Tom Ze - Estudando O Samba LP
Label: Mr. Bongo
Incredibly unique concept album from the one and only Tom Zé. As featured in Rolling Stone magazine's "100 Greatest Brazilian Albums" list (2007). One of Ze's finest albums in our opinion, originally released by Continental Brazil in 1976 - a tough one to find at a good price in its original form now. Estudando O Samba (or Studying The Samba) is a post-Tropicalia studio experimentation laden with layers of hypnotic percussion, effects & samples that deconstruct the "samba" form. Recorded during what was arguably his most creative period. David Byrne found the record in Rio in the late '90s and included several songs on his Tom Ze collection for Luaka Bop a few years later. At that time Tom was not recording or touring much; playing low-key shows in Sao Paulo and contemplating a move back to Irará to work at a service station owned by one of his cousins. Byrne's project helped to reignite his career and he hasn't looked back since.