Category: samba

VJQC Score: 97% 
Tim Maia – Tim Maia (1977)
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The 1977 album from legendary Brazilian artist, Tim Maia. A fusion of soul, boogie, disco and MPB, featuring ‘E Necessario’. Maia released over 30 albums during his extensive and well-publicized career, touching on funk, bossa nova, disco, MPB, rock, soul and jazz. He was a driving force behind the introduction of soul, funk and disco from the USA into Brazilian music styles and was hugely influential in the ‘Black Rio’ movement in Brazil in the early ’70’s. This, his 1977 album, that epitomizes that fusion of sounds and styles. ‘E Necessario’ has been a favorite of ours for many years; included on our Brazilian Beats Brooklyn compilation and released as part of our Brazil 45’s series.

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VJQC Score: 95% |
Antonio Carlos e Jocafi – Mudei De Ideia (1971)
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1971 Brasilia classic rarity, finally reissued on vinyl! 
Mudei de Ideia is a truly fantastic record that sounds the way it looks – psychedelic rock, samba-funk and tripped out MPB. Features ‘Kabaluerê’ as sampled by Marcelo D2 on his hit ‘Qual e?’. Arranged by Rogerio Duprat, featuring legendary guitarist Lanny Gordin. Antonio Carlos and Jocafi were a very successful and famous Brazilian writing duo, born in Bahia. They worked with the likes of Wilson Simonal, Rosinha de Valença, Trio Mocotó, Milton Banana, Toquinho and more. Originally released on RCA Brazil in 1971, this was the duo’s debut LP. Two versions of the album cover exist in Brazil – this, the psyched-out, burnt out version.

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VQC Score: 93.5% | Toquinho – Toquinho
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All-time classic Brazilian album, featuring Jorge Ben on ‘Que Maravilha’, ‘Zana’ and ‘Carolina Carol Bela’ as sampled by DJ Marky on ‘LK’.
Brazilian guitarist and singer Toquinho (real name Antônio Pecci Filho) was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil in the 1940’s. His first major hit single was ‘Que Maravilha’, as featured here, that he wrote with Jorge Ben. This album also features ‘Zana’ and the ultra-famous
‘Carolina Carol Bela’, also written with Ben.
Toquinho had a prolific career releasing a huge number of albums and writing on even more. He released many records with Vinicius De Moraes during the 70’s.

‘Carolina Carol Bela’ was sampled by DJ Marky on his drum n bass hit ‘LK’ – the track that launched the sound of Brazilian drum n bass outside of Brazil.

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VJQC Score: 93.5%
Os Novos Baianos – Acabou Chorare (1972)
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Acabou Chorare is the second album from Novos Baianos, or ‘New Bahians’, who formed in Bahia, Brazil in the 1960’s. They are considered to be one of the most important and revolutionary groups in Brazilian music. Acabou Chorare – translated as Stop Crying – was originally released in 1972 by Som Livre after the success of their first LP É Ferro na Boneca in 1970. It charted at #1 in a Rolling Stone Brazil’s’Top 100 Brazilian Albums Ever chart. ‘Preta, Pretinha’ placed 20th in the same publications list of the greatest Brazilian songs of all time. Upon release, Acabou Chorare stayed near the top on the album charts for more than 30 weeks, and received huge radio support across the country. It also became very popular in Europe shortly afterwards. The unique sound of this record is a result of the fusion of samba, MPB, rock ‘n’ roll and bossa nova, and strong influences from Joao Gilberto, who frequently played with the group, and bossa nova legend Gilberto Gil. In 1969, Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso invited Pepeu to accompany them in their farewell show before their exile, the emotional ‘Barra 69’ concert.

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Ed Lincoln – Ed Lincoln (1968)

More Brasília obscura, courtesty of today’s dig at Disques Sonorama. I really love when a hype sticker succeeds at convincing me to blind-buy something I have no prior knowledge of.  This one convinced me and wasn’t lying about the psychedelic weirdo samba that’s funking up the sala right now.  I’m really enjoying discovering just how weird Brasilian music got, during the late 60s and 70s. Check out the Spotify link in the comments, shag carpet suggested.

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Ed Lincoln – Ed Lincoln (1968)

More Brasília obscura, courtesty of today’s dig at Disques Sonorama. I really love when a hype sticker succeeds at convincing me to blind-buy something I have no prior knowledge of.  This one convinced me and wasn’t lying about the psychedelic weirdo samba that’s funking up the sala right now.  I’m really enjoying discovering just how weird Brasilian music got, during the late 60s and 70s. Check out the Spotify link in the comments, shag carpet suggested.

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Tim Maia – Tim Maia (1977)

A family that Tim Maia’s together, stays together.  Our Sunday morning coffee is quality time spent spent surrounded by the good things, connecting over things that matter.  Tim Maia’s 1977 lp is a very regular spin, as we all anticipate another Summer spent together.
That’s family.  That’s vinyl.  

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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.

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Toquinho – Toquinho (1970)

My vinyljunkie crush with Mr. Bongo Records continues. I’m pretty sure this means I’ll want to track down their entire catalog.  This Toquinho album is more traditional sounding, incorporating acoustic guitar with all those amazing Samba sounds that enchant us.  It kinda reminds me of the soundtrack to “Black Orpheus”, at times. Filmed in 1959, Black Orpheus was the film that first introduced worldwide audiences to Brasilian Carnival and Bossa Nova music.  It won the Palme D’Or at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival. The soundtrack was composed by Brasilian legends Antonio Carlos Jobim and Luis Bonfa.
Yeah, Brasilian tangents happen. I’m high and happy, forgive the rambling. This music takes you places…

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This Tim Maia album is doing me in.  It contains every amazing element of mid-70′s soul and funk, put through a tasty Brazilian strainer.  I’m hearing hints of Ohio Players, Gamble & Huff, Isaac Hayes, Barry White, Curtis Mayfield, Tom Jones…too much to mention.  Hearing these American musical ideas blended with Brazilian percussion is what’s messing with me.  If it wasn’t for the Brazilian aspects, I’d swear I heard every one of these songs on the American Top 40, during the AM days of the mid 70′s.
Spring is coming and then Summer so this one’s gonna get a whole bunch of spins, to boil down more new additions to the Summer Mixtape. Happy days ahead; it’s impossible to listen to Brazilan music without smiling from deep inside.  

I’d also like to note that Mr. Bongo does a downright amazing job with their vinyl reissues.  Besides being flawlessly curated, they clearly pay attention to the quality of their product.  The half dozen titles I have thus far have all crushed my VJQC standard.  This one’s no different, 97%,  a near flawless record. Buy with confidence, Mr. Bongo doesn’t mess around. 

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