Gilberto Gil's Discography: 'All albums have a biography' - Part 6

Writer of other biographies for Brazilian music albums gives an overview of Gilberto Gil’s records, which contain experiences and reflections.

By Instituto Gilberto Gil

Text: Chris Fuscaldo*, journalist and music researcher

Brasil Ano 2000 - Trilha sonora do filme com músicas de Gilberto Gil e Rogério Duprat e participações de Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa, Bruno Ferreira e vários cantores (1969)Instituto Gilberto Gil


Gil also has a productive track record in soundtracks. Since the beginning of his career, every now and then he has created works for the cinema or the ballet. The first was Brasil Ano 2000, for the film by Walter Lima Júnior, in 1969.

Capa do álbum Copacabana Mon Amour, de Gilberto Gil (1970, mas lançado em 1998)Instituto Gilberto Gil

In 1970, he did the soundtrack for Copacabana Mon Amour, by Rogério Sganzerla, and in 1984, Quilombo, by Cacá Diegues, who also directed the film for the following soundtrack made by Gil, in 1987: Um Trem para as Estrelas.

Capa do álbum Quilombo, de Gilberto Gil (1984 (produção) e 2002 (lançamento))Instituto Gilberto Gil

Capa do álbum Um Trem Para As Estrelas, de Gilberto Gil e Cazuza (1987)Instituto Gilberto Gil

Capa do álbum Z: 300 anos de Zumbi, de Gilberto Gil (1995 (produção) e 2002 (lançamento))Instituto Gilberto Gil

Zumbi, música que faz parte da trilha sonora de Gilberto Gil e Germaine Acogny para o balé Z – 300 Anos de Zumbi

The last two were released in albums included in the Palco box set, from 2002, as well as the soundtrack of the show Z: 300 Anos de Zumbi, composed by Gil in 1995 for the Ballet of the city of São Paulo.

Capa da trilha sonora GIL, feita por Gilberto Gil para a peça do Grupo Corpo (2019)Instituto Gilberto Gil

In 2019, he was responsible for Trilha Sonora Grupo Corpo, that is, the music that permeated the show Gil, in honor of him. The soundtrack ranges from Afro-Bahian elements to a chamber music approach, with the intervention of excerpts from well-known songs, such as Tempo Rei.

Gilberto Gil em show do álbum As Canções de Eu, Tu, Eles (2000)Instituto Gilberto Gil

There is also the aforementioned As Canções de Eu, Tu, Eles, which, in addition to the soundtrack of Andrucha Waddington's film, became a career album and evidenced his passion for forró, which is present in much of his work.

Gilberto Gil em hotel na cidade de Cologne, na Alemanha (Outubro de 2021)Instituto Gilberto Gil

In 2022, Gilberto Gil signed the soundtrack for the documentary LILA, by Alfredo Sirkis and Sílvio Da-rin. The film tells the story of stylist Liliana Syrkis, a Polish Jew who, after surviving World War II, arrived in Brazil in 1947 and became a reference in Rio's haute couture.

Box Ensaio Geral de Gilberto Gil (1999)Instituto Gilberto Gil

Recoveries and other releases

Based on the work done by researcher Marcelo Fróes for the launch of the Ensaio Geral box set in 1999, several recordings that were lost, forgotten or not approved at the time, came to light and were released by the Discobertas label.

Detalhe do box Ensaio Geral de Gilberto Gil com imagens dos álbuns reunidos (1999)Instituto Gilberto Gil

Classic career albums won tracks inserted as bonus tracks in the new editions of the labels where Gil passed throughout his career.

Capa do álbum Cidade do Salvador, de Gilberto Gil (1973 e 1974 (gravação) e 1998 (lançamento))Instituto Gilberto Gil

In it came the double CD Cidade do Salvador, with recordings made in the studio between 1973 and 1974, some released as singles and others, until the release of the CD, unpublished in his voice.

Capa do álbum O viramundo - Ao Vivo, de Gilberto Gil (1972 a 1976 (gravações) e 1998 (lançamento))Instituto Gilberto Gil

In this same box, the double album O Viramundo ao vivo – 1972 / 1976 brought together tracks recorded live and not included in any other album previously.

Capa do álbum Satisfação - Raras e Inéditas, de Gilberto Gil (1974 a 1977, mas lançado em 1998)Instituto Gilberto Gil

The CD Gilberto Gil Satisfação – Raras & Inéditas brought together recordings taken from singles from 1976 and 1977, including a partnership with Cat Stevens called Tiu, Ru, Ru.

Box Palco que reúne a discografia de Gilberto Gil até 2002 (2002)Instituto Gilberto Gil

In 2002, in a new box set – called Palco and released by Warner – came a collection of tracks from the times when Gil recorded in Bahia, under the name Salvador 1962 – 1963.

Capa do álbum Salvador, 1962-1963, de Gilberto Gil (1962 e 1963 (gravações) e 2002 (lançamento))Instituto Gilberto Gil

Capa do álbum To Be Alive Is Good (anos 80), de Gilberto Gil (1981 a 1988, lançado em 2002)Instituto Gilberto Gil

The Palco box also brought To Be Alive is Good.

Capa do álbum It´s Good To Be Alive (Anos 90), de Gilberto Gil (1991 a 1997, lançado em 2002)Instituto Gilberto Gil

And It's Good To Be Alive, too.

Capa do álbum Gilberto Gil, também conhecido como Retirante (1962, 1963, 1965 e 1966, mas lançado em 2010)Instituto Gilberto Gil

Gilberto Gil canta Beira-Mar em voz e violão

In 2010, the album Gilberto Gil—also known as Retirante (from the label Discobertas) — gathered rare songs from the artist’s repertoire from 1962 to 1966.

Capa do álbum Gilberto Gil & Gal Costa - Live in London, Nov 26th 1971, de Gilberto Gil e Gal Costa (1971, mas lançado em 2014)Instituto Gilberto Gil

In 2014, a concert performed by Gil and Gal Costa during his exile was edited as the album Live in London '71.

Capa do box Gilberto Gil Anos 70 Ao Vivo (2017)Instituto Gilberto Gil

Umeboshi, por Gilberto Gil em voz e violão ao vivo na USP

In addition to these, in 2017, researcher Marcelo Fróes released the albums Back In Bahia, Umeboshi and Ao Vivo na USP in a box set called Anos 70 Ao Vivo.

Documents from Gilberto Gil's Private ArchiveInstituto Gilberto Gil

The records shed light on three historic concerts – the first performed in 1972 and the other two in 1973 – with songs that were performed before they appeared on their official albums.

Gilberto Gil e a neta Flor Gil durante show em Budapeste (2021-10-22)Instituto Gilberto Gil

And so ends this discobiography, published in May 2022, and still open to the next releases by Gilberto Gil, a tireless artist with inexhaustible talent.

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5

Credits: Story

Exhibit credits

Research and text: Chris Fuscaldo (*author of Discobiografia Legionária and Discobiografia Mutante: Álbuns que Revolucionaram a Música Brasileira)
Assembly: Patrícia Sá Rêgo

General credits

Editing and curation: Chris Fuscaldo / Garota FM 
Musical content research: Ceci Alves, Chris Fuscaldo, Laura Zandonadi and Ricardo Schott 
Ministry of Culture content research: Carla Peixoto, Ceci Alves, Chris Fuscaldo 
Captions: Anna Durão, Carla Peixoto, Ceci Alves, Chris Fuscaldo, Daniel Malafaia, Fernanda Pimentel, Gilberto Porcidonio, Kamille Viola, Laura Zandonadi, Lucas Vieira, Luciana Azevedo, Patrícia Sá Rêgo, Pedro Felitte, Ricardo Schott, Roni Filgueiras e Tito Guedes 
Data editing: Isabela Marinho and Marco Konopacki
Gege Produções Review: Cristina Doria
Acknowledgements Gege Produções, Gilberto Gil, Flora Gil, Gilda Mattoso, Fafá Giordano, Maria Gil, Meny Lopes, Nelci Frangipani, Cristina Doria, Daniella Bartolini e todos os autores das fotos e personagens da história
All media: Instituto Gilberto Gil
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