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Deodato 2  - Eumir Deodato - 1973
Label: CBS Associated ZK 40930 (USA)
Format: CD
From: Brazil
My rating: 6/10

Entered: 06/18/2001
Last updated: 00/00/0000

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The follow-up to 'Prelude' has some great moments. While I'm not crazy about 'superstrut', the 9 and a half minute opener, I find his 'new 2001' - an adaptation of 'Rhapsody in Blue', strangely compelling. It's kind of ridiculous (ludicrous rock guitars) and very overlong, but it builds beautifully, and the moment on 55 seconds when the whole instrumentation comes in is mildly breathtaking. Again, I would have applied some heavy editing, but I guess I'm just a 3 minute pop person at heart. Track 3 is a slightly embarrassing version of 'Nights in White Satin'. I guess only hindsight could have predicted the reputation this song would garner, but it's not very good, is it? Next up is a simply stunning version of Ravel's 'Pavane for a Dead Princess'. A reasonably straight cover version, all Eumir does is dot some of the notes. The texture of the strings and piano is really incredible though. Purists would say 'why change something so great?'. I don't know the answer to that - I only know that having heard this version first, I find it hard to enjoy the straight classical version at all (c.f. my reaction to Rachmanninov after hearing Cy Coleman's butchering of his Prelude in c sharp minor). The final track, 'Skyscrapers', is a pleasant enough funky fusion track. I like it, but would hardly ever listen to it the whole way through. Also included on the American CD are 3 extra tracks: 'Latin Flute' (a pleasant flute and electric piano number; I wonder why it was left off the original album...), 'Venus' (a curiously sugary instrumental with cheesy synth noises), and 'Do it again' (not the Beach Boys song, alas, just another overlong repetitive fusion-y track.)
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