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Vento De Maio

Elis Regina

1978

Vento De Maio

Album Summary

Elis Regina Carvalho Costa (March 17, 1945 – January 19, 1982), known professionally as Elis Regina (Brazilian Portuguese: [eˈlis ʁeˈʒinɐ]), was a Brazilian singer of popular and jazz music. She is also the mother of the singers Maria Rita and Pedro Mariano.She became nationally renowned in 1965 after singing "Arrastão" (composed by Edu Lobo and Vinícius de Moraes) in the first edition of TV Excelsior festival song contest and soon joined O Fino da Bossa, a television program on TV Record. She was noted for her vocalization as well as for her interpretation and performances in shows. Her recordings include "Como Nossos Pais" (Belchior), "Upa Neguinho" (E. Lobo and Gianfrancesco Guarnieri), "Madalena" (Ivan Lins), "Casa no Campo" (Zé Rodrix and Tavito), "Águas de Março" (Tom Jobim), "Atrás da Porta" (Chico Buarque and Francis Hime), "O Bêbado e a Equilibrista" (Aldir Blanc and João Bosco), "Conversando no Bar" (Milton Nascimento). Her untimely death, at the age of 36, shocked Brazil.

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Rating

2.99

Votes

5187

Genres

  • Jazz
  • Samba
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Wed Dec 01 2021
5

When I was a kid I loved going through other people’s record collections and playing new albums. I remember discovering Roger Whitaker, Marty Robbins and Dr. Hook at my aunt’s house. My parents collection lead me to Fleetwood Mac, Willie Nelson, Sam Cooke, Mohamed El-Bakker & His Oriental Ensemble, Waylon Jennings, Barbra Streisand, Santana and Bette Midler. My sister’s collection turned me on to the Bee Gees, Peter Frampton, .38 Special, Elton John and Bad Company. Today I realized that I am loving this web site so much because each day feels like pulling a new record out of someone’s unexplored record collection. A new album cover appears and I instantly begin to speculate on what exciting new listening experience is next… Like the wildly random listening experiences of my youth, after listening to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Aerosmith out pops some smooth, jazzy Brazilian music from the 70s. And jazzed I am! Halfway through this album my stress had melted away and the morning was looking great! Elis Regina’s vocal delivery is always spot-on. The arrangements are never boring. The supporting vocals fantastic. I love this album so much. This is another perfect listening experience is a week of perfect listening experiences. I would have replayed VENTO DE MAIO over and over as a kid, and have already started doing so as an adult. From the interesting key of the opening song “Vento de Maio” through the glorious choir in “O Trem Azul” to the groovy guitar and scatting in the closing song “Aprendendo a Jogar” I enjoyed every note. A truly wonderful album!

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Mon Jun 14 2021
4

What a mysterious album. Not on Spotify, not on Wikipedia, not by an artist I've ever heard of. Turns out it's a posthumous compilation, and she's a Brazilian legend. And let it be known, I'm floored. It's like proggy funky samba Amy Winehouse, but also there's disco and rock infusions too. I can't get over how good it is, especially on the back half. Only rating it 4 stars because I don't believe in the 5 Star Compilation, but this is up there, and definitely makes me want to check out her full albums.

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Sat Jun 19 2021
5

These songs are so bold and fearless, so exciting! I love this!

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Fri Nov 05 2021
4

For those having troubles I used this Youtube Playlist. Not 100% sure it's correct but seems to line up with what I can find online https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrQRSk_JRU4W7Q_eIs1MCp4Mpvk3EYjX8

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Tue Apr 13 2021
4

First (and hopefully last) album that wasn't available on Apple Music. I really liked this though! Sounded much more modern and swinging than what I would have expected from a world music album. Very engaging beats, good singing. Not too much that stuck with me, but still some great songs to pull from here. I'll never say no to some Latin Jazz! Favorite songs: Vento de Maio, Nova Estacao, O Trem Azul. Album art: I like this picture, especially the color grading. Too bad I won't see it on my phone for the tracks I saved. 4/5

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Thu Jan 20 2022
4

Wow. What an amazing voice. It felt like I was listening to a soap opera, but a good one. So much drama and emotion. I don't speak Portuguese so it might have been a drama about trapped wind or tumble dryers for all I know, but I don't think it was. When it came up this morning I thought "oh no this will be bossa boring", but I actually loved it.

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Sat Jun 19 2021
3

Kinda surprised to see this album vs "Elis & Tom" or one of her albums from the 60s or early 70s. Favorite track is "O Que Foi..."

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Mon Feb 01 2021
3

A mystifying choice—including a compilation is not something I expected nor really appreciate but I did enjoy my listen somewhat

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Tue May 11 2021
3

Elis has a beautiful voice, I'm very happy this website is introducing me to more different kinds of music! My favourite has to be "Só Deus é Quem Sabe" her voice is so soft and tender, with the swirling instrumentation it is certainly divine! Quite a lovely album, may revisit in the future, but certainly not at the top of my list.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
2

Es un disco muy tranquilo, para escuchar una tarde de verano en la terraza tomando un Gin Tónic. Dentro del genero de la música brasileña es interesante y reconocido en su tierra pero aún así no creo que pueda marcar profundamen. Lo que sí se puede decir es que puede ser una puerta a conocer más música Brasileña. Dentro del repertorio de canciones del disco la que más me ha gustado ha sido Tiro Ao Álvaro.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
1

totally unsure if this album is good or bad in its genre, but regardless of the language barrier, wasn't feeling it

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Mon Jul 18 2022
1

Not in English, so that's already slightly detrimental. Also bad. so that's not good.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
5

Incrível. Um clássico para ouvir muitas vezes!

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Wed Dec 02 2020
5

So dope! What a fun trip. It's definitely got a standard latin music vibe, but also a dreamy jazzy breathy fun thing going on. The whole album reminds me of that one song by Stereolab...Rainbow Conversation.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
5

fenomenal

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Mon Mar 29 2021
5

Ok, so this album (or what I assume is this album, because I couldn't find this album, but I found an album that has this song) is incredible. I am totally getting this shit on vinyl and will be cooking and hosting people to this shit.

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Thu Mar 18 2021
5

Fuck yeah. O Medo De Amar O Medo De Ser Livre is an absolute tune and a half. Whole album 10/10 tight, funky, big lead breaks, huge voice and perfectly paced. Aprehendo a Jogar and Sai Dessa also biggies. I wish I spoke Portuguese

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Sun May 02 2021
5

Really cool and definitely worth coming back to for another listen. 9

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Sun May 02 2021
5

wow! I was expecting like regular Bossa nova but this was way cooler. Beautiful vocals and nutty music. 10

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Mon Mar 22 2021
5

Bossa Nova 💖

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Thu Mar 25 2021
5

Again never heard of this artist but loved Brazilian jazz tunes.

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Tue May 04 2021
5

ICONIC

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Thu Nov 04 2021
5

Buenísimo, siempre es bueno escucharlo.

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Wed Dec 01 2021
5

Wow. This is something very special. Wow. She is soulful beyond belief, channeling something that the rest of us aren't in touch with. I adored every song but Rebento stopped me in my tracks. Tremendous!

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Wed Dec 01 2021
5

Not familiar with the artist at all. First listen for the album and it was wonderful!! I found myself dancing and smiling a lot as I listened. So much fun!

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Wed Dec 01 2021
5

I love it when you grow fonder with each listen. I didn't get enough time with this today, but I made my mother and son listen to it, and that made three generations who enjoyed it. I was so happy to be introduced to Elis Regina today. I look forward to spending lots more time with her. My first favorite today had to be "Só Deus É Quem Sabe." Really took me to a dreamland.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
5

Graaande Elis!

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Sun Jan 02 2022
5

Incredible! I have never heard of this artist, I have never heard of Brazilian jazz or whatever this is. But the music is just great. And the singer is incredible even though I do not understand the language she sings in, and the music just has a great jazz punk rock fusion going on. Like a cosmic gumbo.

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Fri Feb 25 2022
5

This mystery of an album is absolutely beautiful.

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Sun Apr 03 2022
5

Yooooooo this absolutely did not need to be as good as it is. Incredible and the best album I’ve encountered for the first time on this little album of the day quest!

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Wed Apr 06 2022
5

Beautiful bossa nova there was seamless transitions between the tracks, absolutely loved it! Her voice was amazing, and I loved all the tracks!

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Mon Apr 25 2022
5

This is breath in album form.

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Fri May 06 2022
5

Such energy and emotion, I love it !

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Mon Jun 13 2022
5

Um ótimo álbum, com grandes clássicos da Elis. Melhores músicas: Tiro ao álvaro, Só Deus é quem sabe e se eu quiser falar com Deus.

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Mon Jul 18 2022
5

I am not well versed in Spanish at all, but I thought that this album was awesome. So full of energy and passion; you can tell the artist genuinely cares about what she does here (and is good at it).

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Wed Aug 24 2022
5

First impression: wow, this first song has me hooked right from the start! This album is super tight; really jazzy and funky, polished production, and just tons of great little musical moments and riffs. I'm pretty blown away; first song was a 5/5, and the rest of the record backed it up. Last track is such a banger!

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Thu Sep 29 2022
5

Makes me want to put on a bright red summer dress, book a flight to Brazil and blast this album while sitting by the beach with a cocktail in hand, dancing my cares away to its refreshing tunes and Elis Regina's smooth voice. In the wise words of Trinity the Tuck, I don't know what the fuck she's saying but girl, I am living!

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Sun Oct 30 2022
5

I have slowly been working my way through popular MPB artists the last couple of years and haven't gotten to Elis Regina yet. I had a hard time finding any information about this album. It says that it's from 1972 in the generator, but the album from 1972 in her discography is another one. Apparently it says 1978 in the book, while some blog says that the album was released in 1983. The album known as Vento de Maio seems to be a posthumous compilation release. I dis find this album to be a great introduction into the artist that is Elis Regina. As a listening experience it wasn't especially cohesive mixing songs from different projects. About Elis Regina herself: She's fiery, direct and a performer to the fingertips. Being annoyed that the editors ignorantly didn't include a real studio album by Elis Regina I went and listened to some of her albums. Among them her self titled album (the one from 1972) and Elis & Tom, an album she recorded with Antônio Carlos Jobim. Both amazing albums and worthy of an entry in the book. I want to give this entry a one star because of the editors of the book. But I can't give Elis Regina a one star review. I have fallen in love with her.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
5

"Dig dig dig dig dig da cá ah ah" 10/10 Lyrics The rest is kinda meh :/

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Sun Dec 04 2022
5

This album was awesome! I'm sad that it's not on my streaming service. When I saw that this was samba and jazz, I knew I was gonna end up liking it. My favourite songs were Aprendendo a Jogar, O Medo de Amar é o Medo de Ser Livre, and Calcanhar de Aquiles.

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Wed Dec 14 2022
5

Molt bon disc, Elis Regina és genial!!

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Sun Dec 18 2022
5

I listened to it on shuffle :,( But anyways this slaps hard! I like that it welcomes me back to this project! 5/5

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Mon Dec 14 2020
4

What. An. Artist. 7.5-8/10

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

Brasilianische 70er. Teils Fahrstuhlmusik, rundum ganz gut

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Sun Jul 11 2021
4

A good world album. Fun jazzy samba. Some slower tracks, but mostly a fun listen.

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Sun May 02 2021
4

7.5

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Sun Jan 24 2021
4

Now I can fuck with this

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Sun Jan 24 2021
4

Surprisingly good!

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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

nice

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Tue Apr 20 2021
4

Some eaaaaasy ass listening. Alright.

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Sun Jul 11 2021
4

“Vento De Maio” by Elis Regina (1978) Great music in the genre of Brazilian jazz, but without a translation of the lyrics, it’s difficult for me to assess this as an album. Elis Regina’s voice is very nice, especially in the lowest end of her considerable range, almost if she has ‘pedal tones’ down there. She’s a little unsteady on pitch, but has excellent diction and fine command of very challenging melodies. She has fine vibrato, which, interestingly, she rarely uses, indicating she doesn’t rely on it for pitch control. Some of it you have to hear to believe. One of the huge strengths of this album is the glorious jazz orchestral arrangements, beautifully executing formidable time signatures, rhythmic shifts, and unusual harmonic colorings. Highly professional—and beautifully recorded and mixed. This, along with spare but tasteful backing vocals, makes it an excellent listening experience. Too bad this album is not available on in the iTunes Store (although there is a compilation album which has most of these songs. I bought it and plan to add it to my small but growing Brazilian jazz collection. I highly recommend Elis Regina. Tragic end at age 36, though. Don’t do drugs, folks. 4/5

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Sun May 02 2021
4

8/10. Good length, and very engaging throughout

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

Great album. Amazing voice and style

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Sun May 02 2021
4

Sounded so pretty! 8

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

My first exposure to Brazilian Pop. A+.

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Mon Feb 08 2021
4

A really nice Brazilian jazz album with some great bass licks throughout. It has a calm lounge feel that would sound even better spinning in my living room. A great record that I will revisit over and over again.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

Never heard of this before. Not my usual style, but it's good.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
4

Снова внятная, мелодичная музыка. Чарующие танцевальные латиноамериканские ритмы и пронзительный голос несравненной Элис Режины скрасили мой вечер. Захотелось пройтись по побережью тёплого южного курорта и под бокал вина и насладиться закатом, держа за руку любимую женщину (нет). Но альбом норм, в общем.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
4

haha latina woman go JIGGY JIGGY JIGGY JIGGY JIGGY JIGGY DAGA

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Mon Apr 12 2021
4

ok this bops I don't understand but it's good . Favorites: Vento De Maio Sai Dessa O Trem Azul

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Mon May 10 2021
4

I'm not sure what's happening, but I like it! A captivating listen, despite not understanding the lyrical piece. Generally fun and funky but both the emotional highs and lows are conveyed very well. In particular, "o medo de Amar" was definitely slapping!

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Wed Jun 02 2021
4

Hey, an album in a language other than English. I like it; pop Latin jazz but that's a sound I'm a bit into, more than other kinds of jazz. Favourite track: "Vento de Maio"

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Fri Jul 30 2021
4

nice to diversify my music into other languages, really enjoyed it

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Wed Aug 25 2021
4

some nice vibes on this too

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Tue Aug 31 2021
4

Helaas te weinig tijd gehad om goed te luisteren. Staat nog op de todo-lijst. Voorlopig 3 sterren.

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Thu Sep 23 2021
4

Beautiful, timeless, and moody.

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Sun Sep 26 2021
4

I like most world music albums I hear, and this one was no exception. It was good background music for kiddo and me while we played a card game.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
4

Slapped

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Thu Oct 14 2021
4

Really nice, perfect for a dinner party.

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Sun Oct 31 2021
4

Bossa-nova brasileña. Me ha gustado.

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Fri Nov 05 2021
4

If you've ever seen the movie Home and recall how the Boove start dancing involuntarily when they hear music, well that was me with these tunes. Hip shaking music I love you.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

The instruments are so crisp. I was expecting something that sounded a lot more dated. Now - there is a "Muzak" quality to it here and there, but overall - it's a jaunty little album. As I've said before, these world language albums are tricky because I focus much more on the sound than the lyrics due to my not understanding the native language. That can be a detractor since, as I said - while crisp, some of it sounds like it would play in a mall or elevator. Rebento had a Stevie Wonder meets Elton John thing going on, which I liked! Album really kicks in with the O Medo De Amar track that sounds like Steely Dan came in and backed it musically! This is probably one of my favorite non-English albums so far!

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Wed Dec 01 2021
4

Мне понравилось. Ритмично, мелодично, немного психоделично.

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Fri Jan 14 2022
4

I don't speak the same language, but I can still appreciate the gorgeousness of her voice. I deliberately didn't read much about the album either, but really enjoyed it. Didn't catch the names of any songs, or any of the guest vocalists, but a solid 4 ⭐ for me

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Fri Jan 28 2022
4

Different

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Fri Feb 18 2022
4

Unexpectedly nice listen - also got me on to some great Milton Nascimento stuff.

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Wed Feb 23 2022
4

Vraiment très bon, définitivement à réécouter. Un beau mélange de sons et une voix très belle. Se laisse écouter tout seul

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Thu Feb 24 2022
4

Wonderful, very emotive vocals on top of diverse backing tracks; probably one of the best albums I hadn't heard off this list so far.

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Sun Mar 20 2022
4

This is a very good selection of songs from Elis Regina to the international market, even though it's lot really clear for me where does it fits in her official discography. Nonetheless, it's a great showcase of her beautiful voice, her impressive range and her ability to make it work with a variaty of musical styles - MPB, samba and pop. This is the greatest voice of brazilian music and songs like "Rebento", "Se eu quiser falar com deus" and "Aprendendo a Jogar" makes it very clear.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
4

Genre: MPB 4/5 This was quite the happy surprise. Once realizing this album, Vento de maio, was a sort of reissue/posthumous release of a not-as-well known Brazilian artist, Elis Regina, I wasn't sure what to expect. What I found was that I'm certainly a fan of MPB (música popular brasileira). Earlier in this exercise, I received an album from the Tropicália movement in Brazil (Caetano Veloso), which I enjoyed quite a lot. This I enjoyed even more! From Elis Regina's stunning voice, to the delightful mixture of dance tracks and ballads, to the top notch production methods utilized in these recordings, this album really took me for a spin. The title track is tremendous, with one of the best basslines so far out of the 80+ albums I've reviewed so far from this book. She can also slow it down and let her voice really take off on ballads like Rebento, one of my favorite tracks from the album. I was super happy as the album moved along, always giving me some musical nuggets of enjoyment from track to track. Really good shit.

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Thu Mar 24 2022
4

so many funky, rhythmic, jazzy, sample-able segments and vocals

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Sun Apr 03 2022
4

I am Brazilian, so I grew up with her. Her voice is just amazing. A prodigy, with a far too sad story. (7/10) FT: Tiro Ao Alvaro, O Que Foi Feito Devera, O Trem Azul

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Sun Apr 03 2022
4

Another album by an artist I hadn't heard of before that blew me away. Lots of amazing stuff on this record

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Sun Apr 03 2022
4

I liked this! Chill vibes and a great voice

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Wed Apr 20 2022
4

Liking the first song.... Yeah, definitely pretty good through the first few This one was a nice surprise; nothing mind-blowing but I really enjoyed it and had no expectations going in...hurray!

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Thu Apr 28 2022
4

I couldn't find this exact album but I listened to multiple Elis Regina albums. I enjoyed the hell out of them! I don't speak the language but her voice is quite soothing. She can really sing.

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Fri Jun 03 2022
4

Pretty great listen but as someone else pointed out in another review, kind of cheating with it being a compilation album. Therefore this album on the 1001 book kind of feels similar to Legend by Bob Marley being ranked 48 on Rolling Stone's greatest albums of all time list.

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Mon Jun 06 2022
4

I listened to this a while ago

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Wed Jun 08 2022
4

this is the kind of music I came to this project for. this album doesn't exist according to Wikipedia and spotify lol. its like prog-funk? idk what to call it but its pretty badass. I like the variety of sounds on the album and different sections and stuff, its pretty cool.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
4

Normally, with a 'world' music record, my review reads something like 'I font know enough to understand this, but I get that it's culturally important. With this, I'dsay it's made me want to go away and discover more about Eli's Regina and Brazilian music in general, so it's already a cut above some of the prior ones

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Sun Jul 17 2022
4

Really cool. Put you in a good mood

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Wed Aug 24 2022
4

I liked this. Definitely not my kind of normal listening, but I enjoyed it and would listen again. I liked the jazzy numbers most. 3.5/5

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Wed Aug 24 2022
4

No IDEA what she's singing, but it's oh so joyful! Like an ethnic Stevie Wonder chick

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Fri Sep 09 2022
4

A lot of fun

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Sun Oct 16 2022
4

I don’t speak Portuguese but if I did I’m sure I’d enjoy the album more than I already do. Or maybe its charm comes from the fact I don’t speak Portuguese. Anyways.

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Sun Oct 16 2022
4

This was great, I liked it a lot, nothing that I did not enjoy, very groovy at times, also nice to have as background music

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Sun Oct 16 2022
4

Very calming, I’d probably play this album in the background of a fancy dinner. Lovely vocals, and I always enjoy the mystery of listening to music in a different language

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Thu Nov 03 2022
4

precisava de mais listens, mas mt bom

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Thu Nov 17 2022
4

4.5

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Fri Dec 02 2022
4

Delightful listening. Though one can't speak to this record's place in any historical context relative to Brazilian music, it is undoubtedly fun and lovely and relaxing and caipirinha-friendly.

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