October 10, 2010 – 3:59 am

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Alegria, Alegoria & Banana - A Tribute to Tropicalismo [no label, 1CD]

Live in Sao Joao Del Rei, MG Brazil; July 20, 2010. Very good soundboard.

Since it began in 1968 with the famous Panis et Circencis (Latin for Bread and Circuses) compilation album, Tropicalia as a musical political movement, energized a whole generation with melodic anthems of conscience. The class of ‘68 comprised Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Rogerio Duprat, Gal Costa, Torquato Neto, Tom Ze and Os Mutantes (more precisely, Arnaldo Batista, Rita Lee and Sergio Dias). Influenced by Hélio Oiticica’s art installation of the same name, Tropicália drew from the cultural concept of antropofagia, or the cultural and musical cannibalism of all societies. Hence Tropicalia fused rock with Brazilian and African rhythms. It also drew from poetry and theatre.

Politically, the album expressed revolt against the right-wing military coup of 1964, the first military coup d’etat during the Cold War. The politically engaged lyrics of Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil were so influential that they were arrested and then exiled to London, where they lived until 1972.

Forty years later, this generation who have inherited this Earth want to recall the legendary struggles. The band of students are Christiane Veloso (vocals, percussion), Diego Vicente (vocals, guitar), Lucas Batista (bass), Guilherme Santos (winds, percussion), Andre das Trancas (guitar) and Guilherme Farias (drums).

And the hits keep coming back, the wonderful Veloso-Gil composition - Bread and Circuses and Veloso’s wistful Baby and gentle Saudosismo. But alas, the spirit is willing but the flesh isn’t what it used to be. Nostalgic fans will be disappointed by the flat vocals, less than tuneful renditions of their fondest memories.

If the revolution wasn’t televised, please forgive them. At least they remembered to stage one. Fans of Tropicalia can take heart that all the passion and pain from that era’s struggle still lives on in the voices of the young. - Philip Cheah

Thanks to bigfootpezao for sharing the tracks on the Dime site.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Miseré Nobilis (Gilberto Gil-Capinan) (6.8MB)
Track 02. Miseré Rap (Banana em Transe) (2.4MB)
Track 03. Panis et Circenses (Caetano Veloso-Gilberto Gil) (7.0MB)
Track 04. Preamble to Baby - Bananas ao vento (1.2MB)
Track 05. Baby (Caetano Veloso) [including Sweet Dreams] (8.5MB)
Track 06. Preamble to Alegria, Alegria - Samba e Tamborins (1.4MB)
Track 07. Alegria, Alegria (Caetano Veloso) (4.5MB)
Track 08. Preamble to Saudosismo (2.3MB)
Track 09. Saudosismo (Caetano Veloso) (5.3MB)
Track 10. Preamble to 2001 - Isso aqui é o fim do mundo (1.2MB)
Track 11. 2001 (Tom Zé-Mutantes) (6.7MB)
Track 12. Domingo no Parque (Gilberto Gil) (6.4MB)
Track 13. Preamble to Profissão de Ladrão - Esse país é lindo mesmo (2.3MB)
Track 14. Profissão de Ladrão (Tom Zé) (7.4MB)
Track 15. Dólar (Tom Zé) (9.1MB)
Track 16. Divino Maravilhoso (Caetano Veloso) (4.2MB)
Track 17. É proibido proibir (Caetano Veloso) [including Inútil] (10.5MB)
Track 18. Preamble to Tropicália - O Trópico é fatal, pessoal (1.8MB)
Track 19. Tropicália (Caetano Veloso) (12.1MB)
Track 20. 2001 (reprise) (7.4MB)

Total Time: 68 min.

Banana em Transe:
Christiane Veloso - vocals, percussion
Diego Vicente - vocals, guitar, percussion
Lucas Batista - bass, vocals
Guilherme Santos - winds, percussion, vocals
André das Tranças- guitars
Guilherme Farias - drums, percussion

Arrangements by Samuel Silva

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