hey ryan, thanks for the feedback! just hope you're not the only one reading.
anyway, Milton Nacimento is one of the most famous brazilian musicians, and for a reason. i will admit that i never delved too much into his post 70-s output, and my expectations ain't very high, but i can assure that since his debut up to 1976 he released a string of great albums (well, i skipped 'Courage', it's on CTI). 'Clube Do Esquina', 'Minas', 'Travessia', 'Geraes' are all more than worth checking out, but my favourite, and the one i been listening to most (actually the only one i'm not thinking about 'it needs another listen' right now) is 'Milagre Dos Peixes'. made at the time of harsh censorship, it's mostly instrumental album, and probably the most experimental Milton ever released. i must say that i was looking for words to describe the feel and atmosphere of this record, and couldn't really come up with anything. i guess it has to be heard.
Nascimento is backed on this album by Som Imaginario, who were led by Wagner Tiso, a very prominent musisian by himself, and featured such folks as Nivaldo Ornelas, Toninho Horta and Robertinho Silva. the group was formed around 1970 to suppost Nascimento, but also released three albums in three or four years of its existence. two first albums were (in the best tropicalia tradition) eponymous, and are quite similar, great tropicalia stuff, with some prog and psych influence and many great songs on these. unfortunately, group changed it's line-up a bit on the third, called 'Matanca Do Porco', and i guess Tiso 'took over the proceedings', as they like to say. instrumental baroque prog, pretty slick, overproduced and overblown; well played though, but it isn't worth much, now is it? pretty disapointing, that one.
anyway, i listed Nascimento's 'Tema dos Deuses' in my favourite songs list recently, and i've got three versions for you. the first one, actually, is from Som Imaginario debut album from 1970, performed without Nasimento. Much more stripped down than the Milton version from the studio album, released in 1973. Last, but least (snap!) is the live version, from 'Milagre Dos Peixes - Gravado ao Vivo' (yeah, the cover above), released the next year, which keeps all the lush orchestration of the studio version, and at least equals it. i dunno if you wanna listen to all three in a row, but i listened to it about six times myself today, and i can easily take more.Som Imaginario - Tema dos DeusesMilton Nascimento - Tema dos DeusesMilton Nascimento - Tema dos Deuses (ao vivo)