Ben É Samba Bom

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Ben É Samba Bom is the second studio album by Brazilian singer-songwriter and guitarist Jorge Ben, first released in Brazil in 1964. It was reissued in the United States by Philips Records in 1967, under the title Big Ben Strikes Again (Catalogue no. PHS 600-234).[1]

Ben é Samba Bom
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Studio album by
Released1964
Length34:34
LabelPhilips
ProducerArmando Pittigliani
Jorge Ben chronology
Samba Esquema Novo
(1963)
Ben é Samba Bom
(1964)
Sacundin Ben Samba
(1964)
Big Ben Strikes Again
1967 American reissue
1967 American reissue

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Tom HullC+[2]

Reviewing the album's 1967 American reissue, Sepia magazine wrote that same year: "The expressive voice of Jorge Ben is rough-edged, warm, and very Brazilian. Brazilian music and rhythms have pervaded American and European popular music like a gentle rain and Jorge is one of the reasons behind their influence. You will definitely want this one that has 'Bicho Do Mato,' 'Shuffling Along,' and 'Leaving Port.'"[1] Tom Hull was more critical in a retrospective review of the original album, saying Ben "loses this balance, and ham-handed horn arrangements overwhelm the weaker songs."[2]

Track listingEdit

All tracks written by Jorge Ben, except where noted.

  1. "Descalço no Parque" – 3:04
  2. "Onde Anda o Meu Amor" (Orlandivo, Roberto Jorge) – 3:04
  3. "Bicho do Mato" – 3:19
  4. "Vou de Samba com Você" (João Mello) – 2:44
  5. "Samba Legal" (Henrique de Almeida, Claudionor Sant'Anna) – 2:24
  6. "Ôba Lá Lá" (João Gilberto) – 2:36
  7. "Gabriela" – 2:53
  8. "Zópe Zópe" – 2:45
  9. "Saída do Porto" (Zil Rosendo) – 3:16
  10. "Dandara Hei" – 2:35
  11. "Samba Menina" – 3:19
  12. "Guerreiro do Rei" – 2:49

1967 American reissueEdit

  1. "Descalço no Parque (Barefoot in the Park)" – 3:04
  2. "Onde Anda Meu Amor (Whither My Love?)" – 3:04
  3. "Bicho do Mato (Solitary Fellow)" – 3:19
  4. "Vou de Samba com Voce (I'm Going to Do the Samba with You)" – 2:44
  5. "Samba Legal (Legitimate Samba)" – 2:24
  6. "Gabriela (Gabriela)" – 2:53
  7. "Zope Zope (Shuffling Along)" – 2:45
  8. "Saida do Porto (Leaving Port)" – 3:16
  9. "Dandara Hei" – 2:35
  10. "Samba Menina (Girlie Samba)" – 3:19

PersonnelEdit

Source: AllMusic[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Anon. (June 1967). "Reviews". Sepia. Vol. 16. p. 58.
  2. ^ a b Hull, Tom (8 December 2012). "December 2012 Notebook". tomhull.com. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  3. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/ben-samba-bom-r601276/credits

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