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New Beenie ManTropical Storm ... CD
Virgin, 2002. Used ... $2.99
Produced by the hotter-than-Mercury Neptunes, Dave Kelly, Irv Gotti, Taxi (Sly & Robbie) and others. 13 tracks in all, including "Feel It Boy" with Janet Jackson, "Fresh From Yard" with Lil Kim, "Street Life", "Pure Pretty Gal", "Bossman" with Lady Saw & Sean Paul, "Real Gangsta" and "You Babe". CD

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BenBen Et Ses Tropical Rhythm Kings ... LP
Vogue (Canada), Mid 60s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Surprisingly wonderful – a hip French take on Latin rhythms – almost like pre-funk work by Chakachas from the early 60s! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small cutout hole.)

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Bomba EstereoElegancia Tropical ... CD
Soundway (UK), 2013. New Copy ... $13.99
The best album so far from this up-and-coming Colombian group – a great mix of rootsy elements and more electronic production – served up in the forward-reaching style we've come to love in recent projects from the Soundway label! Bomba Estereo are easily one of the most contemporary groups to hit the imprint of late – and they've got no trouble at all moving between upbeat, soulful styles and more earthy levels of instrumentation – all fused together with the kind of warmth and joy we might expect in some of the older productions from Luaka Bop, but with a bit more edge too. Titles include "Bosque", "Bailar Conmigo", "Pa Respirar", "Mozo", "Pajaros", "Pure Love", and "Caribbean Power". CD

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Luis Perico OrtizSabor Tropical ... CD
Perico, 1994. Used ... $14.99
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(Out of print.)

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Paz AntiguanaTropical Soul/First Round ... 7-inch
Holy Cane Spirit (France), 2013. New Copy (pic cover)... $7.99
A groovy take on Latin Soul from this ultra-chic French combo! "Tropical Soul" bubbles along with soulful trombone in the lead, and this cool piano line dancing over percussion – while two female singers work together to create a very sunny vibe on the lyrics! "First Round" is jazzier, with great sounds from the twin trombones – and a piano part that really takes off once things get going! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Limited/numbered edition of 100 copies!)

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Victor Roque Y La Gran ManzanaLo Mejor De La Musica Tropical ... CD
Rodven, 1993. Used ... $3.99
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(Out of print.)

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Cidinho Texeira E O Som TropicalMuito Suingue (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Polygram/Think (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $32.99
The only album we've ever seen from Cidinho and his tropical group – but a great little set that bounces along like a funkier, more soulful version of Sergio Mendes and Brasil 77! Female vocals back of Cidinho's lead – and sometimes take the lead themselves – and the instrumentation is plenty heavy on electric basslines, which soar and dip with lots of funky soul energy – sometimes a bit clubby, but never in a way that's commercial or disco at all – more like a late 70s take on the previous sound of the samba soul generation! Titles include "Samba Carinho E Amor", "Nada Restou", "Som Maneiro", "Rumbafrica", "E O Segunte", "Morro De Saudade", and "To Dando Um Toque". CD

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VariousCelebra Tu Navidad Con Tu Musica Pop Y Tropical Vol 1 ... CD
Universal, 2006. Used ... $8.99
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(Out of print.)

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VariousFar Out Presents Brazilian Bass – Inner City Tropical Soundblast ... CD
Far Out (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $16.99
A very hip set that goes way beyond the stock bass-heavy grooves that have been showing up on other Brazilian compilations in recent years – and a package that really does a great job of reintroducing roots to contemporary urban music in Brazil! The album offers up a Brazilian take on the heavy sound of the bass – served up here in ways that echo famous modes in hip hop, reggae, and Afro Beat – but all with a uniquely Brazilian twist as well Tracks feature a range of contemporary artists who are taking grooves past the heavy, bombastic sound of the favelas – refining things a bit more up top, while still holding onto the powerful presence of the bottom – through a range of instrumentation that includes both acoustic and electric touches, and some key nods to older Brazilian styles as well! There's a sophistication here that goes way past any booty-shaking cliches – and, quite frankly, beyond the cover art too! Titles include "Olhe O Fogo" by Os Nelsons, "Pequi Week Bar" by Sistema Criolina, "Caroco" by Nsista, "Eu Acho E Pouco" by Soraia Drummond, "Travessias" by Anton Dub, "Nao Deixe De Lutar" by Junior Dread, and "Te Amarrado (Mangaio rmx)" by O Quadro. CD

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VariousTropical Christmas – Presented By RMM ... CD
RMM, 1999. Used 2CD ... $9.99
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(Out of print.)

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New VariousTropical Disco Hustle ... CD
Cultures Of Soul, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $14.99 15.98
Disco sounds from the Caribbean scene of the 70s – a really unique mix of regional styles with the kind of rhythms that were coming from New York and Philly at the time! The groove here is really unique – even different than some of the reggae or African disco numbers of the time – as the sunny style of Trinidad & Tobago and other islands turns out to be a perfect fit for clubby elements – mixing riffing instrumentation with playful lyrics that would have been right at home in older musical modes, but which are tuned just right here to match the energy of the disco generation. And these cuts have an appeal that goes way beyond any sense of novelty or gimmick – often served up with a soulfulness that meets or beats mainstream US disco of the period. Hats off to Cultures of Soul for bringing all these great grooves together – on a set that includes "Dance With Me" by Odessey One, "Feel Like Dancing" by Levi John, "Instant Funk" by Merchant, Be Yourself" by Mighty Duke, "The Rebels" and "Living On A String" by Wild Fire, "Peace Without Love" by Ronnie Butler And The Ramblers, "Rockers Delight" by Prince Blackman (a nicely simmering Jamaican funk take on "Rappers Delight"), "Got To Have You" by Joanne Wilson, "Disco Music" by Trinadad Troubadours – plus the bonus tracks "Got To Have You (Whiskey Barons Rework)" and "Dance With Me (Al Kent Version)" by Odessey One. CD
Also available Tropical Disco Hustle ... LP 21.99

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VariousTropical Disco Hustle ... LP
Cultures Of Soul, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $21.99
Disco sounds from the Caribbean scene of the 70s – a really unique mix of regional styles with the kind of rhythms that were coming from New York and Philly at the time! The groove here is really unique – even different than some of the reggae or African disco numbers of the time – as the sunny style of Trinidad & Tobago and other islands turns out to be a perfect fit for clubby elements – mixing riffing instrumentation with playful lyrics that would have been right at home in older musical modes, but which are tuned just right here to match the energy of the disco generation. And these cuts have an appeal that goes way beyond any sense of novelty or gimmick – often served up with a soulfulness that meets or beats mainstream US disco of the period. Hats off to Cultures of Soul for bringing all these great grooves together – on a set that includes "Dance With Me" by Odessey One, "Feel Like Dancing" by Levi John, "Instant Funk" by Merchant, Be Yourself" by Mighty Duke, "The Rebels" and "Living On A String" by Wild Fire, "Peace Without Love" by Ronnie Butler And The Ramblers, "Rockers Delight" by Prince Blackman (a nicely simmering Jamaican funk take on "Rappers Delight"), "Got To Have You" by Joanne Wilson, "Disco Music" by Trinadad Troubadours – plus the bonus tracks "Got To Have You (Whiskey Barons Rework)" and "Dance With Me (Al Kent Version)" by Odessey One. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Tropical Disco Hustle ... CD 14.99

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New James White & The BlacksContort Yourself/Tropical Heat Wave ... 12-inch
Ze, 1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A punky dancefloor classic! This is the snapping jazzy version of "Contort Yourself" mixed by August Darnell, a standout tune in the New York scene of the post-punk years! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Ze sleeve.)

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New Masaru ImadaTropical Sunset (Japanese paper sleeve edition with bonus tracks) ... CD
Full House/Think (Japan), Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really lovely album from pianist Masaru Imada – a set that has some elements of the great Japanese fusion scene of the time, but a record that also has some warmer more acoustic moments too! Imada does a great job of balancing between upbeat groovers and some more personal, lyrical songs – and although he plays a bit of keyboards, most of his work is on acoustic piano – in a lineup of players that also includes Grovewr Washington Jr on soprano sax, Steve Khan or Kazumi Watanabe on guitar, Michael Brecker on tenor, David Sanborn on alto, and either Steve Gadd or Steve Jordan on drums. There's some great interplay between the American and Japanese players – and titles include a version of Azymuth's "Carnival", plus "Morning Dream", "Blue Marine", "Secret Sounds", "Jumpin Dolphin", and "Andalusian Breeze". CD features bonus tracks "Morning Dance" and "Mermaid Princess". CD

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New VariousPeru Maravilloso – Vintage Latin, Tropical, & Cumbia ... LP
Tiger's Milk/Strut (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2 LPs Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A real range of great sounds from Peru – music from the late 60s and early 70s that shows a mindblowing shift in Peruvian culture – as the door was opened to a whole host of influences from up north and overseas! Many of these tracks feature some key electric instrument – usually a guitar, but sometimes keyboards too – and a definite electric element in the production, which has key sounds getting all cool and spacey in spots you wouldn't expect – almost other-worldly in approach, with a vibe that's mighty unique! And while there's a few familiar elements from cumbia or chicha, the range of styles here goes way past the usual – with elements of psych, Latin, or other South American styles really tripping things out. One of the freshest sets we've heard in a while – with tracks that include "Salsa 73" by Chango Y Su Conjunto, "Mambo De Machaguay" by Lucho Neves, "El Chacarero" by Los Gatos Blancos, "Sueno De Amor" by Zulu, "Bailando En La Campina" by Los Orientales, "Trinan Las Golondrinas" by John Benny & Los Riberenos, "Me Siento Feliz" by Los Ecos, "Toro Mata" by Lucia De La Cruz, "El Zambito Rumbero" by Manzanita, and "La Callina" by Felix Martinez. LP, Vinyl record album

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New Bomba EstereoElegancia Tropical ... CD
Sony/Polen (Argentina), 2013. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The best album so far from this up-and-coming Colombian group – a great mix of rootsy elements and more electronic production – served up in the forward-reaching style we've come to love in recent projects from the Soundway label! Bomba Estereo are easily one of the most contemporary groups to hit the imprint of late – and they've got no trouble at all moving between upbeat, soulful styles and more earthy levels of instrumentation – all fused together with the kind of warmth and joy we might expect in some of the older productions from Luaka Bop, but with a bit more edge too. Titles include "Bosque", "Bailar Conmigo", "Pa Respirar", "Mozo", "Pajaros", "Pure Love", and "Caribbean Power". CD
Also available Elegancia Tropical ... CD 13.99

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New Yuuki MatthewsMusic For Savage Tropical Imagery ... LP
Asthmatic Kitty, 2009. Used ... Out Of Stock
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(Shrinkwrap has a hole in front.)
 
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New CortijoCortijo y Su Combo ... LP
Tropical, Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the many great early 60s stormers from Cortijo – and a record that features vocals by Ismael Rivera, Nelson Pinedo, and Roy Rosario. The tracks are a mix of styles, but they all have a fairly traditional Afro-Cuban groove. Titles include "Que Coco", "El Mantequero", "Micaela", "Maria Teresa", and "Borinquen". And just in case you were wondering, the cover of this one is green, with Cortijo alone, hitting a conga! LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label Tropical pressing. Cover and label each have a small name – and top seam has a small split.)

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New Joao GilbertoBossa Nova Jubileu – 25 Jahre Bossa Nova ... CD
Tropical (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... Out Of Stock
CD
(Out of print.)
 
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African Music MachineBlack Water Gold ... LP
Soul Power, 1972/1974. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $9.99
Incredible work from the obscure African Music Machine – a southern funk combo led by bassist Louis Villery – a legendary batch of funky singles, finally brought together as a full album! The band has a very unique sound that involves a lot of rolling bubbling basslines, spacey organ grooves, tight choppy guitar riffs, and punchy horn blasts – almost with the African elements promised in the title, but served up with a deeper funk sound all the way through! In a way, the group's a bit like Cymande or some of the other 70s hybrid ensembles – yet they've got a lot less dub, a much more direct funky groove, and plety of raw southern elements in the mix as well! This is the funky 45 material we first cut our teeth on back in the day – and the original singles are legendary! Includes massive cuts like "Black Water Gold (Pearl)", "A Girl In France", "Never Name A Baby (Before It's Born), "Making Nassau Fruit Drink", "Camel Time", "The Dapp", "Tropical", and "Mr. Brown". LP, Vinyl record album

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Gene AmmonsJungle Soul (Ca'Purange) (aka Bad Bossa Nova) (tiger cover) ... LP
Prestige, 1964. Very Good- ... $5.99
Bad Bossa Nova is right – as Gene Ammons really hits a great groove here – one that's not exactly bossa, but which has lots of Latin and tropical touches! The session makes great use of 2 guitars at the same time – using that of Kenny Burrell for soulful rhythm, but also adding in Bucky Pizzarelli for some nice acoustic embellishments – in a mode that's similar to the soul jazz-com-bossa style used on records like Ike Quebec's Soul Samba or Charlie Rouse's Bossa Nova Bacchanal. The overall rhythms are a bit more complicated, and a bit more soul jazz based than those sets – with Hank Jones on piano, Oliver Jackson on percussion, and Al Hayes adding in some sweet extra bongo! Titles include the classic "Ca'Purange" – plus "Anna", "Yellow Bird", "Cae Cae", and "Moito Mato Grosso". Also issued under the title Bad Bossa Nova. LP, Vinyl record album
(Purple label pressing. Cover has some fading and a few stains.)

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Gal CostaGal (1969) (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Philips/Polysom (Brazil), 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $38.99
Heady heady work from the legendary Gal Costa – caught here right at her early best, smack dab in the middle of the Tropicalia years! The album's one of Gal's legendary collaborations with arranger Rogerio Duprat – and it's very much in the spirit of her other incredible session from 1969, but also features some even heavier and more tripped out guitar – in a way that really pushes the psychedelic aspect of the work! The sound here is really amazing – very fuzzy and freaky at times, in ways that make the album one of the most rocking sets of the entire Tropicalia scene, but in ways that still hang onto the quirky experimental qualities of work by Os Mutantes or Caetano Veloso. Gal's vocals really rip out amazingly at times – light years away from the sweet sound of the late 70s, and more in the frenetic, urgent style you'd expect from the politically-charged scene that spawned the set. Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil join Gal on a great version of "Pais Tropical", Jards Macale guest stars on the classic "Empty Boat" – and other tracks include "Tuareg", "Meu Nome E Gal", "Pulsars E Quasars", and "Cultura E Civilizaco". Essential! LP, Vinyl record album

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Celia CruzBravo Celia Cruz (remastered edition) ... CD
Tico/Fania, 1967. Used ... $11.99
A late 60s album from Celia Cruz – but one with a sound that's very similar to her classic early recordings of the 50s! The feel here is quite similar to those – recorded in Mexico, with backings from the orchestras of Memo Salamanca and Juan Bruno Tarraza – both of whom support Celia's vocals with a warmly swinging Afro-Cuban approach! There's plenty of jazzy flourishes in the horns behind the vocals, and they really help keep things light and lively – without some of the more overdone modes that can sometimes show up on Cruz's work. The tracks include a lot of guarachas, plus a few that are referred to as "tropical a Go Go" numbers – titles include "Bravo", "La Campeona", "El Cinturon", "Guantanamera", "Suenan Los Tambores", "Asi VA Mi Cantar", and "Ay Que Vecino". CD
(Out of print.)

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DelegationPromise Of Love ... LP
State, 1977. Very Good+ ... $5.99
The classic first album from Delegation – a great male soul trio from the late 70s, and one who sounds great on both sweet mellow tunes and more upbeat ones! Delegation have a sound that's quite unique, especially on this album – a groove with slightly tropical traces on some numbers, and a way of putting over a tune that borrows a bit from the earlier east coast harmony scene, but which wraps things up in a completely different style of production. The balance is hard to describe accurately, but it's definitely a standout for the time – and a real maturation of an earlier male soul group mode. Titles here include the famous break track "Oh Honey", plus "The Promise Of Love", "Mr Heartbreak", "Where Is The Love", "Soul Trippin", and "Let Me Take You To The Sun". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear.)

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Manu DibangoAmbassador ... LP
Mango, 1981. Very Good+ ... $9.99
A slightly confused effort from Manu Dibango's later years – sessions recorded in Paris, London, New York, and Kingston – which must have cost Island Records a bundle! There's an attempt here to change up Manu's groove a bit – one that brings a fair bit of reggae into the mix in place of Afro Funk, and which also goes for other looser tropical touches on other tunes. A number of tracks have backing vocals – by singers that include Gwen Guthrie and Ullanda McCullough – but the main focus is still on Manu's choppy saxes. Titles include "Happy Feeling", "Choc N Soul", "Night Jet", "Kumbale Style", and "Cava Chouia". LP, Vinyl record album

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Bob James & Earl KlughOne On One ... CD
Tappan Zee/CBS, 1979. Used ... $4.99
A mellow mainstream fusion classic from the 70s – one that paired the gentle guitar of Earl Klugh with the sweet keyboards of Bob James – in a set that's filled with plenty of warm and laidback touches! The mode here takes off some of the darker edges from James' earlier sound, and softens it nicely with Klugh's colorful approach to the guitar – a slightly tropical mode at times, and one that dances breezily along with help from Ralph MacDonald, Ron Carter, Harvey Mason, and Gary King. Titles include the lovely "Mallorca", plus "I'll Never See You Smile Again", "Kari", "The Afterglow", "Love Lips", and "Winding River". CD
(Out of print US pressing.)
Also available One On One ... LP 4.99

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Bob James & Earl KlughOne On One ... LP
CTI, 1979. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $4.99
A mellow mainstream fusion classic from the 70s – one that paired the gentle guitar of Earl Klugh with the sweet keyboards of Bob James – in a set that's filled with plenty of warm and laidback touches! The mode here takes off some of the darker edges from James' earlier sound, and softens it nicely with Klugh's colorful approach to the guitar – a slightly tropical mode at times, and one that dances breezily along with help from Ralph MacDonald, Ron Carter, Harvey Mason, and Gary King. Titles include the lovely "Mallorca", plus "I'll Never See You Smile Again", "Kari", "The Afterglow", "Love Lips", and "Winding River". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available One On One ... CD 4.99

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Dexter Johnson & Le Super Star De DakarLive A L'Etoile (with download) ... LP
Teranga Beat (Senegal), 1969. New Copy 2LPs ... $27.99
Seminal sounds from Senegalese saxophonist Dexter Johnson – a rare late 60s concert that captures him at the height of his powers – soloing brilliantly over the Latin grooves of Super Star De Dakar! The group was one of the best in Dakar to take on elements of Cuban music – and they work here in a style that's often spare, and highly percussive – to infuse the songs with complex rhythms that really seem to spur Dexter into some mighty soulful solos! Some passages have Johnson hitting these blue notes at the start, then getting much more expressive on his solos – really coming into the limelight after the singers deliver the initial lyrics of the tunes. The Cuban influence is plenty apparent in the titles of the songs – which include "Para Que Bueno", "Mayeya", "Soy Jijo Del Sibony", "Caminho De Sao Tome", "Borinquen Tropical", and "El Corazon". Also includes a nice cover of the New Orleans classic "Something You Got"! LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl pressing includes a bonus track & a download code.)

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Jonah Jones/Ivy Pete & His LimbomaniacsJonah Jones/Ivy Pete & His Limbomaniacs ... CD
Alma, Mid 60s. New Copy ... $12.99 14.98
An unusual combination of records – both pretty darn great! First up is Jazz Tropical from Jonah Jones – one of the coolest albums ever from this legendary trumpeter – a set that's got a strongly Latin flavor, and which provides a very unique setting for Jonah's horn! The backings feature loads of great elements – dreamy piano lines, some nice vibes, and plenty of Latin percussion to set up some sweetly syncopated grooves that make for a really nice change from the Jones style of the 50s – but which are still topped by his warm approach to a trumpet solo. Titles include "Eddie's Bossa Nova", "Yellow Days", "Where Is Your Laughter", "Jurame", "Claudia", "Jonah's Pachanga", and "La Pollera Colora". Next is Limbo Party from Ivy Pete – seemingly a dance craze cash-in, but a set that also seems to mix in a fair bit of Latin elements with the Caribbean styles! The record is way better than the usual limbo set from the time – as the instrumentation is razor sharp, and filled with tight, fast percussion riffs that really drive the grooves – while flute provide much of the melody, and sweet electric guitar lines come into the mix to hold the whole thing together! Pete sings a bit with the group on the record, always jumping along with the rhythms – and titles include "Donkey Wants Water", "Little Brown Skin Girl", "Sly Mongoose", "I Adore Her", "Man Smart Woman Smarter", and "Peas & Rice". CD

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New JoycePassarinho Urbano ... LP
Continental (Brazil), 1977. Very Good+ ... $29.99
A tremendous little album from Joyce – a rare session originally only issued in Italy, recorded in a folksy style that's a bit different than her other work! Tracks are all pretty short – many under 2 minutes long – and feature spare guitar, percussion, and lovely vocals from Joyce – really stretching out here in the laidback and open-ended format. The record is a magical treasure, and one of the best she ever recorded – a unique mix of jazzy and folksy stylings, all held together with some of the loveliest vocals ever recorded by a Brazilian singer! Titles include "Pelo Telefone", "Pesadelo", "De Frente Pro Crime", "Joia", "Chora Doutor", "Fado Tropical", and "A Historia Do Samba". LP, Vinyl record album
(Out of print reissue pressing, from the 90s.)

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La New Breed OrchestraJala Jala Woe Woe Baby ... LP
Fonseca/Andale, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $12.99
No woe here at all – because the album's very upbeat, and very joyous all the way through – played in the best young combo mode of the 60s! Latin soul, jazz, and older descarga modes all come into play on the set – mixed up in the Puerto Rican groove of the Fonseca Records scene of the time – all with more grit in the grooves than any similar records on Fania or Tico! Piano and horns are often competing in the lead with runaway energy – and vocals are both in English and Spanish, which really helps create some groovy crossover modes. Titles include the choppy boogaloo number – "New Breed Bugaloo" – plus "Woe Woe Baby", "Follow The Sun", "Three In One", "Ritmo Tropical", "Dulce Son", "Quinto Bongo", and "Tenia Que Ser Asi". LP, Vinyl record album

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Noro MoralesMerengue A La Noro ... LP
RCA, Mid 50s. Very Good ... $11.99
Noro Morales turns his rich talents to a set of merengue tracks – but the style's a lot different than you'd expect from the later sound of the genre! Instead, these cuts have a sly sinister sound, with kind of a snakey approach that adds a nice element to the music, and which keeps things in a lively 50s Latin mode. Tracks include "Tropical Merengue", "Lo Casaron", "Dona Ramona", "Siren", "The Twins", and "Can't Help It". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing. Cover has a small split on the top seam.)

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Page MortonMay You Always ... LP
MGM, 1961. Sealed ... $14.99
Page Morton's floating in a sea of red on the cover of this rare album – and the music has her swimming in a similarly watery style too! Arrangements are handled by Leo Addeo – who you might know from late 50s tropical and exotica sides – and although his approach here is more in keeping with a vocal session, he also still shows his great ear for those languidly seeping tones around the corners of the edges – a feel of flow that draws us in even before Page's vocals pick up the lyrics! There's a bit of organ used at times to emphasize this approach, and some occasional other exotic instrumentation too – on titles that include "Bill", "Don't Blame Me", "That Old Feeling", "May You Always", "Until The Real Thing Comes Along", and "Paradise". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small cuotut hole.)

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Shigeharu MukaiOrissa (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Sony (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... $24.99
A bit more electric than some of Shigeharu Mukai's previous records – but a set that also makes up for that with a host of exotic touches too! The album follows off the same fusion vibe as Mukai's work with the Morning Flight group, but also brings in some tropical touches to the mix – bits of acoustic guitar, marimbas, and percussion – plus the new use of baroque flute by the leader himself – an instrument he uses to explore some equally deep tones in his music. Titles include "Personal Call", "Orissa", "Pinapple Rain", "Sugarcane Dread", "News", and "Transportation". CD

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Horace ParlanHeadin' South ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... $18.99
One of the coolest, grooviest albums ever from the legendary pianist Horace Parlan – a sweet little Latin-inflected set that's unlike any of his other records for Blue Note! All of Parlan's work for the label is great, but this album's something even more special – thanks to the presence of Ray Barretto on a number of tracks – really adding in some great rhythms on congas that help the whole thing start "headin south" – with lots of sweet tropical touches in the grooves! The set includes the legendary "Congalere", a fast tempo groover with an amazing solo by Parlan – plus "Headin South", "Low Down", and a nice lyrical version of Ahmad Jamal's "Jim Loves Sue". CD
(SHMCD pressing.)

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Laurence RosenthalComedians ... LP
MGM, Mid 60s. Sealed ... $0.99
Semi-serious score for this film based on the Graham Greene novel of the same name. But since the thing's set in Haiti, it's got some bits that sound a little tropical, like "The Voodoo Temple" and some other ditties. LP, Vinyl record album

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TroumacaGrace ... CD
Brownswood (UK), 2013. New Copy ... $9.99 17.98
A nice mix of bubbling electronic grooves and warm, earthy atmosphere from Troumaca – and another solid set of genre-skirting soundscapes on the Brownswood label! It's a mix of compelling beats, keyboards, synth and more organic instrumentation. They've got quite a sun-toasted vibe, with strains of dancehall and tropical club grooves – but what really sets the group apart is their devotion to the songs. There's a nice vocals-centric approach at play here – with some really catchy choruses. Good stuff! Includes "Trees", "Sanctify", "Gold, Women & Wine", "Kingdom", "The Sun", "Tiger Eye", "Ivory", "Lady Colour", "The Grace" and more. CD

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VariousAfrosound Of Colombia Vol 1 – Funky, Hot Afro Influenced Tracks From The 60s & 70s Golden Period From Disco Fuentes ... LP
Vampi Soul (Spain), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 3LP ... $34.99
A far reaching triple platter of Afro Colombian grooves from the late 60s & 70s – propulsive percussion, bursts of brass, hot and heavy Afro Latin funk & soul, with some surprisingly heady and otherworldly sounds permeating some of material – all culled from the vaults of Colombia's Discos Fuentes label! Afrosound Of Colombia Vol 1 is one of best compilations yet from Vampi Soul – shining a much needed light on Discos Fuentes, but on top of that it's simply a great collection of funky Afro Latin sounds you may not have heard before! The numbers cover a lot of territory – salsa, cumbia, boogaloo, tropical funk, and chicha recordings abound – but the shared elements of killer percussion and feverish vibes overall make for a cohesive flow throughout. Excellent! 43 tracks on 3LPs plus excellent liner notes, photos and artwork. Titles include "El Abanico" By Wganda Kenya, "Cumbia De Sal" by Cumbia En Moog", "Caliventura" by Afrosound, " El Ascensor" by Los Corraleros De Majagual, "La Negra Celina" by Los Golden Boys, "El Caminante" by Fruko Y Sus Tesos, "Nostalgia Campesina" by Rodolfo Con Los Idolos, "Rosalia" by Wganda Kenya, "Salsa Boogaloo" by Sexteto Miramar and much more! LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousPanama! Vol 3 – Calypso Panameno, Guajira Jazz, & Cumbia Tipica On The Isthmus 1960 to 1975 ... CD
Soundway (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $18.99
A sprawling set of tropical grooves from Panama, and the third in the series from Soundway – compiled by Roberto Gyemant and Miles Cleret, with a little help for this set from Will Holland, aka Quantic – as soulful and brilliant as it is essential! These rare recordings blend cultural styles wonderfully, Latin, American and Caribbean, with touches of Latin funk, rawer tropical sounds, bilingual calypsos, guajira jazz and more – and this being a Soundway release, the booklet and notes are top notch, with notes on each track and filled with photos. Quite possible the best set in the series! Includes "Fire Down Below" by Lord Panama and The Stickers, "Bilongo" by Pao Brandao Y Sus Ejecutivos, "20 De Enero En Ocu" by Yin Carrizo, "Gua-Jazz" by Ralph Weeks With The Telecasters, "El Raton" by Los Invasores, "Carmewn" by Los Silvertones and more. 23 tracks on the CD. CD

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VariousPsychedelic Pernambuco ... CD
Mr Bongo (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
70s psychedelia from the northeastern state of Pernambuco, Brazil – incredible stuff that combines rawly percussive tropical sounds with a world of psychedelic creativity and possibilities – one of the best compilations ever put together by Mr Bongo! Lula Cortes was a pivotal figure in the scene and he's pretty well represented here, including his influential recordings with Ze Remalho. Even more exciting, though, is the stuff we've never been fortunate enough to hear before now – and there's a pretty good deal of it! The fusion of global psych and folk sounds into a distinctly Brazilian sound is nothing short of amazing – regional and traditional percussion underneath sitars, lutes, keyboards and more. It features songs by the great Lula Cortes & Ze Ramalho, Geraldo Azevedo & Alceu Valenca, Marconi Notaro, Flaviola E O Bando Do Sol and The Gentleman. 19 tracks in all: "Sorriso Delvagem" by The Gentlemen, "O Tempo" and "Desespero" by Flaviola E O Bando Do Sol, "Antropologica", "Maracatu" and "Fidelidade" by Marconi Notaro, "Mister Misterio", "Virgem Virginia" and more by Geraldo Azevedo & Alceu Valenca, "Bailado Das Muscarias" and "Maracas De Fogo" by Lula Cortes & Ze Ramalho, "Noite Preta" by Lula Cortes and more. CD
Also available Psychedelic Pernambuco ... LP 23.99

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VariousPsychedelic Pernambuco ... LP
Mr Bongo (UK), 1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $23.99
70s psychedelia from the northeastern state of Pernambuco, Brazil – incredible stuff that combines rawly percussive tropical sounds with a world of psychedelic creativity and possibilities – one of the best compilations ever put together by Mr Bongo! Lula Cortes was a pivotal figure in the scene and he's pretty well represented here, including his influential recordings with Ze Remalho. Even more exciting, though, is the stuff we've never been fortunate enough to hear before now – and there's a pretty good deal of it! The fusion of global psych and folk sounds into a distinctly Brazilian sound is nothing short of amazing – regional and traditional percussion underneath sitars, lutes, keyboards and more. It features songs by the great Lula Cortes & Ze Ramalho, Geraldo Azevedo & Alceu Valenca, Marconi Notaro, Flaviola E O Bando Do Sol and The Gentleman. 19 tracks in all: "Sorriso Delvagem" by The Gentlemen, "O Tempo" and "Desespero" by Flaviola E O Bando Do Sol, "Antropologica", "Maracatu" and "Fidelidade" by Marconi Notaro, "Mister Misterio", "Virgem Virginia" and more by Geraldo Azevedo & Alceu Valenca, "Bailado Das Muscarias" and "Maracas De Fogo" by Lula Cortes & Ze Ramalho, "Noite Preta" by Lula Cortes and more. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Psychedelic Pernambuco ... CD 10.99

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VariousSound Of Tiki ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $18.99 21.98
A beautiful batch of tropical classics from the glory days of the American exotica scene – put together in a package that's every bit as seductive as the music! The set comes with a lovely 50 page booklet, filled with beautiful color images that work well with the music – that usual high Bear Family quality level we've come to expect! Tunes are well-chosen, too – way past the obvious – and cuts include "I Ha She" by Marais & Miranda, "Kon Tiki" by The Shadows, "House Of Bamboo" by Andy Williams, "Castaway" by Paul Page, "Aku Aku" by Martin Denny, "Taboo Tu" by Arthur Lyman, "Bamboo" by The Surfmen, "Pieces Of Eight" by Paul Page, "Hawaiian Eye" by Buddy Morrow, and "Hawaii Five O/Quiet Village" by Don Ho. Also features a bonus radio jingle – "Luau Is Calling You"! CD

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New VariousDiablos Del Ritmo – The Colombian Melting Pot 1960 to 1985 ... CD
Analog Africa (Germany), 1960s/1970s/Early 80s. Used 2 CDs ... Just Sold Out!
One of the deepest digs we've ever seen into the rich array of grooves from Colombia – a double-length page that covers a much wider range of sounds than you might expect! Colombia's unusual amongst Latin American nations, in that it's got kind of a "crossroads" sort of role – a place where other South American sounds come into contact with music from North America, the Caribbean, and even Africa as well – resulting in some mighty heavy styles that are perfectly summed up on these 2CDs! The package is way more than just an armchair look at Colombia – and is heavy on the sorts of funk and offbeat grooves we've come to expect from the Analog Africa label – a key imprint in bringing the sounds of the globe to Anglo groove diggers like us. Rhythm is definitely at the core – as promised in the title – but the package also has plenty of great notes to help us understand the rich cultural history as well. Titles include "Calambre" by Conjunto Barbacoa, "Lumbalu" by Calixto Ochoa & Los Papaupas, "Schallcarri" by Grupo Abharca, "El Caterete" by Wganda Kenya, "Enyere Kumbara" by Julian Y Su Combo, "Wasamaye" by Wasamaye Rock Group, "Bajo El Troupillo Guajiro" by Sexteto Manaure, "Pegale A La Nalga" by Fuentes All Stars, "Juipiti" by Grupo Folclorico, "Shakalode" by Wganda Kenya, "Santana En Salsa" by Crecencio Camacho, "La Motilona" by Los Alegres Diablos, "Pajaro Madrugador" by Alfredo Gutierrez, "La Bulla" by Los Curramberos De Guayabal, "Busca La Careta" by Andres Landero, "La Cascada" by Pianonegro, "Eco En Stereo" by Sonora Dinamita, "La Veterana" by Peyo Torres, "Lluvia" by Sonora Tropical, and "Agoniza El Magadlena" by Ramiro Beltran. 32 tracks in all – and it comes in a great hardbound package with a 60-page booklet. CD

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New Mestre Cupijo E Seu RitmoSiria (180 gram pressing with download) ... LP
Analog Africa (Germany), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An incredible compilation of material by Mestre Cupijo and the musicians of Cameta – the Amazonian town where the Siria style was born! The always-great Analog Africa label turns to Brazil for this one – a nice step after their rich range of African reissues – given the nature of the material. The people of the region include many of African origin, and the music is an exciting mix of tropical rhythms and percussion, seemingly African-inspired horns, guitar and vocals. Mestre Cupijo recorded a half dozen records from the mid 70s to early 80s, capturing the time-honored regional style in a modernized setting, and this compilation puts some of the best of that material together in a really exciting set. Revelatory stuff! Includes "Mingau De Acai", "Mambo Do Martelo", Morena Do Rio Mutuaca", "Farol Do Marajo", "Cade O Anel?", "Ventinho Do Norte", "Pra Danca Meu Siria", "Passarinho Siriri" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Imcludes MP3 download.)

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New Morton GouldJungle Drums ... LP
RCA, 1956. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pre-exotica relic – cut just a year or two before bachelor pad music really broke big, and a very important album in helping get the whole thing started! The record's got a more serious feel than you might think – as pop classical conductor Morton Gould put together this mix of traditional, classical, and jazz compositions to create a suite of tropical sounds based around the compositions of Ernesto Lecuona. As the title would imply, the album's got a lot of percussion – mixed with the larger orchestrations that Gould normally used in his work – and titles include "Danza Lucumi", "Swamp Fire", "Batuque", "Ritual Fire Dance", "Jungle Drums", and "Gitanerias". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red Seal pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)

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New Dexter Johnson & Le Super Star De DakarLive A L'Etoile ... CD
Teranga Beat (Senegal), 1969. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Seminal sounds from Senegalese saxophonist Dexter Johnson – a rare late 60s concert that captures him at the height of his powers – soloing brilliantly over the Latin grooves of Super Star De Dakar! The group was one of the best in Dakar to take on elements of Cuban music – and they work here in a style that's often spare, and highly percussive – to infuse the songs with complex rhythms that really seem to spur Dexter into some mighty soulful solos! Some passages have Johnson hitting these blue notes at the start, then getting much more expressive on his solos – really coming into the limelight after the singers deliver the initial lyrics of the tunes. The Cuban influence is plenty apparent in the titles of the songs – which include "Para Que Bueno", "Mayeya", "Soy Jijo Del Sibony", "Caminho De Sao Tome", "Borinquen Tropical", and "El Corazon". Also includes a nice cover of the New Orleans classic "Something You Got"! CD
Also available Live A L'Etoile (with download) ... LP 27.99

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New Juaneco Y Su ComboBirth Of Jungle Cumbia ... CD
Vital Record, Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Amazing sounds from the Peruvian scene of the 70s – played by a group who were key in the growth of the sound of chicha! The style is billed as "jungle cumbia" on the cover, which is a good illustration of the sound of of the music – bits of cumbia rhythms borrowed from scenes farther north, inflected with some rootsier percussion and mixed with lots of cool keyboard lines on electric piano – plus loads of the sweet electric guitar lines you know and love from chica recordings! Juaneco and his group were some of the first to lay these sounds down on record – and the CD features some of the few surviving bits from their famous career. Titles include "Caballito Nocturno", "El Forastero", "Oriente Tropical", "Me Voy Pa Trompeteros", "Negra Linda", "Karina", "Romance Shipibo", and "La Incognita". CD

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New Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66Classics Vol 18 ... CD
A&M, 1960s/1970s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Was there ever anyone groovier than these guys? We don't think so – as Sergio had it all: 2 female singers in the lead, great bossa nova backing, and production on his records that couched the grooves in the pillowy-soft pop style of the A&M studios! This 17 track package isn't much on looks – but it does feature a great retrospective of Sergio's work – mostly 60s numbers, with a few of the best 70s and 80s numbers thrown in for good measure. Titles include "Pais Tropical", "So Many Stars", "Pretty World", "Bim Bom", "Never Gonna Let You Go", "Alibis", "Song Of No Regrets", "Mas Que Nada", "Scarborough Fair", "Look Around", "Like A Lover", "One Note Samba/Spanish Flea", "Going Out Of My Head", and "Look Of Love". CD

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New Clara NunesAs Forcas Da Natureza ... LP
Odeon (Brazil), 1977. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the more far-reaching albums by Clara Nunes – a mixture of samba tracks, rootsy rhythms, and larger arrangements handled by the likes of Radames Gnatalli, Sivuca, Gaya, and others. Tracks include "Coisa Da Antiga", "As Forcas Da Natureza", "Perdao", "Senhora Das Candeis", and "Fado Tropical". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes book! Cover has a bit of light wear.)

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New Tito PuenteCarnaval en Harlem ... CD
Tico, 1966. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Darn nice record by Tito – and one with a soulful 60s feel, hinted at by the "en Harlem" in the title. The record's not really a Latin soul album, but it's got certain groovy 60s elements that are done very very nicely. Includes great Latin versions of "Downtown" and "Jumpin With Symphony Sid", plus the tracks "Mi Trompeta Tropical", "Rumba En El Patio", "Bluesette", and "Carnaval En Harlem". Also features Santos Colon on vocals on a number of tracks. CD
(Out of print.)

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New Sonora Mantancera/Cortijo Y Su ComboDuelo Musical ... LP
Seeco, Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A Latin Battle Of The Bands – as Cortijo's combo and Sonora Matancera go head to head! The album alternates between tracks by each of the groups – so that there's 6 of each, and the listener comes out the winner! (Of course, a real "duelo" would feature one band in the left channel, and one in the right channel – and let them work it out at the same time!) Cortijo plays "Las Ingratitudes", "Palo Que Le Das", "Dejalo Que Suba", "Juan Jose", and "Lo Tuyo Es Cronico". Sonora Matancera perform "Ave Maria Lola", "Oye Mima", "Toitico Tuyo", and "Micaela". LP, Vinyl record album
(US Tropical pressing.)

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New VariousHurst Selection 1 ... CD
Soulandjazz.com (UK), 2012. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The Hurst selection here is mighty nice – a wonderful blend of contemporary soul numbers, put together with a great focus on greatness still to be discovered, and served up with some rare mixes too! The quality level of the set is great all the way through – the best in mature, positive soul – with only a few numbers aimed at the club, and the rest just perfect for soulful listening in a very laidback mode. Titles include "Wah" by randy Skinner, "Clementine Sun (Mass Sheen rmx)" by Khari Simmons, "Rubber Soul (Omar S rmx)" by Live Tropical Fish with Omar, "I Got Sunshine (Mass Sheen rmx)" by Avery Sunshine, "Dance To This (unrapped mix)" by Nothende, "So Claudia (2011 rework)" by Claudia Hayden, "In Your Eyes" by William Green, "Feels Like Love" by Kabanya Chemise, "Sunny Day" by Victoria Urusova, and "Hope" by Milton Suggs. CD

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New VariousMusic For Dancefloors – Cream Of The Bosworth Library Sessions ... CD
Strut (UK), 1970s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sweet jazzy funk – a wonderful batch of tunes from the now-legendary Bosworth sound library! Bosworth is possibly not as famous as KPM, De Wolfe, or other sound library sources that have yielded a lot of funk for collectors over the past few years – but that also means that the label's output is super-fresh, and filled with some sounds that are perhaps a bit more experimental than you might expect! The set's got some great keyboards, lots of odd jazzy riffs, cool instrumentation – and more than enough heavy beats to make this a must-have package for any funk of funky tunes! Titles include "Percussion Monoton" by Bob Downes, "Crab Apple Jam" by David Snell, "Fillet Of Soul" by Geoff Bastow, "Indian Dream" by Brian Green, "Hula Rock" by Lew Howard, "Chez Vous" by Paolo Zavollone, "Big John" by Paolo Zavallone, "Tropical Scene" by Jonny Teupen, "Yellow Fever" by Paolo Zavallone, and "Two Way Stretch" by Toni Campo. CD
(Out of print.)

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New VariousSaoco – The Bomba & Plena Explosion In Puerto Rico 1954 to 1966 (3LP set) ... LP
Vampi Soul (Spain), 1950s/1960s. Used 3LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A treasure trove of 50s and 60s music from Puerto Rico – and a killer compilation centered around the pioneering work of percussionist Rafael Cortijo and singer Ismael Rivera! Essentially, this a blueprint for the global salsa, tropical and Latin scenes to come – and it's invigorating, tightly grooving and wonderful stuff all the way! Wall-to-wall Afro and West Indian-indebted percussion and rhythms, with tight horns and incredible vocals. It's filled pioneering work, but this is hardly a history listen – it's a fun set, and a sprawling one at that! Includes "Cortaron a Elena" by Cortijo (as Canario & Su Grupo con Raful), "En Orbita" by Baltazar Carrero, "Habla Cuembre" by Los Caballeros Del Ritmo, "El Plenero" by Mon Rivera Y Su Orquesta, "Dejalo Que Suba" by by Cortijo (as Canario & Su Grupo con Raful), "Belinda" by Chivirico, "Cucala" by Cortijo Y Su Combo con Ismael Rivera, "Ron Con Coco" by Mon Rivera Y Su Orquesta and more. 30 tracks on 3LPs! LP, Vinyl record album

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New Mestre Cupijo E Seu RitmoSiria ... CD
Analog Africa (Germany), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An incredible compilation of material by Mestre Cupijo and the musicians of Cameta – the Amazonian town where the Siria style was born! The always-great Analog Africa label turns to Brazil for this one – a nice step after their rich range of African reissues – given the nature of the material. The people of the region include many of African origin, and the music is an exciting mix of tropical rhythms and percussion, seemingly African-inspired horns, guitar and vocals. Mestre Cupijo recorded a half dozen records from the mid 70s to early 80s, capturing the time-honored regional style in a modernized setting, and this compilation puts some of the best of that material together in a really exciting set. Revelatory stuff! Includes "Mingau De Acai", "Mambo Do Martelo", Morena Do Rio Mutuaca", "Farol Do Marajo", "Cade O Anel?", "Ventinho Do Norte", "Pra Danca Meu Siria", "Passarinho Siriri" and more. CD

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New Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66Foursider ... CD
A&M, Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... Out Of Stock
A classic double-length collection of work by Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 – originally titled a "Foursider" because of the 2LP format of the original! The package is overflowing with greatness by the group – and the extra space allows the set to include some real gems from the later A&M years – a time when the group were hitting the charts a bit less than before, and really deepening their Brazilian groove! These later tracks are all plenty darn great – and show echoes of changes going on in late 60s Brazilian music – not Tropicalia entirely, but some of the groovier moments at EMI/Odeon and Philips, with traces of influences from Edu Lobo, Marcos Valle, Jorge Ben, and Luiz Carlos Vinhas. 21 tracks in all – with titles that include "Ye Me Le", "After Sunrise", "Pais Tropical", "Crystal Illusions", "Mas Que Nada", "Bim Bom", "Look Of Love", "Chelsea Morning", "After Midnight", and their breakbeat version of "For What It's Worth". CD

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New Chee ShimizuObscure Sound (paperback) ... Book
Rittor (Japan), 2013. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Not just obscure sounds, but a host of rare records too – served up in this wonderful Japanese discography that will have you digging for lots of gems you've never heard before! The book is an ultra-cool guide to obscure records – and like other Japanese discographies, it's got plenty of visuals that are helpful to English readers like us, even if we can't understand the larger text and reviews. Different sections lay out rare vinyl in a host of new categories – drawing relationships like "Floating", "Tropical", "Mellow", "Cosmic", and "Organic" – which really help situation the obscure sounds collected within. The book has listings for hundreds of rare records – plus title, date, and label information in English – and full color covers as well! Book

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New VariousHaiti Direct EP ... 12-inch
Sofrito (UK), New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A special EP of tracks from the bigger Haiti Direct album – including a few exclusive edits for this package! Haiti Direct really brings the right sort of focus to Haitian music – and uses the Strut Records approach that's been tuned towards African and South American grooves in the past – all to pull out the funkiest, jazziest, grooviest tunes from the 60s and 70s. This 4-track EP brings together some of the best tracks from the full CD project – and titles include "Mateau" by Ibo Combo, "Pile Ou Face" by Les Loups Noirs, "Nan Point La Vie (Siwo version)" by Ti Marcel, and "Zanmi Camarade (tropical treats edit)" by Claudette & Ti Pierre. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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New Roberta FlackOasis (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1988. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Roberta Flack sounding freshly inspired in the late 80s – her first new album in years – and it's a really strong one! The first thing that jumps out at us is how wonderful her voice continues to be –she's recognizable from the first syllable, and it's right it home with a contemporary sound – though classical soul-inclined – thanks to smart production and arrangements by Marcus Miller, Jerry Hey and Michael Omartian. There's a little bit of a tropical vibe in couple places – hence the title – especially the opening and closing tunes "Oasis" and "(His Name) Brazil" – and other cuts include the nice and hooky Ashford & Simpson tune "Uh-Uh-Ooh Look Out (Here It Comes)", plus "All Caught Up In Love", "Shock To My System", "You Who Brought Me Love", "And So It Goes", "Something Magic". CD
(SHMCD pressing.)

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New Alfonso LovoLa Gigantona ... CD
Numero, 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Funky fusion with plenty of Latin touches – a really compelling set from the Nicaraguan scene of the 70s! The album's got the same criss-crossing of influences you'd hear in some of the best Bay Area projects of this type – no surprise since Jose Chepito Areas is a key member of the group on percussion – and there's a wonderful blend of acoustic and electric instrumentation, rootsy rhythms and free-thinking fusion – all of which make this sweet little set feel like some lost Impulse Records gem from the early 70s – particularly the label's releases that get a bit more global in their outlook! Alfonso Lovo plays loads of sweet Fender Rhodes, and also sings a bit – and titles include "Nueva Segiova", "Firebird Feathers", "Rio San Juan Drums", "Los Conquistadores", and "Tropical Jazz". CD
 
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Bonde Do RoleTropicalbacanal ... LP
Mad Decent, 2014. New Copy Gatefold ... $19.99 20.98
Brazilian contemporary favela funk, electroclash, genre-defying party rockers Bondo Do Role again deliver insistent jams for Diplo's Mad Decent label – with guest appearances by Mixhell, Ce'Cile, Kool AD, Poolside, Rizzle Kicks, Death Set, DJ Chernobyl and (amazingly!) Caetano Veloso. Tracks include "Arrastao" feat Mixhell, "Kilo (English Version)", "Brazilian Boys" feat Ce'Cile, "Pucko", "Bang" feat Kool AD, "Picole", "Baby Don't Deny It (Babydoll De Nylon)" LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes a "secret artwork decoder".)

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Chico Buarque/Nara Leao/Maria BethaniaQuando O Carnaval Chegar ... CD
Universal (Brazil), 1972. New Copy ... $14.99
A fantastic soundtrack recorded in the immediate post-Tropicalia years – featuring some of the best early 70s work by Chico Buarque, Nara Leao, Maria Bethania, and others! The cover has a mad image with Buarque, Leao, and Bethania in top hats and shiny uniforms – and the music follows up with a similarly lively spirit – samba-esque, with other touches of rock and jazz production that give the work an expansive and trippy feel. Roberto Menescal handled the arrangements – and titles include "Cacada" by Chico Buarque, "Mais Uma Estrela" by Nara Leao, "Soneto" by Orquesta De Cordas, "Soneto" by Nara Leao, "Partido Alto" by MPB-4, "Formosa" by Nara Leao & Maria Bethania, "Baioque" by Maria Bethania, and "Cantores De Radio" by Chico, Naria, and Maria together! CD

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Erasmo CarlosCarlos, Erasmo – Erasmo Carlos (1971) (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Philips/Polysom (Brazil), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $38.99
Erasmo Carlos sounds even cooler here than usual – still working with tunes penned with his brother Roberto – but also taking on music by Caetano Veloso, Jorge Ben, and Marcos Valle too! There's a heady undercurrent to the record that's maybe a filtering-through of an earlier Tropicalia vibe – a mode that Erasmo never embraced, but which leaves its impression in some of the more striking arrangements here – especially in the way things trip out at all the best times! Fuzzy guitar and offbeat production really add a lot to the set – and titles include "Maria Joana", "Agora Ninguem Chora Mais", "26 Anos De Vida Normal", "Cica Cecilia", "Mundo Deserto", "Sodoma E Gomorra", "Masculino Feminio", and "De Noite Na Cama". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Dorival CaymmiEssential Caymmi – Dorival Caymmi Centenary ... CD
DRG, 2014. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
A tremendous tribute to 100 years of Dorival Caymmi – the legendary Brazilian singer/songwriter who helped pave the way for bossa nova, Tropicalia, and so many other sounds to come! Unlike the beautiful 90th birthday album for Caymmi, in which he was still alive and able to participate – this set features other artists, including key family members, coming together in rich reworkings of his best compositions – done in a sophisticated blend of older Brazilian modes that's similar to some of the best Biscoito Fino projects in recent years. Mario Adnet put the album together with Dori Caymmi – and the set features performances by Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Chico Buarque, Nana Caymmi, and Danilo Caymmi – as well as Adnet and Dori – on titles that include "O Que E Que A Baiana Tem", "Saudade Da Bahia", "Sargaco Nar", "Dora", "Vatapa", "Nem Eu", "Samba Da Minha Terra", "A Vizinha Do Lado", and "Cancao Da Partida". CD

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Gal CostaGal Costa (1969) ... CD
Polygram/Dusty Groove, 1969. New Copy ... $10.99 12.98
One of the most mindblowing albums ever recorded – anywhere, anytime! This 1969 set stands as one of the greatest records ever cut by Gal Costa – done at the height of the Tropicalia movement, and featuring a sublime mix of styles that really gets the spirit of the movement right. Arrangements are by the legendary Rogerio Duprat – who effortlessly shifts the backings between stark electronics, sweet bossa, gliding strings, jazzy piano, and baroque orchestrations that dance around with a surprising amount of grooves! Tunes include some classics by Caetano Veloso, Jorge Ben, and Gilberto Gil – served up in amazing new versions by Gal and Duprat! Titles include "Nao Identificado", "Lost in the Paradise", "Que Pena", "Sebastiana", "Namorinho De Portao", "Divino Maravilhoso", and "Deus E O Amor". CD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)

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Gal CostaMeu Nome E Gal – O Melhor De Gal Costa ... CD
Philips (Brazil), Late 60s/1970s/1980s. Used ... $6.99
A very nicely packaged 2LP set that brings together some of Gal Costa's best work for Philips! The set spans her Tropicalia years, and moves into the 70s as Gal developed a style that was more sophisticated, and which eventually drew her more into the mainstream. Titles include "London London", "Baby", "India", "Luz Do Sol", "Nao Identificado", "So Louco", "Canta Brasil", "Festa Do Interior", "Meu Bem Meu Mal", "Acai", "Teco Teco", and "Baby". CD
(Out of print.)

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Gal CostaRevisitada 2 – De Domingo 1967 A Baby Gal 1983 ... CD
Dubas (Brazil), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. Used ... $4.99
A loving journey through the early work of Brazilian singer Gal Costa – one that starts with her late bossa masterpiece Domingo, from 1967 – and which ends up with material from her last Philips album, Baby Gal, recorded in 1983! The evolution of Gal's sound during the time is incredible – as she starts out with a tentative, gentle sort of style; then moves into a fuller, more experimental mode during the Tropicalia years – emerging with full strength in the early 70s, then toning her sound down to a more intimate, jazz-based approach in later years. The collection features notes on Gal and her music – in both English and Portuguese – and the CD features 14 tracks in all, with titles that include "Baby", "Festa Da Rua", "Saudosismo", "Flor De Maracuja", "Lagrimas Negras", "Maria Joana", "Mae", "Eternamente", "Desafinado", and "Se Voce Pensa". CD

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DVDFilhos De Joao – O Admiravel Mundo Novo Baiano (DVD) ... DVD
Studio Canal (Brazil), 2013. New Copy ... $34.99
A well-done documentary on the group Os Novos Baianos – one of the best underground ensembles to emerge in the post-Tropicalia years of Brazil, but one that we've always known very little about! This film corrects that lack, and serves up over an hour's worth of footage, interviews, and historical details on the group – with helpful subtitles in Portuguese, English, Spanish, and French! DVD
(All region.)

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Garotas SuecasFeras Miticas ... CD
Vampi Soul (Spain), 2014. Used Gatefold ... $6.99
A contemporary group from Brazil, but one who've got a quirky ear for song styles that takes us back to some of our favorite artists of the 70s! Garotas Suecas work in a style that's a bit post-Tropicalia – almost like some of Tom Ze's music of those years, but maybe not as all-out wild – fused perhaps with a sense of the songwriting strengths of Caetano Veloso in his later years. Yet the work also has a contemporary vibe that's definitely the group's own, too – a sense of spirit that really marks these guys as a group to watch, already even more exciting on this second album than their first. Titles include "New Country", "Bucolismo", "Manchetes Da Solidao", "A Nuvem", "Bicho", and "Charles Chacal". CD
(CD sleeve has a cutout hole, and the barcode has some marker.)
Also available Feras Miticas ... LP 25.99

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Garotas SuecasFeras Miticas ... LP
Vampi Soul (Spain), 2014. New Copy 2LP ... $25.99
A contemporary group from Brazil, but one who've got a quirky ear for song styles that takes us back to some of our favorite artists of the 70s! Garotas Suecas work in a style that's a bit post-Tropicalia – almost like some of Tom Ze's music of those years, but maybe not as all-out wild – fused perhaps with a sense of the songwriting strengths of Caetano Veloso in his later years. Yet the work also has a contemporary vibe that's definitely the group's own, too – a sense of spirit that really marks these guys as a group to watch, already even more exciting on this second album than their first. Titles include "New Country", "Bucolismo", "Manchetes Da Solidao", "A Nuvem", "Bicho", and "Charles Chacal". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Feras Miticas ... CD 6.99

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New Gilberto GilCopacabana Mon Amour – Trilha Sonora Original ... CD
Discobertas (Brazil), 1970. New Copy ... $18.99
An incredible bit of soundtrack work by Gilberto Gil – and one of his best albums! The record was originally recorded to accompany the work of director Rogerio Szanzerla, and it's a wonderful mix of samba, jazz, and post-Tropicalia psychedelia – all recorded in a warm intimate style that's similar to Gil's legendary London recording from 1971! The tracks are some of the most pioneering that Gil ever recorded – and they break free of the time and space constraints of some of his studio albums, stretching songs out into long open-ended explorations, 4 of which are over seven minutes long. Gil's vocals are extremely soulful, and his guitar playing is free and jazzy, often interspersed with some nice funky flute and percussion work. Titles include "Diga A Ela" in two versions – plus "Mr. Sganzeria", "Blind Faith", "Yeh Yeh Yah Yah", and "Tomorrow Vai Ser Bacana". CD

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Gilberto GilLouvacao ... CD
Philips (Brazil), 1967. Used ... $14.99
A brilliant early moment for the young Gilberto Gil – a set recorded right before his jump into the Tropicalia movement, but with a sound that's already pretty darn unique! The style here has Gilberto singing upfront and playing acoustic guitar – in a mode that's certainly rooted in bossa nova, but which really moves past its basic approach – showing some of the deeper, darker, more sophisticated tunes you'd find in similar early music by Nara Leao or Gal Costa! The songwriting is superb – of the sort that already had many others picking up some of Gil's important early tunes for their own recordings – and there's a nice nod to deeper Brazilian roots in some of the arrangements, particularly the regions that were sometimes pushed into the corners of the culture. Arrangements are by Dori Caymmi and others – and titles include Gil's classic "Roda", which was covered by many artists, but done brilliantly here in the original – plus "Lovacao", "Maria", "Ensaio Geral", "Lunik 9", and "Procissao" – all early classics! CD
(Out of print.)

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Gilberto GilLouvacao ... LP
Philips/Soul Jazz (UK), 1967. New Copy ... $25.99
A brilliant early moment for the young Gilberto Gil – a set recorded right before his jump into the Tropicalia movement, but with a sound that's already pretty darn unique! The style here has Gilberto singing upfront and playing acoustic guitar – in a mode that's certainly rooted in bossa nova, but which really moves past its basic approach – showing some of the deeper, darker, more sophisticated tunes you'd find in similar early music by Nara Leao or Gal Costa! The songwriting is superb – of the sort that already had many others picking up some of Gil's important early tunes for their own recordings – and there's a nice nod to deeper Brazilian roots in some of the arrangements, particularly the regions that were sometimes pushed into the corners of the culture. Arrangements are by Dori Caymmi and others – and titles include Gil's classic "Roda", which was covered by many artists, but done brilliantly here in the original – plus "Lovacao", "Maria", "Ensaio Geral", "Lunik 9", and "Procissao" – all early classics! LP, Vinyl record album

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Gilberto GilPersonalidade ... CD
Polygram (Brazil), Late 60s/1970s/1987. Used ... $4.99
Although we always get loads of requests for his stuff, the best early work of Gilberto Gil is always darn tough to find, even on CD. Now, Polygram has put together this excellent 16 track compilation that brings together Gilberto Gil's best stuff from the late 60's and early 70's, plus a few tracks from later years. There's a nice batch of material here that comes from his Tropicalia years, plus other stuff from the early 70's that show his style maturing a lot, and which focus on his beautiful voice and songwriting skills. The CD's a real treat, and includes many tracks that we haven't been able to find for years – including "Back In Bahia", "Roda", "Domingou", "Oriente", "Louvacao", "Bate Macumba", "Lunik 9", "Maracatu Atomico", and more! If you've ever bought one of his weak albums from recent years, you owe it to yourself to get this one to find out just how great he is! CD
(Out of print.)

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Gilberto Gil & Rita LeeRefestanca ... LP
Som Livre (Brazil), 1977. Near Mint- ... $19.99
A strange one! Gilberto and Rita team up in a live set – ostensibly trying to relive the glory days of Tropicalia, but more showing the new strength of MPB in the 70s. Rita's backing is by the Tutti Frutti rock band, who has the same kind of style as you'd guess from their name. Stick to the cuts that feature Gil's backing band Refavela – who are in a prime 70s funky mode, especially on the album's versions of "Odara" and "Domingo No Parque", which are both great. Rita and Gilberto duet on "Refestanca", "Get Back", and "E Proibido Fumar", which should show you where all the energy from "Prohibido Prohibidar" has gone! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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GraveolaEu Preciso De Um Liquidificador ... CD
Mais Um Discos (UK), 2013. Used Gatefold ... $8.99
A sweet bit of Brazilian experimentation that recalls all the inventive spirit of the work of Caetano Veloso and the Tropicalia generation – put together with lots of great twists and turns, and a spirit that's both playful yet straightforward as well! These guys mix things up as much as the "liquidifacador" in the album's title – yet never make the music sound gimmicky at all – and instead really crest on that great wave of Brazilian experimentation that seemed to begin over a decade ago, yet which few folks are doing this well any more! Like Veloso's best music, the songs have a sense of heart that goes way beyond the boundaries of language – and which shows that Graveola isn't just being clever for clever's sake. Titles include "Blues Via Satellite", "Desdenha", "Farewell Love Song", "Kg De Pao", "Babulina's Trip", "O Cao E A Ciencia", "Lindo Toque", and "Desmantelado". CD

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Victor HugoTropicalisimo ... CD
LAS (UK), 2000. Used ... $5.99
CD
(Out of print.)

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Nara LeaoDez Anos Depois ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $13.99
A haunting 1971 session by Nara Leao – and one that has a moody European take on the bossa! Part of the album was recorded in Paris, and it's got a dreamy quality that evokes 70s recordings by some of our favorite European singers – particularly some of the more sophisticated ones on the French scene at the time. At the heart of the record, though, is pure bossa – with a track list that's full of work by Jobim, Carlos Lyra, Baden Powell, and Vinicius De Moraes – all sensitively interpreted by Nara in a way she hardly matches on other sessions! The set's a really unique take on the post-Tropicalia years – one that has Leao retreating to Paris, instead of the London scene that held Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil – with really tremendous results! Also, the original record is a double-length set – making for a really expanded take on this unique sound. Titles include "Retrato Em Branco E Preto", "Pois E", "Estrada Do Sol", "Por Toda Minha Vida", "Vou Por Ai", and "Sabia". CD

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Rita LeeBuild Up ... CD
Philips/El (UK), 1970. New Copy ... $4.99
The first solo album by Rita Lee – cut back when she was a member of the groundbreaking Tropicalia trio, Os Mutantes! The album's got a very different feel than her work with that group – and has Rita stepping out as a sophisticated pop singer, almost in the way that Nico did on the Chelsea Girl album, after leaving the Velvet Underground. Arrangements have a weird twisted edge – as Rita makes her way through a set of originals and a few covers, in an almost deadpan, ice-blond mode that reminds us of some of Jane Birkin's early work. Arrangements are by the great Rogerio Duprat, and titles include "Sucesso, Aqui Vou Eu", "Prisioneira Do Amor", "Hulla Hulla", "Tempo Nublado", "Precisamos De Irmaos", and "Calma" – plus a nice cover of "And I Love Him". CD

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Rita LeeBuild Up/Hoje E O Primeiro Dia Do RestoDa Sua Vida/Atras De Porto Tem Uma Cidade (3CD set) ... CD
Philips/Universal (Brazil), 1970/1972/1974. New Copy 3 CDs ... $34.99
The first three solo albums from Os Mutantes singer Rita Lee – all work that really follows in a great vibe from her key contributions to the Tropicalia scene! Build Up has Rita stepping out as a sophisticated pop singer, almost in the way that Nico did on the Chelsea Girl album, after leaving the Velvet Underground. Arrangements have a weird twisted edge – as Rita makes her way through a set of originals and a few covers, in an almost deadpan, ice-blond mode that reminds us of some of Jane Birkin's early work. Arrangements are by the great Rogerio Duprat, and titles include "Sucesso, Aqui Vou Eu", "Prisioneira Do Amor", "Hulla Hulla", "Tempo Nublado", "Precisamos De Irmaos", and "Calma" – plus a nice cover of "And I Love Him". On Hoje E Primeiro, Lee is clearly the star of the show – singing all lyrics with a much fiercer vocal approach than on her earlier solo album – pushing things hard to keep up with the jamming keyboards of Arnaldo Baptista and guitar of Sergio Dias – both of whom are working with the energy that would show up in the Mutantes styles in the years after Lee departed. One of the most compelling aspects of the record is the structure of the tunes – less conventionally rockish overall than the direction Os Mutantes were moving towards – and still with that strong dramatic flair that Lee always provided when in the group. Titles include "Vamos Tratar Da Saude", "Amor Branco E Preto", "Superficie Do Planeta", "Teimoisia", "Tapupukitipa", "Beija Me Amor", and "Frique Como". On Atras Do Porto, Lee hits a sort of space rock sound, with a weird set of materials that sort of mixes an early 70's space rock guitar sound with Wings-like production for a more pop feel. Our Portuguese is terrible, so we can't read the lyrics and get hip to the concept, but the inside cover has the band looking kind of like refugees from Spinal Tap or something. With the cuts "Tem Uma Cidade", "Menino Bonito", "Mame Natureza", and "Eclipse Do Cometa". CD

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LimonadaLimonada ... LP
Sondor/Lion, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
An amazing little record from the free-thinking scene in Uruguay at the end of the 60s – a strange mix of styles, but a brilliant one too! Limonada only ever cut this one record, but it's a real masterpiece – a blend of 60s beat group instrumentation, candomble rhythms, and some of the headier styles floating around the Brazilian and Peruvian scenes at the time – modes that were experimental, but always playful, and are handled here by Limonada in a sound that's instantly appealing, no matter what your language or politics! The record has a tremendously groovy sound from the very start – a compressed, slightly psychedelic sound that features lots of weird twists and turns, but always moves back into a straightforward groove in the nick of time. The production alone is worth the price of admission – at a level similar too, but rougher than, some of the Tropicalia work of the time – and titles include "Ojos Que Miran Lejos", "Pies Descalzos", "Lejos Estas", "Barrio De Casas Bajas", "Veo Luz En La Ventana", "Cambiar La Rosa", and "Viejo Tambor". Deluxe reissue package too – heavy vinyl and cover, and an insert with notes! LP, Vinyl record album

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New Jorge MautnerJorge Mautner Ao Vivo 1972 – Para Detonar A Cidade ... CD
Discobertas (Brazil), 1972. New Copy 2CD ... $32.99
A stunning live set from Jorge Mautner – and maybe a record that's even better than some of his studio albums of the time! Jorge's a stunning talent here – a great inheritor of the experiments put forth during the Tropicalia movement, but also able to work with some of the rootsier, folksier styles of the Brazilian underground of the 70s too – a vibe that really comes through in the lean instrumentation of the tracks, and the great way that Mautner's voice echoes out in the performance space. The feel is a bit like some of the more intimate Caetano Veloso moments of the early 70s – and Jorge's certainly an equally expressive singer – and the 2CD set features titles that include "Salve Salve A Bahia", "Sheridan Square", "Sapo Cururu", "Olhar Bestial", "Quero Ser Locomotiva", "Estrela Da Noite", and "Chave De Um Perdido Paraiso". CD

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Marilia MedalhaMarilia Medalha (1968) (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Philips/Think (Japan), 1968. Used ... $26.99
Simply stunning sounds from Marilia Medalha – one of the most inventive Brazilian singers of the 60s, working here in a really special set of arrangements from Rogerio Duprat! Medalha's already great on some of her other records of the time, but this set knocks it out of the park with lots of very cool touches from Duprat – the kind of complex musical moments that mix modernity and rootsy elements in a style that he was using more famously with some of the bigger artists on the Tropicalia scene! Marilia's style of singing is a bit more in the mode of Brazilian music from the previous generation, but Rogerio really transports her to a special space with his instrumentation – which puts the record in the same hip territory as work by Gal Costa or Nara Leao from the time. Titles include "Tres Cavaleiros", "Jogo De Viola", "Gloria", "Arrependimento", "Sao Paulo Meu Amor", and "Cancao De Marta E Romao". CD
(Includes obi.)

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SinkaneMean Love ... CD
DFA, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99 14.98
The best yet from Sudan-born, Brooklyn-dwelling Sinkane – distilling a lot of diverse sonic influences into his own distinct soul! There's a lot going on here, inspiration wise – with modern synth-stoked twists on 70s Afrobeat influences, tropically-inflected R&B and lots of other stylistic twists and turns – but it all works together really well, thanks in no small part to memorable songs and his airy voice. Very cool stuff! Titles include "How We Are", "New Name", "Yacha", "Young Trouble", "Moonstruck", "Mean Love", "Hold Tight", "Galley Boys", "Son" and "Omdurman". CD
Also available Mean Love (with download) ... LP 13.99

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SinkaneMean Love (with download) ... LP
DFA, 2014. New Copy ... $13.99 17.98
The best yet from Sudan-born, Brooklyn-dwelling Sinkane – distilling a lot of diverse sonic influences into his own distinct soul! There's a lot going on here, inspiration wise – with modern synth-stoked twists on 70s Afrobeat influences, tropically-inflected R&B and lots of other stylistic twists and turns – but it all works together really well, thanks in no small part to memorable songs and his airy voice. Very cool stuff! Titles include "How We Are", "New Name", "Yacha", "Young Trouble", "Moonstruck", "Mean Love", "Hold Tight", "Galley Boys", "Son" and "Omdurman". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)
Also available Mean Love ... CD 11.99

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Claudette SoaresGil Chico Veloso Por Claudette (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Philips/Think (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $32.99
A legendary moment in the history of MPB – as older Brazilian singer Claudette Soares turns towards the work of groundbreaking singer/songwriters Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, and Chico Buarque! The set was recorded in the heart of the Tropicalia years – and although the record isn't as crazy as any of Gil or Caetano's work from the time, there's some definite Tropicalia influences running through the set – which is a real chance for Claudette. Plus, the legendary Rogerio Duprat arranged the whole album – with the finesse and care that he brought to some of the great albums by Gal Costa, Nara Leao, and Veloso from the same time. Features the tracks "Clara" and "Yemanja", performed with Gilberto Gil in the lead – plus other tunes that were written by the three, and which seem to have them participating in the instrumentation. Titles include "Mancada", "Frevo Rasgado", "Lia", "Januaria", "Deus Vos Salve Esta Casa Santa", "Lua Cheia", and "Remelexo". CD

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New Caetano VelosoCaetano Veloso (1967) (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Philips (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the building blocks of the late 60s Tropicalia scene in Brazil – and a standout solo debut from the young Caetano Veloso! The album's got an approach that's as dynamic and trippy as its cover image might imply – the same amazing blend of sounds and styles you'd hear on contemporaneous records by Gal Costa or Os Mutantes – served up with similar wit, wisdom, and charm! Caetano's vocals are amazing throughout – filled with raspy power that goes beyond the barriers of language – and the production has loads of surprising elements tripping through the mix – some rootsy, some slightly orchestrated – but with a softer approach that resonates strongly with more psychedelic use of organ and guitar. The album's as powerful today as it was decades ago – an essential recording that holds up beautifully year after year! The kickoff track is "Tropicalia" (surprisingly enough!), and the album is a non-stop ride through gems like "Alegria, Alegria", "Onde Andaras", "Paisagem Util", "Ave Maria", and the groovy "Soy Loco Por Ti America", written by Gilberto Gil. 2 bonus tracks – we THINK from the original Japanese releases: "Yes, Nos Temos Banana" and "Ai De Mim, Copacabana". CD

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New Caetano VelosoCaetano Veloso (1971) ... CD
Philips (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the greatest albums ever from Caetano Veloso – a rare all-English language set, recorded in London during the years of his exile! The post-Tropicalia set is a fair bit different than any other Veloso album we can think of – not just because of the English language, but also because the approach is somewhat gentle, and almost folksy at times – a real change from his experimental modes of the late 60s, and easily his most personal statement to date. The tunes are incredibly beautiful – filled with themes of loss and longing that no doubt come from his separation from Brazil – and although a few tunes feature light strings from Phil Ryan, most of the backings are relatively light, and almost acoustic. Titles inlcude the classics "Shoot Me Dead", "If You Hold a Stone", "Maria Bethania", "In The Hot Sun Of A Christmas Day", and "London, London" – plus a cover of "Asa Branca". CD

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Caetano VelosoLivro ... CD
Polygram (Japan), 1997. New Copy ... $13.99
A great 90s album by Caetano Veloso – a beautiful re-awakening of his genius in the later years of his career! The sound here is as fresh, creative, and personal as on some of Veloso's best post-Tropicalia albums of the 70s – served up in a blend of spare percussion, edgey guitars, and inventive production techniques that are as simple and powerful as Veloso's wonderful vocals on the set. The songs are wonderful too – penned at a level that we haven't heard this strong since Cinema Transcendental, and with a heavenly quality that transcends language and conventional pop expectations. Titles include "Livros", "How Beautiful Could A Being Be", "Pra Ninguem", "Na Baixa Do Sapateiro", and "Manhata". CD

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Caetano VelosoPersonalidade ... CD
Verve, 1987. Used ... $1.99
Brazilian "greatest hits" comp of Caetano's work, with a majority of material from the late 70's and early 80's, but also with a few cuts from the late 60's Tropicalia years. Every cut's a winner, though – with the high high level of imagination that you'd expect from Caetano! Tracks include "Coisa Mais Linda", "Muito", "Menino Do Rio", "Superbacana", "Eclips Oculto", and "Soy Loco Por Ti, America". CD
Also available Personalidade ... CD 2.99

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Caetano VelosoPersonalidade ... CD
Polygram (Germany), 1987. Used ... $2.99
Brazilian "greatest hits" comp of Caetano's work, with a majority of material from the late 70's and early 80's, but also with a few cuts from the late 60's Tropicalia years. Every cut's a winner, though – with the high high level of imagination that you'd expect from Caetano! Tracks include "Coisa Mais Linda", "Muito", "Menino Do Rio", "Superbacana", "Eclips Oculto", and "Soy Loco Por Ti, America". CD
Also available Personalidade ... CD 1.99

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New Caetano VelosoQualquer Coisa (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Universal (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
A really overlooked album from Caetano Veloso – one that's quite different than the more experimental modes of records like his Tropicalia sets, or his Araca Azul record – but with a unique charm that makes it every bit as special as those! The set's quite stripped-down and personal – and really has Veloso getting back to basics – in ways that are a bit like his UK album from 1971, but more upbeat and positive too. The tunes are really thoughtfully presented, with spare backing that puts Veloso's amazing vocals right out front – heard to especially wonderful effect on the album's English-language readings of three late Beatles tracks – "Eleanor Rigby", "For No One", and "Lady Madonna". All titles are great, though – and tunes include "Nicinha", "La Flor De La Canela", "Drume Negrinha", and "Samba E Amor". CD features two bonus tracks too. CD

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Caetano Veloso & Gilberto GilTropicalia 2 (US pressing) ... CD
Philips, 1993. Used ... $3.99
Well, it's not the 60s anymore – but this is still a wonderful album that reunites Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil in the spirit of their Tropicalia years – done in a style that shows that creative invention was still alive in MPB during the 90s! There's echoes here of modes to come by artists like Arnaldo Antunes, Lenine, or Chico Science – all of whom are clearly influenced by the spirit of Veloso and Gil. Acoustic guitars mix with rhythm samples and abstract production – and Caetano and Gil's vocals shine as wonderfully as ever – possibly even more so, given the warmth that comes from their age. Titles include "Cinema Novo", "Nossa Gente", "Dada", "Aboio", "Baiao Atemporal", "As Coisas", "Rap Popcreto", and a version of Jimi Hendrix's "Wait Until Tomorrow". CD
(BMG Direct pressing.)

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Tom ZeEstudando O Samba (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Continental/Polysom (Brazil), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $38.99
Incredible! This is one of Tom Ze's best albums ever – and it's monsterously hard to find. The record is a fantastic blend of post-Tropicalia styles – and it features some strange arrangements that perfectly illustrated Ze's insane approach to songwriting. As with much of Ze's music, the actual sound is incredibly hard to describe – and the album bristles with imagination and creative fire. Includes a haunting spare version of "A Felicidade", plus the nutty instrumental "Tom", and the original tracks "So", "Ma", "Vai", "Ui!", "Hein?", and "Mae". LP, Vinyl record album

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Tom ZeJogos De Armar ... CD
Trama (Brazil), 2000. Used 2CD ... $2.99
Incredible new work from Tom Ze – possibly his best since the 70s! The style of the album reminds us very much of his groundbreaking post-Tropicalia records – with a mixture of spare guitar, vocals, and percussion, all filtered and sifted into a mad mad blend that's completely beyond description. Ze's lost none of his edge on this recording – and the 14 tracks that make up the album are a perfect complement to any of his albums from the 70s. Titles include "Jimi Renda-Se", "Passagem De Som", "Medo De Mulher", "Conto De Fraldas", "Asa Branca", "Cafuas, Guetos E Santuarios", and "Sonhar". Plus, the CD comes with a "CD Auxilhar" that includes a bunch of extra material! CD
(Out of print.)

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Tom ZeReturn Of Tom Ze – Hips Of Tradition – Brazil Classics 5 (with download) ... LP
Luaka Bop, 1992. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $18.99 19.98
A great return for the legendary Tom Ze – an artist who'd been brought back to prominence via the efforts of a Luaka Bop compilation – then given this great chance to record for the label on his own! The set's a great return to form for Ze – who sprung from this moment into a renewed period of creative energy – really drawing on his crucial years of groundbreaking sounds in Brazil during the Tropicalia generation, and especially the 70s – when Tom had really moved off into a realm of his own. Most tracks are relatively short, and pretty enigmatic – a flurry of the sounds and verbal experiments that always made Ze so great! Titles include "Jingle Do Disco", "Cortina 3", "Amar", "Ogodo, Ano 2000", "Feira De Santana", "Fliperama", and "Tatuaramba". LP, Vinyl record album
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Tom ZeTropicalia Lixo Logico ... CD
Passarinho (Brazil), 2012. New Copy ... $14.99
Some of the wildest work we've heard from Tom Ze in years – a set that returns to some of the darker themes of his famous 70s recordings, and one that features a great balance between experimental sounds and more playful modes! The rhythms are especially compelling – fresh sounds learned from some of the younger generations that Ze's influenced over the years, and who've worked with him too – and the instrumentation is really varied from cut to cut, keeping a freshness to the record that really has us digging in more deeply as the set rolls on – held more rapt by Tom's genius than we remember in years. Titles include "Tropicalia Lixo Logico", "Jucaju", "Navegador De Cancoes", "Aviso Aos Passageiros", "Capitais E Tais", "O Motobi E Maria Clara", and "Tropicalea Jacta Est". CD

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VariousBrazilian Guitar Fuzz Bananas – Tropicalista Psychedelic Masterpieces 1967 to 1976 (with download) ... LP
World Psychedelic Classics/Tropicalia In Furs, Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $16.99 19.98
A fuzzed out treasure trove of rare Brazilian psychedelia – wild stuff that's in many ways akin to the freewheeling sounds of the Tropicalia movement, but not necessarily taking on the cultural and political weight of that movement – and more about the boundless spirit of psychedelia and funk rock around the globe! The sounds are buzzing and indeed fuzzy throughout, ranging from raw and ramshackle guitar jams to more organ and drum driven funky, and it's really incredible stuff all around. We've been purveyors of hard to find Brazilian music for many many years, and this set – compiled by Joel Stones – brings to light some numbers we've never heard! 16 tracks in all: "Tema De Banana", "Era Uma Nota De" Loyce E Os Gnomes, "I Wanna Be Your Man" by Youngsters, "Ourico" by Serguei, "Lindo Sonho Delirante" by Fabio, "Cinturao De Fog" by Marisa Rossi, 'Som Imaginario De Jimmi Hendrix" by The Pops, "The Lantern" by Mac Rybell and more. LP, Vinyl record album
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VariousTropicalia – A Brazilian Revolution In Sound ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $22.99
An amazing introduction to one of the most significant cultural movements in the latter half of the 20th Century – the groundbreaking years of Tropicalia in late 60s Brazil! The music and legacy of Tropicalia are referenced often, but hardly ever presented this well – and this package is everything we could have hoped for as an introduction to the movement – filled not just with great music, but also an overwhelming amount of notes that trace the history of Brazilian music and art through their changes in relation to Tropicalia! In fact, the notes are almost worth the price of the compilation alone – very densely written over 48 pages in the CD booklet, with more information in one place than we've ever seen before. But as you might imagine, it's the music that really makes the set special – and Soul Jazz have done an excellent job of pulling together key late 60s works from the most important musicians associated with Tropicalia – an great starting point for the movement that's filled with most essential tracks! Titles include "Bat Macumba" by Gilberto Gil, "Tuareg" and "Sebastiana" by Gal Costa, "A Minha Menina" and "Panis Et Circenses" by Os Mutantes, "Alfo Mega" and "Tropicalia" by Caetano Veloso, "Gloria" and "Jimmy Renda-Se" by Tom Ze, "Procissao" by Gilberto Gil, "Ave Genghis Khan" by Os Mutantes, "Take It Easy My Brother Charles" by Jorge Ben, "Quero Sambal Meu Bem" by Tom Ze, "Lost In The Paradise" by Caetano Veloso, "Bat Macumba" by Os Mutantes, "Domingo No Parque" by Gilberto Gil & Os Mutantes, and "Irene" by Caetano Veloso. CD

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VariousTropicalia – Ou Panis Et Circencis ... CD
Philips/Soul Jazz (UK), 1968. New Copy Gatefold ... $21.99
A landmark album – not just in Brazilian music, but in all modern music in general! The set's a legendary manifesto for the Tropicalia movement in Brazil – and features key works by all the leading musical luminaries in the movement – including a few later stars who are heard here at their most edgey! The work is as groundbreaking today as it was at the end of the 60s – a brilliant testament to the power of artists to really break down boundaries in art and music, and find a way to mix the political with the popular at the same time. Titles include a fantastic version of Gal Costa and Caetano Veloso singing "Baby", the "Tres Caravelas" duet between Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, Gil's great reading of "Bat Macumba" with Costa and Veloso, Nara Leao singing "Lindoneia", Os Mutantes performing "Panis Et Circenses", Gilberto on "Geleia Geral, Caetano doing "Coracao Materno, and Rita Lee, Gal Costa, and Caetano Veloso singing "Enquanto Seu Lobo Nao Vem". CD
Also available Tropicalia – Ou Panis Et Circencis ... LP 24.99
 
 
 



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