As the old adage goes, good things come to those who wait, and we've been waiting a long time for this one. 35 years after his stunning 1972 debut, the masterful and mercurial Arthur Verocai entered the studio once again to record a stunning sophomore offering "Encore." Joining the dots throughout a lifelong love affair with music, Arthur created a modern classic of Brazilian music that, like his debut, combined Brazilian influences with his take on American soul and cinematic experimentation, a sound as poignant now as it ever was.
In the mid-2000’s, following on from Marcos Valle, Joyce and of course Azymuth, Arthur Verocai joined the long-line of Brazilian musicians whose music was to be introduced to a whole new legion of fans by those fine folks at Far Out. The story of "Encore" of course begins with Joe Davis, Far Out’s head honcho who stumbled upon Arthur’s debut in a dusty record store in downtown Rio in the late 80s. At the time of its release in 1972 critics panned Arthur’s debut and both the album and artist subsequently vanished into obscurity. Fast forward to winter 2004 and Joe’s at the studio of Far Out Recording artists Harmonic 313 – aka production duo Mark ‘Troubleman’ Pritchard and Dave Brinkworth – playing them some of his favourite Brazilian albums. Dave recalls the moment Joe put on Arthur’s debut, “As soon as the needle hit the record and we heard the fantastic arrangements, songs and sounds, Arthur completely blew our minds”. Three months later and Dave was in Brazil with Arthur Verocai, and the plans for what was to become ‘Encore’ were being laid down. Produced by Dave, ‘Encore’ sees Arthur on incredible form, the 35 plus years between the recording of his debut and this the follow-up just melting away as Arthur picked up the (conductor’s) baton once again to create 11 epic tracks of stirring samba-soul and experimental cinematic movements that sees him creating a record to rival his debut. Finally on vinyl for the first time since its 2007 release, this is a treat for all of us.
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: At long last Far Out do the honourable thing and give Arthur Verocai's stunning sophomore offering a vinyl release. Much loved by Moonboots, Mison and any others lovers of real music, this life affirming set of cinematic and soulful Brazilian brilliance is something to be savoured. Magnificent!