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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Jackson do Pandeiro - Auê Birimbáu - É Sucesso - Cantagalo/Tropicana 1976 (or perhaps mid-1960's)

Jackson do Pandeiro - Auê Birimbáu - É Sucesso - Cantagalo/Tropicana reissue 1976 (likely first released mid-1960's)

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Aue Birimbáu (Aires viana – Nilo dias – Alvaro Sobrinho) is a strangely wistful, magical, sentimental-sounding song from Jackson do Pandeiro. The music suggests that the song is from an earlier part of his career. Also, the title of the album, É Sucesso, erroneously implies that this is a compilation. Neither is true. According to most discographies, this LP came out in 1976. It seems hard to believe, especially because the photos on the back feature albums by Cantagalo artists from the mid-to-late 1960's.

My guess is that É Sucesso was reissued in the 70s on Tropicana, which is why it is less expensive and easier to find in excellent condition than most of Jackson's LPs.

A birimbáu (also spelled berimbau) is a single stringed instrument of African origin. It is used in the martial art capoeira and is the subject of songs from a variety of Brazilian artists, although I do not believe the sound of the birimbáu instrument can be heard on this record.

A later Jackson do Pandeiro live picture from Projecto Pixinguinha.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Zenilton - Primeiro De Abril from O Cachimbo Da Mulher - Copacabana 1981

Zenilton - Primeiro De Abril from O Cachimbo Da Mulher - Copacabana 1981

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Zenilton is back in his second entry on forróLPgringo. I first heard Primeiro De Abril (Antonio Brasileiro – Roderiki) on a budget CD compilation. Like the nearly lifeless layer of rock called the Permian–Triassic boundary, most great forró recordings went extinct around 1980. The 80s gave rise to cheap, tacky, grooveless drum machines and synth drum kits. Mostly. Primeiro De Abril, from 1981, is proof positive that great forró lived on past the pre-1980 golden age, but like the nearly lifeless layer of rock from the Permian–Triassic boundary, it was a lot more difficult to find.
Zenilton... weighing his options....

Monday, July 1, 2013

Sebastião do Rojão – Alo Alo Garanhuns from O ídolo do nordeste vol.2 - AMC 1974

Sebastião do Rojão – Alo Alo Garanhuns from O ídolo do nordeste vol.2 - AMC 1974

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Sebastião do Rojão's career spanned decades, styles and record labels. According to forroemvinil, our hero was born Sebastião Ferreira Costa in 1935 in Garanhus. Through interest garnered from appearances on radio, Sebastião received a contract and his first records were released 1964.

Sebastião is part of a rare breed of soft voiced male forró singers. His vocals remind me of Neil Innes of the Rutles and Jacinto Silva. Like Osvaldo Oliveira, Sebastião recorded ballads and middle of the road material, along with songs in the northeastern style. Alo Alo Garanhuns (Durval Vieira – Sebastião do Rojão) is a lovely tribute to Sebastião's home town.

Sebastião do Rojão