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Monday, July 20, 2015

Djalma Pires - Forró Em Caruaru from Sucesso Tranquilo - RGE (1971)

Djalma Pires - Forró Em Caruaru from Sucesso Tranquilo - RGE (1971)

This LP was a nice surprise. Most of the music from this blog comes directly from Brazil and occasionally Discogs / eBay. I have never walked into a record store, even in New York City, and found anything forró until I lucked upon this. Djalma Pires is mainly a samba and MPB star, but tucked away on Sucesso Tranquilo is a fantastic and unusual version of Forró Em Caruaru. 



Djalma Pires - Forró Em Caruaru from Sucesso Tranquilo - RGE (1971)

Friday, July 10, 2015

Genival Lacerda - Cõco De Roda from Eu Vou prá Lua compacto duplo - Mocambo (1962)

Genival Lacerda - Cõco De Roda from Eu Vou prá Lua compacto duplo - Mocambo (1962)

Genival Lacerda had been recording 78 rpm records since 1956 but did not appear on vinyl until this promotional compacto from Mocambo. Like the similar compacto duplos on Mocambo from Luiz Wanderley, Eu Vou Prá La and Tomaram O Meu Amor (an LP previously featured on this blog) are his only vinyl compilations of his 78 period. They cover MOST of Lacerda's work on shellac, but, maddeningly, not all.


Genival Lacerda - Eu Vou prá Lua compacto duplo - Mocambo (1962)

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 Benedito Nunes' version of Trabalha Paulista an early 1970s forró / baião classic. An earlier version (perhaps the first) was recorded by Luiz Wanderley. It was likely a 78rpm, although I can not find an exact date of that release. It appeared on Wanderley's 1961 LP O Forró Do. Benedito Nunes' version 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 firm release 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)