Tim Maia -1974 – Racional
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Wow, this record is a tour de force of Brazilian flavored R&B/soul/funk.
This is an excellent introduction to one of the giants of Brazilian Soul. This is great music in any language, with a line-up of fantastic players, including Paulinho (guitar), Oberdan Magalhaes (Sax – Flute), Serginho (trombone) and the sadly under-appreciated Robson Jorge on keyboards.
Tim was the man. As a teenager he dreamt of making it big in the United States and immigrated to America dead set on never returning home again. However, just a few years later, he got kicked out of the country for smoking pot in a stolen car. After a few years back in Brazil he revolutionized Brazilian popular music and became one of the greatest soul artists of his lifetime. He married five times (or did he?), served multiple prison sentences (that’s for sure), and at the height of his fame joined that UFO-obsessed religious cult — how about that?
A1 Imunização racional(Que Beleza) 5:08
A2 O Grão Mestre Varonil 0:24
A3 Bom senso 5:08
A4 Energia racional 0:15
A5 Leia o livro Universo em desencanto 2:50
A6 Contato com o Mundo Racional 3:06
B1 Universo em desencanto 3:46
B2 You Don’t Know What I Know 0:35
B3 Rational Culture 12:09
Review by music emporium
Now we dive deeply into the gently flowing waves of Brazilian soulfunk! Tim Maia is some kind of a legend in his field and his “Racional” album from 1975 a one of a kind steaming effort even in its most gentle moments. Lush string arrangements embrace deep and complex instrumental patterns rooted in grooves that reach beyond your consciousness and grab you by your instincts with their sensual expression. Punchy vocals courtesy of the master himself ride on top of the non stop flow of beats and harmonies just to straightly hit your soul and set fire to your spirit.
The vocals are definitely the icing on the cake here, mostly sung in Brazilian Portuguese language with a few turns into fluent English free of any accent. The one or another a-capella piece shows the true talent of Tim Maia who feels best in the lower pitches. He is indeed one of these soul masters with a commanding lower harmonic that will make you as the listener follow and shake your hips and booty to the ever pulsating rhythm. It is indeed a great idea to include a few softer tracks so you may breathe a while before the heat swallows you once more.
There is a beautiful lead guitar on most of the groovier pieces with a fuzzy character played quite wild and flashy. All in all the musicians backing up Master Tim belong to the top elite of Brazilian funk, soul and rock. You can feel it from the smooth and slick flow of their parts.
This outstanding record will definitely appeal to fans of 1970s funk and soul music that is always on the verge of stepping into the field of early disco music but maintains an atmosphere of small smoke filled bars and clubs. The Latin influence is quite evident due to the origin of the band but Tim Maia leaves no doubt that it is only an additional swab of color just like the restrained elements of jazz and fusion music.
When you’re in a joyful mood, throw this goodie into your player or onto your turntable and let the groove put you into a state of trance.