Demônios da Garoa – Trem das 11 (1964)

Demônios da Garoa
“Trem das 11”
Released 1964 on Chantecler
This reissue, 1995 – Warner / Continental

1. Saudosa maloca
2. Barracão pegou fogo
3. Abrigo de vagabundos
4. A promessa de jacó
5. Prova de carinho
6. Chum-chim-chum
7. As mariposas
8. Trem das onze
9. Iracema
10. Lenço na molera
11. Conselho de mulher
12. Samba do arnesto

The Demônios in 1964 were: Arnaldo, Atoninho, Claudio, Narciso and Roberto.

This is THE classic record from the Demônios da Garoa, one that could easily be titled “Adoniran Barbosa’s Greatest Hits,” since 8 of the 12 tracks are authored by him. The Demônios have always been most recognizable by their impeccable harmonies and uplifting sense of silliness and humor. I admit I don’t always get the regional colloquialisms and jokes, but it would be hard not to be in a better mood after putting this album on. I had been thinking this album was a collection, because a lot of these tunes appear on earlier records of theirs, but I seem to be wrong. It appears that they re-recorded a lot of the songs they had previously committed to tape. The result is a solid listen of huge historical importance to São Paulo samba. And virtually all of my favorite compositions by Adoniran are here — the title cut Trem Das Onze, Saudosa Maloca, Iracema, Abrigo de Vagabundos, As Mariposas… I first heard most of these tunes on Adinoran’s own albums from 1974 and 1975, so hearing these renditions was a bit jarring the first time. But a generation of Brazilian samba fans grew up on these versions from the Demônios da Garoa, I’ve grown to love them more with every listen.


Biography by Alvaro Neder

The Demônios da Garoa recorded 26 78 albums and, in total, 67 singles, LPs, and CDs, enjoying massive national popularity in the ’50s and ’60s with a revival in 1994. Mentioned in the 1994 edition of the Guiness Book of Records as the oldest popular music group in activity, they completed 58 years of work in 2001. Interpreting the samba done in São Paulo with a very peculiar style, they chronicle the way of life of Brazil’s biggest metropolis and its characters as seen by a common person of the streets, where the corrupted Portuguese of the São Paulo state redneck and of the Italian descent paulistano perform a prominent role.

They formed in São Paulo in 1943 as Grupo do Luar, playing as amateurs in parties and serenatas. They opened in radio that same year in March at a novice show at the Rádio Bandeirantes. As the group won a radio contest, they were hired by Emissoras Unidas. The initial formation was Francisco Paulo Gallo (tam-tam), Artur Bernardo (violão), the brothers Cláudio Rosa (pandeiro) and Arnaldo Rosa (the oldest one, 15 at the time, percussion/vocals), and Antônio Gomes Neto (violão tenor). Gallo and Cláudio departed after a while and Artur died in 1955. In 1949, the group’s recording for the folkloric “Mulher Rendeira” was included in Lima Barreto’s film O Cangaceiro. The first 78 had the balanceio “Siri Malvado” (Jair Gonçalves) and the maracatu “Rio Verde” (Antônio Diogo/Juraci Rago). It was released in June 1950. In 1951 and 1952, they won the Carnival contest of the city of São Paulo with two Adoniran Barbosa sambas, “Malvina” and “Joga a Chave” (with Osvaldo Molles). The history of Barbosa and the Demônios is intertwined, as the Demônios made the basis of their repertory from Barbosa’s compositions. The first recordings of Barbosa’s later megahits “Saudosa Maloca,” “Samba do Arnesto,” and “Trem Das Onze” were by the Demônios. “Saudosa Maloca” and “Samba do Arnesto” were performed for the first time in 1954 at the Rádio Nacional (São Paulo) and recorded in the next year. In 1958, the group participated in the film Vou Te Contá (Alfredo Palácios), and, in the next year, in Dorinha No Society (Geraldo Vietri). In 1958, they recorded the first 8″ LP, Saudosa Maloca (Odeon), which had two hits with “Iracema” and “As Mariposas.” In 1964, they presented “Trem Da Onze” (Adoniran Barbosa) at the Rio de Janeiro Carnival contest, winning the competition. They continued to record extensively during the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s. In 1993 and 1994, they entered the Guiness Book of Records as the oldest popular musical group active in the world (in 1993 just as the oldest group in Brazil). The Demônios da Garoa continue their activities with the following formation: Arnaldo Rosa (afoxê), Sérgio Rosa (Arnaldo’s son, pandeiro), Antônio Gomes Neto, the Toninho (violão tenor), Ventura Ramirez (seven string violão), Osvaldinho da Cuíca (cuíca) and Sidney Cláudio Thomazzi, the Simbad (cavaquinho). Demônios da Garoa – 50 anos (Warner, 1994), commemorating 50 years of activity, was awarded with the Prêmio Sharp and had the hit “Seu Querer” (Sílvio Mury/Bembeco). The group also was paid homage by São Paulo’s municipality, which instituted the Demônios da Garoa Week. In 2000, the group recorded the CD Mais Demônios do Que Nunca.


* 55 Anos de Garoa (1997)
* Demônios da Garoa Hoje (1995
* 50 Anos (1994)
* Esses Divinos Demônios da Garoa (1990)
* O Samba Continua (1980)
* 34 Anos de Música Brasileira (1977)
* Samba do Metrô (1975)
* Torre de Babel (1974)
* Abre a Gira (1973)
* Eu Sou de Lá (1972)
* Agüenta a Mão, João (1971)
* Sai de Mim, Saudade (1971)
* Doido Varrido (1969)
* Ói Nóis Aqui Tra Veis (1969)
* É De Samba Vol. 2 (1968)
* É De Samba (1968)
* Leva Este (1968)
* Eu Vou Pro Samba (1965)
* Trem das Onze (1964)
* Mas Demônios Que Nunca (1962, Argentina)
* Demônios Em Sambas Infernais (1961)
* Pafunça (1958)
* Demônios da Garoa (1957)
* Saudosa Maloca (1957)

Maiores Sucessos (ordem cronológica)

* 1951 – Malvina
* 1955 – O Samba do Arnesto
* 1955 – Saudosa Maloca
* 1956 – Iracema
* 1965 – Iracema (regravação do antigo sucesso de 1956)
* 1965 – Trem das Onze

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  1. Adoniran Barbosa is a giant. If we listen carefully to his mid-70's LP's on EMI Odeon, then what we are really listening to is a greatest hits of his work over the past 30 years. Both of those albums are perfection.

  2. Flabbergasted, passar por aqui é sempre uma surpresa. " trem das onze " me faz viajar e querer apenas uma pausa de mil compassos para lembrar de coisas boas . 🙂 Tia ionca

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