MM (also known as Marisa Monte), released in 1989, is the debut album by Brazilian singer Marisa Monte. This album was one of the best-selling albums in 1989, with 700 thousand sold. In 2007, Rolling Stone's election of the top 100 albums of Brazilian music placed the album in 62nd on the list.
Marisa Monte returned from Italy in 1987. With the help of Nelson Motta, a longtime friend, she began to plan her first live performances. Thus, the Veludo Azul tour appeared, with performances in major cities in the country. Throughout 1988, Marisa became famous, appearing on television programs, newspapers and magazines.
Throughout this period, she received invitations from numerous record labels, interested in recording a disc with her. However, Marisa refused these invitations for a long time. Only after some time did she sign with EMI. Even so, his debut was totally unconventional: MM was recorded during the special made by Marisa for TV Manchete, from which the DVD of the presentation also came out. Only one of the tracks ("Speak Low") was recorded in the studio. According to Nelson Motta, such a debut caused quite a stir in the media, since on debut albums, record labels routinely surround artists with "care, including corrections to their voice", which was practically impossible with a live record.
Of the twelve tracks on the album (eleven on the LP, where "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" did not enter due to lack of space), only one, the hit "Bem Que Se Quis", a version of Pino Daniele's "E Po 'Che Fa", was unpublished in the time. The others were re-recordings, among which stands out Tim Maia's "Chocolate" – in which Marisa herself added the lines ‘I don't want powder / I don't want snuff / I don't want cocaine’ besides saying ‘legalize marijuana’ in the middle of the recording –, "South American Way", originally performed by Carmen Miranda, and "O Xote das Meninas", by Luiz Gonzaga, who receives a reggae reading here.
This album, in addition to confirming Marisa's popularity with the general public, also left the singer known as "eclectic", due to the diversity of rhythms and composers present in this.
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