Through my father’s collection I inherited a formidable amount of out-of-print and rare Latin jazz, Latin soul, and salsa on vinyl. One day I will get around to ripping some of it to MP3 format to share on the Drunkard, but until then a number of key artists and tracks are captured on the Soul Jazz label’s 2006 compilation Tropicalia :: A Brazilian Revolution in Sound. Under twenty dollars the comp rounds up a who’s who of the Brazilian scene in the late ’60s. Consider this collection a South American Nuggets — exposing this music to, and inspiring, a whole new generation. Like underground late ’60s french and Vietnamese rock/pop compilations, Tropicalia is a fascinating look at the melting pot of American pop and rock influences as heard through a foreign lens.

Also of note, Tom Ze released a great album via Luaka Bop this year entitled Estudando o Pagode that is well worth checking out if a Ze fan, and/or, tropicalia enthusiast.

Elsewhere: Gorilla vs. Bear included, and dropped knowledge on the compilation in his round up of reissues and comps of 2006.

DOWNLOAD:
MP3: Caetano Veloso :: Alfomega
MP3: Tom Ze :: Jimmy, Renda-Se
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Amazon: Tropicalia: A Brazilian Revolution in Sound

+ Many artists included available through eMusic’s 25 Free MP3 trial offer.
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+ Visit The Hype Machine for additional Tropicalia MP3s.

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