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Quem e Quem  - Joao Donato - 1973
Label: Odeon 8291242 (Brazil)
Format: CD
From: Brazil
My rating: 7/10

Entered: 10/15/2002
Last updated: 05/03/2003

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This is one of the Joao Donato albums I had in my head as being worth looking out for (the other is 'A Bad Donato'). So I jumped at the chance to pick up a CD for $12.99. It's very different from what I expected, but good all the same. Although the back of the CD case states 1968 as the original release date, the opening strains of 'chorou, chorou' make it clear that it's later than that, and the inside confirms that the album is actually from 1973. It's extremely light-sounding, with prominent fender rhodes, bouncy drums, and Joao's gentle vocals. There are some female backing vocals on some tracks, giving tracks like 'Terremoto' a similar feel to that of Marcos Valle's Previsao do Tempo album (in fact, Valle is listed as 'assistant producer' on this album).

'Fim de sonho' is warmer and slightly less bouncy than many of the tracks on the album, and highlight's Donato's voice, which is slightly rougher than Valle's. 'A ra', a classic scat number, is familiar to me from a compilation. It's simple and repetitive, but good all the same.

It's a little goofy, but this is a nice record all the same.

Update: I think I was a bit harsh to call this goofy, actually. There are some goofy tracks, but overall, it's just very beautifully distilled, tender music, with nice instrumentation. The arrangements are pleasantly spare, and the record has grown on me a lot.

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