Thursday 6 July 2023

Posted by Gerry Hectic | File under : , , ,

Gal Maria da Graça Penna Burgos Costa passed away at the end of last year so didn't have the chance to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of her classic album 'India'.

If you've got a first pressing, you might say, "The album is stunning and ambitious work of art that showcases the Brazilian singer's powerful vocals and her ability to seamlessly blend traditional Brazilian music with elements of psychedelic rock and pop.  
The album's title track is a standout.  With its haunting melody and trippy instrumentation, while "Volta" is a moving ballad that highlights Costa's emotional range. The album also features collaborations with renowned musicians such as Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso, further solidifying Costa's status as a musical icon".

And I don't think you, or for that matter Mr Bongo (who first re-issued the album in 2017), can say fairer than that but if you name drop arranger Arthur Verocai and Gilberto Gil on guitar.  Or, as my unreconstructed "pal" says, "I always like the cover"!  But then, as the "Tropicália" set that was as then, a political statement in Brazil and it got the cover banned (unsurprisingly for the time/location - or surprisingly, who knows?)

NOTE - This product is VINYL PURCHASE ONLY. Digital downloads and streaming of the product are not available.

Artist: Gal Costa

Title: India  (50th Anniversary Edition) 

Release date : 7th July, 2023

Label : Mr Bongo

Catalog Number : MRBLP282

Format: LP / Order only Bandcamp


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