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The Voice Of Brazil
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 December 2013
Five BIG Stars!! Outstanding Brazilian popular music (MPB) performances! Elis Regina, the late, great Brazilian super-diva, is widely regarded as one of the world's greatest singers. If you have wondered why she is the object of such over-the-top adulation, these performances by the lady affectionally called O Furacão (The Hurricane) should answer all questions and open the door for you to her extensive discography of excellent CDs and DVDs, of which I own 20 recordings. This '2 on 1 CD' collection has all tracks from the fabulous In London sessions and the fiery Brazilian sessions called Elis, Como E Porque (How and Because) from her mid-career period and it is a real bargain. Elis sings in Portuguese, English, and French and she's a musical dervish, serving up winner after winner, especially the definitive version of Milton Nascimento's popular song about "Vera Cruz" and Edu Lobo's "Casa Forte". And for those who own similar songs from the Aquarela Do Brasil (Watercolors of Brazil) Stockholm Sweden "snowstorm" sessions with Toots Thielemans on guitar and harmonica (which got a rare "6 Star" rating), these are differently-nuanced versions, especially the high-energy London sessions featuring Peter Knight's cosmopolitan big band arrangements and soloists. Please click the hyperlinks for my reviews of each separate CD. Over 25 years after her accidental death at age 36, Brazil and her international fans are still in mourning, but encouraged by the meteoric rise of her multiple Latin Grammy-winning daughter, Maria Rita, and her talented sons. The sound samples here are excellent. Superb performances. My Highest Recommendation. Five HUGE Stars! (Audio CD; 23 songs; total time-62:23)
(Comment: bear in mind this is only an overview of a great singer's career: you won't find "O Bêbado E a Equilibrista", "Atras Da Porta", "Arrastão", "O Trem Azul", "Canção do Sal", or the "Elis & Tom" CD songs, but what we have here is an excellent snapshot of the artist at the height of her artistry in some excellent performances.)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 28 November 2012
This really is a remarkable album and one which I have to admit I almost overlooked. There are many samplers of Elis Regina's work, some of them excellent, but I prefer complete albums. I made the mistake of assuming that this was another sampler. In actual fact, it is two albums from 1969, 'Como e Porque' and 'Elis in London', both by the sound of it remastered. At any rate the sound is excellent. Although a reasonably priced version of the latter album is available at the moment, if you want to buy 'Como e Porque' you will find yourself paying rather a lot for it.

1969 was an extremely good year for Elis. Both the songs she chose to sing and the joie de vivre of her delivery are remarkable. Listening, one senses that having conquered her home territory she was now in the process of conquering Europe. She certainly sounds very much in command and on 'in London', it seems that she is on fire. Her vocal delivery is utterly sublime and there is an exuberance that even a great diva such as Elis rarely matched in a career full of superlatives. There is a story, how true I don't know, that all the songs on Elis in London were recorded live and that on completing each song she was applauded by the orchestra. She is really that good and 'in London' is one of those rare occasions, where all the elements, the arrangements by Moody Blues arranger Peter Knight, the orchestra, Elis' band and Elis herself meld together to produce a masterpiece. As I write this, I am listening to 'Elis Regina in London' and it is taking my breath away as she sings her heart out. I listen to music of several genres but few albums come close to 'Elis Regina in London'.

Although 'Elis Regina in London' does steal the plaudits for me 'Como e Porque' is also a personal favourite. The arrangements by Roberto Menescal are highly original and often highly atmospheric vehicles for Elis to weave her magic. The songs chosen, by Baden Powell, Milton Nascimento, Egberto Gismonti and Edu Lobo, greats of the Brazilian music scene are wonderful. Aquarela do Brasil, known to the world simply as 'Brazil' with its strings but mostly a simple bossa rhythm section, is a charming opener, but 'O Sonho', 'Vera Cruz' 'Casa Forte' and 'Canto de Ossanha are all powerful and moody showcases for Elis' virtuosity. They are certainly indicative of an emotionally complex if virtuosic, personality. There is even a version of the song 'Recit de Cassard', sung in French, although my feeling, is that this is the weakest song on the album because Elis seems to have difficulty making the French words scan properly. The same song is also sung in English on 'in London' under the title, 'Watch what happens'. For me, that is the superior version. 'Como e Porque', it is a very strong album. It is only that 'ELis in London' is a masterpiece in the career of a singer who produced many great albums.

The cover artwork is a little disappointing. It would have been nice to see reproductions of the original album covers, but the cover photo is itself an important historic document in that it depicts Elis' winning performance at a singing competition that saw her catapulted to the number one singer of Brazilian popular music. It is a miracle to know that that a snatch of that1965 performance can be seen on Youtube. It is truly mesmerising.

All in all, this album is a bargain. For under a tenner you can have two classic albums from Elis Regina, a singer of world importance, and at the peak of her powers. Highly recommended
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 15 April 2010
This album collects 2 Elis Regina albums, both from 1969. Especially "in London" is an infectious and joyous album.
If you like bossa and vocal jazz, this is a highly recommended and welcome re-release.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 August 2013
two concerts for one so must be well worth buying.if your a jazz fan add this to your collection .
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