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Founded in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1974 - Disbanded in 1984 - Regrouped Live in 2012 and 2014

This was a Brazilian septet including Mario Neto (guitar/vocals), Sergio Villarim (keyboards), Delto Simas (bass), Marco Veríssimo (drums), Marcus Moura (flute/accordion), Mr. Paul (percussion) and Jane Duboc (vocals). A rich and symphonic music with wonderful keyboards and a very nice flute which enlightens the compositions full of interest and detours. A few female vocal interventions complete to enrich this great work. The band surpasses their influences: LOCANDA DEL FATE, PFM, QUELLA VECCHIA LOCANDA and ILLUSION.

They made two albums entitled "Depois Do Fim" ('83) and "Sete Cidades" ('99). In '95 Rarity Records released their first LP on CD with the addition of a bonus track (due to appear in their second LP). The CD "Depois Do Fim" is one of the highlights of the South-American Prog rock: a compelling blend of varied keyboards (vintage synthesizers, strings, piano, organ), skillful acoustic and electric guitar and strong Portuguese vocals. The nine compositions (four instrumental) sound warm and elaborate with many changing atmospheres. I'm mostly impressed by Mario Neto's alternating guitar play: from powerful and howling electric guitar to a slight Andalusian touch and classical like JOHN WILLIAMS (Sky-era) or using the tremolo-technique on the Spanish guitar (like "Recuerdos de la Alhambra" from TARREGA). Not to be missed by any serious Prog rock aficionado!

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1983
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1999

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 Sete Cidades by BACAMARTE album cover Studio Album, 1999
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Sete Cidades
Bacamarte Symphonic Prog

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Review Nº 192

"Sete Cidades" is the debut and only studio album of Mário Neto of Bacamarte and was released in 1999. The line up on the album is Mário Neto and Robério Molinari.

Since the late 70's, progressive rock has been on decline due to the appearance of less elaborated and heavier music styles such as Punk, or more the pop and the dance styles such as the Disco Music. Because of that, many groups of this genre ended their careers at that time like Gentle Giant and Van Der Graaf Generator or, therefore, adhered to more commercial sonorities such as those mentioned, losing all progressivity and creativity, with Genesis and Yes being the most famous examples. In the meantime, it was released in 1983, by an improbable country called Brazil, an album that rescued what was best in prog style, being considered a renaissance of erudition in music. I'm talking about "Depois Do Fim" ("After The End"), the debut and only album of Bacamarte, a very excellent proposal, especially at the time.

The band emerged in Rio de Janeiro in 1974, and after almost ten years changing their line up and trying to get a contract, they released "Depois Do Fim" in 1983. Its founder was guitarist Mário Neto who had, initially, the idea to mount an instrumental band. The music of Bacamarte came naturally from a fusion of the group's musical influences, the classical music, studied since the childhood, and the music of The Beatles. In short, this is the origin of the particular sonority of the band. It's worth mentioning that the album was also produced by Mário Neto. The success of the album, which made the group consecrated in Europe and Japan, didn't stop the band from ending in 1984. In the 90's, guitarist Mário Neto released the album "Sete Cidades" ("Seven Cities"), with the codename Bacamarte.

Neto is a great guitarist with a classical formation. The great differential in Bacamarte is Neto's guitar, which oscillates between climates, textures and soils with great tranquillity. His guitar style is unique. He plays his guitar only with fingering, without straws. He performs fast scales, complicated chords and lavish technique, be it classical, jazz or whatever the style is. He also changes from guitars, easily. In 1977, Bacamarte already had a considerable amount of music for the band. Neto got a performance in the global program Rock Concert. The visibility of the program presentation served two things. First was to get a studio and record the songs with sufficient quality. The other, very unusual, was the harassment suffered by Neto on the part of the businessman of the English band Genesis, who had toured some Brazilian cities and was about to lose his guitarist, Steve Hackett. The production of Genesis was deeply impressed with the amazing guitar technique of Neto and invited him to integrate Genesis. Although this sounded like a dream coming true, Mário choose to continue in Brazil, due to a request of his parents and because he was still a minor.

"Portais" is a great open that follows the same style of "Depois Do Fim". It has a gentle intro of 2 minutes, a bombastic middle part and a string final part. I can see here strong influences of Italian bands, especially early PFM. "Ritual Da Felicidade" is a short, strange and extravagant track all made by percussions. It has some tribal sounds strongly influenced by Afro-Brazilian musical culture, which seems to be a little bit out of context on the album. "Filhos Do Sol" is another short track, but this time, in a symphonic vein. It's a very simple track sung by Neto. He has a good voice, and it has a nice flute section and a mellotron based chorus really outstanding. "Espíritos Da Terra" represents a return to the more conventional symphonic territory. It's almost an acoustic track, very soft and melodic, with a spacey and ambient music. This is perhaps the best track on the album. "Mirante Das Estrelas" appears after on "Depois Do Fim" as a bonus track. It's another excellent track with a nice guitar work by Neto, including an excellent synthesizer solo in the end, in the style of Steve Howe. This is one of the centerpieces of the album. "Carta" is another short acoustic track with vocals by Neto. The song is agreeable but is slightly spoiled by the voice of Neto. "Canto Da Esfinge/Portais" is the lengthiest track on the album. It alternates between calm and frantic passages, showing great instrumental work. It's amazing that only one man could have played almost all this alone. This track represents a nice ending for the album.

Conclusion: "Sete Cidades" is inferior to "Depois Do Fim", but it's quite interesting and in some parts, very surprising. It has some great tracks like "Portais", "Espíritos Da Terra", "Mirante Das Estrelas" and "Canto Da Esfinge/Portais". Nevertheless, the rest of the album doesn't introduce anything new or any particularly surprising break through, in comparison to their stunning debut album. The main leading instrument here, as usual, is the tasteful guitar work by Neto. The man is really a very gifted guitarist and no wonder that someone in Genesis have been interested on him to substitute Hackett. But the main real weak point is the vocal work. Despite not be so bad, it isn't really a great work, indeed. Anyway and fortunately, this episode doesn't spoil the overall quality of the album. This is indeed a nice album.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Depois Do Fim by BACAMARTE album cover Studio Album, 1983
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Depois Do Fim
Bacamarte Symphonic Prog

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Review Nº 191

Bacamarte was a Brazilian symphonic progressive rock band formed in 1974. The band was formed by three colleagues from the Marist College San Jose in Rio de Janeiro, but because of their ages, they soon disbanded. The band suffered several lines up changes all over the time and in 1977, Mario Neto, the guitarist of the group, reformed the band with a new set of musicians. It was with this new line up that they recorded this great and fantastic musical opus piece.

"Depois Do Fim" is considered one of the best progressive Brazilian rock albums, and it can be considered also as some of the best and most expressive creations of the main bands of the genre, like Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Yes, Genesis, Gentle Giant and Camel, especially because it was released in a very difficult times for progressive rock.

The music of "Depois Do Fim" is rich and symphonic, with wonderful keyboards and an excellent flute work that illuminates the compositions with full of pomp. The band has their biggest influence in the Italian school of progressive rock, mirroring in bands like, Locanda Del Fate, Premiata Forneria Marconi and Quella Vecchia Locanda. Some tracks are instrumental while others feature some vocals in Portuguese, influenced by bands like Renaissance and Curved Air.

The line up on "Depois Do Fim" is Jane Duboc (vocals), Mario Neto (acoustic and electric guitars), Marcus Moura (flute and accordion), Delto Simas (acoustic and electric basses), Sergio Villarim (keyboards), Marco Veríssimo (drums) and Mr. Paul (percussion).

"Depois Do Fim" is the debut studio album of Bacamarte and was released in 1983. The album has eight tracks. The first track "Ufo" is an instrumental track very influenced by the classical music. It's a memorable song with a very beautiful classical guitar entry and has a very beautiful flute work, too. It has also a magnificent keyboard performance and a beautiful choral part. But, the main important thing here is the performance of the guitarist Neto, which is fantastic. The second track "Smog Alado" is a very good track. It's a song that reminds me Jethro Tull, in some parts, due to the flute performance of Moura. This is the song where we can listen, for the first time, the very beautiful voice of Jane. The third track "Miragem" is another fantastic instrumental track. This is a song with great use and influence of organ and flute. The sound of the flute is very classic and beautiful. However, what catches more my attention again, is the magnificent guitar work of Neto. It has an exotic, complex and intricate guitar performance that reminds me the Swedish symphonic band, Anglagard. The fourth track "Pássaro De Luz" is a small but is at the same time a very nice acoustic piece. It's a classic acoustic song very well performed by Neto and where once more we can hear the beautiful voice of Jane. The fifth track "Caño" is another short song, another instrumental track. The main musical instrument focused on this song is the accordion of Moura. It's a fantastic progressive track, and sincerely, I think this is one of the best examples of how a two minutes song can be a great progressive track. The sixth track "Último Entardecer" is the lengthiest track and represents the great opus of the album. This is a perfect progressive song. It has the fantastic voice of Jane, has great individual musical performances and has, especially, the best and the most memorable guitar performance of Neto, which is absolutely wonderful. The seventh track "Controvérsia" is another short instrumental song, a kind of a transitional track. It's a song dominated by the musical style of Emerson, Lake & Palmer. The eighth and last track "Depois Do Fim" represents also one of the highest moments on the album. Once more it has everything of what is present on "Último Entardecer". It's a song that proves once more that Neto is a truly genius guitar player.

Conclusion: I want thank to Progarchives because, once more, this site made me know another unknown progressive pearl. Sincerely, this is the only Brazilian progressive rock album that I know, until now. I agree with my Brazilian brother (this is how we, Portuguese and Brazilians, like to call to ourselves), of this site Evandro Martini, when he wrote that is a shame that Brazil and Portugal are so distant culturally, when he reviewed "Onde, Quando, Como, Porquê, Cantamos Pessoas Vivas" of Quarteto 1111. We are so close and so far, at the same time, my friend. I really think that we can do some parallelism between "Depois Do Fim" and "10.000 Anos Depois Entre Vénus E Marte", de solo album of José Cid. Both albums are from two countries with a very small tradition in the progressive rock music, both have lyrics in Portuguese, both are symphonic, both are masterpieces, both can be considered the two best progressive albums of our countries, and above all, both have achieved the rare status of being considered two cult albums. I think we may say that Portugueses and Brazilians can be proud of these two fantastic prog albums, especially because they honour our common mother tongue, the Portuguese language. "Depois Do Fim" is a very rare, special and unique prog rock album, very varied and very well performed. It can't be missed by any serious prog rock lover in any part of the world.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Depois Do Fim by BACAMARTE album cover Studio Album, 1983
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Depois Do Fim
Bacamarte Symphonic Prog

Review by Hrychu

2 stars A wonderful journey of cliches soaked in nasal whine.

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Beautiful and delicate melodies, sweet instrumental solos, slick drumming and on top of all that, we've got some really expressive female vocals sung in her native language. Sounds like the prefect album? Except it isn't. Well... at least for me. First - the melodies don't lead the listener anywhere, they just come and go. Nothing really caught my ear. There are solos but they're quite uninspired and don't break any new grounds. It was '84. We'd heard this before. Second - the choice of instruments could've been better. I feel like there's too much of that constant Solina wash, that's to me a really cheap way of adding texture. The other sound that gets on my nerves is this synth generated faux clavinet. What is this? Some kinda Atari 2600 game? It's too harsh and spoils the beauty of the arrangement. Third - the lead vocals are IMO really nasal and throaty. I feel like the singer was trying to add too much emotion resulting in a very "dumb" tone. Like, you know... Kermit the frog. Also, it sometimes reaches that "whine" territory. Jane Duboc was no Annie Halsam. Not many gals can pull this off and here I'd call it a fail. Sorry, guys. I really don't like the vocal portion of this record. Like... I sometimes think the vocals ruin some of the potentially lovable passages. So to sum it up... the album would've been awesome (I mean on paper it's impeccable), in my view but it suffers from poor/lazy arrangement and uninspired compositions plus the final nail to the coffin - the vocals. Sorry guys. As much as I'd love to enjoy this record, it's a wonderful journey... of cliches soaked in nasal whine.

 Depois Do Fim by BACAMARTE album cover Studio Album, 1983
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Depois Do Fim
Bacamarte Symphonic Prog

Review by guiservidoni

5 stars I still can't wrap my mind around the fact that such a masterpiece came from my country. Musically speaking, Brazil is ruled by a music producer called Som Arte, which makes things such as Progressive Rock quite difficult to happen around here. Being able to pull such an album with Som Arte, before the Internet came along, is worth a couple listens.

The concept of the album is somewhat vague, but from my interpretation of the lyrics it deals with an apocalyptic, after-war and after-alien invasion world. It tries to portray the invasion (UFO), some mystic creatures along the way (Smog Alado), hope riding along everything (Pássaro de Luz) and a couple more things. And it does it Astonishing-ly (pun intended) well.

The Symphonic instrumentation always present (something you really rarely get in Brazilian music), like the keyboards in UFO, the catchy acoustic guitar riffs, combining Brazilian folk with international Prog elements seen in big bands like Genesis and Yes, everything combines into something quite memorable and unique. Something worth the physical copy, for sure.

Bacamarte gives me hope for Brazilian music, and I hope it does to you as well.

 Depois Do Fim by BACAMARTE album cover Studio Album, 1983
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Bacamarte Symphonic Prog

Review by crimson_smoog

5 stars Introduction: Once upon a time - Brazil in the middle of a dictatorship (1964-1985). Progressive Rock's instruments like Moog and Melloton were really difficult to get. Protectionism was one of the marks of the government (until today, sadly). But Brazil, with his strong musical side and effort, began absorbing counterculture elements that built the Tropicalismo and, soon after, the Brazilian Prog Rock. And there was Bacamarte.

About: Album (General) - Depois do Fim - Produced in 1977 and released in 1983, this album had many problems such as the low concern from record labels to launch an album from a niche genre like progressive rock but, by some luck, things went right and the brazilian "Close to Edge" was born. In my first listen, my ears were not believing what i was hearing. I said: "It's from Brazil? My own country?". Top notch prog rock.

Songs: UFO - Intrumental song. The guitar in the beginning sounds exactly like the album is opening. The dialogue between the Mario Neto's electric guitar with his hammer-ons and Sergio Villarim's Moog is spectacular. The flute gives some Brazilian flavor reminding of some Brazilian regional music. And the song fades out with the Moog.

Smog Alado - Mario Neto becomes Steve Howe and adds some Hard Rock, Jane Duboc sings and the Moog gives the feeling of something is beginning, and yes, it is. The lyrics say that is the "beginning of the end", if you analyze the lyrical content of the album you can realize some concept behind it. I think it's possible to assume that we are talking about a concept album. A story about the apocalypse ocurring.

Miragem - Instrumental song. And brazilian Howe takes the lead again. Good drums from Marco Verissimo. The song turns melancholic in some moment, maybe because of the beginning of the apocalypse? And people believe that they are seeing some mirage (song's title)?

Passaro de Luz - Short track. Obvious influence of classical music in Mario's playing. Jane Duboc with her great voice sings about hope after the apocalypse: "Rises in the sky a bird of light".

Cano - More like a transition song. Good Moog and accordion sounds.

Ultimo Entardecer - This must be the best song of the album. The electric guitar begins sad and Jane sings about the apocalypse happening: "Twilight surrounds the Earth, The fear hangs in the air". And one of the best moments in music happens, the Moog builds up tension like Tony Banks does in "The Cinema Show". And in the end It is asked to "life starts over in a new dawn".

Controversia - Shortest song. ELP-ish. Sergio Villarim becomes Keith Emerson with the Moog's strange sounds.

Depois do Fim - And it ends telling about "After the end", after the apocalypse. The passing of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (Bible) that destroyed the soil but after Jane sings: "Remember of the kids that one day will be born", thinking about the future, even that the earth is practically ruined, "Message to the future, Past to the present". And the flute closes with gold key.

Wow. That's it. My second review. I hope that i'm helping people to understand more about this awesome album and brazilian music.

 Depois Do Fim by BACAMARTE album cover Studio Album, 1983
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Depois Do Fim
Bacamarte Symphonic Prog

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars "Depois Do Fim" is the debut full-length studio album b Brazilian progressive rock act Bacamarte. The album was released through Som-Arte in 1983. Bacamarte was originally formed in 1974 by three school friends but soon disbanded. Guitarist/bandleader M'rio Neto reformed Bacamarte in 1977 with a new linup and recorded the material for "Depois Do Fim" in 1978. Sensing the timing wasn't right in the progressive rock hostile climate of the late 70s, Neto opted to shelve the recordings, and therefore it wasn't until 1983 that "Depois Do Fim" finally was released. It's debatable if 1983 was a much better time than 1978 to release a progressive rock album, but at least Neto felt the time was right.

Listening to the album it's quite obvious that this is a 70s recording and not an album recorded in 1983, as the sound production is organic and warm, and doesn't feature the trademark 80s reverb abuse. There's an authentic organic quality to the performances on the album, which also puts "Depois Do Fim" firmly in the catagory of 70s progressive rock. Stylistically the music is in an eclectic progressive rock style featuring jazz rock/fusion oriented drumming and bass, both lush and more dominant synths, flute and accordian, percussion, and classical influenced acoustic guitar playing and more fast-paced and busy distorted ditto.

The material is predominantly instrumental but some tracks like "Smog Alado" and "'ltimo Entardecer" feature female vocals performed by Jane Duboc (delivered in the band's native tongue). The tracks on the album which feature vocals, typically also feature longer instrumental sections, so while there are vocals featured on the album, they are not the main focus. Instead it's the many lead melodies, the intriguing rhythmic playing, and the memorable compositions, which take the prize as the dominant features. While the music is hardly that original sounding given that it was recorded in 1978 (and quite a few other artists had done something similar during the 70s), there is still great quality compositions and performances to be found on "Depois Do Fim". The well sounding production is another great asset and upon conclusion it's a high quality progressive rock album, and it's certainly not audible that it's a debut album. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

 Depois Do Fim by BACAMARTE album cover Studio Album, 1983
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Bacamarte Symphonic Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

5 stars BACAMARTE hails from Brazil and released this one album back in 1983 (although a second album would eventually emerge in 1999) which is a strange year indeed for such symphonic prog treat like DEPOIS DO FIM (After the end) when new wave and classic metal were ruling the musical roost and sophisticated music like this was certainly not the norm. The band was one of those latecomers to the prog game in the late 70s and exemplifies a whole plethora of influences from earlier 70s prog bands. As the story goes this album was recorded way back in 1978 and it definitely sounds like a 70s album. The band leader and founder Mario Neto decided that when this was recorded it wasn't the right time to let it out into a world intoxicated by the hypnotic and simplified world of disco and punk. They in effect sat on it and didn't release it for a several years when Neto was finally convinced to unleash his masterpiece to the public. He submitted it to a local radio station in Rio de Janeiro and the rest is history. The album has been lauded by proggers since its release and for good reason. It really is a compelling and outstanding slice of symphonic prog.

Despite being a product of South America there is little to reveal its geographical origins for it sounds like an album that could have easily been manufactured in Rome or Naples or Milan. This is pastoral symphonic prog of the Genesis type but wrapped in that Italian touch for making it romantic and classically infused with Spanish guitars and Romance language splendor of the PFM or Banco camp. The guitar runs are very Yes inspired that are of the Steve Howe type and splendiferous melodies that remind me of Renaissance with beautiful keyboards and the lovely vocals of Jane Duboc. The music just holds together very well and all the tracks just float on by never getting dull for one moment despite the album never really having a radically different sound than the influences that contribute to its whole. At first listen I didn't really hear the big deal behind what makes this so special but after a few it presented itself in a different light. The sum of the parts that make it take on a new mojo that leaves a satisfying feel to the whole thing. I have succumbed to the insipid charm of DEPOIS DO FIM and find myself loving this album more each time I give it a spin.

 Depois Do Fim by BACAMARTE album cover Studio Album, 1983
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Bacamarte Symphonic Prog

Review by Brazilian Progger

5 stars Simply put, an absolute masterpiece and a basic addition to any serious progressive rock fan - the flute and guitar work are just flawless, and Jane Duboc's wonderful vocals are a perfect match to this album that will surely take you places.

As others have already said, this is to be appreciated along with some of the best Italian prog released in the 80s - however, this goes way beyond any sort of "melodic" or "symphonic" prog cliché - it's an almost perfect confluence of vocal and instrumental talent that can only be found, yes, in true masterpieces.

Highlights:

UFO, Pássaro de Luz, Miragem and Mirante das Estrelas (which is actually a bonus track).

An interesting addendum is that charming Ms Duboc used not only to be a famous MPB (Brazilian Popular Music) singer but also an accomplished professional sportswoman, winning various national competitions in swimming, volleyball, tennis and table tennis.

Definitely another reason to be a proud Brazilian.

 Depois Do Fim by BACAMARTE album cover Studio Album, 1983
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Bacamarte Symphonic Prog

Review by Mr. Mustard

5 stars Bacarmate's debut album is a breath of fresh air in the midst of an era what most would consider a dry time for prog. Perhaps it is because this album sounds as if it could have been released a decade earlier than it had been. The symphonic touch of bands like Genesis, ELP, Jethro Tull, and the quirkiness and intensity of Italian band's such as Banco and PFM is certainly there. But its own unique blend of these sounds is enough to separate it from these greats, and into a unique and enjoyable album.

As mentioned, this album definitely has that Symphonic sound, and is mostly drowned in synth to provide the lush atmosphere often associated with the genre, as noticed in the first song 'UFO,' of which the main theme is a divine synth passage. Besides this, there is also frequent usage of acoustic guitar on shorter songs like 'Pássaro De Luz,' and in passages of other songs. The more quirky moments can be found in the shorter 'Caño' and 'Controversia.' More overall, the album attains a rather upbeat and intense feeling, a la Banco, except for some of the more acoustically driven sections as mentioned, but is always melodic and interesting. This makes this a pretty diverse album overall.

The songs themselves aren't terribly long, but still manage to be quite diverse in their song structure and instrument choice, which includes tons of synth (used both atmospherically and melodically), frequent use of flute, and female vocals in Portuguese. 'Último Entardecer' is obviously the only exception length-wise, coming in at nearly 10-minutes, and is probably the best song on an album which really has no weak songs.

While it may not be the most as groundbreaking as the Genesis and Yes of a decade earlier, this is a solid listen from beginning to end, and should not be passed up by symphonic prog fans. It is a shame they were never able to record an album of this caliber again.

8/10

 Sete Cidades by BACAMARTE album cover Studio Album, 1999
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Sete Cidades
Bacamarte Symphonic Prog

Review by GKR

4 stars I almost give three stars... basically for the lack of good vocals and lyrics. Seriously, if you're going to sing (badly) at least made more impressive poetry.

However the music itself is really enjoyable and have a surprisingly quality. The first two tracks, for example, are remarcably instrumental played with maestry - in fact, if I were the guys, I would made a DVD from their reunions, with this two along with the original album. Another insteresting part is to enjoy the guitar work of Mario Neto and see what parts are more highlighted in the music, in comparison with the original album from 1983.

Not a must have, but an interesting effort. 4 stras, but actually a 3,5 or something there.

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