Caetano Veloso Caetano Veloso 180g LP (Mono)
TAS Rated 5/5 Music, 3.5/5 Sonics in the October 2019 Issue of The Absolute Sound!
180g Vinyl Mono LP!
Remastered From Original 1967 Mono Mixes!
The Tropicália art movement of the late 1960s, with flourishes in visual art,
poetry, theatre and music, is one of Brazil’s most adored cultural concoctions.
It was a movement which began out of necessity, shortly after a repressive
military dictatorship seized power after 20 years of peaceful democracy. The
term Tropicália first came from the mind of Brazilian visual artist Hélio
Oiticica, whose eponymous piece consisted of a sandy maze bordered by tropical
Brazilian flora and, at the end, a television set.
Through satirizing symbols of their homeland and rejecting a pre-established
national culture, the Tropicalists constructed a new form of “aggressive
nationalism” outside of an innately anti-imperialist Left and an unthinkingly
patriotic Right. By refusing to accept underdevelopment as their identity and
excitedly “devouring” disparate culture (low and high brow, domestic and
foreign, etc.), the Tropicalists carved out a unifying creative space, a
universal sound, different from the older, bourgeois bossa nova movement and the
newer, undiscerning rock movement.
Caetano Veloso’s self-titled debut solo album is one of the most important and
influential Brazilian (and, dare we say, South American) albums of all time.
With the release of this seminal album, Veloso would become the leading voice of
The songs on this album immediately connected with people. Alegria, Algeria was
his breakout hit that gained traction as a hymn for liberty advocates,
juxtaposing images of Coca Cola, guerrilla groups, bombs and Brigitte Bardot as
part of the everyday experience. The album’s first song Tropicália was
an anthem for the whole movement; it’s a fragmented allegory, a structure
borrowed from friends in the concrete poetry scene, touching on divergent
cultural symbols, events, allusions and idioms, nimbly representing and
critiquing the many contradictions in the new Brazilian dictatorship.
Superbacana (translated as “Supergroovy”) follows a hyperbolic superhero’s use
of technology to fight a gang of cowboys led by the money-hungry Uncle Scrooge,
serving as allusions to American imperialism and greed felt in their country,
all in the rapid-fire structure of a comic book. The subtext in all these songs,
which the dictatorship would not immediately catch, were that these repressed
but glaring contradictions, not the bountiful sunny paradise that the military
regime was pushing, were the true national identity.
Unfortunately, these cleverly veiled jabs in Veloso and his contemporaries’
bodies of work gained greater and greater exposure as the movement became more
and more popular, leading to the arrest, imprisonment and forced exile of Veloso
and many of his cohort. Despite these difficulties, the Tropicalists continued
creating in exile, strongly influencing artists both at home and abroad.
This is the first authorized North American vinyl issue of Caetano Veloso.
Whether you’re a longtime fan or first-time listener, Third Man Records could
not be more proud to spread the compelling story of this album, this artist and
the Tropicália movement.
Remastered from 1967 mono mixes by Warren Deferrer, Bill Skibbe (Third Man
"At a remove of five decades, Caetano Veloso's second album, and first
solo effort, sounds like light entertainment with its hip-swinging Latin rhythms
and frothy performances. At the time of its release in Veloso's native Brazil,
though, albums like this and the music being made by his cohorts in the
Tropicalismo movement were viewed as one of the biggest threats to the military
dictatorship in the country. And it wasn't just infusing the traditional sounds
of the region with psychedelia and pop. Veloso's lyrics are brash and
razor-sharp, delivered in a smooth tenor that only makes the medicine of lines
like, 'Before the permanent night spreads through Latin America/the name of the
man is the people' and 'In the faces of presidents/in big kisses of love/of
teeth, legs, flags/bombs and Brigitte Bardot' sting even more. This album has
never before been giving a proper vinyl release here in the States, but thanks
to the good people at Third Man Records and their careful, almost artisan-like
treatment of recorded music, this vital document of a cultural movement and one
of the most important figures within it has not lost an iota of its artistry and
urgency." - Paste Magazine
"...Remastered from original mono mixes at Third Man Mastering in Detroit,
the vinyl skillfully captures an artist who seems fascinated by all the things a
studio can do; seldom has mono sounded so rich and full. You feel the excitement
of someone eager to explore, experiment, take chances; though the message is
sometimes dead serious, the album abounds with playfulness, a reverence for pop
culture, and the joy of music making." - Jeff Wilson, The Absolute Sound,
• 180g Vinyl
• First ever authorized North American vinyl release
• Remastered from the original 1967 mono mixes by Warren Deferrer, Bill Skibbe
(Third Man Mastering)
3. No Dia Que Eu Vim-Me Embora
4. Alegria, Alegria
5. Onde Andaras
2. Paisagem Util
4. Soy Loco Por Ti, America