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Celebrating 25 years of Mr Bongo: Tom Ze 'Grande Liquidicao'

In late October 1989, David 'Mr Bongo' Buttle opened his first record shop, underneath Daddy Kool’s Reggae Store on Berwick Street in London. 25 years later and we are still flying the flag for quality music, and are now celebrating a quarter of a century of Mr Bongo. 

As part of our 25 years retrospective we will be looking back at some of our favourite releases. Today it's the turn of...

Tom Ze's 'Grande Liquidicao'

Tom Ze is the original Brazilian eccentric. A songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and composer who was hugely influential in the Tropicália movement of 1960s Brazil. After the peak of the Tropicália period, Zé went into relative obscurity: it was only in the 1990s, when the musician and label head David Byrne discovered an album recorded by Zé many years earlier, that he returned to performing and releasing new material.

We re-issued his 'Grande Liquidicao' album in 2011. Originally released on Rozenblit in 1968, this LP is a Tropicalia masterpiece, laced with crazy vocal melodies, sampling a multitude of genres from funk to psychedelic rock and bossa nova. The album includes the fantastic “Parque Industrial” which was later recorded by Gal Costa, Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso on the Tropicalia: Panis et Circenses album.

We will very soon be re-issuing his second album, which is self-titled originally released on 1970 in RGE.

'Sao Sao Paulo' is included on our 25 Years Of Mr Bongo compilation album.