It seems as if every other post on this blog is apologetic about how long its been since the previous post for those of you who check in with us regularly, as well as you newer readers. I will leave it at that and would like to welcome all of you to Beats of All-Nations, the 2010 edition. This year more posts, more often, we promise… This year we will begin sharing with you interviews and video segments of our ongoing journey to see what moves the world’s counter cultures.
First up to bat for twenty-ten is Bicho Baile Show. A live show that makes record collectors and MPB (Musica Popular Brasilera) enthusiasts salivate. Legendary tropicaliast, General Caetano Veloso standing in on vocals with one of our favorite group’s Banda Black Rio. For some reason I usually don’t gravitate towards live albums. As much as I love live music it is usually not the same experience to hear it pre-recorded. However I do make exceptions and when a good friend in Brazil shared this album with me last year, I was stuck on it for a very long time. On this collaboration, we hear Caetano like never before on any of his solo albums. Bicho Baile Show is Caetano Veloso in Afro-Brasiliero style, you can feel such energy on tracks like the opening, “Odara” and “Two Naira Fifty Kobo,” as both Veloso and the band do renditions of several of their own classic recordings together. Banda Black Rio’s version of their cult-classic, “Maria Fumaça” is a special treat that comes equiped with a very nice break as well. Banda Black Rio alone, smoothly transitions through songs with improv and breaks as Caetano Veloso is like a second helping of desert, nonetheless the cherry on top. The show was recorded in Rio de Janeiro, 1978. I hope you will enjoy. DOWNLOAD HERE.