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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The music of Elino Julião: Part Three: Rio Grande Meu Xodó (Todo Mundo Quer)

The music of Elino Julião: Part Three: Rio Grande Meu Xodó (Todo Mundo Quer)
This August, I will be recognizing the music of the late, great Elino Julião (1936-2006). Elino was one of the great voices, recording artists and songwriters of forró. He was one of the shining stars of CBS during the label's golden age during the 60s and 70s.

For the last installment, we have a battle of the bands featuring one of my favorite forró songs from 1971 and 1967.  This is a classic example of the right recording, studio, band, tempo and attitude really mattering

Elino Julião –Rio Grande Meu Xodó from Aquilo CBS 1971

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Sebastião do Rojão – Rio Grande Meu Xodó (Todo Mundo Quer) from Coisas Da Vida – RCA Camden 1967
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Keep your eye on the sky, with Elino Julião

Friday, August 9, 2013

The music of Elino Julião: Part Two - Aquilo - CBS 1971

The music of Elino Julião: Part Two – Aquilo - CBS 1971

 This August, I will be recognizing the music of the late, great Elino Julião (1936-2006). Elino was one of the great voices, recording artists and songwriters of forró. He was one of the shining stars of CBS during the label's golden age during the 60s and 70s.

Aquilo - CBS 1971

Before 1975, Julião had an oddly communal recording career. He recorded split-side albums with Messias Holanda in 1970 {also Zé Catraca}, 1974 and 1975 and Jacinto Silva in 1972 and 1973. He was also a regular in top shelf compilations / coletâneas like O Fino da Roça (Fontana) and Pau De Sebo (CBS). Although there was plenty of Julião material in the marketplace, he only released one solo LP before 1975. Aquilo contained some of the best, most magical recordings of Elino Julião's career and some of my favorite songs from the genre. After 1975, Julião became more of a balladeer like Osvaldo Oliveira. Aquilo is Julião's single authentic forró solo album.

Elino Julião – O Galo Vai Cantar from Aquilo - CBS 1971

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Elino Julião – Namoro Proibido from Aquilo - CBS 1971

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Elino Julião in a strange artificial space.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

The music of Elino Julião: Part One: Xangai, Jackson do Pandeiro & Elino Julião - Xodó de Motorista

The music of Elino Julião: Part One: Xangai, Jackson do Pandeiro & Elino Julião - Xodó de Motorista

This August, I will be recognizing the music of the late, great Elino Julião (1936-2006). Elino was one of the great voices, recording artists and songwriters of forró. He was one of the shining stars of CBS during the label's golden age during the 60s and 70s.

Writing memorable songs is a tremendous challenge. Creating a recording of a great song that is extraordinary and transcends the ages is even harder.  Many artists view a great recording as their legacy and brainchild.

Xodó de Motorista
, written by Elino Julião & Dilson Dória is a classic, but
Julião's version probably isn't definitive. Xangai takes the prize. To be fair, Julião recorded the song over 10 years after it was written, with a nod to whimsy. In the next entry, we'll show what Julião can do when unleashed with all of his power on Aquilo.

Xangai - Xodó de Motorista from Bahia De Todos Os Cantos (Dos Labutos) - Kuarup Discos 1987


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Xangai's (Eugenio Avelino) Xodó de Motorista is a trippy, tongue twisting monster reminiscent of the best Gilberto Gil recordings and probably the finest recorded version of this song.

Jackson do Pandeiro - Xodó de Motorista from Aqui Tô Eu - Philips 1970

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I believe Jackson's version of Xodó de Motorista was the first, closing his classic album

Aqui Tô Eu (featured here in an earlier entry) from 1970. 

Elino Julião - Xodó de Motorista from O Fino Do Fino Da Roça - Sinter 1979


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Something about clarinet and tuba sounds right for an old folks home. I have no idea why!

Elino Julião owns your town.