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Costa, Gal - Gal Costa
(Philips 6328.393 Brz-82 VG+ 400:-)

One of the most mindblowing albums ever recorded – anywhere, anytime!

This 1969 set stands as one of the greatest records ever cut by Gal Costa – done at the height of the Tropicalia movement, and featuring a sublime mix of styles that really gets the spirit of the movement right. Arrangements are by the legendary Rogerio Duprat – who effortlessly shifts the backings between stark electronics, sweet bossa, gliding strings, jazzy piano, and baroque orchestrations that dance around with a surprising amount of grooves!

1982 re-issue; the rare lyric insert is missing...
Costa, Gal - Le Gal
(Philips 6328.498 Brz-85 VG+ 400:-)

Essential early material by Gal Costa! The record is her first after the immediate Tropicalia years, and it's a stunning blend of styles that seems to draw heavily from changes going on in the American rock scene at the time.

The core of the music is still steeped in Brazilian elements – but there's a lot of influences coming into play on the album, like bluesy rock phrasing, showy nostalgia-heavy arrangements, psychedelic production elements, and some of the baroque orchestrations that would show up on Gal's later albums in the 70s.

1985 re-issue.
Perkins, Anthony - Anthony Perkins
(Pathé AT-1139 Fra-64 VG+ 300:-)

Anthony Perkins was an American actor, singer. He played the role of Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock's suspense thriller "Psycho", which made him an influential figure in pop culture and in horror films.

Perkins released three pop music albums and several singles in 1957 and 1958 on Epic and RCA Victor under the name Tony Perkins. This 10" vinyl contains songs in both English and French, recorded with the William Goldberg Orchestra.
Tormé & Frances Faye, Mel - Porgy & Bess
(Bethlehem EXLP-1 US-56 VG+ 400:-)

This three-LP box set is an unusual concept; virtually the full production of "Porgy and Bess" is re-enacted in a jazz setting.

Al "Jazzbo" Collins does a surprisingly effective narrative, and key roles are played by Mel Torme (Porgy), Frances Faye (Bess), Betty Roche (Clara), Johnny Hartman (Crown), Frank Rosolino (Jake), Joe Derise (Honey Man), Bob Dorough (Crab Man), George Kirby (Sportin' Life) and Sallie Blair (Serena).

With backing from the Bethlehem Orchestra (conducted and arranged by Russ Garcia), the Australian Jazz Quintet, the Pat Moran Quartet, and a combo headed by drummer Stan Levey, along with a cameo appearance (for the opening fanfare) by Duke Ellington's Orchestra, the results are certainly musical.

Original US 3LP Box Set; sleeve has the original handkerchief stuffed into the "back pocket".
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