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Arthur Verocai (Indie Exclusive Colored Vinyl) Vinyl LP

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Brazilian psychedelic soul-jazz-funk masterpiece, 50th anniv edition half-speed remaster
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Celebrating 50 years of Arthur Verocai's endlessly influential self-titled album with a new limited edition gold and black marble color edition, remastered at half-speed at Abbey Road Studios and packaged in a replica gatefold sleeve with poster insert and 16 page booklet containing liner notes and an interview with Verocai himself. Needless to say, this pressing is limited and won't hang around for long. Original Lab review:

Arthur Verocai is a name which was previously known to only the most hardcore collectors of Brazilian albums. He's a guitarist-composer-producer-arranger whose tasty charts have graced albums by Jorge Ben, Ivan Lins, Celia (not Cruz!) and MPB-4 among many others, but this is the only album he ever released under his own name, an album that was a mere rumor to me until I actually saw it in Brazil a few years ago. Unfortunately, the guy who had it simply refused to sell it at any price, so the reissue is most welcome (ed's note: Greg was asking us every day for two weeks if it came in) as we all get a chance to hear this amazing album. It doesn't hit you viscerally, instead insinuating itself by stealth and finally winning you over with its timeless sound qualities. If you're a fan/student of the great lost art of arranging (as opposed to today's programming) you'll find a lot here to sink your teeth into. "Pelas Sombras" and the brilliant "Presente Grego" constitute the LP's funkiest moments, the latter sporting the kind of horn chart that was once standard sample fodder in hip hop. "Na Boca Do Sol" sounds like a Charles Stepney arrangement, as does most of the album, in fact. Check out the spaced folkiness of the album's first cut "Caboclo," one of multiple Stereolab-like moments here. The all-instrumental trippy jazz jam in 3/4, "Karina" must be heard to be believed, evoking everybody from Sun Ra to Mingus to Gil Evans. After several listens, the various reasons why this was worth reissuing become clear as day. Expand your horizons!

  • gold & black marble colored vinyl
  • half-speed remastered at Abbey Road Studios
  • housed in gatefold sleeve
  • includes 16 page liner note booklet + foldout poster
  • limited edition
  • original release year: 1972
  • music label: Mr Bongo 2022
reviewed by Greg Caz 2005
UPC: 7119691285313


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