St. Julian Samba Showdown 29 by J Thyme (2011) 320 kbps - 179 mb

This one was for June 21st, but was busy with travels, so I put a little extra love into this volume since I was slightly delayed. For my friends of this page. You know who you are!
Quick question? Does anyone find studying this form of musics from South America slightly mythic? I sometimes feel as I study this music much the same way as if were studying Greek or Roman mythology. Anyone have similar findings?

St. Julian Samba Showdown 29 by J Thyme (2011

01. Caminho Livre - Ana Maria E Mauricio (1972)
02. Tristeza De Uma Embolada - João Bosco (1973)
03. Rosa Da Gente - Claudette Soares (1969)
04. Beco Sem Saída - Silvio Cesar (1971)
05. O Meu Amor Tem Preço - Dona Ivone Lara (1979)
06. Coração Leviano - Paulinho da Viola (1978)
07. Você Não Tá Com Nada - Marlene (1972)
08. Partido Do Lê Lê Lê - Elza Soares (1974)
09. Ave Maria Do Salgueiro - Os Originais Do Samba (1977)
10. Bandeira 2 - Marilia Pera (1972)
11. O Que E Que Houve - O Som Livre (1971)
12. Bahia Comigo - Paulo Diniz (1973)
13. Eu Sou Mais Eu - Ana Mazzotti (1974)
14. Roça Errada - Antonio Carlos e Jocafi (1980)
15. Um Tem P'ro Simon - Johnny Alf (1974)
16. Doce Veneno - Os Magnatas Do Samba (1971)
17. A Noite É Uma Criança - Os 3 Morais (1975)
18. Palavras Perdidas - Maysa (1972)
19. Se é questão de adeus, até logo - Dóris Monteiro (1973)
20. Tudo Está No Seu Lugar - Benito Di Paula (1976)
21. Maria da Pá-Virada - Jackson do Pandeiro (1970)
22. Na Baixa Do Sapateiro - Wando (1975)
23. Pisa No Tabuado - Abaetê (1977)
24. Ta Hi Alo Alo - Brasilian Singers (1974)
25. Hoje Não - Jorginho Pessanha (1971)

A few words about this volume. Caminho Livre by Ana Maria E Mauricio is noteworthy for the super-lovely flute work. Listen to the clarity of recording on the flute. Nice trilling at the end of the song with some additional scatting by the flute player. Sweet!
Track two by João Bosco is amazingly handled by arranger Rogério Duprat. This track is so major. A moment when classical ideas are merging with popular modern folk forms creating a new type of "Modernist Pop". The combination of RCA Victor on the science end of things & Rogério Duprat's trippy classical framing bring a whole new mythic quality to the language that would become MPB. Listen to the special care given to the Surdo. RCA Victor deserves gold stars for their ideas on FIDELITY. The bass register is so masterful. Grounded, full & expertly played & recorded. Fidelity is depth, width & breadth of a sound. The handling of the Surdo here is faithful to the concept of fidelity!!! The song starts like a cloudy day with promises of storm & when the choral singers emerge it is as if the sun shines again. "Baroque Samba" is what I'm left with after studying this song.
Track 3 Rosa Da Gente by Claudette Soares from 1969 is another example of perfectly selling a song. There's another version of this song on the "Coisas Do Mundo" LP by Nara Leão, also from 1969. Of the two, Claudette's version wins me over by the crispness of the arrangement. This is a lovely Marching song. When I think of the "Marches" transformed from their humble roots as military music & morphing into something as light hearted as this type of "March" I just marvel at the genius of it. I adore her voice & Claudette's reading is simply perfect & inspired. Love the counter-point flutes here as well.
Short break...be back with more insights shortly.


  1. For the last 2 weeks I enjoyed all your compilations. What a great way to get to know a lot of awesome Brazilian tunes and artists! Unfortunately, the links for vol. 15-17 are down. Are you by any chance able to re-up those? Keep up the great tunes!

  2. Srananbloke, 15, 16 & 17? Yes? Reupping now. Enjoy volume 29 for now. It's a nice now.

  3. Wow another fantastic journey to Brazil and this set really takes you there! Thanks so much for sharing your vast knowledge of Brazilian music with the world.I learn something new from every showdown you post.

  4. Many thanks øשlqæda. Very kind of you.

  5. many thanks! fantastic compilation as always!
    Eduardo (from Brazil).

  6. With summer slowly fading, at least there are summer sounds to get back to for the upcoming "dark" days. Thank you !

  7. dope dope dope thanks very much for all your effort

  8. Mouth- (should it be ear-) watering description of the first 3 tunes as well as all the love you put in this project makes this a must-listen ear-treat. Again! Muito obrigado camarà.

  9. Dear J Thyme...kind:

    Many many thanks for your beautiful compilations. It's clear that you love brazilian music and I that was born in Brasil may did say your taste is very good. Your effort is amazing!

    Pardon by my bad english, but my native language is portuguese, you know.

    Muito Obrigado

    Roberto - Campo Grande - Mato Grosso do Sul

  10. Roberto, thank you! I love MPB. One heart.

  11. obrigado amigo, sigo seu blog a varios anos. abracos daqui de sao paulo, DonFabs
    Ps: check my Casa Forte Mixtape "Groovy Soul from Brazil with Love" http://snd.sc/tcKB1R

  12. Man, this Claudette Soares tune is my favourite on this selection, the Paulinho da Viola is a classic... An excellent millésime I'd be tempted to say.

  13. Hi Noel, I have to agree, that is a pretty nice track. Don't sleep on those Os 3 Morais or Maysa numbers. OK?

  14. The flute player on "Caminho Livre" is Hermeto Pascoal, who arranged and wrote a chunk of that fantastic Anamaria & Mauricio album. Arthur Verocai did some of that album as well...

    Greg Caz

  15. Sorry to ask, but do you have the full Anamaria & Mauricio second album (the one with "Caminho Livre") to post here?


  16. Hey John, welcome to this page. I've never seen any of your comments on any of the posts of this blog. Start by giving something in the way of feedback for some of goodies on this page instead of asking for something additional. Do you see my point?

  17. John, try saying "Thank you" for the work that I've done already to maintain this page. OK?

  18. Sorry, I'm new here, I didn't browsed the whole content of the blog yet, so I still owe the blog comments and some file sharing.
    I totally understand your point, you're right, thanks anyway.

  19. What more can be said except; "J Thyme, you've just taken me back more than ten years in a second." Came here looking for Doris Moreira and found so much more. Massive respect for your dedication, taste and sharing. The best corner of the internet i've found for a while. Peace

  20. Hey J fyi, this comp's link is still down..