Since today feels like winter might actually end sometime (though not freaking soon enough, lemme tell ya), I was pleased to run across a Milton Nascimento album I had not played in a long time. This is not quite an “Air Is Still and the Light Is Cool” post because the essential Nascimento release (I agree with the consensus) is Clube da Esquina. And there are even two or three others that are superior to the one I threw on this afternoon. But I think it’s his best, most often overlooked album.
It’s always a problem that there’s about 14 collections called either Milton Nascimento or Milton. This is the Milton that came out in 1970, right before Clube da Esquina. Has the cover that looks like it was done by Milton Glaser (though I don’t believe it was):
Nascimento’s other big problem is that he’s made far too many frilly, fussy, fancy, faux-jazzy albums over the years. His catalog is as uneven as any performer capable of such gorgeous work on occasion. This Milton is close to the rigor and vigor of Clube, that is, enlivened by the open-border feel of Tropicalia — not for nothing is the first track “Para Lennon and McCartney.” The only drawbacks are that the album is shortish (only nine cuts) and gets a shade dozy toward the end. Get the Abbey Road Remastered version from 1995. It adds four tracks that bring some welcome pep to the proceedings.