Elis Regina Carvalho Costa, popularly known as Elis Regina, was a Brazilian singer of popular and Jazz music. She became nationally renowned in 1965, after singing “Arrastão” in the first edition of TV Excelsior festival song contest, and soon joined O Fino da Bossa, a television program on TV Record. Elis was noted for her vocalization, as well as for her personal interpretation and performances in shows. She recorded several successful compositions, such as “Como nossos pais”, “Upa Neguinho”, “Madalena”, “Casa no Campo”, “Águas de Março”, “Atrás da porta”, “O bêbado e a equilibrista”, “Conversando no bar”, etc.
Her untimely death, at the age of 36, in 1982 shocked Brazil. She has frequently been regarded as the greatest Brazilian singer of all time by critics, musicians, and commentators.
Coming from the same line of Definitive Collection albums as the Caetano Veloso and Chico Buarquerecords on Wrasse, this collection of Elis Regina is of a similar quality: excellent. The notes on the recordings are somewhat lacking, but the music is all there to be heard. The classic songs from throughout her career are all here, from her early solo days through the tropicalia movement and beyond. All with Regina‘s trademark emotional intensity. Most of the recordings are from the mid-’70s, after the world outside of Brazil took notice of her abilities. Whether those versions or those recorded prior to the fateful Montreaux performance are superior is up for debate, but regardless of the outcome, these recordings are divine. An excellent opening album for someone curious about Regina‘s work, and also a nice one for an early foray into the run of tropicalia/MPB/bossa nova, as well.
Elis Regina & Antonio Carlos Jobim – Águas de Março