Espelho Mágico (1977) – International Soundtrack


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Once again, I’m reviewing a international soundtrack from a soap-opera, after doing it so with the international soundtrack for “Locomotivas”

This time, I’ve downloaded recently the international soundtrack of another soap-opera from 1977 called “Espelho mágico” (in english, “Magic mirror” and also never seen in Portugal), unfortunately without a big sucess (in a fact, 1977 became a bittersweet year for Rede Globo in terms of hit soap-operas: out of the 8 produced soap-operas, only 3 of them were big sucesses, 1 was a moderate sucess and the other 4 weren’t that sucessfull)

General idea: thesoap-opera in question had the objective of showing the daily life of artists in every aspect of showbiz and mass-media through several characters

Like Diogo Maia (Tarcísio Meira) and Leila Lombardi (Gloria Menezes) who have to face the oposition of Leila‘s daughter (Beatriz (Lídia Brondi) from her first marriage with newly-coming soap-opera writer, Jordão Amaral (Juca de Oliveira). Or Jordão‘s second wife’s (Nora (Yoná Magalhães) issues of not being a leading actress anymore like in the past

Also the story of newcoming actress Cynthia Levy (Sônia Braga) who does anything to be famous; the story of a decadent comedian Carijó (Lima Duarte) who still tries to use his old tricks to charm the audiences with the help of his daughter Lenita (Djenane Machado), also an actress; the story of a ex-Miss Brazil pageant, Diana Queiróz (Vera Fischer, ex-Miss Brazil 1969, in her acting debut), who wants to become a respected actress after doing erotic movies; the story of Bruna Maria (Pepita Rodrigues) who traded her acting carrer for a stable marriage with Nelson Novaes (Mauro Mendonça), but is, by now, tired of a decadent life of doing nothing and wants to return to her professional carrer; the story of Paulo Morel (Tony Ramos in his first acting role on Rede Globo. He started his carrer in the 60’sand he had been on other TV channels like Rede Excelsior and Rede Tupi (both now extinct in 1970 and 1980 respectively due to bankruptcy) before landing on Rede Globo), a young actor that is about to experience a major turn by replacing an actor for a key role on a theatre play (an adaptation of “Cyrano de Bergerac”). And on and on and on… + the making of a soap-opera called “Coquetel de amor” (“Cocktail of love”)

More informations on the following sites (in (brazilian) portuguese): and

Now, let’s review the international soundtrack:

01 – Larry & Jannie – Love melody’s theme

No informations about the artists, but I’d believe they probably are brazilian singers forming a duo especially for this soundtrack (as I haven’t found more songs of theirs around the Internet). The song itself is half instrumental, half gibberish (gibberish in the form of several “la, la, la…”), which makes it quite dream-alike, reinforced by the melodical vocalizations of the duo. On the soap-opera, this is the theme of the main romantic couple, Leila Lombardi (Glória Menezes) and Diogo Maia (Tarcísio Meira), as Rosana and Ciro, respectively, in the soap-opera out of the soap-opera, “Coquetel de amor”

02 – Donna Summer – I remember yesterday

A big european hit at the time, the song was included in Donna‘s first album of that year with the same name as the song, a concept album that put the music memories in one side and the contrast between the present and future on another. With the title track of the album, Giorgio Moroder (with the help of Pete Bellotte) expanded his disco sound further by blending and incorpating the nostalgia of the 1940’s music, with lyrics referring to a couple whose girl remembered how they first met

03 – Dave Ellis – So many tears

The second brazilian act on this soundtrack. From his real name Fernando César, he had already a ballad of his included in the international soundtrack of the soap-opera “Pecado Capital” called “Never let me say goodbye”. The song I’m going to give an opinion of is also a melancholic but a modern ballad of those days, but without being as sappy and sorrowful as the first mentioned song. On the soap-opera, this is the theme of Cynthia Levy (Sônia Braga) as Camila in the soap-opera out of the soap-opera, “Coquetel de amor”

04 – Baccara – Yes, sir, I can boogie

The story is widely known: after being spotted by a manager from RCA Records in a hotel where they were performing for the tourists, Mayte Mateos and Maria Mendíola were invited by him and they met young conductor and composer Rolf Soja. Together with lyricist Frank Dostal, the composer created this forementioned song that would become Baccara‘s first/breakthrough hit and still their biggest hit of their carrer, even after the formation of two Baccara groups. The trick? Sexy soft vocals, peculiar pronounciation, resonant arranged melody line with a totally effective chorus, insinuating lyrics and professionally made choreographies (they started out as dancers, no wonder why they’d do choreographies well). Totally one of their most enchanting songs

05 – Randy Bishop – Daybreak

More known as a composer for several singers such as Peter Noone and Tommy Faragher (of The Faragher Brothers) and for movies like “Stayin’ Alive” (the 1983 ill-fated sequel of hit 1977 movie “Saturday Night Fever”) and “Up the Creek”, he started up as a singer in the 70’s and one of his first released songs as an individual was this modern tearjerker ballad: a well-crafted production that creates a mesmerizing nostalgic feeling as if it was creating the ultimate love anthem. On the soap-opera, this is the theme of Diana Queiróz (Vera Fischer) as Débora in the soap-opera out of the soap-opera, “Coquetel de amor”

06 – Roberta Kelly – Trouble maker

The second and last song in this soundtrack with the label Giorgio Moroder/Pete Bellotte (actually also her producers for her first releases) stamped on it and released on the singer’s album with the same name the previous year. What we can get on this song is a powerful instrumental with a propelling vocal performance by Roberta. One of those songs from which multiples choreographies could be done in a fiercy way, eventhough the lyrics referring to a guy whose girl refers him as a trouble maker

07 Jean Pierre Posit – J’aime

Italian instrumentalist, he had started his carrer in the previous year with a debut which included the instrumental ballad anthem “Eté d’amour”, a song that was featured in the international soundtrack of the soap-opera “Duas vidas”. While the forementioned song was a more happy kind of anthem, the song I’m giving an opinion from is a counterpart: we get a overwhelming kind of melancholy and drama that isn’t quite usual to find. A viral melodic masterpiece in a fact and one of the biggest highlights of the soundtrack. On the soap-opera, this is the theme of Diogo Mais (Tarcísio Meira) as Ciro in the soap-opera out of the soap-opera, “Coquetel de amor”

08 – Emerson, Lake & Palmer – C’est la vie

You’d not expect a certain music genre to appear on a international soundtrack of a soap-opera: Emerson, Lake & Palmer are a progressive rock band whose sucess was well noted on both their native country, United Kingdom, and on USA. Released in 1977 on their sucessfull double album “Works, Part I”, here we have a progressive folk-rock ballad that makes an ode of love in a multi-layered combination of sorrow and despair, combinating it with a full orchestra touch when needed. On the soap-opera, this is the theme of the main romantic couple, Leila Lombardi (Glória Menezes) and Diogo Maia (Tarcísio Meira), both actors and arecently married couple that has to face several outcomes in their life, such as Beatriz (Lídia Brondi)’s disapproval of Diogo as her stepfather (she’s Leila‘s daughter from her first marriage with Jordão Amaral (Juca de Oliveira) or a supposed affair that Diogo will have with Cynthia Levy (Sônia Braga)

09 – Boney M – Ma Baker

For the first time, Boney M were included in a international soundtrack from a brazilian soap-opera and this being with their biggest hit yet at the time. Based on a tunisian traditional music piece “Sidi mansour” (more directly based on the 1975 version made by Mohamed Hanesh), the song recounts a fictionalized story of legendary 1930’s outlaw Ma Barker (according to the writers of the song, Barker was changed to Baker as it sounded better that way), from her heydays to her downfall. With a similiar music pattern as some of their previous entries, enhanced by the always unforgettable vocals provided by Liz Mitchell, Marcia Barrett and also Frank Farian (it’s no suprise to find out that the songwriter, producer and manager of the group actually dubbed the musical voice of dancer Bobby Farrell. The dancer himself would do either lip-sync in most TV performances and some live events and trying to emulate Frank Farian‘s deep voice on a few live TV performances such as “Top of the Pops” (BBC) or on live tours. The other girl of the group, Maizie Williams, also hadn’t her voice recorded on), the sassy and interesting lyrics and its continental sound, it’s one of my favourites from this group, if not my favourite ever

10 – Bee Gees – Love so right

Also appearing for the first time in a international soundtrack for a brazilian soap (at least, in a Rede Globo one) is Bee Gees. Once one of the biggest rock bands of the 60’s, they had suffered a decline on the music charts in the first half of the 70’s. Time would put them on the spotlight again thanks to a new sound direction displayed first in 1974, but becoming a more sucessfull formula in 1975, expanded in 1976 with their latest album “Children of the world” from which the song I’ll give an opinion from is included. Here’s a first basis for their future and more known ballads of their newfound sound like “How deep is your love?” or Dionne Warwick‘s 1982 hit ballad “Heartbreaker”: a tender ballad with a blending set of vocals including the well known caracteristical “falsetto” from the group. On the soap-opera, this is the theme of Beatriz (Lídia Brondi), a girl that disapproves her mother (Leila)’s marriage with Diogo, prefering that she reconciles again with her ex-husband, Jordão (Beatriz‘s father)

11 – Tony Stevens – Flying high

The third and last brazilian act on the soundtrack. From his real name Jessé Florentino Santos, more known officially as Jessé, he started his carrer on this decade singing on several locations, but he’d become more sucessfull on the 80’s for his victory in the Festival MPB Shell da Rede Globo contest with “Porto solidão” in 1980 and in the Festival OTI de la Canción with “Estrela de papel” in 1983. In 1977, just like some other artists, he’d do songs in english with a different artistic name and the song that will be opined was the result of the recording he made at the time: a dramatic ballad about a couple that needs to conserve the love for each other before it breaks up. On the soap-opera, this is the theme of the romantic couple formed by Beatriz (Lídia Brondi) and Paulo Morel (Tony Ramos). The latter is a young actor that is getting his big break as an actor by replacing an actor for a key role on a adaptation of “Cyrano de Bergerac”

12 – The Faragher Brothers – Never get your love behind me

Newly formed band in the previous year, the group composed of four brothers (Tommy, Davey, Jimmy and Danny Faragher) released their eponymous debut album from which includes the song I’ll make an opinion from. There’s no doubt that this is a big example of the music genre they were experimenting for their debut: a well constructed blue-eyed soul ballad for those times, always full of passion and tenderness as the lyrics put as an evidence a story about someone that isn’t quite happy to be left behind by the love of its soulmate. On the soap-opera, this is the theme of Bruna Maria (Pepita Rodrigues), an actress that left her carrer behind for a stable marriage with businessman Nelson Novaes (Mauro Mendonça). But fed up with a bohemian life of doing nothing and after learning that her husband has an affair with Diana Queiróz (Vera Fischer), she decides to return to her professional carrer

13 – East Harlem – Let’s get it on

Known actually as East Harlem Bus Stop, the soundtrack release has their name shorter and their carrer was brief with the release of the album “Get on down!” the previous year, from which the song in question was included. Not everything is sunny and joyful in the “disco music” kingdom as we get a serious and urbanistic feeling to this track. I also can say that this could have also been a great song for a movie

14 – B & C – How wonderful to know

The original version of the song is the neapolitan evergreen “Anema e core”, originally recorded and released in 1950 by Tito Schipa. Several english versions were recorded for the international market for many years (at least, three different english versions were made), but the focus is on the version I’m going to give an opinion from which was made: in a way a jazzy ballad version. For a cover, it was well made and displayed a sense of harmony and also there was a inner soul in the vocals. On the soap-opera, this is the theme of the romantic couple formed by Cynthia Levy (Sônia Braga) and Diogo Maia (Tarcísio Meira), happening in the mid-course of the soap-opera. The more the affair was progressing, the more Diogo‘s marriage with Leila shifted into crisis-mode. In the end, though, Diogo and Leila reconciled their differences and became a happy couple again

This a special international soundtrack for me (eventhough I wasn’t born that time) as this was one of the first ones that cativated me when I first heard it back in 2006. Years later and I still love it very much. And much of it because of its mature treatment with a bit of sassyness portrayed by some of the catchy songs. But that was quite normal, given the hour schedule when this soap-opera was transmitted (20:00 hours, brazilian time) on which gives top-priority to dramatic/mature soap-operas

Final treats – the artsy opening of the soap-opera to the sound of a bossa-nova song included in the national soundtrack, “Vai levando” by legendary singer-musician Tom Jobim and known female singer Miúcha + recap on Youtube of 13 out of 14 songs of the soundtrack + the song that was left out on the recap:

Thank you,

LAboy 456
(Rui Craveiro)


Posted on 14 de August de 2012, in Music. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

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