Gal Costa ‎– Índia - 1973 Brazil Tropicalia Funk Soul Psych 180 Grm LP

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Gal Costa ‎– Índia

Mr Bongo ‎– MRBLP 149
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue
Bossanova, Samba, MPB


A1 Índia 6:51
A2 Milho Verde 4:20
A3 Presente Cotidiano 2:54
A4 Volta 3:17


B1 Relance 4:52
B2 Da Maior Importância 5:12
B3 Passarinho 5:26
B4 Pontos De Luz 2:40
B5 Desafinado 2:36



Originally released in 1973.
Gatefold LP with insert. Replica original artwork.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

Barcode (Scanned (Stickered)): 7119691248516

( Pitchfork) " Índia finds Costa drawing upon her past and pushing deeper into Brazilian mainstream pop (often shortened to MPB). Gil served as musical director and guitarist, while Veloso penned two songs. The show-stopping title track—arranged by Rogério Duprat, the “George Martin” of Tropicália—reveals an orchestral lushness not heard since Costa’s 1967 debut. Costa’s voice moves from a simmering murmur entwining with woodwinds to an impassioned cry at the soaring refrain. As penned by José Asunción Flores and Manuel Ortiz Guerreiro, the song was originally written from a male perspective. But in covering it, Costa keeps the feminine pronoun intact, singing “India of brown skin, with her little mouth I want to kiss.” Later that year, she shared a kiss onstage with fellow MPB superstar Maria Bethânia, a moment that author Rudi Bleys wrote in Images of Ambiente: Homotextuality and Latin American Art, 1810-today, “paved the way for a lesbian coming-out in music.”

That Costa was emboldened in the face of repression is evident from the very cover of the album. Censored by the authorities of the Brazilian military regime soon after its release and instead housed in a plain blue sleeve, Índia’s cover may no longer shock, but it still startles. In the intervening decades of empowered female pop stars—from Millie Jackson to Madonna, Lil’ Kim to Rihanna—has any one of them baldly put their bikini-clad camel toe front and center on an album as Costa did back in 1973?

“Milho Verde” updates a Portuguese folk song with a battery of Brazilian hand percussion and multiple layers of Costa’s voice. Her strange juxtaposing of vocals comes over as akin to Veloso’s own abstract sound poetry album Araçá Azul from the same year. Veloso himself contributes the slinking ballad “Da Maior Importância” and bandoneon-bounce of “Relance” and also recommended the eloquent “Volta” by early 20th-century composer Lupicínio Rodrigues to Costa (he himself would cover the song as a single two years later). The funk vamp “Pontos De Luz,” arranged by Brazilian composer Arthur Verocai, will no doubt sound familiar to beatheads—it was sampled by the likes of Madlib, and its snaking beat helped a robot learn to boogie on Kaytranada’s “Lite Spots.” Índia ends with a nimble take on Tom Jobim’s classic “Desafinado,” Costa’s voice a perfect vessel for the bossa nova standard.

The rest of the album perhaps doesn’t push boundaries like the cover photo and title track, but after the outrageous psychedelia of albums like 1969’s Gal, where else could she go? Instead, Índiarevealed Costa to be an elegant interpreter of others’ songs, a trajectory that has subsequently made her a superstar in her home country."

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Condition New
Format LP, 180 Gram
Label Mr Bongo Records
Color Black