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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Ju Da Sanfona - O Forró Aqui é Assim from O Forró Aqui é Assim Volume 1 - Rozenblit Passarela (1975)

O Forró Aqui é Assim from Ju Da Sanfona is a classic LP full of smooth vocals and tongue twisting lyrics. 

Ju Da Sanfona - O Forró Aqui é Assim from O Forró Aqui é Assim Volume 1 - Rozenblit Passarela (1975) 


Ju Da Sanfona - O Forró Aqui é Assim from O Forró Aqui é Assim Volume 1 - Rozenblit Passarela (1975) 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Antônio Barros - Já Faz Tempo Não Lhe Vejo from compacto simples - Fontana (1971)

Antônio Barros was a major composer on the forró scene in the 60s and 70s. Procurando Tu from 1970 was recorded by virtually every major act and artist in the genre. Já Faz Tempo Não Lhe Vejo, a follow-up single, is more obscure. Although he recorded several albums and singles, his career as a songwriter is what he is best known for. 


Antônio Barros - Já Faz Tempo Não Lhe Vejo from compacto simples - Fontana (1971)


Antônio Barros - Já Faz Tempo Não Lhe Vejo from compacto simples - Fontana (1971)

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Babá Okê Sussú - Preto Velho & Rainha Da Pontaria from Preto Velho - OKeh (1968)

Umbanda is a religion in Brazil that incorporates African, Roman Catholicism, Spiritualism and Native American (likely South American) beliefs. Some Brazilians call Sussú's records Voodoo. Voodoo is another syncretic religion that comes in multiple varieties. I am not an expert on Umbanda or Voodoo, so I can't speak to Sussú's beliefs specifically. I can say that Sussú's music, like his religion, is a combination of musics. Sussú does not play forró or samba specifically, but may incorporate the rhythms and melodies of both. 

Babá Okê Sussú - Preto Velho from Preto Velho - OKeh (1968)



Babá Okê Sussú - Rainha Da Pontaria from Preto Velho - OKeh (1968)



Babá Okê Sussú - Preto Velho - OKeh (1968)

Monday, August 1, 2016

Trio Nordestino (Alagoas) - Diga Prá Ela from Acuda Patrão Acuda - Pierrot (1980)

Confusingly, there are two different Trio Nordestinos. The group with multiple albums on CBS in the 1960s and 1970s is Trio Nordestino da Bahia. The other Trio Nordestino is from Alagoas. They most commonly appear in the upside-down taco shaped cangaceiro hats famously worn by Luiz Gonzaga. I have featured the Bahia group on this blog, but this is my first entry for the Alagoas band. I like the Bahia group, but I prefer the Alagoas act.

Diga Prá Ela is a wonderful track hidden away on their 1980 LP Acuda Patrão Acuda. Of the tracks that I transferred last spring, this one is one of my favorites. The delivery has a cool swing and mostly acoustic backing. Lovely stuff.

Trio Nordestino (Alagoas) - Diga Prá Ela from Acuda Patrão Acuda - Pierrot (1980)



Trio Nordestino (Alagoas) - Acuda Patrão Acuda - Pierrot (1980)

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

Update: Here are a few more examples of the economical recycling of the Portuguese sleeve for releases of Trio Irakitan and Alvarenga e Ranchinho.


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)