Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Essential Joyce 1970-1996 (1997)

On February 10, 2013, the featured CD on this blog was Blue Brazil: Blue Note in a Latin Groove which featured a song by Joyce titled Aldeia De Ogum that I claimed was "worth the price of the CD IMO. Now that I'm reacquainted with that track, it's a safe bet I'll be purchasing a Joyce CD in the near future." And within a month, I had ordered this compilation CD.

Joyce (full name Joyce Moreno) is a Brazilian singer/songwriter who has enjoyed a truly international career.  Most of the songs are sung in the beautiful Portuguese language.  Because of that, I often compare Joyce to Bebel Gilberto, but that's not really fair to either of them.  One of the nice things about Joyce's bossa-infused songs are the arrangements: nothing too flashy or heavy, mostly minimal instrumentation that focuses on her voice.  Most songs consist of just Joyce and acoustic guitar with the occasional Latin percussion instrument.  Recommended for listening after sunset on the lanai with beverages and persons of your choice.

According to her website, it seems that Joyce experienced a renaissance of sorts after this compilation was released - since 1997, she's recorded 13 more studio albums to date.  That's good news - more music for me to check out.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart

Tracks:  23 tracks, mostly from the '70s and '80s, with one track from the '90s.  The CD clocks in at 76 minutes.  It's a great compilation from top to bottom, but the top track is still Aldeia De Ogum.  Other favorites include Viola Fora De Moda, Clareana, Feminina, and Rodando A Baiana.  The only track not ripped to iTunes is The Man From The Avenue.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None

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