Essential 45rpm Records to Slot Into a Pub Jukebox - Record No.0457 Quarteto Novo : Vim de Santana

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Pub Jukebox Record No.0457 : Quarteto Novo : "Vim de San'tana" [1967]

The 2016 Olympic Games at Rio de Janeiro may have brought a large haul of gold, silver and bronze medals for Team GB but the Brazilian sports festival suffered a number of setbacks and problems. Social media and the tabloid press reported on a variety of issues such as contaminated water, poor ticket sales and the closure of the Olympic Village's branch of McDonald's. However, for me at least, the biggest disappointment has been the music played at the various venues. This was Brazil's big chance to showcase their cultural heritage to the max. Moreover, the games presented the country with the opportunity to show that, in addition to football, they rule the world when it comes to Coro, Samba and Bossa Nova. Yet, in the main, all we got was a string of globalised pop and rock that you can hear just about anywhere else on the planet. The BBC weren't much better, choosing to roll out "Mas que Nada" by Sérgio Mendes, just as they do every time the Brazilians appear during the World Cup. Sure, the Jorge Ben Jor composition is a classic but why not delve a little further into the record box marked Brazil. The Beeb even think that they are being cool playing a record by Santana, a San Francisco rock band led by a Mexican.

If we are going to have Santana as a factor then the publican's choice of a top-notch Brazilian record to be slotted into the pub jukebox has to be "Vim de Sant'ana," an awesome chunk of baião music from 1967 by Quarteto Novo, a group that recorded just one album before the members went their separate ways, thus adding to the cult status bestowed upon this heavenly piece of vinyl. Check out the guitar work, piano and percussion on this white-hot recording, particularly the second half after 2m.20s - if you have not heard it before then prepare to redefine your concept of musical genius. The album from which this track is taken influenced a generation of musicians - and still does today! If Mo Farah ran with this on his headphones he'd break the world record every time he went for a jog.

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