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Marcos Valle


12" LP

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Digitally remastered edition of this album from the veteran Brazilian singer, songwriter and producer. Garra was originally released in 1971 and brought us the rare groove classic 'Wanda Vidal,' heralded by UK, European, and Japanese music fans years after the disc's initial release. Amidst an intoxicating mix of instruments, vocals, and orchestration, it's a deep cut on an even deeper document. Garra features extensive liner notes by San Francisco-based writer Allen Thayer (Wax Poetics) with exclusive interview content and song-by-song breakdown from Marcos himself. Fans new and old will finally have easy breezy access to these once hard-to-find Brazilian classics.


Tempering his funkier inclinations to create a Baroque masterpiece of easy listening Brazilian pop, Marcos Valle recorded the most entertaining album of his career, and perhaps the best Brazilian pop album of all time. Garra begins with the elegant "Jesus Meu Rei," with a magisterial men's choir echoing Valle's sentiments while textured piano and organ complete the rich sonic palette. Second track "Com Mais de 30," only the first of several ingenious transitions, offers a light, breezy alternative, bouncing back and forth from main melody to an excellent bridge. Indeed, nearly every song has a bridge as strong as -- or stronger than -- the main melody, and Valle proves himself a master at weaving together the various studio musicians at his disposal. Valle moves briskly and assuredly from piano lines to acoustic guitar and back for "Com Mais de 30," combines flutes and a Mellotron for a tight bridge on the title track, and coaxes all manner of emotions from a symphonic orchestra -- hushed yet gradually building strings, bleating brass -- for the unabashed "Black Is Beautiful." Every song is excellent, most in the easy-pop vein of Samba '68. "Wanda Vidal," "Vinte e Seis Anos de Vida Normal," and the perfectly done closer, "O Cafona," are seamless blends of funk and easy listening; the last features a rangy bassline, organ, and wah-wah guitar working together with handclaps and separated men's and women's backing choruses while Valle breathily repeats words and phrases several times before climaxing at the end of nearly every line.

Additional Information

Artist Marcos Valle
Track Listing 1. Jesus Meu Rei 2. Com Mais De 30 3. Garra 4. Black is Beautiful 5. Ao Amigo Tom 6. Paz E Futebol 7. Que Bandeira 8. Wanda Vidal 9. Minha Voz Vira Do Sol Da America 10. Vinte E Seis Anos Anos De Vida Normal 11. O Cafona

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