Nov 12 2003

Simone: Quatro Paredes

Critically Acclaimed


Quatro Paredes (1974) Produced by Hermínio Bello de Carvalho and under the musical direction of Maestro Gaya, Quatro Paredes began one of Simone’s best recording phases. Critics and fans alike agree that her recording in the seventies had a balance of good repertoire and arrangements. The opening track, “De Frente pro Crime,” starts with a dark and heavy introduction giving way to an upbeat samba. Simplicity sometimes is all that is needed to bring out the romantic tones in Simone’s voice. “Nosso Amor não Deu em Nada,” for example, is soft in its guitar accompaniment, and the same goes with “Proposta,” where her voice needs nothing else but a piano outlining the love proposition of the lyrics. Other good moments in the album come with “Chuva, Suor e Cerveja” — here a smooth march — “Desgosto,” a supercharged torch song and “A Saudade Mata a Gente,” with its longing feelings so well fitting Simone’s performance. In closing the album, “Qui nem Jiló” opens smoothly with a soft piano introduction and ends in forró with accordion and triangle.





Quatro Paredes
Odeon SMOFB 3826 (1974)
Time: 37’26”


  1. De Frente pro Crime (João Bosco – Aldir Blanc)
  2. Nosso Amor não Deu em Nada (João de Aquino – Paulo Frederico)
  3. Fantasia (João Bosco – Aldir Blanc)
  4. Salamargo (Eduardo Marques – Hermínio Bello de Carvalho)
  5. Baião do Coração (Cirino – Fred Teixeira)
  6. Chuva, Suor e Cerveja (Caetano Veloso)
  7. Quatro Paredes (Eduardo Marques)
  8. Desgôsto (Thereza Tinôco)
  9. A Saudade Mata a Gente (Antonio Almeida – João de Barro)
  10. Bodas de Prata (João Bosco – Aldir Blanc)
  11. Proposta (Roberto Carlos – Erasmo Carlos)
  12. Qui nem Jiló (Humberto Teixeira – Luiz Gonzaga)