-->

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Benedito Nunes - Trabalha Paulista from compacto duplo - Continental (1972)

Benedito Nunes - Trabalha Paulista from compacto duplo - Continental (1972)

It's probably fair to call Trabalha Paulista an early 1970s forró / baião classic. It was released as a compacto simples and duplo. 


Benedito Nunes - Trabalha Paulista from compacto duplo - Continental (1972)

Friday, June 19, 2015

Luiz Gonzaga - O Xote Das Meninas from A História Do Nordeste - RCA (1953)

Luiz Gonzaga - O Xote Das Meninas from A História Do Nordeste - RCA (1953)

I'm long overdue for a Luiz Gonzaga post. Gonzaga is credited for launching the genre that this blog is dedicated to. His rich catalog, which I have barely featured, is full of classics. 

This early 10" compilation contains some of his greatest 78 rpm records. The selection is tasteful and smart. Four songs are from 1953: Saudade de Pernambuco, O Xote das Meninas, O ABC do Sertão and Algodão & four tunes that pre-date the release of this 10", including: Asa Branca from 1947, Paraîba & Respeita Januário from 1950 and Acauã from 1952. A História Do Nordeste is a great example of Gonzaga's best early work. 

10" records, like this one, are typically easier to find outside of Brazil than 12" forró LPs from the 1960s and 70s. Although it seems like these records may have been exported more widely before 1959, forró did not have an international glory period like Bossa Nova. It's possible that the Golpe de 64, or military coup of 1964, may have shut the door on the possibility, but it's more likely that the lack of affluent promotion of forró, aside from the Tropicalia participants, meant that the music was to remain trapped in Brazil. One might argue that even Tropicalia wasn't well-known internationally until recently, when it was popularized in the late 1980s by David Byrne's Luaka Bop label and imported by stores like Other Music in New York City in the 1990s and later by Dusty Groove in Chicago.

Xote is a rhythmic style in forró. Most later xotes were slow, with an oompa-oompa polka-like backing beat. Gonzaga's O Xote Das Meninas (The Xote Girls) is lively and upbeat. 


Luiz Gonzaga - O Xote Das Meninas from A História Do Nordeste - RCA (1953)

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Aloisio Gomes E Seu Conjunto - Forró do Zé Preá from Miabufelei - AMC Beverley (1972)

Aloisio Gomes E Seu Conjunto - Forró do Zé Preá from Miabufelei - AMC Beverley (1972)

Forró do Zé Preá is a freight train-of-a-song from Aloisio Gomes, sometimes spelled Aluizio. There is no date firm date on the LP, but several sources have claimed this came out in 1972, which makes sense based on the weight of the cover, label logos and weight of the vinyl. Forró do Zé Preá seemed like a good follow up to my former post by Walmir Silva. Some forró artists, like Silva and Genival Lacerda, have recorded songs at breakneck speed. Few have matched the thunderous energy of Forró do Zé Preá, which must get the ground cracking with heat on the dancefloor.



Aloisio Gomes E Seu Conjunto - Forró do Zé Preá from Miabufelei - AMC/Beverly (1972) 
Aloisio Gomes - retrieved from http://www.forroemvinil.com/desafio-quem-e-6/

Monday, June 1, 2015

Walmir Silva - Chorei, Não Choro Mais from Vida de Circo - Cactus (1981)

Walmir Silva - Chorei, Não Choro Mais from Vida de Circo - Cactus (1981)


I can't decide if I think that this is one of the best or worst forró LP covers of all time, but I am leaning towards best. Chorei, Não Choro Mais is an excellent, cooking track reminiscent of the best work of Aloisio Gomes. Silva released quite a few LPs which are still fairly easy to track down in Brazil. 


Walmir Silva - Chorei, Não Choro Mais from Vida de Circo - Cactus (1981)

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)