Tim Maia: Nobody Can Live Forever; The Existential Soul of Tim Maia (Luaka Bop)

 |   |  <1 min read

Tim Maia: O Caminho Do Bem
Tim Maia: Nobody Can Live Forever; The Existential Soul of Tim Maia (Luaka Bop)

Although obviously a hard guy to live with, Tim Maia – who died in '98 aged 55 – was a larger than life character in Brazilian music.

He was a man of excesses and some of his song titles hint at his philosophy (Let's Have a Ball Tonight, I Don't Care, You Don't Know What I Know).

There was a musical about his life and he certainly had stories to tell.

At 17 he illegally emigrated to New York; was deported four years later (caught smoking marijuana in a stolen car); brought American soul, funk and black politics back home with him; was married five times; handed out LSD to his record company people; started the first indie record label in Brazil; believed we had been exiled on Earth and would be rescued by flying saucers from our home planet . . .

Sort of like Curtis Mayfield crossed with a decadent Scientologist who had been fed Santana's cloud-piercing guitar.

This excellent – if slightly period-locked in the Seventies – collection was a decade in the collating but for its sultry low funk (O Caminho Do Bem), broody soulful blues (Ela Partiu), snappy psychedelics (Quer Quiera, Quer Nao Quiera) and Sly Stone-like political rock (Brother Father Mother Sister) it was worth the effort.

Tim Maia was a rare one and although he said nobody can live forever he also seemed to believe his music might just.

Terrific, if gettin' back to the Seventies appeals.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   World Music articles index

Soha: D'ici et d'ailleurs/From Here and Elsewhere (EMI)

Soha: D'ici et d'ailleurs/From Here and Elsewhere (EMI)

Gotta say that although the title of this one had immediate appeal for obvious reasons this Algerian-French singer from Marseilles almost lost me at "Hello".In the first few seconds of... > Read more

Syriana: The Road to Damascus (Real World)

Syriana: The Road to Damascus (Real World)

The last time Nick Page (aka Dubulah and co-founder of London's terrific Transglobal Underground) appeared on these pages it was as Dub Colossus with the album A Town Called Addis in which he... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

THE BARGAIN BUY: The Byrds; There is a Season

THE BARGAIN BUY: The Byrds; There is a Season

For most people the Byrds were a great singles band and there is ample evidence to support that view (Mr Tambourine Man, Turn Turn Turn, Eight Miles High, Ballad of Easy Rider and so on). For... > Read more

HENRYK GORECKI, THE SORROWFUL SYMPHONY: Capturing the spirit of the age, and marketing

HENRYK GORECKI, THE SORROWFUL SYMPHONY: Capturing the spirit of the age, and marketing

When Billboard magazine – the bible of the international music industry – put classical music on its cover in September '92 with the heading “It’s Cool Again!” there... > Read more