- Written by T. Rake
For Vento Sul (1972), Marcos Valle plugs into a remote coastal Brazilian outpost, revs the amps, and cranks the spirits even higher. Quality songs are the core its largess, but the 70s stylings are wielded effectively with acid-washed licks pouring over the round bass lines.
The record marks a few impeccable transitions: acoustic to electric and pop to rock retaining the best of each. The singer is typically the single point of failure on these "lost classics" but Marcos has the pitch and verve honed from years of working his craft.
Gone are the casino-style string and brass sections as too are the front-and-center chorus singers of his earlier works to produce a breezy album of 70s bliss. A small group of players with an uncharacteristically huge analog sound transform sambas from a formula to a flavor without loosing the kick.
The Light in the Attic reissue transforms the original packaging and pressing with glorious 180 gram crystal-quiet pressing and lavish gate-fold tip-on sleeve producing a luxury item for the hippies and audiophiles alike.