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Sunday, 28 May 2017

Som Imaginário "Som Imaginário" 1970 + "Som Imaginário" 1971 + "Matança Do Porco" 1973 Brazil Psych Rock


Som Imaginário "Som Imaginário" 1970 + "Som Imaginário" 1971 + "Matança Do Porco" 1973  Brazil Psych Rock 
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Founded in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1970 - Disbanded in 1974 - Regrouped in 2012 
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......~ 


Som Imaginário "Som Imaginário" 1970 

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. 
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). 
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). 
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........~

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 Panera 
06 Sábado 
07 Nepal 
08 Feira Moderna 
09 Hey Man 
10 Poison 




Som Imaginário "Som Imaginário" 1971 second album

The second Som Imaginario album leans far more towards a classic psych sound, which I feel is a shame because a lot of the songs end up being rather unmemorable. I can't pick out any tracks here, for example, which are as striking or original or as powerful as the electrifying Super God from the debut. Still, the album is perfectly pleasant to listen to and is a reasonable slice of flower power-flavoured psychedelia from an era in which that style had been drifting out of style in its US homeland but still found fertile homes in new scenes abroad. Not as groundbreaking as the debut, and perhaps a little weaker, but still good enough to convince me that Som Imaginario still had something to say at this point.... by Warthur ....~

I was interviewing Jonathan Wilson recently about his upcoming Fanfare album (due out in mid-October) and during the course of that conversation, he said that his new music was influenced by Dennis Wilson’s Pacific Ocean Blue and by Brazilian artist Milton Nascimento, a name that didn’t really ring much of a bell with me, but someone who I immediately decided I needed to know more about. (Fanfare is the most important album that’s going to be released in 2013, mark my words, but more on that later). 

How I got to be my age without knowing the music of a major artist like Milton Nascimento is not something I’m exactly proud of but as it turns out, I’ve had this amazing CD by a band called Som Imaginário (“Imaginary Sounds”) for years and and they were his backing band during his early “classic” albums, before becoming a progrock force in their own right. In a sense it’s like saying that you’re a fan of The Attractions, but never knowing they once backed this skinny bloke with glasses called Elvis C…...~


Line-up / Musicians 
- Frederico Mendonça / lead guitar 
- Tavito (Luís Otávio) / rhythm guitar 
- Wagner Tiso / piano 
- Luiz Carlos Alves / basses 
- Robertinho Silva / drums

With: 
- Naná Vasconcelos / percussion 

Tracklist 
Cenouras 3:18 
Você Tem Que Saber 3:55 
Gogó (O Alivio Rococó) 3:47 
Ascenso 3:25 
Salvação Pela Macrobiótica 3:42 
Uê 3:36 
Xmas Blues 3:16 
A Nova Estrêla 6:45 








As I have said in the Biography of this band: "Some people prefer the first Som Imaginário phase, others the third album". I prefer this last Som Imaginário album. "A Matança do Porco" - The pig's butchery (11:07) is one of the best progressive album from Brazil. Leaded by keyboardist Wagner Tiso, Som Imaginário recorded a different kind of music here. Instead psychedelic, like their first records, this album is a kind of fusion, symphonic and classical music. "A Matança do Porco" is an all instrumental album (with voices but no lyrics). The first music, Armina (5:45), begins like classical music, but soon changes to rock and closes with classic piano again. Bolera (3:11), "Mar Azul" - Blue Sea (3:46) and A-3 (3:12) are rock united with jazz and bossa nova accompanied by Danilo Caymmi's flute. Armina 2 (6:37) and excerpt 2 (0:35) is very jazzistic, excerpts 1 (0:46) and 3 (0:45) are conduct by symphonic orchestra. Finally, the great "A Matança do Porco" with more than eleven minutes: a beautiful combination between fusion and symphonic rock. Soft piano and dark 12 strings guitar in the beggining (approximately three and half minutes), crazy fusion with strongs piano, drums and percussion by the jazzman Chico Batera (3:30 to 6:30), and completely symphonic with Gaya conducting Odeon Orchestra, with vocals by Golden Boys and Milton Nascimento: aaaaAAAAAAaaaaAAAAA... Ten minutes, and the suite closes with organ and a sad (maybe dying) pig crying: gniifff, gniffff... I'm very shure this is one of the five best of brazilian progressive rock! I give four stars to songs: Armina number 1, number 2 (including the three excerpts); three stars to bossa nova and jazz songs and, of course, five stars to wonderful song theme. So I give four stars to this album.... by Prog-Brazil ....~

The final Som Imaginario album sees the group transform from a psychedelic band to a tight fusion unit, with enough classical, symphonic and psychedelic influences to give them a sound which will appeal to a broad range of prog listeners. Showing a great increase in the group's technical proficiency, the album title means "The Killing of the Pig" - not an outrageous anti- police statement, but a reference to a tradition from an old Portuguese town where a slaughter of swine at the height of winter is the centrepiece of an annual celebration. In this case, there's plenty of reason to celebrate, because having fattened up their musical capabilities Som Imaginario serve a delicious feast here... by Warthur .....~

Som Imaginário was a famous Brazilian group responsible for support the singer Milton Nascimento. The group released 3 albums between 1970 and 1973. 
The band in its original lineup had Wagner Tiso (piano and keyboards), Tavito (vocals and acoustic guitars), Zé Rodrix (vocals, keyboards and flutes), Luiz Alves (bass), Robertinho Silva (drums) and Frederiko (guitars) and their 2 first records are more folk/psychedelic. 
In 1973 the band was a quartet with: Wagner Tiso (piano and keyboards), Frederiko (guitars), Luiz Carlos (bass) and Robertinho (drums). With Wagner Tiso as a leader they were now almost instrumental and this is by far their best record. 
Zé Rodrix were already with his trio Sá, Rodrix & Guarabira and Tavito still participate in the album as a guest playing acoustic 12 strings guitar in 3 tracks. But it's the hands of the maestro Wagner Tiso that makes all the difference in the world in Matança Do Porco (1973). 
'Armina' and 'Matança Do Porco' are the keytracks, Progressive pearls lost in the haze of time. This is one of the true Brazilian classics....by ProgShine ....~

Remarcably album of one of the most creative bands of the Brazilian progressive music scene. Som Imaginário, after changing from the more psychedelic playing that drove their early sound (probably derived from the idiosyncrasies of Zé Rodrix - remember the song "Cenouras"), produced a more elaborated and even better recorded album. 
The music leads you smoothly from jazzy guitars and interludes reminiscent of bossa nova and chorinho from one to another without tiring or with excess. The participation of Milton Nascimento is also beautiful and strong - Som Imaginário even recorded a album with him in 1970. 

Great work, worth to be heard and praised. I did give 4 stars to this album, but the repeat listening to their melodies makes me wonder if there are thing less deserving in PA of five stars, and have, why not five stars to "A Matança do Morto"? So it is....by GKR....~


Line-up / Musicians 
- Frederico Mendonça / guitar (1,4,5) 
- Tavito (Luís Otávio) / 12-string guitar (2,4,7) 
- Wagner Tiso / piano, electric piano, organ, orchestral arrangements 
- Luiz Carlos Alves / bass, maracas (2), guitar (8) 
- Robertinho Silva / drums, tumbadoras (2) 

With: 
- Danilo Caymmi / flute (2,7,8) 
- Chiquito Braga / guitar (2,4,8) 
- Chico Batera / percussion (2,4,5), conductor (4) 
- Orquestra Odeon / orchestra (3-6,9) 
- Arthur Verocai / conductor (3,6,9) 
- Lindolfo Gaya / conductor (5) 
- Milton Nascimento / vocals (5) 
- Golden Boys / vocal ensemble (5)

Tracklist 
Armina 5:46 
A-3 3:11 
Armina (Vinheta 1) 0:45 
A (Nova Estrela) N° 2 6:41 
A Matança Do Porco 11:08 
Armina (Vinheta 2) 0:33 
Bolero 3:11 
Mar Azul 3:48 
Armina (Vinheta 3) 0:45 













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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