Hyldon – Na Rua, Na Chuva, Na Fazenda (1975)

“Na Rua, Na Chuva, Na Fazenda”
1975 Polydor

1. Guitarras Violinos e Instrumentos de Samba
2. Na Sombra de Uma Árvore
3. Vamos Passear de Bicicleta
4. Acontecimento
5. Vida Engraçada
6. As Dores do Mundo
7. Na Rua, na Chuva, na Fazenda (Casinha de Sapê)
8. Sábado e Domingo
(Hyldon / Neném)
9. Eleonora
10. Balanço do Violão
(Hyldon / Beto Moura)
11. Quando a Noite Vem
12. Meu Patuá

All songs by Hyldon unless otherwise noted.
EAC->FLAC. Portuguese diacriticals removed from filenames, restored in ID Tags

Here is a record I have been meaning to share here forever and ever. Not sure why I was holding out on you. Maybe I’m cruel, or maybe I couldn’t decide if some of you deserve it. Alas I finally resolved myself to the idea that quite a few of you probably do NOT deserve to hear an album this good, but it’s unfair to the rest for me to continue hoarding it. So with that in mind, I bring you this wonderfully languid-like-a-summer-breeze of an album. In fact in my world it might be the perfect summer album, which means I’ll be putting it on even more often now that summer is just beginning here. Sorry for those of you preparing for months of miserable cold and grey skies, but that’s a ‘you’ problem.

So this is Hyldon’s first album. He would never ever surpass it. Although his early records are as a whole all pretty good, this one is just a monster. Hyldon first made his name as a songwriter and producer before becoming a recording artist in his own right, and its partly that meticulous sensibility that makes this record such a pleasure to listen to. It is recorded amazing well and mixed perfectly, bursting with warmth and clarity in all its instrumentation and vocal arrangements. For once I can also say I am happy as punch with the mastering job on a reissue, it sparkles like analog goodness.

Hyldon’s name rests alongside Cassiano and Tim Maia in the holy trilogy of Brazilian soul songwriters. He has a more “folk” approach to either of those, and those of you enthralled by the work of Terry Callier or Jon Lucien should find something to engage with here. But like a lot of great soul music from the 70s, the palette is stylistically eclectic. There is even a few whispy traces of “iê, iê, iê” in a couple places.

Hyldon’s limited vocal range may account for why he’s not quite a household name – most Brazilians are probably more familiar with the versions of his songs recorded by Tim Maia, for example – but it’s damn impressive what he does with melodies and grooves locked tight and nestled one inside the other. Like spooning. Strings, brass, woodwinds, acoustic and electric guitars, a crisp drum kit, cuica, organ, electric piano, analog synths, are all used very intelligently and strategically – sometimes all at once, while never overpowering the song. I’m honestly blown away by the production on this record. I could say “there’s not a bad song on it,” as the phrase goes among my brethren. But that would not be accurate, because the point here is that all the songs are REALLY GOOD. I can’t even sit here and talk about album highlights, because it’s all too much. If you want that kind of thing, listen to it and pick your own.

The reissue is really a labor of love, with previously unissued photographs and copious notes about each individual song. We get to hear about Hyldon’s fling with Maria Crueza and him basically blowing her off (“I loved her more like a brother..” WTF was he thinking? It’s Maria Crueza!!), about him hanging out on the beach taking acid, of songs taking inspiration from Schopenhaur, Machado de Assis, and Arthur C. Clarke. He provides details of conversations and events leading up to the idea for a song – such detail, in fact, that I sometimes wonder if he’s just making this shit up. But presuming he just has an incredible memory, in spite or perhaps because of his extra-curricular beach activities, it is really pretty cool for him to share all this info with us. His lyrics are not going to win any accolades from Chico Buarque – we learn from his commentary, for example, that his song about riding a bicycle with his girlfriend “Vamos Passear de Bicicleta” was actually inspired by his idea that it would be really cool to ride around with a girlfriend together on bicycles, stopping for ice-cream or to skim rocks of a lake, sing her songs in a flowery meadow, and so on. Who would have guessed? Granted this example is not terribly fair to Hyldon – more sober songs like “As Dores do Mundo” and the title track “Na Rua, Na Chuva, Na Fazenda”, are not silly at all. In fact I find them to emote quite moving stuff I can easily relate to. What Hyldon’s songs might lack in formal lyrical complexity, they make up for with their sincerity – you can feel that he really means what he’s singing about, and I can’t help being charmed by that. The anecdotes he provides only adds to that charm.

My apologies if this post sounds more whimsical and ‘lite’ than others on this blog. Perhaps it’s because this album makes me genuinely happy, and there’s not too much I can say that about lately. In fact I have listened to this album twice today while preparing the contents of this post. Since I also tend to write the commentary while listening, I can credit Hyldon with any pleasure you’ve derived reading this. All shortcomings are of course my own.

I seriously went back and forth about a dozen times about the idea of including some song samples here. Even if it were just the A- and B-sides of the single released before the album. But I just can’t. This is a record to put on and listen to from start to finish. So you’ll just have to trust me and check this one out.

With the money from this album, Hyldon was at last able to buy himself a new shirt.

Oh, now that I am done with gushing about how great the album, I can find one fault — the addition of two pointless remixes to the CD reissue, courtesy of the group Bossacucanova. I am no Luddite, but I fail to see how their electronic treatment of “As Dores do Mundo” does anything but murder the song. I mean, it’s really awful. The original vibe just vaporizes into the techno ether. The second remix, of the title track, fares much better with its dub styling of the song. In fact, it’s actually listenable. I still don’t understand the point of including these. If it is some sort of nod to “updating” the relevance of the album, it’s utterly unnecessary. This album still sounds completely fresh.

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  1. Fantastic post from start to finish! Thanks a lot.
    Great write up, don't see what's 'lite' about it. I prefer sincere enthusiasm and subjectiveness over all those blogs that simply copy and paste a meaningless allmusic review!

    Got to confess that i never got really crazy about the whole samba soul thing. Simply can't hear what's so great about Cassiano and even Tim Maia (yeah, i know, that's blasphemy for many of you…).

    But this album, phew, it's amazing. Callier and Lucien are good reference points.

    Really grateful to get a flac upgrade!

  2. Hi, really nice blog, grand size covers, 320/flacs to choose from..
    but zshare??? Their speed is always ~10kb/s. It's impossible to download /except in like 10 hours/. Not to mention that adsblocked s**t.
    So anyway, nice blog to LOOK at.

  3. May I be the first to say, pure and simple —


  4. I'll be the second –

    FUCK YOU, dickless anonymous coward.

    I bet mummy and daddy gave you a new sportscar for your 21st birthday and you complained about the colour.

    Lots of whingeing about the RIAA in blogland, not enough about assholes like you who are the real blog killers. Get a life, get a name.

  5. …Vou esquecer de tudo das dores do mundo
    Não quero saber quem fui, mas sim o que sou…
    " de que valem as luzes da cidade
    se no meu caminho a luz é Natural…" Hyldon na chuva ou na fazenda é maravilhoso !!! Parabéns pelo Blog

  6. Maybe i'm a retard but whats the password.

  7. In my best Portuguese, muito, muito obrigado meu amigo, Flabbergast.

    And in my best English to that dick head in the earlier post, you really, really suck. And you know who you are.

  8. password is:


  9. Hey, really nice blog! But these two links are broken. Could you please repost it on Megaupload or Rapidshare?
    Can't find it in 320 Mp3 anywhere but here.

    Thank you!

  10. I just discovered your wonderful blog. Thanks for all the hard work and commentary. I am saddened, though, when some of the flac files have disappeared, as is the case with this album. I will content myself with the mp3 files and hope that someday, when you inherit limitless free time, you will be able to re-upload the lossless format of this album. Thanks again!

  11. hey there folks. Links are now active again.

    Same password as before

  12. muito bom ,

    obrigado pelo post

  13. Hi Flabbergast, please would it be possible to re-up that album by any chance? I'm looking for it in good quality everywhere in vain.
    Love your blog!


    • Thanks Aurel, it'll take me a few days to find it but I'll move your request to the front of the pile because you took the time to write something nice and in complete sentences, whereas most people here just grunt "link dead", "reup" or "music go 'way, Hulk mad!"

  14. Could you re-up the Hyldon in FLAC if possible.Many thanks for all your work on this great site!

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