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Marcos Valle

Marcos Valle was the Renaissance man of Brazilian pop, a singer/songwriter/producer who straddled the country's music world from the early days of the bossa nova craze well into the fusion-soaked sound of '80s MPB. Though his reputation in America never quite compared to contemporaries like Caetano Veloso, Milton Nascimento, Gilberto Gil, or even Tom Zé, Valle is one of the most important and popular performers in the history of Brazilian pop.

Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1943, Valle studied classical music as a child but listened to many different types of music, especially jazz. He began writing songs with his brother Paulo Sérgio -- Marcos was the tune writer, Paulo the lyricist -- in the early '60s, and after Tamba Trio found a hit with his "Sonho de Maria," Valle was named Brazil's Leading Composer of the Year at the age of 19. A recording contract soon followed, and in 1964 he released his first album, Samba Demais, for EMI Brazil. A tour with Sergio Mendes & Brasil '65 the following year brought his first show business connections in America (via Merv Griffin), and in 1966 Walter Wanderley took Valle's song "So Nice (Summer Samba)" into the U.S. Top 40. Valle soon earned his own American contract, and in 1967, Warner Bros. released the instrumentals album Braziliance! One year later, his Verve debut, Samba '68, became a Brazilian classic thanks to simple, infectious pop songs like "Batucada," "Chup, Chup, I Got Away," and "Crickets Sing for Anamaria" (all of which featured spot-on harmony vocals by his wife, Anamaria).

Despite the incredible promise revealed by Samba '68, it was his last American album to date. That same year, the Brazilian-only Viola Enluarada became a big hit in South America, thanks in part to the title track (with vocals by a young Milton Nascimento). The rock & roll era that had already influenced tropicalistas like Os Mutantes, Caetano Veloso, and Gilberto Gil soon began inspiring Valle as well. With albums like the irresistible 1971 classic Garra, he moved away from native Brazilian forms like the bossa nova and samba and into a rock-influenced sound that played up groove-heavy bass and smooth funk even while courting his amazing melodic sense. He continued recording for EMI until he moved to America in 1975. There, he wrote and arranged tracks for Eumir Deodato, Airto Moreira, and Chicago. He continued to record solo albums during the early '80s, adding electronics and smooth production techniques to the mix with surprisingly solid results, but also moved into writing music (often with Paulo) for films and novellas, including the theme to Brazil's version of Sesame Street.

During the late '80s, the rare-groove craze centered in London resurrected and relentlessly compiled dozens of crucial overlooked tracks from the '60s and '70s, including Valle's "Crickets Sing for Anamaria." In 1995, the British label Mr. Bongo released a two-volume series (The Essential Marcos Valle) dedicated to his work. One year later, Valle appeared on the jam session compilation Friends from Rio, and in 1998 returned with a new album, Nova Bossa Nova. That same year, the Lumiar label released The Marcos Valle Songbook, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, including new versions of Valle standards by Gal Costa, Caetano Veloso, Maria Bethania, Edu Lobo, Joyce, Chico Buarque, Joao Bosco, and Azymuth, among others. The new millennium heralded another studio album, Escape, as well as prescient Japanese reissues from his late-'60s/early-'70s peak. Additional albums followed during the 2000s, including Contrasts (2003) and Jet Samba (2005), as well as the live Conecta ao Vivo No Cinematheque (2008). He entered the new decade with another new studio album, 2010's Estática. ~ John Bush
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Jet-Samba

2. Jet-Samba

4. Campina Grande

8. Vem

9. Previsao Do Tempo

10. Posto 9

12. La Petite Valse

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Track List: The Essential Marcos Valle

1. Samba De Verao

2. Ela E Carioca

3. Vivo Sonhando

4. Preciso Aprender A Ser So

5. Sonho De Maria

6. Moca Flor

7. Gente

8. Pelas Ruas Do Recife

9. Os Ossos Do Barao

10. O Cafona

11. Com Mais De 30

12. Que Bandeira

13. Mustang Cor De Sangue

14. Terra De Ninguem

15. Viola Enluarada

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Track List: Cafe Apres-Midi

3. Batucada Surgiu

4. Ainda Mais Lindo

5. E Vem O Sol

7. Samba De Verao

8. Deus Brasileiro

9. Vem

10. Viola Enluarada

11. Proton Eletron Neutron

12. Maria Da Favela

13. Pelas Ruas Do Recife

14. Mustang Cor De Sangue

17. Ele E Ela

19. Freio Aerodinamico

20. Os Grilos

22. Com Mais De 30

23. Malena

24. Democustico

26. Mentira

29. Meu Heroi

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Track List: Previsao Do Tempo

2. Nem Paleto, Nem Gravata

4. Mentira

5. Previsao Do Tempo

6. Mais Do Que Valsa

7. Os Ossos Do Barao

10. Samba Fatal

11. Tiu-Ba-La-Quieba

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Track List: Samba '68

1. The Answer

2. Cricket Sing For Anamaria

3. So Nice (Summer Samba)

4. Chup Chup, I Got Away

5. If You Went Away

6. Pepino Beach

7. She Told Me, She Told Me

8. It's Time To Sing

9. Batucada

10. The Face I Love

11. Safely In Your Arms

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Track List: O Compositor E O Cantor

1. Gente

2. Preciso Aprender A Ser So

3. Seu Encanto

4. Passa Por Mim

5. Samba De Verao

6. A Resposta

7. Deus Brasileiro

8. Dorme Profundo

9. Vem

10. Mais Amor

11. Perdao

12. Nao Pode Ser

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Track List: Samba "Demais"

1. Vivo Sonhando

2. Amor De Nada

3. Moca Flor

4. Cancao Pequenina

5. Razao Do Amor

6. Tudo De Voce

7. Sonho De Maria

8. Ela E Carioca

9. Ilusao A Toa

10. Ainda Mais Lindo

11. E Vem O Sol

12. A Morte De Um Deus De Sal

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Track List: 1985/Prefixo/1975 Remixes (Single)

1. 1985 (SS Translation By Theo Parrish)

2. Prefixo (Bloodfire Remix)

3. 1975 (Budgie Remix)

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Track List: Contrasts

1. Besteiras De Amor

2. Disfarca E Ven

3. Nega Do Balaio

4. Agua De Coco

5. Passatempo

6. Contrasts

7. Temo Do Tiago

8. Value

9. Parabens (Danca Do Daniel)

10. My Nightingale

11. Que Que Tem

12. Value (4 Hero Remix)

13. Parabens (Danca Do Daniel) (Bugz In The Attic Remix)

14. Nega Do Balaio (Buscemi's Jungle Jazz Remix)

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Legendary Brazillian composer Marcos K.Valle....M a r c o s and Tom Jobim are two of the most beloved composers in Brazil. He is the composer of Summer Samba also known as So Nice and so many, many more beautiful bossa nova and samba songs. Recently... Stacey Kent did many of his songs ...check out their album . Find him on facebook and follow him.... he is still performing and composing as of 2016. He is one of my favorite all-time composers. A living Legend! The Best!
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LIKE !!!!!!!!
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He is so great and so under-apprec i a t e d . Just the iconic Summer Samba would have been a triumph, but he has done so much more. Sooooooo nice!
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josiah2499
Never heard his music. I'm hooked. This guy is the real thing. The bass line is tight
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Love this music, did not know Marco Valle but I think I have listened to the song before! Amazing artist.....
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Divertente !
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Don't read this cuz it actually works if you post this on 5 other videos you will get kissed by the love of your life next Friday. If you don't you will have very bad luck. If you are reading now don't stop. Also if you post this on 6 other songs in 142 minutes tomorrow will be the best day of your life start now and when you finish, the love of your life's name will appear somewhere on the screen within 3 minutes
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GROOVE & SWAY, SAMBA STYLE :-)
Ultimate COOL MUSIC
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Fender Rhodes 2Kool. Bamboleate
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I love the Bosa Nova sound, smooth and romantic
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Great singer and composer;I especially like his version of "Summer Samba" with Patrica Marx.
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VERY NICE........ . . . .
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good song
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I love them all

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