Gil and Milton

COMPOSERS: Various
LABELS: WEA
PERFORMER: Gilberto Gil, Milton Nascimento (vocal/guitar)
CATALOGUE NO: 8573-82810-2

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Classic reissues and a few surprises this time. The unexpected begins with a new release, the modestly titled GIL AND MILTON. Never mind the occasional string sections or girls’ choirs: essentially this is a persuasive, quiet selection of great tunes, delivered straight and beautifully arranged. Most of the best songs are Gilberto’s or Nascimento’s.

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Then again, after the strings have cloyed they come up with a wonderfully relaxed reggae arrangement of George Harrison’s ‘Something’. No world-music fashion or contrivance here, just top-quality music-making.