Skip navigation

Another re-up, higher bitrate. -Ian!

The first Caetano Veloso solo album was recorded in 1967. Soon after the III FMPB, where Veloso took fourth place with “Alegria, Alegria,” he and his group (which would soon constitute the Tropicalia movement) were news, dividing opinions concerning the group’s interest in fusing Brazilian music with international pop culture, lysergic psychedelia, generalized irreverence, and whatever crossed their minds. The arrangements were done by three classically trained composers, fully committed to the most adventurous experiments in modern music: Júlio Medaglia, Damiano Cozella, and Sandino Hohagen. Veloso’s concept was that the album should surpass the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s, being also very Brazilian and, at the same time, international. The record has immortal classics, such as “Clarice,” “Soy Loco por Tí, América” (Gilberto Gil/Capinam), composed under the effect of the recent death of Che Guevara, “Superbacana,” “Tropicália,” and “Alegria, Alegria.” The rest of the album has had less success but consists of excellent tracks that remain modern to this day. “Tropicália,” the title track, was an unnamed song when its recording began. By suggestion of the then photographer Luís Carlos Barreto, Veloso used the same name of an installation by the visual artist Hélio Oiticica, which was composed by a labyrinth made with plants and birds and shown on a television set. The suggestion was accepted, and the Tropicalia was born.

-Alvaro Neder,

Caetano Veloso-CAETANO VELOSO (1968)


One Comment

  1. I have this in FLAC. So there.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: