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2 Jun 2017

Ronnie Von "A Máquina Voadora" 1970 Brazil Psych Rock

Ronnie Von  "A Máquina Voadora" 1970 Brazil Psych Rock

A Máquina Voadora (Flying Machine) released in 1970 is a landmark of Brazilian music, inspired by the psychedelia of the Beatles, almost conceptual , it contains themes of aviation and references to books written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry , in particular the Little Prince .

The soon-to-be Jovem Guarda idol Ronnie Von, still as Ronaldo Nogueira, had just graduated in 1969 in economics and pilotage, but wanted to be a singer instead. After becoming acquainted with the members of the Brazilian Bitles, he impressed the group in an audition and the very next week the revelation was featured on their exclusive show on TV Excelsior’s Brazilian Bitles Club. Noticed by Agnaldo Rayol, Von was also invited to perform on the extremely popular Corte Rayol Show for TV Record. For his part, he sang the Beatles’ song “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away,” by John Lennon/Paul McCartney. His first single came next, with that song and “Meu Bem,” Von’s version of “Girl” (same authors), reaching even more success. Press speculations suggested Von would compete with Roberto Carlos, such was his popularity. Disinterested in the polemic, Von moved to São Paulo. Hired by TV Record (where he had his own show, O Pequeno Mundo de Ronnie Von) and Rádio Pan Americana, Von released his first LP in November 1966. That same year, he was awarded with the Roquette Pinto prize — he also got the Chico Viola award in February 1967 for “Meu Bem.” Von’s single “A Praça” (Carlos Imperial) was released in 1967, sold 22,000 copies in two weeks, and remained at the number one spot for a month. This led the way for Von’s hiring by TV Excelsior of Rio de Janeiro. His second LP, O Novo Ídolo, was released that same year and dethroned Roberto Carlos from first place on the top parade, with the double single “Nossa Canção” going to fifth place and selling more than 100,000 copies in one year.

Ronnie Von Number 3, recorded in 1967, had the accompaniment of the Os Mutantes and a vocal effort from Caetano Veloso in “Pra Chatear.” Ronnie Von also achieved the remarkable distinction of recording the only iê-iê-iê song, written by Vinícius de Moraes, a serious detractor from the genre. The song, “Por Você” (w/ Francisco Enóe), was included on the soundtrack to the film Garota de Ipanema and was also released on an LP in 1967. Von was also featured in the movies A Greve do Sorriso and O Descarte (the latter, already in the ’70s). Continuing to record regularly, Von made several albums for the Hispanic market and continues to appear on TV. Other hits of his include “Pequeno Príncipe” and “Escuta, Meu Amor” (Arnaldo Sacomani)....Light In The Attic Records.................

"A tremendous anarchy"

Ronnie Von appeared in Brazilian pop music with a resounding success in the mid 60's. Although a young singer, at the time, he refused to be associated with the Jovem Guarda movement.

When he premiered in 1966 on TV Record, Ronnie Von's The Little World program - in which he played a character inspired by The Little Prince - the media tried to foster a rivalry between the "prince" and the "king " Roberto Carlos.
Much more avant-garde, and with a distinctly artistic and counterculture bias rather than being merely commercial, Ronnie's show was a forerunner in bringing the participation of artists who were actually embarking on a cultural revolution in the country, with Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil still before The explosion of tropicalism.

But the most remarkable fact of The Little World was the support band that accompanied the guests' presentation: The Wizards, which were soon renamed by Ronnie himself as Os Mutantes, the most acclaimed group - internationally - of Brazilian rock history.

Within the mainstream of the time, Ronnie was the guy who gave space to the most revolutionary artists of Brazilian music!

Cult in the Underground

After a series of compact, EPs and 4 albums - one of them full of Beatles covers, with the participation of Os Mutantes - Ronnie Von launched the work that inaugurates its psychedelic phase: the namesake Ronnie Von (1968). With a strong influence from Tropicalism, this conceptual album, experimental, garage, rebellious, poetic and full of vignettes between the tracks, today is acclaimed as the highlight in the discography of the artist.

Next came the Mysterious Kingdom Fight of Parasempre Against the Empire of Nuncamais (1969) and The Flying Machine (1970). In all these records, the great musical partner of the artist was the conductor and arranger concretista - colleague of Rogério Duprat - Damiano Cozzela.

However, these albums were not well received by the public. Ignored by radio and the media, they were barely seen as the most insignificant period of the singer's career.
It was only thirty years later, in the late 1990s, that a new generation rediscovered these titles in used record labels. Quickly the discs were panned and became worth a note in the hand of fans and collectors. With the popularization of MP3, the albums were ripped and spread over the internet. Soon they came to be worshiped like lost pearls of the national rock.

When the band Gaúcha Video Hits recorded their only official studio CD, released in 2001, they invited Ronnie to participate in the vocals of Silvia 20 Horas Domingo , a song originally released on the 1968 album. At the time the fact was widely publicized in the national media.

In 2007, several bands and artists in the independent rock circuit launched the virtual album (for download only) Tudo de Novo . It is a two-volume tribute that features such names as Plato Divorak, Detectives, Skywalkers, Penguin Astronaut, Continental Combo, False Echoes, among others, re-recording the entire 1968 eponymous album ( volume 1 ) Ronnie ( volume 2 ).

Already in 2011, the program O Som do Vinyl - on Canal Brasil, led by former Titan drummer Charles Gavin - had a special edition dedicated to the 1968 album by Ronnie Von (part 1 and 2 on Youtube).

Due to the great demand for the artist's psychedelic phase albums, in early 2013 Polysom ​​- the only vinyl record maker in South America - reissued these three landmark works of Ronnie Von's career with high fidelity presses 180 gram LPs Luther Blissett .............

A Máquina Voadora
Baby de Tal
O Verão nos Chama
Seu Olhar no Meu
Continentes e Civilizações
Viva o Chopp Escuro
Tema de Alessandra
Águas de Sempre
Você de Azul

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1966 - Ronnie Von - Meu Bem
1967 - O Novo Ídolo
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1969 - Ronnie Von
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1970 - Máquina Voadora
1972 - Ronnie Von
1973 - Ronnie Von
1973 - Ronnie Von 2
1977 - Ronnie Von
1977 - Deje mi Vida - em espanhol
1978 - Ronnie Von
1981 - Sinal dos Tempos
1984 - Ronnie Von
1987 - Vida e Volta
1988 - Ronnie Von
1996 - Estrada da Vida

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