Vamos Dançar Quadrilha (1976)

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“Vamos Dançar Quadrilha”
Passarela LP – 60.081 (Rozenblit)
Released 1976

Music by Martins da Sanfona
Dance calling / announcing by J. Austregésilo
Artistic Direction: Nelson Ferreira
Recorded in Recife, Pernambuco

Transcription details:
Vinyl -> Pro-Ject RM-5SE turntable (with Sumiko Blue Point 2 cartridge, Speedbox power supply) > Creek Audio OBH-15 -> M-Audio Audiophile 2496 Soundcard -> Adobe Audition 3.0 at 24-bits 96khz -> Click Repair light settings -> dithered and resampled using iZotope RX Advanced

Special thanks to “Helida” for writing her name on the album jacket and label three or four times.

The tracks:

01 – Os Cumprimentos
02 – O Passo da Chuva
03 – Dança do Xis
04 – A Dança da Roda
05 – O Túnel
06 – Os Cumprimentos (sem marcação)
07 – O Passo da Chuva (sem marcação)
08 – Dança do Xis (sem marcação)
09 – A Dança da Roda (sem marcação)
10 – O Túnel (sem marcação)

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So here we are, the first-ever INSTRUCTIONAL DANCE RECORD at Flabbergasted Vibes! This is an album teaching you how to join a gang and deal drugs. Wait, that’s not right… This is an album teaching you how to square-dance, Brazilian-style. For some etymological reason I simply do not know, the same word for square-dance or ‘hoe-down’ is also the same word used for gangs in Brazilian Portuguese. So you have to be careful when you are invited to join in a quadrilha and, let me tell you, I found out the hard way.

This is a frivolous post. I was drinking earlier during the Brazil v. North Korea World Cup match. I am well sobered up now but it doesn’t take me much to get me tipsy and so I don’t have much to say other than this record is rather silly but should make some of you happy. The first side of the album divides the dance into its respective five parts, and has an announcer calling out instructions to all of you dancing along at home (“Grab your partner” kind of stuff…” seriously, this is Brazilian square-dancing..). The music is loosely forró with sertanejo tendencies (I just coined this as a genre..), traditional music for this kind of dance which takes place in the northeast of Brazil during the “Festa Junina” leading up to the holiday of São João. Written and performed by accordian / sanfona player Martins da Sanfona and an uncredited band, the same exact music is repeated on the second side but without the announcer, so you can practice what you’ve learned on your own. If you are digging the music, for what its worth it sounds quite a bit better on the second side, due to the studio having rolled off the higher frequencies on the first side to make room for the announcer’s instructions to cut through the mix.. This was essentially a party record for the youngsters (right before they were recruited into drugs-and-arms-dealing gangs, of course), so crank it up at your next party and see what happens.

The instructions are broken down rather systematically on the album’s back cover, photographed and included with the other files here, for those interested.

Music scholar, writer, and author of many frevo songs Nelson Ferreira is credited with “artistic direction” but I think that basically means he was basically a consultant at the Rozenblitz recording studio and label at the time.

Vamos Dançar Quadrilha (1976) in 320 kbs em pee tree

Vamos Dançar Quadrilha (1976) in FLAC LOSSLESS AUDIO

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