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4.11 | 58 ratings | 7 reviews | 34% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1976

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Durante O Verão (2:49)
2. Hotel Colonial (3:39)
3. A Língua E A Bainha (2:50)
4. Os Pilares Da Cultura (2:42)
5. Karen (2:20)
6. Memorial Day (4:15)
7. Banquete (3:46)
8. Belladonna, Lady Of The Rocks (6:03)
9. Outros Carnavais (2:20)

Total time 30:44

Line-up / Musicians

- Beto Resende / electric & acoustic guitars, viola, percussion
- Nando Carneiro / acoustic guitar, vocals
- Muri Costa / acoustic guitar, viola, percussion, vocals
- David Gang / flute
- Jaques Morelenbaum / cello, violin, piano, vocals
- Alain Pierre Magalhaes / acoustic & electric basses
- Marcelo (Gordo) Costa / drums, percussion

Releases information

Artwork: Luis Carlos Lindenberg

LP Continental ‎- 1-01-404-126 (1976, Brazil)
LP Phonodisc ‎- 0.34.405.536 (1988, Brazil)

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(34%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(36%)
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Review by hdfisch
4 stars Their second album is showing a much higher degree of progressive and as well some rock elements. Unfortunately it's very short with just about half an hour, but at least none of the nine songs is a real failure. Unlike their first one it's not that much dominated by a quiet mellow sound featuring as well breakouts like Os Pilares da cultura where they even use electric guitar and this song is compared to their usual style almost a "hardrocking" one. Although being very short with less than 3 minutes it's a quite intricate composition. Another outstanding song is Memorial Day starting a bit weird with ambient noise, then a more acoustic part with flute, strings and percussion followed by a rather furious finish with great electric guitar. Belladonna, lady of the rock, longest track is a very good one as well, especially in its second half when they're presenting some Gentle Giant-alike vocal harmonies followed by great electric guitar and flute attacks reminiscent of Jethro Tull. Hotel Colonial is another one of those tracks where they show their great musical skill on flute, cello, viola and percussion. The mentioned songs are marking only the highlights of the album, but the rest of the tracks are really almost as good, just a bit more quiet.

As a SUMMARY I can say that Durante O Verão is at least for me the more interesting album by this band. Although showing some slight influence by British bands they had a very unique and original style. For optimal value-for-money ratio I would recommend to buy the CD Dois Momentos containing both of their albums.

Excellent addition to any prog collection!

Review by Atkingani
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4 stars I knew this album existed since the beginning of the recorded times but I had never the opportunity to listen to it until a couple of years ago. 30 years of good moments lost in the dust of time! Well, for my comfort, it's good to know that I'm still ready to hear it as long as I wish from now on. Great! A BARCA DO SOL "Durante O Verão" is a really a great album and worth the price and the hearing. However, it's tough to transcribe into words of a different language so many references easy to be picked up by a Brazilian or for some foreigner that lived here time enough to understand clearly all hidden subjects, all cryptic issues, all delicious puzzles. I'll try to do my best, maybe it'll work.

Here A BARCA DO SOL dived deeply into the folk spectrum, this time adding general Latin American spices to the notorious Brazilian substrate - a dangerous feature since this mixing may border confusion but in the end the band knew how to manage it. Noticeable are the flow of odd instruments, sound effects and lengthy singing parts (in Portuguese) but vocals are soft and acceptable even if one doesn't catch the language and the weird tunes are mainly incidental not spoiling the overall good atmosphere. Anyway, Morelenbaum's cello dominates the scene almost all the time.

From the different tracks presented, the mini-epic 'Hotel Colonial' deserves a special look not only for being the best album track but for the story it keeps; the song does reference to two other classical Brazilian popular songs: 'Luar do sertão' and 'Chão de estrelas', both clearly impregnated in the soul of each citizen hereunder the Equator (well, at least for those that were born before 1970). The intro is sampled from the first of the mentioned songs while lyrics run referring to the second. Subtly observed are some touches of classical composer Heitor Villa-Lobos in the background. Middle section brings weird and interesting drumming action challenged by exalted violin backing, all finishing with an uplifting flute solo accompanied by a massive instrumental work. Quaint and beautiful at the same time.

'Durante o verão', the opening track is warm and gentle: fine lyrics, fair arrangement and fancy vocals. 'A língua e a bainha' is poignant and dreamy, provided with majestic fingered guitars and somber ambience. 'Os pilares da cultura' completes the album's first half with a neat hard melody and frantic vocals - A BARCA DO SOL rock face is displayed con gusto here. 'Karen' is short and serene, a fair intermezzo.

'Memorial Day' initiates the album's second half with a blatant space rock air, reminiscent of Pink Floyd while the rest is a collage of the band's own sounds, nicely disposed. 'Banquete' is clean and exquisite showing band's romantic side and again full of references now related to Beatles and singer Milton Nascimento. The 'Eleanor Rigby' samples are decorated with classical and folk delightful aromas. 'Belladona, Lady of the rocks' the longest song here, is sung in Portuguese in spite the English title and it's the track where the A BARCA DO SOL present their most experimental portion. 'Outros carnavais' ends the album like a flurry of a furious and fierce folk festival - funny and fantastic.

What to say? Another hidden gem lost in a shelf of distant and pleasant times - so difficult to get, so hard to find. But do not hesitate, seeing "Durante O Verão" go and grab it since it's an excellent addition to any music collection.

Review by CCVP
5 stars This album right here is and this band right here are one of the few prog folk that i find amusing to listen. Depois do Verão is actually, to me, the second best album ever in prog folk, loosing only to thick as a brick, because it embraces the traditional Brazilian folk music, which have big variety: the caipira music, the black music and traditional folk music from different states of the Country.

The lyrics really art for the art, having no concern whatsoever i making any social or political critics. They basically talk about love, nature, life, every day things, and a lot of smaller things. However, the lyrics fit quite well on every music context and story, uniting great music and great poetry, making the album really very pleasant to hear.

Another great quality of this album is that the musics are quite straightforward. That means that the musics have some objectiveness and don't simply goes modulating a theme and doing variations, like most progressive rock albums.

Overall rating: joining amazing music, terrific poetry and the right amount of objectiveness this album is sure a progressive rock masterpiece, a Brazilian prog rock all time classic, and a must have album for anyone who desires to know Brazilian or even south-american progressive rock, and not only prog folk.

Review by Tarcisio Moura
4 stars Quite an improvement over the self titled debut of two years earlier. After the change of bassist and flute player, the band turned a little more electric and melodic (the title track is a good example of how they could be featured on the radio without selling out, a possibility that unfortunately never happened). The music on this album always seemed to me as very similar, in parts, to what a lot of italian bands were doing at the time (so, italian symphonic rock fans, you should check this out!), maybe because the use of same acoustic instruments. Now the band was using real drums and much more electric guitar turning their sound more progressive than really folky.

The production was once again good for the time and the music is quite bold and inventive. There are some great flute passages, creative use of cello and some fantastic assorted percussion instruments. The vocal harmonies are also more elaborated and interesting, sometimes bordering some Gentle Giant-like arrangements. Although very short (only 30 minutes), Durante O Verão (during the summer, in portuguese) stands as one of the most unique prog bands to appear in the 70´s. Too bad the band never made it in commercial terms (they were fired from the label after this record for not selling enough copies of their albums). I had the original LP at the time and, at 16, I was intrigued and fascinated by their music which mixed rock, folk, prog, classical and some avant gard elements.

They proved their force some two years after this LP when they played on all the tracks, backing singer Olivia Byington on her Correndo O Risco LP. Only 19 years old at the time, Olívia had a striking beauty and a spectacular, classical educated voice. She rerecorded many of the group´s stuff and even achieved an underground hit with Lady Jane (not the Rolling Stones tune, but a song that was included on A Barca Do Sol´s debut LP). The critics praised that record and it is considered as much their album as it was hers. A truly prog masterpiece, it is now quite rare, but well worth to buy it if you happen to find it. Durante o Verão e Corra O Risco are probably the most underrated prog works done by a brazilian band during the 70´s, even if they were both released by major recording labels.

Excellent addition to any prog music collection. 4 stars.

Review by Epignosis
3 stars Durante O Ver'o consists of mostly agreeable Brazilian folk music, but a little bland for my taste. The instrumentation and sound are consistent to a fault. Those with an affinity for Harmonium or the folky side of Gentle Giant should spring for this record.

'Durante O Ver'o' Pleasant classical guitar and flute ease into soft-spoken vocals. The cello and shakers add depth to a friendly tune.

'Hotel Colonial' Here lies a darker, more avant-garde approach complete with complex vocals not unlike Gentle Giant's convoluted harmonies. Gypsy-like percussion and violin craft a whirlwind of sound together. A fluttering flute dances in the tempest.

'A L'ngua E A Bainha' This acoustic track plods along with thudding bass, soft violin and sunny singing.

'Os Pilares Da Cultura' Hammering piano brings in a full band in this jazzier rock and roll song.

'Karen' What sounds like metalworking in a jungle gives way to tranquil flute- not particularly interesting but a decent interlude nonetheless.

'Memorial Day' Voices, percussion and strange guitar passages suddenly stop and the song proper begins, featuring mellifluous vocals and rustic violin. An acoustic guitar duet and more of the Gentle Giant-like vocals make an appearance before some experimental jazz business.

'Banquete' This light folk song is reminiscent of Simon & Garfunkel. Violin and flute dance together in a festive manner. Clean lead guitar joins in over the original peaceful music toward the end.

'Belladonna, Lady of the Rocks' Swerving in and out of acoustic and heavier passages, the penultimate song of this album has an early King Crimson flavor to it before charging off into a gritty electric guitar solo.

'Outros Carnavais' Rapid acoustic strumming and airy vocals introduce further flute and violin cooperation.

Latest members reviews

5 stars A BARCA DO SOL finally meet the elctric guitar! Their first album is already a great album for the mix of classical instruments with the progressive structure of brazilian folk music - even going on the opposite direction of the other brazilian bands. Now they managed to add more rock oriented ... (read more)

Report this review (#932976) | Posted by GKR | Tuesday, March 19, 2013 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Being a Brasilian, my opinion about this band, came from my living in this wonderfull country. In this album, the band shows some folk elements of Brasil, mixed with some progressive lines, that is seen on the guitar, the flute, and on the keybords. The lirics by the band came from the poet Ge ... (read more)

Report this review (#101150) | Posted by Henrock | Thursday, November 30, 2006 | Review Permanlink

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