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Tuareg  performed by Gal Costa  1969
Recommended by DJ Markinho [profile]

Singer Gal Costa was born in Salvador (Bahia state). Together with other musicians from Bahia: Caetano Veloso, his sister Maria Bethânia, Gilberto Gil and Tom Zé, she moved to São Paulo in 1964. There she bacame one of the most important members of de Tropicalia movement. I consider “Tuareg” as her best song.


Pois ele é sentimental
Humano, é nobre é mouro
È muçulmano
Pois ele é guerreiro
Ele é bandoleiro
Ele é justiceiro
Ele é mandingueiro
Ele é um tuareg

“Tuareg” is from an era in which the attitude towards Muslims was a lot more positive then these days. The song is written by Jorge Ben and a fruitful mixture between Brazilian and Arabic music. I love the sound of the ud (the classical Arabic lute) and ghaita (or oboe: a double reed instrument) which Ben put together with an organ, a bass and a groovy rhythm. The song reminds me of Yusef Lateefs version of “Brazil”, Ary Barbosa’s hit. This jazz musician was also exploring and fusing musical cultures, and often used instruments of the Eastern world.




My Way  performed by Frank Sinatra  1969
Recommended by Kenneth Mayhew [profile]

Simply the best pop record ever made by the best singer of popular songs ever.




Evenin’ Breeze  performed by Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks  1969
Recommended by Jackamaku [profile]

Fantastic Band whose sound was retro country back in 1969. So I guess now its retro retro country.

from Original Recordings
available on CD - The Most of Dan Hicks & his Hot Licks



Lost in the Paradise  performed by Caetano Veloso  1969
Recommended by Jackamaku [profile]

Veloso recorded this while in prison. Don't ask me how.

from Caetano Veloso
available on CD - Soul Jazz Records Presents Tropicalia: A Brazilian Revolution in Sound




  15 May 07 ·plasticsun: Actually he was in exile in Britain.
Space Oddity  performed by David Bowie  1969
Recommended by Mike [profile]

As we all know, it has that typical late 60s "rock group with string section added on" sound. I recommend it here mainly because I *love* the change in mood and minor tonality that comes with line "Ground control to Major Tom, your circuit's dead - There's something wrong" which comes after "Tell my wife I love her very much - she knows". The diminished 7th chord under the words "Major Tom" is, well, sublime.

The song was produced by Gus Dudgeon who went on to produce most of Elton John's classic material, and features Rick Wakeman amongst several subsequently famous session musicians. The Wikipedia articles on the track and the album it came from are interesting, well-written, and seem well-researched (unless anyone wants to disagree).

from Space Oddity (Philips)
available on CD - lots (EMI)


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