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Maria Maria/Ultimo Trem

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Maria Maria
    2. Cozinha
    3. Pilar (Do Pil)
    4. Trabalhos (Essa Voz)
    5. Lilia
    6. Chamada, A
    7. Era Rei E Sou Escravo
    8. Os Escravos de J
    9. Tema Dos Deuses
    10. Santos Catlicos X Candombl/Raa/Tema Dos Deuses/S. Francisco ...
    11. Pai Grande
    12. Seduao
    13. Francisco (Pas-De-Deux)
    14. Maria Solidria
    15. De Repente Maria Sumiu
    16. Eu Sou Uma Preta Velha Aqui Sentada Ao Sol
    17. Boca a Boca
    18. Maria Maria (Nova Maria)
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Minas
    2. Ponta de Areia
    3. Povo da Raa Brasil
    4. Viagem/Testamento, A
    5. Encontros E Despedidas
    6. Lua Girou, A
    7. Bicho Homem
    8. Decreto (Polticos)
    9. Olho d'Agua
    10. Ultimo Trem
    11. E Da?
    12. Sadas E Bandeiras
    13. O Velho
    14. Bola de Meia, Bola de Gude
    15. Oraao
    16. Itamarandiba
    17. Roupa Nova
    18. Ponta de Areia (Eplogo)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): FARO 083CD

  • Credits
    ProducerTribo Produoes; Fernando Dominguez Areco; Aluzio Salles, Jr.; Marilene Gondim; Milton Nascimento
    EngineerMichael Wade

    Adapter: Milton Nascimento.
    Personnel: Milton Nascimento (vocals, guitar, viola, piano, synthesizer, hand claps, percussion, palmas); Frederiko (vocals, whistling, guitar); Tavinho Moura (vocals, whistling); Beto Guedes (vocals, guitar, bandolim, viola, synthesizer); Nelson Angelo (vocals, guitar, viola, synthesizer, percussion); Tavito (vocals, guitar, viola); Toninho Horta (vocals, guitar); Z Rodrix (vocals, flute, organ, percussion); Wagner Tiso (vocals, piano, electric piano, organ); Novelli (vocals, double bass); Nan Vasconcelos (vocals, drums, percussion); Clementina de Jesus, Faf de Belm, Fernando Brant, Nana Caymmi, Zez Motta (vocals); Paulo Jobim (guitar, viola, flute); Watson Clis, Alceu Reis, Mrcio Mallard, Jaques Morelenbaum (cello); Danilo Caymmi (flute); Paulo Moura (saxophone); Joao Donato (trombone, piano, organ, percussion); Edson Maciel (trombone); Luiz Avellar (piano, organ, synthesizer); Dalva Prates (piano); Paulinho Braga, Robertinho Silva (drums, percussion); Nen, Z Eduardo (surdo, tumba, percussion); Aleuda (hand claps, percussion, palmas); Wilma Nascimento, Dudu Mendona, Fernando Eiras, Chico Canela, Lus Alves, Otvio Bretas (hand claps, palmas); Tunai (hand claps); Oscar Araiz, Heli Rodrigues, Hlcio Milito (percussion); Eduardo Maia Do Vale (programming); Hugo Travers (dancer); Tunai Canela (palmas).
    Audio Remasterer: Ricardo Garcia.
    Audio Remixer: Roberto Marques.
    Liner Note Author: Susan Steward.
    Recording information: Estudio Bemol (1976-1980); Level Cine Studio (1976-1980); Studios Transameria (1976-1980).
    Actors: Dragao Africano; Sao Jorge; Fernando DeCastro; Luis Couto; Jos Luiz Pederneiras; Roberto Giovanetti; Sao Francisco; Jesus Cristo.
    Editor: Tom Capone.
    Photographers: Miguel Aun; Fernando Fiza; Mrio Luiz Thompson; Jos Luiz Pederneiras; Joao Carlos Rosolini; Odilon DeArajo; Otvio Bretas.
    Translator: Mahima Luna Macchione.
    Unknown Contributor Roles: Renata Schusshein; Genira Bezerra; Frei Jos Luiz; Jaber Damasceno; Carlos Cytrynowski; Nivaldo Ornelas; Mauro Senise; Milton Nascimento; Tavinho Moura; Wagner Tiso.
    Arranger: Milton Nascimento.
    Far Out Recordings, the European label that brings us all things Brazilian, has done it again. This double, first time on CD package brings together two very important and nearly impossible to find Milton Nascimento recordings to listeners outside Brazil. Maria Maria (1976) and Ultimo Trem (1981) are the soundtracks for two ballets written by Nascimento and his collaborator, lyricist Fernando Brant for the Grupo Corpo Dance Company, choreographed by Oscar Araiz. The first, based on the life of a slave named Maria, is provocative for the unbelievably raw energy in its presentation. While the music is, as one would expect, gorgeously melodic and warm, it contains a dynamic in the early folk music of Nascimento's region of Minas Gerais. The musicians on board for this undertaking were master percussionist Nan Vansconcellos, guitarist Toninho Horta, saxophonist Paulo Moura, as well as vocalist Nana Caymmi, Beto Guedes, Nascimento, and Fafa De Belem. Maria Maria is a provocative listening experience. Songs with wordless vocals, spoken word, instrumental passages, exotic ambient forays into dramatic darkness, and empowering reflections on freedom and liberation are all found within. Ultimo Trem is based on the closure of a railroad line by the military government that linked Minas Gerais' towns and villages with the coastal cities. Nascimento majestically evokes the sights, sounds, and other sensations of train travel . This is music that is tender and bittersweet. Some of it rages, but most of it comes from the sorrow of life interrupted. Here, Nascimento is joined by a much larger cast of players, including pianists Wagner Tiso and Joao Donato, guitarist Paulo Jobim, drummer Robertinho Silva, Horta, guitarist and percussionist Nelson Angelo, and all the members of Som Imaginrio, as well as a chorus of vocalists who include Lizzie Bravo, Lisieux Costa Novelli, and Fernando Eiras. Once more, the sound is unpolished, immediate, and heartbreakingly beautiful. While not as provocative as its predecessor, Ultimo Trem is perhaps more enduring because of its complex feelings of reminiscence and loss. The atmospherics on this disc are gorgeous, as is the rootsy folk music at its heart. This is a stellar collection and should be owned by anyone interested in the varieties of Brazilian music. This is one of the most important reissues of 2004. ~ Thom Jurek

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