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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Trio Nordestino – Xaxado No Pé from Vamos Xamegá - CBS 1967 - Tropicana (reissue) 1973

Trio Nordestino – Xaxado No Pé from Vamos Xamegá - CBS 1967 - Tropicana (reissue) 1973  

Trio Nordestino LPs are some of the easiest to find. It is probable that we will never know the exact pressing numbers for most Brazilian LPs, but it seems likely that print runs for Trio Nordestino were larger than with most forró stars. Vamos Xamegá was originally published in 1967 on CBS and reissued on CBS subsidiary Tropicana in 1973. Reissues were rare in forró, which is another indication that the Trio were an exceptionally successful act. Although a lot of Trio Nordestino material is on the mellow side, Xaxado No Pé cooks.

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Trio Nordestino – Xaxado No Pé from Vamos Xamegá - CBS 1967 - Tropicana (reissue) 1973  

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Gordurinha - Baiano Burro Nasce Morto from Gordurinha Tá Na Praça - Continental 1960

Gordurinha - Baiano Burro Nasce Morto from Gordurinha Tá Na Praça - Continental 1960

Gordurinha means fatso in PortugueseThe skinny fellow's real name was Waldeck Artur Macedo. This is Gordurinha's first appearance on my blog, thanks to a recommendation from a friend and fellow collector Sindei. The brilliant Gordurinha died from an overdose at age 47 in 1969. His recording career, spanning 1958-1963, was painfully short. He recorded very little after the military coup in 1964, which he staunchly opposed. He may be the earliest forró giant to pass on. His most famous composition was Chiclete Com Banana, which was arguably the most famous composition of the co-writer, Jackson do Pandiero. Chiclete Com Banana just scratches the surface of Gordurinha's wonderful recorded work. Below is a film of Gordurinha performing Baiano Burro Nasce Morto. I replaced the murky audio from a rare YouTube clip with a top shelf vinyl transfer, although the sync is slightly off.

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Gordurinha – Gordurinha tá na praça
Continental - 1960

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Raimundo Nonato - Saudade do Piauí from Chá Da Bahia - Tropicana (1976)

Raimundo Nonato - Saudade do Piauí from Chá Da Bahia - Tropicana (1976) 

Raimundo Nonato's vinyl catalogue is fairly rare because most of his LPs were pressed on small labels like California in the 60's followed by Nortson, RN Discos & Tropicana in the 70s and 80s. There is very little historical information on the web about Mr. Nonato, aside from the fact that he was born in Paraíba and was named after Saint. Saudade do Piauí, from this rare Tropicana LP from 1976 is, as Luiz Gonzaga would say, damn good.

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Raimundo Nonato - Saudade do Piauí from Chá Da Bahia - Tropicana (1976) 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Trio Mossoró – Me Case Mamãe from Forró do Velho Inácio - Copacabana/Som 1975

Trio Mossoró – Me Case Mamãe from Forró do Velho Inácio - Copacabana/Som 1975

This is the first appearance by the Trio on my blog. The group began in 1956 and recorded their first album in 1962, followed by multiple LPs and compactos on a variety of labels. The Marinês-flavored Me Case Mamãe is an exceptional Trio Mossoró tune on SOM, a label that did not typically release forró. Trio Mossoró also shared lead vocals, which was equally atypical for this genre.

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Part Three: Borrachinha - Bruxaria & Que Vontade De Comer Goiaba - Columbia 78rpm 1958

Part Three: Borrachinha - Bruxaria & Que Vontade De Comer Goiaba - Columbia 78rpm 1958

Much of Borrachinha's catalog has been lost to time. Very few of his 78s, even as digital files on blogs, YouTube or Soundcloud, are in circulation amongst collectors. Apparently, there is a lost album which was pressed, but hasn't appeared. This post includes both sides of his Columbia 78 from 1958. Borrachinha has a lot in common with Gordurinha, who were both affiliated with Jackson Do Pandeiro. Their presentation, phrasing and sound belong to a specific family of "cool" forró recordings that were popular in the late 50s and early 60s.

Borrachinha - Bruxaria - Columbia 78rpm 1958

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Borrachinha - Que Vontade De Comer Goiaba - Columbia 78rpm 1958


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Borrachinha from forroemvinil

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Part Two: Borrachinha e Alventino Cavalcante - Tataitão, Adeus… adeus & Pudim de Maria from Alegria do Norte - Fantasia

Part Two: Borrachinha e Alventino Cavalcante - Tataitão, Adeus… adeus & Pudim de Maria from Alegria do Norte - Fantasia 196?

Alegria Do Norte, a single album with a separate side for Borrachinha and Alventino Cavalcante, is extraordinary. In my opinion, it is easily one of the top 10 finest forró LPs. One of the reasons why it is so fantastic is that it is not strictly forró. Like most musical genres, it touches on many forms of Brazilian music, including embolada, samba and choro. Forró can be painted with many hues. It can be hard and aggressive. With a few instruments replaced, it can be softened and more casual. Alegria do Norte is forró with hazier, acoustic edges. One might even describe it as "cool". Both Borrachinha and Alventino Cavalcante did not record very many albums. Borrachinha's entire body of work, outside of this album, was limited to compilation LPs and 78rpm records from the late 50s and early 60s (Although there may be a rare, somewhat unknown LP.). Cavalcante (also spelled Cavalcanti) had 2 solo albums and appeared on a number of compilations. The release date of Alegria do Norte does not appear on the sleeve or LP. It is likely that it was recorded in the early 1960s. Both Borrachinha and Alventino Cavalcante appeared on 2 multi-artist, collaborative live Philips LPs called São João No Brejo with Jackson do Pandeiro, from 1964 and volume 2, likely from 1965. Alegria do Norte is a magical record with wonderful melodies, seductive phrasing and mystery. It is truly a holy grail forró album.

Borrachinha e Alventino Cavalcante - Tataitão from Alegria do Norte - Fantasia 196?

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Borrachinha e Alventino Cavalcante - Adeus… adeus from Alegria do Norte - Fantasia 196?
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Borrachinha e Alventino Cavalcante - Pudim de Maria from Alegria do Norte - Fantasia 196?
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Borrachinha e Alventino Cavalcante - Tataitão, Adeus… adeus & Pudim de Maria from Alegria do Norte - Fantasia

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Ary Lobo - Nego São and Terra de Ninguém from Quem é o Campeão & compacto - RCA Victor 1966Ary Lobo - Nego São and Terra de Ninguém from Quem é o Campeão & compacto - RCA Victor 1966

Ary Lobo - Nego São and Terra de Ninguém from Quem é o Campeão & compacto - RCA Victor 1966

Ary Lobo's work on RCA is fantastic. Singles / 45s (although they play at 33 1/3) called compactos in Brazil are extremely scarce. Compactos were promo-only and were mainly sent to radio stations, which is why they are coveted. A few of Lobo's compactos contained exclusive material, but both sides of this single are from Ary's brilliant final RCA album, Quem é o Campeão. The album blended Ary Lobo's exquisite phrasing with thick, gooey jazz, samba and the haunting feel of nordeste folk.

Ary Lobo - Nego São from Quem é o Campeão & compacto - RCA Victor 1966


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Ary Lobo - Terra de Ninguém from Quem é o Campeão & compacto - RCA Victor 1966

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Ary Lobo - Nego São and Terra de Ninguém from Quem é o Campeão & compacto - RCA Victor 1966