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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Lula Cortês e Zé Ramalho "Paêbirú: Caminho da Montanha do Sol" 1975 Brazil Psych Freak Folk Rock,Experimental

Lula Cortês e Zé Ramalho "Paêbirú: Caminho da Montanha do Sol" 1975 mega rare Brazil Psych Freak Folk Rock,Experimental....recommended...!
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This album is considered as the MOST IMPORTANT of the Brazilian Psychedelic movement called "Desbunde Nordestino". It's TOP MEGA MEGA RAAAAAAAAAARE – There are only 300 copies worldwide!!! It's a CREAM of Brazilian Psychedelic!The album is divided between Terra, Ar, Fogo, Agua (Earth, Air, Fire and Water). One element to name each of the four sides of the double LP.It mixes Fuzz guitar with Brazilian percussion like Berimbau, Atabaques and Tricordio (a Popular Morocco Sitar), Acoustic steel guitar, effects and voices.A spatial sound mixed with Brazilian northeastern regional. Experimental recording techniques!
Acid trips grooved with traditional plenty of melodies using Mixolydian, Mixo #11 and Dorian modes / scales."Paêbirú is the rarest LP from Brazil. This concept masterpiece takes you to an acid trip into the Brazilian rain forest. Full of sounds, acoustic instruments and heavy fuzz guitar. If you like Ceremony from Japan you'll love this one".

Paêbirú, (Peabiru or Paêbirú: Path of the Mountain of the Sun) was launched in the year 1975 by Lula Côrtes and Zé Ramalho. The disc contains a great miscellany of musical genres as the psychedelic rock, jazz, and regional rhythms of the Brazilian Northeast. It was one of the first undeclared records of Brazilian psychedelia. The album is today the most commercially valuable vinyl in Brazil. Well preserved, a disc of the original edition is worth around 4 thousand reais. It was reissued in 2005 on vinyl and CD in Europe by Mr. Bongo label. It was only re-released on CD in Brazil in 2012...~ 

My tip today is about the psychedelic sound of the Brazilian Northeast: "Paêbirú - Caminho da Montanha do Sol" - Double LP by Lula Côrtes and Zé Ramalho released in 1975 and recorded at the studios of Rozemblit in Recife, well before the Paraiba Zé Ramalho become one of the biggest icons of our music.
"Paêbirú", is considered one of the LPs (vinyl record, known simply as vinyl, or even Long Play) the most expensive in Brazil, costing more than 3 thousand reais. LP became a rarity among collectors around the world after a flood that hit the record company heavily, exterminating all the material that existed inside. Whoever had already acquired the disc, today has a cultural fortune in hand and can trade for a very good value.
The disc is divided into 4 parts: Earth, Air, Fire and Water. In the recordings, several musicians left their marks, such as Robertinho from Recife, Paulo Rafael, Jarbas Mariz, Geraldo Azevedo, Alceu Valença, Zé from Flute among others. Today we can hear "Paêbirú" through the Internet, but having the LP in our hands is an incredible sensation....~

Zé Ramalho dismisses the matter. But how to ignore the superb monolith, standing in the midst of the agreste, carved with hieroglyphs in low relief, the work of native peoples of the pre-Cabral era? "Paêbirú - Path of the Mountain of the Sun". The first record of the Voice of Darkness. Legend greater than that of the populace, who shortened it into a mere program boy. Paêbirú! Moroccan rhinoceros and Northeastern 12-string guitar. Organ Farfisa and saxophone. Alceu Valença pre-Cambrian, co-operative gargling prayers in illicit transes.
While punk rock smudged ears from around the world, subduing the sixties psychedelic, Paêbirú was born and raised in 1975. Hippie bulge embedded in the northeast lysergic. A double LP of single press, 1300 copies. Of these, along with the master tape of the recording, a thousand were taken by the flood that submerged the Recife in the same year of the launch. Those that remained, 33 springs after, are worth four thousand reais. The most expensive discs of the Tupiniquins. If Zé Ramalho does not pronounce himself, for Lula Cortes Paêbirú is an open book. And who is Lula Cortes? Multifaceted artist who has signed this masterpiece with two hands.
An artisan, named Raul Córdula, summoned the then young Ze and Lula to rip the dry trail from Ingá do Bacamarte, 85 kilometers from Joao Pessoa, towards the Ingá Stone. The mysterious monolith, adorned with representations dating from three to six thousand years, is, according to local folklore, a record of the passage through the entity Sumé. After colonization, to dilute indigenous values ​​in Catholic dogmas, Portuguese missionaries sanctified Sumé, renaming it São Tomé.
Legends also say that the entity, after leaving the northeast, headed for the Mountain of the Sun. The extirpated meaning of the Tupi-Guarani gives its name to the disc: Paêbirú, literally, is the Way of the Mountain of the Sun. It is not a daydream nor a creed. According to researches of historian Eduardo Bueno, there was the 'corruption of an extension' of the Inca Trail that linked Cuzco to Quito. Enough to hypnotize Zé Ramalho and Lula Cortes, leading them to crash in the studio to record the damn album.
"Mercury / Venus / Earth / Mars / Jupiter / Saturn / Uranus / Neptune and Pluto ... a lunar traveler who descended on a laser beam ... and, with his red beard, drew the Stone of the Inga." The track Track of Sumé sums up in thick modes the poetic content of the album, almost all instrumental. A sudden psychedelic, with a powerful bass line, interspersed with jazz sax and drums, guitars, drums, flutes, pianos, guttural noises, which serves as a compass to locate us on the four sides of the LPs, named Terra, Air, Fire and water. Everything under the watchful eye of the filmmaker and then companion of Lula Côrtes, Kátia Mesel, that recorded in Super 8 the comings and goings to Stone of the Ingá to look for inspiration. And there were not only three, there was Fred Mesel, Katia's brother, clicking on the tours with infrared film,
Then came the flood ... A thousand LPs flocked to ostracism. The survivors swam to the high shelves of the talons, where they are "Tim Maia Racional" and "Roberto Carlos - Crazy For You". Zé Ramalho fell silent. Lula Côrtes gets drunk on nostalgia. The Ingá Stone remains imposing. Sumé watches everything, wherever he is.....~

On December 29, 1598, the soldiers led by the chief captain of Paraíba, Feliciano Coelho de Carvalho, impaled Potiguar Indians when, in the midst of the caatinga, in the diapers of the Serra da Copaoba (Plateau de Borborema), an imposing record of ancestry Prehistoric army imposed itself on the troops. On the banks of the dry bed of the Araacoajipe river, a huge monolith revealed, to the stupefied recruits, strange drawings carved in the crystalline rock. 

The rock panel was on the inner walls of a cave (formed by the overlapping of three rocks), and displayed, in low relief, characters left by a long extinct culture. The signs were grouped with representations of spirals, crosses and circles carved, too, on the lower platform of the rocky shelter.

Concerned with the discovery, Feliciano ordered a thorough measurement, ordering all characters to be copied. The occurrence is described in Dialogues of Quantities of Brazil , work published in 1618. The author, Ambrose Fernandes Brandão (for whom Feliciano Coelho entrusted his account), he interpreted the symbol as "figurative of things to come." Make no mistake about it. The French priest Teodoro de Lucé discovered, in 1678, in the territory of Paraíba, a second monolith, when he went on a Jesuit mission to the camp of Carnoió. His reports were recorded in Relation of a Mission of the São Francisco River , written by the Friar Martin of Nantes, in 1706.

In 1974, almost 400 years after the discovery of the chief captain of Paraíba, such "symbols of things to come" would return. This time, in the shape and rounded silhouette of a vinyl record. The most ambitious and fantastic psychedelic incursion of Brazilian music - LP Paêbirú: Way of the Mountain of the Sun , recorded from October to December of that year by Lula Côrtes and Zé Ramalho, in the studios of the recipe label Rozemblit.

Telling the story of the album, far from the amalgamation of people, sound strands and especially the so-called Ingá Stone that inspired it, is impossible. Ironically, the original LP of Paêbirú also became an "archaeological find", just like the stone, 33 years after its release. The stories about the production of the record, such as shipwreck in the flood that submerged Recife in 1975 and, finally, was saved, are fascinating.

The press of Paêbirú was unique: 1,300 copies. A thousand of them, literally, went downhill. The calamity took along the master tape of the disk so that the tragedy was almost complete. Miraculously to the saved were only 300 copies. Well preserved, the original Paêbirú vinyl (the English label Mr Bongo reissued it on vinyl this year) is currently valued at more than R $ 4,000. It is the most expensive album of Brazilian music. It overrides, in monetary (and sonorous: it is debatable) parameters, the "unattainable" Roberto Carlos. The bitter King second place with Crazy for You , the first of his career, rated at half the price of the "eccentric" Paêbirú .

The expedition in the trail of the mysteries and fables of Paêbirú begins in Olinda (Pernambuco). The Brazilian artist Raul Córdula receives me in his studio. On the wall of the historic sobrado, a pictograph snake snakes in the picture painted by him. The insignia was decalcada of the same inscription that, millennia, remains carved in the Stone of the Ingá.

In the same year of Crazy for You, 1961, geography professor Leon Clerot presented the monument to Córdula. The teacher had made the invitation: "Follow me, and you will see something you will never forget." A decade later, in 1972, Raul Córdula became friends with José Ramalho Neto, the young Zé Ramalho da Paraíba. The countrymen met at the Asa Branca bar, which Córdula had in the capital, Joao Pessoa: "The only bar that was open in the whole of Paraíba after eight o'clock in the evening, on the basis of 'mensalão' paid to the police." The Zé Ramalho composer, attests, was born in Asa Branca.

Córdula wanted to show Ramalho "something he knew", and organized a trip to the municipality of Ingá do Bacamarte, a town formerly known as Vila do Emperor, because of the passage of Dom Pedro II there. Ingá do Bacamarte's location is 85 km from João Pessoa, a coastal caatinga, in the transition zone from Agreste to Sertão. To "make the trip", Córdula also invited the recifense artist Lula Côrtes - a young man who had lived many adventures. But that one, proposed by Raul, not yet.

No surprise was the guide to the fact that Côrtes and Ramalho were as amazed by the rock as the expeditionaries of the commander of Paraíba. The charade carved on the stone wall gave them the provocative challenge: how would they decipher such arcana - never understood and so majestic - in a song that, if it did not encode, should at least tax the remote Brazilian ancestry? It was the spark that had burned ideas. Camped in the caatinga sertaneja, face to face with the Stone of the Ingá, Ramalho and Côrtes decided for the production of a "conceptual album".

The only way to get to know Lula Côrtes is to visit him in his habitat: the studio in Jaboatão dos Guararapes. "The Homeland Was Born Here," discloses the huge plaque on the border with the capital, Recife. The apartment where he lives, paints and composes with the current band, Bad Company, has a frontal view of the Atlantic Ocean.

It is in the first handshake that Côrtes makes clear who he is: "indomitable spirit". Let go of the phrase to think: "The sea and I have been a thing only since I was a boy." At age 60, his voice is deep and roufenha. The white head, one day clothed with black Moorish hair. And the lean, but resilient, physique remembers the obstinate man of The Old Man and the Sea. Lula has Ernst Hemingway's old man, however, as "too much altruist." Most impressed was the Nietzschean captain Lobo Harsen, from The Sea Wolf, Jack London's novel. London's maritime archetypes, in fact, are more in tune with him: "I was born at the seashore, and he awakened me to the fulfillment of his fantasies," he remarked jubilantly.

It is this man who continues to narrate the most homeric journey of his life, so far: the conception of the album Paêbirú. Guided by his older partner, Raul Córdula, Zé Ramalho and Lula Côrtes, new friends, they soon realized the fantastic mystique that the inscriptions of the Stone of the Ingá exerted on the population near the archaeological site.

It was through the architect, nowadays filmmaker, Kátia Mesel, his companion at the time, that Lula Côrtes came to know Zé Ramalho. Together, the couple opened the label Abrakadabra, pioneer in the production of independent music in Brazil. The "seat" of the seal was on the premises of a building belonging to Katia's father, who, in times of slavery, had been a slave quarters.

To dive into the production saga that was Paêbirú, it is obligatory before we talk about the simplicity of the Satwa instrumental - the album managed, a year before, by Côrtes and the guitarist Lailson de Holanda.

It is the début of the seal Abrakadabra. Lula makes the sound debut of his popular Moroccan zither, the tricordium, an instrument he had brought from his recent trip to Morocco with Katia. In Satwa, Lailson's 12-string Northeastern guitar dialogues in perfect readability with the oriental language of Lula's tricord. It is probably the finest meeting between folk and psychedelia recorded in Brazilian music.

Lailson, an award-winning cartoonist, translates: "Satwa is an expression of Sanskrit: it means 'interface and balance'". In 2005, the North American label Time-Lag Records reissued Satwa, from the original master. Only the name, in fact, has been remodeled: Satwa World Edition. As expected, the edition ran out like magic.

After Satwa, Lula had improved his musical conceptions. He was fit for the great project he had been planning with partner Zé Ramalho since his visit to the "enchanted stone". They did not waste time and invested in serious research in the immediate vicinity. They hunted the local, folk, mythological interpretation about the admirable monolith written.

In the vicinity lived a group of Cariri Indians. The musicians went to them, behind the peculiarity of their type of music. Listening, they discovered that the traits of an African culture had merged with the sound of the natives.

Based on archaeological records, Zé Ramalho and Lula Côrtes agreed that from that point on, there would be a road, starting from São Tomé das Letras (where there are records of the same rupestrian writing traced in the Pedra do Ingá) and leading to Machu Picchu, in Peru. The trail that the Cariris called "Peabirú".

Getting to the mystical Stone of Ingá, nowadays, is easy. Following BR 101, in the Recife - Paraíba stretch, traffic conditions are permissible, even without duplicate route. By the federal highway, the small localities are intersecting: Abreu and Lima, Goiana, Itambé, Jupiranga, Itabaiana, Mojeiro. Tombada by the Institute of National Historical and Artistic Heritage (Iphan), the Stone of Ingá (Pedra Lavrada, or Itaticoara) is one of the most archeological sites in the world. The archaeologist Vanderley de Britto, of the Paraibana Society of Archeology, already awaits, on the spot, my arrival.

According to him, the inscriptions originate from prehistoric societies, natives previous to those found in Brazil by Europeans. "Certainly, these engravings," he says, pointing to the immense rock panel, "are the work of priests or pajés." They were aimed at magic-religious rituals that aimed at tribes, "Brito explains, with his proficiency.

Near the stone, without having to touch it, the archaeologist continues his explanation: "The representations record the magic song solved by the priests in the ceremonies," he preaches. The stone, in the opinion of the archaeologist, would be, for the natives, a "means of communication" with the gods (or goddesses) of nature. The estimate of science is that the recordings are already there about three to six thousand years. "Exact dating is not possible, because the monolith is in the middle of the creek," clarifies the professor. Vestiges, left by the engravers, when carving the stone, were dragged in the crossing of the waters of the old Araçoajipe.

Dinosaurs, the archaeologist also confirms, inhabited the region. The probability - not prosaic - of bathing in the stream that, on any given day of prehistory, a tyrannosaurus rex had taken cubic meters of water, now passes from journalism to an adventure which I am obliged to put into practice.

The water is lukewarm. The feeling, creepy. "Large animals, such as laziness and giant armadillos, in the Mesozoic period, inhabited the region: mastodons, native horses and other mega-animals also circulated here," he recalls. Submerged in the tepidness of the placid prehistoric stream, a time tunnel inside my head made the imagination wander through archaic worlds missing in the temporal vastness.

Facing the sea, Lula Côrtes likes to believe in the interplanetary epic narrated in "Trail of Sumé", the opening of Paêbirú. "The recordings in the Ingá Stone were made with a laser beam," said the artist, who hummed the introduction of the music, the alignment of the planets: "Mercury / Venus / Earth / Mars / Jupiter / Saturn / Uranus / Neptune and Pluto" . The following verses sing the saga of Sumé, "a lunar traveler who descended in a laser beam and, with his red beard, drew the stone of Ingá."

At every discovery they made with their explorations, Cortes and Ramalho noted, in the variety of legends, that they were all about Sumé - mythological entity that would have transmitted knowledge to the Indians before the arrival of the colonizers. "All the signs lead to Sumé. Even the palm trees of the region, there, are called 'Sumalenses," says Lula.

In order to "liberate" the Indians from pagan belief, the Jesuits pontificated Sumé as "sanctity": it became São Tomé. This explains, in the Northeast, the fact that many villages were baptized from São Tomé. "Here is the place of São Tomé ! ", The priests used to announce, when arriving in a new region.

In Paraíba, there is a town called Sumé. "Whoever Sumé was, what is more known, however, is that a lot of them have been around," laughs Raul Córdula. In spite of Catholic evangelization, the memory of indigenous Sumé is still alive throughout the Northeast.

The indigenous belief says that when the pacifist Sumé left, expelled by the Tupinambas warriors of those lands, left a series of trails carved in stones in the middle of the way. The Indians believe that Sumé would have gone from north to south, kills in, unveiling the millenarian trail "Peabirú" - in Tupi-Guarani, "The Way of the Mountain of the Sun".

The historian Eduardo Bueno, who spent years of his life "summering" on the beach of Naufragados, in the south of the island of Santa Catarina, tells that he learned of the trail reading the adventure of Aleixo Garcia, who, after living on that beach, Had been informed of the existence of an "indigenous road" leading to Peru.

After many rainy summers contemplating the place where the brave Garcia had left on his epic journey, Bueno decided to accompany him - but in his mind: "I immersed myself in all the sources that brought accounts of his trip. , Contradictory among themselves, were of the best quality. " The most interesting summary in history, he says, is what defines Peabiru as "an extension of the majestic Inca Trail that linked Cuzco to Quito and, in turn, another corruption - from 'Apé Biru'". In Tupi-Guarani, Apé means "camino", or "trail", and Biru is the original name of Peru. Therefore, Peabiru would mean "Road to Peru".

There were three main beginnings of this path: one from Cananéia (south coast of São Paulo) and another from the mouth of the Itapucu river, near the island of São Francisco do Sul (north coast of Santa Catarina). A third exit from Praça da Sé, in São Paulo, followed Rua Direita, it was in Praça da República, up to Consolação, down to Rebouças, crossed the Pinheiros River and ... arrived in Peru. "I wonder why they robbed us of the pleasure of enjoying this story in high school," jokes Bueno. "Come to think of it, that was not the only pleasure they stole from us, was it?"

Often sought, Zé Ramalho declared that "he does not want to talk about the subject of Paêbirú" - for him, closed. In some interviews, however, he compared Paêbirú to Tropicália. One of the comments is about the handmade way, "as if sewn by hand", that the album was made.

Acting a "commented hearing" of Paêbirú in the workshop of Lula Côrtes. While patiently painting the picture of a lighthouse, he explains to me how they made possible (and viable) the ingenious recording of the album. The album - double - is divided into four sides, according to the elements Earth, Air, Fire and Water.

In "Terra", the result "telluric" was achieved with drums, flutes in sun and do, congas and alto sax. "We simulate, with onomatopoeias, 'birds of the sky', 'birds in flight' and we add the berimbau, besides trichord," he says. Contrary to the practice of "empty inserts", the range of instruments used is described in the data sheet of Paêbirú.

Studio effects, no thinking: "There were only people, voices and instruments," comments the artist. Certain effects, such as the ripping of a coconut leaf, for example, many thought to be electronic.

On the "Ar" side, in addition to "conversations", "laughter" and "sighs", harps and violas were selected for songs such as "Hares Harp", "There Is No Wet Like a Prank" and "Omm". In "Water", the songs have sound background of running water. On the same side, African songs, praises to Iemanjá and other representative entities of the element. In the most dancing, the lysergic baião "Pedra Templo Animal", Lula Côrtes plays "marine horns". Zé Ramalho pilots the okulele.

"Fire," as the name warns, is the incendiary facet of Paebiru. The most rocky one too. Thunderous sounds come in: the distorted wha-wha of the tricorion and the psychopathy of the organ Farfisa in "In the Walls of the Enchanted Stone". "Raga dos Rios" is conserved, more than 30 years later, as the best piece of fuzz guitar recorded in the national rock: "Electric guitar & nerve of Dom Tronxo", says the technical file. Where will Dom Tronxo walk?

The sophisticated insert of Paêbirú is the work of Katia Mesel. In addition to being a designer, she made the executive production of the album. "There are more than 20 people playing on the album - basically the whole scene from Pernambuco and much of the Paraíba," the filmmaker lists.

The record only worked, in Katia's opinion, because it was done with the soul and the creativity loose. "In a two-channel studio, baby?" It was playback playback playback! "We were comforted:" If the Stones recorded in Jamaica on two channels, why do not we? " In 'Trail of Sumé', Alceu Valença plays comb with cellophane paper. [The disc] has these refinements, "he jokes.

It was Katia's zeal, in fact, that secured the rescue of 300 copies of Paêbirú from the flood of 1975. She had retained part of the run in the House of Beberibe, where the couple lived - the environment in which many songs were gradually taking shape . "Fortunately, I had left the discs upstairs. These are the ones that are worth a fortune all over the world today," says Katia.

At that time, Ramalho practically lived with the couple in the Casa de Beberibe. The graphic design of the album was obtained after many trips of the trio to the Stone of the Ingá. In fact, a quartet, since Katia's brother, the photographer Fred Mesel, was traveling along on some trips. "I would shoot in Super 8 and Fred would take pictures of the rock with infrared film," she says. The photographic technique explains the blue-citric tonality of the cover and the inner part of Paêbirú.

Special attention was given to the technical file. In the central insert, photos of all the people who participated in the recordings. A detail is that all the titles were assembled by hand, one by one, in letter set. The difference is that, by this time, Katia was more experienced: in addition to Satwa, he had also produced the art of Marconi Notaro's only album, In the Sub Kingdom of Metazoans (1973). "To launch Paêbirú, we created the Solar seal," he adds.

The psychedelic substances, of course, were very important during the compounding process. For Lula Côrtes, however, it is possible to feel shamanism emanating from the rocky monument just by being close to the Ingá Stone: "We ate mushrooms more like 'poetic mental license'," the artist justifies.

Crosby, Stills and Nash, T-Rex, Captain Beefheart, Grand Funk Railroad and The Byrds were the bands most heard by the group at the time. By the mid-1970s glitter rock make-up was already blurred, and in the United States, punk seed popped into the dirty holes of New York. The disco music rehearsed the first steps of dance. Psicodelia, in the world, was an outdated thing: it encapsulated itself in the remote 1960s.

Ze da Flauta was 18 when he met Lula and Katia. At the height of the repression, the House of Beberibe was the temple of freedom and counterculture. "I learned a lot about art and talked about everything, even if I smoked a lot of marijuana," confirms Ze. He played sax on the vigorous "In the Walls of the Enchanted Stone". "I will never forget, for that matter: it was the first time I went into a studio and recorded professionally as a musician."

Another one that had "participation lightning" was the paraibano Hugo Leão, the Huguinho. It came from bands The Gentlemen and the Four Crazy, in which Zé Ramalho played the guitar. Ramalho called him to participate as a keyboard player for the "daring project". His performance was immortalized on the album. His are the organ riffs Farfisa in "In the Walls ..."

To assume the battery, Ramalho recruited Carmelo Guedes, another partner of his in the Gentlemen. The magic, recalls Huguinho, began as soon as they entered the studio. The bases were created at the time, as if in a scare: "I got a bigger tone: Mi!" The dream began, the secrets of the Ingá Stone finally seemed to be unraveled.

On my journey, I continue to the capital of Paraíba. In Joao Pessoa, Telma Ramalho, Zé Ramalho's younger cousin, says she does not forget a pre-teen passage: her mother, Teresinha de Jesus Ramalho Pordeus, a history teacher, was talking to her nephew in her office: "Ze She remembered the 'Pedra Templo Animal' and 'Trail of Sumé', the most pop, 'amuse myself' .

Another memory is to have presented a replica of the Stone of the Ingá in the science fair of the college. The soundtrack was Paêbirú. "I took the vitrolinha and I put it to roll." Telma makes the blunt revelation: "I had Paêbirú boxes at home, a true cultural and financial fortune."

For Cristhian Ramalho, son of Zé Ramalho and godson of Lula Côrtes, Paêbirú also has special meaning: "My father would take me to the Stone of the Ingá as a child, he would go to find inspiration." Undoubtedly, says Cristhian, Paêbirú and the Stone still exert influence over his work. "In 1975 he wrote a very beautiful poem, which says: 'I come from one of these rolling stones.' There was, on his part, a great mysticism involved in my arrival," says the son proudly.

One of the people who, at the time of the release, bought the album was the architect Terêsa Pimentel. At age 14, in 1974, she was not sure what she was looking for in her life. Despite this, he knew "what he did not want". "We heard the locals: Ave Sangria, Marconi Notaro, Flaviola & Bando do Sol, Aristides Guimarães, the 'udigrudi' northeasterner.I sold my Caloi green-water bike to buy Paêbirú.Today, I am happy to have sold the bicycle and to have a teenager In that atmosphere, "he says. Teresa is the sister of the musician Lenine, whom Lula Côrtes presented with his last copy of Paêbirú a few years ago. "To get some samplers," says Lula.

From Jaboatão dos Guararapes, Lula and I headed to the house of Alceu Valença, in the historical center of Olinda. Lula knocks on the door of the big house. Party when Valença crosses the large lobby to greet Lula, old partner in Wet Sweat, one of his first records.

"We played 'Danado para Catende', which later became 'Catende Train'," Alceu says. "Until then Lula only composed, but he did not sing. I made the head of Ariola's people: 'The guy is the best!' At the record company, no one had the slightest idea who the guy was, let alone who did something like Paêbirú. "

They knew, however, when Lula Côrtes' album Gosto Novo da Vida was awarded as "the best selling of the year for the Ariola label" in 1981. In three months it sold 32,000 copies. Then it got its reprint stuck because of a lawsuit filed by Rozemblit, which alleged plagiarism in a song.

"He was the first artist I saw smoking on stage at the João Alcântara Theater," says Alceu.

They both laugh. Lula lights a cigarette.

"I participated in Paêbirú. I screamed there," summarizes Alceu.

"It was in the prayer of 'There Is No Wet Like a Prank'," Lula amended.

"Rozemblit's studio had wonderful acoustics, it was the most natural environment possible: I arrived and went to lie down in a corner, the band was playing, sleepy, I stretched: 'Ommmmmmmm ...'."

"It was like a mantra. When Alceu started, everyone came back and did not stop," concludes Lula.

It is in this "free spirit" tradition that Paêbirú was realized. In the homonymous text - a typed rarity found only inside the surviving LPs of the flood and written after the ingestion of mushrooms picked in the middle of the way - Lula Côrtes gives us one last idea of ​​the great adventure that was Paêbirú: "We hunted the past, And the hearts filled with hope with that vision.The path that we had left behind was that of the Stone of Fire, another small cluster with almost no chance of life.We are very scarce.We talked about the stones.And along, On the horizon, the silvery loin of Borborema draws light curves demonstrating its immense age.The natives had maps on their faces, the sun cracked their lips as the earth cracked, The hard, sharp stones that hindered the walk hardened their laughter. The information seemed to be correct. We find the stream and follow the direction. The water was clear and quite salty. Unreality took hold more and more of our bodies and minds, and all the legend that filled our ears until that day seemed to bloom all. " Bastos..............Rolling Stone....

Paêbirú (Peabiru or Paêbirú: "Paêbirú: Caminho da Montanha do Sol" , a road that extended for more than one thousand and two hundred kilometers of the Brazilian coast from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean) is a Brazilian album released in 1975 by Lula Côrtes and Zé Ramalho. The disc contains a great miscellany of musical genres as the psychedelic rock, jazz, and regional rhythms of the Brazilian Northeast. It was one of the first undeclared records of Brazilian psychedelia. The album is today the most commercially valuable vinyl in Brazil. Well preserved, a disc of the original edition is worth around 4 thousand reais.
The main inspiration of the musicians in the creation of the disc was the Pedra do Ingá, located in the municipality of Ingá, in the interior of Paraíba, which is today one of the most significant archaeological monuments in the world.
During the creation of the album, the variety of legends about Sumé - mythological entity in which the natives believed before the colonization - inspired beyond the opening track, several passages of the album. Other important entities of the Brazilian culture like Iemanjá are also mentioned in the c.mputer
This is a double vinyl record with eleven tracks. They are compositions by the musicians themselves, Lula Côrtes and Zé Ramalho. Among the musicians who contributed to the recording of the album are the renowned Alceu Valença and Geraldo Azevedo.
The album had a single press of 1,300 copies. Of these, around 1000 were lost in a flood that occurred in Recife in 1975. Along with the missing copies, the master tape was also destroyed. This is why one of the 300 copies that have been saved, has an average commercial value of 4,000 reais, overrunning Crazy for You by Roberto Carlos.
The graphic part of the disc was by Katia Mesel, then wife of Lula Côrtes. The booklet and cover was the result of several trips to the Ingá Stone.
It was reissued in 2005 on vinyl and CD in Europe by Mr. Bongo label. It was only re-released on CD in Brazil in 2012.
The double disc is divided into four sides, and each is dedicated to one of the four elements of nature: Earth, Air, Fire and Water, respectively. In addition to the long psychedelic instruments, and regional rhythms, synthetic sounds were also added parallel to the theme of the sides.
On the "Earth" side, the results were achieved through instruments such as drums, flutes, congas and high sax. Effects like birds in flight were also produced, but not electronically. Other typical instruments such as the berimbau were also used.
On the "Ar" side, conversations, laughter, and sighs were introduced, as well as harps and viols.
"Fire" is the heaviest side of the album, where rock and psychedelia are in evidence. Distorted electric guitar sounds, organ and less acoustic sound are used. "Raga dos Rios", is still considered the best piece of guitar fuzz recorded in national rock
In "Water" are placed sound backgrounds of running water, and letters in praise to entities that represent the element, besides the incorporation of dance genres as the baião.....~

A1 [a] Trilha De Sumé 6:31
A1 [b] Culto À Terra 2:12
A1 [c] Bailado Das Muscarias 4:35
B1 Harpa Dos Ares 4:02
B2 Não Existe Molhado Igual Ao Pranto 7:31
B3 Omm 6:04
C1 Raga Dos Raios 2:31
C2 Nas Paredes Da Pedra Encantada, Os Segredos Talhados Por Sumé 7:33
C3 Marácas De Fogo 2:34
D1 [a] Louvação A Iemanjá 1:53
D1 [b] Regato Da Montanha 3:25
D2 Beira Mar 1:40
D3 [a] Pedra Templo Animal 4:15
D3 [b] Trilha De Sumé 2:05

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