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My Favourite Brazilian Albums

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Elis & Tom
Elis & Tom
"This one is near the top of any Brazilian music fan's list; it's a true masterpiece."
Wave
Wave
""Wave" by Jobim is one of the best bossa albums ever; it's an absolute requirement."
Look To The Rainbow
Look To The Rainbow
"One of the best albums of the 60s; it contains the classic "Berimbau.""
Samba De Uma Nota So
Samba De Uma Nota So
"One of Brazil's best guitarists...contains "Consolacao," which if you don't like there's something wrong with you."
Tanto Tempo
Tanto Tempo
"One of the "next generation" and the daughter of Joao Gilberto, a master of Brazilian music; this is terrific."
Brazil Classics, Vol. 1: Beleza Tropical
Brazil Classics, Vol. 1: Beleza Tropical
"A terrific compilation put together by David Byrne over 10 years ago; the music is older, but it's still fabulous."
Brazil Classics 2 - O Samba
Brazil Classics 2 - O Samba
"This was my first CD of Brazilian music; it really displays the African roots of Samba and it's a fabulous intro to Brazilian music."
Feijao Com Arroz
Feijao Com Arroz
"This is an older release by Daniela Mercury, one of the great modern singers in Brazil today.  It's a guaranteed toe-tapper."
O Canto Da Cidade
O Canto Da Cidade
"This album was released about 10 years ago; it's absolutely fantastic.  I can't recommend it more."
Minha Historia
Minha Historia
"Edu Lobo's music was recorded by some of Brazil's most famous vocalists; Boranda and Reza are not to be missed."
Brazil Classics 3 - Forro etc
Brazil Classics 3 - Forro etc
"This is another David Byrne compilation; this one focuses on Forro from the Northeast.  It's not for everyone, but I like it."
Millennium
Millennium
"One of the dozens of compilations on the market by Elis Regina; she died 20 years ago but she's still the greatest."
O Sorriso De Gato De Alice
O Sorriso De Gato De Alice
"Gal Costa has one of the most beautiful voices I've ever heard; this album is worth it just for Bahia Minha Preta."
ACOUSTIC
ACOUSTIC
"Gilberto Gil is a genius, and this album proves it.  The arrangements are flawless and Gil, as usual, is perfect."
Brazilian Hits and Funky Classics
Brazilian Hits and Funky Classics
"Jorge Ben is great, though he does tend to sing a lot about football.  Not surprising when you're from the same country as Pele."
Canta Brasil: Brazilian Songbo
Canta Brasil: Brazilian Songbo
"This is a terrific compilation, worth it even if all you listen to are the songs by Joyce and Toninho Horta."
Sem Limite
Sem Limite
"Bethania's deep voice reminds one of sunny beaches and humid days in the tropics."
Mais
Mais
"This is my favorite Marisa Monte album; her voice is absolutely astounding."
Clube Da Esquina 2
Clube Da Esquina 2
"The famed Clube da Esquina.  Need I say more?"
Dez Anos Depois [Ltd. Miniatur
Dez Anos Depois [Ltd. Miniatur
"I'm assuming the title is a reference to Leao's death in the 1980s...another brilliant talent who died before her time."
Brasileiro
Brasileiro
"Here, Mendes breaks with the bossa he's known for and explores traditional Brazilian music; the result is a masterpiece.  Buy it!"
The Best of Simone
The Best of Simone
"Simone's at her best here; includes the must-have theme to Dona Flor & Her Two Husbands, "O Que Sera.""
Mas Que Nada
Mas Que Nada
"Tamba Trio are ACE."
Bossa Nova Brasil
Bossa Nova Brasil
"This is an absolutely fantastic compilation of bossa; it includes many of the artists in this list.  It's a good starting point."
Novabossa: Red Hot On Verve
Novabossa: Red Hot On Verve
"If you're not sure where to start, start HERE.  It's a great compilation."