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Sunday, May 2, 2021

Ronando Boldrin - Não Mexe Em Sertão Que Não É Seu from compacto - Continental (early 1970s)

Ronando Boldrin is a new name to me. It seems that he primarily wrote softer, middle of the road material with a northeastern flavor. Boldrin seems more comfortable as a balladeer. Não Mexe Em Sertão Que Não É Seu is about as raucous as he ever got. It is a lovely bit of smooth, upbeat forró with a hint of early 70s Gilberto Gil. 

 


Ronando Boldrin - Não Mexe Em Sertão Que Não É Seu from compacto - Continental (early 1970s)

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Luiz Gonzaga - Rosinha (baião) from the Vida De Vaqueiro compacto - RCA (1961)

Luiz Gonzaga's impact on forró and northeastern Brazil is like the invention of electricity. Everything changed after he put the northeastern sound on 78rpm in the early 1940s. His career spanned the 78rpm, compacto, 10" LP, vinyl and CD era. It is amazing that he had such a huge impact on Brazilian music, yet the world is still barely aware of the entire genre. Rosinha appeared on a rare compacto and the LP "Lua" from 1961.



Luiz Gonzaga - Vida De Vaqueiro compacto - RCA (1961)

Saturday, April 10, 2021

João Silva - O Côco Tava Bom from Sertanejo 78rpm (likely late 1950s early 1960s)

João Silva is a legend in the forró community, both for his prowess in the genre and for the scarcity of his high-quality early recordings. This particular 78rpm is as rare as hen's teeth and deserves to be out in the world with the best sound possible.  


João Silva - O Côco Tava Bom from Sertanejo 78rpm (likely late 1950s early 1960s)



Thursday, April 1, 2021

Clemilda - Eu Vou Tambem from Eu Vou Tambem - MusiColor (1975)

The classic period of forró begins to morph in the mid-1970s. Carimbo and disco influences begin to weave into the sound. Gradually, drum kits were added until they become ubiquitous in the 1980s. Eu Vou Tambem is pure old school forró with clean, belting 1970s production featuring some of the best session musicians of the era. 1975 seems like the end of that era, in retrospect. The quality of the productions and songwriting seemed to wane around 1976. 

Curiously, there are a lot of 1970s forró album covers featuring musicians standing in a park or on a median in the bushes staring at the sun. Tight Budgets?


Clemilda - Eu Vou Tambem - MusiColor (1975)

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Borrachinha - Canjica no Cordeiro from São João No Brejo Vol 2 - Philips (1965)

Borrachinha created some serious magic in the 1960s and earned enough love to share several coletânea (compilation) LPs with Jackson do Pandeiro on Philips in 1960s. Philips were, arguably, among the big 3 labels for forró in the 60s, along with RCA and CBS. Compilation LPs in Brazil almost always contained original music, unlike collections from the US or Europe. Borrachinha was on at least one magical LP, Alegria Do Norte, and multiple collections before disappearing by the late 1960s. A friend of mine swears that he once saw a Borrachinha solo album, but nothing has surfaced.



São João No Brejo Vol 2 - Philips (1965)


Thursday, March 11, 2021

Carcará Trio - Mulher Feia (balanço) from Sanzatri - Discos Chororó (1974)

Carcará Trio are an unusual act for forró in 1974. Why? Vocal Harmonies. There were some harmony acts from the 1950s, like 4 Azes E Um Coringa and Trio Maraya, that recorded baião, forró and other northeastern music. Most of these acts were no longer active by 1970. Some of the best forró was recorded in the 1970s, but most acts stuck to the instrumentation and rhythms established by Luiz Gonzaga in earlier decades. Carcará Trio deserve credit for trying to push the genre forward.


Carcará Trio - Sanzatri - Discos Chororó (1974)






Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Ciço Do Parã - Maria Elena from A Dança Do Xenhenhen - Aurora (1969)

Ciço Do Parã was primarily active in the 1960s and 1970s. He made fabulous recordings. As with many artists in the forró genre, his 1960s work is scarce. A Dança Do Xenhenhen was released in small numbers on the short-lived Aurora label in 1969. Information about albums by artists with incomplete discographies are particularly difficult to date. Thank you, Samuel, for finding the release year.

Ciço Do Parã - Maria Elena from A Dança Do Xenhenhen - Aurora (1969)