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Tom Ze - Tom Ze (1970) - Mr Bongo Special Edition Reissue LP


We are delighted to release this super high quality reissue of one of our all time favourite albums - Tom Ze ’Tom Ze’

For those that aren’t familiar with Tom Zé, this is the perfect album to be introduced to his amazing work. Zé is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, innovator and composer who was hugely influential in the Tropicália movement of 1960s Brazil. You may hear him described as Brazil’s answer to Zappa or Captain Beefheart; as like them Zé is a true innovator and a true artist.

After the peak of the Tropicália period, Zé went into relative obscurity. It was only in the 1990s, when musician and Luaca Bop label founder David Byrne discovered an album recorded by Zé many years earlier, that he returned to performing and releasing new material.

We re-issued his debut record ‘Grande Liquidicao’ (originally released in 1968) a couple of years ago, and this, his self-titled second solo album, was originally released by RGE Discos in 1970. Continuing in a similar musical vein to Grande Liquidicao, ‘Tom Ze’ is a wonderful combination of guitars, layered percussion and tough rock ’n’ roll, underpinned by Ze’s instantly recognisable vocal.

Ze is infact one of Brazil’s most sampled artists. ‘Jimmy, renda-se’ has one of the most recognisable intro’s you will hear so it was no great surprise that Ameriie sampled it for her smash ‘Take Control’.



All in all, another essential record from a true legend of Brazilian music.

This Mr Bongo reissue is manufactured in Japan, presented in a super high quality card sleeve with replica original artwork. 

Listen / Buy - Tom Ze ’Tom Ze’.

Find out more about Tom Ze by watching his 2011 Red Bull Academy Lecture...