There's so much to say about this record, so let me say a few things about it. Would there have even had been a Bossa Nova movement which reached worldwide notice without the help of Vinícius de Moraes? I don't think so! Since Vinícius was the author of Black Orpheus, then it is he who provided the biggest push to the Bossa movement & its breaktrough.
Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro in Portuguese) is a 1959 film made in Brazil by French director Marcel Camus. It is based on the play Orfeu da Conceição by Vinícius de Moraes, which is an adaptation of the Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice, setting it in the modern context of Rio de Janeiro during the Carnaval. The film was an international co-production between production companies in Brazil, France and Italy.
The film is particularly renowned for its soundtrack by bossa nova legend Antonio Carlos Jobim, featuring songs such as "Manhã de Carnaval" (written by Luiz Bonfá) and "A felicidade" that were to become Bossa nova classics.
Black Orpheus won the Palme d'Or at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival as well as the 1960 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and the 1960 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film.
This recording finds Vinícius paired with the very gifted guitarist/singer Toquinho with whom he would enjoy a fruitful partnership for the better part of the 70's. Considering that Toquinho is half the age of Vinícius, then this is a testament of cross-generational collaboration of the highest order. These two fit together so well. Just listen to the perfect harmony these two achieve on the vocal level. Vinícius & Toquinho began their work together on the RGE label in the early 70's, but I find the Philips recordings to be much more fleshed out. This is one I place very high on my list of all time great recordings & one that belongs in the top 10. Listen for Bertrami on synth & Quarteto Em Cy on choral backup duties. A true masterwork & this Japanese issue is lovingly remastered. A very nice listen & a perfect LP to remember Vinícius de Moraes & his teaming with Toquinho by. Enjoy.
File Under: MPB
P.S. Like the Johnny Alf post, this record is more a Bossa type recording but recorded in the more modern MPB style.