Take Me Back to Piaui – Juca Chaves – 1972
Paris Tropical – Juca Chaves – 1972
I picked up this album (“Muito Vivo: A Satira de Juca Chaves”) on a trip to New York last year. I had never heard of Juca Chaves, but the dude at the shop gave it a hard sell and convinced me I probably wouldn’t find it anywhere else. I went back the next day, so I could listen again to these two songs off the album, which blew me away. I also enjoyed just hanging out in the store. Definitely one of the coolest shops around, and the only one I’ve ever been to that specializes almost exclusively in Brazilian vinyl! It’s rare to find a good old brick-and-mortar store where you can just chill, get solid music suggestions and learn a few things from the guy behind the counter.
“Take Me Back to Piaui” is apparently a big hit among DJs. It sounds familiar enough to be something you could sing along to, even if you haven’t heard it before. The backup vocals are perfect, I can picture this being done on a big stage with bright spotlights. Chaves has the kind of heightened talk-y delivery that calls to mind Wilson Simonal and Tom Ze. In “Paris Tropical” (a goofy play on Jorge Ben’s “Pais Tropical”) he jokes around, you can tell he is out there having a good time. No surprise Chaves became a comedian later on in his career.
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