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May
08

Amalia Rodrigues “Amalia canta Portugal III”

Apparently Amalia Rodrigues is one of the most popular Portuguese Fado singers of all time, but I really know nothing about Fado, or where this record stands among all of her records. This one is dated 1972. It is very upbeat and fairly intense, vocally– she’s singing a LOT of words, and I can’t understand a single one. She may be singing: “Ray Speen is a stupid jerk/ why does anyone let him write about things he knows nothing about?/ he should be cleaning toilets/ cleaning toilets and mowing the lawn.”

I can’t say I’m crazy about this record, considering the negative Speen sentiments. But I do like to imagine it as a soundtrack record for my dream movie of all time: Warren Oates as Bernardo Soares in the film version of “The Book of Disquiet.”

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