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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Ary Lobo - Nego São and Terra de Ninguém from Quem é o Campeão & compacto - RCA Victor 1966 Ary Lobo - Nego São and Terra de Ninguém from Quem é o Campeão & compacto - RCA Victor 1966

Ary Lobo - Nego São and Terra de Ninguém from Quem é o Campeão & compacto - RCA Victor 1966

Ary Lobo's work on RCA is fantastic. Singles / 45s (although they play at 33 1/3) called compactos in Brazil are extremely scarce. Compactos were promo-only and were mainly sent to radio stations, which is why they are coveted. A few of Lobo's compactos contained exclusive material, but both sides of this single are from Ary's brilliant final RCA album, Quem é o Campeão. The album blended Ary Lobo's exquisite phrasing with thick, gooey jazz, samba and the haunting feel of nordeste folk.

Ary Lobo - Nego São from Quem é o Campeão & compacto - RCA Victor 1966


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Ary Lobo - Terra de Ninguém from Quem é o Campeão & compacto - RCA Victor 1966

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Ary Lobo - Nego São and Terra de Ninguém from Quem é o Campeão & compacto - RCA Victor 1966

Monday, February 10, 2014

Part One: Alventino Cavalcanti - Chapéu De Couro from E Muita Cantiga Nordestina - Fontana 1968

Part One: Alventino Cavalcanti - Chapéu De Couro from E Muita Cantiga Nordestina - Fontana 1968

In the forró world, most of the musicians lucky enough to release records got very little money or fame for their work. Forró stars were like early North American sports heroes. They worked hard to make a living and even those who were famous were not extravagantly paid. Even 50 years later, many amazing musicians are only celebrated by a handful of collectors.

Alventino Cavalcanti (also spelled Cavalcante) was one of the forró greats, who's reputation is growing 50 years after his recorded output ended. His catalog was negligible compared to Jackson do Pandeiro. Cavalcanti recorded 2 solo LPs and a handful of compilation LPs. His album with Borrachinha, Alegria Do Norte, may be the finest forró album ever released and also one of the rarest. His records transcend the dance floor thanks to the softening of edges with hypnotic, mostly acoustic production. E Muita Cantiga Nordestina was released by Fontana records in 1968. This was his final solo LP of 2. It's a shame that there weren't more, because he was clearly a cut above many artists who received multiple releases.

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Alventino Cavalcanti - Chapéu De Couro from E Muita Cantiga Nordestina - Fontana 1968

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Jackson do Pandeiro - Lá Vai A Boiada - from A Braza Do Norte - Cantagalo - 1967

Jackson do Pandeiro - Lá Vai A Boiada - from A Braza Do Norte - Cantagalo - 1967

Lá Vai A Boiada is a wonderful, classic Jackson do Pandeiro track from his rare Cantagalo LP, A Braza Do Norte. The late 60s were an odd time for Jackson. His career was in a slump. Jackson's albums were largely unheard in Brazil and relegated to smaller labels between 1966 and 1970. He and Almira split. He got in a terrible car accident in January 1968. Jackson's genius never wavered. The first 15 years of his career were simply a warm up for his classic run of LPs on CBS in the early 1970s.

Jackson do Pandeiro - Lá Vai A Boiada - from A Braza Do Norte - Cantagalo - 1967 


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Jackson do Pandeiro and Almira before being strangely colorized by Cantagalo.
Jackson do Pandeiro -  January 1968 - broken but unbeatable