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Essential LPs – Arthur Verocai
December 31, 2009, 2:28 am
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Arthur Verocai performs at the Luckman Theater in Los Angeles at the TIMELESS series on March 15, 2009. Presented by VTech, MOCHILLA, and ArtDontSleep. It isnt often that the cosmos align as perfectly as they did on Sunday to bring Arthur Verocai to L.A. for the first time. Though some people in attendance may have been familiar with his work through hip-hops skillful integration of his epic sound, there was no mistaking that Verocais symphonic artistry extends beyond the confines of sampling. With a 36-piece orchestra—including Brazilian heavy hitters Ivan Mamao Conti, Aloisio Aguiar, Jose Bertrami and Airto Moreira—Verocai made his fabled 1972 album unfold before all ages of admirers.

An album from 1972 that is less then 30 minutes long but my god what a 30 minutes it is. As essential in 2010 as it was back in 1972 – find out more here


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[…] This 1971 LP on the groovy Cotillion label is an all-time heavy soul psych folk classic that should be in everyone’s collection. These days its sought after for its beats and samples but Claude definitely digs the whole package. The unlikely pairing of jazz guitarist Ernie Calabria and soul session singer Barbara Massey came together only once on this LP to record an album of out-there, genre-defying hybrids lavishly orchestrated by the legendary Eumir Deodato. File next to Arthur Verocai. […]

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