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Menina da Janela
Menina da Janela
Price: 7.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Great new album from Clube do Balanco, 29 Jun 2014
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Great new album from Clube do Balanco, but why no release on CD? I found a Brazilian site that sells it, but they won't mail out of the country. Are there really so few people in Europe who want to buy this. Come on Amazon, import a few copies please!


Reaching for the World
Reaching for the World
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Price: 11.63

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece Rediscovered, 17 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Reaching for the World (Audio CD)
Many thanks to PTG records for finally producing CD version of this lost classic! I've searched in vain for many years to replace my disappeared vinyl copy, and now, at last, it is possible. Whilst not having the tonal range of the LP pressing, this is a good quality reproduction, and what really matters is the quality of the music, which more than matches my memory of the original. Particular favourites are "After You Love Me" and "Stay Together", both mid-tempo, harmonically-sophisticated Philly soul, and the up-tempo tunes like "Reaching For The World" are the height of mid-70s classic dance music, before the dead hand of disco took over the world. It's always been incomprehensible to me why this record was never more widely known & highly regarded. Perhaps now a few more fans will get the chance to spread the word!
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20 Sheets DOUBLE SIDED Black Diamond Professional Grade A4 Gloss Photo Paper For Inkjet Printers 155gsm (Make your own Leaflets & Flyers, print on both sides)
20 Sheets DOUBLE SIDED Black Diamond Professional Grade A4 Gloss Photo Paper For Inkjet Printers 155gsm (Make your own Leaflets & Flyers, print on both sides)
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Price: 4.97

4.0 out of 5 stars A good deal, at a decent price., 15 Aug 2013
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A reasonable product at a good price. However I found the colour registration a little lacking, especially on black, when compared to other papers using the same ink.


Crocs Men's Yukon Clog Chocolate 10123-280-720 12 UK
Crocs Men's Yukon Clog Chocolate 10123-280-720 12 UK
Price: 29.51

5.0 out of 5 stars Comfy Shoes at last!, 2 Aug 2013
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These are really comfortable shoes that don't compromise on support. The soles provide great support for the arches, but are not so hard that the feet get tired. Other reviews talk about the toes being pushed forward by the heel strap - I experienced this at first, but within 24 hours stopped noticing. Can't remember the last time I had a pair of shoes that weren't a disappointment. These shoes are great, I shall be buying more!


World Psychedelic Classics 4: The Existential Soul of Tim Maia
World Psychedelic Classics 4: The Existential Soul of Tim Maia
Price: 8.17

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a moment too soon., 12 Oct 2012
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At last, after years of wrangling with the estate of Tim Maia, Luaka Bop have finally been able to release this compilation. My hard-to-find promo copy (minus front cover) was issued in 2008, but the issue ran into licensing difficulties with Tim's heir, Marcelo. The resentment from the estate about David Byrne & Luaka Bop's attempts to release this album (see the comments in Racional Vol 3 of the Abril edition headed "gringo cara dura") appear to have been finally sorted out.

It's been worth the wait, however. Featuring tunes from Maia's classic 70s period, including tracks from the Racional phase, this is an excellent introduction to one of the giants of Brazilian Soul. This is great music in any language, with a line-up of fantastic players, including Paulinho Guittara, Oberdan Magalhaes, and the sadly under-appreciated Robson Jorge on keyboards. The Racional stuff is truly wonderful, and the other tracks are a well-chosen selection of his best work from the early to mid 70s. My only quibble is with the version of Do Leme ao Pontal, which appears to have been remixed to edit out the singalong chant "tomo guarana, suco de caju, goiabada para sobremesa" It's such a integral part of the song, I can't imagine why they did that.

The packaging echoes the format of the recently released Tim Maia box-set from Brazil's Edicoes Abril - a gatefold sleeve containing a booklet with lyrics and other information. Typos & mistakes apart, it's really well presented. I don't know if this CD is being released in jewel case format as well, but the cover of my gatefold version differs slightly from the image in the advert. Maybe there are going to be variations to tantalise the collectors. Count me in!

In an ideal world Tim Maia would have the recognition outside of Brazil that he truly deserves. He stands amongst the greats of Soul. Hopefully this compilation will open a few more minds to his crazy, glorious music.
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Dance Clube
Dance Clube

3.0 out of 5 stars Hino Flamengo, 10 Aug 2012
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I'd seen this CD in various lists, but never had any idea of its contents, so when it appeared for sale I jumped at the chance to add to my Tim Maia collection. The title Dance Clube is somewhat misleading - the actual title is "Dance com o hino do seu clube". What this album actually contains is a posthumous collection of tunes based around the team song of the Rio football team Flamengo, over a background of chanting football fans. It's credited to Tim Maia & Banda Vitoria Regia, but I suspect that most of it was put together after his death in 1998. I've seen other songs ascribed to Tim Maia - Hino Fluminense and Hino do Vasco da Gama, but whether they are also available on other CDs in this series I don't know. If they do exist, perhaps whoever is selling them could provide a track listing so that you can distinguish them from this CD - I might even buy them! Not being a football fan, this is hardly essential Tim Maia, although most of the arrangements are by Claudio Mazza, who produced the excellent Maia album "Forro do Brasil".

Definitley one for completists only.


This Is What I Do
This Is What I Do

3.0 out of 5 stars Some other Tim Maia, 3 Nov 2009
This review is from: This Is What I Do (Audio CD)
From what I can hear on the MP3 previews, this may be by someone called Tim Maia, but it is not the late Brazilian soul singer of that name. It wouldn't be fair to review this, as it's not in my area of interest. I gave it 3 stars, because there's no other way to get the review accepted.


Funk Ao Vivo Como Le Gusta
Funk Ao Vivo Como Le Gusta
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: 57.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it all in one package!, 4 Sep 2009
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First of all, lets get the negative bit out of the way. There's nothing at all "Ao Vivo" (Live) about this box-set. If you want that, buy the live DVD. What you get for your money, however, is worth every penny. The package consists of both CD releases, plus a CD single of remixes, by Funk Como Le Gusta, a Brazilian based heavy funk collective who really know their stuff. You could buy all the individual items on Amazon, but you'd pay at least twice the price of this collection. If you're a fan of FCLG, snap this up before certain greedy suppliers realise what they've got and slap a zero onto the asking price.

The first CD, which is largely recorded live in the studio, is a fine album, if containing one or two self-indulgent fillers. It's notable however, for the appearance of Paula Lima on several of the tracks, her version of Sandra de Sa's "Olhos Coloridos" being a particular favourite.

The second CD is more of a proper studio album, with a great sound, but, unfortunately by this time, Paula Lima had left for a solo career. Nonetheless, this CD is much more cohesive (and successful) than the first.

But for me, the real unexpected treat is the CD single. Three re-mixes of Jorge Benjor's "Meu Guarda-Chuva", and three of the aforementioned "Olhos Coloridos" are all excellent. The labelling on the CD insert and on the cardboard box sleeve don't tally, but the first of the three versions of "Olhos Coloridos" is truly wonderful. I don't normally go for 4-to-the-floor house mixes, but this one really does the business, with the vocals up in the mix and a stripped down funky groove underneath.

All in all, if you've got anything by FCLG and want to get the rest, this is a good way to do it. If you like Orquestra Imperial or Clube do Balanco, or any of the recent hip Brazilian big bands then this is for you. If you're a Paula Lima completist this set contains some rare and essential gems. In short, a great box-set for all the family! Buy it while stocks last.


Electrically Speaking - Live in Concert
Electrically Speaking - Live in Concert
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: 26.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For completists only!, 15 Jun 2009
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This album is fine, as far as it goes. It's an example of Arthur Lee's middle period - the wilderness years between his early glory and his comeback with the Forever Changes tours. For anyone thinking of buying this - beware! It is exactly the same concert & material fearured on the CD "Back on the Scene" (Charly Records, 2003). Even some of the booklet notes are the same! No mention is made, either on this CD or the Charly version, that it's the same recording. Bit of a shame really.

If someone really wants to squeeze more money out of us poor Arthur Lee fans, how about releasing Black Beauty or Reel to Real on CD?
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Noite De Morabeza
Noite De Morabeza
Price: 18.18

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Drowning in Honey!, 19 Mar 2009
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Quite simply, this is one of the most gorgeous albums I've ever heard! Gerard (Boy Ge) Mendes, born in Senegal of Portuguese descent, raised in Cabo Verde before moving to Paris, makes music that envelops you in its laid-back honey sweetness. This CD was recorded in France, but its main influences come from Africa, Brazil and Cuba, tempered with a Portuguese bitter-sweet introspection. The singing is a mixture of Portuguese, Cabo Verde Creole, with a little Spanish and English thrown into the mix - a distinctive voice that sits atop the gentle African grooves that always swing and are always understated.

I first heard of this guy as a performer on Sara Tavares' wonderful album "Balance", and was bowled over by his guest spot on her DVD "Alive in Lisboa", and have been trying to find more of his back catalogue ever since. Equally good is his 1996 album, "Lagoa" and his collaboration with Manu Lima, "Cabo Verde Show 2008". In short, I can't praise "Noite de Morabeza" enough, and would recommmend it to anyone who likes Brazilian or African popular music.


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