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Os Novos Baianos – Acabou Chorare (1972)
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Acabou Chorare is the second album from Novos Baianos, or ‘New Bahians’, who formed in Bahia, Brazil in the 1960’s. They are considered to be one of the most important and revolutionary groups in Brazilian music. Acabou Chorare – translated as Stop Crying – was originally released in 1972 by Som Livre after the success of their first LP É Ferro na Boneca in 1970. It charted at #1 in a Rolling Stone Brazil’s’Top 100 Brazilian Albums Ever chart. ‘Preta, Pretinha’ placed 20th in the same publications list of the greatest Brazilian songs of all time. Upon release, Acabou Chorare stayed near the top on the album charts for more than 30 weeks, and received huge radio support across the country. It also became very popular in Europe shortly afterwards. The unique sound of this record is a result of the fusion of samba, MPB, rock ‘n’ roll and bossa nova, and strong influences from Joao Gilberto, who frequently played with the group, and bossa nova legend Gilberto Gil. In 1969, Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso invited Pepeu to accompany them in their farewell show before their exile, the emotional ‘Barra 69’ concert.