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28 May 2017

Som Imaginário “Som Imaginario” 1970 Brazil Psych Rock
















Som Imaginário “Som Imaginario” 1970 Brazil Psych Rock
The self-titled debut album of Som Imaginário drank from the psychedelic rock source, but it clutched elements of progressive rock, folk and MPB, showing a good humor in the lyrics and total creativity in the arrangements. An enhanced sound structure with wah-wah guitars, a sixties organ, killer percussion and Zé Rodrix's vocals appearing on most songs. The powerful grouping was a true academy of sound imagination: Wagner Tiso (piano and organ), Tavito (guitar), Luiz Alves (bass), Robertinho Silva (drums), Frederyko (guitar), Naná Vasconcelos (percussion) and Zé Rodrix Organ, percussion, voice and flutes).

    The opening opens with the "Morse" track, a theme with striking riffs and the characteristic latinity of Rodrix in action. "Super God" suggests a flamenco rhythm, but it even goes down to pure lysergia, with distorted vocals, acid guitars and sound experiments. "Theme of the Gods", by Milton Nascimento, has his own participation in vocals, in a more progressive flight, with a brief stop at Clube da Esquina. High doses psychedelic and climate peace and love in the tracks "Make Believe Waltz", "Saturday" and in the anarchic "Nepal" ... hipongas pacas.
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    The first version of "Feira Moderna" (by Fernando Brant, Beto Guedes and Lô Borges) appears here, with original lyrics and later modified in the Beto Guedes version, contained in the album Amor de Índio, 1978. "Hey Man" Is another high point of the album with a contagious levada and letter jamming the military regime, in the throes of the Copa de 70. The album closes with the beautiful "Poison", composition of Rodrix in partnership with the worshiped musician Marco Antônio Araújo (that would only launch His first album Influencias, ten years later and that would die in 1986, due to a cerebral aneurism).
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    An obscure record that already showed the competence of this group of hairy people who preached peace and free love, and believed in a better world ... The best definition of the ideal of Imaginary Sound, is in the words of Milton Nascimento: "A group with freedom of Political thought, and also under the effect of some magic, with a tendency to rebellion ... "A fundamental work of the national discography and that was printed with three different layers. Cardboard bubbles have all three editions in the greatest happiness .......

Influential South American psychedelic rock sextet Som Imaginário (Imaginary Sound) formed in 1970 as the backing band behind legendary Minas Gerais singer/songwriter/composer Milton Nascimento. Like Nascimento, the collective shared a fondness for mainstream rock & roll acts like the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix, crafting sonic freestyle tapestries that had as much to do with early Pink Floyd and Miles Davis as they did with the tropicalia and MPB movement. Matanca Do Porco (their debut recording) is a not so subtle blend of all three of those sounds, chock-full of humor, super-amplified decadence, and haunting melodies. Nascimento lends his distinctive tenor to two cuts, "Hey, Man" and "Tema Dos Deuses" (the latter was re-recorded for Nascimento's 1973 LP, Milagre Dos Peixes), and occasional member and peerless percussionist Naná Vasconcelos appears on numerous tracks throughout the ten-song odyssey. Bluesy fuzz guitar tears through the spirited opener, "Morse"; the wistful "Sabado" conjures up images of a thousand lighters illuminating a dark pavilion; and "Nepal" begins in a wash of homemade bird calls, random coughing, and Ennio Morricone-style screaming before seguing into a soft "Beatlesque" crooner that echoes "A Day in the Life." Som Imaginário have dwelt for far too long on critics' shoulders, and this fine reissue of Matanca Do Porco holds its own against the giants of the genre, appealing to fans of Os Mutantes, Secos & Molhados, early Caetano Veloso, and even Deep Purple. Highly recommended............by James Christopher Monger ...allmusic........

Som Imaginário is your prototypical hippie Brazil band that would've probably eaten all other hippie bands for breakfast. Their debut is inspired madness, extremely psychedelic and pretty together considering half the time the drummer or the bassist is laying out, having a toke or getting beaten up by a cop. Hey, Man is probably the jam on this album, but the album also starts in great rave up fashion with Morse (which, interestingly to me, has a riff nearly identical to one found on Tull's Play in Time on Benefit from the same year) and Super-God. Lots more English language than what you might find on a standard MPB release but the vocals are often like those on a Santana record - nobody fuckin' cares what they are sayin', lets have a samba jam!... OK, AGREED, some songs could stand a few less out of tune recorders, but apparently that was all of the rage back in those days. Thank you Jefferson Airplane! Never mind. I am stoked to check out a few more records by these guys, there are moments of brilliance on this..................

Som Imaginário (Imaginary Music) is a Brazilian band from the 70s. They joined together to support Milton Nascimento in his first record and shows. Their style comes from jazz, classic and rock until popular brazilian music and bossa nova, with strong Beatles influence. They recorded three albums in the 70s and an album live with Milton Nascimento in 1974 releasing them in a boxset in 1997, but it was limited edition. Famous people were Imaginary Music: Naná Vasconcelos, Robertinho Silva, José Rodrix, Toninho Horta, Wagner Tiso, Tavito and Marco Antônio Araújo. This last person recorded four very progressive albums later, but unfortunately died in 1986. The first and second Som Imaginário albums follow the psychedelic line with Beatles and pop influences. José Rodrix left the band, and Wagner Tiso (ex W-Boys jazz band) leaded the band for the new album. The third album "A Matança do Porco" (The slaughter of the pig) is an all instrumental album (with voices but no lyrics), following the fusion and symphonic direction. Some people prefer their first phase, others the third album................

A progressive rock band formed in the early '70s in Rio de Janeiro by a core of musicians from the Minas Gerais state, the Som Imaginário developed an influential career and also backed artists like Milton Nascimento, Elis Regina, Gal Costa, Fafá de Belém, Sueli Costa, Carlinhos Vergueiro, and Jards Macalé in live performances and recordings. The group was formed by Wagner Tiso (keyboards), Zé Rodrix (organ/percussion/voice/flutes), Robertinho Silva (drums), Tavito (12-string guitar), Luís Alves (bass), and Laudir de Oliveira (percussion), around which Toninho Horta (guitars) and Nivaldo Ornelas (saxes) eventually performed. Their biggest hits were "Feira Moderna" (Fernando Brant/Beto Guedes), "Hey Man" (Zé Rodrix/Tavito), "Cenouras" (Fredera), and "Nova Estrela" (Wagner Tiso).
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The group was formed to back up Milton Nascimento in his show Milton Nascimento, Ah! E O Som Imaginário, in 1970, at the Opinião theater (Rio de Janeiro). Soon afterward, Laudir left the group (he would work with Chicago), having been replaced by Naná Vasconcellos, who also left the group in the same year, while Fredera (guitar) joined it. In that same year, the group recorded its first LP, Som Imaginário, and participated in Nascimento's Milton. In 1971, the Som Imaginário did the film Nova Estrela, already without Rodrix. With Fredera, Alves, and Silva having left the group, Novelli (bass) and Paulo Braga (drums) were admitted. The third album, Matança do Porco (1973), had as its title track a Wagner Tiso composition that had been the theme of the Rui Guerra film Os Deuses e os Mortos (1970), and the album had as highlights "Armina" and "Nova Estrela," both by Tiso.............Alvaro Neder..............

Great, heavy psych, mixed with some lighter, folk influenced mat'l, and featuring fuzz guitar and Portuguese vocals. The currently posted (white) cover image for this is the correct front cover for this album. The black cover image posted for the current primary entry is the back cover of the same album. The album was issued with both cover sheets loose, which sandwiched the disc between two other loose sheets of thin cardboard. When I originally purchased my copy, all of these loose items were held together in a plastic wrap-around outer cover, the likes of which I had never seen before. Thinking this was a previous owners addition, and since it was so worn as to be almost opaque, I removed it and housed the contents in a new stiff plastic outer cover. I have since uncovered reason to believe that that original outer cover may been the way it was originally released. Can anybody out there confirm or deny this? Grades - 2 B+'s, 2 B's, 1 B-, 3 C+'s, and 2 C's. This also may have come with a lyric insert, as my reissue contains what appears to be a copy of this insert, bearing the original Odeon cat# on it......by.........tymeshifter...........

From the most radical bands of the Clube da Esquina (Minas Gerais musical movement of the early 1970s strongly influenced by Beatles), Som Imaginário with its debut album demonstrates a musical wealth rarely seen in the Brazilian scene, with a mixture of Progressive Rock, Psicodelismo and MPB that until today causes a fascination in the eyes of collectors of rarities from all over the world, being that the original LP is worth a few hundred dollars which makes it practically impossible to be found.

A band that already had the participation of names more than consecrated like Marco Antônio Araújo, Naná Vasconcellos, Toninho Horta, Wagner Tiso, Tavito and Jose Rodrix could not make a disc that was below that level.

The audition starts off surprising with very interesting riffs in the song "Morse." The vocal is by Rodrix, who predominates in most of the songs. "Super-God" with his distorted vocal and acid guitars scares unprepared ears, which earned him the position of representing Brazil together with "Lem-ed-Êcalg" of Módulo 1000 in the collection "Love, Peace & Poetry - Latin" American Psychedelic Music ", released by the German label QDK Media. "Theme of the Gods", Milton Nascimento's music (which at the time was supported by the band) has a gloomy mood, being the only instrumental song on the album. "Make Believe Waltz" is perhaps the most dissonant of the songs, not having much to do with the material in question. "Pantera" and "Sábado" are good songs with their most popular side, while still exerting their attraction. "Nepal" has a very psychedelic introduction, but later reveals to be another weakness in the album, soon offset by the first version of "Modern Fair" with the original lyrics "My heart is old / My heart is dead" which was later modified in Version of Beto Guedes. "Hey, Man" is another highlight of the audition and we close with "Poison" composed by José Rodrix and none other than Marco Antônio Araújo [who 10 years later would release his first album "Influences", and other classics of Progressive that Would make him known as the "Gismonti of the 80s", alluding to Egberto Gismonti, another name that did not obtain the recognition deserved in Brazil], but nothing to do with his solo work.

After the departure of José Rodrix for the trio Sá, Rodrix & Guarabyra, the band lost strength but still resisted and made two more albums, which were re-released jointly on CD in 1997, but unfortunately today the box is out of print, since a good part of the 5000 copies was sold to foreign collectors. A disc at the level of the best tropicalistas discs.....................

This was Som Imaginario’s (Imaginary Sound) debut album from 1970. A Brazilian band that often backed the great Milton Nascimento just as Os Mutantes had backed Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso on their early albums. In fact, this album could be seen as the perfect companion piece to Os Mutantes’ 1969 masterpiece, A Divina Comedia Ou Ando Meio Desligado.

The band’s name is very fitting, Som Imaginario is an invigorating blend of folk, soul, psychedelia, brit influenced pop, rock and Brazilian homeland music. For a debut album, the band sounds extremely confident and wild, steaming and cooking thru the album (and there are no duff tracks either!!).

Morse opens the album on a funky note, with blasts of fuzz guitar and swirling organ. The next song, Super-God has some great use of wah-wah and distorted vocals. Milton Nascimento guests on the mysterious Pantera, which is another highlight with a bomb explosion intro. Nascimento’s voice is highly original and experimental and adds depth to an already good composition. The two songs in English, Poison and Make Believe Waltz, are also very good, soulful folky ballads.

An essential psychedelic album and a must for fans of Tropicalia. Som Imaginario released a few albums during the progressive rock era which are also highly recommended but reissues are criminally unavailable....Rising Storm review................

- José Rodrix / organ, voice, flute
- Wagner Tiso / piano
- Tavito / guitar
- Robertinho Silva / drums
- Frederyko / lead guitar
- Luiz / bass

01 Morse
02 Super Goo
03 Tema dos Deuses
04 Make Believe Waltz
05 Pantera
06 Sábado
07 Nepal
08 Feira Moderna
09 Hey Man
10 Poison
Discografia

(1997) O Som Imaginário • EMI
(1974) Milagre dos peixes ao vivo • Odeon
(1973) Matança do porco • Odeon
(1973) Milagre dos peixes • Odeon
(1971) Som Imaginário • Odeon
(1970) Som Imaginário • Odeon 

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