An interesting and beautiful album from Deodato, very different from his funkier work from the same period. It´s extremely short – only 24 minutes – but its a very engaging listen, even as it can make good 'background' music for chilling out with a good book (as I found out recently), which can't be said of his very lively funk interpretations of pieces like 'Also Sprach Zarathurstra'. It's dominated by lush orchestrations, most of the pieces being rather slow and often melancholic, with a few upbeat numbers ("A grande caçada", The Great Hunt, and "Bebê", written by Hermeto Pascoal). This might be one of his lesser-known albums but I think it is some of his best work.
Prelude includes the biggest hit for CTI Records, the Grammy®-winning Also Sprach Zarathustra, an arrangement of Richard Strauss s fanfare used as the main theme in 2001: A Space Odyssey. It rose to No. 2 on the U.S. pop charts and won the 1974 Grammy Award® for Best Pop Instrumental Performance.
Recorded live in the Felt Forum of New York City's Madison Square Garden in the wake of Deodato's massive 2001: A Space Odyssey hit, this album has a fairly confusing history. Only three selections, "Do It Again," "Spirit of Summer," and "Tropea" were released on the original slapped-together LP In Concert, and these were combined with Airto Moreira's "Parana" and "Branches," which were recorded at the same concert. In the CD-era, the LP was split up; Deodato's tracks were combined with four unreleased tunes from the concert, giving the CD-buyer 35 more minutes of music, while the two Airto tracks were placed on The Best of Airto.
Hot on the success of his #1 million-selling album "Prelude," Deodato recorded a second album, DEODATO 2, which exhibited all the characteristics of his previous effort - cool treatments of classical themes blending with power-driven jazz-rock tunes. But the care and precision that marked this follow-up album resulted in music that was in many ways more tight and exciting. Adding his own mark to Deodato's keyboard playing and arrangements on "Rhapsody In Blue," "Night In White Satin," and the wonderfully stimulating "Super Strut," was John Tropea's uniquely expressive guitar, also a major feature in the first album.
Recorded at CBS Studios in Rio de Janeiro back in 1964, when Eumir Deodato was only 22 years old, this session always had a special meaning in his heart. Now available on mid-price CD for the first time, digitally re-mastered and appropriately re-titled ‘Lounge 64’, it was Deodato's first session with strings. If recording date information is to be believed, he recorded 6 other albums that year - all classics of the Brazilian jazz/pop bossa nova era. The Astrud Gilberto version of the Jobim/ de Moraes song “Girl From Ipanema” was a huge world-wide hit in the summer of ’64. On this album Deodato presents twelve ‘2-song medleys’ - all soft latin-jazz versions of well-known standards.