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A Tabua de Esmeralda


Download links and information about A Tabua de Esmeralda by Jorge Ben. This album was released in 1974 and it belongs to Salsa, World Music, Latin genres. It contains 12 tracks with total duration of 40:12 minutes.

Artist: Jorge Ben
Release date: 1974
Genre: Salsa, World Music, Latin
Tracks: 12
Duration: 40:12
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No. Title Length
1. Os Alquimistas Estão Chegando Os Alquimistas 3:15
2. O Homem da Gravata Florida 3:05
3. Errare Humanum Est 4:50
4. Menina Mulher da Pele Preta 2:57
5. Eu Vou Torcer 3:15
6. Magnólia 3:14
7. Minha Teimosia, Uma Arma Pra Te Conquistar 2:41
8. Zumbi 3:31
9. Brother 2:54
10. O Namorado Da Viúva 2:03
11. Hermes Trismegisto e Sua Celeste Tábua de Esmeralda 5:30
12. Cinco Minutos (5 Minutos) 2:57



A Tábua de Esmeralda (together with Jorge Ben's 1976 album África Brasil) could be said to represent the creative culmination of his astonishing '70s. The music that Ben recorded during this period had tremendous influence on Brazilian musicians at that time and to a great extent helped to ignite the creative explosion that took place in the Brazilian samba rock and samba soul scenes during the '70s. The sound on this particular album is very simple, with the songs being driven by Ben's characteristic acoustic guitar playing together with a bass guitar and percussion. Floating in the background on several tracks are also some nice string arrangements and a double bass. The melodies are magnificently crafted, managing to be catchy and free-flowing without ever feeling banal or predictable. One of many great songs on this album is the upbeat opening track, "Os Alquimistas Estão Chegando," with its funny lyrics about alchemists. Other especially fine moments are the space-themed "Errare Humanum Est," "Zumbi," with its Africa-inspired lyrics, "Cinco Minutos," and "Magnolia." A Tábua de Esmeralda belongs in the record collection of any fan of Ben's music and is also a great starting point for someone who wants an introduction to his work. ~ Philip Jandovský, Rovi