Helio Matheus – Matheus Segundo Matheus (1975) (AOTNLP017)

Helio Matheus – Matheus Segundo Matheus (1975)
Original release, RCA-Victor, Brazil
2018 Reissue, Athens Of The North, AOTNLP017

A short-and-sweet Friday post for you to get your weekend started on point.  Scottish label Athens Of The North (or AOTN) serves up a reissue of this cult classic that, thanks to a collector’s market gone mad, I will never be able to afford as an original pressing. No idea what they used for their source but it sounds pretty decent, so I feel like this label has done music fans a huge favor by making it available.   As you can see below, the list of contributing musicians here is huge and includes members of Azymuth, Sá, Rodrix & Guarabyra and other heavyweights. Helio himself was well established as a writer and arranger in MPB circles at this time, but recorded very little under his own name. It’s a solid offering of samba-soul, samba-rock, MPB, and even a little dreamy orchestral psychedelic pop thrown in. It may have some questionable lyrics (for example, “Briguenta”) but the grooves make up for it. Plus it has maybe the best back-cover photograph of all time..

A1 Marraio
A2 Mais Kriola
A3 Cidadezinha
A4 Meu Diário
A5 Comunicação
A6 Camisa 10
B1 Briguenta
B2 Meu Mundo De Monstros E Fantasias
B3 Você Se Foi
B4 Meu Segredo
B5 Ausência

Recorded At – Estudios RCA, Rio De Janeiro

Acoustic Guitar – Ary Piassarolo (tracks: B5), Helio Matheus
Alto Saxophone – Pedro Neto
Alto Saxophone, Clarinet – Jayme
Arranged By – Chiquinho De Moraes, Cidinho (tracks: B1), Helio Matheus, Oberdan (tracks: A1), Zé Rodrix (tracks: B3)
Baritone Saxophone – Genaldo
Bass – Alexandre, Sérgio Barroso (tracks: B1, B2)
Chorus – Angela Herz, Eda (7), Edgardo Luiz, Gelson, Genival, José Carlos (7), Lilian, Loide
Coordinator – Carlos Guarany
Cor Anglais, Oboe – Braz (4)
Creative Director – Aloysio Legey
Drums – Bituca (tracks: B1, B2), Mamao
Engineer – Nestor Vitiritti, Paulo Frazão, Stélio Carlini
Engineer, Mixed By – Luiz Carlos T. Reis
Flute – Celso, Copinha, Jorge, Jorginho, Oberdan
Flute, Tenor Saxophone – Nivaldo
French Horn – Antônio Cândido
Guitar – Ary Piassarolo
Keyboards – Cidinho, Zé Roberto, Zé Rodrix (tracks: B3)
Lacquer Cut By – José Oswaldo Martins
Percussion – Ariovaldo, Chacal, Hermes (6)
Photography By – Ivan Klingen
Strings – Aizik Geller
Surdo – Gilberto (3) (tracks: A2)
Tenor Saxophone – José Araujo
Trombone – Maciel, Lamartine (2), Manoel, Sílvio
Trumpet – Formiga, Heraldo (3), Marcio Montarroyos (tracks: A1)
Twelve-String Guitar – Luiz Claudio


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  1. as per usual, a brilliantly top drawer piece. thank you for it – and everything.

  2. Obrigado por compartilhar!

  3. I found this to be quite enjoyable and I agree that the back cover photo is simply awesome as well. Thank you Dr. Vibes! This is another example of something I’d NEVER hear without your kind efforts.

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  5. Obrigadodo.

  6. I think they’ve renamed this for some reason – wasn’t it originally just self-titled?

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