Album #398 – Vento de Maio

Album #398

Vento de Maio is one of the few compilations on the list and also one of the few albums that was not released on the date that it is placed on the list. But, in 1978, Elis Regina was a huge name in Brazilian music. She is described as eccentric and emotional when she was on stage. Her presence in Brazilian music made her huge in her homeland and as powerful as political leaders. One thing I don’t understand is why a compilation, released years after her death in 1982, was placed on the list for 1978. Vento de Maio is a good representation of Regina’s career. She has performed with Gilberto Gil, Milton Nascimento and Lo Borges, all artists that I have listened to that were on the list already. But, what I liked most is her voice and style. When I hear Regina’s voice, I hear a cross between Anita Baker and Sade. Her emotion matches that of Edith Piaf and her ability to combine modern influences with traditional Brazilian rhythms creates a sound unique to this gifted singer. Tragically, she died way too young at age 36. But, through Vento de Maio and her other albums, Elis Regina’s style and sound lives on. Overall, I give Vento de Maio, 4.5 out of 5.

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