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Friday, November 21, 2014

Trio Pajeú - Meu Pequeno Pajeú from Pegue A Troxa - Japoti (mid-1970s)

Trio Pajeú - Meu Pequeno Pajeú from Pegue A Troxa - Japoti (mid-1970s)

According to Musica Popular Brasileira, Trio Pajeú met at a dance in United Steel workers of Santo André in 1973. An appearance on Radio Globo led to a recording contract on Japoti, a tiny, short-lived Brazilian label. Trio Pajeú recorded 3 LPs for Japoti in the 1970s and one LP for Universal in 1985. As with most forró artists, this discography is probably incomplete and more recordings will likely surface in the coming years.

Trio Pajeú - Pegue A Troxa - Japoti (1970s)

Monday, November 10, 2014

Camarão E Seu Acordeon - Canto Da Siriema & Não Atrapalha from Forró No Palhoção - Tropicana (1976)

Camarão E Seu Acordeon - Canto Da Siriema & Não Atrapalha from Forró No Palhoção - Tropicana (1976) & Jackson do Pandeiro - Madelena from O Dono Do Forró - CBS (1971)

There are a myriad of brilliant forró artists. Some, like Camarão had a fruitful career and the recorded output of others, like José Bezerra, had an output limited to one great LP. Hidden in the credits are brilliant songwriters who never recorded, but contributed to great forró records. Madelena, from Jackson do Pandeiro's O Dono Do Forró is one of my favorite tracks. It was written by Juarez Santiago and José Sales, who also contributed to Camarão's Forró No Palhoção LP. While Canto Da Siriema is gutsy and clearly reminiscent of Madelena, the interpretation of the 2 songs is starkly different. Jackson's instrumentation and melodic excellence is an interesting contrast to Camarão's style, who favored ferocity to get the party started. The stylistic writing is apparent in both. Não Atrapalha, written by Camarão and Juarez Santiago, is an instrumental at breakneck speed.

Camarão E Seu Acordeon - Canto Da Siriema (Juarez Santiago and José Sales) - Tropicana (1976)

 

Jackson do Pandeiro - Madelena (Juarez Santiago and José Sales) from O Dono Do Forró - CBS (1971)



Camarão E Seu Acordeon - Não Atrapalha from Forró No Palhoção - Tropicana (1976)


Camarão E Seu Acordeon - Forró No Palhoção - Tropicana (1976)

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Walter Damasceno - Cabra Medroso & Matei Sete Gatos from Não Bula Comigo - Odeon (1958 - 1960)

Walter Damasceno - Cabra Medroso & Matei Sete Gatos from Não Bula Comigo - Odeon (1958 - 1960)

Walter Damasceno was part of the 2nd wave of forró stars that cropped in the 1950s, which included Jackson do Pandeiro, Ary Lobo, Jair Alves, Marinés and Luiz Wanderley. Although they weren't the first stars to rise in Luiz Gonzaga's wake, artists from this new wave took the genre into uncharted territory and ultimately established the sound of 70s forró. Damasceno's career seems to have been brief and limited to one LP and two compactos (EPs). Considering how strong these releases were, it's a shame that his career was so short.

Walter Damasceno - Cabra Medroso from Não Bula Comigo - Odeon (1958 - 1960)


Walter Damasceno - Matei Sete Gatos from Não Bula Comigo - Odeon (1958 - 1960)

Walter Damasceno - Não Bula Comigo - Odeon (1958 - 1960)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Forró On CD - Brazil Classics 3, Ary Lobo, Marinês e Sua Gente, Luiz Gonzaga, Jackson do Pandeiro, Genival Lacerda, Jacinto Silva & Os 3 Do Nordeste

Forró On CD

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I discovered forró about 7 years ago. If forró got the royal treatment on CD, like 60s and 70s rock has in the US and UK, I probably never would have started this blog. Alas, there is a dearth of information about this great genre and, most importantly, vintage forró music, in general, is heavily underrepresented in digital form. The almost total lack of availability of forró on CDs led me to seeking the original vinyl. Hopefully, my archiving efforts will turn a few people onto this great music. That said, a few artists have some noteworthy CDs worth snatching up. In fact, some of these CDs are as scarce as the vintage vinyl.

Brazil Classics 3 - forró

I am eternally grateful to Luaka Bop and David Byrne for this compilation. I recently discovered that this was released on vinyl in a few countries. My copy comes from Brazil, but it was also issued in Germany. Although it does not feature the cream of every featured artist's catalog, it was a fine enough starter to peak my interest.

Brazil Classics 3 - forró CD and vinyl LP

Ary Lobo

Ary Lobo was amazing and his work sounds as incredible today as it was the day it was recorded. Ary's 2 major labels in the 50s and 60s were RCA and Cantagalo. Nothing from Cantagalo, his late 60s label, has been reissued. Of Ary Lobo's RCA catalog, 5 random albums out of 9 were reissued. Although it's a shame that his entire RCA catalog did not get re-released, which includes many compactos (singles and EPs) that were not on the LPs, the CDs that were released sound fantastic. The Brazil Popular compilation includes random songs from his RCA catalog and a few tunes released by Lobo in the 1970s.

RCA period:
  • 1958 - Último Pau de Arara - RCA (10" LP) - never reissued
  • 1958 - Forró com Ary Lobo - RCA (LP)
  • 1960 - Aqui Mora o Ritmo - RCA (LP) - never reissued
  • 1961 - Cheguei Na Lua - RCA (LP)
  • 1962 - Ary Lobo - RCA (LP)
  • 1963 - Poeira de Ritmos - RCA (LP)
  • 1964 - Forró em Calcaia - RCA (LP) - never reissued
  • 1965 - Zé Mané - RCA (LP)
  • 1966 - Quem é o Campeão? - RCA (LP) - never reissued
Ary Lobo - História De Um Órfão from Poeira De Ritmos - RCA Victor (1963)


Ary Lobo on CD
Marinês E Sua Gente

Marinés also has a vast catalog. She was lucky enough to record for 2 of the best major labels in the 60s and 70s, RCA and CBS. Some songs from her fantastic CBS period have ended up on random CD compilations like Maxximum. Her RCA catalog, with the exception of the first LP she recorded after leaving Sinter and some compactos (singles), were beautifully reissued on CD.

RCA period:
  • Marinês e Sua Gente (1960) RCA LP - never reissued
  • O Nordeste e seu ritmo (1961) RCA LP
  • Coisas do Norte (1963) RCA LP
  • Siu, siu, siu (1964) RCA LP
  • Maria Coisa (1965) RCA LP
  • Meu benzim (1966) RCA LP
Marinês e Sua Gente RCA catalog on CD
Luiz Gonzaga

It is unsurprising that Luiz Gonzaga has gotten the best CD treatment, since he is effectively the king of forró and baião, credited as launching the genre. Although his RCA CDs were reissued with versions of the original artwork, his EMI Odeon work has appeared on a few random compilations. I still haven't picked up all of his work on CD, although what I have found sounds excellent. Again, bravo to RCA for taking the time to do this well.

Luiz Gonzaga on CD
Jackson do Pandeiro

Poor Jackson. Arguably, the most influential forró artist has appeared on multiple weird compilation CDs. Some of the CDs are quite good. 20 Super Sucessos has a shite cover but is a decent overview of his CBS years. 50 anos de ritmos seems like it would be comprehensive based on the title, but it only features his earliest pre-1962 Copacabana work. Although those songs are fine, it's arguable that his 1960 Philips through 1970s CBS period was better. The Jackson and Jacinto Silva Brasil Popular compilation is great... except it only features 13 songs. It short-changes Jackson, Jacinto and the buyer. It's worth buying for the Jacinto Silva songs alone, who does not have any other reissues. As far as I am aware, there are no legitimate reissues featuring any of Jackson's original albums with artwork.

Jackson do Pandeiro on CD

Elino Julião, Messias Holanda, Trio Nordestino, Os 3 Do Nordeste, Genival Lacerda and Zenilton

The Brasil Popular Os 3 Do Nordeste, 20 Super Sucessos and A Popularidade de Genival Lacerda CDs are great and well worth hunting down. Most of the other compilations don't serve the artists particularly well. Generally speaking, I hate the Raizes Nordestinas series. For some reason, those are almost always disappointing.










Elino Julião, Messias Holanda, Trio Nordestino, Os 3 Do Nordeste, Genival Lacerda and Zenilton on CD

Friday, October 10, 2014

Manuel David - La Ficou & Võo Da Aza Branca from Forró em Caculé compacto duplo - Maraca (1960s)

Manuel David - La Ficou & Võo Da Aza Branca from Forró em Caculé compacto duplo - Maraca (1960s)

Maraca is a tiny, but legendary, Brazilian label from the 1960s. They primarily released promotional forró compactos (45rpm sized records that play at 33 1/3). What makes Maraca exceptional was their exemplary roster of artists. Joci Batista, Manuel David and Elino Julião all found greater success later. In addition to the more well known artists, Maraca also released a fair number of more obscure, but equally high quality, records.

Manuel David's sound is somewhat reminiscent of Luiz Gonzaga's, in the best possible way. Manuel's name is spelled 3 different ways on the sleeve and record: Manoel on the cover, Monoel on the reverse sleeve and Manuel on the record label. He must have had an enemy in the design department.

Manuel David - La Ficou from Forró em Caculé compacto duplo - Maraca (1960s)



Manuel David - Võo Da Aza Branca from Forró em Caculé compacto duplo - Maraca (1960s)


Manuel David - Forró em Caculé compacto duplo - Maraca (1960s)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Raimundo Soldado - Minha Terra Natal from Conquistando O Mundo - Copacabana (1981)

Raimundo Soldado - Minha Terra Natal from Conquistando O Mundo - Copacabana (1981)

Forró began the slow integration with disco and funk around 1976. This sometimes yielded some interesting work. Raimundo Soldado seemed to try his hand at every type of dance music in the book on his albums, but his forró songs were standouts. Minha Terra Natal has whispers of xaxado, but the modern drum kit in the mix is a precursor of forró that dominated the 80s and can sometimes still be found in mixes today. Sometimes those experiments were great, but more often than not, it flattened out the music with a click track robbing it of its groove. This song is an exception.

Raimundo Soldado - Minha Terra Natal from Conquistando O Mundo - Copacabana (1981)


Raimundo Soldado - Conquistando O Mundo - Copacabana (1981)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Genival Lacerda - Caixinha De Rapé & 007 Contra O Nordeste from Este é Cobra Do Norte - Polydor (1966)

Genival Lacerda - Caixinha De Rapé & 007 Contra O Nordeste from Este é Cobra Do Norte - Polydor (1966)

I am delighted to feature another Genival Lacerda LP on forróLPgringo. Este é Cobra Do Norte is one of the only forró releases on Polydor. It's a remarkably rare LP, issued once in 1966 and never exported.

Like many forró stars from the 60's, including Luiz Wanderley, Jackson do Pandeiro, Gordurinha and Borrachinha, Lacerda seemed to have an all-around entertainer appeal, mixing humor and music. Lacerda even released a comedy album in the late 60s with Lúcio Mauro.

This was common to music of the time, even for acts in the US and the UK. Before the age of stony, image-consciousness, groups didn't mind sidelining as humorists as part of the show. When the Beatles began, they often appeared in comedy / musical variety shows, both on television and on stage. Perhaps because they wanted to be seen as serious musicians and not comedians or actors, this "unfashionable" period of live variety performances has been quietly suppressed. Very little evidence survives because they rarely performed this way after 1964. It's hard to imagine a rock act appearing in skits in the middle of a set these days. 

Although I haven't seen any clips of Genival performing onstage at this period, you can find great footage of Luiz Wanderley, Jackson do Pandeiro and Gordurinha mugging it up for the cameras. Lacerda made a career for himself by getting sillier as time passed. As a result of the success of his 1975 breakthrough hit: Severina Xique-Xique, much of the Lacerda's music recorded past 1976 focuses more on getting a laugh than truly giving Jackson do Pandeiro a run for his money. 

Genival Lacerda - Caixinha De Rapé from Este é Cobra Do Norte - Polydor (1966)



Genival Lacerda - 007 Contra O Nordeste from Este é Cobra Do Norte - Polydor (1966)



Genival Lacerda - Este é Cobra Do Norte - Polydor (1966)