Elza Soares – Elza Soares (1974) (Tapecar/Discobertas)

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Elza Soares
1974 Tapecar (X.23)
Reissue 2010 on Discobertas 2010 (DB-051)

1 Bom dia Portela
(Bebeto de São João, David Correia)
2 Pranto livre
(Everaldo da Viola, Dida)
3 Não é hora de tristeza
(Walter da Imperatriz, Lino Roberto, Wilson Medeiros)
4 Meia noite já é dia
(Norival Reis, David Correia)
5 Desabafo
(Nezinho, Campo, Tatu)
6 Partido do lê lê lê
(Otilo Gomes)
7 Deusa do rio Niger
(Motorzinho, Walter Norambê)
8 Quem há de dizer
(Alcides Gonçalves, Lupicínio Rodrigues)
9 Louvei Maria
(Elza Soares)
10 Xamêgo de crioula
(Zé Di)
11 Falso papel
(Dario Marciano)
12 Giringonça
(Josealdo Fraga)

BONUS TRACKS

13. Salve a Mocidade
(Luiz Reis)
14. Festa do Círio de Nazaré
(Aderbal Moreira, Dario Marciano, Nilo Mendes)
15. O Mundo Fantástico do Uirapuru (Tatu, Campo, Nezinho)

Produced by José Xavier
Arrangements by Ed Lincoln
Album artwork by Randall

This is Elza Soares’s first album for the Tapecar label after she asked to be let go from her contract at Odeón. It is also noteworthy for the fact that organist Ed Lincoln was the arranger on the album, and his keyboard work can be heard peppered throughout the record. And whereas her Odeon albums were built around her singular and unique interpretations of time-tested samba clasics or more recent compositions from time-tested composers, this album contained new songs by mostly unknown writers, with the one big exception being the Lupicínio Rodrigues tune ‘Quem há de dizer.’ And check out the heavily-Jorge-Ben influenced `Deusa do Rio Niger` and the samba-soul `Giringonca`!!

The reissue — which possibly marks the first time this has ever been on CD — also includes three bonus tracks. The first was a hit from a telenovela that was dominating the TV airwaves at the time, the “Salve a Mocidade” from the novela ‘O Rebu.’ This was quite probably the biggest hit that Elza had during the entire decade of the 1970s. The other two tracks appeared on one of the many Tapecar carnaval compilations, this one called ‘Samba Enredo 75’.. I see some of these Tapecar releases on the street every now and then and should really pay closer attention — I had mostly assumed they contained album tracks available elsewhere and basically ignored them. Alas, I was quite wrong!

I find the sound a bit lifeless and ‘stiff’ sounding, but the only vinyl copy of this that I have found has a skip on it that makes a vinyl rip impossible. And the bonus tracks are a nice touch. You can’t go wrong with any Elza Soares from the 60s or 70s, and this album is a fine example of why!

There are some lame and poorly-written internet bios of Elza at allmusic and Wikipedia, and this one from All Brazilian Music is not much better, but anyway here it is. Oh, and Elza has recently written her own autobiography (or had someone ghost-write it for her) in 2009, but I have not picked up a copy yet.

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7 Comments

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  2. Ela deve ter muitas histórias para contar nessa autobiografia 🙂

    Obrigada mais uma vez!

    Célia

  3. Wow! Mid-70's in Brasil is HEAVEN.

  4. Meu Caro
    Gostaria que os brasileiros, que aqui vivem, valorizassem nossa música como voce o faz. Sou um pesquisador diletante da Canção Brasileira, e sua contriibuição para minhas audiçoes/reflexões tem sido impagáveis.
    Se puder, dê uma revigorada no link do disco – Elza Soares – Elza Soares (1974)Tapecar, da Grande dama Elza Soares. Ficarei(emos) agradecidos.
    Grilo

  5. Valeu Grilo, obrigado. Demorei refazer esses links porque estava querendo rippar o vinil, que tem som BEM melhor do que a merda que Discobertas tá fazendo.. Mas, pois é, falto tempo livre e por enquanto é melhor ter algo aquí do que nada. Volte mais tarde hj ou amanhã, a gente desenrola 😉

  6. Спасибо большое.

  7. link invalido

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