A great later album from samba singer Elizeth Cardoso – one that has a sophisticated sound that really matches her maturing vocals, thanks to a nice dose of jazz in the mix! Elizeth approaches the lyrics like a grand dame of Brazilian music – with a subtle sense of majesty touched by just the right of lived experience to really make the lyrics resonate – all warmed up by these really nice arrangements from Sergio Carvalho, who also plays a bit of acoustic and electric piano on the set too. Dori Caymmi arranges in a few points with Sergio, and also plays piano – and titles include "Prezado Amigo", "Viver Por Esperar", "Velha Poeira", "O Nosso Olhar", "Olha Moco", and "Bebeco E Doca". CD
Juca Chaves relaxes in bed on the cover, but he's actually sounding a bit more formal throughout the album – working with great arrangements from Radames Gnatalli, always heavy on woodwinds – and with a sophisticated style that brings a lot to his music. The clarinets and other woodwinds give things a mature set of tones and colors – and titles include "Cantiga Para Yara Dormir E Sonhar", "Nos Irracionais", "A Cumplice", "Cantata Para A Condessa Alessandra", "Que Saudade", and "Por Quem Sonha Ana Maria". CD
Soso Da Bahia Sings here with backings from Waltel Branco – who you might know from his own records of the 70s, and who brings a nice current of funk and soul to the mix! The approach is a bit more subtle than other samba soul records of the 70s, but definitely in similar territory – as sweet electric basslines and keyboards mix with rootsier percussion that highlights the more soulful aspects of Soso's great vocals! An overlooked gem – with titles that include "Sete Ondas", "Comidinha Bos", "Santo Antonio", "Nana", "Conclusao", "Talves", "Ago Ago Bahia", and "Prazer Em Te Conhecer Bahia". CD
Djalma Dias —
Destaque ... CD RGE/Discobertas (Brazil), 1973. New Copy ...
Wicked samba from Djalma Dias – served up with a nice undercurrent of soul on a few tracks, too! Waltel Branco handles the arrangements, and gives the record a great little groove – one that's a mix of percussive samba elements and fuller backings at points – very lively overall, and not unlike some of the best EMI/Odeon projects during the Blue Brazil generation! In fact, the mix of core samba and larger sounds is a bit like Wilson Simonal at his best – as you'll hear on cuts that include "Saudades De La", "Cono De Casa Boa Noite", "Minha Serenata", "Desgruda", "Num Arredo O Pe", and "So Lagrimas". CD
A different sort of record from late 60s Brazil – straighter pop, with a bit of jovem guarda instrumentation – but done with the Latin market in mind too, as all the lyrics here are in Spanish! Elizabeth is a pretty compelling singer – working with just the right hint of echo next to the organ and strings used in the backgrounds – and unlike some of her contemporaries, she's also a surprisingly strong songwriter – as most of the tunes on the record are by the lady herself! Titles include "Soy Loca Por Ti", "Tristeza Infinita", "El Amor Que No Es Para Mi", "No Hay Luna Ni Cielo Lindo", "Me Gusta Mismo Demas", and "Yo Estoy Amando". CD features the bonus track "Kiko". CD
Four rare slices of work from the lovely Nara Leao – unreleased live material from 1965 through 1985 – really showing the tremendous scope and development of her music! The first CD features a live concert from 1965 – definitely with some bossa elements in the mix, but also featuring a number of songs with Nara in that darker, moodier style that would showcase on her albums in coming years – where the acoustic guitar was used with much more force than more traditional bossa recordings. CD2 features a wonderful live set from 1972 – with a very hip small group that includes Paulo Moura on sax, Copinha on flute, and Dom Salvador on piano – a combo that brings lots of jazzy changes to Nara's music. CD3 has Nara with more traditional Brazilian instrumentation – working with support from Os Carioquinhas, who feature cavaqinho, bandolim, 7 string guitar, pandeiro, and other percussion. CD4 features Nara back to working mostly with acoustic guitar – a show from 1985, right at a time when Leao was going back to a bossa nova mode – which works especially well here on some longer medley tracks. Nara Leao has given us plenty of wonderful records over the years – but this overstuffed box set really adds a lot to her classic years! CD
A really heft collection of unreleased live recordings by this great Brazilian vocal group – one that almost seems to double their catalog of albums from the 70s! MPB4 got their start in the 60s, at a time when Brazil was really in love with harmony styles borrowed from American groups like The Hi-Los and Four Freshmen – and while many of the other Brazilian groups used the vocal modes in a bossa style, MPB4 were always able to take things one step further – often going for musical modes that brought a different sort of complexity to their harmonies, which only increased as the group moved into the 70s! You'll hear plenty of that here – as the live recordings mostly just feature their voices with a bit of light percussion and acoustic guitar – leaving plenty of space for their amazing vocal interplay right up front in the mix. The set features five full length concerts on CD – two recorded in Peru, one in 1973 and one in 1974 – plus sets recorded in 1975 and 1976. CD
A one-man guitar festival from the great Paulinho Nogueira – captured here in one of his later albums from the 60s, with an even richer, more sophisticated sound than before! Nogueira's skills on the strings is amazing – very different than a simple rhythmic or melodic pulse, with all these complicated shifts and unusual phrasing as he makes his way through the tunes – sometimes with fuller backings that shade things in with a bit of darkness, sometimes with lighter, more lyrical instrumentation that might include a bit of percussion or flute. There's just a touch of vocals on the record, but the main focus is the guitar – on titles that include "Malaguena", "O Cantador", "Here There & Everywhere", "Preludio No 20", "Historia De Uma Ciranca", "Lua Cheia", "Ouvi Tua Voz", and a version of the Marcos Valle tune "Viola Enluarada". CD
A rare Mexican album from this very cool Brazilian group of the 60s – one of the sharpest guitar-based combos of the pre-Tropicalia years, stepping out in a guitar-heavy blend of vocal and instrumental tunes! The instrumentals are maybe the best – as they've got lots of really fantastic interplay and fresh techniques on the strings – often recorded with a bit of echo that really expands the electric sound – and occasionally given a nice kick by a tenor sax solo, or some weird use of effects! Titles include "Peter Gunn", "Veneno", "Cabalgata", "Macaca Foo", "Tierra Maravilloda", "Es Inutil", "El La Cuidad", and "Oleducto". CD
Juarez Santana plays some mighty groovy organ on this set of instrumentals from 60s Brazil – in styles that are a lot more wide-open than the bossa and samba-styled music of the Walter Wanderley generation! Instead, Juarez draws on sounds from a whole host of sources – including a fair bit of American pop tunes of the time, plus some more local tracks and originals too – often handled with very offbeat rhythms that augment the unusual phrasing that Santana brings to the keys of his instrument. Tracks include a great take on "Bond Street" – plus "Copacabana Beach", "Puppet On A String", "O Vendedor De Successos", "Tema Das Rosas", and "Minha Namorada". CD
The Solovox organ sounds mighty great here – very different than 60s Hammond, and even the up-and-coming Lowrey – as Brazilian keyboardist Ubirajara plays the instrument with all sorts of sounds and effects, but all without ever losing the groove of the tunes! Ubirajara almost has the tonal range of Korla Pandit back in the US – and maybe some of the otherworldly qualities in his music too – but his approach is tighter, groovier, and often set to rhythms that move between samba and Latin modes, which really keep things moving forward in a very cool way! Titles include "Marta", "La Golondrina", "Filme Triste", "Poema Do Olhar", "El Reloj", and "Abraca Me". CD
A sweet 70s set from the amazing Zimbo Trio – a record that really has them stretching out with a much more complicated vibe than the bossa years – mixing in some elements of 70s Brazilian fusion, as they work with an expanded group that includes Hector Costita on sax, and Heraldo Do Monte on guitar! The sound is warm and open – never overindulgent, but stretching out in ways the core bossa trio could never do on their own – using the best rhythmic qualities of the sax and guitar to carve out some wonderful grooves! The album includes a very nice version of "Tudo Bem", a cover of Milton Nascimento's "Fe Cega Faca Amolada", and the cuts "Viola Violar" and "Laurecy Ate Ja". CD
Brasa 4 ... CD Bemol/Discobertas (Brazil), 1968. New Copy ...
A cool collection of late 60s rock and pop from Brazil – and a set that stands as a nice contrast to some of the "song festival" albums from the time on Philips and Odeon! Like those sets, this one presents up-and-coming artists working through a variety of material – but rather than showcasing new styles, the modes here are maybe more in the jovem guarda style of the mid 60s – a bit more slavishly tied to American and European styles, although a few of the tunes here are of Brazilian origin too. There's a bit more complexity and sophistication to the music than the chart pop of a few years before – kind of in the way that west coast pop rock acts were letting their hair down a bit by the late 60s – and titles include "Como E Grande O Meu Amor Por Voce" by Os Intrusus, "O Que Ha De Mal Em Mim" by Bitons, "You Only Live Twice" by Os Agitadores, "When Summer Is Gone" by Analfabitles, "Voce Nao Serve Pra Mim" by Amir Francisco, and "Travessia" by Edinho. CD
O Baile ... CD Equipe/Discobertas (Brazil), 1968. New Copy ...
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A really cool concept for an album by this groovy Brazilian group from the 60s – a set that features two side-long medleys of big hits from the time – both Brazilian originals and Anglo chartbusters, served up in this cool style that makes you feel like you're attending a party with a band! The music is all instrumental, played with organ and electric guitar – but there's also lots of cheering and crowd noise too, which really creates some unusual energy next to the equally unusual inflections of the instrumentation – as the group manage to make it through a huge numbers of melodies from songs that include "And I Love Her", "You Only Live Twice", "Moliendo Cafe", "Quizas Quizas Quizas", "Alegria Alegria", "Tira A Mao Dai", "What'd I Say", "A Chuva Que Cai", "Uno Tranquilo", and "Can't Take My Eyes Off You". CD
An amazing session of bossa organ grooves – and one of the few rare 60s sessions by keyboardist Ely Arcoverde! The record's done in a style that's similar to Ed Lincoln or Walter Wanderley's albums from the time – clean organ lines dancing over tight samba and bossa percussion – played by a small combo with a really driving edge that seems to set the organ notes on fire! But even better is a small vocal group that harmonizes with most of the tunes – mixing male and female voices with cascading lines that share a lot in common with Tamba Trio or Os Cariocas! The sound is really unique, and completely wonderful – dreamy 60s bossa at its best, carried out perfectly from start to finish! Titles include "Mas Que Nada", "Sambao", "Sambossa", "Amanhecendo", "Telefone", "Vagamente", "Coalhada", and "Negro". CD
Some of the weirdest, wildest organ work we've ever heard – and that's coming from folks with a record collection stuffed with Jack McDuff, Jimmy Smith, and even Sun Ra! Ely Arcoverde is a bit in the territory of Brazilian 60s organ contemporary Walter Wanderley – especially in the way that he mixes his melodies with samba rhythms – but he's also got a very different approach on the keyboard, and often uses the instrument to "sing" – in ways that are very much like the "canta" promised in the title! At some points, we'd swear that Ely was almost using an early variation of a vocoder – not that the sound is 80s, but that he gets this really cool "voice" out of the instrument – as it moves between percussion, occasional chorus vocals, and some nicely jazzy instrumentation. Titles include "O Morro Nao Tem Vez", "Cidade Maravilhosa", "Madame Fulana De Tal", "Samba Da Minha Terra", "Canta Maria", "Tem Bobo Pra Tudo", and "Agua Com Areia". CD
Sweet organ from 60s Brazil – somewhat in the territory of Wander Wanderley and some of his generation, but also maybe a bit more swinging and poppy overall! Celio Balona plays his instrument with a lean, clean sound – sometimes set to samba rhythms, sometimes more rock-based – and he's got a nice range in the choice of tones, so that each tune has a slightly different flavor – maybe more tonal variety than you'd find in some of his contemporaries. There's definitely a few groovers here that match bossa organ work, mixed with tracks that step more towards a soundtrack style – and titles include "Quem Te Vieu Que Te Ve", "T'Aimer Foullement", "Once In A While", "O Caderinho", "Free Again", and "Un Homme Et Une Femme". CD
The lovely Marilia Medalha turns her talents to a host of songs penned by Vinicius De Moraes – all numbers done in collaboration with the singer, at a level that's quite different than some of the other Vinicius projects of the time! The poet produced the set, and arrangements are by Edu Lobo and Chiquinho De Moraes – who both bring in this warmly sophisticated style that really makes things interesting – charts handled with that special care that Edu always had for his best work – with a blend of fullness in the setting, but never in a way that overwhelms the vocals. Medalha's got this well-paced, sometimes spacious approach to the music that really opens up the tunes – and titles include "Mr Toquinho", "Se O Amor Pudesse", "Moinho D'Agua", "Algum Lugar", "Ausencia", "Sagarana", "Meu Tempo", and "Distante". CD
Sweetly easygoing instrumentals from pianist Helio Mendes – half dreamy and hypnotic, and half groovy and bossa! Much of it has a driving feel that reminds us bit of Ed Lincoln's albums around the same time – most of the instrumentation on these numbers is brassy and loud, with trumpets, guitar, and voices coming into the mix – but even the more laidback tunes here have a mesmerizing feel. Titles include great versions of "Arrastao", "Atire A Primeira Pedra", "Nana", "Garota Moderna", "Trem Das Onzes", "Preciso Aprender A Ser So", "Se Piangi De Ridi" and more. 12 tracks in all. CD
Acoustic guitar and lots of lively rhythms – a set that's somewhere in the territory of early records by Luiz Bonfa and Baden Powell, but has a nice sort of flavor that's all its own! Paulinho Nogueira has a chromatic sound to his instrument – as his guitar lines cascade out gently in these little flowers of color that really illuminate the record – given only a bit of direction by light percussion on most of the tracks – which keeps things in moody territory that's somewhere in the territory or bossa or samba, but with some nice surprises along the way. No vocals at all – and titles include "Menina Moca", "Violao No Samba", "Brigas Nunca Mais", "Fita Amarela", "Noite Cheia De Estrelas", "Saudade Querida", and "Promessa". CD
A slightly different album than some of the better-known work of the 60s from Paulinho Nogueira – a record that still has a bossa-influenced use of acoustic guitar and production, but which also has Paulinho coming across in a warmer, more mature sort of way! The songs are all his own – as indicated by the title – and arranger Hector Lagna Feitta brings in some subtle touches that shade things nicely next to Nogueira's vocals and guitar, especially on a few of the more laidback tracks – which really benefit from this approach. Titles include "Ouvi Tua Voz", "Menino Desce Dai", "Imagens Coloridas", "O Jogo E Hoje", "Menina", and "O Que A Gente Quer". CD
The first album we've ever seen from Os 3 Morais – a group who also issued material in the US under the name of Os Tres Brasileiros! Although most of the group's late 60s/early 70s sides are in a sophisticated bossa style, this work carries more echoes of mid 60s pop – not really the straight rock of the jovem guarda generation, but instead this really nice mix of jaunty arrangements and the group's great harmonies from their two guy/one gal lineup! Many tunes are of Anglo origin, but reworked through nice arrangements by Portinho and organist Ely Arcoverde – and titles include "Sunny", "La Muito Alem", "Folhas Verdes", "Estou Feliz", "ESo Eu E Voce", "O Recruta", and "A Turma". CD
A killer second album from Os 3 Morais – a record that already shows them expanding out to some of the more unusual, more complicated harmonies that would make their EMI/Odeon albums such classics! Although these guys started out as a simple pop group, this album already has them hitting the complex harmonic territory of contemporaries like Tamba Trio or Quarteto Em Cy – with the two male voices criss-crossing with the female voice in a mighty nice way – all set to arrangements from Sidney Morais and Laecio De Freitas, often with a nice mix of jazz and groovy elements! Titles include "Ate 2a Feira", "Um Amor De Brinquedo", "Januaria", "Travessia", "Carolina", "Margarida", "Com Acucar Com Afeto", and "Motivos". CD
A rare bossa classic! Quarteto 004 is a super-hip group with a sound that mixes classic late 60s bossa instrumentation with some sweetly complex harmonies. If pushed to make a comparison, we might say the style is a bit similar to Tamba Trio, but the Quarteto 004 vocals are slyly complex in a way that pushes the boundaries of the genre without compromising on the lovely harmonies. The whole thing's soaring and beautiful – right up there with the best of the best mid 60s bossa albums – with some subtly adventurous late 60s stylistic touches. Jobim had a hand in a lot of the arrangements, too, and titles include "Viagem", "E Tarde", "Cancao Do Encontro", "Retrato Em Branco E Preto", "Bom Tempo", "Vou Te Contar", "Samba Do Perdao", and "Moca". CD has 4 bonus tracks, too: "Segue Cantando", "Lapinha", "Passacalha" and "Danca Da Rosa". CD
Beautiful ballads in an old school Brazilian mode – not the lighter styles of the bossa nova generation, but the richer sounds of the scene before – although maybe done with the same sort of saudade as some of the Brazilian singers to emerge in the 60s! Rosana Toledo's style here ties maybe more closely to larger South and Central American styles of the period – but the arrangements still show that special sort of sophistication that always made Brazilian music so great in the postwar years – handled by Pocho Perez, and nicely understated throughout. Titles include "Alem Do Amor", "Francamente", "Tudo De Mim", "Distancia", "Raizes", "Saber Mentir", and "Perdendo O Seu Amor". CD
Rosana Toledo's got some mighty hefty hair on the front cover – but the album is much less stiff and formal – as the singer really taps into her emotive depths throughout – showing us that although life goes on, as promised by the title, it's not without its melancholy moments! Arrangements are relatively full, with light percussion underneath larger orchestrations – all handled by Maestro Nelsinho, on titles that include "Nao Me Diga Adeus", "Salve Ogum", "E A Vida Continua", "Porque Fui Te Encontrar", "Desolacao", "Pra Que Mentir", and "Feitio De Oracao". CD
Brazilian keyboardist Ubirajara serves up some mighty cool sounds on the Solovox – an instrument that almost feels as if an electric organ has been tied to a theremin – in a way that creates some really otherworldly sounds! The settings are relatively conventional – familiar pop tunes, set up with Latin-styled rhythms – but the unusual keyboard sound is what really makes the whole thing wonderful – glowing out with these weird tones and strange phrasing that almost make you feel like someone's dropped in from outer space to sit in on a record of 60s instrumentals! Titles include "Blame It On The Bossa Nova", "Tudo De Mim", "Uno Per Tutte", "Afrikaan Beat", "Sonhar Contigo", and "El Relicario". CD
Ubirajara & Seus Embaixadores De Copacabana —
Solovox De Ouro ... CD RGE/Discobertas (Brazil), 1963. New Copy ...
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The Solovox is a mighty cool keyboard – kind of a smaller version of an electric organ, with a really otherworldly sound – and it gets a great showcase here in a hip album of 60s instrumentals from Brazil! Ubirajara plays the keys – which often have these flowing waves of sound – and arranger Waldemiro Lemke provides the larger backings, which are heavy on percussion and punches of horns – all providing a nice contrast to the electric flow upfront! As you'd guess from the title, many of the tunes are hits – but they're really transformed here into new versions, with a list that includes "El Suco Suco", "Stella By Starlight", "Moscow Nights", "Tender Is The Night", "Come September", "Caminito", "Quem E", and "Donde Estas Corazon". CD
A Brazilian singer with a hell of a voice – the lovely Helena De Lima, whose vocal range really fits the lush moods of the tunes on the set! Things are in a more melancholy look than you'd guess from Helena's look on the cover – a nice sort of blueness that's never too overdone, and which has a good balance between the lead vocals and the woodwinds and strings used in the backings. Arrangements are by Ruben Pocho Peren – an overlooked sophisticated talent – and titles include "So So So", "Fio De Cancao", "Flor Da Noite", "Cravo Vermelho", "Balada De Saudade", "Vai", "Pierrot", "Por Onde Eu Vou", and "Boa Noite Rio". CD
Almir Ricardi —
Festa Funk ... CD RGE/Discobertas (Brazil), 1984. New Copy ...
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A set that's definitely the funk festival promised in the title – but one that's also served up in an 80s-styled mode! Almir Ricardi sings in a soulful style, amidst lots of basslines and keyboards set up by Lincoln Olivetti and Robson Jorge – both Brazilian musicians with plenty of background in the groovier side of the spectrum – and who do a great job of setting up Almir in these midtempo electric funk grooves that owe a fair bit to American work by Zapp or Kleeer! The style is great – and an especially cool mix with the Portuguese lyrics – and titles include "Sao Paulo High Society", "Festa Funk", "Super Man", "Pura", "Raca", "Rebola Bola", and "To Parado Na Tua". CD
Bells ... CD RGE/Discobertas (Brazil), 1966. New Copy ...
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The Bells serve up a great blend of garage rock modes and Brazilian elements on this debut album from the 60s – a sweet small combo style that's heavy on swirling organ lines and echoey guitar! As with some of the other jovem guarda groups of the period, these guys lean heavily on influences from America and England – singing songs here by The Beatles, Bobby Darin, and others – but as with the best of this scene, there's also something different special going on too – almost as if the songs are little pop music fantasies of life up north – trying hard, but never getting things entirely right – and therein lies the charm! Titles include "Capri C'Est Fini", "Girl", "O Muro Do Berlim", "Bittersweet Samba", "Don't Bother Me", "Do The Dive", "This Diamond Ring", and "Jailor Bring Me Water". CD
A real obscurity from the Brazilian scene of the 80s – an album by a group who must have been one of the first hip hop acts to cut a record down there – working in a tight mix of old school styles and electro funk modes! There's more of a street soul approach overall – as although the record does have some great beats, rhymes, and scratching – there's also some sung vocals as well, mixed up nicely, almost with modes that reflect that second wave on the New York scene, when barriers were breaking down a bit between MCs and singers. Titles include "Break Nas Ruas", "Miss Brasil", "Mas Que Linda Estas", "Hey Disc Jockey", "Super Sexy", and "Quero Ver Voce Mexer". CD
A great samba artist from the Brazilian scene – represented here by three full albums from the 60s, plus a bonus disc of rare material well! Jackson Do Pandeiro takes his name from the percussion instrument used in his music – kind of a bigger, more drum-like tambourine – used to emphasize the vocals alongside Jackson's soulful lead vocal style! The music here is a bit fuller than 70s samba – larger orchestrations at times, but matched with equally great percussion – so that the rootsy core of the music is preserved overall. And, given Jackson's style of singing, you might even be able to call these sides precursors to later soulful samba-styled work by artists like Wilson De Simonal or Jorge Ben – a vibe that's not that different, just a few notches back historically. 4CD set includes the full albums A Braza No Norte, O Cabra Da Peste, and Jackson Do Pandeiro E Sucesso – plus a bonus CD of 17 rare tracks! CD
A lost 70s album from the great Joao Donato – set that was never issued at the time, but which should have been the follow-up to his classic Lugar Comum! Like that set, there's great use of electric piano on the record – over subtle and funky rhythms that mix elements from the samba soul generation with Donato's tremendous talent for arrangements – which fills the record with all these cool blue colors that are at once modern, but deeply personal – almost at the level of a 70s French or Italian soundtrack. The set features guest appearances from Djavan, Alaide Costa, and Paulo Jobim – and titles include "Canto Da Lira", "Praia", "Testamento", "Toshiro", "Zra Zra", "Aclanto Para Enganar Regina", "Gozanzo A Existencia", and "Olho D'Agua". LP, Vinyl record album
Unreleased 70s material from the great Joao Donato – taken from a time when he gave us the classic albums Quem E Quem and Lugar Comum – but hardly did anything else at all! During this time, Donato was really shifting from his bossa roots – still with a sense of modernism in his phrasing, but also with a funkier groove as well – and as much electric piano as the acoustic version of the instrument that first gave him his fame! He also became quite a singer, too – with this raspy voice that's instantly charming, and which makes a further wonderful element in the music. A few of the cuts are alternates of tunes you might know elsewhere, Nara Leao guests on one number – and titles include "Gol Da Coreia", "No Largo Do Boticario", "Fim De Sonho", "Na Raia", "Nao Tem Nada Nao", "Gol Da Alemania", and the funky classic "Bananeira". LP, Vinyl record album
Galaxies ... CD RGE/Discobertas (Brazil), 1968. New Copy ...
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A cool Brazilian quartet with a very groovy sound – one gal and three guys, and a group who aren't afraid to show their love of American music! Most tunes here are sung in English, and are covers of work by Anglo groups of the time – including two especially sublime takes on tunes by Love, which are completely transformed in this setting – but in a really wonderful way! The production is lean, with a garagey quality to most of the instrumentation – and the group sometimes harmonize, but often have a single singer in the lead – which makes for a nice sense of variety in the songs. Love tunes include "Que Vida" and "Orange Skies" – and other songs include "Hey", "Mellow Yellow", "Farmer John", "Slow Down Baby", "Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover", "Ain't Gonna Lie", and "I'm Not Talking". CD
A romping little record from the Jovem Guarda years in Brazil – a time when that country was strongly embracing American rock in all its 60s styles – and turning out groovy little records like this! Prini Lorenz works before a live crowd here – in this mix of mod elements that almost feels a lot like some of the bigger Sunset Strip live dates from the same time – particularly with the upbeat vibe of albums by Trini Lopez or Johnny Rivers! But there's also a sound here that's a lot cooler than both of their work – maybe because Prini's got this cool sort of accent on his English language vocals – but also because the combo is pretty lively throughout, and seems to turn all sorts of different tunes into upbeat stompers. Titles include "Like A Baby", "Cielito Lindo", "La Bamba", "Lonesome Traveler", "America", "Gotta Travel On", and "I Want To Hold Your Hand". CD
Ruy Maurity —
Ganga Brasil ... CD Som Livre/Discobertas (Brazil), 1977. New Copy ...
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Ruy Maurity didn't make very many records in the 70s, but all of them are pretty darn great – served up with this funky samba sort of style that only seems to sound better and better as the years go on! Most numbers have chorus vocals alongside Ruy's lead, and there's some electric instrumentation in the mix – but never at a level that makes things sound too commercial, as the rootsiest elements of the rhythms are always kept in place – and most numbers have raspy acoustic guitar cutting a nice edge too. Titles include "Pai Joao", "Ubirajara", "Tia Mocinha", "A Xepa", and "Festa Crioula". CD
Groovy 60s pop from Brazil – a set cut at a time when the Tropicalia scene was beginning to take root, but with a vibe that's still very strongly in the mode of the Jovem Guarda years! Marcos Roberto provides a good deal of his own material here – tunes that go way past the simple covers of American music done by some of his contemporaries – at a level that shows the singer maybe reaching towards some of the growth that would expand in the 70s MPB years for other artists – although still often coming across with some of the jauntier rock styles of the time. Titles include "Chega", "Eu Tenho Amor", "Entenda", "Sera", "Em Voce Algo Estranho Eu Notei", and "Um Amor Um Carinho". CD
Brightly-tripping grooves from singer/guitarist Carlinhos Vergueiro – a lesser-known Brazilian talent from the 70s, but one who works here at a level that matches some of the bigger names in MPB! The album's got a subtle sort of sophistication – a mixture of samba and jazz in the arrangements, sometimes touched by the more complicated rhythmic changes that were coming into Brazilian music at the time – all providing a great backdrop for Vergueiro's deft lyrical twists and turns. All tracks are originals, and titles include "Trilha Sonora", "Homem Calado", "Panela De Pressao", "Prendas Do Lar", "Contra Corrente", and "Rendicao". CD