A Tábua de Esmeralda

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A Tábua de Esmeralda
Studio album by Jorge Ben
Released 1974
Genre MPB, samba rock, psychedelic pop
Length 40:06
Label Philips
Producer Paulinho Tapajós
Jorge Ben chronology
10 Anos Depois
A Tábua de Esmeralda
Solta o Pavão
Singles from A Tábua de Esmeralda
  1. "Os Alquimistas Estão Chegando Os Alquimistas"
    Released: 1974
  2. "Brother"
    Released: 1974
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
MusicHound5/5 stars[2]
Music Story4/5 stars[2]
Tiny Mixtapesfavorable[3]

A Tábua De Esmeralda is the eleventh studio album by Brazilian musician Jorge Ben, released in 1974 on Philips Records. The album showcases Ben's interest in theosophy, mysticism, and, above all, alchemy.[3] Its title refers to the Emerald Tablet, a cryptic piece of Hermetica reputed to contain the secret of the prima materia and its transmutation; and its artwork incorporates drawings from Nicholas Flamel, who was historically immortalized as a great alchemist for his work on the philosopher’s stone.[3]

Considered Ben's masterpiece,[3] it was ranked by Rolling Stone Brazil as the sixth greatest Brazilian album of all time,[4] and has been included in Tom Moon's 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Jorge Ben, except where noted

  1. "Os alquimistas estão chegando os alquimistas" – 3:15
  2. "O homem da gravata florida" – 3:05
  3. "Errare humanum est" – 4:50
  4. "Menina mulher da pele preta" – 2:57
  5. "Eu vou torcer" – 3:15
  6. "Magnólia" – 3:14
  7. "Minha teimosia, uma arma pra te conquistar" – 2:41
  8. "Zumbi" – 3:31
  9. "Brother" – 2:54
  10. "O namorado da viúva" – 2:03
  11. "Hermes Trismegisto e sua celeste tábua de esmeralda" (Jorge Ben, Fulcanelli, traditional) – 5:30
  12. "Cinco minutos" – 2:57


  1. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/r281230
  2. ^ a b c Acclaimed Music – A Tábua de Esmeralda. Acclaimed Music. Retrieved on June 13, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d Wojciechowski, Mike. "1974: Jorge Ben Jor - A Tábua de Esmeralda", Tiny Mixtapes, Nov. 31, 2011.
  4. ^ "Os 100 maiores discos da música brasileira" (in Portuguese). Umas Linhas. 2007-12-20. Archived from the original on October 8, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-20.