Elis Regina – Na Batucada Da Vida (2006)
“A Batucada Da Vida”
DVD 1 in a series of 3
2006 // NTSC
– Garoto último tipo (Puppy love)
– Vida de bailarina
– O trem azul
– É com esse que eu vou
– Ladeira da preguiça
– Poema – Retrato do desconhecido
– Folhas secas
– Gol anulado
– O mestre sala dos mares
– Bodas de prata
– Canto de Ossanha/ Deixa/ Lapinha/Vou deitar e rolar (Quá quá ra quá quá /Aviso aos navegantes
– O que tinha de ser/ Tatuagem
– Atrás da porta
– Águas de março
– Na batucada da vida
O difícil começo da carreira em Porto Alegre não foi diferente das
histórias dos demais membros dessa confraria a qual Elis pertencia – a
das pessoas determinadas a vencer. Ela tinha talento, sabia do seu valor
e só precisava enfrentar o mundo com coragem e determinação. Foi o que
fez. O resultado todos conhecem e está neste DVD. Um registro único de
interpretações memoráveis de Elis, incluindo a canção de Ary Barroso que
ela aprendeu com Tom Jobim e que dá nome ao DVD./////
The difficult beginning of her career in Porto Alegre was not any
different from the stories of the many members of the club to which Elis
belonged: of people determined to win. She had talent, she knew her
she was good, and she only needed to take on the work with courage and
determination. And that’s just what she did. The result which everyone
knows is on this DVD. A record of the most memorable of the unique,
singular interpretations of Elis, including the song by Ary Barroso that
she learned from Tom Jobim and which gives its name to the DVD.
A blog reader recently asked if I was still alive. Well I have a lot more interesting posts than this that I have been planning, but when people are worried about your health you have to give them a pulse. However I’ve been busy with work lately, too busy to write worthwhile blog posts, and so I dug up this description I had written for this DVD over a year ago for someplace else, with some slight modifications:
This is a minor treasure-trove for fans of Elis Regina with some amazing live-in-the-studio performances that really illustrate her mastery of technique and her emotional sincerity. That being said, I would much rather listen to Elis sing than watch her sing. Her emotional connection with the material she sings is downright scary. In the world of popular music there are so many people who give us fake theatrical emotion on stage (Marisa Monte anyone?) that it is unnerving to see someone in the throws of total surrender to a song — When the tune is happy, she is smiling and ebullient; when the song is sad, she cries; when it’s angry, her wrath adds a meter to her diminutive height and we back away… It’s probably not a dramatic exaggeration to say that this highly emotional, ultra-sensitive nature combined with the roller coaster of fame and success ultimately killed her, as it has with other artists before and since. When I first saw some of her live clips I questioned whether she was “for real” or just laying it on think. My conclusion is that she was pretty real alright.
In the days before botox, a singer or actress could potentially achieve the same effect through plucking their eyebrows and imbibing a shit-ton of cocaine. Elis seems to have flirted with this strategy during the 70s. As I said, I would rather listen to her records than watch her.
The audio track on some of the material could be better, but presumably they did the best with what they had. Some of it sounds greats, other parts not so much.
Another critique is that the earliest years of her career are relegated to an odd photo montage at the beginning and then we are launched right
into the 1970s. Her recordings prior to 1965 are utterly forgettable, but the period from 1965-70 is the material that I find myself coming back to, much more than her slick 70s MPB. Where is the footage of her regular program O Fino da Bossa (presumably, tied up for some legal reasons), her duets with Jair Rodriguez or Wilson Simonal? You can find a bit of that stuff on You
Tube but it sure would be nice to have a clean, quality DVD of it. For my tastes, her records from 1966-1970 were the peak of her creative power and the strongest in terms of repertoire, and we just don’t get any nuggets from that era. Even so, this is essential for any fan of Elis Regina, as are the other two DVDs in the series. And they are live performances, not video clips.
The clip with Tom Jobim is just downright weird. They seem kind of, um, loaded on something or other. The DVD notes claimed that Elis was learning the song from Tom, which I guess explains why she doesn’t join in the singing and we are left with his flat, low-key, take-it-or-leave-it vocal; this is followed by Elis singing the same tune, impeccably, years later. But what I really don’t understand is the claim that Elis *learned* this song from Jobim — Ary Barroso is one of the most famous composers in Brazilian popular music, and ‘Na Batucada da Vida’ isn’t exactly an obscure song. In other words, I just have trouble believing that someone of Elis’ musical background wouldn’t already KNOW this song by 1974 (when the footage in question was shot…). But who am I to argue with liner notes written by someanonymous record label person?
thank you very much. for me this is a real treasure.
Flabbergasted, i just download this DVD and I'm enjoying! Actually, I love your posts Free Jazz, folk music, regional … Because of them, your blog is among the most comprehensive and diversified across the internet.
I want to use straw you make two requests. dels one is the repost (IN FLAC) Disc Pixinguinha, Clementina de Jesus and John the Bahiana – People of Ancient, which takes a lot. The other application concerns more posts by artists of the post-bossa-nova, such as Edu Lobo and Francis Hime.
Thank you for keeping this blog up!
Thanks LPG. Edu Lobo is long overdue for a post on this blog, he's great. To be honest, Francis Hime's first LP is the only one I really care for. I had a specific request for a vinyl rip of that one – I have it on both CD and vinyl, and they did really kind of kill the lush orchestrations on the CD version.
The only reason that Pixinghuinha/Clementina/João de Baiana link has been broken, is that for some silly reason I posted it separately from Marinheiro Só, the Clementina album that it was backed with on that 2-for-1 release. I have been meaning to a repost with both at the same time. Great choice, for a repost though.
Wonder Flabber! I'll wait for the next posts with great enthusiasm. Incidentally, when I quoted Francis Hime among my applications intended to specify that you would like Postrasse just the first disc of Francis (1973) in FLAC and from vinyl, because I agree with you: the CD version failed.
Finally, I thank the attention and kindness in responding to my comment immediately. You (I'm sorry for outburst) remains an exemplary blogger: quiet, helpful … and has become increasingly rare to find such people (inside and outside of the web).
Hugs, and I look forward to the next posts, they promise!
Muito obrigado flabbergast
lindo post !!