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Samba 68  - Marcos Valle - 1967
Label: Verve/Polygram 559 516-2 (United Kingdom)
Format: CD
From: Brazil
My rating: 8/10

Entered: 06/17/2001
Last updated: 00/00/0000

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Now quite well known thanks to its reissue in the Verve label's superb 'By request' series, this is an excellent album in its own right, but it sounds a little strange next to Marcos's Brazilian recordings, which made up the bulk of his work. This is Marcos (or more likely a record industry type)'s attempt to break into the American market. Some of his most catchy songs are here sung with English lyrics (almost exclusively by the much-reviled Ray Gilbert), backed by elegant but somehow slightly watered-down Eumir Deodato orchestrations. Don't get me wrong, the whole thing is really quite charming - Marcos's voice still sounds honey-like and wonderful when he's singing in English, and the strings seem to melt in and out of the mixes quite beautifully. The only sadness I have about it is that once again, 30 years later, this record is probably all that most American audiences will know him for - the Brazilian releases are reasonably well represented on compilations, but all are quite hard to find in the US. Anyway, being positive, it's a fun, breezy, sunny kind of record, with the great wordless vocal track 'pepino beach' (also featured on the 'espresso espresso' Karminsky brothers compilation), and some sweet vocal duets with Anamaria Valle. I just think WEA should release his 'Brazilliance' album as well...
“I actually have this on LP as well, but not in such great shape.”

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