Embalo R —
Embalo R ... CD SomMaior/Discobertas (Brazil), 1967. New Copy ...
Very cool work from this young Brazilian group of the 60s – a combo who are very much part of the Jovem Guarda style of the time – which means that they draw heavily from Anglo rock and pop influences! There's a cool mix of modes going on here – as sometimes, the boys harmonize together, and turn in Portuguese renditions of famous English and American rock tunes – while other times, a trumpet seems to take the lead on the tunes – acting as the main voice over the jangly guitars, as vocal choruses might then come in later to round things out. The use of trumpet is pretty cool – maybe more rocking than a Herb Alpert mode – and titles include "Happy Together", "I Was Kaiser Bill's Batman", "O Caderinho", "Prova De Fogo", "Cuore Matto", "Green Grass", and "With A Little Help From My Friends". CD
The second album from this cool little rock combo from late 60s years – a group from the pre-Tropicalia era, when Brazilian groups were still picking up direct influences from the Anglo scene! In fact, there's a quality to the record that reminds us of some of our favorite garagey psych – especially the echoey production and fuzzy guitars – but there's also different touches in the production, and harmony vocals from the group – which change things up nicely, as does the Portuguese lyrics of the tunes! A few tunes use horns to create a brighter sound, while others hit some nicely dark modes – and titles include "Adoro Voce", "Chore Meu Bem", "Sonho De Paz", "O Amore Esta Chegando", "Marilu", "El Sombrero", "Cherie", and "Era Tudo Que Eu Queria". CD
An excellent set that focuses on the work of two of Brazil's more under-acknowledged composers: Francis Hime and Marcos Valle. The album features a side of work apiece devoted to each of the singers, plus a great color booklet with writings on each of them, and some great color photos, especially of Marcos Valle! Hime compositions are represented by "Por Um Amor Maior" and "Atras Da Porta" sung by Elis Regina, "Pivete" and "Trocando Em Muidos" sung by Chico Buarque, and "Minha" by played/sung by Tamba Trio. Valle's work is respresented by his own versions of "Viola Enluarada" and "Pelas Ruas Do Recife, Elis Regina's version of "Terra De Ninguem", Os Cariocas' version of "Samba De Verao", Sylvia Telles' version of "Preciso Aprender A Ser So", and Claudia's version of "Com Mais De Trinta Anos". LP, Vinyl record album
Moderna Orquestra De Samba —
Sambalanco ... CD Pawal/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1963. New Copy ...
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A totally wonderful little combo – and one that features some excellent horn solos with a very jazzy vibe! The groove here is definitely the samba rhythms you'd expect, but there's also a lot of jazz in the mix too – a strong sense of soloing that has some key players stepping out from the larger lineup for extended spots on their own – including a alto saxophonist, a trumpeter, and trombonist – all with a very well-developed sound! The rhythms are great – nice and lively – but its these (unfortunately unnamed) soloists who really make the album great – and give it way more flavor than just a standard Brazilian instrumental set. The group's led by maestro Marku Rupe – and titles include "Sem Bossa", "Tao Bom", "Era Bom", "Caminhando", "O Tempo Nao Desfaz", "A Sandalia Dela", "Doi Doi Doi", and "O Maioral". CD
2LP set that focuses on Caetano's coming of age years as a major Brazilian singer/songwriter. Gone are the rough edges of the early years, and in their place are some incredibly well-crafted songs, delivered with a voice that still leaves us cold, and a style that changes perfectly to suit the mood of each composition. Titles include "Joia", "Outras Palavras", "Gente", "Gema", "Muito", "Qualquer Coisa", "Lua, Lua, Lua, Lua", "Drume Negrinha", "Luz Do Sol", "Menino Do Rio", and "Meu Bem, Meu Mal". 24 cuts in all! LP, Vinyl record album