Released 1974 on Odeon (SMOFB 3854) Reissued 2011 in the box Marcos Valle Tudo
1 No rumo do sol (Paulo Sergio Valle, Marcos Valle) 2 Meu herói (Paulo Sergio Valle, Marcos Valle) 3 Só se morre uma vez (Paulo Sergio Valle, Marcos Valle) 4 Casamento, filhos e convenções (Paulo Sergio Valle, Marcos Valle) 5 Remédio pro coração (Paulo Sergio Valle, Marcos Valle) 6 Brasil X México (Marco Valle) 7 Tango (Paulo Sergio Valle, Marcos Valle) 8 Nossa vida começa na gente (Paulo Sergio Valle, Marcos Valle) 9 Novelo de lã (Walter Mariani, Marcos Valle) 10 Cobaia (Paulo Sergio Valle, Marcos Valle) 11 Charlie Bravo (Marcos Valle)
Marcos Valle - vocals, piano, arrangements Tavito - arrangements Wagner Tiso - keyboards José Roberto Betrami - keyboards Helio Delmiro - electric guitar Luizão Maia and Alex Malheiros - bass Robertinho Silva - drums Vocals - Márcio Lott, Renato Correa, Ronaldo Correa, Marisinha, Regininha, Malu, Aninha e Claudio Telles
Produced by Milton Miranda Musical direction by Lindolfo Gaya Production assistant - Tavito Recording technicians - Roberto, Dacy and Toninho Remix engineer - Z.J. Merky Photos and layout - Flavio D'Alincourt Art - Roberto Souza Cover - Juarez Machado
2011 reissue coordinated by Charles Gavin Supervision by Marcos Valle Remastered by Ricardo Gardia at Magic Master, RJ
Marcos Valle's restive spirit once again sees him changing things up. Rather than attempt to repeat the winning formula of 1973's "Previsão do Tempo", this album finds Marcos nesting in the clouds of baroque pop and blue-eyed soul. The vocal and orchestral arrangements - aided and abetted by composer Tavito - are meticulous, and the production, as always, is first-rate and delicious. Largely a mellow affair dominated by ballads, it is punctuated with a few more upbeat tunes beginning the with sensitive anti-hero anthem "Meu herói." While not packing the pure funk punch of the Azymuth tunes of the last album, there are some funky hooks - "Casamentos, filhos e convenções" has a very satisfying chorus with chord changes to offset the verse well enough to be called perfection. Clavinet through a wah-pedal mixed with strings, brass, piano. Very nice analog synth work from Wagner Tiso and José Roberto Betrami on the whole record. The song "Remedio pro coração" reminds me of Taiguara's albums from the early to mid 70s, but less melancholic and angst-ridden. "Tango" is probably the only Marcos Valle tune to have a bandeon, and is actually almost a tango, and a great song. "Nossa vida começa a gente" is a sonic orgasm, its lush pop exterior subverted by the inclusion of what appears to be a surdo drum dropped into the chorus that would almost make this prime material for a dub remix (but.. please don't do this). "Novela de lã" is another ballad, downbeat with a lot of room for dynamics, muted electric guitar sneaking in some jazz chords, Hammond organ threatening to swell but never actually doing so, and of course more layered vocal harmonies. "Cobaia" is one of my favorite slow tunes on the album mostly due to the piano line that comes in about 27 seconds in and its interplay with the acoustic guitar. The whole album is full of these subtle touches that disguise the sheer creativity of the arrangements. Seven of the eleven songs clock in around two and a half minutes, three tunes barely crack the three-minute mark, and the album closes with one "long" tune that almost reaches five minutes, the gorgeous instrumental "Charlie Bravo", which has Wagner Tiso's influence in it pretty strongly. There is no track by track sessionography for this that I am aware of, which is a shame for this tune in particular - I have a feeling that Marcos himself may not even play on the song but only composed it. Well, "only" composed a five-minute elegy to his own legacy in a composition that evokes everything that came before on the record, and in a way much of his achievements as a musician and composer over the last decade. It is both a fitting and beguiling closer to this very necessary boxset. It leaves me wanting to hear more - and once again, these last few http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifvolumes in the box lack any alternate mixes or bonus tracks - but it also reminds that there is already so much here to keep a lover of good music happy, we should really just be thankful.
I know it was a long wait for this last piece of the Valle box. I hope its been worth it. By far this box has been the most satisfying reissues of any Brazilian artist's back catalog in many years.
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