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A LENDA DO QUARTETO 1111

Quarteto 1111

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3 stars Review Nº 107

"A Lenda Do Quarteto 1111" is a compilation of Quarteto 1111 and was released in 2008. It has songs released by the band on EP's, singles and also on their eponymous debut studio album, Quarteto 1111, released in 1970.

As I wrote before, the presence of Quarteto 1111 in the end of the 60's in Portugal represents the birth of progressive rock music in my country. Nothing was the same after them. They were a breath of fresh air in Portugal, at the time. Quarteto 1111 was a band strongly influenced by the British music of those days, mainly The Beatles, despite their lyrics were almost in Portuguese. They made music influenced by the British music with typical Portuguese features.

"A Lenda Do Quarteto 1111" has twenty tracks. The first track "Os Faunos" was released on their debut EP. It's a song about fauns, which was a rustic Latin god or goddess of Roman mythology. The second track "A Lenda De El- Rei D. Sebastião" is the title track of their debut EP released in 1967. It's about a Portuguese king who disappeared during the battle of Alcácer-Kibir, in Morocco, and Portugal lost its independence to Spain in the XVII century. The third track "Balada Para D. Inês" is the title track of their second EP released in 1968. It's about the tragic love of infant D. Pedro, the future king of Portugal, with D. Inês de Castro, a noble Galician, which was executed by order of the father's king, D. Afonso IV, the king of Portugal, in the XIV century. The fourth track "Partindo-se" was also released on their second EP. It's about anguish and sadness in our eyes when we see our beloved family depart to distant places in search of a better life. The fifth track "Dona Vitória" is the title track of their third EP released in 1968. It tells us about the contrast between those who lived well and had a good job and those who lived in the suburbs and had no job. The sixth track "Meu Irmão" was released as a single in 1968. It's a psychedelic song that speaks about love, solidarity, friendship and brotherhood among men. The seventh track "Dragão" was also released on their second EP. It's about the sad, dull, hard and routine life of any working man. The eighth track "Os Monstros Sagrados" was released on their single "Génese" in 1969. It's about the purity of nature against the human technology and its industrial applications. The ninth track "Génese" is the title track of a single released in 1969. It's about the beauty of nature in contrast with people that suffers because the different colour of their skin. The tenth track "Bissaide" was released on their single "Nas Terras Do Fim Do Mundo" in 1969. It's a very simple instrumental song. The eleventh track "Nas Terras Do Fim Do Mundo" is the title track of a single released in 1969. It's about one of the most brilliant chapters of Portuguese History, the Portuguese discoveries, released in the XV century. The twelfth track "Domingo Em Bidonville" was released on their first studio album in 1970. It's about Portuguese emigrants who left their country in search of a better life, and leave their country, family and friends. The thirteenth track "João Nada" was also released on their debut album. It's about emigration. It's about a man who returns to his homeland, at the end of his hard working life, and he has nobody waiting for him, except his coffin. The fourteenth track "As Trovas Do Vento Que Passa" was also released on their first album. It's a cover of a song of Adriano Correia de Oliveira with a poem of Manuel Alegre. It's a song of the resistance of Portuguese University students against the dictatorship regime. The fifteenth track "Maria Negra" was another song released on their first album. It's an anti-racist song about the women with black skin, which are often viewed and treated as inferior human beings. The sixteenth track "Todo O Mundo E Ninguém" is the title track of a single released in 1970. It's a song with intimate and symbolic lyrics about life and dead. The seventeenth track "É Tempo De Pensar Em Termos De Futuro" was also released on their single "Todo O Mundo E Ninguém". It's another song with intimate lyrics. It tells us that it's now time to think about to build a better world, uniting races and breaking down the barriers. The eighteenth tack "Back To The Country" is the title track of their single released in 1970. It's a song that appeals to men to the return to the fields. It represents the first attempt to internationalize the band singing in English. The nineteenth track "Ode To The Beatles" is the title track of a single released in 1971. It's represents homage to The Beatles. It represents also the second attempt to internationalize the band singing in English. The twentieth track "Uma Nova Maneira De Encarar O Mundo" was released on their single "Sabor A Povo" in 1972. It's a song, as its name indicates, which makes an appeal to a new way of seeing the world. This is a way of seeing it with more peace and love.

Conclusion: "A Lenda Do Quarteto 1111" is the third compilation of Quarteto 1111. The others are "A Lenda De El- Rei D. Sebastião" and "Singles And Ep's". Like the other two, it's also a very interesting and important compilation with many similitude with the other two. After reviewing the other two compilations, I can say that "A Lenda Do Quarteto 1111" is a better option, because is the biggest and most complete of the three. If you want to have on a single album many of the songs released by the group and dispersed on so many singles and EP's, this is the right place to have it.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

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