Arthur Verocai - s/t LP
Label: Mr. Bongo
Recorded at Studio Somil, Rio De Janeiro in 1972, the album was produced, arranged, directed by the self-taught Arthur Verocai. Previously he had worked on many records in various capacities, with artists including Jorge Ben, Ivan Lins and Celia, but this album gave him the chance to do his thing in its most pure form.
Perfect in its arrangement and fusion of sonics, Verocai's self-titled debut epitomizes the sound of Brazil at the time with strings, guitars, pianos, break-beats, bass-lines, synthesizers, vocals from the wonderful Celia, Carlos Dafe and Oberdan (Banda Black Rio), plus percussion from Pedro Santos and Paulo Moura on sax. Bossa nova, samba, jazz, psychedelia and funk sit side by side effortlessly.
The album transcends the genre of Brazilian music, and infact all genres. Highlighted in part by the number of artists that have sampled from it: MF Doom, Ludacris & Common, Little Brother, Jneiro Jarel aka Dr Who Dat?, Dibiase and Action Bronson amongst others.
A true and complete album masterpiece in every sense of the word, considered by many people to be one of the greatest ever made, regardless of genre.