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Staff Picks #1: Tudo Ben - Jorge Ben Covered

The first in a new series of extended 'Mr Bongo Staff Picks' where someone from Bongo HQ selects their favourite record and tells us why.

First up is Graham Luckhurst who has chosen 'Tudo Ben: Jorge Ben Covered':

This is my favourite compilation album on Mr Bongo. Every single track is a killer. Infact, I often play Mr Bongo DJ sets where at least half of these get a spin in one set.

It's hard not to like Jorge Ben even if you don't particularly like Brazilian music. Personally I am a huge fan and his albums 'Africa Brasil' and 'Sacundin Ben Samba' are among of my most listened to records of all time.

So, an album with nearly 30 versions of Ben songs that all have a different feel to his original compositions was never going to disappoint. Stand out tracks for me include Os Originais do Samba's version of 'La Vem Salgeiro' and Wilson Simonal's 'Que Pena' taken from his classic Mexico 70 LP.  Dance-floor fire with what I consider to be a golden era heavy Brazilian sound.

Tudo Ben is currently available on CD and download.  It is yet to come out on vinyl, but we have teamed up with Beat Delete to offer a pre-order triple vinyl pressing on it - full details are here.


1. Salinas –Tenha Fé, Pois Amanhã Um Lindo Dia Vai Nascer
2. Elza Soares –Pulo, Pulo
3. Wilson Simonal –Silva Lenheira
4. Osmar Milito – Rita Jeep
5. Wilson Simonal – Zazueira
6. Osmar Milito – Quem Mandou
7. Doris Monteiro – Se Você Quiser Mas Sem Bronquear
8. Wilson Simonal – Que Pena
9. Osmar Milito – Morre O Burro, Fica O Homem
10. Os Originais Do Samba – Lá Vem Salgueiro
11. Os Brazoes – Carolina Carol Bela
12. Wilson Simonal Crioula
13. Sonia Santos – Speed
14. Claudette Soares – Êles Querem Amar
15. Os Increveis – Vendedor De Bananas
16. Wilson Simonal – Brasil, Eu Fico
17. Cyro Aguiar – Rei Do Maracatu
18. Wilson Simonal – Resposta
19. Elza Soares – Mas Que Nada
20. Wilson Simonal – País Tropical
21. Originais Do Samba – Cadê Tereza
22. Marijo – Fio Maravilha
23. Os Originais Do Samba – Tenha Fé, Pois Amanhã Um Lindo Dia Vai Nascer
24. Os Brazoes –Que Maravilha
25. Os Mutreteiros Grilados – Cosa Nostra
26. Os Originais Do Samba – Falador Passa Mal

Listen to the album here