The O Som do Barzinho CDs by Renato Vargas turned out to be
a wonderful success. That success is still going on with follow-up
CD's, which apparently alerted Universal to do something like-wise
with better known singers: Um Barzinho, Um Violão.
A first listen to the CD's leaves a feeling of disappointment, mainly
because of the audience. Sometimes the audience seems to remind you
of happy school girls, with those nasty high screaming voices cheering
between songs and when recognizing Ivete Sangalo. That makes you grab
the remote to mute the sound for a few moments. One would wish for
studio recordings. During the better parts of the CD's, they're quiet
though... Although the concept is cheap, it's still fun. Singers seemed
not allowed to sing their own work. Even Paula Toller sings a song
written by another female songwriter (Marina Lima), which is surprising
on its own! I could have done without the presence of Ivete Sangalo,
who lacks a "voz e violão" voice. And I'm not a fan of Sandra
de Sá, either. But that's personal. The two CD's have common
artists and a few only appearing on one song. The album's title "Um
Barzinho, Um Violão" seems well chosen: the guitarists are
a big part of the delight. Chico César sings the wonderful
"Filme Triste" in his very own wonderful way. And on CD 2, it's the
Paula Toller/Leoni composition "Como Eu Quero" he blows new life into.
Always good to hear him. Like it's always good to hear João
Bosco (fantastic rendition of "Caminhos Cruzados" and "A Paz"). Ed
Motta is the other one accompanying himself on guitar (Rita Lee's
"Caso Sério" and Tim Maia's "Azul da Cor do Mar"). Among the
highlights is Paula Toller with her two Kid Abelha friends on guitar
(Bruno Fortunato and George Israel), singing Gilberto Gil's "Nos Barracos
da Cidade" and a wonderful sung "Virgem" (composed by Marina Lima).
Simone is sounding beautiful as always. But you could place a huge
question mark regarding the choice of her song. Accompanied by Toquinho
she sings... "Garota de Ipanema." The other song "Samba de Orly",
proves how great these two sound together! Toquinho, doing his own
thing, is featured on wonderful renditions of his and Jorge Ben's
"Que Maravilha" and a Jobim medley "Este Seu Olhar - Corcovado - Se
Todos Fossem Iguais a Você." Leila Pinheiro has Roberto Menescal
on guitar singing the beautiful Paula Toller/Herbert Vianna composition
"Nada Por Mim" and Djavan's "Oceano." A nice surprise is Bruno Gouveia,
singer from the band called Biquini Cavadão. "Sobradinho"
(Sá - Rodrix) sounds great, accompanied by two guitarists;
and Zdanovski's "Coleção", accompanied only by Carlos
Coelho. Tough guy Humberto Gessinger (Engenheiros do Hawaii) even
sounds good on "Revelação" (Clésio - Clodô),
with him and Paulo Galvão on guitar. It's the different guitarists
that make everything sound nice on these CD's. This is a good example.
Carla Cristina (As Meninas) is accompanied by Carlinhos 7 Cordas.
Luciana Mello sings "As Rosas Não Falam" (Cartola) and Djavan's
"Boa Noite," accompanied by Paulo Daflin. Oswaldo Montenegro (with
Roberto Menescal) sounds familiar on Zé Ramalho's "Chão
de Giz" and Belchior's "A Palo Seco." Delightful!! It's good to hear
all these nice singers in a "voz e violão" setting. Not really
an important document, but a pleasure to listen to. With a special
"thanks" to the work of the wonderful guitarists. The booklets have
all the chord settings as a bonus. Just like in the "Som do Barzinho"
series... recorded live at the Espaço Universal, October 8
& 9, 2001.