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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Walter Damasceno - Fum Fum & Parada Dura from Esse Norte É De Morte compacto duplo - Parlophone Portugal (1958)

This is the second Walter Damasceno EP to be featured on this blog. Damasceno released a two compacto duplos, an LP and a number of rare 78 rpm singles with exclusive material in Brazil. The first EP, Não Bula Comigo, was a Brazilian pressing on the Odeon label. The EP below, Esse Norte É De Morte, was issued on Odeon in Brazil and Parlophone in Portugal. You can compare the covers below. Although both versions are rare, the Portuguese pressing gives folks living outside of Brazil a better shot at owning this compacto duplo. The Portuguese sleeve for Esse Norte É De Morte was recycled for a few releases, including an EP by João Gilberto. The music is brilliant and fits in nicely with other well produced artists from the late 50s and early 60s, like Gordurinha, Luiz Wanderley and Tonico Do Juazeiro. 

Walter Damasceno - Fum Fum from Esse Norte É De Morte compacto duplo - Parlophone Portugal (1958)


Walter Damasceno - Parada Dura from Esse Norte É De Morte compacto duplo - Parlophone Portugal (1958)


Walter Damasceno - Esse Norte É De Morte - Parlophone Portugal (1958)
Walter Damasceno -Esse Norte É De Morte Brazilian compacto duplo sleeve - image from pedrosorongo.blogspot.com

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Coroné Narcizinho - Bamboleia Sinhá & Caboclinha from Hora Serteneja Vol. 2 - Discobrás (1967)

This week, I am pleased to present the ultra rare follow up to Coroné Narcizino's Hora Serteneja. The first LP is unusual because it remained in print for years. This is extremely uncommon for most forró artists. I have two copies of the first LP on two different labels and they are both warped, so we are starting with Vol. 2. Bamboleia Sinhá & Caboclinha, from Hora Serteneja Vol. 2, are beautifully produced. Unlike the original Hora Serteneja, the second volume came out once, and only once. in 1967.

Coroné Narcizinho - Bamboleia Sinhá from Hora Serteneja Vol. 2 - Discobrás (1967)



Coroné Narcizinho - Caboclinha from Hora Serteneja Vol. 2 - Discobrás (1967)



Coroné Narcizinho - Hora Serteneja Vol. 2 - Discobrás (1967)

Friday, July 8, 2016

Carmen Miranda - Polichinelo (Choro) from Odeon 78 rpm (1936)

As far as I am aware, Carmen Miranda never recorded any baião music . Miranda's recording career started in 1930. She was in the United States by 1939. It is possible that she was only vaguely aware of Luiz Gonzaga, who debuted on disc in 1941. Choro and Toada come from the 1800s and were recorded throughout the 20th Century. Toada songs appeared on albums recorded by baião and forró artists up until the 1960s. Choro and forró have never appeared together on an album by a single artist that I have found (Update: Austin'sVinyl noted several LPs available for download on forroemvinil contain both forró and choro tunes. Thanks for the the info!). Choro, meaning lament, is often played instrumentally. Some vocal choro tunes are stunning with vocals, like Polichinelo, by Carmen Miranda. I have never seen the original 78 rpm for sale.

Carmen Miranda - Polichinelo (Choro) from Odeon 78 rpm (1936) 

Carmen Miranda - Polichinelo (Choro) from Odeon 78 rpm (1936)

Friday, July 1, 2016

Sebastião Do Rojão - Bode De Dada & Meu Lindo Sabiá from É Sucesso compacto duplo - Cantagalo (1970 or 1971)

Bode De Dada & Meu Lindo Sabiá are choice tracks from a scarce, 4 song compacto called É Sucesso by Sebastião Do Rojão. I am unsure of the exact release date, but a post about the compacto on forroemvinil dates the compacto from 1970 or 71, based on a stamp on the cover. 

Sebastião Do Rojão - Bode De Dada from E Sucesso compacto duplo - Cantagalo (1970 or 1971)

Sebastião Do Rojão - Meu Lindo Sabiá from E Sucesso compacto duplo - Cantagalo (1970 or 1971)
Sebastião Do Rojão - E Sucesso compacto duplo - Cantagalo (1960s)

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Zito Borborema - Os Dois Agarradinhos, A Flor Do Mal & Nasci No Sertão from S/T - Tropicana Cantagalo (1973) & Portugal compacto duplo - Roda (1973)

As I have said before, there are many voices in forró, but Zito Borborema has one of the most distinctive. The recordings from below come from Os Dois Agarradinhos, an LP issued once and only once in 1973. A few of the songs were also released on a rare Portuguese 4 song EP / compacto on the Roda label. The title track is lively. Nasci Do Sertão and A Flor Do Mal have a bit of tango flavor. Although Tango reportedly originated in Argentina and Uruguay, numerous Brazilian recordings were released through the 1950s.

Zito Borborema - Os Dois Agarradinhos from Os Dois Agarradinhos - Tropicana (1973)


Zito Borborema - Nasci No Sertão from Os Dois Agarradinhos - Tropicana (1973)

Zito Borborema - A Flor Do Mal from Os Dois Agarradinhos - Tropicana (1973)


Zito Borborema - Os Dois Agarradinhos - Portugal / Portuguese  compacto duplo - Roda (1973)
Zito Borborema - Os Dois Agarradinhos - Tropicana (1973)

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Marinês E Sua Gente - Quatro Fia Fême (baião) & Sanharô (tambô) from compacto duplo & Coisas Do Norte - RCA (1963)

Thanks to the endorsement and support of Luiz Gonzaga, Marinês had a long and fruitful career. Her records are still very collectible today. Although she wasn't the first woman to step into the baião / forró genre, she may be the best known and loved. These tracks are from a compacto on RCA from 1963. Both of these tracks appeared on her LP Coisas Do Norte, but the artwork on the LP and single are completely different. 

Marinês E Sua Gente - Quatro Fia Fême (baião) from compacto duplo - RCA (1963)



Marinês E Sua Gente - Sanharô (tambô) from compacto duplo - RCA (1963)





This particular compacto duplo (meaning double compact or EP) was released in 1963. Marinês, looking as striking as ever, is in the center. The fellow playing accordion is Abdias, who later when on to head up CBS A&R for forró and took Marinês with him. The 4 songs originated on the Marinês E Sua Gente LP, Coisas Do NorteThis particular RCA Victor compacto duplo (a double compact single commonly called an EP in the US and UK) contained no exclusive material, but the sported a nifty, unique picture sleeve.

Marinês E Sua Gente - compacto duplo - RCA (1960s)

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Moura Junior / Jr. - Pau De Arara & Oricuri (Segrêdo Do Sertanejo) - Copacabana compacto (1963 or 1964)

This was a nice surprise. I did not realize that Moura Junior recorded for labels other than Philips. This compacto is intriguing. Oricuri (Segrêdo do Sertanejo) was co-written by João do Vale. Pau De Arara was written by Vinicius De Morais and Carlos Lyra. People familiar with Bossa Nova will know the names well. Although forró artists recorded João do Vale songs (Marinês particularly), I have never heard De Morais and Lyra songs recorded by anyone in the forró scene before.  

The songs on this release may be described as nightclub samba with a bit of Bossa Nova. The sound of Oricuri (Segrêdo do Sertanejo) also harkens back to late 50s albums by Gilvan Chaves and Volta Seca, who mixed storytelling with music. Like Moura Jr., Jackson Do Pandeiro (E Vamos Nós -1964 & Coisas Nossas - 1965) and Ary Lobo (Quem é o Campeão - 1966) also flirted with supper club poshness during this period. This coincided with the time of the military coup from March of 1964. I am uncertain if the musical choices made by these artists was directly influenced by the political problems in Brazil or if Lobo, Jackson and Moura Jr. were trying to diversify their repertoire to appeal to a wider audience. 

My record is a little crispier than usual, but like all compactos, this one only turns up once in a blue moon and is worth the extra effort for preservation and sharing. Thank you Samuel for the image of the rare picture sleeve.

Moura Junior / Jr. - Oricuri (Segrêdo Do Sertanejo) - Copacabana compacto (1963 or 1964)

Moura Junior / Jr. - Pau De Arara - Copacabana compacto (1963 or 1964)

Moura Junior - Oricuri (Segrêdo Do Sertanejo) rare Copacabana picture sleeve - image by Samuel Rodrigues Nascimento
Moura Junior (Jr.) - Oricuri (Segrêdo Do Sertanejo) - Copacabana Compacto 
Moura Junior (Jr.) - Pau De Arara - Copacabana Compacto