Reposts – Sept 26, 2013

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From top left to bottom right:

 Antonio Adolfo e Brazuca (1970)
João Nogueira (1972)
Paulo Moura – Fibra (1971)
Ray Barretto – Indestructable (1973)
Bobby Hutcherson – Now! (1969) 
Alaíde Costa – Canta Suavamente (1960)

Some reups for all of you while I am busy with other things.  Please report any erroneous links you come across, cheers.

João Nogueira – MPB Especial (1975)

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João Nogueira

MPB Especial

May 3, 1975

Eduardo Gudin – violão / acoustic guitar

João Nogueira – vocal

Produced by J.C. Botezelli

01 – E lá Vou Eu (João Nogueira, Paulo César Pinheiro)

02 – Batendo a Porta (João Nogueira, Paulo César Pinheiro)

03 – Cigana (Romualdo Peixoto, Paulo Roberto)

04 – Mãe Solteira (Wilson Baptista, Jorge de Castro)

05 – Menina Moça (Luis Aontônio)

06 – Neuza (Zinco, Caxambu)

07 – A Timidez Me Devora (Jorginho, Walter Rosa)

08 – Cuidado com a Outra (Nelson Cavaquinho, Augusto Thomas)

09 – Mulher Valente é Minha Mãe (João Nogueira)

10 – Homem de Um Braço Só (João Nogueira)

11 – Meu Lema (João Nogueira, Gisa Nogueira)

12 – Beto Navalha (João Nogueira)

13 – Do Jeito que Rei Mandou (João Nogueira, Zé Catimba)

14 – Das 200 pra lá (João Nogueira)

Yet another marvel in the collection of television program MPB Especial, a truly precious legacy left by Fernando Faro. The subject is João Nogueiro (1941-2000), the ultimate ‘sambsitas das calçadas’ and one smooth cat. And this recording is in very nice audio quality, and with the unadorned intimacy of just vocal and guitar (courtesy of house musician Eduardo Gudin). João runs through a bunch of his own material, including of course his important writing partnership with Paulo César Pinheiro , Zé Catimba, and his sister Gisa. He also treats us to some interpretations of sambistas who were important to him like Nelson Cavaquinho (‘the father of us all’) in “Cuidado com o outro” and Wilson Batista “Mãe Solteira.” He ends the set with one of his most successful songs, “Das 200 pra lá” that was even rerecorded by a singer in Venezuela, which João only found out about via a letter, from his publisher presumably… The letter arrived, but the money still hadn’t…

According to legend a journalist once asked João Nogueira how his voice came to have such a deep and characteristically unique tone. His response: “As much beer and cigarettes as I feel like…”

Clara Nunes – Clara Nunes (1971)

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CLARA NUNES Released 1971 Odeon/EMI (SMOFB 3667)

01 – Aruandê Aruandá (Zé da Bahia)
02 – Participação (Didier Ferraz / Jorge Belizário)
03 – Meu Lema (João Nogueira / Gisa Nogueira)
04 – Ê Baiana (Fabrício da Silva / Baianinho / Ênio Santos Ribeiro / Miguel Pancrácio)
05 – Puxada da Rede do Xaréu – 1ª Parte (Maria Rosita Salgado Goes)
06 – Novamente (Luis Bandeira)07 – Misticismo da África ao Brasil (Mário Pereira / Wilmar Costa / João Galvão)
08 – Sabiá (Luis Gonzaga / Zé Dantas)09 – Rosa 25 (Geovana)
10 – A Favorita (Francisco Leonardo)
11 – Puxada da Rede do Xaréu – 2ª Parte (Maria Rosita Salgado Goes)
12 – Feitio de Oração (Vadico / Noel Rosa)
13 – Canseira (Paulo Diniz / Odibar) 14 – Morrendo Verso Em Verso (João Nogueira)

This is a vinyl rip from a nice heavy slab of Odeon vinyl. I daresay that this is probably the best-sounding digitized version you are likely to find. I DARE you to find one better, that’s right – I *DARE* YOU! Recently there was an entire boxset of Clara Nunes’ complete recordings released. I have no heard it yet, but if the last reissues I heard were any indication (`Claridade` and `Forças de Natureza’ being the culprits), I do not have terribly high hopes regarding their sound quality. Those two titles literally hurt my ears to listen to on CD — none of the depth and dynamic range of the original recordings are there, with everything sounding as equally loud as everything else, very harsh and painful to the ears.

Oh, the previous owner of this LP wrote their name on the front cover no less than 4 times. I removed it using the magic of Photoshop for this post, but I included the original inside the package, just in case YOU are that person and wish to tell me a story about some memorable experience with this album. They also wrote their name 4 times on the back cover, of which I could only remove 3 using digital trickery.

TRANSCRIPTION DETAILS:
Vinyl -> Pro-Ject RM-5SE turntable (with Sumiko Blue Point 2 cartridge, Speedbox power supply) > Creek Audio OBH-15 -> M-Audio Audiophile 2496 Soundcard -> Adobe Audition 3.0 at 24-bits 96khz -> Click Repair light settings -> dithered and resampled using iZotope RX Advanced. Tags done with Foobar 2000

Produced by Milton Miranda
Musica direction – Lindolpho Gaya
Production assistant – Adelzon Alvez
Recording engineer – Jorge E. Nivaldo

Arrangements by Maestros Orlando Silveira, Lindolpho Gaya, Nelsinho, and José Roberto (see back cover for details)

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This is Clara Nunes before she was the reigning Queen of Samba during the 1970s. Her earliest albums recorded in the 60s were a combination of MPB, bossa nova, música romántica, and the occasional samba. On this 1971 outing she sounds much more confident than those records; it is as if we are listening to her finding her footing as a mature artist. Fans who know only her samba records, for which she is quite justly more renowned, might be taken aback on first hearing this one, where she incorporates the former elements mentioned above along with frevo, forró, and some jovem quarda and tropicália derivatives. I was pleasantly surprised and delighted to hear her ethereal voice in these other contexts. My badly-written description here most likely makes the album sound like a cluttered mess. But as eclectic as it might be stylistically, and featuring arrangements by no less than four maestros (one of them the ubiquitous Gaya), it all hangs together by virtue of one overwhelming unifying factor — Clara Nunes. The baião from Zé Dantas and Luis Gonzaga, ‘Sabiá’, is particularly great, and Clara would make something of a tradition of including at least one tune from the forró genre on all her records throughout the decade. Luis Bandeira’s “Novamente,” is a frevo that, like 90% of the songs in that genre, celebrate the virtues of the ‘Venice of South America,’ Recife, and praises composers Nelson Ferreira and Capiba. Clara does the song justice.

This record is historically important for at least two main reasons. One is that it is the first of her albums to prominently feature sounds and imagery from the Afro-Brazilian traditions to which Clara would become more and more involved with throughout the decade. Compared to her later musical explorations in this area, these efforts are a bit clumsy. One awkward clunker on the album is “Misticismo da África ao Brasil” whose lyrics play like they were written for a tourist agency trying to attract people interested in Afro-Brazilian roots and heritage. The original liner notes of the LP mention how the album includes material highlighting “Clara’s new audiovisual image” incorporating these “folkloric” elements or some such drivel. But, to give producer Adelzon Alvez (who wrote the notes) a fair break, these were significant valorizations of the cultural values associated with African religious practices like those of candomblé and the more eclectic (and less Afrocentric) umbanda by a public figure and pop star. Alongside the awkward ‘Misticismo’, there is also a moody, theatrical inclusion of a 2-part piece written by Maria Rosita Salgado Goes (about whom I have no information other than she was Bahian and I believe taught music or poetry at UFBA), titled “Puxada da Rede do Xaréu” and divided with one part on each side of the LP… It’s very very much in the style of Dorival Caymmi’s songs about fisherman and fishing and Iemanjá. I don’t particularly like it much and would much rather hear Clara singing a Caymmi composition.

The second historically important thing about this record is the inclusion of two songs by João Nogueira (one co-written with his sister Giselle), who was then an up-and-coming “discovery” and would release his first album the following year.

The record also features a totally groovy interpretation of a Paulo Diniz tune, whose Englishness of approach in the strummy acoustic guitar, raggedy drum beat, and sustained organ chords must have made her fellow Mineiros in the Clube da Esquina collective wet their pants with excitement.

Samba purists will not find this album essential at all, but fans of Clara Nunes as an *artist* should not miss this entry in her discography.

p.s. This is for Andrew.

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João Nogueira – João Nogueira (1972)

This share is dedicated to J Thyme (http://jthymekind.blogspot.com/) in appreciation for all the great music he has introduced me to over the last few years. Not sure if you have this one already my friend, but if not I know you will love it!

João Nogueira
Odeon 1972
SMOFB 3749
Reissue 2008 EMI

1 – Morrendo verso em verso (João Nogueira)
2 – Maria Sambamba (Casquinha)
3 – Beto Navalha (João Nogueira)
4 – Mãe solteira (Wilson Batista – Jorge de Castro)
5 – Alô Madureira (João Nogueira)
6 – 7º Dia (Garça)
7 – Heróis da Liberdade (Silas de Oliveira – Mano Décio da Viola – M. Ferreira)
8 – Mariana da Gente (João Nogueira)
9 – Prum samba (Egberto Gismonti)
10 – Meu caminho (João Nogueira)
11 – Das 200 para lá (João Nogueira)
12 – Blá Blá Blá (João Nogueira) participação: Gisa Nogueira

Production by Milton Miranda and Maestro Gaya
Assistant Production – Adelzon Alves
Orchestral Arrangements – Maestro Gaya
Technical Director – Z.J.Merky
Recording Technicians: Nivaldo Duarte, Zilman Aráujo, and Toninho
Lab Technician – Willy Paiva Moreira
Remixing – Jorge Teixeira

Lay-out – Joel Cocchiararo
Photo – Calbert
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Quote from 2008 reissue back cover:
“Debut album the renowned sambista, who had come to fame as the author of “Das 200 para lá”, recorded by Eliana Pittman. Here the repetoire is made up of classics by Wilson Matista and Silas de Oliveira, and songs that would come to be recorded later by Clara Nunes, Martinho da Vila and other major names of samba. The biggest curiosity of this album is on account of a samba by Egberto Gismonti, “Prum Samba.”
–Thiago Marques Luiz

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I heard this album after his 2nd (E lá vou eu) and 3rd records (Vem que tem). I didn’t think those could be outdone, but good God is this album incredible from start to finish! I am particularly in love with the production, and the stereo Fender Rhodes electric piano and Hammond organ tones that adds an extra layer to an already-rich sonic stew. The arrangements managed to mix all this, along with occasional electric guitar, flute, and of course lots of percussion, in one of the best mixes I’ve ever heard on a samba album. This is samba of the first quality (primera qualidade!!). And the blurb from Thiago Marques Luiz is correct in pointing out the oddity of having a samba from Egberto Gismonti, who is known for his long-form jazz / fusion / classical compositions. There isn’t a bad song on this album. I should have more to say about this album — As J Thyme has observed, a person can spend months and months diving into the subtleties of some records, and Nogueira’s early stuff is a prime example. Textured, layered, rich and creamy samba.

 

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