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Known by many as the 'Brazilian Gentle Giant', TERRENO BALDIO are one of the most important prog-rock bands in Brazil. Grouped in the beginning of the 70s, the band debut was the album "Terreno Baldio", which got substantial sellings although the master-tapes were lost avoiding new editions. The line-up was João Carlos Kurk (vocal, flute and percussion), Mozart de Mello (guitars), Ronaldo Lazzarini (keyboards), Ascenção (bass) and Joaquim (drums).

The band released one other album "Além das Lendas Brasileiras", a mix of rock and Brazilian folk, before disbanding in 1978. The line-up then was slightly different with Ayres Braga, replacing Ascenção.

TERRENO BALDIO regrouped in 1993 to re-record their first album, this time in English, for a release through international label Progressive Rock Worldwide (with bonus-tracks added). Line-up for this '1993 version' was Kurk, Mello and Lazzarini.

Noticeable is that more than 20 years after its original release, TERRENO BALDIO and the Brazilian label Rock Symphony recovered the original first album, still unreleased in CD. The CD release includes a folder with all the band biography, interviews, photos and also an extra folder in English aiming at the international market.

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3.94 | 41 ratings
Terreno Baldio
1975
3.54 | 16 ratings
Alem Das Lendas Brasileiras
1977
3.43 | 9 ratings
Empty Lot [English language re-recording of first album]
1993

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 Terreno Baldio by TERRENO BALDIO album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.94 | 41 ratings

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Terreno Baldio
Terreno Baldio Eclectic Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars This is a tough one to track down since it was never released on cd and the master tapes are gone. The band re-recorded this record in studio but used English vocals back in 1993. I have that and was quite impressed. This original one impresses me more though. So a big thanks to Todd who came through for me once again. Tracks 3, 5 - 7 really remind me of GENTLE GIANT from the sound of the vocals to the complex instrumental work.

"Passaro Azul" is almost RPI sounding with that beautiful sound and vocals. It kicks in after 1 1/2 minutes with an impressive display of instrumental work before settling back late with vocals once again. Great track ! In fact a top three along with the next song "Loucuras De Amor". It's spacey to start then it kicks in with drums, guitar and piano standing out. Reserved vocals before a minute as a flood of emotion hits me. So beautiful. "Despertar" is different as we get this funky jazz to start. It settles back with vocals after a minute as the funk comes and goes. Synths lead after 3 1/2 minutes as the bass throbs. Vocals are back 4 1/2 minutes in. The mellow sections remind me of GG.

"Agua Que Corre" is mellow with water sounds then it kicks in after a minute. Nice crisp drums and chunky bass here as the piano and guitar join in. Organ too and vocal melodies which turn into vocals. "A Volta" has upfront bass and a beat to start as it builds and the vocals join in. Excellent sound here. "Quando As Coisas Ganham Vida" has these intricate sounds that come and go and the vocals are very GG-like. "Este E O Lugar" has more complexity as the organ and punchy sounds lead. Vocals come and go along with the guitar. Impressive stuff. "Grite" is my final top three. Organ, bass and a beat lead as the vocals arrive before a minute. The vocals are passionate suddenly then they soften as it becomes very beautiful sounding. Contrasts continue.

If you don't mind the GENTLE GIANT flavours chances are you will really enjoy this. Great looking album cover as well.

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 Alem Das Lendas Brasileiras  by TERRENO BALDIO album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.54 | 16 ratings

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Alem Das Lendas Brasileiras
Terreno Baldio Eclectic Prog

Review by kenethlevine
Special Collaborator Prog-Folk Team

3 stars A slight and fortuitous shift has occurred from their debut album, as TERRENO BALDIO sounds far more Brazilian than before, and the herky jerky gyrations that earned them comparisons to GG actually make sense here. Still, it doesn't move me as much as it might given those endorsements.

At times I feel like I am listening to a MILTON NASCIMENTO album, especially in the fluid vocals styles of "Passaredo" and "Primavera". The jazz dance style improves on the middle of the pack pseudo-symphonics of their self titled effort. The album reaches its peak, however, when sounding a bit more unique than either of these variations, as on "Lobisomen" and especially "Curupira", where they come closest to leaving a distinct footprint all their own. Lively keyboard touches, funky but smooth vocals and syncopated bass and drums all propel the album along quite well. The rapid fire chorus of "Curupira" is particularly noteworthy, as are the lead guitar pyrotechnics that open "As Amazonas" even if the song itself cannot nearly do them justice.

While I'm not a fan per se, I find it hard to be overly critical of this authentic effort. With many of the less appealing aspects of its predecessor dispensed with and replaced by high quality and very eclectic Latin prog, "Alem.." may fall short of its titular promise, but is still good for 3 stars.

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Terreno Baldio Eclectic Prog

Review by kenethlevine
Special Collaborator Prog-Folk Team

2 stars TERRENO BALDIO is apparently known as the Brazilian GENTLE GIANT, but they don't seem nearly as complex to my ears. As a result, they are an easier listen, almost too easy in fact, as no matter what I am doing while listening seems to be more engrossing than this material. The sound is somewhere between GG and RPI with some Brazilian flavor to be sure.

It seems prog by the numbers to me, with calculated contrived passages designed to captivate the inner time signature nerd. "Despertar" is a good case in point, although, like several of the other tracks ("A Volta" for instance), one can discern a competent ethnic groove trying in vain to surface but being thrown a anchor at the precisely wrong moment. The most GIANT like piece is also the lengthiest, and it has its moments through the ADHD haze, but the two most successful tracks are the gentle " Loucuras de amor" which reminds me of more symphonic groups, and the more in-character "Água que corre" which seems to hit the group's quirky lyricism on a high note and includes fine vocal work.

Needless to say I'm not enthralled, but others will be, and I could understand why. My big problem is that it seems artificial, with less commitment to the composition or the song than the clever playing. That's pretty much my problem with the GIANT too. Gets an extra half star for the Brazilian undercurrents, but loses it again for suppressing them.

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 Alem Das Lendas Brasileiras  by TERRENO BALDIO album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.54 | 16 ratings

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Alem Das Lendas Brasileiras
Terreno Baldio Eclectic Prog

Review by Tarcisio Moura
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4 stars I had this LP back in 1978. It was something rare at those times, a prog band doing a complete album based on the most famous folklore legends of Brazil. I can´t really say if this work came either too late (prog´s glory days were far behind) or if it was too much too soon (the mix of regional sounds and prog rock is widely accepted now, but that was not the case back then). Either way, the timing was wrong, and little atention was paid to Além Das Lendas Brasileiras. The group broke up soon after this release.

For a good, wide, explanation of the lyrics and stories on which they are based, I suggest you see Atkingani´s excellent review of the same album. He explains them with a good amount of detail (nice work, Guigo!). The music itself changed a little bit from their self titled first release, with more influences from the brazilian popular music and rhythms added to the mix. The inclusion of the classic Passaredo, written by the legendary brazilian songwriter Chico Buarque is no coincidence. The intricated, complex Gentle Giant-like arrangements are still present, but in a more subtle way. The musicanship is still excellent, but nothing´s very flashy and there are few long instrumental passages or solos. Most of their outstanding techinique and talent work for the songs, with layers of jazzy keyboards and guitars backed by a very strong and creative rhythm section. Some extra instrumentation is provided by band members themselves (percussion, flute, whistle) or guests (violin, cello, acoustic bass).

At the time I must admit that I didn´t like the record very much. I guess the music was too different from what I was hearing then and my poor stereo could not reproduce all the fine details I now enjoy when I listen to the CD version. I still think they could have made the songs a little longer, exploring more their terrific musical talents, but I believe budget and vinyl limitations prevented that. Also João Kurk´s vocal lines were quite unsual and his frequent falsetto was not everybody´s cup of tea. Nowadays I see how ahead of the time those guys really were and how good this CD is even today. Production is quite good. All the tracks are excllent and the CD has no fillers. I´m glad I found it again.

The mixture of prog rock, elaborated and jazzy arrangements, folk themes and brazilian rhythms makes this album one of the most interesting and groundbreaking albums to come from south america in the 70´s. A CD that sounds fresh, relevant and exciting even after 30 years of its original release. Surely a must have if you want to hear something that is different and yet have enough melody and song structure to sound quite familiar too. Rating: 4,5 stars.

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3.94 | 41 ratings

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Terreno Baldio Eclectic Prog

Review by Tarcisio Moura
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4 stars Terreno Baldio´s first album, released in 1976 was quite a complex affair. I have to agree with the general opinion that their most important influence is british band Gentle Giant. They have lots of things in commom and the elaborated, very dense arrangements are quite similar. Even João Kurk´s vocals - all sung in portuguese - reminds me a lot of them (more especificly, of that of Kerry Minnear). But they were far from being copycats. They actually blended the influece very well with Brazilain popular music and rhythms, even if that is not easily noticeable at first. Besides, there are no vocal hamornies like GG and Mozart Mello´s guitar style is much more jazzier then GG´s Gary Green.

Having said that, it is only unfortunate that the band had distribution problems and the record reached few people (it was very hard to find in stores) even if it was very well received by critics, something rare for prog groups at the time in Brazil. The production was absolute fantastic for the time and the songwriting here is quite mature and strong. You can hear all the instruments and the balance between them and the voice is perfect. All the musicians are masters of their respective instruments and I just loved the bass and drums patterns, very technical and creative without being too flashy. They were all team players and hence, they play for the music not to show how good they are or capable of doing 13 minute solos.

If you´re into complex, GG style class of music, this is surely a must have. The elaborated arrangemnts, the odd rhtyhm paterns and the unusual vocal lines are something to be heard many times to be fully appreciated. Truly eclectic and innovative for the time. Savory, no doubt, but for special tastes. One fo the most interesting, talented and bold brazilian rock bands of the period. The music hasn´t aged a bit since then. Rating: at least four stars.

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Terreno Baldio Eclectic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars 3.5 stars...

A trully ''big'' band coming from Brazil,TERENNO BALDIO were born in 1973 and led by vocalist Joao Furk,guitarist Mozart Mello and keyboardist Robert Lazzarini.It hasn't been cleared yet when their first release came out.Most sources indicate 1975 as the year of their debut's release,though there are references also for year 1974.

Apart from this detail,''Terreno Baldio'' showcases a different side of Brazilian prog.Yes,there are folk influences.Yes,there a few South-American elements and obvious psych traces...but most noteably there are a lot of nice yet smooth interplays and great vocal work contained in here. Certainly,GENTLE GIANT are the closest comparison,starting from the fantastic twisted bass lines,the jazzy and complicated drumming,the beautiful sound of the xylophone and,of course ,the story-telling poetic vocals.However,the vocal harmonies are not so complicated as in GENTLE GIANT's works,yet they are so ethereal and delicate,an ear's heaven.Overall,the musicianship may sound quite mellow,but ,believe me,it is also really demanding and professional with balanced use of piano,organ ,complex guitar parts and the strong presence of a super-tight rhythm section.Short-lived TERRENO BALDIO will leave you undoubtfully a pleasant taste after every listening of their work.Try this other side of Brazilian prog without any hesitation.

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 Empty Lot [English language re-recording of first album] by TERRENO BALDIO album cover Studio Album, 1993
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Empty Lot [English language re-recording of first album]
Terreno Baldio Eclectic Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars TERRENO BALDIO were one of the best Prog bands to come out of Brazil in the early seventies. They were influenced by YES, GENESIS and GENTLE GIANT.Their name means "Empty Lot" and the debut album is very much a rare item. It's surprising to see all the reviews for it here considering it was never available on cd. Because the master tapes disappeared they decided to re-record it in 1993 trying to be as faithful to the original as possible.The big difference is that they sing in English on the new one, the original was sung in Portuguese. Anyway I envy those who have the original vinyl of this recording. On this new edition they added two bonus tracks, both old songs that were written and composed at the time of the first album but weren't included on it.

The cd starts off with one of those bonus tracks called "Elder Mirror". It hits the ground running with bass, keys and drums standing out. Guitar comes in. Vocals before 2 minutes with organ following. Good tune. "The Place" opens with piano which is replaced by some fairly heavy guitar and drums. Vocals before a minute and i'm reminded of GENTLE GIANT here. It settles down before 2 1/2 minutes but then kicks back in a minute later. A nice heavy sound with organ before 5 1/2 minutes. "Running Water" opens with the sounds of running water. Surprising I know. Piano tinkles away before the main melody kicks in and builds after a minute. Nice guitar then vocal melodies 2 minutes in. Vocals follow.

"Scream" is a top two track for me.This just sounds fantastic as organ, bass, drums and guitar lead the way. Vocals before a minute. The piano and vocals sound great 2 1/2 minutes in. "The Return" has a Jazz flavour to it with some cool bass. I also really like the guitar before 3 minutes. "Blue Bird" is another excellent track. It's more laid back at first. Vocals 1 1/2 minutes in followed by guitar which sounds incredible as bass throbs. It settles 3 minutes in with piano as vocals return. "The Sea And The Love" is the other top two song. A simply gorgeous guitar intro as reserved vocals follow. So emotional.Themes are repeated. "When The things Become Alive" has a GENTLE GIANT flavour with lots of piano. "Awakening" has a Fusion vibe to it. Nice guitar. Vocals after a minute. This reminds me of FROGG CAFE for some reason. Jazzy stuff. "Aqueloo" is the other bonus track. It's uptempo with vocal melodies, vocals follow. A good intrumental interlude before 3 minutes. Some heaviness 3 1/2 minutes in as vocals sing over top. I really like his voice.

A very solid 4 star recording that I definitlely would recommend, English vocals and all.

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Terreno Baldio Eclectic Prog

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4 stars Very nice Brazilian (Brazil must be mentioned) Gentle Giant, like they say, and I sign it. Maybe too light and somehow loose for my taste, but the "influences" are so wide here, in a very mixed pack that isn't really anything because it's all so mixed up (like Gentle Giant).

To me this sounds more (or maybe both equally in the whole album) Premiata Forneria Marconi (first two tracks are light and symphonic "pop") than Gentle Giant, at least until Despertar (3.) comes. It starts with jazz fusion (a bit like Finnforest), but is very GG-like (well, there's also refreshing Tarkus-like keyboard solo); bass patterns, almost all sounds and light vocals - like it was sometimes even strongly plagiarizing GG (partially the melodies can be very similar). But there's much Brazilian and jazzy things here in this album, (even very slightly zeuhlish - listen to band Eskaton and compare it to Este é o Lugar (7.) at 4:30), for example in delicate vocals and rhythms (upbeat with slower swing etc) reminds me of Bacamarte, and of course the echoes of samba here and there. The keyboard melodies' structures are sometimes very similar to Genesis. Also the folky part of GG is present, for example Grite (8.) sounds more prog folk than most that are considered o be that style and the song changing from Songs From The Wood to a some kind of waltz. Band eclects from bossanova to

Água que Corre (4.) has some irritating tunes sang, and this GG-pop doesn't really get me liking it. It should be more bombastic, not bombastic in a light form.

A Volta (5.) is compact and attacking light (well, bossanova inspirited like the whole album is) samba (in GG form again, of course, so it really isn't samba after all) and this language is beautiful and it just sounds love (By the way, listen to Elza Soares). Actually, the beginning sound more like chamber rock and arabic music.

Quando as Coisas Ganham Vida (6.) is quite weird (and short but tight), like folk music (the melodies and rhythms, not the instruments) from a place that isn't really existing, a bit monumental and oriental.

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Terreno Baldio Eclectic Prog

Review by CCVP
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5 stars Better than ANY Gentle Giant album, besides being called the brazilian Gentle Giant

This album is a true gem from the original brazilian progressive rock scene and can possibly be the best brazilian rock album ever made, in my opinion. Here, Terreno Baldio represents the first wave of bands that, still in the 70's, were influenced by the previous / major progressive rock band, just like bands such as Triumvirat and Eloy and, along with their german counterparts, the brazilian band was able to put out terrific albums inspired by one major (and amazing) english progressive rock band most of you know, called Gentle Giant. The Giant influence becomes even clearer when you see that both bands have technically challenging songs, similar vocal styles and restless basses and drums (both instruments are the base for all the songs in both bands, hardly having any rest or pause).

However, Terreno Baldio was able to surpass Gentle Giant, at least in this album, in an incredible display of musical skill, creativity, beauty, originality and, last but not least, ROCK. That's right, rock. Terreno Baldio may be called the brazilian Gentle Giant because their music resembles GG but, unlike the english band, the Terreno music is much more energetic, straight to the point and have a heavier music somehow. Another important characteristic that puts Terreno Baldio ahead of Gentle Giant is the language the lyrics are sung: i am more capable to appreciate poetry in my native tongue (portuguese) than in a foreign language (in this case, english).

There is also something very interesting in this album that no one else have noted so far: this is a concept album. However, its concept is actually two different stories put together in an album: the life story of a blue bird and the story of a man in search of something (i still could not put my finger on what he is after, but anyway. . . ) that were connected by an empty lot.

The Concept

Well, the plot is very simple and the band, as far as i know, don't went too deep it, so this will be quite a summary track by track. The opening song talks about the blue bird and prophetizes its destiny: it must fly. The second track talks about the man and he is walking on a beach and the feel of the sand, the wind and the water makes him remember one lost love and he wishes to have her love again, even if he has to suffer to have it. The third track is about the birth and the early life of the bird: it discover a brand new world from its nest; it urges to fly and, after falling a couple times (the downward glissando symbolizes its falls wile it is learning to fly), does it. I am not sure if the fourth track talks about the man or the bird, but it probably talks about the man, since the fifth talks about the bird; the track tells him to find the things he wants, wishes and a new home. The fifth track talks about the voyages and experiences of the blue bird and its search for a warm place to call home in the place were it was born. i don't have any idea of what the sixth track is about. The seventh track is about the empty lot. It is described as the place to throw garbage at, but everything (square, block, street, home, building . . .) was already an empty lot. The blue bird seems to see the empty lot as its new home, the place destined to be its home. In the final track the man realize his loneliness and see in the empty lot a place to set lose all his frustrations screaming, living and dying.

Grade and Final Thoughts

This great band, by improving drastically the quality of the music made by GG and being able to do so with originality wile being heavier and straightforward, deserves rightfully the masterpiece grade.

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 Alem Das Lendas Brasileiras  by TERRENO BALDIO album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.54 | 16 ratings

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Alem Das Lendas Brasileiras
Terreno Baldio Eclectic Prog

Review by Atkingani
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4 stars After their debut and namesake album - well praised by the specialized critic and by the faithful audience; TERRENO BALDIO decided to release an album telling musically the stories behind some fine Brazilian legends, drinking directly from our folklore: "Além Das Lendas Brasileiras". However, which legends to choose amid hundreds of them? They went to the most popular ones, those legends that are taught at elementary school and presented by the kids at the Folklore Day (April) or at the School Year's End (December), in reality mainly those with universal appeal.

TERRENO BALDIO certainly caught inspiration from European prog bands, always eager to sing the fates and dramas of their own legends, but this time spicing our own with the sunny flavor so profuse and abundant down here in Terra Brasilis. Some may say that they should focus on a sole theme making musical variations around it, well I cannot remember easily the odds of the time being when the tracks were recorded but seeing from the present perspective the result is neatly fair and catchy, humorous and warm many times, fascinating almost all the time.

It's obvious that without some kind of explanation songs sound meaningless for non-Brazilian ears and even not translating the lyrics if a glimpse of the legends are displayed a foreigner will have the chance to understand what the tunes intend to say. It's also worth to notice that some legends have regional differences, the text presented may eventually vary here and there throughout the country.

'Caipora', this being is a feral kid that protects the wild animals from hunting doing all sort of tricks to frighten hunters and other wrongdoers. He is generally portrayed as a hairy guy with strange feet, having a dark skin and a nervous laughing and riding a giant wild boar. The hillbillies when need to hunt for nutrition, not for amusement, offer tobacco to distract the caipora attention, since this creature is addicted to pipe smoking. This legend has a native origin but was modified by the backwoodsmen and it spreads basically in all Brazil's corners and that's the reason why TERRENO BALDIO present a song that has a typical hillbilly approach with references to all parts of the country. The way the song runs looks like the caipora pace and the backing vocals intended to be haunting are in fact funny and a bit childish - a fair recommendation for the mentioned school's celebrations.

'Saci-Pererê' is a forest elf, portrayed as a one-legged black kid, with a red beret and always smoking a pipe (Brazilian legends need to restrain their smoking addiction). He's a mischievous being that haunts the children, makes things disappear, does mockeries, cheats, disturbs, bothers whenever he is and always escaping in a small vortex or tornado he is able to create. Mothers use his figure to make the kids behave. The saci is the most popular of the Brazilian legends, being recognized in all parts of the country. In recent times, he becomes softer and milder; thanks to writers and fabulists that have shaped a more humane figure for the saci, making him a symbol of the adolescence, a bit confused and senseless but determined. Although of Amerindian background it's clear that this entity is a mix with some African goblin. Also the pest is related to a nocturnal bird (Tapera naevia, Cuculidae family) known as matinta-pere or matinta-pereira considered the bad guy of the woods due to its cuckoo-like behavior (nest parasitism); the bird's voice is weird and frightening. TERRENO BALDIO view of the infamous saci is amusing, with the instruments and vocals trying to reproduce the one-leg walking and the swirl where the saci hides himself.

'Passaredo' means flight of birds and TERRENO BALDIO pays homage to the several legends related to birds grabbing inspiration from the song written by Chico Buarque and Francis Hime, two giants of the Brazilian music. Here the band add a particular approach to the original song, providing it with a joyful intro and a respectful singing; the lyrics deserve it: "hey, nightingale, bluebird and blackbird, fly oriole, goldfinch and thrush, go tanager and jay, hide hummingbird, walk swallow, go sparrow, take off dove, please keep silent, please be aware, the man is coming, the man is coming, the man is coming."

'Primavera' (Springtime) although not a real legend is a manner to collectively celebrate all Brazilian flowers, including the beautiful victoria-regia, the largest of all existing flowers, a common view in many rivers and lakes in Brazil. TERRENO BALDIO recorded a plain and catchy song, embellished by good lyrics and that's enough.

'Lobisomem' (Werewolf) is the only European legend kept equal to the original, probably because instead of landed here with the Portuguese in the XVI & XVII centuries, this legend was brought with Italian or German immigrants that arrived a mere century and a half ago. TERRENO BALDIO went fusion to tell the werewolf story, making this track quite diverse from the general album atmosphere.

'Curupira' is very similar to the caipora but this being is the protector of plants and trees instead of animals. The curupira looks like an Indian boy but with red hair and green teeth; he's the terror of lumberjacks and gold miners but rubber extractors offer him some tobacco (another smoker!) and pinga, a raw beverage produced from the sugar cane, in order to be granted to work (rubber extraction from the seringa tree does few damage to the vegetation). The curupira may be extremely revengeful when finding an illegal woodcutter and for this reason he has been portrayed as a symbol in the defense of the forest. This legend comes directly from the Tupian people, the native tribes that were most common along the coast when the Europeans first appeared here. TERRENO BALDIO visited the theme with a characteristic native sound, exquisite and mysterious; here the band goes very progressive, with intense instrumental action, quaint vocals and sudden rhythm changes to show the various faces of the entity pictured.

'As Amazonas', the traditional Greek legend of the amazons was brought to Brazil by the first Portuguese settlers and sailors and here it blended with similar legends of the native people (especially in the north where lived the Arawaks), like those of the icambiaras, beautiful women who weren't not only warriors but attractive lovers and terrible witches, able to seduce men to shape a new generation of amazons and also to make their mates to die bloodless. TERRENO BALDIO went crazy to describe this legend and it didn't work making this the weakest album track.

'Iara' is also a legend taken from Europe but stylized, where the mythological siren is portrayed as a beautiful native girl, associated with the manatee, strange mammals that live in the Brazilian rivers (they have a close relative in Florida, USA). The iara appears to solitary men instigating them with her beauty and sweetness to dive into a sexual intercourse that after completed will take the poor seduced dudes to a madness state and eventually death - anyway, the iara is a fine excuse when a married man go to a different happy hour. The iara has a male equivalent, named boto (also a fluvial mammal similar to the dolphins), which supplies a fair explanation for a non-explainable pregnancy. However, those features only happen today in the deepest heart of the country where still the matuto, the Brazilian yahoo lives. TERRENO BALDIO made a soft and kind approach to the legend reaching a fair and enjoyable result.

'Negrinho do Pastoreio' is the only legend probably based on a real character although the story has changed hugely as time passes by. This legend traces its origins in the southernmost part of the country but it is well-known everywhere. It tells the misfortunes of an orphan slave kid that was tortured and killed for a lesser prank, probably because he slept while taking care of the cattle, but the real cause varies depending on the region and the story-teller. After this, the boy's spirit appears in several places haunting those that chastise children and protecting infants from sickness and from being spanked. Being killed while pure and innocent he protects all those who are pure and innocent too. TERRENO BALDIO went poignant and sorrowful to transform into song this sad story, making this track the album's best together with 'Passaredo', a gorgeous adieu to this interesting release.

Rating this album isn't an easy task since the ties with the nation's folklore must not be overlooked mainly when the reviewer is part of the scenario. "Além Das Lendas Brasileiras" is good but also essential if you live here or either if you are honestly interested in knowing another reality. Total: 4.

Some final notes: my review was based on a LP taken on loan from a great friend to whom I thank wholeheartedly. Also parts of the legend stories where translated from Brazilian educational sites that are unfortunately unable to be displayed here.

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