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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Abdias - Forró em Petrolina & Botão Variado from Botão Variado - CBS 1975

Abdias - Forró em Petrolina from Botão Variado - CBS 1975


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Abdias - Botão Variado from Botão Variado - CBS 1975

video
Click on the video above to play the song.
iOS? click here: http://youtu.be/X0fcAkSl010

Abdias blew the doors off on Botão Variado. Forró em Petrolina had it all: a catchy riff, gutsy delivery and great production. The song was written by the illustrious performer / songwriter team Dominguinhos and Anastácia. They recorded at least one version of it, but Abdias's casual, off-the-cuff, rip-roaring take is definitive. There is nothing like a tight band in a good room. The audible clicking and clacking sounds are the buttons on Abdias's oito baixos accordion, which was usually buried in the mix.  The 'noise' adds a bit of intimacy. In an era of overly clean recordings (which started in the 80s with forró), Forró em Petrolina is proof that ambient noise, or noise in general, can add a lot of life to a record. The song references the city of Petrolina, nestled in western Pernambuco off of the São Francisco river. For some reason, the riff reminded me of a sea chanty. I would have sworn that the song was about the ocean when I first heard it. Botão Variado (Bau – Ivan Bulhões) is a driving instrumental from the same LP.

Abdias dos Oito Baixos & CBS direção artística

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