Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Tom Zé ‎– The Hips Of Tradition - Brazil 5: The Return Of Tom Zé (1992)

Style: Bossanova, Avantgarde, Experimental
Format: CD, Vinyl, Cass.
Label: Luaka Bop, Warner Bros. Records Inc.

01.   Ogodô, Ano 2000
02.   Sem A Letra "A"
03.   Feira De Santana
04.   Sofro De Juventude
05.   Cortina 1
06.   Tai
07.   Iracema
08.   Fliperama
09.   O Amor É Velho-Menina
10.   Cortina 2
11.   Tatuarambá
12.   Jingle Do Disco
13.   Lua-Gira-Sol
14.   Cortina 3
15.   Multiplicar-se Única
16.   Cortina 4
17.   O Pão Nosso De Cada Mês
18.   Amar

Backing Vocals – Edy Oliveira, Marle Oliveira
Bass, Handclaps – Gilberto Assis
Drums, Cowbell, Handclaps, Pandeiro, Percussion – Lauro Léllis
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Percussion, Handclaps – Eder Sandoli
Keyboards, Vocals, Handclaps, Backing Vocals – Ronaldo de Carvalho
Triangle, Shaker, Reco-reco, Handclaps, Mandolin, Berimbau, Backing Vocals – Jarbas Mariz
Producer, Mixed By – Arto Lindsay
Executive Producer – David Byrne, Yale Evelev

This 1992 album by Tom Zé was already produced by Luaka Bop, David Byrne's label, after his discovery by Byrne when he was almost dropping everything to return to his hometown to work in a gas station. "I don't make art, I make spoken and sung journalism." This self-coined definition by Tom Zé helps listeners understand his music. Pop music with self-made instruments, references to modern erudite music, and strong reminiscences of ancient northeastern cantigas de cego and other grooves. On this album subtitled "The Return of Tom Zé," he sticks to the concept developed in the '60s by tropicália, the movement he helped to conceptualize, which perceived music as a cultural industry production for which it is valid to take any world influences, mixing them with Brazilian rhythms, concrete poetry, existentialism, drum machine loops (added later), pop culture, contemporary urban grooves, and everything else that eventually could be thought of. Tom Zé has lots of thoughts to express in his lyrics, which had an English version in the inlay, and this release may be very appealing for those who are into world music. It even explores some indigenous styles, delivered in an almost pure form. But, as he himself put out, his albums shouldn't be listened to for beautiful melodies.
Alvaro Neder / AllMusic

Tom Zé ‎– Brazil Classics 4: The Best Of Tom Zé (1990)

Style: Bossanova, MPB
Format: CD, Vinyl
Label: Luaka Bop, Sire, Warner Bros. Records

01.   Mã
02.   O Riso E A Faca
03.   Toc
04.   Tô
05.   Um "Oh" E Um "Ah"
06.   Ui! (Você Inventa)
07.   Cademar
08.   Só (Solidão)
09.   Hein?
10.   Augusta, Angélica, E Consolação
11.   Dói
12.   Complexo De Épico
13.   A Felicidade
14.   Vai (Menina Amanhã De Manhã)
15.   Nave Maria

Compiled By – David Byrne
Brazilian pop hits Avant Garde/misc. Household appliances and tools in arangements with horns, strings “prepared” guitars (punctuated by grunts, screams and other wild percussion) meld with eccentric metaphorical lyricism. The results: sounds of “sambas and archangels / street and street riot”, sometimes hypnotic, sometimes dissonant and always a beautiful amalgamation of unusual noises and pop songs. Although many songs have a samba / pop feel, lyrically they go much further than the typical samba texts about nature, sex and love. Lyrics aside, these songs remain on the Brazilian continuum of music with incredibly complex diversity. It’s historical music, the historical legacy of the song, i.e., the Brazil = music equation. An integral part of the culture and important in the world of musical exploration.
Luaka Bop

Tom Zé ‎– Nave Maria (1984)

Style: MPB, Experimental
Format: CD, Vinyl
Label: RGE, Som Livre

A1.   Nave maria
A2.   Mamar no mundo
A3.   Su su menino mandu
A4.   Cilindrada
A5.   Identificação
B1.   Neném gravidez
B2.   Acalanto nuclear
B3.   Conto de fraldas
B4.   Mestre sala
B5.   Teu olhar

Eliana Estevão - Vocals
Silvia Maria - Vocals
Cesare Benvenuti - Producer
Reinaldo Barriga - Producer
Tom Zé - Composer, Arranger, Vocal, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion