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22 May 2017

Apokalypsis “1975” 1975 Brazil Prog Rock

Apokalypsis   “1975” 1975 Brazil Rock Prog Rock

Apokalypsis is a Brazilian group of classic rock, founded in 1974 in Sao Paulo by José Luiz Alves Barreto, also known as Zé Brasil, composer, singer, musician, music director, producer, who contributed a lot to the development of Brazilian rock for more than 40 years, including outside his country, in the United States, England, France and Spain. As a professional musician, he began his career in 1971, taking part in performances and various shows in theaters of Vereda, Ruth Escobar, Oficina, TBC, Hebraica and in a number of television programs. In the second half of 1973, after returning from the USA, where he performed in San Francisco and other cities of the state of California, Zé Brasil and Arnaldo Baptista create a rock band called Space Patrol. Coming out of this undeveloped group, somewhere in the middle of 1974, José Luiz formed Apokalypsis, which is still active today, except for Zé Brasil, which includes his wife Silvia Helena (vocals and acoustic guitar), Their son Xandy Barreto on drums and guitarist Julio Manaf. The band often performs, its repertoire consists of modern songs and original tracks of the twentieth century, which were included in the so far only single full-length album, uncomplicatedly called "1975", recorded at one of the concerts in São Paulo in October of the same year.....................

The band Apokalypsis, led by the musician Ze Brazil, has just released the CD entitled "1974". The album, a rarity, was released at the end of 2009 and contains 7 songs recorded live in a concert held on December 16, 1974. The songs are: Freedom, Homo Sapiens, Tomorrow, Drums Voice, It was 66 , UFO and Let's save the Earth. The cover of the album reproduces the screen "Love Supreme" of the famous painter Antonio Peticov and counts on additional graphic art of the musician and designer gaucho Rafael Cony.

Considering that this is a recording made almost 40 years ago, the quality of the sound material is surprisingly very good. Musically, there is no shortage of competence, but the songs will surely reverberate much more to the ruddy that has lived this time of many social changes than to the new youth who likes more visceral lyrics and a heavier sound.

It is a hybrid material containing elements of classical music, progressive music, MPB, Jazz and rock. The rock represented here is a more pasteurized rock, more for the "Flower Power" of the 60s than for the hard rock weight of the 70s. The lyric theme is a reflection of this period and exports the same utopian innocence of a Blowin 'In The Wind (Bob Dylan) or Imagine (John Lennon). It even gives the vague impression that, while the military was breaking everything, our young men were wreathed in their heads dancing naked in the woods! Look how appearances deceive a lot! Ze Brazil that says it!

As a historical document, the CD is priceless and is an open window to a period in Brazil where rock despite military dictatorship was very creative and competent.

Musically, I've never been much MPB and, I think this album has too much MPB for my taste (especially on vocals). For me it sang very clean, very cute is no longer rock or at the most it is a ballad. Well, as you already know, taste is a very particular thing and I suggest that the dear reader listen, judge for yourself and give prestige to this historical work. Another rock thing that people forget is that it has something to do with teenage rebellion, breakdown, shock of generations and the courage to kick the bucket in terms of form and content. Rock has survived to this day because it is a chameleon and dresses according to the time we live. When we lose that seminal energy and behave it is a sign that we are losing momentum.

Now, leaving my radicalism aside, honestly, I found the 1974 album as a photograph of a period, Note 10, but these days we have to recognize that it is a little worn both in form and in content and its half message Hippie no longer has the same strength and resonance. Anyway, only the instrumental part of the song Liberdade, by itself, already "kills the stick" and shows why the release of this album is so important!................

johnkatsmc5, welcome music..