Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Aguas de Marco (Waters of March) - Disco de Bolso (1972)

Hi, just thought I'd share my discovery of this link, where I discovered info about the first release of Jobim's masterpiece 'Aguas de Marco', over at Loronix's groovy blog. I'm a long term fan of Jobim, and yet it was only relatively recently that - having seen him with Elis Regina on Youtube playing this song - I realized Tom was a flautist, as well as guitarist, keyboard player and singer... in addition to being one of the world's great contemporary composer and songwriters. What a man!

Loronix's download is from a single that was a free insert, given away with a Brazilian magazine, and is, as far as I know, the first known recording of this great song. They play it a bit fast for my liking, and the audio quality could be better, but as a document of the song, it's priceless. It's just guitar, upright bass, drums, vocals and flutes (overdubs by Tom himself perhaps?), including a vocal part that does a kind of shekere impression. It's nice to hear Tom exploring a different feel from the way he later did it, with the flute being particularly distinctive as the song plays out.

This isn't my favourite version of the song, but it's great to have it. And get a load of that cover! Sublime... Tom looking cool and groovy with his flute, sat by a tree, with a beautiful Brazilian babe, whose shapely body is clad only in a bikini sporting a musical motif, giving Tom just the right kind of inspiration. Even the tinted duo-tone style, and funky old school typography conspire to make this a real gem.


1 comment:

KL said...

Olá, amigo,

Obrigado pelas palavras de incentivo. Sou amigo pessoal de Marcos Valle, e tenho sim um material muito bom sobre o álbum "Vento Sul". Como faço para enviar a você? Pode escrever-me diretamente neste email:

Um grande abraço!
Klécius Leão
(from Bahia, Brazil)