My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
The above YouTube playlist was the only way I could find to listen to this album without spending $30 on the CD or album (or torrenting it). It really isn’t the optimal way to listen to an album, as the playlist is alphabetical (making me select tracks to order them as I went, and being interrupted by commercials) and doesn’t play on mobile devices. So I’m at a laptop with an attached speaker, it’s an alright speaker at least.
Brief Background: Caetano Veloso was was released in 1968. Like many of the Brazilian albums in this project, it ties in with art movements of the time and is famous for mixing psychedelic rock elements into traditional bossa nova.
What I think: I haven’t really enjoyed many of the other bossa nova albums in this project, but this was really nice. I listened to it in the background while doing The Lemonheads blog, and maybe it not being the focus of my attention was to its benefit. The stand out track here was “Superbacana” with it’s really upbeat rhythms. I don’t hear a lot of the psychedelic stylings that have been described with the album (the exception being the last track, “Eles” which is heavily in that style). Although, that could be the semi-good speaker I’m listening to the album on.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I don’t know about this one, it’s REALLY obscure and doesn’t have a lot of influence in the U.S. behind it. I would leave it out.
Rating (Out of 5): 3
Amazon Review (Out of 5): 4
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (108/136)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 79%