius de Morães, Toquinho, Marília Medalha: Como dizia o poeta (1971)
    One of the most exquisite albums of Bohemina poet and singer Vinícius de Morães, here in colaboration with celebrated guitarist and composer Toquinho and singer Maria Medalha. The album contains a couple of Vinícius most famous and beloved songs, like Tarde em Itapoã, A Tonga da Mironga do Kabuletê and Como dizia o poeta.

    Marcos Valle: Garra (1971)
    Contemporary bossa nova and pop elegantly mixed by one of the most respected and popular artists of the second bossa nova wave.

    Milton Nascimento and Lô Borges: Clube da Esquina (1972)
    Easily the most well known album from the Clube da Esquina years, it was originally released as a double LP. Folk music from the state of Minas Gerais is mixed with elements of contemporary jazz and Beatelesque pop to form a unique, dreamy soundscape on this beautiful classic.

    Novos Baianos: Acabou Chorare (1972)
    Samba, trio elétrico music and rock, mixed to absolute perfection on one of the most brilliant classics of the MPB genre.

    Sérgio Sampaio: Eu quero é botar meu bloco na rua (1973)
    Contemporary rock and singer song writer music meets samba accompanied by splendid and moving lyrics on a truly magnificent album, from one of the least known geniouses of Brazilian popular music. Music that goes straight to the heart of the listener and which would – eventually – render Sérgio Sampaio many dedicated admirers, not the least among other musicians and artists.

    Luiz Melodia: Pêrola Negra (1973)
    The first and most highly commended album by Luiz Melodia, with music that defies all traditional genre classification, drawing from samba, soul, forró, pop, rock and jazz – a classic within MPB.

    João Bosco: Caça à Raposa (1975)
    João Bosco is well known for his very personal way of interpreting samba and MPB and this album is definitely one of his best moments.

    Caetano Veloso: Bicho (1977)
    Backed sometimes by a soft Afro-Brazilian groove and sometimes only by his own acoustic guitar, Caetano Veloso reaches perfection from start to finish here, as he produces one of the most unique and beautiful albums of Brazilian popular music.

    Zé Ramalho: Zé Ramalho (1978)
    On this, his eponymous debut album, Zé Ramalho manages to merge folk music from the Brazilian north east, contemporary rock and pop and excellent, poetical lyrics. A sizzling classic.


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