Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Digitally remastered edition of this album from the veteran Brazilian singer, songwriter and producer. Previsao Do Tempo was originally released in 1973 and quickly became a favorite of Valle disciples. Still committed to political/cultural criticism through his music, Marcos was reaching a plateau in terms of sound and vision (Previsao Do Tempo sports an arresting sleeve shot of Marcos underwater and also features contributions from Waltel Branco and O Ter‡o). Previsao Do Tempo features extensive liner notes by San Francisco-based writer Allen Thayer (Wax Poetics) with exclusive interview content and song-by-song breakdown from Marcos himself. Fans new and old will finally have easy breezy access to these once hard-to-find Brazilian classics.
This CD is wonderful. There are very few CDs that you can listen to all the way through and enjoy every song, but this CD is one of them. I particularly like the first song, "Flamengo Ate Morrer", a song with an elctrified bossa groove, "Mentira", a downright funky number with horns and some catchy wah-wah guitar riffs, and the last song, "De Repente, Mota Flor", a ballad which is beautiful without descending into schmaltz. I find this song so addictive that I often play it twice when listening to the CD. Maybe you will too.
Rolling Stone (p.70) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Valle's politically coded poetry dodged the radar of Brazil's military government censors. But his hooks need no decoding."
Personnel: Marcos Valle (vocals, guitar, Fender Rhodes piano).
Audio Remasterer: John Baldwin .
Audio Remixer: Jorge Teixeira.
Liner Note Author: Allen Thayer.
Recording information: Odeon Studios, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (1973).
Photographer: Paulo Sérgio Valle.
Translators: Allen Thayer; Greg Caz.
Arranger: Marcos Valle.
While Garra had seen all of Marcos Valle's talented parts -- songwriting, production, singing, and performing -- coalesce into the most beautiful whole ever seen in Brazilian music, Previsao do Tempo represented a slight pulling back from those lofty heights. Easygoing and relaxed where Garra had been nearly giddy with joy, the album still didn't lack for career-topping moments -- most of them due to the sunny groove produced by Valle with his backing band (soon to break away and form the boundary-pushing Azymuth). With Valle on Fender Rhodes and Jose Roberto Bertrami on Mini-Moog and ARP, the album is more electronic than electric, but with soloists as talented as these, and a lifetime of musical instincts to draw on, the results are absolutely pristine. (Only Stevie Wonder was capable of coaxing the same type of warm, fluid grooves from his coterie of synthesizers, and integrating them so flawlessly into his productions.) As could be expected, narrative songwriting takes a backseat. In its place are loose, aqueous, funk-filled jams with synth and electric bass leading the way. Garra is still the peak of Marcos Valle's '70s output, but Previsao do Tempo is its own masterpiece, one where a listener plays connect-the-dots to hear the beauty inside. ~ John Bush