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29 May 2017

Lô Borges ”Lô Borges”1972 Brazil Prog







Lô Borges ”Lô Borges”1972 Brazil Prog
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Reminiscent of the Clube da Esquina album he made the same year with Brazilian superstar Milton Nascimento, Lô Borges’ 1972 solo debut proves that his influence on Nascimento was quite strong. The recording is texturally lush and dreamy, at times urgent and bizarre, and filled with the fantastic and intricate guitar playing one would expect of Borges after hearing his dazzling work with Nascimento. His vocal arrangements are lavish, often similar to the vocal qualities of George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass, and his instrumental arrangements are just plain confounding. Piano phrases mash in and out of control over the unorthodox yet clever progressions; polyphonic percussion interlocks with jazzed-out organ lines and thoughtful, melodic bass work. Occasionally, a string section will fall into place, fulfilling the album’s decorative quota, and the whole construction becomes watertight. It is truly stunning to pick apart the timbre of individual instruments and realize how necessary and meticulous each part is in the overall presentation. Borges is one of those arrangers who can build up a music bed with miles of depth and construct a wall of sound, yet keep the overall concept in crisp focus. No layer of the instrumentation seems to ever become obscured by another, nor does any part seem unnecessary, and so much is going on rhythmically and melodically that it demands full attention. The remarkable quality of Brazil’s musical culture to seamlessly integrate as many outside influences into one place is well represented here. Many western textures, such as soul, rock, jazz, and pop, are absorbed into the picture with fervor and grace rarely executed in the world of western music. “Não Foi Nada” illustrates this particularly well, but the melting-pot sentiment echoes through all of Borges’ performances here..by Gregory McIntosh……..allmusic……………….. 


For years I wondered- How is it that Milton Nascimento’s album, Clube da esquina, is so much more amazing than his numerous other albums? Well, I finally figured it out. Clube da esquina is a collaboration with Lô Borges; and after listening to Lô’s solo albums, you can really hear how he’s responsible for what I would say are the most creative parts of that album…………….. 

The back cover of Lô Borges’ first solo album, released in 1972, makes one want to laugh: Lô at the age of 20, spiny, short-tailed, little-faced, fresh out of adolescence. If Kurt Cobain, when he was scouring Brazilians for the Mutantes, saw this record, he might not even follow Lo Borges’ folkrockprog proposal, but he would surely think Seattle was here. After all, approximate sonorities that Lô achieved in his first LP could be found even on records of foreign bands of the 90’s … 

Lô had premiered in 1970, at almost 18 years old, sharing the album Clube da esquina with Milton Nascimento. Milton, at the time, was an artist who had prestige but sold very little - and to split a record (even double) with an unknown musician was an attitude that badly reverberated in Odeon, which almost stopped releasing the Club .. ., One of the future classics of Brazilian music. In 1972, already with some curriculum, Lô became the first artist of the Clube da Esquina’s teenage group (he, Beto Guedes, Flávio Venturini, etc.) to debut in solo career, making a sound that oscillated between rock and MPB , Always with great jazz-rock, folk and progressive accents behind. Simple and concise, the album featured 15 songs in just over half an hour. Some songs were just vignettes, with curious and enigmatic lyrics, like those of the roquenrol “Where are you going?” (Made by brother Márcio Borges). Lô proved to be one of the few musicians of that Minas Gerais generation to shine as a composer and as a lyricist - he was the author of simple and cutting lyrics, such as the prog-northeaster “It was nothing” (which comes down to the verses “I dreamed I’d never Existed / and I saw that I never dreamed ”) and the one of the bison" To the barons “. 

Despite revealing an artist who was already matured at the age of 20, it is probable that Lo Borges’ first album has taken a toll on the stores … Without seeming with almost nothing of the time, the album began with a hardrockzinho ("You look better this way” , Recorded by Skank in the 90s) marked by a fuzz guitar played by none other than Beto Guedes (the singer made in Lô Borges some of his first recordings, playing guitar, bass, organ and even drums). “Song postal”, the second track, was a folk ballad, well in that style “song for camps” that would mark the work of Lô, Beto, Sá & Guarabyra and others. Songs like “The Hunter” featured some of the first post-tropicalist attempts to insert guitars into MPB - the record in question is marked by the guitarist Toninho Horta’s style, recognizable from a distance. The sound that would mark Lô Borges’ career would begin to be developed in this album, starting with the rocky carousel “Homem da rua”, the almost psychedelic climate of “Pensa você”, the jazzy atmosphere of the instrument “Fio da razalha” From the nebula “Make Your Game”, a sad ballad with orchestra arrangements by Dori Caymmi and piano intro reminding “Who’s Song”. 

The sound of Lô Borges, the album, and its roadster mood (accentuated by the cover image, which brought a detonadíssimo pair of Bamba sneakers), influenced the world of MPB and national rock, and brought forward climates that could be found even on discs Most unusual. Songs like the sullen ballad “Do not go out tonight” revealed a diversified sound, based on the fusion of rock with MPB - completely different from the fusion made by tropicalistas, starting with a more folk and less pop language - but tantalizing jazz and Blues, as happened in the intricate instrumental theme “Caliber”. It is good to remember that all the musicians belong to the Milton, Beto & cia. Were trained in jazz and became rockers from the daily audition of Beatles records and progressive rock (Milton became bassist of jazz jazz combos). Closing the record, the sad “Like the Ax” - whose guitar intro might have been on a Smashing Pumpkins record, or the Soundgarden -, the forró-folk-head “I Am As You Are” and “All That Water” Instrumental theme marked by guitars and violas which is the face of the Pearl Jam phase Vitalogy………………… 

Back to the roots of Minas, because this column can not stand to be long without speaking of the sound beauties of the general lands! 

Known as a tennis record, because of the cover story, Lô’s first solo album features several tracks that became classic soon after its release. It was a rush to record this record, according to Lô at his shows. Composition during the day to record in the evening and dawn. It was thus a great exercise in composition, showing that talent and inspiration are worthless without perspiration. 

Even though he was a boy, only 19 years old, Lô came showing what he came to in the music world. Considered one of the best experimental discs of Brazil at that time, the album mixes rock, MPB, progressive, psychedelia, bolero, jazz … That is, an unclassifiable disc. 

About the cover story. Lô had recorded and was choosing the album art. Inside and inside photos were chosen, but the cover was still unknown. According to Márcio Borges, in his book “Dreams Do not Age - Stories of Clube da Esquina” that of many hunches, Lô got angry and asked to take the picture of an old and beaten sneakers that he had. “There, that will be the cover.” Even with people being opposites, Lô seemed to bother with his face on the cover of a disc. And so, eternized a sneaker … 

There are 15 tracks with just over half an hour of disc. This year, Lô began the tour playing it in its entirety with the original arrangements. 
Anyway, it’s time to get to know this work. 

The album opens with “You look better this way,” a rock / hard rock footprint that would catch on very well in the 80s. Lô anticipated this track as the Americans exploded afterwards. The guitar was recorded by the master Beto Guedes. Following with “Canção Postal”, the music is the mark that would register in the artists coming from the Club …, folk guitar and arrangements to sing along. 

“The Hunter” follows as a more modern part, in the post-tropical style of being. But an important detail of this song often goes unnoticed. The melody fits perfectly into the song “Trem Azul” by Lô himself with Milton Nascimento recorded in the Club. 

“Man from the street” is a very interesting rock waltz, followed by “It was nothing”, 

Mixed later with the psychedelic instrumental jazz of “Fio da Razza” and the sad instrumental “Caliber”. 

The disc follows with the nebulous ballad “Make Your Game”, with orchestration of Dorival Caymmi. The fusion of rock with mpb follows with the ballad “Do not go out tonight”. The album at this moment shows us a little melancholy. The disc follows with a somewhat bizarre song, “Aos Barões”. 
To close the record, three great songs. The sadness “Like the Ax”, the head ballad, which was already present in this column on the disk of Os Borges (and also on the hidden discs - click here to read) “How are you” and “All that water”. 

An album that was born a classic, after all, the Minas Gerais school had as a reference the best of jazz and progressive rock, besides having on the side in the monsters walk of Brazilian music. 
For this record, I had to choose a beer from Belo Horizonte, because at the moment it has to roll a bit of neighborhood. I present you the Backer Bohemia Pilsen, from the Backer brewery. Full-bodied, with a strong flavor of malt, it is a beer that resembles the oldest (and pure) recipes of national beers (before going into full production and spoiling recipes with unmalted cereals). 

A toast to all!!!…………..by……PEDRO CINDIO…………… 

Tracklist 
A1 Você Fica Melhor Assim 
Written-By – Tavinho Moura 
2:05 
A2 Canção Postal 
Written-By – Ronaldo Bastos 
2:12 
A3 O Caçador 
Written-By – Márcio Borges* 
1:59 
A4 Homem Da Rua 1:58 
A5 Não Foi Nada 1:47 
A6 Pensa Você 1:26 
A7 Fio Da Navalha 2:20 
A8 Pra Onde Vai Você? 
Written-By – Márcio Borges* 
0:37 
B1 Calibre 1:27 
B2 Faça Seu Jogo 
Written-By – Márcio Borges* 
1:43 
B3 Não Se Apague Esta Noite 
Written-By – Márcio Borges* 
2:34 
B4 Aos Barões 2:33 
B5 Como O Machado 1:46 
B6 Eu Sou Como Você É 3:02 
B7 Toda Essa Água 2:50

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