Tim Maia – Disco Club (1978) (2018 Mr. Bongo reissue)

Tim Maia – Disco Club
2018 Mr. Bongo MRBLP156/ Original release 1978 Atlantic (Brazil)

I am making this blog post on May 31 so that it cannot be said that the first six months of 2020 did not have any Brazilian content whatsoever from Flabbergasted Vibes.  I guess I have been kind of ‘down’ on Brazil lately – fascism has run / been running amok there and the Covid situation is just heartbreaking.  Something’s got to change.  But today is a holiday in the U.S. and the unofficial start of summer, so in case your BBQ needs a soundtrack, here’s a fun Tim Maia album.  If you are totally new to Tim Maia, I personally wouldn’t pick Disco Club as an introduction. Not because I have a problem with the disco sound of a few tunes (and there are lots of soul tunes and a couple of funk slammers too, in case you have an irrational aversion to disco). Actually the first two tunes are an unapologetic-ally commercial take on disco without any of the underground currents or ripples which make that genre interesting, though ‘Ascendo O Farol’ scored a big hit for Tim.  But putting that aside, mostly I just don’t get as excited about this album as I do about most of his other records made both before and after this one. Lots of people love the record though, so YMMV. Contributions from Hyldon and Cassiano (who died this year from Covid-19)  help keep things lively.   Worth having just for ‘Sossego’ alone, but there are lots of great songs here.

Also, a word about Mr. Bongo – with most of their pressings, this one included, you may as well just play the CD release through a tube amp and save yourself the money. In fact, that may be all they are doing for their remastering. Many of their releases fall into the “nice to have on vinyl and I probably can’t afford an original copy” category, so they fill a particular niche of commodity fetishism.  At least their vinyl isn’t noisy right out of the wrapper like a lot of reissue labels, so they get some kudos for that.  Further bonus points for including an excerpt of Nelson Motta’s super fun book “Vale Tudo” in English translation.

A1 A Fim De Voltar 4:13
A2 Acenda O Farol 3:20
A3 Sossego 3:47
A4 Vitória Régia Estou Contigo E Não Abro 2:20
A5 All I Want 3:28
B1 Murmúrio 3:27
B2 Pais E Filhos 3:52
B3 Se Me Lembro Faz Doer 3:55
B4 Juras 3:18
B5 Jhony

All tracks composed by Tim Maia except:
A1 – Hyldon, Tim Maia
B1 – Cassiano
B2 – Arnaud Rodrigues, Piau

Recorded At – Estúdio Level
Recorded At – Estúdio Transamérica
Mixed At – Estúdio Transamérica

Alto Saxophone – Jorge Ferreira*, Sebastião Francisco
Arranged By – Tim Maia
Arranged By [Brass & Strings] – Lincoln Olivetti, Miguel Cidrás* (tracks: A3, B1 to B3, B5)
Artwork – Nilo De Paula
Artwork [Back & Inner Sleeve] – Ruth Freihof
Baritone Saxophone – Aurino Ferreira, Luiz Bezerra
Bass – Jamil Joanes
Bongos – Tim Maia
Clavinet, Electric Piano, Piano, Semi-Acoustic Guitar – Robson Jorge
Congas – Djalma Correa, Sidney Moreira*
Directed By – Mazola*
Drums, Ganzá – Paulo Braga*
Electric Piano, Organ [Hammond], Synth [Oberheim] – Lincoln Olivetti
Engineer – Andy P. Mills*, Don Lewis (2), Dudu (4)
Engineer [Auxiliary] – Zé Guilherme
Engineer, Mixed By – Carlos Duttweller, Vitor*
Guitar – Ary Piassarolo*, Henrique Sergio, Hyldon De Souza*, Pedro Anibal, Renato Ferreira*, Tim Maia
Photography By – Januário Garcia
Producer – Guti, Tim Maia
Tenor Saxophone – Juarez Assis
Trombone – Darcy Seixas, Edmundo Maciel
Trumpet – Darcy Da Cruz, Eraldo Reis, Geraldo Expedito
Vocals – Carlos Alberto*, Dudu*, Gastão Lamounier, Genival Da Silva, José Amaro, João Zenón (Fabio)*, Luiz Mendes Jr.*, Maria Aparecida, Maria Helena, Maria Rita (2), Max Luiz, Solange Ferreira, Tim Maia, Viviane Godoy*

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