I had promised to spotlight certain LP's on my page from other blogs. So here's my first pick. Totonho "Dia A Dia" [1978 Top Tape] being offered over at A Música Que Vem De Minas blogspot. A very nice slice of Samba-Pop from 1978 on Top Tape. Fans of Alcione will know the tracks "Seu Rio, Meu Mar" & "O Surdo" from her LP's. Both tracks performed here by the composer himself. Samba fans get this. OK? A nice one!
File Under: Samba
P.S. I offer this rip via "A Música Que Vem De Minas blogspot". So a big Thank You to that page. It's going to be very easy to find one to spin here! Trust in Just.
This is what I love about the music of Brasil. Music written from the heart. Lovely session from sunny Bahia. Great songwriting and outstanding production. A masterpiece! Solid from start to finish.
Batatinha - Toalha Da Saudade [1976 Continental]
01. Toalha da saudade
02. Rosa tristeza
03. Hora da razão
04. Babá de luxo
06. Ondas Do Mar
07. A Sorte do Benedito
08. Fora do meu samba
11. Marca No Pé
First I want to say a big thank you to Toque Musical for introducing me to this amazing EMI Odeon session. The second person to thank would have to be Charles Gavin for re-mastering this recording & giving it a second life. High praise must go to the EMI Odeon studios for raising the quality even higher on the technique of how to record this glorious Samba form. Friends of this page please listen closely to the high art of the recording excellence that abounds in Brasil in the 70's. Concepts like mic-ing, tape saturation, compression & good ol' mono mixing for a brilliantly sculpted sound-space. Outstanding Samba here recorded with such clarity to the compositions & artistry of its musicians. Don't miss this. With headphones!
File Under: Samba
P.S. This record is "Off The Hook, Hooked Up". No lie. I've been drawing from this masterwork since volume 12 of the Samba Showdowns. Lucky is the DJ with this record on his/her side.
The title "Orgulho de um Sambista" translates as "Pride of a Sambista". That's exactly what we have here. A sambista heralding the wonderful Samba composers who are writing up a storm over in sunny South America.
I can not recommend this record enough. This has become my favorite album of this artist. An absolutely magnificent Samba recording. There is not one bad song on this masterwork of Brasilian song. The Philips studio bats this one right out of the stadium. I've been enjoying this one the past few years. I've concluded, that this record is one that I would pick for people visiting my page looking for all kinds of South American goodies. If you want a great example of Samba-Pop circa 1973, then try this. SOLID!
P.S. When I want to hear an example of Brasilian music, I want to hear something that conjures Carnival & all the vitality that I come to expect of Brasilian song. This record embodies that kind of celebratory energy that I associate with South America.
I really like the mix of pure Samba meet Brasilian Jazz. The jazz piano work here is fantastic!
Nonato E Seu Conjunto - No Balanço Jovem De Nonato E Seu Conjunto [1978 RCA Camden] @ toque-musicall blogspot
Don't miss this very solid slice of Funk-Rock Nordestino being offered at Toque-musicall. A nice one!
To honor the passing of a very great voice, pianist & composer who passed away this past week at age 80. R.I.P. Johhny Alf.
I'm reposting this exceptional LP for several reasons. First, in the history of the major players of Bossa Nova, I think this artist tends to not get his due because of his output or perhaps because he didn't crossover as easily as say, Antônio Carlos Jobim, João Gilberto or Luiz Bonfá. Considering that this very fine piano player/singer was honing his craft since the late 40's, I would say that it took long enough for the major labels to roll out the red carpet & give this talent a chance to shine properly. This 1971 session does just that & is a real treat! Beautifully composed, performed & produced by the Odeon studios. This IS one of the great, great recordings of Bossa Nova/MPB. For those who've read "Bossa Nova: The Story of the Brazilian Music That Seduced the World " by Ruy Castro, it speaks highly of Johnny Alf & his influence on the key players of Bossa. In the formative years of the early & late 50's when all the musicians were done playing at the nightspots around Rio they would end their day with drinks where Johnny played. This means that this artist is a musician's musician! Please don't miss this key album by this very gifted pianist & his honey-coated voice. This issue has a bonus single from 1972 added to its 11 tracks making it a perfect 13 track spinner. A Masterpiece & one that I place very high in my list of all time great artists & LP's. Enjoy!
File Under: Post Bossa/MPB
P.S. I call this one "Post Bossa" because I feel this is a Bossa style artist, but recorded in the more modern MPB style & era. This recording is way more fleshed out then his 60's recordings, as are most of his 70's output.
One last thing. On my visit to Paris, my host Arnaud seemed quite perplexed by my use of the term "Under-rated vs. Over-Rated". Well Arnaud, since Antônio Carlos Jobim, João Gilberto & Luiz Bonfá are more known then Johnny Alf, then I would say my term under-rated fits perfectly here.
This is one that I have been enjoying and drawing from for my Samba Showdown series the past few years. This very sweet album comes to us via Toque Musicall Blogspot which was posted about 3 years ago. I cleaned up the tags a little & offer this pretty LP with many thanks to Toque Musicall for sharing this gem with us. Enjoy the sounds of Bahia with Cyro Aguiar on this excellent Som Livre set. A few slow numbers, but overall the great numbers make this one a "Must Listen". Very nice!
Cyro Aguiar - Cyro Aguiar [1975 Som Livre]
02. Só Não Viu Quem Não Ficou
03. Fonte Da Bica
04. Dolores Duran
05. Foi Deus
06. Made In Brazil
07. Dias De Hoje
10. Não Pise No Meu Calo
P.S. Over the past 3 years there were so many Brasilian LP's dropped on the internet that it's only natural that it's going to take a few years to sort through the overwhelming amount of music that's been offered. I'd rather not let a nice album like this get lost.
To honor the passing of a very talented artist! A 7 song EP. Only 20 minutes of music here, but an AMAZING 20 minutes!
Azambuja & CIA (Conjunto Aiymuth) - Azambuja & CIA [1975 CID]
01. Negra Brecho
02. Ao Bililico
03. Tema De Azambuja
05. O Poste Da Rua Jorge De Lima
07. A Turma
Featuring: Arnaud Rodrigues, Vitor Asis Brasil, Durval Ferreira, Celso Woltzen and Mauricio Einhorn; arrangements by Jose Roberto Bertrami and Jose Menezes.
Since I see the words Conjunto Aiymuth. I think this is basically an off-shoot project of the band Azymuth. This may very well be the strongest thing that Azymuth laid to wax! When I think of this band, I think of this project.
At it's core this is a Folk record. The influence of Jose Roberto Bertrami of Azymuth on Synth & Electric Piano & the presence of the Electric Bass really shift this "Folk" session into a whole other creature. I like to use the term "Electric Samba" to describe a session like this.
The Samba form is basically an acoustic one. Acoustic guitar, Accordian, Conga, Flute, Harmonica & Percussion GALORE, etc, etc. Non - Electric at it's base & almost rural in its form. By the time we reach the early 70's, this humble Samba style is being influenced by the presence of ELECTRICITY, mutating it into something subtlely Psychedelic. This is not a Psychedelic record, but aspects of it are!
This is an EP of seven songs & only 20 minutes of music, but quite amazing in it's quality & worth having for track one alone! If those train whistles don't get you "All Aboard", then I guess the "Samba Express" is not going your way. Keep your eye on Bertrami on Synth & Arnaud Rodrigues on vocals. A really amazing treat. Get this!
File Under: MPB / Forró / Fusion
P.S. This is a rare LP Rip from my friend Greg's collection. In fact, the 7 tracks presented here is an edit of the original LP with 2 long monologs at the end of each side, but this works nicely as a 7 song EP. Thank you Greg for sharing this pearl with us.
Every track's a winner. SOLID!
These are other related projects with much of the same vibe as this EP.
I'm bringing this back to the front so its gets another chance at being heard better. If someone were to say to me, "I know nothing about Samba. Could you pick a good example so that I could know what a good record sounds like?" I think I would choose a record like this one.
This is a perfect example of early 70's Samba. Served up here expertly by the Odeon studios. Who ever set up the microphones for this session & mixed it were geniuses. Really love the cuica, cowbell, woodblock sound here. Fans of Paulinho da Viola & Candeia will know what kind of company we're in. Deep Samba! Amazing, amazing, amazing! If you need proof, then check my later Samba Showdowns. I'm all over this gem. Enjoy!
01. Voltei (Wilson Bombeiro e Anézio)
02. Paz (Ivancué)
03. Conversa Fiada (Joãozinho da Pecadora)
04. Não Chora Meu Amor (Casquinha)
05. Meu Dinheiro Nao Da (Candeia e Catoni)
06. Um Certo Dia Para 21 (Paulinho da Viola)
07. Deixa De Zanga (Candeia)
08. Ilu Aye (Cabana e Norival Reis)
09. Não Pode Ser Verdade (Alberto Lonato)
10. Amor Sem Raiz (Carlos Elias)
11. Em Festa De Rato Nao Sobra Queijo (Velha)
12. Meu Regresso (Monarco)
13. O Que Eu Quero E Sambar (Garoto)
P.S. This record is the BOMB. It is being dropped here in a BIG WAY. Smokin'!!! DJ's, don't sleep on this one.
I haven't fully checked in with this bands first two LP's both released in 1969, but I can report that this 3rd album of theirs is really in FULL SWING. This one is getting many spins from me of late. I really like how well this band jives with the RCA studios. RCA Victor knows exactly how to handle talent like this. Record them gloriously! This is a brilliant way to kick off 1970. With a big ol' carnaval bash. This is the blossoming of Samba-Pop in terms of how well it's being recorded. Beautifully produced & performed. A very big "thumbs up" from me. Solid & Rockin' hard. This is a great band & a perfect example of Samba-Pop at it's best. Very nice! Thank you DJ Moos for such an amazing share.
P.S. They make themselves to be goofy on the cover, but their sound is "No Joke". What is funny about them though is that they started as a backing-band for other artists, but really came into their own as an act. I would describe them as play-full & very tight as a unit.