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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


video
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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


video
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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.

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