Elemental Music, together with Universal Music Spain proudly presents a new LP reissue of A Tábua de Esmeralda, the eleventh studio album by Brazilian maestro Jorge Ben, released in 1974 on Philips Records. The album showcases Ben’s interest in theosophy, mysticism, and, above all, alchemy. Its title refers to the Emerald Tablet, a cryptic piece of Hermetica reputed to contain the secret of the prima materia and its transmutation; and its artwork incorporates drawings from Nicholas Flamel, who was historically immortalized as a great alchemist for his work on the philosopher’s stone.
Considered Ben’s masterpiece, it was ranked by Rolling Stone Brasil as the sixth greatest Brazilian album of all time, and has been included in Tom Moon’s 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die. A Tábua de Esmeralda belongs in the record collection of any fan of Ben’s music and is also a great starting point for someone who wants an introduction to his work.
JORGE BEN, vocals & guitar, on all tracks, accompanied by Trio Mocotó. Arrangements by Osmar Milito, Darcy de Paulo & Hugo Bellard.
01. OS ALQUIMISTAS ESTÃO CHEGANDO OS ALQUIMISTAS 02. O HOMEM DA GRAVATA FLORIDA 03. ERRARE HUMANUM EST 04. MENINA MULHER DA PELE PRETA 05. EU VOU TORCER 06. MAGNÓLIA 07. MINHA TEIMOSIA, UMA ARMA PRA TE CONQUISTAR 08. ZUMBI 09. BROTHER 10. O NAMORADO DA VIÚVA 11. HERMES TRISMEGISTO E SUA CELESTE TÁBUA DE ESMERALDA 12. CINCO MINUTOS