Luiz Gonzaga – Quadrilhas e marchinhas juninas (1965)

Luiz Gonzaga
1965 RCA
This vinyl rip from a 1973 RCA Dynaflex repress

1 Pot-pourri Instrumental:
Fim de festa (Zito Borborema)
Polca fogueteira (Luiz Gonzaga)
Lascando o cano (Luiz Gonzaga – Zé Dantas)
Pagode russo (Luiz Gonzaga)
Fogueira de São João (Luiz Gonzaga – Carmelina Albuquerque)

2 Olha pro céu (Instrumental)
(José Fernandes, Luiz Gonzaga)
3 São João na roça (Instrumental)
(Luiz Gonzaga, Zé Dantas)
4 Fogo sem fuzil
(José Marcolino, Luiz Gonzaga)
5 Quero chá
(José Marcolino, Luiz Gonzaga)
6 Matuto de opinião
(Gonzaguinha, Luiz Gonzaga)
7 Boi bumbá
(Gonzaguinha, Luiz Gonzaga)
8 O maior tocador
(Luiz Guimarães)
9 Piriri
(Ary Rangel, João Silva)

Vinyl -> Pro-Ject RM-5SE turntable (with Sumiko Blue Point 2 cartridge, Speedbox power supply); Creek Audio OBH-15; M-Audio Audiophile 192 Soundcard ; Adobe Audition at 32-bit float 192khz; Click Repair light settings; individual clicks and pops taken out with Adobe Audition 3.0 – resampled (and dithered for 16-bit) using iZotope RX Advanced. Tags done with Foobar 2000 and Tag&Rename.


Well I had hoped to get this post done yesterday but it just didn’t happen. Yesterday was the official day of São Pedro but since today is the very last day of June, I am barely saved from being a day late and a dollar short. There are still festas juninas going on the northeast, and if you are at one you obviously don’t need this LP, but for everyone else you can entertain yourself with Luiz Gonzaga. Gonzagão must have made a dozen São João-themed LPs in his lifetime (including a “volume two” to compliment this particular record a decade later, which I’ve never seen). The first side of the LP is entirely instrumental, including a medley that rips through tunes both familiar and arcane from his catalog. Gonzaga’s playing never fails to stun but if instrumental forró is not your thing, you might find yourself checking your watch as you wait for the second half. Side Two features six short and sweet vocal tracks. Although none of these probably make it on a ‘best of’ collection (I’m not sure about the CD boxset, which one of these days I will invest in), but I had heard at least a couple of them somewhere before picking up this album. Boi Bumbá and Piriri are Gonzaga at his finest, the latter being a fantastic São João song with a chorus that will stick in your head for hours.

The former track, Boi Bumbá, has a great extended verse/bridge section where the singers divide up cow and deliberate on which parts go to whom. This is actually a vocal duet, trading off with another singer, whose identity is unknown to me. I could try to find this out by reading a biography on Gonzaga, but I am basically lazy and do not know how to read. So I will appeal to any blog followers here for information – does anybody know? It is a double mystery in that the song also has a writing credit (along with preceding track `Matuto de opinão’) given to a Luiz Gonzaga Junior. My first reaction to seeing this was — this CAN’T be Gonzaguinha, the adopted son of Gonzagão who had his own brilliant recording career in the 70s. Well, checking on his birth date, I discovered that he actually would have been twenty years old by 1965, so technically it is possible. But Gonzaguinha’s own work would totally eschew the kind of rustic regionalisms that form the backbone of his father’s repertoire in favor of jagged social commentary and political engagement, having over 50 of his compositions censored by the military government. Even though his recording career had yet to begin in 65, as far as I know he was involved with the student movement of the time and I just can’t imagine him having anything to do with these two tracks. So, it must be a coincidence, right? Or maybe not. Anyone with clues please leave them in the comments here.

I felt so badly about the mediocre O Cavaquinho no Forró album earlier this week having been the only ‘celebration’ for São João or the festas juninas on the blog this year, that I thought I would make it up to you by getting this post up just under the wire. Please accept my peace offering.

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Pra onde vai a barrigueira?
Vai pra Miguel Pereira
E a vassoura do rabo?
Vai pro Zé Nabo
De que é o osso da pá?
De Joãozinho da Fornemá
E a carne que tem na nuca?
É de seu Manuca
De quem é o quarto trazeiro?
De seu Joaquim marceneiro
E o osso alicate?
De Maria Badulate
Pra quem dou a tripa fina?
Dê para a Sabina
Pra quem mando este bofe?
Pro Doutor Orlofe
E a capado filé?
Mande para o Zezé
Pra quem vou mandar o pé?
Para o Mário Tiburé
Pra quem dou o filé miõn?
Para o doutor Calmon
E o osso da suã?
Dê para o doutor Borjan
Não é belo nem doutor
Mas é bom trabalhador
Mas é véio macho, sim sinhor
É véio macho, sim sinhor
É bom pra trabaiá
Rói suã até suar
Ê boi, ê boi
Ê boi do mangangá..

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  2. I really appreciate all you post. I look forward to giving this a listen. Take care, Dr. Orlofe….

  3. Hi. Thank you for posting, but can you reup anything 'cause both are down. Thank you

  4. um, not sure what you mean. both links seem to be working

  5. hi. thanks for many upload.
    your vinyl sound is very clean.
    is there processed some effect?
    i can hear any vinyl noise.
    please let me know. thanks!

  6. thanks SsaNoo Kim! No, no effects, just good equipment and a little practice and experimentation in my setup, and very minimal processing. This LP was not even particularly "pristine" but I cleaned it on a record cleaning machine and the rest was as follows (printed above but easy to miss):
    Vinyl -> Pro-Ject RM-5SE turntable; Creek Audio OBH-15; M-Audio Audiophile 192 Soundcard ; Adobe Audition at 32-bit float 192khz; Click Repair light settings; individual clicks and pops taken out with Adobe Audition 3.0 – resampled (and dithered for 16-bit) using iZotope RX Advanced. Tags done with Foobar 2000 and Tag&Rename.

    The application "Click Repair" is a small application designed specifically to remove clips and pops from vinyl or old tapes. When adjusted properly it does not leave any digital "artifacts" behind (like the kind you heard on CDs that have abused a Noise Reduction filter) and is better than any other application I've used. Any random ticks or pops that it does not catch, I remove using a utility inside Adobe Audition.

    For this record there is an additional "trick" that I forgot to list in the description: a "mono fold down." As you can see on the record label, this is a MONO recording. But when they reissued these recordings in the 70s, most of them when poorly done. When cut to a vinyl LP into 2 channels, when playing them back on your (stereo) stylus you will hear all kinds of unpleasant distortions, what *may* be something like what electricians call "crosstalk", although I've never talked to an expert about why this happens. Anyway, on old stereo receivers from the late 60s through the 70s, you frequently see a button that says "mono", which `folds` the stereo signal into a true mono signal, and eliminates these distortions. On well mastered and manufactured LPs, engaging the "mono" button can sometimes be only a very subtle difference. On this other LPs done quickly and cheaply, which includes probably everything I have on RCA that was originally MONO, that button can make a HUGE difference.

    Well the designer of Click Repair had the good sense to include a "sum to mono" feature. I am saying all this because it made a very audible difference with THIS LP and I was already planning to send a track to a vinyl enthusiast friend of mine with whom I've discussed this. I want to show him one track in the "false mono" you get when you put the LP on your turntable normally, and the "true mono" version after engaging the "mono" button in Click Repair (or, your receiver). The difference on this LP is astonishing. If a record is just in terrible condition, though, there isn't much you can do to help it without compromising the audio – an example on this blog is the recent Pedrinho e Seu Conjunto LP, which is also a "false mono" that I folded down to 'true mono', but it's very noisy. The record is very scratched and worn, but it's somewhat rare so I posted it anyway. (It is listed for over R$100 on Mercado Livre, the Brazilian Ebay (with no guarantees on the condition, based on my experience with sellers there), which is ridiculous — I got mine on the street for probably R$3 or R$4.

    Thank you for you comment, I enjoy talking about this stuff, obviously.

  7. dear sir.
    i really appreciate.
    first, i got to say about my gears.
    i use..Shure M3D or Shure M95ED Cartridge -> Technics M3D turntable -> Yamaha C-4 Preamp(has Mono Button)
    when recordings Digidesign DIGI003 Audio Interface.(Sometimes use Panasonic SV3800) and ProTools9.0.4
    when kill the noise Waves Plug-In X-Noise, X-Crackle and X-Click.
    that Plug-In pretty sure to kill the noise but kill with other frequency.
    so sounds not 'CLEAR' like you. your Vinyl-Rip sounds likes only kill the noise. JUST only killed noise.

    is iZotope good to kill the noise? do you have any experience with X-Noise series?
    i use MAC and 'Click Noise' is running in Windows system.(ahh…i really wanna use it.)
    How about Click Repair compare X-Noise or other Noise Reduction Programs?
    you mean run iZotope in Adobe Audition, right?
    i know the iZotope can use in Pro-Tools.
    and why you down dithered to 16-bit?
    is it good to kill the noise?

    your sounds so Clear.
    i worked with X-Noise Series and it's good to kill the CLICK noise, but not good at hiss and crackle or other LP noise.
    maybe my skill so bad. it's so hard to kill just only noise.
    i'm impressed. i got many good 'dirty records'. i wanna convert them clear.:)

    i can hear a little Needle Tracking Noise, but it's almost fine.
    thanks for your information, i really appreciate.
    i think it's underrated blog. not many replies… why?
    great music, kind blogger…
    i feel sad, i can't understand 100% your words(but understood almost)
    because i'm Korean and sorry for my bad english.
    anyway thank you very much.

    • I don't know why some blogs (and posts inside a blog) get more replies than others.

      I actually use the stand-alone, separate iZotope RX Advanced rather than using it as a plug-in.

      It's *necessary* to dither from 24-bit (or 32-bit "floating point") to 16-bit. It does not help any noise problems, in fact in theory it can create distortions. I used to use Apogee UV22 for dithering, which is also very good.

      The 24-bit files (where are provided here as a FLAC fileset) have not been dithered.

      I have experimented with iZotope "denoise" process but I don't like it. Click Repair is much simpler and "transparent." You can find the problem in many places on the internet or download it directly from them, it's only $40. It also has a "de-crackle" feature, but I do not use it. Generally, the `declick` setting is enough. BUT, I do not remember if Click Repair program will run on a MAC. I have never used any of the X-Noise software.

      I hear more needle tracking noise on my worn-out LPs (this Luiz Gonzaga is actually pretty worn) than on new or Near Mint LPs. But even with those, I sometimes get what is called "inner ring distortion" as the arm gets close to the center of the record.

      Your vinyl setup sounds good. I used to have a DIGI 001 but sold it since I know longer write or record my own music. Often, noise is introduced into the signal path by your equipment itself. Technics makes good turntables, but I don't know yours (I know the SL-1200 mk2 better). I don't know that Yamaha amplifier either. A good pair of RCA cables is actually very important. Some people go crazy and spend THOUSANDS of dollars on interconnect or RCA cables but I think that is crazy. I got a `low-end` pair of Audioquest cables (from either China or Korea, actually) to go from my preamp to my soundcard, which were an improvement over what I had been using. The Pro-jekt turntable comes with it's own set of high quality cables.

      Good, "clean" electricity in your house is also important, properly shielded and grounded, because that can also produce noise. Where I used to live in a small town in Brazil I always had some electrical noise even after I bought a power conditioner or stabilizer. I think I would have had to invest in something really expensive to "clean" that electrical current. Where I live now, the power grid is more stable and much better.

      You do not have to apologize for your English, I can understand you perfectly.

    • Thanks a lot.
      gonna figure out about Click Repair and iZotope RX Advanced.
      i use Technics SL-1200 MK3D(which is same SL-1200 MK3 but 'D' means dust cover)
      and Yamaha C-4 is Great Preamp. it's pretty expensive when it's came out.

      i know electricity is important. i'm living in apartment and it's safe and correct.(i got electricity tester)
      this apartment built in 2008. Ground is Perfect.

      all my cables are made by myself. i use several cables..
      Mogami, Belden, Neumann, Siemens… just i don't use cheap china cable..they are terrible for shield..
      i can't use Thousand dollor for cable.. and i don't want that. haha.. that's crazy

      sounds like you are professional or some kind engineer.
      i really appreciate for your 'Knowledge' and some 'Tips'.
      thank you again, and have a beautiful weekend!

  8. yep. and this time its for good.

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