Eumir Deodato

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Eumir Deodato is a Brazilian funk artist and pop producer. His successes as an original artist (keyboards) occurred mainly in the 1970s. Since then, he has produced acts like Kool and the Gang.

Brazil

Deodato was born on 22 June 1943 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, of Italian and Portuguese parents. He is a musical autodidact, starting with the accordion at age 12 but rapidly learning instrumental and orchestral skills that culminated in his first recording session at age 17. Originally working as pianist and arranger in the Rio bossa nova scene, he rapidly outgrew this and, along with many other Brazilian musicians during the military dictatorship in their country, moved to New York, working with composer Luis Bonfa and later with producer Creed Taylor as an arranger. Additionally, he became keyboardist in Taylor's expanding group of backing artists.

Recording career

His first USA album Prelude, released in 1973, was of a big band Latin jazz style that immediately attracted a wide audience. His funky version of Strauss's "Also Sprach Zarathustra" won the 1974 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and went No. 2 in the pop charts in the US and No. 7 in the UK.

His second album Deodato 2 however, despite being of the same style and quality, failed to meet sales expectations, and practically lead to the demise of the record label, Creed Taylor Inc. (CTI). He continued recording until the late 1980s on the Kenya label, but never reached the level of his early successes.

Producer

Deodato has worked as a producer since the 1970s, working with Kool and the Gang and Bjork (amongst others). In all, he has produced 500 albums, 15 of which have reached platinum, in addition to scoring a number of films.

Discography

  • Inútil Paisagem (1964)
  • Percepção (1972)
  • Prelude (1973)
  • Deodato 2 (1973)
  • Whirlwinds (1974)
  • Deodato/Airto in Corcert (1974)
  • Artistry (1974)
  • First Cuckoo (1975)
  • Very Together (1976)
  • Love Island (1978)
  • Knights of Fantasy (1979)
  • Night Cruiser (1980)
  • Happy Hour (1982)
  • Motion (1985)
  • Somewhere Out There (1989)

Sources

  • Deodato 2 re-release sleeve text

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In all, he has produced 500 albums, 15 of which have reached platinum, in addition to scoring a number of films. This is of course debatable, especially since Dimmu Borgir's lyrical content deals with material not usually considered "commercial". Deodato has worked as a producer since the 1970s, working with Kool and the Gang and Bjork (amongst others). Some people also accuse Dimmu Borgir of being commercially-oriented and of being "sell-outs". He continued recording until the late 1980s on the Kenya label, but never reached the level of his early successes. Some people discovered that Sorgens Kammer of the Stormblåst album seriously ressembles the intro tune from an Amiga game called Agony, while Dimmu Borgir didn't give them any credit and is sampled here. (CTI). Currently, the band is expecting to re-record Stormblast, as well as begin work on a new album.

His second album Deodato 2 however, despite being of the same style and quality, failed to meet sales expectations, and practically lead to the demise of the record label, Creed Taylor Inc. Recently, Dimmu Borgir toured as part of Ozzfest. 7 in the UK. Many fans disagree, however, maintaining a preference for the band's older, less bombastic style. 2 in the pop charts in the US and No. Death Cult Armageddon has often been cited by critics and new listeners as the band's strongest, most diverse album. His funky version of Strauss's "Also Sprach Zarathustra" won the 1974 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and went No. Sections of the album were recorded with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra to enhance the classical arrangements which have always augmented the band's style.

His first USA album Prelude, released in 1973, was of a big band Latin jazz style that immediately attracted a wide audience. In 2003, Dimmu Borgir used their major record label financial leverage to create a monumental album titled Death Cult Armageddon. Additionally, he became keyboardist in Taylor's expanding group of backing artists. Some fans accused the band of selling out due to the mass audiences which the albums reached. Originally working as pianist and arranger in the Rio bossa nova scene, he rapidly outgrew this and, along with many other Brazilian musicians during the military dictatorship in their country, moved to New York, working with composer Luis Bonfa and later with producer Creed Taylor as an arranger. Dimmu Borgir's following full-length albums – Spiritual Black Dimensions (1999) and Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia (2001) – both met critical acclaim. He is a musical autodidact, starting with the accordion at age 12 but rapidly learning instrumental and orchestral skills that culminated in his first recording session at age 17. Enthrone Darkness Triumphant was a huge success for the band, and it was their first release signed to the famous German record label Nuclear Blast.

Deodato was born on 22 June 1943 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, of Italian and Portuguese parents. Keyboardist Stian Aarstad left the band due to his obligation to serve in the Norwegian army, thus he was not able to participate in the recording of Devil's Path (1996). When he returned for the recording of Enthrone Darkness Triumphant (1997), he had trouble attending rehearsals and tourdates, and he was fired from the band. Since then, he has produced acts like Kool and the Gang. After Stormblåst, Dimmu Borgir's career took a sharp turn. His successes as an original artist (keyboards) occurred mainly in the 1970s. It is also the last album which features all lyrics written and sung in Norwegian. Eumir Deodato is a Brazilian funk artist and pop producer. Stormblåst received high praise from many melodic black metal fans, and is often regarded a highlight of the band's career.

Deodato 2 re-release sleeve text. In 1996, the band released their monumental album Stormblåst (translates to "Storm Blown"). Somewhere Out There (1989). This album featured musical contributions by members of Dødheimsgård and Ved Buens Ende. Motion (1985). This short EP sold out within weeks, and the band followed up with the full length album For All Tid (1994) – the title translates to "For All Time". Happy Hour (1982). The band immediately released an EP entitled Inn I Evighetens Mørke (1994) – translated to English the title means "Into The Darkness Of Eternity".

Night Cruiser (1980). Dimmu Borgir was originally founded in 1993 by Shagrath, Silenoz, and Tjodalv. Knights of Fantasy (1979). "Dimmu Borgir" means "Dark Castle" or "Dark Citadel" in Icelandic. Love Island (1978). Dimmu Borgir is a famous Norwegian melodic black metal band whose music has been in the charts in several Scandinavian countries and Germany. Very Together (1976). Dimmu Borgir Lyrics (http://www.darklyrics.com/d/dimmuborgir.html).

First Cuckoo (1975). Dimmu Borgir Official Homepage (http://www.dimmu-borgir.com). Artistry (1974). Kimberly Goss - Keyboard - (Unknown Years). Deodato/Airto in Corcert (1974). Tjodalv - Drums - (1993-1999). Whirlwinds (1974). Nicholas Barker - Drums - (1999-2004).

Deodato 2 (1973). Stian Aarstad - Keyboard - (1993-1997). Prelude (1973). Brynjard Tristan - Bass - (1994-1996). Percepção (1972). Nagash - Bass - (1996-1999). Inútil Paisagem (1964). Astennu - Guitar - (1997-1999).

Reno Kiilerich - Drums - (2004-2004). Mustis (Øyvind Mustafarta) - Keyboard - (1998-). ICS Vortex (Simen Hestnaes) - Bass - (2000-). Silenoz (Sven Atle Kopperud) - Guitar - (1993-).

Galder (Thomas Rune Andersen) - Guitar - (2001-). Shagrath (Stian Thoresen) - Vocals - (1993-). World Misanthropy [Live] - (2002). World Misanthropy [DVD/VHS] - (2002).

Alive In Torment [Live] - (2001). Godless Savage Garden [Compilation] - (1998). Death Cult Armageddon - (2003). Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia - (2001).

Spiritual Black Dimensions - (1999). 2002). Enthrone Darkness Triumphant - (1997) (Reis. Devil's Path [EP] - (1996).

Stormblåst - (1996). 1997). For All Tid - (1994) (Reis. Inn I Evighetens Mørke [EP] - (1994).

Time: 1993-. Status: Active. Country: Norway. Genre: Black metal, symphonic metal.

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