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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Walter Franco - Tema Do Hospital from compacto simples - Philips (1971)

Walter Franco - Tema Do Hospital from compacto simples - Philips (1971)

I am taking a break from forró in this post to share a great post-Tropicalia 1971 single from experimental MPB artist Walter Franco, who I first heard at the now sadly defunct Tropicalia In Furs record store in the East Village. Joel, the owner, was playing Ou Não, a relentlessly weird LP, which is destined to be discovered by the Euro-intelligensia and heralded as one of the great unheralded strange classics of the 20th Century. Tema Do Hospital, Franco's first single, touches on that LP, but leans much more towards Gilberto Gil's 1968 LP, Gal Costa, Sgt. Pepper and the classic Tropicalia LP featuring the production of Rogerio Duprat. 


Walter Franco - Tema Do Hospital from compacto simples - Philips (1971)





























Sunday, August 10, 2014

David Cruz - Batendo Poeira from Rádio Quente - Laço (1982)

David Cruz - Batendo Poeira from Rádio Quente - Laço (1982)

This is great sounding forró that crosses the great sound barrier: 1980. Like most music, forró went through a serious identity crisis in the 1980s with the onslaught of drum machines, synthesizers and click tracks. A few artists managed to record great sounding records, including Zenilton, Messias Holanda and David Cruz. It's much harder to find great forró after 1976. Even the greats, like Genival Lacerda, Jackson do Pandeiro and Luiz Gonzaga had trouble finding material that matched what they recorded in the early 70s and before.

David Cruz - Batendo Poeira from Rádio Quente - Laço (1982)

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David Cruz

Friday, August 1, 2014

Elino Julião & Jacinto Silva - Coração Descontrolado from Desafio - CBS (1972)

Elino Julião & Jacinto Silva - Coração Descontrolado from Desafio - CBS (1972)

When I first discovered forró, I mined the catalog of Luiz Gonzaga looking for gems, which were numerous. After Gonzaga, I wasn't sure who the major players were. Fortunately, a vast number of LPs were available on forroemvinil to preview. I particularly enjoyed Jackson do Pandeiro's early 70s work on CBS, so I sought other artists that recorded for the label. I came to learn that Abdias, head of A&R at CBS, had poached the lions-share of forró royalty from labels like Fontana, Cantagalo, Philips, Maraca, Sertanejo and Mocambo. The mid 1960s through mid 1970s were a wonderful time at CBS. Every record usually had at least one great track. The songs were beautifully recorded and mixed in stereo. Desafio, meaning challenge, was a dual album. Full LPs featuring two or three artists seemed to be in vogue in the late 60s and early 70s, particularly on Fontana and CBS. Half of the songs on Desafio featured vocals by Silva and the other half were by Julião. Coração Descontrolado is an Elino Julião vocal number. When they shared an LP cover, these characters often seemed to be playing pool, cards, chatting up the lassies or getting into brawls. Manly stuff.

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Elino Julião & Jacinto Silva - Desafio - polyester & pool




Sunday, July 20, 2014

Nardeli E Sua Sanfona - Caminha Brasil from Dance Esta - Tropicana (1975)

Nardeli E Sua Sanfona - Caminha Brasil from Dance Esta - Tropicana (1975)

I picked this LP up in Salvador last year at Bazar Som Tres, thanks to a tip from the owner. Although the LP contains mostly instrumental accordion music, Caminha Brasil is a nice surprise vocal samba tune at the end of side 2. Nardeli was prolific and recorded for a variety of major labels and subsidiaries, including RCA, Rosicler and Chantecler. 

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Crate Digging at Bazar Som Tres, Salvador
Crate Digging at Bazar Som Tres, Salvador
Nardeli E Sua Sanfona - Caminha Brasil from Dance Esta - Tropicana (1975)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Jackson do Pandeiro - Ginga da Mulata & Madelena from Forro de Zé Lagoa - Philips (1963)

Jackson do Pandeiro - Ginga da Mulata & Madelena from Forro de Zé Lagoa - Philips (1963)

My previous post featured the title track from Forró de Zé Lagoa. Many consider Jackson do Pandeiro's Philips era, which spanned from the early to mid 1960s, to be his greatest. This may be an overstatement, because virtually everything that he recorded for the first 20 years of his career was brilliant. Original copies of the LPs and compactos on Philips range from scarce, like É Batucada, to so ridiculously rare that if images weren't on the web, collectors would assert that they didn't exist. Forró de Zé Lagoa is somewhere in between. Though difficult to find, a few nice copies are in circulation. Like other Philips recordings, this LP is richly and beautifully produced. 

Note: There are 2 different songs called Madelena recorded by Jackson. This is the first of 2. The second appeared nearly 10 years later on O Dono Do Forró.

Jackson do Pandeiro - Ginga da Mulata from Forro de Zé Lagoa - Philips (1963)

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Jackson do Pandeiro - Madelena from Forro de Zé Lagoa - Philips 1963


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Jackson do Pandeiro - Forro de Zé Lagoa - Philips 1963
Jackson do Pandeiro


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Part Two: Genival Lacerda - Forró Do Zé Lagoa - Mocambo 78rpm (1962) Rozenblit Passarela (1973) vs Jackson do Pandeiro - Forró Do Zé Lagoa - Philips LP (1963)

Part Two: Genival Lacerda - Forró Do Zé Lagoa - Mocambo 78rpm (1962) Rozenblit Passarela (1973) vs Jackson do Pandeiro - Forró Do Zé Lagoa - Philips LP (1963) 

This is a rare example of two forró giants, Genival Lacerda and Jackson do Pandeiro, at the height of power recording the same song: Forró Do Zé Lagoa. Both versions are fantastic and showcase the strengths of each. Genival's version is heavy, ballsy and ferocious, featuring his embolada-flavored phrasing powers. Jackson's version is cooler and elegant. Jackson probably had access to fancier recording studios, thanks to Philips.

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Genival Lacerda - Forró Do Zé Lagoa - Mocambo 78rpm (1962) Rozenblit Passarela (1973)
Jackson do Pandeiro - Forró Do Zé Lagoa - Philips LP (1963)

Genival Lacerda, Jackson do Pandeiro & Ivan Farias. Image retrieved from musicapopular.org


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Part One: Genival Lacerda - Côco da Cajarana from Tomaram Meu Amor - Mocambo 78rpm (1962) Rozenblit Passarela (1973)

Part One: Genival Lacerda - Côco da Cajarana from Tomaram Meu Amor - Mocambo 78rpm (1962) Rozenblit Passarela (1973) 

My introduction to forró was David Byrne's Luaka Bop CD. Because I loved O Fole Roncou, I tried to absorb everything that I could by Luiz Gonzaga. Since Jackson do Pandeiro was given near equal reverence (their statues share a square in Campina Grande), in the way that Chuck Berry is given a status that is close to Elvis's, it was clear that Jackson's work was the next stop on my journey into forró. After Jackson, there were hundreds of paths that lead to other great forró artists: Ary Lobo, Marinês, Gordurinha... many of the people who appear in this blog, One of my favorites is Genival Lacerda.

Using my early rock n' roll analogy, I would compare Genival Lacerda to Little Richard. This is incredibly imprecise, but there are some parallels. While Gonzaga is stately & somewhat reserved and Jackson's music is delivered with mesmerizing rhythm & sophisticated cool, Genival Lacerda's records are wild, enthusiastic, funny, fast and frantic, like a forró freight train.

Tomaram Meu Amor is an incredibly rare, but very important, compilation of Lacerda's pre-1963 work, when his releases were 78rpm only. The quality of the recordings vary greatly. It seems likely that transfers came directly from the 78's and not the masters. Recordings from the later years generally sound great. Considering how rare his 78's are now, nearly 50 years after they came out and 40 years after this LP was released, we are lucky that this LP exists. Côco da Cajarana is an awesome song. It was originally released in 1962 on the Mocambo label.


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Genival Lacerda - Tomaram Meu Amor - Rozenblit Passarela (1973) 


Mocambo - Brazilian indie label - An early home to forró artists like Genival Lacerda, Jacinto Silva & Camarão,