Jards Macalé – Jards Macalé
Vinyl rip in 24 bit 96 khz | Art at 300 dpi
24 bit 96 khz – 927 MB | 16-bit 44.1 khz 235 MB
Polysom 33124-1| Released 2012 (Orig.1972) | Brazilian / Post-Tropicália / Samba / Soul – Funk
This record seems to fit the mood right now. It is, somehow, a demonstration of how to remain calm while everything falls apart around you. Brazil is very close to electing an right-wing extremist so repugnant that I don’t even want to name him here, and the US senate is poised to send the definitive reaffirmation, backed by a few thousand years of patriarchy, that women are still the property of men and do not deserve to be heard in the public sphere. There might not be anything specifically political about this record, but it captures a kind of quiet perseverance, wrapped in melancholy, that are in so many of the best records from this period – the worst, most repressive years of Brazil’s military dictatorship.
“Let’s Play That” seems to be a fan favorite here. “Movimento dos barcos” is just flat-out beautiful. A different version of the song “Revendo Amigos” was used in the final credits of the great Nelson Pereira dos Santos’s (RIP) film “O Amuleto de Ogum” from 1974. And at the end, Macalé gives us a teaser of “Hotel das Estrelas”, a composition of his that Gal Costa recorded on her album “Legal.” I would have liked to have heard more than one minute of it, but the way it ends in an ellipsis, quietly, with a murmur of off-mic speech and “tá legal,” it’s cool, that’s good just like that — is somehow a fitting way to wrap things up. The whole album has a sparse, stripped down sound, keeping to acoustic guitars, drums, and bass (the only electric instrument here). It features the great Tuti Moreno on drums (future husband of Joyce) . His next record to be released, Aprender a nadar, is more stridently experimental and for that reason perhaps more interesting to some people, but this debut remains a brilliant introduction to a musician and composer whose influence far exceeds the volume of his recorded output, which has always been rather sparse.
Although it is still possible to find original pressings of this classic Jards Macalé for a not-totally-insane price, I caved in a few years back and got the Polysom reissue. Like all Polysom reissues, it has some surface noise and crackle right out of the shrink wrap, which SHOULD be unacceptable for a brand new LP. But at least it seems like they used a decent source for the mastering.
A1 – Farinha Do Desprezo 4:33
A2 – Revendo Amigos 6:29
A3 – Mal Secreto 2:55
A4 – 78 Rotações 4:50
B1 – Movimento Dos Barcos 2:45
B2 – Meu Amor Me Agarra E Geme E Treme E Chora E Mata 3:57
B3 – Let’s Play That 5:43
B4 – Farrapo Humano / A Morte 4:09
B5 – Hotel Das Estrelas 1:02
Manufactured By – Poly Som Com. E Ind. de Plásticos Ltda.
Acoustic Guitar – Jards Macalé, Lanny Gordin
Arranged By – Jards Macalé, Lanny Gordin, Tutty Moreno
Bass – Lanny Gordin
Drums – Tutty Moreno
Leader – Jards Macalé
Voice – Jards Macalé
Cover – Luciano Figueiredo, Oscar
Photography By – Eduardo Clark
Engineer – Joaquim, João, Paulo Sérgio
Executive-Producer – Guilherme Araújo
Lacquer Cut By – Will Cutter
Artwork restoration by Leando Arraews (Lastudio) courtesty of the archive of Charles Gavin
Nota: Any possible informational errors in the packaging is due to the faithful reproduction of the original artwork.
Alice Soares, Edna Franco, José Antonio Éboli, William Tardelli, Charles Gavin, Alberto Villar
Polysom 2012 reissue Vinyl; Pro-Ject RM-5SE with Audio Tecnica AT440-MLa cartridge; Speedbox power supply; Creek Audio OBH-15; M-Audio Audiophile 192 Soundcard ; Adobe Audition at 32-bit float 96khz; clicks and pops removed with Click Repair, manually auditioned, and individually with Adobe Audition 3.0; resampled using iZotope RX 2 Advanced SRC and dithered with MBIT+ for 16-bit. Converted to FLAC in either Trader’s Little Helper or dBPoweramp. Tags done with Foobar 2000 and Tag and Rename.