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Bomba EstereoElegancia Tropical ... CD
Soundway (UK), 2013. Used Gatefold ... $6.99
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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Paz AntiguanaTropical Soul/First Round ... 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
Polygram/Think (Japan), 1980. Used ... $18.99
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
(Includes obi.)

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VariousBrasil Tropical – Dancing ... CD
Delta (Germany), Used 2CD ... $3.99
Includes tracks by Jorge Ben, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Marcos Valle, and others. CD
(Out of print.)

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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

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VariousTropical Disco Hustle Vol 2 – More Rare Carribean Disco ... CD
Cultures Of Soul, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $14.99 15.98
The sound of disco left no corner of the world untouched in the late 70s – and the hipper side of the dancefloor mode had an especially strong impact down in the Caribbean! Of course, that's maybe not as much of a surprise – when you consider how much back/forth action was going on between New York and the islands at the time – a rich sharing of cultural heritage that not only helped breathe great new energy into soul and funk in the US during the 70s, but also had a strong impact back home as well! This stunning second volume of the Tropical Disco Hustle series really documents the best examples of that wonderful cultural exchange – music that carries plenty of traces of New York club, but which also brings in lots of local elements too – from styles like soca, reggae, and calypso, plus some Latin modes as well. Titles include "Music Makes The World Go Round" by The Hamilton Brothers, "Let's Party" by Tru Tones, "Socorama" by Defosto, "The Dealer" by Wild Fire, "Music Lady" by Patti Charles, "Savage" by Maestro, "My Life My Music & Me" by Keith Paul & The GT Boom Band, "Caribbean People (Waxist Selecta edit)" by C Soprann H, "Try Making Love" by Wild Fire, and "Dancing" by Tru Tones. CD
Also available Tropical Disco Hustle Vol 2 – More Rare Carribean Disco ... LP 26.99

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VariousTropical Disco Hustle Vol 2 – More Rare Carribean Disco ... LP
Cultures Of Soul, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99
The sound of disco left no corner of the world untouched in the late 70s – and the hipper side of the dancefloor mode had an especially strong impact down in the Caribbean! Of course, that's maybe not as much of a surprise – when you consider how much back/forth action was going on between New York and the islands at the time – a rich sharing of cultural heritage that not only helped breathe great new energy into soul and funk in the US during the 70s, but also had a strong impact back home as well! This stunning second volume of the Tropical Disco Hustle series really documents the best examples of that wonderful cultural exchange – music that carries plenty of traces of New York club, but which also brings in lots of local elements too – from styles like soca, reggae, and calypso, plus some Latin modes as well. Titles include "Music Makes The World Go Round" by The Hamilton Brothers, "Let's Party" by Tru Tones, "Socorama" by Defosto, "The Dealer" by Wild Fire, "Music Lady" by Patti Charles, "Savage" by Maestro, "My Life My Music & Me" by Keith Paul & The GT Boom Band, "Caribbean People (Waxist Selecta edit)" by C Soprann H, "Try Making Love" by Wild Fire, and "Dancing" by Tru Tones. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Tropical Disco Hustle Vol 2 – More Rare Carribean Disco ... CD 14.99

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Bomba EstereoElegancia Tropical ... CD
Soundway (UK), 2013. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
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 6.99

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VariousFar Out Presents Brazilian Bass – Inner City Tropical Soundblast ... CD
Far Out (UK), 2014. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
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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✨✧ Fruko & Joe ArroyoRebelion Tropical – The Very Best Of Fruko & Joe Arroyo ... CD
Nascente (UK), Late 60s/1970s/1980s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ VariousBig Box Of Afrosound – Rare & Hard To Find Tropical Tracks From Disco Fuentes (10 x 7" singles) ... 7-inch
Vampi Soul (Spain), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 10 x 7" ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really sweet collection of grooves – titled after the Afrosound combo who lead off the set, and featuring a wealth of vintage tracks from the legendary Colombian label Disco Fuentes! Like some of the best work on that imprint, the styles here are a really wonderful blend of modes – from African rhythms to Cuban roots to New York inflections – with a lot of sweet Central American elements thrown into the mix, too! And although Fuentes later recorded a fair bit of crossover pop or mainstream cumbia, the work here is much more earthy overall – as you'll hear in the selection of tracks that includes "Caliventura" by Afrosound, "Batukacuto" by Tita Duva/El Nuevo Ritmo De Roberto Rey, "Cumbia De Sal" by Cumbias En Moog, "El Vampiro" by Los Corraleros De Majagual, "Tamba" by Wganda Kenya, "Cien Anos" by Peregoyo Y Su Combo Vacana, and "Cachumbembe" by Fruko Y Sus Tesos. Very cool package – ten 7" singles, in a limited box! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ VariousTropical Disco Hustle ... CD
Cultures Of Soul, Late 70s/Early 80s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Gal CostaGal Tropical ... LP
Philips (Brazil), 1979. Used Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Sure it's not the Tropicalia era, and sure the record's not psychedelic – but it's still a nice batch of tracks by Gal, with some very nice 70s jazzy electric backing. The album features a nice remake of "India", plus the tracks "Forca Estranha", "Olha", "Meu Nome E Gal", "Balance", and "Samba Rasgado". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousQuantic Presents Tropical Funk Experience – Cumbia, Salsa, Palenque & Other Funky Tropical Sounds From 1970's Colombia & Panama ... CD
Nascente (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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 Vol 2 – More Rare Carribean Disco ... CD
Cultures Of Soul, Late 70s/Early 80s. Used ... Out Of Stock
The sound of disco left no corner of the world untouched in the late 70s – and the hipper side of the dancefloor mode had an especially strong impact down in the Caribbean! Of course, that's maybe not as much of a surprise – when you consider how much back/forth action was going on between New York and the islands at the time – a rich sharing of cultural heritage that not only helped breathe great new energy into soul and funk in the US during the 70s, but also had a strong impact back home as well! This stunning second volume of the Tropical Disco Hustle series really documents the best examples of that wonderful cultural exchange – music that carries plenty of traces of New York club, but which also brings in lots of local elements too – from styles like soca, reggae, and calypso, plus some Latin modes as well. Titles include "Music Makes The World Go Round" by The Hamilton Brothers, "Let's Party" by Tru Tones, "Socorama" by Defosto, "The Dealer" by Wild Fire, "Music Lady" by Patti Charles, "Savage" by Maestro, "My Life My Music & Me" by Keith Paul & The GT Boom Band, "Caribbean People (Waxist Selecta edit)" by C Soprann H, "Try Making Love" by Wild Fire, and "Dancing" by Tru Tones. CD
Also available
Tropical Disco Hustle Vol 2 – More Rare Carribean Disco ... CD 14.99
Tropical Disco Hustle Vol 2 – More Rare Carribean Disco ... LP 26.99

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✨✧ 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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✨✧ Cidinho Texeira E O Som TropicalMuito Suingue (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Polygram/Think (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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
Also available Muito Suingue (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 18.99
 
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Damiron Y ChapuseauxInterpretan Selecciones Premiadas ... LP
Tropical, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $2.99
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(Cover has a half split top seam.)

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Mayte MartinQuerencia ... CD
Tropical Music, 2002. Used ... $6.99
CD

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Mercedes SosaDe Mi ... CD
Tropical Music (Germany), 1992. Used ... $2.99
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✨✧ Cortijo Y Su Combo with CheminMeneito Me Y El Caballo Pelotero – Exitos De Los Grandes Combos ... LP
Tropical, Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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✨✧ Larry HarlowSenor Salsa (remastered edition) ... CD
Tropical Buddah, Mid 80s. Used ... Out Of Stock
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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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 AmmonsBad Bossa Nova (aka Jungle Soul) ... LP
Prestige, 1964. Very Good ... $8.99
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 Jungle Soul! (Ca' Purange). LP, Vinyl record album
(Black & silver label pressing. Cover has splitting on the top seam and a fairly large center split on the bottom seam.)

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Franco Bixio, Fabio Frizzi, Vince TemperaGeometra Prinetti Selvaggiamente Osvaldo ... CD
Beat (Italy), 1976. New Copy ... $14.99
A sweet Italian comedy set in a tropical locale – and scored here by the Bixio/Frizzi/Tempera trio with a nice blend of disco styles and warmer 70s exotic elements! The music is often heavy on keyboards – of the sort you'd hear in other Italian sex comedies of the time – and although the leadoff theme is a disco groover, other numbers step back and get a bit more mellow – laidback cuts that are maybe our favorites on the soundtrack! Acoustic piano and Hammond organ also figure into the mix of keys – which creates more organic and classic-styled moments – and CD features a total of 17 tracks from the film, including variations on "Gemonetra Prinetti Selvaggiamente Osvaldo" and "Savana's Theme". CD

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Art Blakey & The Jazz MessengersOh By The Way ... LP
Timeless (Netherlands), 1982. Sealed ... $19.99
A casual title, but a hell of a cooker from the legendary Art Blakey – one of those great albums from his overlooked run during the 80s – a time when he still had plenty of fire, and the same continuing dedication to the best young players around as he did during the Blue Note years of the 60s! As proof, the album features excellent early work from Terence Blanchard on trumpet, Bill Pierce on tenor, Donald Harrison on alto, Johnny O'Neal on piano, and Charles Fambrough on bass – each of them musicians who'd later make very strong marks as leaders, but who already sparkle strongly here under Blakey's guidance! Art's also got the youngsters writing some great material – another aspect of his magnanimous personality – and titles include "Oh By The Way", "Duck Soup", "Sudan Blue", "Alicia", and "Tropical Breeze". LP, Vinyl record album

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Gal CostaGal (1969) ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $13.99
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! CD

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Celia CruzBravo Celia Cruz ... LP
Orfeon/Tico, 1967. Sealed ... $38.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed original pressing! Shrinkwrap is slightly open in one corner, where a promo stamp has been applied.)

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✨✧ Dos CafundosCapitao Coracao ... CD
Far Out (UK), 2012. Used ... $7.99
One of the more far out-sounding records we've heard on Far Out Records – a wild one from Rio's Dos Cafundos! It's a sometimes funky, sometimes noisy, but always evolving sound – with raw tropical funk mixed with diverse strains of noise rock and jazz, a la Zorn and Zappa. It's never predictable, even if they proudly wear myriad influences on their sleeves! It's got lots of great acoustic and electric guitar work, plus heavy drums and percussion, flutes, violin and more in the mix. There's a lot going on here that would make the group sound right at home on Ipecac Records as much as they do on Far Out – but the Brazilian roots are still very strong! Includes "Coriza", "Disse Me Disse". "Tupraca", "Carnica (O Barao Da Birosca)", "Carranca", "Un -Berum" and the 5-part epic title track. CD

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Maurice JarreUna Stagione All'Inferno (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Quartet (Spain), 1971. New Copy ... $22.99
A moody little soundtrack from Maurice Jarre – for a film set amidst a tropical location, which means even more exotic moments than usual! There's a nice sort of lightness to the overall soundtrack – almost some of the best love/sex themes you'd find in Italian material of the time – and a very nice change from some of Jarre's more conventional, more epic modes of a few years before – really handled with a great degree of space in the sound, which definitely keeps things interesting! And the more exotic moments are usually performed with conventional instrumentation, but used in new ways – especially the percussion and woodwinds. CD features 12 tracks from the original album, plus 20 more bonus tracks – and titles include "Una Stagione All'Inferno", "L'Impossible", "Vocali E Sillabe", "Carovana", "Caffe Arabo", and "Battaglia A Tchelenko". CD
(Limited edition of 500!)

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✨✧ JoycePassarinho Urbano ... CD
Warner/Bomba (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
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". CD

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✨✧ KC & The Sunshine BandWho Do Ya Love ... LP
TK, 1978. Sealed ... $2.99
Classic 70s work from KC & The Sunshine Band – a record that's not as hit-heavy as previous efforts, but still a plenty great set that's filled with catchy dancefloor funk! KC's clearly feeling the heat of the disco fire he helped to ignite a few years before – and there's definitely an ear hear towards tracks that would boom out nicely on a heavier sound system – kind of a deepening of the sometimes bargain basement production the group got on earlier TK records. That approach doesn't dampen the groove, though, and there's still a nice mix here of soul, funk, club, and tropical modes – sometimes a bit off the mark, but still a heck of a lot better than most of the group's contemporaries! Titles include a remake of "It's The Same Old Song", plus "Who Do Ya Love", "How About A Little Love", "Sho-Nuff'" and "Come To My Island". LP, Vinyl record album

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Earl KlughWishful Thinking ... LP
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

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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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Michel MagneEmmanuele 4/SAS A San Salvador ... CD
Music Box (France), 1982/1984. New Copy ... $23.99
Two sweet 80s scores from Michel Magne – still very much at the top of his game here! First up is the sexy soundtrack for Emmanuelle 4 – done in a style that's very similar to some of the 70s films in the series, but with some slight 80s twists in the instrumentation and overall execution. Instrumentation includes the requisite sweet keyboards needed to convey Euro sexiness – but there's also a few nice Brazilian touches which open up some of the more tropical scenes in the films. A few numbers feature vocals – by David Rose and Christiane Legrand – and titles include "La Pampa", "La Bergerie", "Bach Anal", "Prisoner Of Love", "Fuite D'Emmanuelle", and "Bresil My Love". Next up is SAS A San Salvador – obviously a more serious film at some level, yet handled by Magne with some 80s "action" modes that are heavy on processed keyboards and electric touches – very much what you'd expect for a film like this at the time. David Rose again sings two numbers – and titles include "Sex Love & Money", "Theme Cubain", "Theme Malko", "To Be My Love", and "SAS A San Salvador". CD
(Limited to 500 copies.)

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Ney MatogrossoPersonalidade ... CD
Philips (Brazil), Early 80s. Used ... $6.99
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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Yuji OhnoLupin The 3rd (third album) ... CD
Columbia/Victory (Italy), 1980. New Copy ... $16.99
Lupin The 3rd soars like a rocket on the cover of this groovy little soundtrack – propelled to the heavens on a host of jazzy grooves from the great Yuji Ohno! Ohno's got roots in jazz, but really hits a great new groove here – pulling out some excellent keyboard lines, backed by a small funky combo – with a sweet style that's almost CTI/Kudu Records in approach! There's a bit more edge than most other Japanese fusion from the time, although things are pretty tight overall – and the songs are almost more in an instrumental jazz mode than soundtrack work of this nature. The set does feature three vocal performances – and this package includes two new bonus mixes – amongst titles that include "You Are Like Breeze", "Vicious Glory", "Mysterious Journey", "C-Dag Toward The Patrol Line", "A Montmartre", "Fire Treasure", and "Tropical Wave". CD

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Horace ParlanHeadin' South ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... $16.99
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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Paul QuinichetteMoods EP ... 7-inch
EmArcy, 1954. Very Good- (pic cover)... $4.99
Perhaps the best-known (and arguably the best) record by Paul Quinchette, and an album that brings his rich tenor solo style into contact with a very tight, very swinging batch of arrangments by a young Quincy Jones. Quincy's got an all-star batch of players backing up Q, including Sam Most, Charles Thompson, Paul Chambers, and Barry Galbraith – plus players like Willie Rodriguez and Manny Oquendo, who bring some added Latin percussion to the session. The tracks are short, but with a very open approach to soloing, and although Quinchette's in the lead, some of the other players get their licks in quite a bit. Titles include "Tropical Intrigue", "Dilemma Diablo", "Shorty George". 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Sylvia VrethammarDanca Samba Med Mej ... CD
Sonet/Universal (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $13.99
Funky samba soul – but recorded in Scandinavia, and sung with Swedish lyrics by the lovely Sylvia Vrethammer! The album's a completely unique blend of modes – and features core rhythms from the Trio Pandeiros De Ouro, set to larger backings from jazzer Rune Ofwermann, all given a slightly sweet spin to match Slyvia's more pop-styled vocals! The rhythms are quite dynamic on some numbers – either from the rootsy samba backings, or the fuller sound of the orchestra – and the record's almost a mix between the groovier styles of Odeon/EMI in Brazil at the time, and some of the genre-crossing experiments over at MPS. Titles include "Att Fa Resa (Pais Tropical)", "Madalena", "Take Me Back To Piaui", "I Skymnigen (Wave)", "For Han E Pianist (Mocoto)", "Blasvart Samba", and "Dansa Samba Med Mej". CD

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Wildfire/Tru TonesTry Making Love (Al Kent version)/Dancing (Roger Thornhill edit) ... 12-inch
Cultures Of Soul, Late 70s. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
A sweet taster of the Tropical Disco Hustle series on Cultures Of Soul – with tight little edits of some great Caribbean dancefloor soul numbers by Wildfire and Tru Tones! "Try Making Love" by Wildfire is an insistent disco soul cut graced by a funky bass groove, solid percussion and a vocal chant, edited here by Al Kent. The flip is Roger Thornhill's edit of "Dancing" by Tru Tones, a busier jam with some spacey keys, funk horns and percussion that's strongly rooted in Caribbean soul. Nice stuff! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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VariousBeginners Guide To Brazil (3CD set) ... CD
Nascente (UK), 1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s. New Copy 3CD ... $9.99
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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Beat BoysBeat Boys (with bonus track) ... CD
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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✨✧ Chico BuarqueChico Buarque De Hollanda Vol 3 (CD & book) ... CD
RGE/Abril Cultural (Brazil), 1967. Used ... $12.99
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! Amazing package, too – comes in a hardcover book-style jacket, with a bonus 42 page book that also includes full color images, with lots of vintage photos, plus notes on the record in Portuguese! The whole thing's sort of an update of the old Abril Cultural style of the 70s – brought into the CD generation. CD

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Erasmo CarlosSonhos E Memorias 1941 to 1972 ... CD
Polydor (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99
A record filled with cover images that run from Richard Nixon to Elvis Presley, to Mick Jagger, Caetano Veloso, Chairman Mao, Jorge Ben, Jimi Hendrix, and Andy Warhol – and a set whose sound definitely seems to live up to such heady company from the 20th century! Erasmo Carlos is at his inventive best here – very playfully creative, yet in a way that refines his style from his trippier years – almost a reinvention of the singer's approach for a new generation of MPB – in a manner that some of the Tropicalia artists were doing at the time. The songwriting and production are great – and if the album were in English, it may well have been a global hit (although it did pretty well at home back in Brazil!) – and titles include "Mane Joao", "Largo Da Segunda Feira", "Sabado Morto", "E Proibido Fumar", "Preciso Encontrar Um Amigo", and "Mundo Cao". CD

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Gal CostaCantar ... CD
Philips (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99
A real moment of beauty from Gal Costa in the 70s – a set that moves away from her more experimental music of the Tropicalia generation, and yields a more personal approach overall – one that's quite similar to the best from Caetano Veloso at the time! As with Caetano during this shift, the balance is very complex – still very thoughtful in its approach to the lyrics, and with inventive arrangements from Veloso, Gilberto Gil, and Joao Donato – but which have a bit more sentiment and feeling as well. Gal sings some beautiful versions of tracks like Donato's songs "A Ra" (with extra lyrics by Caetano), "Ate Quem Sabe", and "Flor De Maracuja", and Caetano's "Lua, Lua, Lua, Lua" and "Joia" – and the set also include a nice version of "Barato Total", with a guest appearance by Gilberto Gil! 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 CostaGal Costa (1969) ... CD
Polygram (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $13.99
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
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Gal CostaGal Costa (1969) (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Philips/Polysom (Brazil), 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $32.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition.)
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Gal CostaIndia ... CD
Philips (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the richest, most expressive albums ever from the great Gal Costa – a set from her immediate post-Tropicalia years, and one that shows that she's got a lot more to offer than just a wild sense of experimentation! Gilberto Gil is the musical director here – with help from Rogerio Duprat and Arthur Verocai – and the album's got the lofty feel you'd expect from all three talents – a rich blend of all the modern developments in Brazilian music that had taken place in the 60s, but infused with a newly rootsy sense as well – one that takes the whole thing back to a personal, expressive territory that's really wonderful. Instrumentation includes work on keyboards by Wagner Tiso and Tenorio Jr, plus a bit of guitar from Roberto Menescal – and Gal does a great version of Caetano Veloso's "Relance" – alongside other tracks that include "Passarinho", "Da Maior Imortancia", "India", "Volta", and the funky "Pontos De Luz". The whole thing's incredibly beautiful – and it's got Gal in a wild bikini cover, too! CD

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✨✧ Gal CostaO Carnaval De Gal ... LP
Philips (Brazil), 1970s/Early 80s. Very Good- ... $3.99
A collection of Gal Costa's work from the 70s, plus a few added tracks from the early 80s. Most of this material was recorded in the post-Tropicalia years, but it's still strong stuff – showing Gal as one of Brazil's best vocalists of the time. Titles include "O Bater De Tambor", "Bloco De Brazer", "E Luxo So", "Festa Do Interior", "Grande Final", "Estamos Ai", "Massa Real", "Balance", "Canta Brasil", "Pegando Fogo", and "Olhos Verdes". LP, Vinyl record album

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Garotas SuecasFeras Miticas ... LP
Vampi Soul (Spain), 2014. New Copy 2LP ... $19.99
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

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Kanaku Y El TigreQuema Quema Quema ... CD
Strut (UK), 2015. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
Atmospheric psych pop from Lima's Kanaku Y El Tigre – a group with a wonderfully diverse vibe, from sultry subtropical rhythms, to dusty desert folk, modern Peruvian spins on psychedelic pop and well beyond - all done with some nice fuzzy production touches! Their warm approach to the vocals is a huge plus for the group, with some really soul stirring melodies, and there's a lot of cool instrumental touches that give it a timeless vibe Moog, omnichord, accordion, piano, and a lot of great percussion. Very cool modern sounds from the always adventurous Strut label! lncludes "Quema Quema Quema", "Nunca Me Perdi", "Pulpos", "Quien Se Queda Quien Se Va", "Bubucelas", "10 Anos", "Burn Burn Burn" feat Sergio Saba", "Te Mueres Manana", "Hacerte Venir" feat Pamela Rodriguez and "Fin". 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. Used 3CD ... $28.99
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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Jards MacaleSo Morto – Burning Night ... CD
RGE/Discobertas (Brazil), 1970. New Copy ... $25.99
A crucial set of work from the overlooked Jards Macale – one of the hippest cats in Brazilian music during the 70s, heard here on one of his best early albums! The music here is really at the crossroads – a combination of the folksy edge of the 60s work of Geraldo Vandre, mixed with some of the trippier elements of the generation that would be best represented by Lula Cortes, all set free by some of the rich waves of energy that sprung from Brazil in the wake of the Tropicalia movement! Macale's got a way of really personalizing the tunes with both his vocals and guitar work – and the overall presentation moves from intimate to expansive with effortless ease. Titles include "Sem Essa", "So Morto", "O Crime", and "Solucos". CD also features a huge amount of bonus tracks – 10 more numbers that include "Gotham City", "Let's Play That", "Poema Da Rosa", "Revendo Amigos", "Orora Analfabeta", and "Rua Real Grandeza". CD

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Eduardo MateoMateo y Trasante ... CD
Sondor/Lion, 1976. New Copy ... $12.99
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". CD
Also available Mateo y Trasante ... LP 18.99

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Eduardo MateoMateo y Trasante ... LP
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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✨✧ Novos BaianosNovos Baianos (aka Linguagem Do Alunte) ... CD
Continental/Bomba (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99
Rootsy samba and hipper 70s MPB influences – all filtered down into a really unique little groove! Back in these early years, Novos Baianos had an inventive sound that was really a standout in 70s Brazilian music – a sense of earnest, open-handed music making that was something of a legacy from the Tropicalia years – but one that also carried with it some of the more hippie-dippy influences in the Brazilian underground of the early 70s! The style here is a bit sparer and more acoustic than on some of the group's other records – often comprised from samba percussion and guitar, but occasionally augmented by more electric instrumentation, as well as some folkloric flute! Titles include "Reis Da Bola", "Isabel", "Bolado", "Miragem", "Fala Tamborim", "Ao Poeta", and "Eu Sou O Caso Deles". CD

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Os MutantesDivina Comedia Ou Ando Meio Desligado ... CD
Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $13.99
The third album from the legendary Os Mutantes – part of the essential trio of sides released during the Tropicalia years! The record's got a sound that's tighter and a bit more straightforward than their previous efforts – stricter song formats, and styles that lean heavily on rockish guitars and organ. But as the odd cover images on the front and back will attest, the band is still in a very creatively arty mode here – still working strongly with arranger Rogerio Duprat, in a wash of sounds and moods that fold contemporary music back upon itself with plenty of odd twists, turns, and surprises! Titles include "Desculpe Baby", "Oh Mulher Infiel", "Quem Tem Medo De Brincar De Amor", "Hey Boy", "Halleluia", "Ave, Lucifer", and "Meu Refrigerador Nao Funciona". CD

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Os MutantesOs Mutantes (1968) ... CD
Universal, 1968. Used ... $9.99
A landmark CD! This is the first – and the wildest – album by this legendary group that was one of the founding forces of the Tropicalia movement – a brilliant musical statement that easily ranks with some of the most groundbreaking late 60s American work by The Velvet Underground, Captain Beefheart, or The Stooges! The music is a wonderful blend of 60s rock and early MPB – hard-driving with plenty of guitars, but also produced with beautifully baroque touches that echo through simultaneous albums by Caetano Veloso and Gal Costa – both of whose 1969 albums are strongly resonant with this one. In fact, Caetano contributed a number of tracks to the album, including "Panis et Circenses", "Bat Macumba", "Trem Fantastma", and his great "Baby", which is done fantastically here. Great stuff all 'round! CD

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Savath & SavalasGolden Pollen ... CD
Anti, 2007. Used ... $2.99
An atmospheric blend of acoustic Spanish pop psychedelia, deconstructed electronic beatcraft and respectful odes to Tropicalia and all purpose avant garde grooves from Prefuse maestro Guillermo Scott Herren's Savath & Savalas! This time out Savath & Savalas has some of the best players on the Chicago scene aboard – including Josh Abrams on bass, Nicole Mitchell on flute, plus vibes, percussion and production by John McEntire – with vocals by Mia Doi Todd and Jose Gonsales, winds and sax by Matata Roberts and others. Excellent accompaniment aside, Guillermo pilots this craft – handling loads of percussion, strings, keys, processing, arranging and singing. Tracks include "Apnea Obstructiva", "Paisaje", "Concreto", "Mi Hijo", "Te Amo...Por Que Me Odias", "Estrella de Dos Caras", "Olhas", "El Solitario", "Faltamos Palabras", "Era Tu", "Vidas Animadas", "Ya Verdad", "Tiempo" and more. CD
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Caetano VelosoAraca Azul (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Philips (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the weirdest, wildest albums Caetano Veloso ever recorded – a highly experimental session that shows that his ties with the avant art world were still plenty strong on his return to Brazil! Despite a goofy cheeseball photo of Veloso on the cover in a bikini, the sound on this one is waaaaay out – with weird avant garde vocal bits, choppy instrumentation, and wild shifts in style that make his Tropicalia albums almost seem like pop hits! As usual, Caetano's vocals are superb, especially as he slides from experimental tunes into straighter songs – like the title cut "Araca Azul", and Milton Nascimento's "Cravo E Canela". Proof that the Brazilian intelligentsia was still alive and well in the post-Tropicalia years – with other titles that include "De Palavar Em Palavra", "Julia/Moreno", "Epico", "Viola Meu Bem", "De Conversa", and "Sugarcane Fields Forever". CD features two bonus tracks – "Dias Dias Dias/Volta" and "Cada Macao No Selgalho". CD
 
 
 



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