O Samba Pocone

O Samba Pocone

by SkankSkank
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Enormously popular in Brazil, Skank plays reggae-tinged rock (or is that rock-tinged reggae?) not unlike that on the earliest records of Elvis Costello & the Attractions or Graham Parker & the Rumour. Not to imply that Skank is on the same songwriting level, but O Samba Pocone did cement the group's mainstream popularity in Brazil with "É Uma Partida de Futebol." That celebration of the national infatuation with soccer was driven by an upbeat skank rhythm, horns on the chorus, and a little strategically placed surdo drum thunder. The buoyant "Eu Disse a Ela" rocks along with conviction and has horns in the chorus, while the bassline carries "Zé Trinidade" through a savvy switch to ragga that ups the energy ante. "Garota Nacional" works in '50s doo wop/R&B flavors, including some baritone sax blats; if the finale, "Chica Nacional," sounds similar, it should, since it's exactly the same track but sung in Spanish. But after "Garota," O Samba Pocone begins to slide toward the merely professional. "Sem Terra" goes back to punchy ragga and "Os Exilados" starts strong, but both wind up not leaving much of an impression. "Um Dia Qualquer" fares better with snappy horns and another unexpected rockabilly guitar touch like the one that popped up in "Ze Trinidade." Manu Chao is on three tracks and O Samba Pocone is a good but not outstanding disc. Even at its best, you never really feel like you're dealing with heavyweights with Skank, but the music is well-crafted and you never doubt that it matters to them.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/24/1996
Label: Sony U.S. Latin
UPC: 0037628209027
catalogNumber: 82090

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Skank   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Teco Cardoso   Saxophone
Walmir Gil   Trumpet
Kelly Cruz   Vocals
Graca Cunha   Vocals
Haroldo Ferretti   Drums
Henrique Portugal   Keyboards
Lelo Zaneti   Bass
Samuel Rosa   Guitar,Vocals
Chico Amaral   Saxophone
Toninho Ferragutti   Sanfona
Proveta   Saxophone
Vania Abreu   Vocals
Debora Reis   Vocals
Edivaldo Silva   Trombone
João Vianna   Trumpet
James Müller   Percussion

Technical Credits

Skank   Producer
Jorge Davidson   Art Direction
Partida Defutebol   Arranger
Silas Degodoy   Engineer
Dudu Marote   Producer
Jose Abraham Robles   Paintings
Guilherme Canaes   Engineer
Ronaldo Viana   Art Direction
Chico Amaral   Arranger
Gringo Cardia   Cover Design

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