August 22, 2015 – 5:07 am

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Marciac 2015 [no label, 2CD]

Jazz In Mariac. Live in Marciac, France; August 2, 2015. Very good radio broadcast.

Robin Denselow,, when the duo played Hammersmith Apollo on July 1, 2015:

On stage were two stools, a table and two glasses of water - a bravely minimalist setting for a historic reunion of Brazil’s two most celebrated singer-songwriters. Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil are no strangers to major London venues, but it’s rare for them to perform together. But here they were, each clutching an acoustic guitar and with no backing band, in the city that they were deported to in 1969, after being jailed by the Brazilian military authorities as dangerous musical subversives.

They made no mention of their London exile, but it was reflected in their choice of songs. Gil began with Back in Bahia, an exuberant rocker that he wrote in 1972 when he was allowed back to Brazil, where he would later become minister of culture. Now it was given a slinky unplugged treatment, with Caetano adding vocals and guitar before taking the lead on his lilting Coração Vagabundo. He then switched back to 1967 for Tropicália, once the percussive anthem of the rebellious musical movement spearheaded by himself and Gil, in which Brazilian themes were fused with Western psychedelia or the avant-garde. The new acoustic version still sounded impressively edgy.

The event was billed as “Two Friends, One Century of Music”, and allowed the duo to mix their own songs with favourites by Ary Barroso and Simon Diaz. There was never the sense of experimentation that Caetano showed with his young electric trio last year, but this was a classy and emotional performance. Caetano demonstrated his exquisite and thoughtful vocals on Tonada De Luna Llena, Gil played impressive guitar and provided a powerful, chanting revival of Filhos de Gandhi, and the encores included Caetano’s poignant exile song London, London and Gil’s treatment of Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds. They are now in their early 70s, and they are still remarkable.

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Thanks to Lewojazz for the master; and to elgaucho for sharing the show at Dime.

elgaucho noted: “This summer, Caetano and Gil performed several dates in France. I was lucky to assist the one in Marciac, also broadcast by France Inter.”

Thanks also to blueschief and stefanodoug for the tracklist.

France Inter / mp2 (dvb-s, 256 kbps, 48 kHz) / audacity / Xact [flac 8]

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Disc 1
Track 101. Back in Bahia (Gil) 2:12 (3.7MB)
Track 102. Coracao Vagabundo (Veloso) 2:19 (3.9MB)
Track 103. Tropicalia (Veloso)/Marginalia II (Torquato Neto) 6:59 (11.7MB)
Track 104. E luxo so (Ary Barroso) 3:13 (5.4MB)
Track 105. E de manha (Veloso) 2:34 (4.3MB)
Track 106. Sampa (Veloso) 3:09 (5.3MB)
Track 107. Terra (Veloso) 6:29 (10.9MB)
Track 108. Nine Out of Ten (Veloso) 3:02 (5.1MB)
Track 109. Odeio (Veloso) 2:54 (4.9MB)
Track 110. Tonada de Luna Llena (Simon Diaz) 2:33 (4.3MB)
Track 111. Eu vim da Bahia (Gil) 2:41 (4.5MB)
Track 112. Super homem (A cancao) (Gil) 3:49 (6.4MB)
Track 113. Come prima (Di Paola, Panzeri, Taccani) 2:21 (4.0MB)
Track 114. Esoterico (Gil) 4:24 (7.4MB)
Track 115. Tres Palabras (Osvaldo Farrés Luis Miguel) 4:13 (7.1MB)
53 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Drao (Gil) 4:17 (7.2MB)
Track 202. Nao tenho medo da morte (Gil) 4:38 (7.8MB)
Track 203. Expresso 2222 (Gil) 3:03 (5.1MB)
Track 204. Toda menina baiana (Gil) 4:02 (6.8MB)
Track 205. Sao Joao, Xango menino (Gil/Veloso) 2:09 (3.6MB)
Track 206. Nossa Gente (avisa La) (Roque Carvalho) 2:19 (3.9MB)
Track 207. Andar Com Fe (Gil) 3:59 (6.7MB)
Track 208. Filhos de Gandhi (Gil) 3:41 (6.2MB)
Track 209. Desde que o samba e samba (Veloso) 4:27 (7.5MB)
Track 210. Domingo no Parque (Gil) 4:03 (6.8MB)
Track 211. A luz de Tieta (Veloso) 4:36 (7.7MB)
Track 212. Leaozinho (Veloso) 2:25 (4.1MB)
Track 213. Touche pas a mon pote (Gil) 3:54 (6.6MB)
48 mins

Caetano Veloso - guitar, vocals
Gilberto Gil - guitar, vocals

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  2. Thanks for sharing this one Big O.
    I just want to note that “Tres Palabras” is a very old, very beautiful cuban bolero composed by Osvaldo Farrés, it is kind of a “Bolero Standard”. The mexican singer Luis Miguel is not a composer, nor he is capable of writing such a beautiful song.

    By Vortexplode on Aug 28, 2015

  3. Both men are geniuses! Muito obrigado, BigO!!

    By motorvilleboy on Sep 2, 2015

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