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Beenie ManTropical Storm ... CD CD format
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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Bomba EstereoElegancia Tropical ... CD CD format
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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Fruko & Joe ArroyoRebelion Tropical – The Very Best Of Fruko & Joe Arroyo ... CD CD format
Nascente (UK), Late 60s/1970s/1980s. New Copy 2CD ... $6.99
A wicked dip into Colombian music – focused around the work of two true giants of the scene! CD1 features 21 massive tracks from Fruko – one of the hardest-hitting artists working in Colombia in the 70s – often in a sound that starts out in New York salsa, but takes all these weird little twists and turns as it adapts to the local rhythms! Joe Arroyo's tracks start where Fruko's leave off – pushing the groove even more with a bolder, more confident Colombian style – still filled with some great jazzy riffs that you'd hear in salsa, but moving into some especially nice tropical touches too! The production on the material for both artists is great – often filled with some sweet studio tricks – and the booklet features notes on the artists, plus images of lots of vintage album covers too. 38 tracks in all – with tracks billed to each artist separately, or The Latin Brothers, La Verdad, or Afrosound – on titles that include "El Preso", "El Violento", "Tu Sufriras", "La Pintosa", "Ocho Dias", "El Esclavo, "Tifit Hayed", "San Juan De Puerto Rico", "Palenque", Pobre Naci, "El Son Del Caballo", "Baila Simon, "Musa Original", "Matigua", "Vuelve", "Son Apretao", and "En Barranquilla Me Quedo. CD

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Masaru ImadaTropical Sunset (Japanese paper sleeve edition with bonus tracks) ... CD CD format
Full House/Think (Japan), Early 80s. New Copy ... $28.99
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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Paz AntiguanaTropical Soul/First Round ... 7-inch 7-Inch
Holy Cane Spirit (France), 2013. New Copy (pic cover)... $2.99
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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Cidinho Texeira E O Som TropicalMuito Suingue (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD CD format
Polygram/Think (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $24.99
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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Two Man SoundCapital Tropical ... LP LP format
TSR, 1982. Very Good ... $7.99
Nice Latiny disco grooves from this Brazilian group – with a mixture of funky rhythms, and some sweet electric keyboards. Some of the lyrics are in Portuguese – but the main thing here is the groove, which is very nice, and a perfect realization of the disco samba sound. Side one features the killer disco cut "Que Tal America", and there's 8 tracks in all, also including "Disco Samba", "Bad Boy Bad Girl (Yo Soy El Rei)", "Capital Tropical", "Oye Miami", "En El Cielo" and "La Musica Latina". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousCumbia Beat Vol 1 – Experimental Guitar-Driven Tropical Sounds From Peru 1966 to 1976 ... CD CD format
Vampi Soul (Spain), Late 60s/1970s. Used 2CD ... $14.99
Peruvian grooves from the mid 60s to mid 70s – guitar based numbers with tropical strains of merengue, guaracha, rumba and cumbia steeped psychedelia, garage beat and other cross cultural elements! Like a lot of the great music happening around the world in the period, the musicians of Peru were blending regional traditions and folk elements with global ideas in really fresh and exciting ways! The tropical guitarists bring in new innovations from the rock realm for incredible, unclassifable sounds! A killer collection of Peruvian cumbia! Titles include "El Avison" by Silvestre Montez Y Sus Guantanameros, "Viento" by Grupo Celeste", "Cumbia Pop" by Los Beltons, " Arre Caballito" by Manzanita Y Su Conjunto, "La Ardillita" by Los Destellos, "Beteando" by Los Beta 5, "Mujer Hilandera" by Juaneco Y Su Combo, "Malambo" by Los Diablos Rojos, "Liliana" by Los Demonios Del Mantaro and more. 25 tracks on 2CDs. CD

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VariousFar Out Presents Brazilian Bass – Inner City Tropical Soundblast ... CD CD format
Far Out (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $9.99
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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VariousQuantic Presents Tropical Funk Experience – Cumbia, Salsa, Palenque & Other Funky Tropical Sounds From 1970's Colombia & Panama ... CD CD format
Nascente (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... $6.99
A beautiful collection of heavy grooves from Panama and Colombia – all put together by an artist we definitely trust when it comes to all things funky! Quantic's been spending plenty of time down near the equator in recent years – turning his initial funky ear to more Latin-styled rhythms – but always with the same hard and heavy feel of his best American-styled grooves! There's a massive blend of northern funk and equatorial rhythms here – really unique little tunes that are bound to please the ear of anyone who digs a collection of funky 45s – yet with styles that are more than complicated enough to also set fire to a lover of global grooves too! The package may well be the best so far in Nascente's Experience collection – and titles include "Getting It Together" by Mauricio Smith, "El Lobo" by Wganda Kenya, "Soul Cucaracha" by The Soul Fantastics, "Full Salsa (excerpt)" by Fruko, "Bayesa" by Wganda Kenya, "Hiko Iko" by Little Grancisco Greaves, "Puyalo Ahi" by Pedro Beltran, "Caracuche Che Che" by Los Autenticos De Garmo, and "Palo Bonito" by Pedro Beltran. CD

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VariousTropical Disco Hustle ... CD CD format
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 LP format
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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VariousTropical Funk Experience – Island Jump Up – Caribbean Funk, Soul, Reggae, Calypso & Afro Grooves 1968 to 1975 ... CD CD format
Nascente (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $6.99
Tropical funk, hazy rhythms, and simmering Afro funk & soul from the Caribbean – a killer collection put together by Hugo Mendez– fantastic stuff from Barbados, St Lucia, Jamaica, Trinidad, St Vincent and beyond! Tropical Funk Experience does a great job of pulling together the a diverse set of funky sounds – with lots of funk that carries both JBs and Afro funk styles, harder grooving and more tripped out sounds, and reggae – with tropical versions of funky standards, and even more numbers that are totally fresh to our ears. Titles include "Spouge Explosion", "Let Me Get Stoned" by Boo & The Tru Tones, "Take The Funky Feeling" by Blue Rhythm Combo, "Cissy Strut" De Boys En Dem, "Fugitive Dub" by Skatalites, "Basa Bongo" by Yoruba Singers, "Smokey Feeling" by The Organization"," New Bag" by The Exciters, "Jive Samba" by Llans Thelwell And The Celestials and more. CD

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Robert PalmerWoke Up Laughing – Adventures In Tropical Music 1977 to 1997 ... CD CD format
Capitol/Metro Blue, Late 70s/1980s/1990s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
CD
(Out of print. Booklet has a promo sticker, CD has a promo stamp, barcode has a cutout mark.)

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New James PantsNew Tropical EP ... LP LP format
Stones Throw, 2010. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
Warm weather sounds from the never predictable James Pants – bringing his spacey low fi electro grooves to the tropics for the New Tropical EP – but you're not expecting breezy, pillow-light Caribbean flavored electro pop are you? Good. Mr Pants brings some tropical embelishments to unique take on electro dance sounds – densely-layered fatty bass tones, beats that range from clattering to snapping to splintering, tightly clipped vocals, sampled horns, bubbling effects and catchy, danceable craziness. Titles include "Driftwood", "Dynamite", "Hanama Beat (Throwing Bass)", "This Crazy Sound", "Diamond Head" and "Say Yes". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Cuarteto MarcanoLo Mejor Del Cuarteto Marcano ... LP LP format
Tropical, Early/Mid 60s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
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New Damiron Y ChapuseauxInterpretan Selecciones Premiadas ... LP LP format
Tropical, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
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(Cover has a half split top seam.)

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Larry HarlowSenor Salsa (remastered edition) ... CD CD format
Tropical Buddah, Mid 80s. Used ... $15.99
Larry Harlow certainly earns the name of Senor Salsa here – not just because of his decades-long pedigree in Latin music, but also because the record's easily one of his most solid since the 70s Fania years! There's a tight, jazzy feel to most of these numbers that's really great – almost a return to older modes compared to what Fania was doing at the time – less of the try for the larger tropical market that was hitting Latin in the 80s, and more just a focus on the New York grooves that always sounded best. Larry's on piano, working with a group that features two trombones and three trumpets – and Ray Perez handles lead vocals on most tracks. Titles include "Senor Salsa", "Publico Oyente", "Compartir Dontigo", "Tutti Frutti", "Mono Ve", and "Despedida Agredecida". CD
(Out of print.)

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Tito RodriguezEl Dinamico Tito Rodriguez Con Noro Morales Y Su Orquesta ... LP LP format
Tropical, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
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(Cover has a bit of splitting on the bottom seam, some light wear, a couple of small stains, and a bit of pen on the back.)
 
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African Music MachineBlack Water Gold ... LP LP format
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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New Chico BuarqueChico Canta ... LP LP format
Philips (Brazil), 1973. Near Mint- ... $28.99
What a dream! The work of Chico Buarque is arranged by Edu Lobo – and the sound is fantastic! We've always loved Chico's songwriting from this period – but it's made even better by Edu, who's working here in a sharp jazzy mode, similar to that which he used on his Missa Breve album from 1972. Arrangements are big and baroque, and the approach to the material opens things up a lot more than usual – especially from Chico's late 60s albums that are more in a "singer with orchestra mode". All tracks feature music by Ruy Guerra, whose style works very well with Lobo's sound – and Chico has a sweet edge in his voice that pushes things even further. Titles include "Prologo", "Barbara", "Anna De Amsterdam", "Fado Tropical", "Fortaleza", "Cobra De Vidro", "Nao Existe Pecado Ao Sul Do Equador/Boi Voador Nao Pode", and "Tatuagem". LP, Vinyl record album

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Gal CostaGal (1969) (180 gram pressing) ... LP LP format
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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Roberta FlackOasis (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD CD format
Atlantic (Japan), 1988. Used ... $19.99
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
(SHM-CD pressing. Includes obi.)

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Bobbi HumphreyCity Beat ... LP LP format
Malaco, 1988. Very Good+ ... $1.99
An under-discovered batch of jazzy soul from Bobbi Humphrey – an artist we love for her 70s work on Blue Note and Epic, still sounding pretty great here in the late 80s! The overall style of the album's a bit different than Bobbi's 70s work – more in a Patrice Rushen blend of 80s groove R&B styles and jazzy flourishes – and the whole set was done in collaboration with arranger Tommy James, who also plays a lot of keyboards on the set. Bobbi's flute work is as sweet as ever – especially on the mellower, more laidback tracks – and even her occasional vocals still sound pretty nice too! Titles include "Tropical Voyage", "Loop 12", "Come Get To This", "Days Of You & Me", "What The Heart Needs" and "City Beat". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a few small creases.)

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Dexter Johnson & Le Super Star De DakarLive A L'Etoile ... CD CD format
Teranga Beat (Senegal), 1969. New Copy ... $18.99
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"! CD

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Jonah Jones/Ivy Pete & His LimbomaniacsJonah Jones/Ivy Pete & His Limbomaniacs ... CD CD format
Alma, Mid 60s. New Copy ... $8.99 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 Earl KlughWishful Thinking ... LP LP format
Capitol, 1984. Near Mint- ... $2.99
Smooth fusion from one of the greats – and although an 80s set, a record that still holds onto most of the best warmth of Earl Klugh's earlier years! The production is surprisingly laidback at points – never too many 80s gimmicks or easy attempts at a hit – and Earl plays with arrangements from Dave Matthews, Don Sebesky, and Johnny Mandel – all top-shelf talents who know best how to keep the sound in line. All tracks are Klugh originals – and tunes include "Tropical Legs", "Wishful Thinking", "A Natural Thing", "All The Time", and "The Only One For Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear.)

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Ney MatogrossoPersonalidade ... CD CD format
Philips (Brazil), Early 80s. Used ... $19.99
Although Ney Matogrosso began his career as the glammed-out lead singer of Secos O Molhados – one of the most important post-Tropicalia Brazilian rock bands – he later left the group, and emerged as one of Brazil's biggest rock stars of the early 80s. Even at that point, Matogrosso still had quite an edge – as you'll hear on this set of 14 tracks from the years 1981 to 1986, with titles that include "Viajante", "Deixa A Menina", "Vereda Tropical", "Folia No Matagal", "Historia Do Brasil", and "Balada Do Louco". CD
(Out of print.)

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Shigeharu MukaiOrissa (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD CD format
Sony (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... $18.99
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 CD format
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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New Laurence RosenthalComedians ... LP LP format
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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New Twennynine With Lenny WhiteBest Of Friends ... LP LP format
Elektra, 1979. Near Mint- ... $3.99
Jazzy soul all the way through – and a great little album from Lenny White and the Twennynine combo – a group that features some especially great keyboards from the great Don Blackman! The style here's a bit like some of Blackman's own work – rooted in fusion, but focused towards soul – with vocals on all tracks, but lots of tightly crafted riffs and grooves underneath! Keyboards and guitars are in the forefront on top of Lenny White's drums – but tunes also feature some EWF horn work, and an occasional vocal chorus arranged by Blackman, and featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater and Googie Coppola! Tracks include the classic 80s groover "Peanut Butter", plus "Tropical Nights", "Best Of Friends", "Take Me Or Leave Me", "Citi Dancin", and "Betta". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve.)

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VariousBeginners Guide To Brazil (3CD set) ... CD CD format
Nascente (UK), 1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s. New Copy 3CD ... $12.99
A well-titled name for this sweet little package – a 3CD set that brings together a heck of a lot of Brazilian musical styles – all with a range that really lives up to its promise! The set is different from the older Beginners Guide To Brazil – and offers up a more contemporary mix, pulled from the rich archive of EMI in Brazil – with bits of samba, bossa, forro, MPB, and even some of the more compelling electronic and modern sounds coming from Brazil of late. As with other volumes, you get a heck of a lot of music for your money – a whopping 53 tracks that include "O Fole Roncou" by Luiz Gonzaga, "Bailao Gaucho" by Tonico E Tinoco, "Berimbau" by Pery Ribeiro & Leny Andrade, "Reis E Rainhas Do Maracatu" by Milton Nascimento, "Nascente" by Beto Guedes, "Tudo Que Voce Podia Ser" by Lo Borges, "Vou Com Gas" by Tim Maia, "Pais Tropical" by Wilson Das Neves, "Piston De Gafeira" by Moreira Da Silva, "Me Me Quitte Pas" by Maysa, "Teleco Teco No 2" by Elza Soares, "No Morro Da Casa Verde" by Adoniran Barbosa, "Eu Bebo Sim" by Golden Boys, "Onde Anda O Meu Amor" by Bossa Tres, and "Conto De Areia" by Clara Nunes. CD

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VariousBrazil 70 – After Tropicalia – New Directions In Brazilian Music In The 70s ... CD CD format
Soul Jazz (UK), 1970s. Used ... $11.99
A much-needed look at the post-Tropicalia years in Brazil – a time when cultural activity wasn't as politically explosive as before, but still continued to thrive at a highly creative level underground! The work of these years carries many inspirations from the Tropicalia years of freedoms – but it also often turns the focus towards the personal a bit more – drawing on individual roots and regional cultures for some of the elements in the music, and often pushing the sounds towards even more experimental levels! Some of the straighter modes of before have given way to more of a hippie aesthetic – but that approach is never nearly as self-indulgent as it is in the US, and more just an indication of how underground some of the musicians and ideals have gone by this point. As usual with Soul Jazz titles, the collection comes with great notes that really get at the music and the period – and the CD features 19 tracks that include "Amor" by Secos E Molhados, "Tinindo Trincando" by Novos Baianos, "Punhal De Prata" by Alceu Valenca, "Passara" by Jaime & Nair, "Sai Do Sereno" by Gilberto Gil, "Corista De Rock" by Rita Lee, "Sete Cahorros" by Nelson Angelos & Joyce, "Ingazeiras" by Ednardo E O Pessoal Do Ceara, "Contendas De Sincora" by Mar Revolto, "As Adventuras De Raul Seixas Na Cidade De Thor" by Raul Seixas, "Pontos De Luz" by Gal Costa, "Mane Joao" by Erasmo Carlos, and "America Tropical" by Novos Baianos. CD

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VariousPanama! Vol 3 – Calypso Panameno, Guajira Jazz, & Cumbia Tipica On The Isthmus 1960 to 1975 ... CD CD format
Soundway (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
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 CD format
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

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VariousSound Of Tiki ... CD CD format
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $19.99 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 Morton GouldJungle Drums ... CD CD format
RCA, 1956. Used ... Just Sold Out!
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". CD
(Out of print.)

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Chee ShimizuObscure Sound (paperback) ... Book Book
Rittor (Japan), 2013. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
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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Beat BoysBeat Boys (with bonus track) ... CD CD format
RCA/Lion, 1968. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
A hip little set from The Beat Boys – an Argetine group working in late 60s Brazil, supposedly with a bit of an influence on the sound of Tropicalia! The sound here is a bit straighter than the work of Caetano Veloso or Os Mutantes – a bit in the Jovem Guarda sound of more mainstream Brazilian rock, but with some hipper influences too – including a strong Beatles influence that makes for some great harmonies on the vocals, and instrumentation that really pushes beyond the standard straight Anglo rock modes of the time. Instrumentation features some fuzzy guitars, which are occasionally a bit tripped-out – plus organ, bass, and drums – all topped by echoey vocals from the group. Titles include "O Meu Tamborim", "A Time For Remembrance", "A Felicidade", "Wake Me Shake Me", "Sempre Esperando", "Aria Para A Corda Sol", and "Era Uma Menina". CD reissue features some great notes on the band, plus some vintage photos – and also includes the bonus track "Canudinho". CD

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Bonde Do RoleTropicalbacanal ... LP LP format
Mad Decent, 2014. New Copy Gatefold ... $13.99 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 BuarqueChico Buarque De Hollanda Vol 3 ... CD CD format
RGE/Bomba (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... $13.99
Amazing work from a young Chico Buarque – a record that seems to draw on all the best elements of 60s Brazilian pop, and forge them into a sound that's all its own! At one level, there's a post-bossa style of larger arrangements here that recalls the work of Edu Lobo – handled by Maestro Gaya in a mode that recalls some of the best bits of the time on the Elenco or Forma labels. But at another level, there's also a personal and slightly folksy style that reminds us of the initial power of Geraldo Vandre – a sound that's clearly present in Buarque's work, and which stands in a direct line to the best strengths of the emerging Tropicalia generation. The set's filled with classics that include "Carolina", "Roda Viva", "O Velho", "Ate Pensei", "Sem Fantasia", and "Desencontro" – and a few tracks feature Chico in duets with either Toquinho, Cristina, or MPB4! CD

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Dorival CaymmiEssential Caymmi – Dorival Caymmi Centenary ... CD CD format
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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ChinaSimulacro ... CD CD format
Candeeiro (Brazil), 2007. Used ... $9.99
'Dark-edged Brazilian pop from China – but work that still has a nice sense of warmth overall! There's a balance here that takes some of the sharper guitars and rhythms of early 80s postpunk, and wraps them around some of the hipper MPB modes of the post-Tropicalia years – all fused together with the evocative vocals of China, which are often presented with a slight bit of processing. The mix of styles is hard to pin down accurately – especially as it changes somewhat from track to track – but there's a really unique, personal feel to the set – a vision as fresh as sounds coming from Lenine, Arnaldo Antunes, and other progressive Brazilian artists of a decade before. Titles include "Cancer", "Sem Paz", "Asas Nos Pes", "Jardim De Inverno", "Um Dia Lindo De Morrer", "Pastiche", and "Durmo Acordo". CD

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Gal CostaGal Costa (1969) ... CD CD format
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.)
Also available Gal Costa (1969) ... CD 9.99

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Gal CostaGal Costa (1969) ... CD CD format
Polygram (Brazil), 1969. Used ... $9.99
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
(Out of print 90s pressing.)
Also available Gal Costa (1969) ... CD 10.99

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Gal CostaPrograma Ensaio 1994 – TV Cultura (DVD) ... DVD DVD format
Studio Canal (Brazil), 1994. New Copy ... $16.99
Some of the greatest Gal Costa work we've heard from the 90s – a live TV performance done in the intimate style of the Ensaio program, featuring Gal with very spare small combo backing, in a mode that's quite different than any of her records from the time! There's a spontaneity here that's totally great – a side of Gal that we're really surprised to see, and which takes us back to the genius that emerged on her first few important records of the late 60s and early 70s. Overall, there's a relatively laidback feel to the instrumentation – letting Gal dominate on vocals, and also giving her the space to talk a bit about her life and music in between some tracks. Show runs for 86 minutes long, and titles I nclude "Tropicalia", "Baby", "Coracao Vagabundo", "Olhos Verdes", "As Time Goes By", "Meu Nome E Gal", "Canto Triste", "Folhetim", "Joao Valentao", and "Desde Que O Samba E Samba". DVD
(DVD is NTSC coded, All Region.)

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Garotas SuecasFeras Miticas ... CD CD format
Vampi Soul (Spain), 2014. Used Gatefold ... $4.99
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 LP format
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 4.99

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Gilberto GilCopacabana Mon Amour – Trilha Sonora Original ... CD CD format
Discobertas (Brazil), 1970. New Copy ... $13.99
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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Victor HugoTropicalisimo ... CD CD format
LAS (UK), 2000. Used ... $1.99
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(Out of print.)

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Eduardo MateoMateo y Trasante ... LP LP format
Sondor/Lion, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
An amazing little record from the Uruguay scene of the 70s – not as much as a hotbed of activity as some other South American nations, but still home to a few key geniuses – like the brilliant Eduardo Mateo! Mateo works here alongside musical partner Jorge Trasante – who mixes a lot of earthy percussion with Eduardo's dark vocals and guitar lines – in a style that's far from folksy, and has more of the complicated appeal of some of the organic work from Brazil during the post-Tropicalia years! And like some of the more heavenly Brazilian music of the period, there's a really transcendent feel to the whole thing – a vocal power that goes beyond the boundaries of language, and instrumentation that's simple and subtle, but in ways that are light years away from anything going on in the US or UK. Other players add in some key extra elements – a bit of electric bass here, some funky flute there – to inflect the tunes with some hipper, jazzy elements that are really wonderful. Titles include "Dulce Brillo", "Canto A Los Soles", "Palomas", "El Blues Para Mama", "Voz De Diamantes", and "Cancion Para El Tamborero". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes a bonus insert with notes.)

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Jorge MautnerJorge Mautner Ao Vivo 1972 – Para Detonar A Cidade ... CD CD format
Discobertas (Brazil), 1972. New Copy 2CD ... $23.99
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 CD format
Philips/Think (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $32.99
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

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Dawan MuhammadRadio Free Soul ... CD CD format
Life Force Jazz, Late 70s. New Copy ... $12.99 15.99
An incredibly beautiful album – one that's far deeper and more soulful than you'd guess from the title and the cover! The CD brings together a series of recordings made by Oakland jazz legend Dawan Muhammad in the late 70s – tracks recorded mostly in Santa Cruz, but done in the rich spirit of the Bay Area soul jazz scene, of which Dawan has been a key part over the years. The tracks are all original compositions by Muhammad – done in a wonderful style that's often tightly arranged at the front, but which offers plenty of fluid space for the soloists to express themselves freely. A few tracks are larger ensemble numbers that come off beautifully – and titles include "Universal Signs", "Tropicalia", "Is That You", "Front Street", "Taumbu", and "East Wind". CD

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Chico Science & Nacao ZumbiDa Lama Ao Caos (180 gram pressing) ... LP LP format
Chaos/Polysom (Brazil), Early 90s. New Copy (reissue)... $38.99
A mad mix of loud guitar, wild samples, and heavy Brazilian percussion – all nicely topped with the soulful vocals of Chico Science! The record's one of the group's earlier ones, and it's filled with a sense of raw power and experimentation that easily demonstrates why the band grabbed so much attention so quickly. Forget all those cliches you keep hearing about the postmodern power of Tropicalia – this stuff's equally as complex, and filled with bits and pieces you wouldn't even imagine! Titles include "Da Lama Ao Caos", "Salusatiano Song", "Riso Flora", "Coco Dub", "Rios, Pontes & Overdrives", and "A Cidade", which has a nice little snippet from Mark E Smith! LP, Vinyl record album

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SinkaneMean Love (with download) ... LP LP format
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
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Caetano VelosoLivro ... CD CD format
Polygram (Japan), 1997. New Copy ... $9.99
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 Veloso & Gilberto GilTropicalia 2 (US pressing) ... CD CD format
Philips, 1993. Used ... $0.99
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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