With Por Este Rio Acima (Sailing Up This River), Fausto started a Trilogy ("Lusitana Diáspora" which was finally ended in 2011) based on an old Portuguese Book about the trips of Fernão Mendes Pinto into the unknown barbarian lands of the Orient (Peregrinação, released in 1614). This Book, inserted in the Period when the Portuguese were still one of the Major Countries and still living the Portuguese Discoveries Age, narrated his journeys through a multitude of Oriental Societies, through perfect Utopian societies (very close to the Marxist Ideal) and simple common-folk, while fighting in battles and being enslaved, all in trip up the River. It is seem as one of the most important documents of it's time, while the veracity of the Story can be disputed (There is a Joke in Portugal, where they call him Fernão Mentes Minto, where his name his changed to the word Lie). Fausto, going deep in Portuguese Traditional Music, turned each one of the episodes in a Song and characterizing Portuguese Music forever. Por Este Rio Acima is still considered one of the Best Portuguese Albums o have ever been made.
Best Tracks - "É O Mar Que Nos Chama", "O Barco Vai De Saída", "Porque Não Me Vês", "A Guerra É A Guerra", "De Um Miserável Naufrágio Que Passámos", "Como Um Sonho Acordado", "A Ilha", "A Voar Por Cima Das Águas", "Olha O Fado", "Por Este Rio Acima", "O Cortejo Dos Penitentes", "O Romance De Diogo Soares", "Navegar, Navegar", "O Que A Vida Me Deu", "Lembra-me Um Sonho Lindo" (All the Songs on the Album). This is easily one of my favorite Albums, excellent Musicians, with excellent lyrics and excellent songs. It can't get better than this.
- Fausto - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar.
- Júlio Pereira - Cavaquinho, Acoustic Guitar.
- Pedro Caldeira Cabral - Portuguese Guitar, Lute, Viol.
- Rui Júnior - Adufe, Bass Drum, Triangle, Tabla, Portuguese Percussion Instruments.
- Orlando Costa - Vocals, Back-Vocals.
- Maria Do Céu Guerra - Back-Vocals.