VIDA DE MINHA VIDA – ATAULFO ALVES VOL. 1
Ataulfo Alves 1993 Revivendo (RVCD 086)
1 Sexta-feira (Almirante, 1933)
2 Saudades do meu barracão (Floriano Belham, 1935)
3 O coração não envelhece (Ataulfo Alves e Seu Estado Maior, 1950)
4 Teus olhos (Aurora Miranda, 1939)
5 Mulher, toma juízo (Gilberto Alves, 1938)
6 Canção do nosso amor (Déo. 1939)
7 Não irei lhe buscar (Ataulfo Alves e Suas Pastoras, 1944)
8 Fale mal, mas fale de mim (Aracy de Almeida. 1939)
9 Até breve (Sylvio Caldas, 1937)
10 Vida de minha vida (Ataulfo Alves, 1949)
11 Mensageiro da saudade (Elisete Cardoso, 1950)
12 Eu não sabia (Anjos do Inferno, 1943)
13 Rainha da beleza (Orlando Silva, 1937))
14 Mártir no amor (Ataulfo Alves e Suas Pastores, 1945)
15 Mulher do Seu Oscar (Odete Amaral, 1940)
16 Mil corações (Nuno Roland, 1938)
17 Quanta tristeza! (Carlos Galhado, 1937)
18 Quem me deve me paga (Ataulfo e Suas Pastores, 1956)
19 Errei sim (Dalva de Oliveira, 1950)
20 Pelo amor que eu tenho a ela (Francisco Alves, 1936)
21 Pai Joaquim d’Angola (Ataulfo Alves e Suas Pastoras, 1955)
Produced by Leon Barg
Engineering – Ayrton Pisco
Recordings originally made for the following labels: Odeon, RCA Victor, Columbia, Star, and Sínter
Ataulfo Alves was a badass. He was one of a rare handfull of samba
composers of his generation who also had a successful career as a
recording artist at the same time, and was amazing in both roles. He had striking good looks and stage charisma, a marvelous singing voice, and his arrangements of his own tunes are some of the funkiest things you’ll hear from the golden age of samba. These
two volumes from Revivendo (a label that is to older “Velha Guarda”
music what Chronological or Yazoo are to U.S. music) do a fantastic job
of presenting some of his own recordings alongside hits by huge icons of
the day like Francisco Alves, Silvio Caldas, Aracy de Almeida,
Almirante, Orlando Silva and others. They all bring tremendous vivacity to his work. Both Carmen Miranda AND her sister
Aurora are represented. Another rarity of note is one side of Elizete
Cardoso’s very first 78 rpm recording. Apparently the release was
recalled “for technical reasons” (no idea what that means), and no
indication is given of what was used for this CD – in spite of the date
being 1950, the sound is much worse than the tracks dating from the 30s.
Anyway it is cool to have it.
I love the Revivendo label. The
sound is typically very good, avoiding the pitfalls of trying to
“polish” these old gems with heavy-handed noise reduction and so on.
I wish they would hire a decent graphic designer, though.
Ataulfo deserves a long blog post celebrating his life and work. But it is carnaval right this second and what are you doing at home on the internet anyway? If you aren’t in a carnivalesque country, at least put on some music and dance around your room.
It is hard to pick a few tunes off this for a short playlist because, seriously, they are all great. But here are a few, including one performed by the Anjos do Inferno, a group whose name translates into “Hell’s Angels” which is kind of funny since they couldn’t be more temporally or culturally removed from the biker gang or from Roger Corman exploitation flicks. These are Hells Angels you could invite over for tea.