2/22/09

The Goal Of This Page.

I've spent the past few years posting these Samba Showdowns to take a focused look at MPB & Samba in the 70's. It's true that I like certain LP's more then others & have drawn from some LP's endlessly, but that is my style. I've never offered any volume without adding a few tracks from LP's that we've never heard before, but I do like the production & fidelity on some records more then others. It's been said that I repeat some LP's too much. Well, that's an insight about not being foolish enough to leave behind any good track off of a masterwork. If I introduced anyone to a few good albums & focused on how good they are by dipping back repeatedly to certain LP's on my compilations, then that is what will tip a DJ off to not sleep on such records. I'm more focused on continuity & in reality no 24 tracks has ever been heard in that combination before.
This page is here to look at key albums from the 70's & I feel that I've done a nice job of introducing the world to a few gems from this lovely movement. In truth, I was ready to stop at volume 12, but I listened to my inner guidance which informed me that there is nothing wrong with focusing on the LP's which I enjoy the most. This page is devoted to the LP & one's I like to call a "SOLID LISTEN". So why would I not draw heavily from the LP's that I post? This series is nothing more then an experiment in continuity. I hope you've enjoyed discovering a few great albums of the 70's in Brasil. Thanks for tuning in & hey, hop on a plane and go visit sunny Rio or Bahia.

P.S. I'm sitting on in the area of 3000 Brasilian discs & trust me when I tell you that it takes time to sort through that many titles.
I can only digest so many discs at a time and I will not lie when I say that I may study a group of discs very deeply over a few year period. It's taken me several years of study before a disc like "E Lá Vou Eu" by João Nogueira will suddenly open up like a flower & reveal its profound beauty & brilliance. So please know that there's an organic rhythm to my efforts here. It takes time for a gringo like me to fully discover this lush, tropical landscape.

29 comments:

  1. of course we love it...! more more!

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  2. King Megatrip, I received an email from one DJ Moos from Holland that my compilations over the past year have failed to introduce anything new to fans of Samba & MPB. I do not agree, but there are only so many LP's recorded in the 70's & I feel I've gone as far as I can go. Were volumes 13 through 21 that unlistenable?

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  3. Don't worry about moos,
    What is new:)

    All best,
    Cheers bro!

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  4. Thanks Flageolette. I'm baffled that DJ Moos thinks he's some authority on Samba, since he posts African music. Just because he posted a few Samba LP's that he owns, does not mean that he deeply understands MPB or has a clue as to how to present a Samba page.

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  5. The goal is not to make something new, but to hold the quality from Day 1. And that, my friend, you surely have done. Can't wait for your next post, no need to be another showdown, mate! ;-)
    - Thanks a lot for your time. Greetz from Germany.

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  6. Thank you Jörn. The most that I can offer at this time is to spotlight great LP's on other pages. Abracadabra LP's do Brasil 2 & Toque Musical are two of the better pages with Flabbergasted Vibes coming up nicely.

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  7. It's good to end series if you think you've done what you can. I enjoyed them anyway and found some samba etc I didn't know yet.
    I think it's a bit strange from someone like Moos to mail such a thing.. I wouldn't care much about it, trash it and move on, forget about it. I haven't been to his blog for a long time :) I thought you got along fine, maybe he was in a critique mode though, I dont believe he would mean anything harsh with it.
    ANYWAY- keep "spotlighting" stuff on other pages and keep this as an archive or something!

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  8. Dear Justin,
    I wish you keep doing this very nice work. Jorn said: "The goal is not to make something new, but to hold the quality from Day 1." and I agree!
    Anyway, your Samba showdowns are something nobody had done before! Thank you!
    Best regards,
    :)

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  9. Bruxa, Thank you for your kind words.

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  10. Justin, you've introduced me to some AMAZING new friends that have been and will continue to be lifelong companions (Giovana, Candeia, Leci Brandao, Burnier and Cartier, come immediately to mind but the list goes on) and my life is better as a result! I stumbled onto your site trying to track down some old Jorginho do Imperio and Martinho da Vila sides that I had lost as broken cassette tapes years ago.. and what do I find but all this magical stuff! Opened new doors to my deepest love, deep samba, but all this other sublime sounds too. I didn't drop as many thank yous as I should have, but I'd like to say right now that should you stop, your work has and will continue to be VERY MUCH APPRECIATED! I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels this way. Please accept a very sincere thank you from the heart. Sarava!

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  11. of course, the best result would be that you decide to stay! but we must respect your wishes.

    By the way, even if you didn't post any more compilations, but just commented on recordings that you find interesting, that would be nice too. I've learned many things from your comments. Once again, thank you!

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  12. Bombolino, offered from the heart & felt at the heart. Thank you.

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  13. Thank you for everything! Much appreciated! Farewell!

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  14. Before I moved to Korea I bought an ipod, and the first thing I felt was MANDATORY to throw on there were your compilations. Much thanks for all the long hours at the computer and tedium you've gone through to blow our minds with this music. Lovin' every bit of it. Won't ever be forgotten.

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  15. Justin, man, you've introduced me to tons of great stuff. I hadn't heard Jorginho do Imperio before finding him here, and hearing that incredible samba record with funky clavinet parts tucked away on it changed my musical orientation. Your Samba Showdowns have been the soundtrack for road trips and other excursions. And your enthusiasm for the material and thoroughness in presenting it is more catching than Pig Flu, it's hard not to come away with a hunger to know and hear more. You've even inspired some of us out here to aspire with our own meager efforts towards the same level of bad-assness that your blog achieves. It's easier to critique most anything in life than it is to create. But you already know this...

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  16. Thank you DB & Flabbergast. I've tried to sustain a fairly consistent level of both focus & consistency from volume to volume, but some volumes will be better then others. I feel that my heart was poured into every Showdown that I posted.

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  17. Hey DJ MOOS, That I haven't presented anything new on my page over the past year is a joke. The love that I pour into my understanding of the genre IS NEW. If you think you can put together a better 504 song playlist, then please step up to the plate & take a swing. You'd soon find out that there are only so many great records in the 70's & after a few volumes you too would be reaching for any good disc to round out a volume. At least I took a chance. What have you done?

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  18. I'm listening to your Showdown 21 while writing this and I can say that with this latest Showdown you really surpassed yourself. It's a great compilation of great tunes and it really flows (or to use one of your nice expressions the whole thing "spins well").
    Thanks!

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  19. Thank you Goofy, but as we speak I've pulled Volume 21. I feel that I lost pace towards the end of the disc & would like to see if I can correct the later part of the set.

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  20. Justin, if you are realy sure that you have reached your goal, then it is honest to finish, but if you are taking other people's malicious comments seriously, then ending the good work you have been doing all these years is not a good idea.
    Anyway I am shure that after a period of time you will come back with a new concept that will be as unique as this one was.
    My highest regards
    Milan

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  21. Justin, a million thanks for your amazing output over the years. Until I discovered your blog I was very much a bossa nova and MPB fan. Listening to your Samba recommendations forced my to reconsider my position big time! From a purely selfish point of view, I really hope you'll keep the blog intact as a kind of archive, firstly because I haven't checked out all of the Samba Throwdown series, and secondly, for future reference in my ongoing Brasilian love affair. I can assure you that you've raised my spirits by spreading sunshine and happiness into some very grey London days.

    Love and total respect to you.

    Saravá!

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  22. Milan, Thank you for your regards. I personally think there is simply too much music being offered on the WWW. There are only so many hours in a day. It takes time to let any particular genre sink in. It also takes many, many listens of any LP before it opens up. I think a little time off from posting anything & a little more time to sort through my already gigantic collection is in order.

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  23. Vee, I intend to keep this page up. Yes, like you I first came to the music of Brasil via Bossa Nova, but soon discovered that there is more to this amazingly talented musical culture then "Dinner Jazz". In fact, if one reads "The Story Of Bossa Nova" we discover many things about the development of Musica Popular Brasileira. Mainly, that the regional artists felt very left out of Bossa Nova & that the Samba Revival movement was a protest to the supremacy of North American Jazz.
    The turn around moment is MULTI-TRACK RECORDING. Once the arrangers & recording engineers figure out how to record the carnival sounds more faithfully, then the HEAVENS OPEN for this glorious form called Samba. This type of recording really starts to hit is stride by the late 60's/early 70's. I'm more interested to talk about the recording art of MPB then posting a lot of LP's that most people don't even have time to listen to.

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  24. Justin; Well, bless you and thank you for your reply, I'm totally in agreement with your thoughts and opinions on this wonderful and life-affirming music. I'd like to add to your comments, and I'm sure you'll agree with me here. Apart from the 8 and 16 track recording techniques which you quite rightly reference, the sound of 70's Brasilian music has an awful lot to do with the saturated sound of the old analogue tape technology, which is something you've certainly mentioned before, if I'm not very much mistaken. The advent of digital recording technology, whilst perhaps having a beneficial effect on the democratisation of musical production, has nevertheless been absolutely disasterous in terms of overall sound quality. For example, can you imagine how nasty the "Cravo E Canela" LP would sound were it to have been put through the panoply of a digital mixing desk, with the sterile separation of individual sound which is the end result of that process, rather than the squelchy mulch and blending of tones and harmonics which makes the LP an item of individual sonic beauty? The mind boggles. Anyway, I feel very much in tune with your appreciation of recording quality in tandem with musical genius. I'm delighted that you intend to keep going, and was prompted to write in order to assure you, in my small voice, that you have a silent majority of afficionados who very much appreciate the work which you selflessly carry out. In my humble opinion, those who knock your work are not even worth mentioning.

    Keep spreading the sunshine my friend.

    Saravá!

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  25. Well Vee, I can see that we HEAR some of the same RECORDED FACTS correctly. I agree with what you say about the digital age just not quite being able to cut it in terms of sonic depth & subtlety.
    It's one thing to be able get great saturation with an electric bass to tape, but try recording all of the variety of percussion & well, that's ART.
    Speaking of that "Cravo E Canela". What a sleeper! A big, fat feather in the cap of it's producer Sivuca & by my clock, one of the greatest sessions for bass guitar. The yardstick I use when I compare other records. Thanks for your kind words.

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  26. Hullo there J Thyme. I just stumbled across this blog of yours. I wandered here looking for a recording of Moacir Santos' 'Saudade' since I'd heard good things about it. That link doesn't work but boy, this looks like some amazing work you've done here.

    I haven't really heard much samba music at all but even to someone completely unfamiliar like me, it is obvious that a huge deal of love and care have gone into this work you've done here. I'm going to start from your first showdown and see how I like it and then maybe work my way through. Regardless of how that pans out, I'd just like to thank you for making the effort you've put in here. You may just turn someone like me on to this music.

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  27. Fakkanguy, I reupped that Saudade. Enjoy!

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  28. I am a Brazilian music DJ and producer of a podcast Brazilian Beatz and I want you to know that the care and love you put into this has been felt. I feel sorry for anyone who gets nothing from your amazing work and it sais absolutely nothing about you. I have just discovered this and after researching Brazilian music on the internet for 2 years I can feel this will be a major source of great music. Keep up the great work, its much appreciated

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  29. DJ Vivo, Thank you for your support. I love thank you's from Brasil. Perhaps you could leave a few words on any of the Samba Showdowns that you're enjoying?

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