Almir Guinéto – Almir Guinéto (1986) (RGE 308.6118)

Almir Guinéto
Almir Guinéto
1986 RGE 308.6118

A1 Caxambu (Bidubi/Jorge Neguinho/Zé Lobo/Élcio do Pagode)
A2 Mel Na Boca (David Correa)
A3 Superman (Almir Guinéto/Adalto Magalha)
A4 Cenário (Almir Guinéto/Adalto Magalha/Capri)
A5 Quem Me Guia (Beto Sem Braço/Serginho Meriti)
A6 Lama Nas Ruas (Almir Guinéto/Zeca Pagodinho)
B1 Conselho (Adilson Bispo/Zé Roberto)
B2 Santo Errado (Almir Guinéto/Adalto Magalha/Capri)
B3 Pra Que Tanta Marra? (Arlindo Cruz/Sombinha/Acyr Marques)
B4 Flecha Do Cupido (Almir Guinéto/Beto Sem Braço/Guará da Empresa)
B5 Feito Aguardente (Almir Guinéto/Adalto Magalha)
B6 Hoje (Almir Guinéto/Luverci Ernesto)

Recorded and mixed at Transamérica Studios in Rio de Janeiro in the months of May and June, 1986

Produced and directed by Milton Manhães

Technical credits

Production coordinator – Marcos Salles
Arrangments and orchestration – Ivan Paulo
Recording and mixing engineer – Claudio Farias
Recording assistants – Cidinho Rodrigus, Lélio Martins, Luis Fernando, Edson Brandão, Paulo Cesar
Studio support – Cecília de Souza, Sandra Rolszt
Studio manager – Fátima Guimarães
Editing and assembly – Wilson Medeiros, Beto Silva
Hairdresser – Pedrinho (Stúdio 22 and JOta’s da Barra)

Photo – Oskar Sjostedt
Assistants – Lúcia and Oskar Augusto
Production – João Wagner
Makeup – Tê Nunes
Art director – Wilson Santos
Assistant – Cátia C. dos Santos
Final artwork – Oswaldo de Souza Azevedo


RGE 308.6118 vinyl; Pro-Ject RM-5SE with Audio Tecnica AT440-MLa cartridge; Speedbox power supply; Creek Audio OBH-15; Audioquest King Cobra cables; M-Audio Audiophile 192 Soundcard ; Adobe Audition at 32-bit float 192khz; clicks and pops removed with Click Repair on very light settings, manually auditioning the output; further clicks removed with Adobe Audition 3.0; dithered and resampled using iZotope RX Advanced. Converted to FLAC in either Trader’s Little Helper or dBPoweramp. Tags done with Foobar 2000 and Tag and Rename. Transferred Summer 2017.

Saravá! Only a few days to spare before carnival and I haven’t blogged about any Brazilian music in 2018.  I’ll ask the pardon of the saints and orixás.   Here is another solid album from Almir Guinéto – I posted one here last year, shortly after he passed away. This has got plenty of ‘roots’ samba vibes and rhythms to it, from jongo to partido alto to pagode, but also has some of the sweet balladeer romanticism that would be elevated to diabetic levels by the future genre calling itself ‘pagode’.  For those unfamiliar with contemporary pagode – it might be imagined as what would happen if somebody taught One Direction how to sing in Portuguese and gave them cavaquinhos. But don’t worry, the honey-laced Mel Na Boca are still miles away from that, as are other ballads like Cenário or Lama Nas Ruas (co-written with the great Zeca Pagodinho).  Take away the dated-sounding synthesizer that occasionally crops up to remind you this was recorded in 1986, and these romantic songs would sound natural in the dulcet tenor of Cartola.  A lot of these songs became classics in Almir’s repertoire and he even rerecorded some of them again, like Caxambú.

There’s some mystical stuff in there wrapped in all that upbeat effervescent joy.  If you like this and the other album I posted, check out his work with Fundo de Quintal and Os Originais do Samba.  And check out Arlindo Cruz and Jorge Aragão too while you’re at it.

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  1. Thanks for the lovely music! I would be dancing in the streets except there’s a few inches of snow on the ground here and it’s beastly cold.

  2. Any chance of reup on this one? Thank you

  3. What an incredible album! Thank you!

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