Monday, 6 February 2012

Maria Bethania - A Arte de Maria Bethania (1975)




Alright folks, you're in for a treat tonight. I picked up this scratchy old gem in a record & tape exchange in Notting Hill a month or so ago and its been getting played to death in my house. There's quite a lot of crackle on this I'm afraid, but the sheer quality and brilliance of Maria Bethania's music shines through. The recordings on this 1975 compilation album are quite simple exquisite. Her songs are sophisticated and urbane, yet vibrant and full of emotion, romance and drama. It sounds like there's a fearsome intelligence at work here and maybe that is why she's one of Brazil's most popular and biggest selling female singers.


Tracklist:

01 A Tua Presença
02 Mariana, Mariana
03 Dia 4 De Dezembro
04 Maria Bethânia & Edu Lobo – Pra Dizer Adeus
05 Texto Nº1 De Fernando Pessoa: O Mar (Canção Praieira)
05.1 Suíte Dos Pescadores
05.2 Avarandado
06 Bom Conselho
07 Bom Dia
08 Drama
09 Movimento Dos Barcos
09.1 Baioque
09.2 Texto De Luiz Carlos Lacerda: Esse Cara
09.3 Bodas De Prata
09.4 Tatuagem
09.5 Texto De Fernando Pessoa: Volta Por Cima
09.6 Eu Sou A Outra
10 Sinal Fechado
10.1 Roda Viva
10.2 Rosa Dos Ventos
10.3 Cala A Boca, Bárbara
10.4 Resposta
10.5 Demoníaca
11 Coração Ateu (Da Novela Gabriela)
12 Janelas Abertas Nº 2
13 Olhe O Tempo Passando
14 Maria Bethânia & Jorge Ben – Mano Caetano
15 Maria Bethânia & Edu Lobo – Se Eu Morresse Amanhã
16 Cirandeiro
17 Minha História
17.1 Lembranças
17.2 Doce Mistério Da Vida (Ah! Sweet Mystery Of Life)
18 Maria Bethânia & Chico Buarque & Nara Leão – Cantores Do Rádio
19 Iansã
20 Estácio Holly Estácio
21 Estrela Do Mar
21.1 Meu Primeiro Amor
21.2 Soneto
21.3 Preciso Aprender A Só Ser
21.4 A Lenda Do Abaeté
21.5 Oração Da Mãe Menininha
21.6 Filhos De Gandhi
21.7 Texto De Clarice Lispector: Luz Da Noite
22 Eu Fui À Europa
22.1 Gás Neon
22.2 Luzes Da Ribalta (Limelight)
22.3 Chão De Estrelas
22.4 Sinal Fechado

Get it HERE.

10 comments:

Flowergurl said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgaWB6Vx6kI


oh my gosh! check out this video of Rita Ora singing Hey Ya! Her voice is soooo amazing.

Holly said...

I love Maria's early 70s work, stunning.

JP said...

I just recently made my way here and I'm loving this. Thank you.

Mr Tear said...

Hi Holly,
I'd only ever heard her tracks on David Byrne's tropicalismo compilation so this one came as a bit of a revelation. I'm loving it!

JP, I hope you find some more bits and pieces to whet your whistle.

Simon666 said...

Thanks for this Mr Tear!

Jo/No said...

I've been looking for a good introduction to Bethania for a long time since I love her voice and her collaborations with other artists. Thank you for sharing this!

mela.... said...

One of the Queens of Tropicalismo, as the wonderful Gal Costa.

His hoarse voice contrasts with the sweetness of his brother Caetano Veloso.

A beautiful album
A real jewel

Thanks / Gracias / Obrigado

joao estrela said...

the link doesn t work anymore could you reup on another server thank you

Mr Tear said...

Hi Joao, the link should work now. Enjoy. X

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