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Friday, 25 May 2018

Milton Nascimento & Lo Borges “Clube da Esquina” 1972 Brazil Latin,Rock Pop,Folk,MPB


Milton Nascimento & Lo Borges  “Clube da Esquina” 1972 Brazil Latin,Rock Pop,Folk,MPB one of the best Brazilian albums…recommended..!
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 Originally released in 1972, ‘Clube Da Esquina’ is the musical collective Milton helped found in his home state of Minas Gerais with Lo Borges, Wagner Tiso, Beto Guedes, Nelson Angelo and Toninho Horta. This album is almost certainly the finest example of the highly creative scene that arose from such an array of talent. From the opening chords of Brazilian Jazz dance anthem “Tudo Que Voce Podia Ser” to the baroque influences of “San Vicente”, via such Milton standards as “Cravo E Canela” and “Nada Sera Como Antes”, this double-album seamlessly weaves folk, rock, pop, MPB, jazz and even Beatlesque string influences into something distinct and utterly beautiful….~


In 1972, the Borges family lived in the bohemian neighborhood of Santa Tereza, in Belo Horizonte. There was born a song, a record and a movement. “Clube da Esquina”, the album and the song were released in 1972, when Lô was only 18 years old. Many might find it very much a responsibility to split an album with Milton Nascimento, as well as a lot of daring to record “A Sunflower of the Color of Your Hair” singing at the piano, with an orchestra ruled by Eumir Deodato, in only two channels. As if that were not enough, the disc still has “The Blue Train”, “Pier”, “Landscape of the Window”, “Nothing Is Like Before” and “Clube da Esquina nº 2”. The movement to which the disc gave the name was born from there. At the time it was released, “Clube da Esquina” received positive reviews, but the overwhelming majority could not recognize the genius there. Today, 32 years later, the album is revered as one of ten, if not one of the five most important albums of MPB…~


Clube Da Esquina is named after the Brazilian music artists collective that both Nascimento and Borges were a part of. Together with Tropicalia, Clube Da Esquina was the Brazilian musical movement that achieved the greatest international resonance in the post-bossa nova period. The collective collective originated in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais and the album is filled with contributions from mineiros. The Clube Da Esquina style mixes rock and roll, progressive rock, bossa nova and jazz styles, with Brazilian country music and classical music influences. The album features many Clube Da Esquina hits, including: “Tudo Que Você Podia Ser,” “Cais,” “O Trem Azul,” “Caravo E Canela,” “Um Girassol da Cor do Seu Cabelo,” “San Vicente,” “Clube da Esquina No. 2,” and many others. Twenty-one tracks in all. Released by 4 Men With Beards on 180 gram double vinyl with a gatefold sleeve….~


i’m a disaffected trilingual 22-year-old with a permanent five o clock shadow and an exquisitely well-developed smoking habit who gets all but physically sick at the idea of doing what one must in order to do anything other than wait tables for a living but that’s okay because i know the complete works of rimbaud and neruda almost by heart and i look great when i sneer. and have i mentioned my heart of gold?…by…telephone junkie …..~


If anything shows the true diversity of Brazilian music its Milton Nascimento and Lo Borges’ “Clube da Esquina”, released in 1972. Another bonafide classic this album highlights the growth of influential music that Brazil could produce outside of its normal region of invention, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo. Hailing from the Minas Gerais region, a much less tropical and more arid region, both Milton and Lo were raised in a locale where jobs were extremely few and far between, just getting by day to day required actual work many in the rest of Brazil wouldn’t dream of doing. For those two kids, and a couple of their musical friends, music was their release and opportunity. 
Both of them were uniquely gifted in that they learned by ear, how to play from a young age the complex chord progressions and rhythms that made them gain their early connections that brought them out of their boroughs. In a way, even they saw it themselves, their lives mimicked and were informed by the lives of John Lennon and Paul McCartney. They truly had distinct styles Milton’s was more abstract and free flowing, his early records were works of samba characterized by his unique vocal work that would cycle in range throughout a whole song. Lo was the McCartney of the group, his own work had very airy pop melodies and tender harmonies that could be best described as dreamy. At one point they struck on the idea to combine their forces and see if they could match or top their own influences.
It was obvious to them that it would be their own background, found distinctly in the western region of Brazil, that could let them add a progressive pop feel that most any listener hadn’t quite encountered before. This is the sound you hear throughout this record, rather than copy the Beatles, they took the collective feeling and sound that touched them as kids and reconfigured it for their time. The album has vignette updates of songs like “Sun King”, “Julia”, or even “Arnold Layne” from the Floyd. As a listener its obvious where some of the inspiration comes from but the way they tweak the existing formula is just damn brilliant. By injecting their own regional musical influence into the music of their idols, they found a way to attain that success. I mean this in album that even spawned a museum in Brazil just dedicated to the history behind its creation. 
To this day, songs like “O Trem Azul”, “Clube da Esquina 2”, “Saidas e Bandeiras”, or “San Vicente” just startle because of how modern they sound. Its a testament to their whole collective finding a way to make a new kind of statement. For a lot of the members of the collective this would be the totem they could use to strike out new monuments…more of that soon. Just so you know, the album cover isn’t of them as kids, they were just two kids they saw and took pictures while driving around their neighborhood (the cover served as a way to remind themselves of where they came from)…..~







Tracklist 

Tudo que você podia ser (Márcio Borges, Lô Borges) 
Cais (Milton Nascimento, Ronaldo Bastos) 
O trem azul (Lô Borges, Ronaldo Bastos) 
Saídas e Bandeiras nº 1 (Milton Nascimento, Fernando Brant) 
Nuvem cigana (Lô Borges, Ronaldo Bastos) 
Cravo e canela (Milton Nascimento, Ronaldo Bastos) 
Dos cruces (Carmelo Larrea) 
Um girassol da cor de seu cabelo (Márcio Borges, Lô Borges) 
San Vicente (Milton Nascimento, Fernando Brant) 
Estrelas (Márcio Borges, Lô Borges) 
Clube da Esquina nº 2 (Lô Borges, Milton Nascimento) 
Paisagem na janela (Lô Borges, Fernando Brant) 
Me deixa em paz (Ayrton Amorim, Monsueto) 
Os povos (Márcio Borges, Milton Nascimento) 
Saídas e Bandeiras nº 2 (Milton Nascimento, Fernando Brant) 
Um gôsto de Sol (Milton Nascimento, Ronaldo Bastos) 
Pelo amor de Deus (Milton Nascimento, Fernando Brant) 
Lilia (Milton Nascimento, Fernando Brant) 
Trem de doido (Márcio Borges, Lô Borges) 
Nada será como antes (Milton Nascimento, Ronaldo Bastos) 
Ao que vai nascer (Milton Nascimento, Fernando Brant) 

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