Paulinho da Viola – Paulinho da Viola (1971, Mono pressing)

Paulinho Da Viola – Paulinho Da Viola
1971 Odeon – MOFB 3670
Style: Samba, MPB
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Mono

A1 – Num Samba Curto (02:48)
A2 – Pressentimento (02:47)
A3 – Para Ver As Meninas (02:47)
A4 – Nas Ondas Da Noite (02:06)
A5 – Filosofia Do Samba (02:10)
A6 – Consumir E Viver (02:42)
B1 – Lapa Em Três Tempos (Musica Incidental: Abre A Janela) (02:48)
B2 – Coração (02:05)
B3 – Minha Vez De Sorrir (02:47)
B4 – Reclamação (02:50)
B5 – Abraçando Chico Soares (02:00)
B6 – Vinhos Finos… Cristais (02:23)

Total length: 30:13

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This is one of two albums that Paulinho da Viola released in 1971, neither of which were titled. They are both great. It is made up mostly of original tunes, with a notable contribution from one of his mentors in the Portela samba school, Candeia (“Filosofia do Samba”).

And this album has the distinction of having  a true anomaly on it: a non-samba tune that Paulinho ever recorded, rare becausee Paulinho is a samba purist. “Consumir E Viver” is by the MPB songwriter Marcus Vinicius and while it still has sambista flourishes, it does stand out as being a bit more pop/rock (the coda of the song is a straight up 4/4 rock beat). It also features a harpsichord, an instrument which reappears at the end of the LP as well.

So there, there is some musical commentary, with bookends of verbose bloat.  In the words of one brilliant reviewer of a Spinal Tap album, this post, along with the rest of this blog, is one “Shit Sandwich”.

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Leci Brandão – Antes Que Eu Volte A Ser Nada (1975) (1980 Japan Polydor / Marcus Pereira WLP)

Leci Brandão – Antes Que Eu Volte A Ser Nada
Vinyl rip in 24-bit/192 kHz | FLAC |  300 dpi scans |Samba, MPB, Brazil
1975 Marcus Pereira || 1980 Polydor Japan


A classic debut album from one of the best artists to emerge from the 1970’s roots samba revival in Brazil, Leci Brandão is unique in that not only was she a tremendous singer but she also composed — on this album, there’s not a song she didn’t write!  Continue reading

João Bosco – João Bosco (1973)

João Bosco – João Bosco
Original release 1973
2003 reissue
RCA / BMG France 74321 965032


In 1972, João Bosco only had a split 7-inch single under his name as a recording artist, but the fact that the other side of that 7″ was from Tom Jobim should tell you the high regard he was held in even at this stage. That same year, Elis Regina would record her first Bosco/Blanc-authored song, Bala Por Pala, and songs from the prolific writing duo would feature prominently on her records for the rest of the decade.  That song also appears here, on João Bosco’s debut album, in a version that is more exciting and, well, smoothly frenetic in a way that is distinctly Bosco’s. Continue reading

Bando da Lua, Grupo “X”, Anjos do Inferno, 4 Ases e 1 Coringa – Samba da Minha Terra (1992 Revivendo)


Bando Da Lua, Grupo “X”, Anjos Do Inferno, 4 Ases E 1 Coringa – Samba da Minha Terra
1992 Revivendo RVCD 019

1 –Bando Da Lua -Saudades Do Meu Barracão
2 –Anjos Do Inferno – Vatapá
3 –Grupo “X” – Até A Lua Chorou
4 –4 Ases E 1 Coringa – Cabelos Brancos Continue reading

Rubens da Mangueira – Eu Sou Assim (1978) (Copacabana COLP – 12225)

Rubens da Mangueira
Eu Sou Assim
1978 Copacabana COLP – 12225

The Mangueira escola de samba has produced no shortage of delights in terms of composers, singers, and musicians, and they are still going strong today.  Understandably, with eternal titans like Cartola and Nelson Cavaquinho associated with the institution, other sambistas were destined to forever walk in their shadows as mere mortals, and were proud to do so.  This record by Rubens da Mangueira opens with the funky, humorous Estrangeiro no samba.  The real stand-out track here to me is the mournful A vida continua lamenting the loss of a fellow brother in samba.  The whole album is solid and has never been issued on CD.  This is another LP that I ripped and then misplaced for a few years Continue reading

Dora Lopes – Enciclopédia da Gíria (1957 Mocambo)

Dora Lopes – Enciclopédia da Gíria
Mocambo / Rozenblit 1957

Is this a Pride Month post?  Sort of, because Dora Lopes was possibly the first “out” singer in Brazilian popular music.   But this record was  before anyone outside Rio scenesters knew or cared about her sexuality, and even before she was the proprietor of O Caixotinho, one of Rio’s first lesbian nightclubs that served the Copacabana area beginning in the second half of the 60s.  This 1957 album is notable for other reasons, like being released on the small Recife imprint Mocambo, and for the fact that Dora gets composer credits on all but a couple songs here in a era when women songwriters were not the norm.  The songs and arrangements fit more in the jazz-samba world than the nascent bossa nova scene. Continue reading