Jerry Butler – Sings Assorted Songs with Assorted Friends and Relatives (1971)

Jerry Butler
Sings Assorted Songs with Assorted Friends and Relatives
Mercury Records ST-61320

A1 How Did We Lose It 3:03
B. Butler , C. Jones
A2 How Does It Feel 3:45
A. Miller, B. Butler
A3 Special Memory 3:08
J. Butler/B. Butler , L. Wade
A4 Built My World Around You 2:38
C. Jackson
A5 Going Back To My Baby’s Love 2:25
C. Jackson
B1 If It’s Real What I Feel 2:38
C. Jackson
B2 Strong Enough To Take It 2:08
B. Butler , J. Jones , J. Blumenberg
B3 What It Is 3:00
J. Blumenberg
B4 Why Are You Leaving Me 3:30
J. Blumenberg , J. Butler , J. Jones
B5 Do You Finally Need A Friend 3:20
C. Jones , L. Wade , T. Callier

Ignore the chimps who write for the AMG (I have pictures!) who have dissed this album and enjoy this classic piece of early 70s Chicago soul. It sprung from the famous songwriting workshop he ran, it has arrangements by Donny Hathaway and Gerald Sims, and a song contributions from Terry Callier (What Color Is Love?) and Chuck Jackson (later of The Independents). In fact Jerry contributes very little writing to the album, instead letting his then-unknown collaborator/students shine through with their material. And the results pay off. Do I really need to give you the hard sell on this, what more do you need? Okay, I would almost bet you $20 that is Curtis Mayfield holding a guitar on the cover, who may have appeared uncredited as a favor to his old friend and colleague. But that`s just speculation. The truth is there is a scarce amount of information out there about this album that I`ve been able to find. The songwriting is top notch throughout, some of it a bit funkier than what I`m used to from Mr.Butler, and the band is tight. Another great album that is still somewhat in the same vein is The Sagittarius Movement, released the same year, for which I also did a vinyl rip but seems to have gotten lost somewhere before locking all must things in the Kayman Islands vault. Which leads me to my

CAVEAT! This is not the best vinyl rip you will see on the site. For one, the source material — I have a well-played copy with substantial surface noise. From a sound engineering standpoint it’s best to leave that stuff alone unless you have access to a CEDAR mastering suite, which I don’t. I ran a basic ‘declicking’ process on it and that is all the processing that was done. At least there are not skips. Secondly, this was ripped on what I am calling my “ghetto rig” before I made some substantial upgrades in turntable, preamp, and recording device. Still sounds good, just as not as good as it would if I could redo it today. The Sumiko cartridge I am using for transcriptions at the moment is much more forgiving for rough “well-played” vinyl than the Goldring, for example. But alas, this record be locked up in my Kayman Islands vault so this will have to do.

If anyone can help me pin down the exact lineup of session players on this badass record, including the name of the poodle on the front cover, I would be much obliged.

VINYL RIP – Technical Specs

Music Hall MMF.5 Turntable with Goldring 1012GX cartridge, Gyger II diamond stylus, and MK II XLR Ringmat –> Pro-ject Speedbox II -> Parasound Z Phono Preamp -> Marantz PMD 661 digital recorder at 24/96khz .Declicked on very light settings with Click Repair -> DC Offset and track splitting in Adobe Audition 2.0 Dithering to 16-bit in IzoTope RX Advanced using M-Bit algorithm. Converted to FLAC and mp3 with DbPoweramp. Tagged properly with Foobar 2000.

Jerry Butler – Sings Assorted Songs with Assorted Friends and Relatives (1971)

Jerry Butler – Sings Assorted Songs with Assorted Friends and Relatives (1971)

Odette Lara – Contrastes (1966)

Odette Lara
1966 Elenco ME-38
Mono1 Tem mais samba 2:32
Chico Buarque –
2 Canção em modo menor 2:45
(Antônio Carlos Jobim – Vinícius de Moraes)
3 Apelo 2:36
(Baden Powell – Vinícius de Moraes)
4 Minha desventura 2:39
(Carlos Lyra – Vinícius de Moraes)
5 Sem mais adeus 1:46
(Francis Hime – Vinícius de Moraes)
6 Pra você que chora (Cançao para Gongoba) 2:37
(Edu Lobo – Gianfranco Guarnieri)
7 Meu refrão 2:34
(Chico Buarque)
8 Canção do amor ausente 4:24
(Baden Powell – Vinícius de Moraes)
9 Funeral do lavrador 2:48
(Chico Buarque – João Cabral de Mello)
10 Morrer de amor 3:26
(Oscar Castro Neves – Luvercy Fiorini)

Arrangements by Moacir Santos

Odette Lara only recorded two albums (her main career was as an actress). The first was the classic with Vinicius de Moraes, the first album released on the Elenco label. This is her second album from 1966. I actually think I prefer it to the first. The lead-off track, a version of Chico Buarque’s “Tem Mais Samba”, is possibly the weakest cut on the album. She excels at the more downbeat stuff. Typical lack of musician credits on Elenco continue to bug the hell out of me. The Hammond organ work on this is wonderful — I am guessing it might be Ed Lincoln. It is also very possible that Baden Powell is playing guitar on this. “Canção do amor ausente” is one of the most gorgeous songs on the record, and sees Odette singing a duet with Edu Lobo (we think, see the comments below and thanks to the blog readers for helping out).

Odette could never top Nara Leão’s recording of “Funeral do lavrador”, the ‘engajada’ protest song. Not only is Nara phenomenal and amazing but you also know she means every work of the tune (authored by Chico Buarque and Pernambucan poet João Cabral de Mello Neto), whereas hearing it come from bombshell-gorgeous Odette just doesn’t convince me, because I`m superficial like that. The musical arrangement, however, is bit funkier than Nara’s version and I like that about it.

Enjoy the CONTRASTES of Odette Lara!!!

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Geraldo Filme – Geraldo Filme (1980)

1 – Tradição ( Vai No Bexiga Pra Ver )
2 – A Morte Do Chico Preto
3 – Mulher De Malandro
4 – Tristeza Do Sambista
5 – Eu Vou Pra Lá
6 – Garoto De Pobre
7 – Silêncio No Bexiga
8 – História Da Capoeira
9 – São Paulo Menino Grande
10 – Vá Cuidar Da Sua Vida
11 – Vamos Balançar
12 – Reencarnação

I first heard of Geraldo Filme through a lifelong Paulista friend who frequents the lesser-known haunts of the metropolis’s lesser-known but vibrant samba scene. When she handed me this album and said ‘This is really good, you’ll like this..”, I didn’t realize at the time what an understatement this was. At the time I didn’t know squat about samba, and if I had to pick a time and a place when I fell in love with the genre, it was hanging out at her house in Magdalena going through her huge record collection like a kid in a candy store. It was the same year I’d discovered Clara Nunes, and the beginning of a long journey that will continue until I go deaf.

This album, release on Eldorado, is simply one of the best samba records I own. Wonderfully warm sound, for which Eldorada is somewhat famous, and it hasn’t been ruined in the digital mastering (although the packaging on the CD reissue is total crap, without the slightest bit of information whatsoever). Filme’s songs are melodically lilting and uplifting and with a sweetness that is different way than what you hear in much of carioca samba, with less hard edges, more laid-back, and more emphasis on the stringed instruments which positively shimmer on this album. Listening to this album only leaves me with one regret — that Geraldo Filme recorded so damn little. For a long time after that day I was introduced to this album, I looked and looked trying to find any more of his records. I came up empty-handed, because there weren’t any.

A samba composer and singer from the interior of São Paulo, his work was extremely important to the paulistano samba culture but sadly his name is still somewhat unknown and underappreciated, even in Brazil. He wrote tons of songs but his own recorded work is sparse and scattered. He appeared along with Zeca de Casa Verde and Toniquinho on a 1974 album put together by dramatist and writer Plinio Marcus, called ‘Plínio Marcos em Prosa e Samba, Nas Quebradas do Mundaréu’, a rare album that I’ve been searching for and that I doubt has ever been issued on CD. The only album completely under his own name, as far as I know, is this one from 1980, where 11 out of the 12 tracks are his own compositions. In 1982 he participated along with Clementina de Jesus and Tia Doca on a album of slave work songs dating back to the eighteenth century and recorded in Minas Gerais, titled “O Canto dos Escravos” (more info here) This album apparently has surfaced on CD although I have yet to come across it. Also in 1982, Geraldo appeared on the Ensaio television program and a recording has come out of that too — not sure about the vinyl but it appears in one of several incredible boxsets produced by the SESC organization, “A música brasileira deste seculo por seus autores e interpretes.” It really is kind of tragic that even a lot of Brazilians don’t know the name of Geraldo Filme, although if you play them “O morte de Chico Preto” or “O silêncio no Bexiga” they would most likely say, “hey I know that song!.” If in the end a composer’s fame is more tied to songs thatnever leave you once they pass through your life, then Geraldo Filme is relaxing in the same celestial boteco sharing a beer with the other greats.

Old website about a tribute to Geraldo Filme at the SESC performance space where there are great samba shows all the time

Geraldo Filme – Geraldo Filme (1980) in 320 kbs em pee tree

Geraldo Filme – Geraldo Filme (1980) in FLAC LOSSLESS AUDIO

Betty Davis – Is It Love or Desire? (1976)

Release Date: Oct 6, 2009
Recording Date: 1976
Label: Light In The Attic

I have been sitting on this one for a while, waiting until I had something “profound” to say about it. Since that day seems to be adrift in the unforeseeable future, I thought it would just post about it and let you, the listener, decide what is or what is not profound about the “lost album” from Betty Davis. Without doubt, it deserved to be released and not confined to a record companies vault for thirty years (there were never even any bootleg copies that made it out). This is the last stand for Betty Davis and her backing band Funk House. Recorded in the middle of a swamp in Louisiana, the wonderful liner notes narrate the whole story about the making of the record. In the eyes of the musicians involved (although not necessarily in Betty’s judgment, for the careful reader) this was the best album they made and the most creative thing they’d ever been involved with. Some of the critics, like the hacks at AMG, have been agreeing with their promo kits, *cough*, I mean independently-thought-out music reviews…

I am still listening to this album and sizing it up but for me, it is not as good as “They Say I’m Different”, which I think will always reign as Betty at her best for my money. But that isn’t to say this is a disappointment by any means. It just lacks something of the excitement and energy found on her first three albums. I find some of the lyrics a bit dubious, and not in the good way of her first two albums, but I don’t want to piss on anybody’s parade who is rightfully excited to get their hands on an album that has been wondered about for years. And if the wonderful Light In The Attic label had not reissued her earlier albums, sparking a revival of interest in Betty Davis, this one may never have seen the light of day.

Betty Davis – Is It Love Or Desire? (1976) in 320kbs em pee thwee

Betty Davis – Is It Love Or Desire? (1976)in FLAC Lossless Audio

Elizeth Cardoso – A Enluarada Elizeth (1967) with Pixinguinha, Clementina de Jesus, Cartola

Elizeth Cardoso (1967)
With special guests Pixinguinha, Clementina de Jesus, Cartola, and Codô
CLP 11509

1 Meu consolo é você
(Roberto Martins, Nássara)2 Depois de tanto amor
(Paulinho da Viola)

3 Amor e lágrimas
(Cláudio Santoro, Vinicius de Moraes)

4 Canto de Pedra Preta
(Baden Powell, Vinicius de Moraes)

5 Modinha
(Antônio C. de Brito, Hermínio Bello de Carvalho, Maurício Tapajós)

6 Carinhoso (with Pixinguinha)
(Pixinguinha, João de Barro)

7 Capoeira três (with Codô)

8 Isso é que é viver (with Pixinguinha)
(Hermínio Bello de Carvalho, Pixinguinha)

9 Demais
(Tom Jobim, Aloysio de Oliveira)

10 Melodia sentimental
(Lobos, Dora Vasconcelos)

11 Seleção de Sambas da Mangueira (with Clementina de Jesus and Cartola):

Fiz por você o que pude (Cartola)
Pranto de poeta (Nelson Cavaquinho-Guilherme de Brito)
Mangueira (Assis Valente-Zequinha Reis)
Mundo de zinco (Wilson Batista-Nássara)
Semente do samba (Hélio Cabral)
Lá em Mangueira (Herivelto Martins-Heitor dos Prazeres)
Onde estão os tamborins (Pedro Caetano)
Levanta, Mangueira (Luiz Antônio)
Sabiá de Mangueira (Benedito Lacerda-Eratóstenes Frazão)
Exaltação à Mangueira (Enéas Brites-Aloísio Augusto da Costa)
Praça Onze (Herivelto Martins-Grande Otelo)
Despedida de Mangueira (Benedito Lacerda-Aldo Cabral)

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Grupo Fundo de Quintal – Seja Sambista Também (1984)

I had been planning a different samba album for today, a vinyl rip of a somewhat-scarce album, but I just couldn’t manage to finish editing it before the weekend. So instead I am bringing you yet another title from Fundo de Quintal, their fourth LP, and the second on which Arlindo Cruz plays a huge roll (appropriate for a huge guy) as a player and songwriter. The band is really hitting its stride here. I had the honor of seeing him play a live show for free this year and I have never seen so many women going crazy over a large man. I swear I saw some panties thrown on stage although the night is kind of hazy in my memory. Among the great “in-house” songwriters in the group there is also a collaboration between Zeca Pagodinho and Cruz in the credits, as well as a closing number from Jorge Aragão who had left at this point.

Not a dull moment here, folks!
For more info — and for more great music — be sure to visit the page for “Samba é no Fundo de Quintal” (1980) also here at Flabbergasted Vibes

Grupo Fundo de Quintal – Seja Sambisa Também (1984) in 320kbs

Grupo Fundo de Quintal – Seja Sambisa Também (1984) in FLAC LOSSLESS AUDIO