Album: Desfado

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Desfado

Desfado (Front Cover)

Album details


Released: 12 November 2012 (Portugal)
26 February 2013 (USA)
Length: 61:40
Label(s): Universal Music (Europe); Decca Records (United States)
Studio(s): Henson Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA, USA (May 2012); Market Street Studio, Santa Monica, CA, USA and Estudio Pontozurca, Almada, Portugal (vocals, May-September 2012)

Charts, Certifications & Awards


Charts
Portugal: AFP Top Albums 24 November 2012 1(6) 296
Spain: Promusicae Albums chart 24 February 2013 39 2
Belgium: Ultratop Wallonia 2 March 2013 198 1
USA: Billboard World Albums 16 March 2013 7 6
Certifications
Institution, Country Date Certification
AFP, Portugal December 2016 Platinum x6 (90,000)
Awards
This album has not received any awards in the USA

Singles released


The 3 singles released from this album didn’t contain a Prince contribution:

  • Até Ao Verão
  • Desfado
  • A Case Of You
Desfado is the fifth studio album by Portuguese singer Ana Moura, and was released in November 2012 in Portugal and in early 2013 in other countries.

The album contained Dream Of Fire, a track for which Ana Moura wrote the melody while Prince provided the lyrics.


Session and compiling

The album version of Dream Of Fire has no musical input from Prince, as Ana Moura recorded it with her own musicians, including legendary American pianist, keyboardist, band-leader and composer Herbie Hancock on Fender Rhodes. Desfado also contains a cover of Joni Mitchell’s A Case Of You also covered by Prince on One Nite Alone....

While specific recording dates for Dream Of Fire are not known, the album was mostly recorded in May 2012. In 2018, Ana Moura explained that she emailed a melody hummed into her phone to Prince and that he sent her the lyrics of Dream Of Fire the next day. It is possible that these lyrics existed before for an other song but it is purely speculative.


Promotion

The album produced three singles: Até Ao Verão, Desfado and A Case Of You. The album was certified 6x platinum in Portugal and became the best-selling Portuguese album in that country in 2010 (it remained in the charts for more than 5 years) and reached number 7 in the US Billboard Top World Albums chart.



Track listing
CD LP

Details given for Prince-related tracks only


Standard edition
  1. Desfado
  2. Amor Afoito
  3. Até Ao Verão
  4. Despiu a Saudade
  5. A Case of You
  6. E Tu Gostavas De Mim
  7. Havemos de Acordar (featuring Tim Ries)
  8. A Fadista
  9. Se Acaso Um Anjo Viesse
  10. Fado Alado
  11. A Minha Estrela
  12. Thank You
  13. Como Nunca Mais
  14. Com A Cabeça Nas Nuvens
  15. O Espelho de Alice
  16. Dream Of Fire (featuring Herbie Hancock) 4:23 1
  17. Quando o Sol Espreitar de Novo

International edition
  1. Desfado
  2. A Case of You
  3. Até Ao Verão
  4. Havemos de Acordar (featuring Tim Ries)
  5. Thank You
  6. E Tu Gostavas De Mim
  7. Amor Afoito
  8. Fado Alado
  9. A Minha Estrela
  10. A Fadista
  11. Quando o Sol Espreitar de Novo
  12. Com A Cabeça Nas Nuvens
  13. Dream Of Fire (featuring Herbie Hancock) 4:23 1
  14. Despiu a Saudade

2013 Deluxe edition: "Desfado, ao Vivo no Caixa Alfama"
  • CD 1: Studio album
  1. Desfado
  2. Amor Afoito
  3. Até Ao Verão
  4. Despiu a Saudade
  5. A Case of You
  6. E Tu Gostavas De Mim
  7. Havemos de Acordar (featuring Tim Ries)
  8. A Fadista
  9. Se Acaso Um Anjo Viesse
  10. Fado Alado
  11. A Minha Estrela
  12. Thank You
  13. Como Nunca Mais
  14. Com A Cabeça Nas Nuvens
  15. O Espelho de Alice
  16. Dream Of Fire (featuring Herbie Hancock) 4:23 1
  17. Quando o Sol Espreitar de Novo


  • CD 2: Live album
  1. Amor Afoito (Live)
  2. A Fadista (Live)
  3. E Tu Gostavas De Mim (Live)
  4. Leva-me aos Fados (Live)
  5. Hoje Tudo Me Entristece (Live)
  6. Caso Arrumado (Live)
  7. Porque Teimas Nesta Dor (Live)
  8. Os Búzios (Live)
  9. Fado Alado (Live)
  10. Bailinho à Portuguesa (Live)
  11. Desfado (Live)

Side 1:

  1. Desfado
  2. Amor Afoito
  3. Até Ao Verão
  4. Despiu a Saudade

Side 2:

  1. A Case of You
  2. E Tu Gostavas De Mim
  3. Havemos de Acordar (featuring Tim Ries)
  4. A Fadista
  5. Se Acaso Um Anjo Viesse

Side 3:

  1. Fado Alado
  2. A Minha Estrela
  3. Thank You
  4. Como Nunca Mais

Side 4:

  1. Com A Cabeça Nas Nuvens
  2. O Espelho de Alice
  3. Dream Of Fire (featuring Herbie Hancock) 4:23 1
  4. Quando o Sol Espreitar de Novo

1 Co-written by Prince.



Personnel
Musicians
  • Ana Moura – vocals
  • Ângelo Freire - portuguese guitar
  • David Piltch - bass
  • Dean Parks - guitar
  • Jay Bellerose - drums and percussion
  • Patrick Warren - keyboards
  • Pedro Soares - nylon-string guitar
  • Freddy Koella - violin and string arrangement in 'Thank You'
  • Herbie Hancock - Fender Rhodes electric piano in 'Dream Of Fire'
  • Tim Ries - soprano saxophone in 'Havemos de Acordar'


Production
  • Larry Klein - producer
  • Helik Hadar - recording and mixing
  • Miguel Lara - assistant sound engineer (Henson Recording Studios)
  • Sérgio Milhano - additional sound engineer (Estudio Pontozurca)
  • Bernie Grundman - mastered at Bernie Grundman Mastering, Hollywood, CS, USA (October, 2012)
  • Tiago Palma - A&R (Universal Music Portugal)
  • Ricardo Cruz - pre-production (Lisbon)
  • Isabel Pinto - photography
  • Sonia Pessoa - make-up
  • Ana Sousa - hair styling
  • Joyce Portela - styling
  • Duarte Sousa Tavares - lyric translation
  • Francesca Cortesão - lyric editing
  • Ricardo Mealha Design - artwork


Thanks
  • Special thanks to: Herbie Hancock; Melinda Murphy; Sandy Robertson @ World’s End Management
  • Larry Klein for the inspiration, for his respect for our music, for the infinite talent and wisdom he put at my service; my family for their unconditional dedication, for having built me wings and allowing me to fly; my friends for their understanding; Vasco Sacramento for achieving the great feat of making me win my big battles: those I fight against my fears; Paulo Marques, a faithful friend and my companion in my greatest adventures; all the authors who trusted me with their art, their friendship, their bigheartedness and their genius; Aldina Duarte, António Zambujo, David Poe, Jorge Benvinda, Luísa Sobral, Manel Cruz, Manuela de Freitas, Márcia Santos, Mário Rainho, Miguel Araújo Jorge, Nuno Figueiredo, Nuno Miguel Guedes, Paulo Abreu de Lima, Pedro Abrunhosa, Pedro da Silva Martins, Tozé Brito; the musicians who lived this adventure with me: Ângelo Freire, for his enormous talent and commitment, Pedro Soares for his intense musicality and dedication, David Piltch, Dean Parks, Freddy Koella, Jay Bellerose and Patrick Warren for making me feel that this record is special.



Releases
LP, CD, Cassettes and Other versions
Country Format Cat. Number Comments Front Back Label 1 Label 2

USA CD B0017970-02
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Variants, Special Editions and Reissues
Country Format Cat. Number Comments Front Back Label 1 Label 2

None

 

 

 
Additional Information

Promotion (at time of release) Trivia

  • In an interview given in 2021, Ana Moura revealed that she recorded a song with Prince in 2016. This track, about which no further details are known, may appear on her album initially planned for 2021 but postponed to September 2022. A song from this album, Jacarandá, was released in June 2021 and features Mike Scott on guitar. The song Moura and Prince worked on in 2016 does not appear on her album Casa Guilhermina released in November 2022, however.

References
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