3/18/11

St. Julian Samba Showdown 27 by J Thyme (2011) 320 kbps - 198 mb




This is my hello to Spring post. Spring has come a few days earlier here, so I'm sharing my latest installment of the Samba Showdown series. I hope you fans of MPB enjoy this. If I can find another 24 tracks that sound good, then I'll be back. Until then, enjoy this tour through 70's Brasil. Happy Spring!
My favorite track here, in terms of fidelity, is the Elton Medeiros track "Vazio". I marvel at the amazing tape saturation, compression and warmth of the composition & the expert handling of material. When this sits next to another track, the jump in fidelity is quite noticeable!

St. Julian Samba Showdown 27 by J Thyme (2011)

01. Até Parece - Dóris Monteiro (1973)
02. Desfigurado - Cartola (1977)
03. O Patrão Mandou - Paulinho Soares (1978)
04. Toda Tarde - Trio Mocotó (1975)
05. Menina Da Ladeira - João Só (1971)
06. Perspectiva - Antônio Carlos & Jocafi (1975)
07. Tatuagem - Nelson Cavaquinho (1972)
08. Terecô - Nonato E Seu Conjunto (1978)
09. Tá Chegando Fevereiro - Os Originais Do Samba (1970)
10. Pimenta No Vatapá - João Nogueira (1977)
11. Nao é Hora de Tristeza - Elza Soares (1974)
12. Ironia - Batatinha (1976)
13. O Mundo Encantado de Monteiro Lobato - Jair Rodrigues & Escola De Samba Acadêmicos Do Salgueiro (1971)
14. Não Suje O Meu Caixão - Alcione (1979)
15. Num Arredo O Pe - Djalma Dias (1974)
16. Tocar Na Banda - Adoniran Barbosa (1975)
17. Caramba - Ed Lincoln (1966)
18. Dia 4 Dezembro - Aquarius Y Luiz Antonio (1973)
19. Maria Portugal - Paulo Diniz (1973)
20. Miudinho - Paulinho Da Viola (1978)
21. Requenguela - Brasilian Singers (1974)
22. Vazio - Elton Medeiros (1973)
23. Pros Filhos Do Ze - Ely Arcoverde (1972)
24. Tem Mais Samba - Chico Buarque de Hollanda (1966)
25. Que Samba é Esse - Jorginho Pessanha (1971)

P.S. This very special post goes out to my friend Paul Kennedy. This one's for you Paul. Happy belated Birthday and congratulations on your new home & new family member.
Also, I could compare this series to "raiding the candystore". All 27 volumes of this series equals 651 tracks and that's a lot of gathered candy.http://www.divshare.com/download/23722309-400http://www36.zippyshare.com/v/52150263/file.html

21 comments:

  1. thank you Justin and for the special shout! will report back with new faves from this showdown - I own around 8 of these on LP so far - your showdowns are always good business for the Brazilian vinyl dealers!

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  2. soberba! obrigado x1000!

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  3. all killer no filler...me = candied out! thanks

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  4. These are so excellent! Thanks so much for sharing! Much appreciated :-)
    ~clem

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  5. Thanks Justin for this compilation, what a bunch of good songs. Take care.

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  6. Thank you Matt & thank you Carlos.

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  7. dearest justin, do you know who the woman is who sings manhã de carnaval on the orfeu negro ost? if memory serves, she was a little older, maybe her name begins with an 's'... i recall some solo lp's on loronix but my memory fails me. any help would be appreciated. thx :)

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  8. I'll take a guess since you gave me a clue of the letter "S". Sylvia Telles, since she was very active at the time of that recording of 1958/1959.
    I hope that helps. Let me know if I got it right.

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  9. close but no spliff, but muchas gracias fer the reply. turns out twas Elizete Cardoso. i love her voice on that track so i spent the last half hour tracking down a few albums from around the net, especially older ones. unfortunately none of the arrangements [or songs] i heard are nearly as good [or moving] as that one track on orfeu negro! the hunt continues :)

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  10. It's all a matter of taste with the singers. Most people claim that Elis Regina is the greatest singer ever from Brasil, but I prefer Dóris Monteiro.

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  11. hi Justin, here's my song notes/reactions:

    01. Até Parece - Dóris Monteiro (1973)
    love the way this song arrangement slowly builds, anchored by the swinging bass. Doris has such a lightness of touch and sweet tone (delicate, sparkling) - if ever a voice could caress this is it.

    02. Desfigurado - Cartola (1977)
    beautiful samba, with a lyrical trumpet (with personality). Cartola's verses are gentle and sincere/romantic. love the melodic syncopations in the chorus.

    03. O Patrão Mandou - Paulinho Soares (1978)
    funky clavinet and siren sounds. Paulinho's voice/delivery reminds me a little of Gilberto Gil (also Djavan). I like the way the english chorus contrasts within the song and the showdown as a whole. the soloing reed instrument (clarinet?) adds interest to the mix (and is also doing the siren notes?). the song improves with listens!

    04. Toda Tarde - Trio Mocotó (1975)
    this LP has a totally recognizable sound - the echo on the backing/chorus vocals, the sweet/mellow arrangements: shaker/percussion to the fore, very light pretty piano parts, wah wah guitar, etc. this band cooks! although Muita Zorra! was the album that sucked me in, I've warmed to this LP to the point where I would just listen to it for the sound, yet the songs are all so appealing too! strangely I didn't find the 1973 (middle) album interesting, perhaps need a re-listen.

    05. Menina Da Ladeira - João Só (1971)
    this is the song that's going to push the Joao So LP over into a must-have for me. it's the combination of the pretty guitar part with the soulful/saudade/melancholy vocals and the confident, almost stern horns. there's a feeling similar to "Everybody's Talkin' " here.

    06. Perspectiva - Antônio Carlos & Jocafi (1975)
    pretty ear-tickling tune with classic samba church-chords vocal chorus. traditional sounding - quite a change by now from the psych-rock of their debut album! even without understanding Portuguese, you can tell from song titles that Brasilian lyricists aim for (achieve?) poetry.

    07. Tatuagem - Nelson Cavaquinho (1972)
    it's irresistible hearing the older sambistas with their lifetime of world(weary)ly experience - tempted to call the vocal sound Marmite soul! this is a superb song with the sad/pretty young female chorus and guitar/horns interplay. courtyard melodrama.

    08. Terecô - Nonato E Seu Conjunto (1978)
    quick someone call Ultimate Breaks & Beats! (opening drums sound a bit like "Little Miss Lover") very recognizable song from this classic LP - one of those strangely pulsating Brazilian arrangements that seems almost like sonic op-art at times. loving the fact that on this run of Showdown cuts the male vocal songs include female chorus as a nice contrast!

    09. Tá Chegando Fevereiro - Os Originais Do Samba (1970)
    feeling the horn arrangements on this Showdown. always love this ensemble's spirit - they bring YOU to the party in Brazil!

    10. Pimenta No Vatapá - João Nogueira (1977)
    makes me realize I need to learn the meaning of these Portuguese lyrics - Nogueira always sounds like he's relating a humorous story/allegory. master of the laughing delivery. love the hyper acoustic guitar runs and flutes - colorful arrangement!

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  12. 11. Nao é Hora de Tristeza - Elza Soares (1974)
    what a joyful, confident singer Elza Soares is - I bet she's great live. this song features mixed gender vocal chorus (can't remember who devised the science of the optimum gender ratio).

    12. Ironia - Batatinha (1976)
    Batatinha 1976 joins Geraldo Filme 1980 and Elton Medeiros 1973 as your most featured single album. such a sweet and perfect sound on this record - has the feeling of a great work of art, fine wine. love the way this track is minor based but resolves into major sevenths: bittersweet.

    13. O Mundo Encantado de Monteiro Lobato - Jair Rodrigues & Escola De Samba Acadêmicos Do Salgueiro (1971)
    Jair Rodrigues is one of the main(few?) points of agreement between you and your friend Joe Sixpack! classic old-world samba with the strong church harmonies.

    14. Não Suje O Meu Caixão - Alcione (1979)
    sounds like a hit single, quintessential Brazilian pop samba. one of the most confident singers, exacting arrangement and there's the mixed gender chorus vocals again.


    15. Num Arredo O Pe - Djalma Dias (1974)
    I just got this album - ordered all the way from from Brazil, then discovered a copy was available locally in Academy or Big City Records anyway...
    is it mandolin that I hear in many Brazilian recordings, or another specific miniature guitar-type? so by now I'm getting my samba fix - feel like I've been to a spa - lifted spirits!

    16. Tocar Na Banda - Adoniran Barbosa (1975)
    has the use of samba in therapy been considered? love the arrangement, almost comic horns, memorable short syncopated chorus melody, feel good music.

    17. Caramba - Ed Lincoln (1966)
    icing on the cake - happy music - I defy anyone to repress a smile when they hear this.

    18. Dia 4 Dezembro - Aquarius Y Luiz Antonio (1973)
    wow - banger! a must-have for me as a (sometime, ok rarely these days) DJ. musically I'm drawn to the guitar harmonies and the bass melody towards the end - would sit down to work out what they're doing to get those sounds. is this a big Greg Caz track?

    19. Maria Portugal - Paulo Diniz (1973)
    great bass! I first became aware of Paulo Diniz via Allen Thayer's great Wax Poetics Joao Donato article - one of his LPs was pictured as a Donato production/involvement.

    20. Miudinho - Paulinho Da Viola (1978)
    never saw this LP cover before - as an acoustic guitar player I love it! a performer whose career has legs - not sure how many of his albums are essential but suspect at least 5 to 10 minimum. Bebadosamba is one of the most recent Brazilian albums I own. this song is spare, insistent, cyclical, hypnotic, distinctive! is this structured like a children's play chant?

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  13. 21. Requenguela - Brasilian Singers (1974)
    nice use of echo/space/reverb here. you completely sold me on the Brazilian/Brasilian Singers LPs. I remember listening to them over and over because as I searched for the best songs the sound as a whole became addictive. by the way I think it's cicadas not bees on the one with the roosters also - I secretly know where a copy of that record is waiting for me to buy someday!

    22. Vazio - Elton Medeiros (1973)
    possibly my all-time fave Brazilian LP. seems to contain worlds of experience - I think of the songs as a collection of short stories / vignettes. the arrangements/sounds seem to hit every spot. this is a Babette's Feast of Brazilian albums.

    23. Pros Filhos Do Ze - Ely Arcoverde (1972)
    Regresso is my current most-wanted. shhh don't tell the bidding competition! highly subtle yet expansive (Marcos Valle-esque) arrangement, though I had to smile at the straight snares on the fours at the beginning. another sonic bouquet.

    24. Tem Mais Samba - Chico Buarque de Hollanda (1966)
    is this Chico's debut album? I have a few of the later ones. this has that mysterious spare 60's sound that evokes black & white and the echo of stone/bare-walls (like the Os Afro-Sambas LP). hypnotic delivery - and the chorus vocalists only emerge at the end.

    25. Que Samba é Esse - Jorginho Pessanha (1971)
    cuica! another great samba with a 60's beat -sounding blues-riff thrown in. good choice for an end song, since that riff's cadence acts as a summation/resolution.

    thank you!
    - Paul

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  14. Hi Paul, I'm glad you did this in 3 parts. It gives me chance to respond to your insights.
    In reference to Trio Mocotó, yeah, I never clicked with that middle LP at all. My favorite part of that Menina Da Ladeira by João Só is that scat of the horn hook. Listen for that. I like your Op-Art reference to Terecô by Nonato E Seu Conjunto. It's a pulsing thing. Have you given a good listen to that Os Originais Do Samba from 1970? Boy, they really hit their stride on this disc. The João Nogueira is a sick triple-time race. Tap your toe to find the tempo and your foot will be moving quite fast, once it finds that bass tempo. Ha, ha.

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  15. The clarity on that Batatinha is outstanding. Listen to the variety of percussion on this track. Love the wood stick accents.
    The Jair Rodrigues & Escola De Samba Acadêmicos Do Salgueiro is another sick triple-time tickler, with that bass just making laugh with joy. This song just puts a smile on my face. You can feel that they really give their all.
    The Alcione is all about that "in your face" cuica and if that's not enough, just wait until the chorus gets dropped. Short & sweet!
    That Djalma Dias is a bit of a sleeper, but then I woke up to it's sweetness.
    The Adoniran Barbosa is such a circus act. An over the top triple-time march with Tuba thrown in for good effect.
    Caramba is the first song I've dropped from the Ed Lincoln (1966). It was just screaming "Pick me".
    The Dia 4 Dezembro - Aquarius Y Luiz Antonio is not from Brasil. It's from Spain, but who cares? It's super fun and lovely!
    The Paulo Diniz has just creeped up on me in a very nice way. I like the record as a whole & there are some really outstanding numbers on it. Go Odeon!!!
    There's only one word for that Paulinho Da Viola...Sublime!

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  16. I want all of those Brasilian Singers LP's. If you find another, please share it with me.
    The fidelity on the Elton Medeiros is mind-blowing. Such wonderful tape saturation & compression. Flawless. Oozing with fidelity!
    The Pros Filhos Do Ze by Ely Arcoverde is so Marcos Valled out with a yummy organ surprise.
    The Chico Buarque de Hollanda is his debut and a masterpiece, if don't know it. Only 1 minute & 46 seconds long and listen to that juicy sign off.
    The Jorginho Pessanha is so rare that I don't even have an album cover to even look at. Rare, rare, rare and hot, hot, hot.
    Thanks for your comments.

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  17. Great great post! Thank you so much!

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  18. thanks for this i lost a lot of these tunes in computer related tragedy! but this compilation has restored my faith in humanity! and i want to know how you get so motivated to post these superb insights in to this musical carnival of sounds. if i ever make a lot of money i am gonna thank you big time...

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