Tim Maia ‎-1974 – Racional

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Wow, this record is a tour de force of Brazilian flavored R&B/soul/funk.

A €400 record at the market right now. Check out prices here and the whole story of this masterpiece here and here.

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


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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.

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Conversation for album: Tim Maia ‎-1974 – Racional

  • Jean
    Posted at 19:39h, 09 January 2017 Reply

    Tim Maia c’est super je trouve ahahhihi LOL

  • Moises
    Posted at 19:41h, 09 January 2017 Reply

    Uhuuuuuu – Isso sim é um funk de ótima qualidadeeeeeeeee 

  • Sammy
    Posted at 20:57h, 09 January 2017 Reply

    Pure groove….

  • Viola
    Posted at 23:17h, 09 January 2017 Reply


  • Rafael
    Posted at 23:58h, 09 January 2017 Reply

    O genuíno funk! Puro charme, pura bossa!

  • Cesar
    Posted at 10:12h, 10 January 2017 Reply

    Grande Tim Maia e sua melodia perfeita e suas lindas canções. Qualidade sonora para os ouvidos.

  • Jack
    Posted at 16:03h, 10 January 2017 Reply

    Dope! Smooth and mellow!

  • Mick
    Posted at 22:38h, 10 January 2017 Reply

    Fine stuff. thanks for sharing.

  • Gameover
    Posted at 11:52h, 11 January 2017 Reply

    What a fantastic album many thanks

  • M.A.
    Posted at 13:14h, 12 January 2017 Reply

    wonderful :)

  • Javanes
    Posted at 23:44h, 12 January 2017 Reply

    I just love Tim Maia. Actually Racional Music have three albuns. Please, check them here: http://somvalvulado.blogspot.com.br/2013/01/tim-maia-racional.html

    Thanks a lot.

  • Javanes
    Posted at 23:48h, 12 January 2017 Reply

    Tim Maia, The Godfather of Brazilian Soul

    Just more musics from this Soul genious….



  • Leonardo
    Posted at 09:54h, 13 January 2017 Reply

    Classy. Amoooooooooooooooooo. Tim .

  • Ramirez
    Posted at 10:24h, 13 January 2017 Reply

    cidade de deus

  • David
    Posted at 01:14h, 14 January 2017 Reply

    amazing !!!! I have so much respect for what you guys are doing !!!

  • Dan
    Posted at 11:19h, 17 January 2017 Reply


  • Adam Helms
    Posted at 19:50h, 17 January 2017 Reply

    Awesome, love it

  • Seldon
    Posted at 10:08h, 18 January 2017 Reply

    Thanks for the fantastic album.

  • Jonas
    Posted at 13:03h, 22 January 2017 Reply

    An amazing LP. Never heard it before.

  • NIja
    Posted at 15:20h, 06 February 2017 Reply

    My 1st Tim Maia album. And not a bad one. Love it so much.

  • Alanis
    Posted at 22:16h, 09 February 2017 Reply

    New one to me – thanks for the continuing education. I’m looking forward to listening to this rare gem. Thank you so much.

  • Chicfan
    Posted at 23:03h, 09 February 2017 Reply

    cool man, thanx.

  • Arthur The Black
    Posted at 22:57h, 02 February 2018 Reply

    Mais grave, mais agudo, mais eco, mais retorno, mais tudo!

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