In the mid 1980's David Byrne pulled a Tom Zé album out of the samba section of a Rio de Janeiro record store. This purchase started a 25-year-long chain of events that has resulted in this box you now hold in your hands. That album, Estudando o Samba, was Tom's study of the most prosaic of Brazilian musical styles. The original cover, with a coil of barbwire, had intrigued Byrne with its illogical imagery. The world of Tom Ze opened on that day, not only for those of us outside of Brazil, but also for those inside the country who had forgotten. Studies of Tom Zé: Explaining Things So I Can Confuse You collects for the first time Tom Zé's 'study' records- the visionary Brazilian artist's singular take on samba, pagode, And bossa nova. A retrospective nearly fifty years in the making.
The Studies:
»Massive Hits (Estudando o Samba) LP 180 Gram Vinyl
»Estudando o Pagode LP 180 Gram Vinyl
»Estudando a Bossa LP 180 Gram Vinyl
»Tom Zé With Tortoise Live at the Barbican 45
»A Conversation: Tom Zé, David Byrne, and Arto Lindsay (CD)
»Original Essay on Tom Zé by Brazilian Scholar Christopher Dunn
»Key to Receive All Vinyl Content By Digital Download
»Limited Edition and Hand Numbered Just For You

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"Tom Zé is one of Brazil's most idiosyncratic performers, a pop inventor who bypasses the ordinary."-The New York Times

"..makes you feel like you're in a tiny apartment twenty stories above a city of open sewers, big churches, and satellite dishes, and this scrawny guy with eyes like M&Ms is playing these oddball pop songs that make you want to laugh and cry." -Rolling Stone

"Tom Zé has taken brilliantly bizarre, creative and intellectual routes to making music that is utterly joyous, listenable and often danceable." -Fader