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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Carlos Diniz - Novinho Em Fôlha (Xaxado) from compacto - Mocambo (1968)

Novinho Em Fôlha had been sitting on my want list for a while. It is fantastic and compacto only, making it very difficult to find and valuable. According to the Dicionário MPB, Diniz's first of 6 known 78 rpm singles was released in 1960. Many of these singles were reissued across volumes of the late 60s Viva São João LP series, preserving early Mocambo 78s from a variety of artists, including Genival Lacerda. Diniz also had a full length LP released on Rozenblit Passarela in 1968. He also appeared on numerous LP compilations. Although it is possible that his career continued into the 1970s, I have not been able to find evidence of this. He passed away in 1982.

Carlos Diniz - Novinho Em Fôlha (Xaxado) from compacto - Mocambo (1968)







Friday, December 2, 2016

Mané Baião - Vêia Doida from 78rpm - Orion (1963)

Collecting forró is generally the purview of DJs. For those folks, the higher fidelity vinyl published in the 1960s and beyond may be better suited for modern sound systems. However, Brazil phased out 78rpm records slightly later than the United States and Europe. Some of the 78s released in the late 1950s and early 1960s sound excellent. These records are ridiculously rare. They are extremely fragile, which don't make them ideal for DJ'ing. As a result, some great 78s from the late 1950s and early 1960s may be less known and less vociferously collected than vinyl. Still, there is an audience for shellac. Because of the fragility of 78s and because most were disposed of when vinyl became the ideal format, 78rpm records in this genre are exceedingly rare. Many, including those released by Borrachinha and Jota Fonseca, are some of the best forró songs ever released.

Vêia Doida is my first post from Mané Baião. Mané had a good run of LPs in the 60s and 70s. I am uncertain where this release falls in his discografia, because I have been unable to find one for Mané Baião.

Mané Baião - Vêia Doida from 78rpm - Orion (1963)




Mané Baião

Monday, November 21, 2016

Guerra Peixe E Orquestra RGE - Nação Nagô from Sedução Do Norte - Premier (1978) original release (1955)

Guerra Peixe (1914 - 1993) was a classically trained expert on Brazilian rhythms and even wrote a book on Maracatu. He was not a forró artist, but certainly embraced and respected the northeast. He was responsible for the arrangements on one of my favorite Brazilian albums, Os Afro Sambas by Vinicius de Moraes and Baden Powell. 

The arrangement of Nação Nagô, featured this week on Forró LP Gringo, would not sound out of place on the Tropicalia LP. The arrangement has some of the feel of Rogério Duprat's production. I was uncertain if this was a newer album recorded in the 1970s or a reissue. The catalog numbers next to the songs seem to indicate the latter.

Guerra Peixe E Orquestra RGE - Nação Nagô from Sedução Do Norte - Premier (1978) original release (1955)




Guerra Peixe E Orquestra RGE - Sedução Do Norte - Premier (1978)

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Genival Lacerda - Cajueiro Abalou from Viva São João No. 5 - Mocambo LP (late 1960s) and 78rpm (1963)

It's been a while since I have posted a track from the reigning king of forró, Genival Lacerda. Cajueiro Abalou was originally released on a now extremely rare 78 rpm single in 1963. Luckily, Mocambo released a series of LPs in the late 1960s called Viva São João drawing heavily from their back catalog. Without these compilations and a rare Genival Lacerda LP on Rozenblit Passarela collecting most of his early work called Tomaram Meu Amor, which is almost as rare as his 78s, most of Genival's earliest work would be lost to the world. There are still a few songs on odd 78 rpms that have not surfaced or been reissued in any form.

Genival Lacerda - Cajueiro Abalou from Viva São João No. 5 - Mocambo LP (late 1960s) and 78rpm (1963)



Viva São João No. 5 - Mocambo (1960s)

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Ary Soares - Gemedeira from compacto - RCA Victor (1967)

Gemedeira is a classic rare forró single from Ary Soares on RCA Victor from 1967. The label must have thought highly of Soares, because there are still a number of these out there, indicating a somewhat generous pressing. Of course, these were only pressed in Brazil, so a common compacto is almost a total contradiction. Compactos are typically the rarest forró records next to 78s. The picture sleeve is much scarcer than the vinyl. 

Ary Soares - Gemedeira from compacto - RCA Victor (1967)
Ary Soares - Gemedeira from compacto - RCA Victor (1967)

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Pinduca - Mato Cheiroso from Carimbó e Sirimbó Embalo do Pinduca Volume 2 - AMC Beverly (1974)

Carimbó is a dance and also a musical genre with a unique, and often horn-driven, sound. Like forró, carimbó was also born in northeastern Brazil. The sounds of forró and carimbó mixed on record quite a bit in the early to mid-1970s, especially on albums by CBS stars. This may have been the last melding of northeastern Brazilian genres before North American funk and disco started to creep into the forró mix. Pinduca has multiple albums in the carimbó style. Some regard Volume 2 as his best.

Pinduca - Mato Cheiroso from Carimbó e Sirimbó Embalo do Pinduca Volume 2 - AMC Beverly (1974)



Pinduca - Carimbó e Sirimbó Embalo do Pinduca Volume 2 - AMC Beverly (1974)

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Paulo Tito - Pedida Legal (Rojão) - Continental 78rpm (1961) & O vendedor De Biscoito - MusiColor (1960)

Pedido Legal, presented here from an extremely rare 78rpm, also comes from the LP: O Vendedor De Biscoito. This LP has posthumously made Paulo Tito a legend, thanks to the scarcity of available copies and the high quality of the music.

Interestingly, according to notes made on Tito's Baiano De Guanabara page on forroemvinil, Tito claims that he fell into the genre by accident. The singer was asked to collaborate on an LP with Gordurinha in the style of baião and forró. Gordurinha had to back out and the project continued without him. Quite accidentally, Paulo Tito became a forró recording star. Although he was assisted by Luiz Gonzaga in his early career, Tito thought of himself primarily as a romantic singer. 

Paulo Tito carries the distinction of having some of the rarest forró LPs, thanks to the high quality of the material and the limited availability of vintage vinyl. It is not entirely clear why this is. It is likely that the negligible number of LPs were pressed of the 3 solo records that Tito recorded in the 60s.* A bit of speculation... Perhaps, because Tito considered himself an outsider to the genre or because his record companies considered him an outsider, he/they did not promote his work as heavily as acts that were trying to make a career out of forró. It is possible that the military coup in 1964 also slowed his career. Although he continued recording, the elusive early 60s material is what gave Tito his legendary status in forró.

*Poeira De Morte may be early 70s. The jacket and LP are not dated.

Paulo Tito - Pedida Legal (Rojão) - Continental 78rpm (1961) & O vendedor De Biscoito - MusiColor (1960)



Paulo Tito - Pedida Legal (Rojão) - Continental 78rpm (1961) & O vendedor De Biscoito - MusiColor (1960)