Sunday, January 11, 2004

A Foreign Sound the title of Caetano Veloso's next LP (does anyone other than me still call them like that?), a long awaited tribute to great english-speaking singers and songwriters.
Unfortunately, this album will only be published in March, 2004.
However, we at WGD Central have the skinny on Caetano's December shows, which previewed future tracks from the album to small audiences.
...Apparently, Google has no non-portuguese data on these. So Yours Truly is proudly first to relate on this in Shakespeare's English(well, almost).
In these intimate gigs, the 61-year old Brazilian Songwriter was accompanied by his son Moreno(Cello, Percussion), Domenico Lancelotti(Drums), Pedro Sà(Electric guitar), who by the way are the full lineup of Moreno's own band Moreno+2, and veteran Jorge Helder on the upright acoustic bass.

The songs:
(in what little order i've managed to understand from my extensive- ha, ha -Google search)

Nao Tem Traduçao (Noel Rosa)
So In Love (Porter)
I Only Have Eyes For You (Warren/Dubin)
Stardust (Hoagy Carmichael)
Nature Boy (Ahbez)
Come As You Are (Cobain/Nirvana)
Summertime (Gershwin)
Love For Sale (Porter)
Cry Me A River (Hamilton)
Baby/Diana (Veloso, Anka)
Body And Soul (Green)
Sophisticated Lady (Ellington)
Sampa (Veloso)
Cuccurruccuccu Paloma (Mendez)
Diferentemente (Veloso)


The Carioca (Carmen Miranda)
Love Me Tender (Presley)
As Time Goes By (Hupfeld)

Authors - or most reknowned performers- indicated between brackets, within the limits of my own ignorance. Any corrections are well accepted.

The only new song performed was Diferentemente, a Samba-Cançao admittedly only written six days earlier. A song which begins quoting Madonna, of all people, and later includes the verses "Diferentemente de Osama e Condoleezza/ Eu não acredito em Deus".
"Unlike Osama and Condoleeza, i don't believe in God"

Still the Caetano we've always known and loved.

The songs performed are only a few of the 26 already recorded for the A Foreign Sound project.
It'll certainly be a long wait until March.