Samba is the dancing spirit and rhythm of life in Brazil. This Rough Guide features the best of old and new from legendary sambista Alcione and superstar vocalist Marisa Monte to the seriously funky Samba Um and the samba swing of Rogê.
1. Alcione Duas Faces
2. Partideiros Do Cacique Meu Bloco
3. Velha Guarda Da Portela Feat. Marisa Monte Volta Meu Amor
4. Rogê A Nega E O Malandro
5. Teresa Cristina Coisas Banais
6. Samba Urbano Deixa
7. Moyseis Marques Samba, Ciência Da Graça
8. Samba Um Malandro Dpdp
9. Luísa Maita Lero-Lero
Nascimento's 1972 double LP is named after the musical collective he helped to found in his Brazilian home state of Minas Gerais. Along with the help of fellow collective member Lo Borges, and with wonderful arrangements from Eumir Deodato, Nascimento seamlessly combines bossa nova with soul, pop, jazz, psychedelic and classical influences. A masterpiece on par with any of the classic releases from the more well know Tropicalia movement. Reissued on 180 gram vinyl in a deluxe gatefold jacket.
1. Tudo Que Você Podia Ser
3. O Trem Azul (The Blue Train)
4. Saídas E Bandeiras No. 1
5. Nuvem Cigana (Gipsy Cloud)
6. Cravo É Canela
7. Dos Cruces
8. Um Girassol da Cor de Seu Cabelo
9. San Vicente
11. Clube da Esquina, No. 2
12. Paisagem da Janela
13. Me Deixa Em Paz
14. Os Povos
15. Saídas E Bandeiras No. 2
16. Um Gosto de Sol
17. Pelo Amor de Deus
19. Trem de Doido
20. Nada Será Como Antes
21. Ao Que Vai Nascer
Yet another great band from the flourishing Latino garage rock scene, this dynamic duo are from Zaragoza. Even though they themselves admit they’ve not invented anything new... there is nothing else that sounds quite like Los Bengala. With Guillermo’s loud, powerful, simple guitar chords backed by drummer Borja’s complex beats – their on-stage energy is irresistible., “If we stop, we’re dead. Life is short and we intend to make the most of it. We never stop playing. And the record you’ll soon be holding in your hand will show that.”
1. La Caza
2. Se A Donde Voy
3. No Hay Amor Sin Dolor
4. Jodidamenta Loco
5. Maquina Infernal
6. 65 Dias
9. Perfect Body
10. Abran Paso
INCREDIBLE SOUND: Mastered by Steve Hoffman and Cut by Doug Sax
Latin Grammy-Winning LP Possesses One of the Most Realistic-Sounding Performances of Cello and Piano That You'll Ever Hear
Recorded on Vacuum-Tube Microphones: No Compression or Limiting Used in the Process
Virtuosic Violinist Performs the Music of Piazzolla, Ginastera, Bragato, Golijov, and Schifrin
Cellist Antonio Lysy has performed as soloist worldwide, in major concert halls, appearing with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestras of London, Camerata Academica of Salzburg, Zurich Tonhalle, the Zagreb Soloists, Orchestra di Padova e il Veneto, Israel Sinfonietta, and in Canada with the Montreal, Toronto, Symphony Orchestras, and Les Violons du Roi. He has collaborated with distinguished conductors such as Yuri Temirkanov, Charles Dutoit, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, and Sandor Vegh.
1. Pampeana, Rhapsody No. 2, Op. 21
2. Graciela Y Buenos Aires
3. Triste, from Cinco Canciones Populares Argentinas, Op. 10
4. Zamba, from Cinco Canciones Populares Argentinas, Op. 10
7. Punena No. 2, Op. 45
8. Milonga del Angel
9. Le Grand Tango
It is an utter and complete joy to listen to this third album of the Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela. Actually, let’s call it a riotous celebration!
After the first studio album, and one live album they toured all over the world with greats such as David Gray and Buena Vista Social Club. For the recording of this album they hooked up with the legendary producer John Leckie who was able to help them capture the excitement of their live gigs.
The tracks are dancing between ancient and futuristic Latin Rock to romantically seductive Folk. If you’ve never heard of this controversial duo, this album is the ultimate introduction. Rodrigo y Gabriela, where metal chops, flamenco, and tango music become entwined in a musical ménage à trois.
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2. Diablo Rojo
6. Stairway To Heaven
8. Juan Loco
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World Circuit Records is set to release Buena Vista Social Club’s Lost and Found. Coming almost two decades after the release of the original Grammy-winning, self-titled LP, the new album is a collection of previously unreleased tracks––some of which were recorded during the original album’s sessions in Havana and others from the years that followed.
The studio tracks on Lost and Found were recorded at the 1996 Egrem studio sessions in Havana and during a period of rich and prolific creativity stretching into the early 2000s following the recording of the original album. Lost and Found also features live recordings from the world tours of Buena Vista’s legendary veterans.
“Over the years we were often asked what unreleased material was left in the vaults,” says World Circuit’s Nick Gold. “We knew of some gems, favorites amongst the musicians, but we were always too busy working on the next project to go back and see what else we had. When we eventually found the time, we were astonished at how much wonderful music there was.”
1. Bruca Manugua
3. Tiene Sabor
4. Bodas De Oro
5. Black Chicken 37
7. Como Fue
8. Guajira En F
9. Quiéreme Mucho
10. Pedacito De Papel
11. Mami Me Gustó
12. Lágrimas Negras
13. Como Siente Yo
14. Rubén Sings
Marcos Valle celebrates his 50th career anniversary as a songwriter, arranger, instrumentalist and singer with Stacey Kent’s sweet American voice. Recorded at Miranda, in Rio de Janeiro, the performances here also have the special participation of Jim Tomlinson on saxophone. Each track on this LP presents an aspect of Marcos Valle’s various musical facets, mixing genres and rhythms, placing Pop, Jazz, Bossa Nova, World Music, and MPB music side by side. Stacey Kent, one of the most prominent jazz singers in the world, lends her voice to songs like “Summer Samba (Samba de Verăo)”, “If You Went Away (Preciso Aprender a Ser Só)”, “The Face I Love (Seu Encanto)”, “Look Who’s Mine (Dia de Vitória)” and many other of Marcos’ classics. Highly recommended.
Marcos Valle (vocals, piano)
Stacey Kent (vocals)
Jessé Sadoc (trumpet, fluegel horn)
Marcelo Martins (saxophone, flute)
Jim Tomlinson (saxophone)
Aldivas Ayres (trombone)
Luiz Brasil (guitar)
Alberto Continentino (bass)
Renato 'Massa' Calmon (drums)
About Pure Pleasure
At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.
During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s – or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.
A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.
We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.
We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.
To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.
1. The White Puma (Puma Branco)
2. Look Who’s Mine (Dia de Victoria)
3. The Face I Love (Seu Encanto)
4. The Answer (A Resposta)
5. Drift Away
6. Summer Samba (Samba de Verao)
8. Passa por Mim
1. Batucada Surgiu
2. La Petite Valse
3. If You Went Away (Preciso Aprender a Ser So)
5. The Crickets (Os Grilos)
6. She Told Me, She Told Me (Sonho de Lugar)
7. My Nightmare
For most of the second half of '60s, Sérgio Mendes was the top-selling Brazilian artist in the United States. Look Around is his third studio album with Brasil '66, released in 1968.
Sérgio Mendes delved further into Brazil, and out came a gorgeous record of Brasil '66 at the peak of its form. Performance credits goes to Lani Hall (vocals), JOÃO PALMA (drums), John Pisano (Guitar), José Soares (percussion, vocals), and Janis Hansen (vocals). The tune "The Look of Love" was performed on the Academy Awards in 1968. The public response was huge, a single was released, and it become number four on the pop charts. Mendes also included "With a Little Help From My Friends" from the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper LP.
Look Around was placed second in the Jazz Album Chart in 1968. The album was, and is still a gold mine. This essential Latin Jazz record is finally available on 180 gram audiophile vinyl!
1. With A Little Help From My Friends
3. Like A Lover
4. The Frog
5. Tristeza (Goodbye Sadness)
6. The Look Of Love
7. Pradizer Adeus (To Say Goodbye)
8. Batucada (the Beat)
9. So Many Stars
10. Look Around
It would probably not be an overstatement to call this the most influential Brazilian album of all time. Originally released in 1959, Chega de Saudade is the album cited as creating bossa nova so to say that it lit a fire in the music world would be putting it mildly. It would be perhaps more accurate to say that it influenced so many musicians both at home (Caetano Veloso, Jorge Ben, etc.) and abroad (Stan Getz, Herbie Mann, Charlie Byrd) that it effectively single-handedly changed the way people both made and listened to music, and put Brazilian artists on the map. Almost every song on this album has gone on to become a standard, and Gilberto, called O Mito, is today, at age 79, truly a living legend. Here Gilberto collaborates with both Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes, both legends in their own right. Moraes and Jobim would soon go on to write the song that won them a Grammy in 1965, The Girl From Ipanema.
1. Chega De Saudade (No More Blues)
2. Lôbo Bôbo (Foolish Wolf)
3. Brigas, Nunca Mais (Fights, Never More)
5. Saudade Fêz Um Samba (Saudade Made a Samba)
6. Maria Ninguém (Maria Nobody)
1. Desafinado (Off-Key)
2. Rosa Morena (Brunette Rose)
3. Morena Boca De Ouro (Brunette with a Mouth of Gold)
4. Bim Bom 5. Aos Pés da Cruz (At the Foot of the Cross)
6. É Luxo Só (It’s Just a Luxury)
7. A Felicidade (Happiness) (Cantando As Músicas do Film Orfeo do Carnaval)
8. Manhã de Carnaval (Morning of the Carnaval) (Cantando As Músicas do Film Orfeo do Carnaval)
9. O Nosso Amor (Our Love) (Cantando As Músicas do Film Orfeo do Carnaval)
Brasileiro won the 1992 Grammy Award for Best World Music Album. The album was released at June 17 in 1992.
Mendes went back to the taproots of his heritage, calling upon a plethora of explosive tracks from L.A. sessionmen and give the production a finished sheen. Combining Forro and Samba Reggae with Indiado stomps and shouts, "What Is This" is a romping Bahian take on Hiphop and grafts Portuguese vocals onto a swinging American Funk groove. And the unusual ¾-meter samba "Pipoca" is the creation of do-everything mystery man Hermeto Pascoal.
Mendes draws upon the giants and comers of Brazilian songwriting like Ivan Lins, Gilberto Gil, Joao Bosco, Carlinhos Brown, and Guinga. Mendes vocal blend is Gracinha Leporace who sounds more vibrant than ever. Bassist Sebastian Neto also returns to the Mendes fold.
Vida is the twelfth studio album by Puerto Rican recording artist Draco Rosa, originally released on March 19, 2013 by Sony Music Latin. It consists of 16 duets of Rosa's hits featuring guest artists chosen personally by Rosa himself.
1. Esto es vida
3. Cómo me acuerdo
4. El tiempov
5. Obra de arte
6. Blanca mujer
7. Más y más
8. Noche fría
10. Roto por ti
11. Paraíso prometido (Hay que llegar)
12. Reza por mi
13. Cruzando puertas
14. Amantes hasta el fin
16. Madre tierra
Release from the King Of Bachata. His first solo album, Formula Vol. 1, ''redefined crossover and has taken Bachata mainstream'' (NPR). Now, with Formula Vol. 2, Romeo continues to set the bar in his genre by creating new, unexpected collaborations to fuse further elements of Urban, Pop and Latin styles into the syncopated rhythms and passionate lyrical expression of Bachata. The first single, 'Propuesta Indecente' reached #1 in the Latin Airplay and Hot Latin songs and tropical charts in Billboard, making Romeo the Latin artist with the most #1 hits this decade.
5. Cancioncitas de amor
6. Eres mia
9. Yo tambien
10. Fui a jamaica
11. No tiene la culpa
13. Propuesta indecente
14. Obra maestra
15. 7 dias
16. Si yo muero
Ry Cooder's name has helped bring attention to this session, but it's the veteran Cuban son musicians who make this album really special. Reminiscent of Ellington in its scope and sense of hushed romanticism, Buena Vista Social Club is that rare meld of quietude and intensity; while the players sound laid-back, they're putting forth very alive music, a reminder that aging doesn't mean taking to bed. Barbarito Torres's laoud solo on "El Cuarto de Tula" is both more blinding and more tasteful than any guitar showcase on any recent rock album; a quote from "Stormy Weather" and some very distinct parallels to Hawaiian styles remind us of why it's called "world music." --Rickey Wright
1. Chan Chan
2. De Camino A La Vereda
3. El Cuarto De Tula
4. Pueblo Nuevo
5. Dos Gardenias
6. Y Tu Que Has Hecho
7. Veinte Anos
8. El Carretero
10. Amor De Loca Juventud
13. Buena Vista Social Club
14. La Bayamesa
Bomba Estereo is considered to be one of the most important and exciting Colombian bands. Through non-stop touring, they’ve been building an international following in the United States, Latin America, and Europe. They are festival favorites and have played world renown festivals such as Vive Latino (Mexico), Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Roskilde (Denmark), Glastonbury (UK), and many more. Their music combine multiple genres from cumbia, tropical, electronic and hip-hop for a ne of a kind sound.
They joined forces with in-demand producer Ricky Reed, who produced Jason Derulo’s worldwide hits “Talk Dirty” and “Wiggle”, for their new album “Amanecer”.
3. Somos Dos
4. Soy Yo
1. Algo Está Cambiando
2. Mar (Lo Que Siento)
3. To My Love Bomba Estéreo
4. Sólo Tú Bomba Estéreo
2013 album from the Latin superstar, his first original Tropical music recording in nearly a decade. The album, produced by Anthony and renown producer Sergio George, was recorded at the Hit Factory studios in Miami and Top Stop Music in Delray Beach and includes 8 tracks that reflect the unique style of the top selling Salsa artist in history. Marc Anthony has sold over 12 million albums worldwide, making him one of the most influential artists of his time and a true ambassador of Latin music and culture.
1. Vivir Mi Vida
2. Volver a Comenzar
3. Flor Pálida
4. Cambio de Piel
6. La Copa Rota
7. Dime Si No es Verdad
9. Cautivo de Este Amor
10. Vivir Mi Vida (Versión Pop)
Calle 13 have come a long way since their 2005 debut, when they were a smartass pair of twentysomethings from Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, riding the international reggaeton boom with a club-minded mix of sex talk and political invective. With their fifth record, frontman Residente and his halfbrother Visitante have made as ambitious a hip-hop album – if that's not too narrow a term – as any in any language. Beginning with an incantatory intro delivered by Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano, the album ramps up through "Respira El Momento," where Residente breathlessly escalates his Eminem-ish flow over dark piano, orchestral swells and choral drama. "El Aguante" pays tribute to human endurance, calling out a laundry list of dubious leaders (among them "Hitler, Idi Amin, Stalin/Bush, Truman, Ariel Sharon") over a pennywhistle stomp owing to both Gogol Bordello and the Pogues. And on the title track, driven forward by Middle Eastern vocals and guest Tom Morello's strafing guitar, controversial WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange – who recorded his spoken-word part in the basement of the Ecuadorian embassy in London – salutes "the power of people armed with the truth." The song, like the entire LP, is an object lesson in just that.
- Will Hermes (Rolling Stone)
1. Intro - El Viaje
2. La Vida (Respira el Momento)
3. Interludio - Un Buen Día para Morir
4. El Aguante
5. Ojos Color Sol
7. Cuando los Pies Besan el Piso
1. Interludio - Stupid Is as Stupid Does
2. Los Idiotas
3. Fuera de la Atmósfera del Cráneo
5. Gato Que Avanza, Perro Que Ladra
6. Me Vieron Cruzar
7. Así de Grandes Son las Ideas
Corazón Profundo is the thirteenth studio album by Colombian recording artist Carlos Vives. This is Vives's first studio album since 2009's Clásicos de la Provincia II and the first to feature all-new material since 2004's El Rock de Mi Pueblo.
1. Volví a Nacer
2. Como Le Gusta a Tu Cuerpo
3. Bailar Contigo
4. Corazón Profundo
6. Salvar Tu Amor
7. Hoy Me Desperté En Otro Lugar
8. La Foto de los Dos
1. Y Entonces Pa' Qué Estoy Yo
2. La Fantástica
3. La Perla
4. Déjalo Pasar
5. Volví a Nacer (Versión Original)
6. Como Le Gusta a Tu Cuerpo (A&X Dance Remix)
7. Bailar Contigo (Versión 2)
8. Volví a Nacer (Versión Balada)
First Pressing Of 500 Numbered Copies On Orange Transparent Vinyl
In 1993 saxophonist Benjamin Herman began experimenting with DJ Graham B at nightclub Soul Kitchen in Amsterdam. The combination of playing live to spinning records was still unusual then. But the results worked and ended up evolving into the eight-piece New Cool Collective. The band is now impossible to think away from the nightclubs and festivals of the Netherlands and beyond.
The line-up of New Cool Collective is made up of saxophonist Benjamin Herman, drummer Joost Kroon, percussionists Frank van Dok and Jos de Haas, pianist Willem Friede, bassist Leslie Lopez, guitarist Rory Ronde and trumpet-player David Rockefeller.
New Cool Collective's fifteenth album Electric Monkey Sessions refers to the sound studio in Amsterdam where the recordings were made. A new studio for the band, and a new style of recording, which means a whole new vibe compared to previous albums. New Cool Collective has drawn inspiration from Senegalese Orchestra Baobab, as well as psychedelic cumbia, Cape Town, Italian cinema and many major jazz heroes. Electric Monkey Sessions also features two unique tracks recorded at a beach-side studio in Dakar with local musicians the band met on one of their many international adventures.
This autumn New Cool Collective are on tour. The eight-piece band is well known for the total commitment with which they convey the energy and emotion of their albums live on stage.
2. Cumbia Yaya
6. Mono Eléctrico
9. Sa Jikko Jii
10. Casa Di Mansa
With the release of their self-titled debut LP in 1968, Os Mutantes cracked the already red hot Tropicalia scene wide open. Fusing traditional Brazilian music, psychedelia, rock and a good dose of pure experimentalism, the group quickly became giants both in Brazil and in the outer fringes of pop music, where they have managed to reign supreme for the past four decades. The band went on to release several more albums, but Os Mutantes still stands as their magnum opus.
1. Panis et Circensis
2. A Minha Menina
3. O Relógio
4. Adeus, Maria Fulô
6. Senhor F
7. Bat Macumba
8. Le Premier Bonheur du Jour
9. Trem Fantasma
10. Tempo no Tempo
11. Ave, Genghis Khan