Tom Zé – Estudando O Samba (1976)
2019 VMP reissue (Ltd. 500), Mr. Bongo Records
This is unlike any samba record you’ll ever hear. If John Cage and Captain Beefheart took a stab at completely deconstructing and rebuilding traditional Brasilian musical idioms, they wouldn’t sound nearly as good as “Estudando O Samba”
David Byrne (Talking Heads) found this album during a trip to Brasil in ‘86. The rather unique cover art is what drew him in. The liner notes describe it as “what looks like a coiled electric cable meandering its way around barbed wire” Byrne’s curiousity about this record led him to dig deeper, leading to a
Tom Zé compilation which introduced his music to a much wider audience.
Tom Zé was working at a relative’s auto garage before he was plucked from obscurity.
Music. Is. AWESOME.
Nick Drake – Bryter Layter (1970)
Anthrax and me are gonna play all 3 Nick Drake lps before shelving them. See you next month or so, you know I’ll be back to see hear your magic soon.
NEW RELEASE (Reissue)
Vinyl Me, Please. Essentials – E074
Coffee, Smoke, Van Morrison.
I’ve never heard “Veedon Fleece” before just now. Turns out it’s a perfect Monday album, that first spin of the week that eases you in slowly. Side A is one big suite of songs, easily my favorite side. Side B is a bunch of Van Morrison songs I’ve never heard on the radio so that’s good. As great as it is, I didn’t wanna be hit with current rock radio pablum to start the week. I don’t need to hear “Brown Eyed Girl” anymore…radio killed it for me long ago.
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More Brasila. Any long Brazil-related music jag always winds up at Marcos Valle. LITA released a series of 4 early 70s lps in 2013, all first time vinyl reissues. Previsao Do Tempo is easily the most popular of the set but they’re all amazing and worth tracking down. Previsao was repressed in 2017 so you’ll likely have an easier time finding that one.
VMP Exclusive #154/500 Numbered Copies
Antonio Carlos E Jocafi – Mudei De Idéia (1971)
Mr Bongo – MRBLP140
Vinyl LP, Album, Reissue, purple/blue tie dye
More early 70′s Brasilia from Mr. Bongo. They originally reissued it in 2016 but VMP had another 500 numbered copies pressed and they are glorious. Considering how many poorly pressed records I see/hear, it’s really amazing to see a small label like Mr. Bongo take all the necessary steps to ensure that even a small run of records get done right.