CD Flame/Spectrum (CD 188434),
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  • 1. Prisoner, The
    2. Tamal Vista Boulevard
    3. Rapa Poeira
    4. Textile Factory, The
    5. Flame
    6. Right On
    7. What's Going On
    8. Samba Do Aviao
    9. Universal Prisoner
    10. Candomble
    11. All That Carnival
    12. Island, The
    13. Areias
    14. Turma Do Samba
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 47081

  • Credits
    ProducerJose Roberto Bertrami
    EngineerDanny Kopelson; Wanderley Loureiro; Stephen Hart; Vitor Farias

    Contains 2 LPs on 1 CD.
    Azymuth includes: Jose Roberto Bertrami (keyboards).
    Additional personnel includes: Flora Purim (vocals).
    Personnel: Alex Malheiros (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric bass, percussion); Jos Roberto Bertrami (vocals, keyboards, vocoder, spoons, percussion); Ivan Conti (vocals, drums, percussion); Flora Purim (vocals); Mrcio Montarroyos (trumpet); Paulinho Olivera (flugelhorn); Peninha (caixa); Ziznho (pandeiro); Tangerina (surdo); Sidinho Moreira, Ariovaldo Contesini Paulinho (percussion).
    Audio Mixers: Danny Kopelson; Stephen Hart .
    Recording information: Bereley, CA (1984-1985); Berkeley, CA (1984-1985); Liminha Studios, Jardim Botanico, Rio De Janeiro, Brazi (1984-1985); Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (1984-1985).
    Not every album that Azymuth recorded is great; 1981's Telecommunication and 1990's Curumim, for example, are among its more uneven and inconsistent efforts. But when Azymuth soared, it really soared. More often than not, the 1980s were a productive time for the Brazilian combo. Two of the fine albums that Azymuth recorded during that decade were 1984's Flame and 1985's Spectrum, which, in 1999, Fantasy reissued back to back on this 72-minute CD. Flame is one of Azymuth's most essential albums, and Spectrum is also quite impressive. Hearing the albums back to back, one is reminded that Flame was an incredibly tough act to follow. But even though it is the more essential of the two, Spectrum is still excellent. This is one of those CDs that never leaves you feeling disappointed or dissatisfied. Spectrum excels on original material, which ranges from Flame's playfully funky "Right On" to Spectrum's laid-back "Universal Prisoner" -- and it excels on interpretations of Ivan Lins' "The Island," Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Song of the Jet" (or "Samba do Aviao" if you prefer the Portuguese title), and Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On." Some might be surprised that Azymuth would tackle an early-1970s soul anthem, but "What's Going On" actually lends itself quite nicely to a Brazilian jazz fusion makeover. And, besides, African-American soul and funk had a strong influence on many Brazilian artists in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s -- including Azymuth and singer Flora Purim (who is featured on Flame's caressing and sensuous "The Textile Factory"). If you only add a few Azymuth CDs to your collection, this Flame/Spectrum reissue should be among them. ~ Alex Henderson

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