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  • Audio CD (7 Jun. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wrasse Records
  • ASIN: B0002ADVVS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 290,193 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Fascinacao
2. Madalena
3. Aguas de Marco
4. O Mestre Sala Dos Mares
5. Corcovado
6. Triste
7. Dois Pra la, Dois Pra Ca
8. Casa No Campo
9. So Tinha de Ser Com Voce
10. Como Nossos Pais (Belchior)
11. Atras da Porta
12. Romaria
13. Nada Sera Como Antes
14. E com esse que eu vou
15. Upa, Neguinho
16. Amor Ate O Fim
17. Caxanga
18. Folhas secas
19. Canto do ossanha
20. Arrastao
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Oct. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Although little known abroad, within Brazil Elis Regina is without doubt the most celebrated of all female vocalists. And she is the only singer ever to have achieved iconic status within the country for her voice alone. It is a voice of astounding versatility; soaring and soulful, infused with sweet melancholy, girlish innocence, operatic tragedy; always perfectly controlled and effortless in its range and intonation. Legend has it that at sessions guitarists used to tune to her instead of the piano so perfect was her pitch. When she died, alone and of an overdose, Brazil descended into national mourning.
This compilation goes some way to showcase her talent, cherry picking gems from her mainstream back catalogue. Elis was responsible for some of the best renditions of a number of Tom Jobim's songs, many of them for the classic Elis & Tom. Included here are a deliciously seductive version of 'Só Tinha de Ser Com Você' and a delicate, melancholy 'Corcovado'. She was also the first to record material by João Bosco, Gilberto Gil and Milton Nascimento and to bring them to a mainstream audience. Early recordings selected here include Milton's 'Nada Será como antes', a technically blinding version of Gil's 'Amor ate o Fim' and Bosco's 'O Mestre Sala dos Mares'. Less well known but even more spellbinding are 'Aquarela do Brasil' which flits between tragic melancholy and sweet happiness and 'Atrás da Porta': a master class in controlled singing and like Elis's all too short life, instilled with impending tragedy.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. N. Valente VINE VOICE on 2 Mar. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Elis Regina is very possibly the best brazilian MPB singer ever and she proves it here.
But her voice and choice of songs also show her up as much more than that. Because she ventures into risky territory at the time (mostly the 60s and the 70s) in Brazil under a military dictatorship with the ensuing censorship...
She ventures into rock, folk, psychadelism, protest song.
Always remaining true to herself: "this world is just a passage, a place for us to learn - it would make no sense otherwise"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. S. M. Menezes on 15 Dec. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Yes, she had the perfect pitch, yes, she was the authority in most- if not all- of Jobin's songs written during her life. But this? This is Elis. Woman/ little girl singing a prayer in every song, emotion in every song, not just performance- though she knew how to command a crowd- even through a studio reccording. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A good single-disc overview of Elis' best work. 20 April 2009
By Dean Winiarski - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is a compilation album. If you're a new fan, this is a great place to start. This disc has a very nice selection of some of her best work. The sound is good, and the sequencing of tunes is very agreeable.

If you recently got turned on to Elis and you live in the U.S., maybe you've already noticed how IMPOSSIBLE it is to find her CD's. Judging from this alone, it's hard to imagine how she can be the most legendary singer in Brazilian history--but she is! In fact, one of the nicest things about this anthology is that you can probably find a decent copy for less than a truckload of arms and legs. Even though it's out of print there were affordable used copies here on Amazon last time I looked.

One thing you must understand: this collection BARELY SCRATCHES THE SURFACE of Elis Regina's genius. I'd advise you to track down as many of her original albums as you can--especially "Como E Porque." And her duet albums with Tom Jobim and Toots Theilemans are both essential Bossa Nova masterpieces (and far easier to find than her strictly "solo" material).

Even though I have most of her catalog, I still like to hear this disc now and then because I'm fond of the song selection.

If you need help connecting with her other recordings, contact me through my profile. I'll help if I possibly can.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Quite agreed 9 Nov. 2009
By Partanen Timo Juhana - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a great Elis starter. But remember, she had further emotional and artistic latitude to offer over the years. Be therefore prepared for further VERY pleaseant surprises. The entire Brazil still loves her (?oh why did you go away, Elis?), and now all us Latinos also love her daughter who is a great singer on her own, Maria Rita.
- La pimentinha lives in our minds forever!
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