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Saturday, 31 July 2021

Mandragora"Mandrágora" 1983 Mexico Prog Jazz Rock Fusion debut album

 

Mandragora"Mandrágora" 1983 Mexico Prog Jazz Rock Fusion debut album

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Unknown Prog/Fusion band from Mexico, formed by neighbours guitarist Enrique Vázquez and keyboardist Héctor Fernández-Varela.Initially both played in the religious band ''"Viento Nuevo", where they met bassist Norberto Fuentes and decided to form their own group.The original drummer was Mauricio Calva, who soon retired and was replaced by Eduardo Lobatón.Their debut private-pressed album ''Mandragora'' (aka ''La Gruta de las Mandraágoras del Bosque'') was released in 1983.

The album has a modest Latin taste throughout with elaborated and well-structured themes that bring to mind bands such as ICONOCLASTA or GUADALQUIVIR, though ''Mandragora'' is a more amateur production.The music stands somewhere in the middle of Progressive Rock and Jazz/Fusion, having passed a mediocre recording process but containing plenty of decent material.Very unpfornt bass lines, lots of dreamy and playful synthesizers and Latin-flavored guitar themes blend with sudden symphonic synth-based introductions and sharp guitar solos, which maybe too long and highly mixed but al least they sound interesting.This unusual blend allows the band to shift between slick and sometimes funky Fusion to semi-complex jazzy Progressive Rock with ease.A couple of tracks are dedicated to Santana and the unique trio of Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin & Paco de Lucía, having this lovely Gypsy/Jazz-Rock feeling and an intense Latin-blooded atmosphere.

Hard to find it nowadays, this rare Mexican Prog/Jazz-Fusion product will please all lovers of Latin-inspired Progressive Rock despite its low recording quality.Warmly recommended.....apps79....~



Mandragora is a jazz-rock band created in Mexico in 1981 by Enrique Vázquez (guitar), Eduardo Lobatón (drums), Norberto Fuentes (bass) and Héctor Fernández Varela (keyboard). All the songs of the band were written by Enrique Vázquez
The greatest success of the band was the song Siete y surplus twelve , which highlights how complicated it is due to its changes of time.
The name of the band is inspired by the comedy of the same name ( La mandrágora ) , written by Nicolás Machiavelli .

History
The band was formed in 1981 by Enrique Vázques, who called on Eduardo, Héctor and Norberto to form art from his jazz rock musical project Enrique and Héctor met because they were neighbors and the two began to play in the church choir closely where they lived. Later they began to play in a group called "Viento Nuevo", which was a religious music group; It was in that group that they met Norberto, who was in charge of playing bass. Some years later Eduardo came to Viento Nuevo as second drummer, since Mauricio Calva was the original drummer, but Mauricio leaving the band soon after. Eduardo came to the group because his sisters sang in this group.

After dedicating themselves to Viento Nuevo, they decided to form a more intimate group with a style of music that they liked more.

They all had a taste for rock, and they had the knack for playing something complicated like jazz, so they decided to play jazz-rock.

The Grotto of the Mandrakes of the Forest This was the first LP record of the Mexican band, in which the songs of the Grotto of the Mandrakes and Cozumel stand out.The band reached a certain level of success, but it is not well known especially because the The type of music they play is not very popular and also because it broke up when Enrique Vázquez went to study in Austin in 1986, and for this the band stopped playing.

The band was also invited to play on television, through Televisa, to accompany the Dutch singer Sandra.

Reunion
When Enrique returned from his studies abroad, he tried to reunite the band to record his first CD, since the previous recording had been on LP, but he could not find Eduardo or Héctor, so he invited another drummer ( Carlos) to play on this CD and he was in charge of the keyboards as well as the guitar. This album was good, the music is very well done as in their previous recording, but on this album they tried to make everything sound a little more electronic

The Ultimate Final
The band officially came to an end after this last CD, since they all got married, Enrique went to live in Morelia and they were already very busy with his family and personal life. This is how the band came to an end.


Members

Eduardo Lobatón V .: Drums
Enrique Vázquez S.:Guitar
Héctor Fernández Varela: Keyboard
Norberto Fuentes V.:Bajo
Supporting members

Eugenia Solórzano: Voice
Felipe Álvarez Q.:percussions
Jerzy Skoryna: Guitarra
Carlos Esquivel: Drums





Tracklist


A1 La Gruta De Las Mandragoras Del Bosque

A2 Unkanguru
A3 Amitsal
B1 Cozumel
B2 Guitarra Acustica
B3 Anonimo Moreliano



Tom Zé "Grande Liquidação"1968 Brazil Psych Latin Pop Rock,Bossanova,Exotica,Tropicalia,MPB,classic,debut album

 

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Tom Zé's first release from 1968 is certainly not as unique as some of his material from the '70s, but it's a far cry from faceless. A true Tropicalia artist, Tom Zé's material on this album runs from traditional Brazilian pop to overly quixotic arrangements -- all twisted around his convoluted vocal melodies. Even early on in his career, Zé was taking from a multitude of genres -- funk, psychedelic rock, and bossa nova -- and creating some kind of unheard pop exotica. This is especially apparent on "Gloria," with its changing tempos, bubbling instrumentation, and off-the-wall harmonies. It's a lot to take in -- each track seems to zip by before the listener can grasp hold of it. Perhaps even aware of this, Tom Zé takes a break between songs to address the listener, then resumes his zigzagging trajectory. The album also includes the fantastic "Parque Industrial" (which was recorded by Gal Costa, Gilberto Gil, and Caetano Veloso on the Tropicalia: Ou Panis et Circenses LP). This album is a great listen for anyone interested in Brazilian pop music and the restructuring thereof -- yet it is almost tame compared to the found sounds, tape loops, lyrical deconstruction, and other surrealist elements that Tom Zé would grow to include on his later recordings..../by Jon Pruett.....~


Quite incredibly, this is the first vinyl reissue of the earliest and best work by legendary Brazilian musician, Tom Zé. 'Grande Liquidação' was originally released in 1968, the same year Zé contributed to the Tropicália blueprint 'Tropicália: ou Panis et Circenses' alongside the perhaps better known Caetano Veloso, Os Mutantes, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa and Nara Leão. His first LP was recorded shortly after moving to Sao Paulo from the regional capital Salvador, Bahia, and features a shocking wealth of ideas informed by the Dada movment, psychedelic rock, and imported American Funk, which he mixed with more traditional boss nova to create a wild unique form of exotic pop which earned him comparisons to a Brazilian Frank Zappa or Captain Beefheart. Simply, nothing about this record feels conventional or quite like anything else you've heard, especially from this era. Each track feels like an attempt to try as much as possible, but not without keeping a sense of groove and cohesion. It's for no good reason that David Byrne signed Tom up for his Luaka Bop label in the early '90s after stumbling across his music in a Rio record shop, but this record is better than anything he's released since. It's a total essential for fans of exotica, Brazilian music or psychedelic pop.....~


LP Tom Zé Grande Liquidação (Novo e Lacrado) While the social and political upheaves around the world marked the difficult year of 1968, it was what happened in São Paulo that inspired the first steps of Tom Zé's career. That year, the artist sought to transform into art the feelings that surfaced when circulating through the largest city in Brazil and appearing on his debut album, "Grande Liquidação". The album now returns to stores on a 180-gram disc for the "Vinyl Classics" collection — polysom's release in partnership with Rozenblit. With 12 tracks, the album's lyrics were entirely composed by Tom Zé. In addition, the sets "Os Brazões" and "Os Versáteis" contribute to the instrumental of different songs. Right at the opening of the work there is the classic "São São Paulo", which addresses the problems of the city's disorderly growth and issues such as prostitution. In addition to portraits of his own experience, there is influence in his compositions of the film "São Paulo S.A" (1965), by Luís Sérgio Person. Allowing his experience to show in the lyrics, the artist goes beyond and even recalls his youth in the bahian interior, in "No Entry and Nothing Else".
Produced by João Araújo, "Grande Liquidação" is not only an acclaimed album, but also the beginning of the trajectory of one of the biggest names in Brazilian music and a record of brazil's time of the 60s......~


With "Grande Liquidacao" the Brazilian singer, musician and author Tom Zé released his debut album in 1968. It was released on the legendary label Rozenblit and was the starting signal for a quite eventful career that continues to this day.
Together with Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, Zé was one of the co-founders of the Tropicália
movement. But while his comrades-in-arms became stars of Brazilian music over the decades, Tom Zé went his own way and fell into oblivion. It was David Byrne who made Zé's new discovery in the 90s by releasing his music on his label Luaka Bop.
"Grande Liquidacao" is a hyperactive pop album supported by two incredible psychedelic rock bands: Os Brazoes and Os Versateis.
We listen to Tropicália, carried by unusual vocal melodies and perhaps the first samples in music history, with which Zé brings funk, psychedelic rock and bossa nova into the house.
A popexotic universe of its own that still sounds just as exciting today as it did in 1968.....~


This is a 180g vinyl pressing. In 1968 Tom Zé; moved from Salvador Bahia to Sao Paulo where he hung out and wrote with his friends Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso. Although initially part of theTropicalia movement,Zé was so independent he was determined to forge his own musical path. He started by recording Grande Liquidacao, a hyperactive pop album backed up by two incredible psychedelic rockbands: Os Brazoes and Os Versateis.....~


While the social and political upheaves around the world marked the difficult year of 1968, it was what happened in São Paulo that inspired the first steps of Tom Zé's career. That year, the artist sought to transform into art the feelings that surfaced when circulating through the largest city in Brazil and appearing on his debut album, "Grande Liquidação". The album now returns to stores on a 180-gram disc for the "Vinyl Classics" collection — polysom's release in partnership with Rozenblit.
With 12 tracks, the album's lyrics were entirely composed by Tom Zé. In addition, the sets "Os Brazões" and "Os Versáteis" contribute to the instrumental of different songs. Right at the opening of the work there is the classic "São São Paulo", which addresses the problems of the city's disorderly growth and issues such as prostitution. In addition to portraits of his own experience, there is influence in his compositions of the film "São Paulo S.A" (1965), by Luís Sérgio Person. Allowing his experience to show in the lyrics, the artist goes beyond and even recalls his youth in the bahian interior, in "No Entry and Nothing Else".
Produced by João Araújo, "Grande Liquidação" is not only an acclaimed album, but also the beginning of the trajectory of one of the biggest names in Brazilian music and a record of brazil's time of the 60s...~



Tracklist


A1 São São Paulo 3:29
A2 Curso Intensivo De Boas Maneiras 2:58
A3 Glória 3:20
A4 Namorinho De Portão 2:35
A5 Catecismo, Creme Dental E Eu 2:44
A6 Camelô 2:15
B1 Não Buzine Que Eu Estou Paquerando (Rancho E Etc - Hino Da L.B.A.P.) 2:39
B2 Profissão De Ladrão 2:35
B3 Sem Entrada E Sem Mais Nada 2:40
B4 Parque Industrial 3:16
B5 Quero Sambar Meu Bem 3:50
B6 Sabor De Burrice 4:18


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Tom Zé (Grande Liquidação) (1968)
Tom Zé (1970)
Tom Zé (Se o Caso é Chorar) (1972)
Todos os Olhos (1973)
Estudando o Samba (1976)
Correio da Estação do Brás (1978)
Nave Maria (1984)
The Hips of Tradition (1992)
Parabelo (com José Miguel Wisnik) (1997)
No Jardim da Política (1998)
Com Defeito de Fabricação (1998)
Jogos de Armar (Faça Você Mesmo) (2000)
Santagustin (2002)
Imprensa Cantada (2003)
Jogos de Armar (2003)
Estudando o Pagode (2005)
Danç-Êh-Sá - Pós-Canção/Dança dos Herdeiros do Sacrifício / 7 Caymianas para o Fim da Canção (2006)
Estudando a Bossa (2008)
Tropicália Lixo Lógico (2012)
Tribunal do Feicebuqui (2013)
Vira Lata na Via Láctea (2014)
Canções Eróticas de Ninar (2016)
Sem Você Não A (2017)
Ao Vivo

Cantando com a Plateia (com Gereba) (1990)
O Pirulito da Ciência (2010)
Coletâneas

The Best of Tom Zé (1990)
Tom Zé (1994)
20 preferidas (2002)
Explaining Things So I Can Confuse You (2010)





Tom Zé "Estudando O Samba" 1976 Brazil Avant Garde,Samba,Experimental,MPB (100 best Brazilian albums,Rolling Stone)

Tom Zé "Tom Zé" 1972 Brazil Latin Pop Folk,MPB


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Edú Lobo "Edu Canta Zumbi" 1968 Brazil Latin,Bossanova,MPB

 

Edú Lobo "Edu Canta Zumbi" 1968 Brazil Latin,Bossanova,MPB

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A driving force behind the rise of the MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) sound, singer/composer Edú Lobo was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1943; at 18 he formed his first trio with Dori Caymmi and the great Marcos Valle, and in 1962 forged a long-term writing partnership with renowned lyricist Vinicius de Moraes. Drawing influence from bossa nova masters including Antonio Carlos Jobim, João Gilberto, and Baden Powell, Lobo released his debut LP, A Musica de Edú Lobo por Edú Lobo in 1963; that same year he also authored the music for Oduvaldo Vianna Filho's play Os Azerados Mais Os Benvidos, the first of many stage collaborations. The album Cinco Na Bossa, recorded with Nara Leão and the Tamba Trio, followed in 1965, the same year Lobo took top honors at the First Annual Brazilian Popular Musical Festival with his composition "Arrastão," a major hit for singer Elis Regina. (In 1967, he repeated the feat with "Ponteio.") From the Hot Afternoon Albums including 1968's Edú followed before Lobo met Sergio Mendes in 1969, resulting in a contract with A&M Records for From the Hot Afternoon, which featured saxophonist Paul Desmond; by now a resident of Los Angeles, he toured with Mendes and Brasil 66 before resurfacing in 1971 with Sergio Mendes Presents Lobo, followed later that same year by Cantiga de Longe. Upon returning to Brazil, Lobo focused his energies on composing for films before returning to the studio for 1973's Missa Breve; he then spent the mid-'70s writing music for Globo, the world's fourth-largest television network, including work on the hit series Caso Especial. 1976 saw the release of the LP Limite Das Aguas, with the widely acclaimed Camaleão appearing two years later; in 1979, Lobo's score to the feature Barra Pesada earned "Best Soundtrack" honors at the Gramado Film Festival.

Lobo inaugurated the '80s with a flurry of activity, following the LP Tempo Presente with the 1981 soundtrack Jogos de Danca (a work composed for the Ballet Guaira) as well as Tom e Edu, a collaboration with Antonio Carlos Jobim. In the wake of two more ballet scores, O Grande Circo Mistico and Gabriela, Lobo worked on a series of stage musicals -- Vargas, O Corsario do Rei, and Danca da Meia-Lua -- before finally returning to the studio in 1990 for the LP Serie Personalidade. Corrupião followed in 1993, and two years later he returned with Meia Noite. The score to the 1997 film Guerra de Canudos preceded Lobo's next project, a planned adaptation of Jo Soares' book A Samba for Sherlock.....all music....~





Tracklist


A1 Zambi No Açoite 2:47
A2 É O Banzo, Irmão 2:54
A3 Cancão Da Dádiva Da Natureza 3:32
A4 Se A Mão Livre Do Negro 2:04
A5 Ave-Maria 2:53
A6 Pra Você Que Chora (Cancão para Gongoba) 2:40
B1 Upa, Negrinho 1:17
B2 Sinherê (Venha Ser Feliz) 3:03
B3 O Amor De Dandara, Mulher De Ganga 3:28
B4 O Açoite Bateu 4:35
B5 Tempo De Guerra 4:15
B6 A Morte De Zâmbi 3:40





Discografía

La música de Edú Lobo Por Edu Lobo - Edú Lobo - 1964 Cast
Edú canta Zumbi - 1965 Som Maior
Edú & Bethania - Edú Lobo / Maria Bethania - 1966 Cast
Reencuentro - Sylvia Telles / Edú Lobo / Trio Tamba / Quintet Villa-Lobos - 1966
Edú - 1967 Philips
Edú Canta Zumbi - Elenco de 1968
Sergio Mendes presenta Lobo - Edú Lobo - (A&M, 1970)
Canción de lejos - Edú Lobo - 1970 Cast
Misa breve - Edú Lobo / Milton Nascimento - 1972 EMI Odeon
Dios le pague - Varios / Varios - 1976 EMI ODEON
Límite de agua - Edú Lobo - 1976 Continental
Camaleón - Edú Lobo - 1978 Philips
Actualidad - Edú Lobo - 1980 Polygram
Edú & Tom - Edú Lobo / Tom Jobim - 1981 Polygram
Juegos de baile - 1981 -
El gran circo místico - Milton Nascimento / Jane Duboc / Gal Costa / Simone / Gilberto Gil / Tim Maia / Zizi Possi / Chico Buarque / Edú Lobo - 1983 Som Livre
Half Moon Dance - Edu Lobo - 1985 Acrónimo
O Corsário do Rei - Fagner / Edú Lobo / ChicoBuarque / Blitz / Gal Costa / MPB4 / Nana Caymmi / Lucinha Lins / Tom Jobim / Zé Renato / Claudio Nucci / Ivan Lins / Marco N - 1985 Som Livre
Rá-Tim-Bum - Boca Livre, Caetano Veloso, Joyce, Maíra, Four by Four Quartet, Ze Renato, Edú Lobo, Jane Duboc, Rosa Maria - 1989 -
Corrupião - Edú Lobo - 1993 Velas
Medianoche - Edú Lobo, Dori Caymmi - 1995 Velas
Cancionero Edú Lobo - Varios / Varios - 1995 Lumiar Discos
Álbum de teatro - 1997 BMG
Cambaio - Edú Lobo / Chico Buarque / Gal Costa / Lenine / Zizi Possi - 2002
Tantas mareas - 2010 Thin Biscuit
Dos Navegantes - Edú Lobo / Romero Lubambo / Mauro Senise - 2017 Biscuit FinoCon Paul Desmond

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