Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Joao Gilberto - Joao Gilberto (1973)

Esse disco é dedicado a Roberta. Ela disse coisas que eu não sabia, mostrou revistas e riu (várias vezes) das minhas histórias. Isso faz a gente se sentir vivo. Valeu Roberta! zecalouro@gmail.com

PS.: Amanhã teremos Walter Wanderley no Loronix. Inédito. Não percam!

Hello, good evening! It has been a month or two since I felt in love again with this masterpiece. Maybe I heard this record more than a thousand times and it is amazing how it gets better and better after each spin. It is one of the most impressive records I ever heard in my whole life. I bringing it back to the first page just to please friends who never get tired of crying for an upgrade. If you miss this one, stop reading and get yourself ready for a really lovely album. I'm keeping my original writings, including a new transfer, hi-quality cover scans and some other minor improvements.



One of the most difficult things I face when introducing Bossa Nova to new friends is to explain why Joao Gilberto is considered a genius. I know how hard it is to understand Joao Gilberto as a whole. Luiz Harding has providing us with some "basics", which is the second and third Joao Gilberto albums released in 1960 and 1961, recently made available at Loronix.

This MASTERPIECE was recorded ten years after these two releases (if you agree the albums recorded with Stan Getz for Verve are not Joao Gilberto solo LPs) and it seems that a century has passed; Joao Gilberto is at his peak, taking to studio only his violao and a reduced percussion set. Joao Gilberto renditions of these ten songs are such like heaven on earth; take this album as something very special that will be with you for the rest of your life. I love this album and I'm now with a blend of two contradictory feelings, the happiness of showing to my friends at Loronix and the disappointment of knowing that it is out of print again.

This is Joao Gilberto - Joao Gilberto (1973), for Polydor. This is one of best albums made available at this website ever and it is very hard for me to describe it. My apologies, I think is better stop here, take it and listen with your heart and with all the love you have for the music from Brazil. Tracks include:



Personnel

Joao Gilberto
(voz, violao)
Sonny Carr
(percussion)

Track List

01 - Águas de Março (Tom Jobim)
02 - Undiú (João Gilberto)
03 - Na Baixa do Sapateiro (Ary Barroso)
04 - Avarandado (Caetano Veloso)
05 - Falsa Baiana (Geraldo Pereira)
06 - Eu Quero Um Samba (Haroldo Barbosa / Janet de Almeida)
07 - Eu Vim da Bahia (Gilberto Gil)
08 - Valsa (Como São Lindos os Youguis) (Bebel) (João Gilberto)
09 - É Preciso Perdoar (Carlos Coquejo / Alcyvando Luz)
10 - Izaura (Herivelto Martins / Roberto Roberti) - Special Guest: Miúcha

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39 comments:

J Thyme...kind said...

Zeca, This is the greatest, Just João. Milton Banana & a lovely duet with his wife Miúcha on "Izura". This has the extra added bonus of an amazing studio engineer named Walter/Wendy Carlos, who's famous for composing the "Clockwork Orange" OST. A six star session. Perfect & very understated in it's beauty. João really shines here.

Eric C said...

Yes, this is simply one of the perfect albums. Thank you, Z!

bossanovadreamer said...

Hello Zeca,
what can I say more than you did. This is my favourite Gilberto album. It is a masterpiece .Very very sensitive with deep emotions.Perhps this is the greatest version of Falsa Baiana I ever heard.

Best wishes

Cisalpino said...

Esse é o album que eu mais gosto do João, se é que é possivel afirmar algo assim. Só mesmo num país que não valoriza muito sua cultura é que uma pérola dessas fica fora de catálogo. Mas como tudo tem um lado bom, podemos dizer que o Loronix merece muito esse album no seu acervo.

moos said...

Doce como açucar !

neologisma said...

Loro,

Obrigada por disponibilizar tantos .FLAC ultimamente! ;)

Sou sua fã no. 1 e frequentadora assídua do seu blog! Obrigada por tudo!

Bjokas!

rafael said...

this is definitely a masterpiece! izaura, undiú, and valsa are my favorites.

Ansina said...

This one is really magnificent. Just the way Joao "moves" around the beat shows he's a genius. A Brazilian friend of mine says that this man's work can be compared with the exquisite art of the Asian masters of calligraphy, for its refined attention to details. Download it!

Patrick (França) said...

Um dos mais importantes discos da musica MUNDIAL.Porque Ele mostra que a sensibilidade pode ser sensual, e que a perfeição existe e parece (!) simples.

Anonymous said...

Zeca, nice post. Just you seem to forget there is a solo album between his Odeon trilogy and this white album: En Mexico, an album available at Loronix quite a while ago.

sr. dromedário said...

ótimo o disco, realmente. obrigado, moço. gostei muito.

White Silk said...

That's beatiful - thanks for this great João album....

Mauricio said...

Com este disco fica muito mais fácil explicar porque João é genio.

Águas de Março foi completamente desmontada e reconstruída. E a melodia é a mesma? A harmonia? O compasso? Sei lá, acho que não, mas a música é.

Undiú: Afinação Impecável

E por aí vai, eu quero um disco destes só pra mim me acabar...

Joseph said...

Really beautiful album, this is the first time I've heard Joao without Stan Getz. Thanks for Posting.

jbwalker said...

Hi Zeca,
I have been living with this album for a couple of weeks and what can I say, it goes deeper each time I play it. It speaks to the soul. 'Undiu' is a work of genius. A very very special recording. As always, thanks. JWalker

zecalouro said...

jbwalker,

If I have to take an album to a desert island, this album is my choice.

I have been spinning this one for years and each time I learn a new thing.

I'm happy that you like it.

Cheers, zeca

Hatch said...

Thank you very much for this, you're a treasure for sharing such wonderful music!!

D.Parker said...

Your blog has literally changed my life!!!I say that definitively!

Brian said...

Thank you for posting this! I was looking to purchase this album recently and found it is sadly out of print. I was wondering if anyone can confirm a statement on the Wikipedia: "The album's sound engineer was famous electronic music pioneer Wendy Carlos." If so that is really cool.

Javier from Spain said...

Gracias por esta musica maravillosa. Tu blog es realmente fantastico. Joao es el nº 1.

superdrive said...

It would be great to update this one to FLAC?

bossa nova clube said...

Concordo com os "Desafinados" que falan que este disco é muito especial / definitivo mesmo. Sinceramente, desde minha juventude, o vinil branco de JG, sempre foi uma estrela guia para mim.
Como sempre, obrigado Loronix x o seu trabalho!
Abraços / odeon14360

Flabbergast said...

This is HANDS DOWN my favorite João Gilberto record. This is one that I have been making copies of for friends for years, the one that I have been raving about to them, the "secret weapon" for people who don't seem to 'get' bossa nova. A wrote a description about it a long time ago, not for my blog but for a super-secret cult I belong too... Can't find it now, but the gist of it was: This is one of the most intimate recording by anyone that I know of. It is as if João has come over to your house and is just sitting in your living room playing a marvelous, amazing set of songs. The percussion is astounding too -- you may have to be a musician to understand just how hard it is for percussionists to play THAT quietly, THAT unobtrusively. I picture him crouched in the corner, in my living room, as João sits next to me on the sofa, singing softly. Just beyond words...

saitodisse said...

Its my precious.

Paulinho said...

Olá,
Belíssimo acervo que este site tem. Meus parabéns.
É o seguinte, venho aqui divulgar o meu blog: www.discosdaprateleira.blogspot.com

Este site contém discos de música brasileira desde o fim da década de 50, até o início dos anos 90.
Espero que goste do blog

Abraço

Paulinho

joe said...

A true masterpiece, I do think its important to have many more of his records, but this one certainly has pretty much everything you would ever need. Desert island absolutely, a shame that it's so hard to find and/or little known? I bought my copy nearly 20 years ago, and have shared and played it endlessly. I'm interested that this transfer has a bit more sharp sibilance than my copy, which I actually remember from the first time I heard it. A somewhat interesting choice in recording technique not to shave off the hard sounds, but as it was produced by Walter/Wendy Carlos, it seems a conscious choice. I used to refer to it as 'licking the microphone' but either way, its nice to have another 'view' of the record. Speaking of which, has anyone copied this from vinyl? I must say I've never heard that version... a bit obsessive, but when you have such a milestone, its fun to explore the different versions.

Anonymous said...

definitely some beautiful instrumentation and arrangements here thank you for posting however his voice is too close-miked for my taste and the tone a tad too funereal for an audience to get really carried away...

superdrive said...

thanks for this, but i cannot download?

roygbiv said...

...and the links are dead:/
Apparently RS didn't read the post and doesn't care.
I on the other hand have had the unfortunate curse of not knowing this album at the age of 32.

Henrique said...

Zeca tá havendo um erro com o download deste disco. Será um problema meu? agradecido

Anonymous said...

I was very moved by your comments about this vivid record because I feel very much the same way. I first heard it when it was being played by a soundman before a concert here in New York. I walked back to him and begged for the information about the album, and bought it the next day. As Arto Lindsay once said about Mr. Gilberto, "His beauty is in his restraint." The album is quite simply a masterpiece.

Jörn said...

Hey there,
no question about the quality of this record, but I have the feeling, that the volume is a little bit low. Nevertheless, thanks as always for your great work, Zeca!

KungFuTrumpet said...

Merci

Anonymous said...

quem é esse cara sonny carr na bateria? nunca ouvi falar, e fazendo pesquisa na internet, fiquei sabendo nada...

mozit said...

You did it again Zeca!!
you made me cry of joy.
I can't stop listening to this great, melodious,exiting music.
Joao Gilberto is a genius indeed!!!
I love u Zeca and I love Loronix.

Anonymous said...

Exelent rip, exelent album. Thank you so much. Inspires me to continue learning guitar.

The Boy Meets Bossa Nova said...

Muito Obrigado Zeca

rowgatien said...

Merci! A terrific post. I can't believe this is so hard to get.

e-man said...

Awesome, many thanks for putting this out there... it's a crying shame Polydor does reissue many of these classics. Peace!