"Brazil 70 follows Brazilian music in the aftermath of Tropicalia as the country's dictatorship entered its most oppressive phase...With the constant threat of imprisonment, artists nevertheless managed to produce radical music that, like Tropicalia before it, managed to deal with questions of identity, sexuality and society in a revolutionary manner"
--Soul Jazz Records
Soul Jazz Records will follow up last year's absolutely flawless Tropicalia: A Brazilian Revolution in Sound -- which is probably my personal favorite compilation of this decade -- with Brazil 70: After Tropicalia, a post-Tropicalia collection "featuring killer Brazilian tunes all influenced by American and British underground rock music from the early 70s." I don't even know where to begin here; the record features many of the more well-known Tropicalia artists (Gilberto Gil, Tom Ze, Gal Costa), as well as a wealth of artists I'd never heard of, and the whole thing is nothing short of mind-blowing. It's a small miracle that any significant art at all was created in post-1970 Brazil's oppressive political climate, much less stuff of this caliber. The main appeal of Brazil 70 is that, much like the Tropicalia comp, it offers uninitiated listeners like myself an otherworldly immersive experience. And as the Guardian puts it, "It's a world that simultaneously seems strangely familiar and deeply alien."
Jaimie Alem Passara
Nelson Angelo e Joyce Vivo ou Morto
Buy Brazil 70 here on 2xLP. Immediately, if possible.