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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Jacinto Silva - Chega Prá Lá Mané from Quero Ver Rodar - CBS (1968)

Jacinto Silva - Chega Prá Lá Mané from Quero Ver Rodar - CBS (1968)

Jacinto Silva, with his breathless, brilliant phrasing, is one of the all-time greats. "Chega Prá Lá Mané has all of his signature greatness and a great back beat, but is more relaxed than some of the most blistering côco songs from Silva's CBS LPs. This EP / compacto contained 4 songs unavailable in any other format.



Jacinto Silva - Chega Prá Lá Mané from Quero Ver Rodar - CBS (1968)

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Jackson do Pandeiro - O Povo Falou from O Sucesso Do Momento - Philips (1960)

Jackson do Pandeiro - O Povo Falou from O Sucesso Do Momento - Philips (1960)

After about 6 years on Columbia and multiple classic records, Jackson do Pandeiro and his wife, Almira Castilho moved to Philips and were poised to take over the world... or at least Brazil. Almira appeared in at least 8 films in the 1950s and 1960s. She was also credited with writing many of Jackson's classic songs, but it was actually Jackson using her as a pseudonym. O Sucesso Do Momento was a promotional only compacto. Why it wasn't available officially, like many compactos from Brazil full of excellent exclusive material, is a mystery unique to the music business of Brazil. Additionally, it's a mystery that Jackson's Philips catalog has never been reissued. Perhaps the resurgence of interest in forró happened well after an exhaustive CD reissue program would have been profitable. 


Jackson do Pandeiro - O Povo Falou from O Sucesso Do Momento - Philips (1960)

Jackson do Pandeiro - O Sucesso Do Momento - Philips (1960)

Friday, May 1, 2015

Isaura Garcia - Zé Do Contra from self titled - RCA (1952)

Isaura Garcia - Zé Do Contra from self titled - RCA (1952)

This is a nice rarity from Isaura Garcia and it's also one of the earliest tunes that I have published on this blog. This song feels like a bridge between the brilliant Carmen Miranda and Marinés, who did not enter the scene until a few years later. The cover of Zé Do Contra is quite funny, with Isaura looking ultra-conservative, because it doesn't seem like a lady this tame looking should be able to cook so much on record... but she does.


Isaura Garcia - Zé Do Contra from self titled - RCA (1952)


Monday, April 20, 2015

Zito Borborema - O Bom Vaqueiro & Baião da Corda from Forrozão - Tropicana (1973)

Zito Borborema - O Bom Vaqueiro & Baião da Corda from Forrozão - Tropicana (1973)

This week gives you 2 classic tracks from Zito Borborema who makes his first appearance on Forró LP Gringo, from a scarce 1973 vinyl album on the Tropicana label. If I had to pick my favorite era of forró, it would definitely be the early 1970s. There was an explosion of great records from this time. I was barely aware of Zito Borborema until being taken to forró school by my friend Samuel. Borborema began recording in the mid-1950s. Like Zé Gonzaga, many of his records are similar in style to Luiz Gonzaga, but he also recorded a fair amount of côcos. Zito Borborema's catalog is full of treasures worth exploring.

Zito Borborema - O Bom Vaqueiro from Forrozão - Tropicana (1973)



Zito Borborema - Baião da Corda from Forrozão - Tropicana (1973)


Zito Borborema - Forrozão - Tropicana (1973)

Friday, April 10, 2015

Cicero Freire - Chamego No Salão from Pastel da Japonesa - Beverly 1987

Cicero Freire - Chamego No Salão from Pastel da Japonesa - Beverly (1987)

It's the 1980s... an era with production techniques unkind to many genres, including forró. The word "slick" is often applied when describing the production of 80s albums, but what actually makes a record slick is difficult to define. Many recordings from the 1970s are arguably as slick and equally professional to those created in the 1980s. Perhaps the rise of digital in the 1980s coupled with cheesy drum sounds, either from kits or pads, made the era particularly contemptible. Perhaps the massive snare drums that littered 80s productions contributed to this perception. However, don't assume that the entire decade is a write-off. Cicero Freire's LP is full of great songs. Although the production is suspect at points, songs like Chamego No Salão hold their own.

Cicero Freire - Chamego No Salão from Pastel da Japonesa - Beverly (1987)




Cicero Freire - Chamego No Salão from Pastel da Japonesa - Beverly 1987

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Messias Holanda - Dá... Doi from Fogo Na Geringonça & Hoje Tem Forró + Estou Gamado - Fontana (1970 + 1971)

Messias Holanda - Dá... Doi from Fogo Na Geringonça - Fontana (1970) & Hoje Tem Forró - Fontana (1971) + Estou Gamado from Hoje Tem Forró - Fontana (1971)

This week, I am proud to present 2 great tracks from Messias Holanda. The first track, Dá... Doi, appears in two forms. The studio version is from a Fontana LP called Fogo Na Geringonça. Messias shared the album with Elino Julião and Zé Catraca. This is one of the first superstar forró collaboration LPs. Although compilations and collections featuring exclusive tracks from forró, and previously baião, artists had been released since the 1950s, releasing a full LP by 2 or 3 stars was new in 1970 and remained popular during the decade. The second version of Dá... Doi is from Hoje Tem Forró, a rare live album making its second appearance on forróLPgringo. The first featured Borrachinha. The versions of Dá... Doi are similar... in fact, they are so similar I am not sure that they aren't the same exact version, actually...

Messias Holanda - Estou Gamado from Hoje Tem Forró - Fontana (1970) 


Messias Holanda - Dá... Doi from Fogo Na Geringonça - Fontana (1970)


Messias Holanda - Dá... Doi from Hoje Tem Forró - Fontana (1971)

Messias Holanda, Elino Julião & Zé Catraca - Fogo Na Geringonça - Fontana (1970)

Hoje Tem Forró - Fontana (1971)

Friday, March 20, 2015

Marinês – Amor é Mais Amor from Mandacarú - CBS 1968

Marinés – Amor é Mais Amor from Mandacarú - CBS 1968

Like Luiz Gonzaga, Marinês always has at least a few excellent tracks on every LP. She also had the best band in the business, along with Jackson do Pandeiro's Borborema. Marinês was married to Abdias, who, outside of Jackson and Gonzaga, may be the single most important musician in all of forró, thanks to his A&R work at CBS in the late 1960s and 1970s. Marinês and Abdias were a killer team and a force of nature.   



Marinês e sua gente - Mandacarú - CBS 1968

Marinês in bandit gear