Caetano Veloso – Caetano Veloso - 1971 Bossa MPB Brasil - Clear Vinyl LP
Caetano Veloso – Caetano Veloso
Lilith – LR135C
Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, Clear
30 Nov 2018
Bossanova, MPB, Ballad
A1 A Little More Blue
A2 London, London
A3 Maria Bethânia
B1 If You Hold A Stone
B2 Shoot Me Dead
B3 In The Hot Sun Of A Christmas Day
B4 Asa Branca
Pressed By – GZ Media
Arranged By [Strings] – Phil Ryan (tracks: A3, B3)
Engineer – John Iles, John Timperley
Producer – Lou Reizner, Ralph Mace
Written-By – Caetano Veloso (tracks: A1 to B3), Gilberto Gil (tracks: B3), Humberto Teixeira (tracks: B4), Luiz Gonzaga (tracks: B4)
Caetano Veloso (A Little More Blue) is written on spine and labels.
Plain white inner sleeve.
© 1971 Philips ℗ 2007 Lilith Ltd
Under license from ℗ OOO "Universal Music", Russia
Caetano Veloso is the third self-titled album by Caetano Veloso. It was recorded in England, when the artist was in an exile imposed by the Brazilian government of the time for being subversive. It is mostly sung in English and portrays a sad tone throughout, reflecting his feelings about homesickness and the absence of his family and friends. It was released first in Europe, and then in Brazil, in 1971.
( Amazon customer " If you notice a difference between this 1971 Veloso album and his 1968 debut, you are not imagining. That fresh clean boyish face has been replaced by a haggard, bearded one. Veloso had been in a dictators jailblock--god knows what happened to him there. He starts the album saying he "feels a little more blue." Yet the master handles all this with pathos, saying he still "looks for flying saucers in the sky."
Like Curtis Mayfiled and very few other superheros I can think of, you would be blind not to see the dignity and grace of Mr. Veloso in the face of brutallity. That does not mean that his misfortune did not produce a very different type of music than the celebratory, Sgt. Pepper striped work of his first album
The music here has all the strings and backup vocals any master composer can use on an album, but they are sad, muted, almost hiding; the genius has a gun at his head, and nothing can be the same. This is folk music--reflective, almost hesitent, trying to find a soft place, anywhere possible, when things have gone horribly wrong. Take Love and Nick Drake. Both worked in the folk genre. But if you listen to Forever Changes and then Five Leaves Left, the contrast glares. The same applies to the two Veloso albums.
Fortunately for him and us, Veloso came out of his nightmare with his soul in tact, and continued to make even better music into the 1990s and I'll bet you he is working on new miricles as I write. This is jazz tinged music that is as important as any work he did in the long ago dictatorship that was Brazil, and this should be checked out.
But while we wait, check this album out. As Veloso says here "if you hold the stone, hold it in your hand, if you feel the weight, you'll never be late to understand."