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Saturday, 3 June 2017

Cosa Nostra "Cosa Nostra" 1971 Mexico Heavy Psych Latin Funk

Cosa Nostra  "Cosa Nostra" 1971 Mexico Heavy Psych Latin Funk
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Incredibly talented, Latin-Funk Soul band with touches of psychedelia similar to that of early Parliament (Osmium period, mostly), Funkadelic with touches of the Mothers of Invention here and there. The only weak spot on the album was yet another version of Proud Mary (geesh, I think this one has been covered as many times as "MacArthur Park") which I could have done without, although it's inclusion was more or less there for "international recognition". Other than that, the rest of the album is fantastic......by.....tagomago .....~

Heavy duty rare Latin psych funk album, recorded in Mexico 1971. Their english language debut has heavy grooves right from the start, with hard guitar, bass, drums and organ kicking it and not letting up. Sounding a bit like Black Sugar if you can imagine U-Roy singing along with the rhythm tracks and some strangely dissonant background singers chiming in to boot........~

Can't seem to find anything about this obscure artifact and I can't even remember from where I found it, possibly from the blog linked below, and I am not even sure what motivated me to check it out. It's been on my hard drive for a little while and today I was inspired enough to keep it playing on the ipod throughout out the day. There is not a lot here to indicate the Mexican origins of this LP, except the groovy Latin number "I Like It like That". Apart from that, the rest of the album is pretty much psychedelic soul infused funk, and pretty good funk at that. with some strong tracks that make me want to move and some enjoyable blues tinged psychedelic guitar breaks giving it that late 60s vibe. Also a bit if an early disco vibe to some tracks. Not a particularly serious band as indicated by some of the silly lyrics sung with funny voices, which while works ok, I feel it takes away from the more serious musical passages. The other slight let down is the schmaltzy ballad "Memory of Your Touch", but this is the only real low point of this interesting platter. My rating for this one is gonna be ....~


Tracklist
A1 Get Down And Do It 6:29
A2 Memory Of Your Touch 3:37
A3 I Like It Like That 3:20
A4 Somebody Been Sleepin In My Bed 4:28
B1 Squeeze It Tight 6:08
B2 Proud Mary 3:58
B3 Cosa Nostra 5:11
B4 Change Of Mind 3:00 




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Cosa Nostra “Adopta Un Arbol” 1973 Mexico Psych Funk Rock 

Perfume Azul do Sol “Nascimento"1974 masterpiece of Brazilian Psychedelia










Perfume Azul do Sol “Nascimento"1974 ultra rare masterpiece of Brazilian Psychedelia ..highly recommended…!
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The long-awaited reissue of this pearl of Brazilian psychedelia is coming, limited in only 500 copies by the Pedra Templo .................

2017 reissue, Brazilian import. Legendary psychedelic-prog-funk-rock LP from Brazil.....................

"A piece of the rainbow / To adorn your body / 20,000 rays of sun / To put in your hair". The hallucinogenic refrain that marks the third trip promised by lysergic acid diethylamide opens the spectacular Nascimento, a very rare album by the Brazilian singer Perfume Azul do Sol. The psychoactive wafer (finally) leaves the basement of Brazilian rock and wins a reissue on high fidelity vinyl in 180 grams.

The album reaches the new generations by the label Pedra Templo Animal (name derived from the classic Paêbiru, by Zé Ramalho and Lula Côrtes), in a very limited edition of 500 copies. And it will land in the few specialist stores from next week (February 20), although the re-launch party is scheduled for tomorrow (see details below).

Absolute classic of psychedelia, the 1974 disc is the only record of the ephemeral life group. Mixing progressive footprint, distorted guitars, dissonant poetry, northeastern rhythms and sullen piano chords, the original LP is one of the most exclusive of national discography. It is estimated that the Chantecler label printed about 150 copies of the album, which were distributed to the restricted group of friends close to the troupe.................

Grupo paulista formed by Ana (voice and piano), Benvindo (voice and guitar), Jean (voice and guitar) and Gil (drums and vocals). With hippy visuals and psychedelia derived from regional rhythms and instrumental, they recorded a single album - Nascimento -, by the label Chantecler, in 1974. The bassist Pedrão later integrated the Nosso Som de Cada Dia, alongside the ex-instable Manito. Perfume Azul do Sol is one of the many psychedelic rock bands from the Seventies that few people know about. Nascimento, of 1974, is at the same time his masterpiece and unique disc. The ten tracks, some on Ana's voice and piano, Benvindo's guitar, Jean on guitar and Gil on drums, were psychedelia-themed, but they did not offer a mix of instruments and styles of regional music, as can be heard in Band Abraço do Baião and also in Total Balance, The latter having all the characteristics of what was called "rural rock" at the time in question. One of the common places in some tracks of the disc is the well-known Fuzzbox pedal, that for good listener, never misses the bands of the decade, whether foreign or national, as well as arpeggios and small guitar solos. The lyrics of the songs are simple, but at the same time deep due to the subjectivity of the symbols, thus giving an air of mysticism, as much the letters as in the sound. The band that best expresses this idea is Canto Fundo, with its low strong and long introduction, tells us a maritime story that could very well be told by a pirate, theme also recurrent in other bands of the time, such as "The Pirate" of Ave Sangria and the 1979 album Pirata of the band A Barca do Sol. Closing the disc has the track The Supper, which is possibly the spoken description of a famous painting. The music has two atmospheres, the first bucolic, refers to ancient times with the help of the flute and little percussion. On the second they snore guitars on short solos, the low thunder and the drums go trotting to the end of the track. Despite the common points, all the bands added a bit in the history of Brazilian psychedelics, and in no way the repetition of themes or even with regard to the technique and way of playing, diminish the quality of what was created. The similarities at least contributed to mark a fertile and playful time musically speaking. Sentence Bands with Common Points: Impact Five, Bread with Butter, The Wolves, The Brazos, Imaginary Sound, Rubinho and Mauro Asumpção, Liverpool, Módulo 1000, Our Daily Sound and many others if you wanted to have lived then and to follow the pieces of bread that they left by the way...............

Little known, the band Perfume Azul Do Sol recorded their only album in 1974, by the label Chantecler. Its psychedelic sound mixes rock with regional music, like the baião. The immersion in this work is inevitable, something that causes us an almost mystical feeling. Formed by Benvindo (guitar), Jean (guitar), Ana (voice and guitar) and Gil (drums). Who plays bass on the record is Pedro Baldanza. He was a guest bassist to record, but it was never the band.

"Only a few copies have stopped in the hands of the band and rare retailers as a gift to the record company, an LP of that is worth a fortune for collectors." Comment from an anonymous former member.........................

Tracklist
A1 20000 Raios De Sol
A2 Sopro
A3 Calça Velha
A4 Deusa Sombria
A5 O Abraço Do Baião
B1 Equilíbrio Total
B2 Nascimento
B3 Pé De Inganzeira
B4 Canto Fundo
B5 A Ceia

Friday, 2 June 2017

The Hypnotic Eye "Optical Sound Of" 2013 UK Psych Rock






The Hypnotic Eye  "Optical Sound Of"  2013 UK Psych Rock
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London's Hypnotic Eye have impressed over the last year or so with a couple of memorable singles and a split 7" with the mighty John's Children for last year's Record Store Day. These early singles showed a mastery of the vintage sounding garage psych single, but while they'd proven themselves with a focused artform best suited to the three minute format, there was a nagging suspicion that the Hypnotic Eye might struggle when it came to putting out a full length. 
"The Optical Sounds of the Hypnotic Eye" casts these nagging doubts aside as they take ownership of this particular format with ease, forging what is not merely a selection of potential singles but a fully fledged and immaculately sequenced album with it's own internal logic that shows a versatility only hinted at on their single releases. 
Opener "The Man From The C.I.A" follows the same classic garage punk footprints as early singles "Marianne" and "Satisfaction" (both included here) with added sci-fi guitar breaks for good measure, but there's a moody undercurrent frequently at play here too, first hinted at on the jerky domestic drama of "Frying Pan" and milked for all it's worth on the percussive slo-mo organ fest of "The Dark Part of My Mind" which brings to mind the moody epics peppered throughout the early Doors LPs - a track that realizes that mindset is more important than length when it comes to establishing a work of gargantuan proportions. 
It's this effortless back and forth between primal garage beat, and moody, slow-burning epics - both rendered in only the most vintage of tones - that keeps the listener (me, anyway) on their toes, with plenty of grey areas between these two extremes also investigated herein. 
Highlights then? How about a gritty, authentic take on the Human Expression's "Readin' Your Will" which kicks off the album's impressive middle stretch with snotty attitude in spades and a strange, shimmering guitar part low in the mix that sounds like the sort of thing that early psychedelic pioneers who couldn't track down a sitar would knock up with a bit of studio ingenuity. What about the intricate guitar and organ interplay of "Action Woman"? Or the stampeding spy flick beat on the ridiculously catchy "Searching"? 
You get the picture. 
Visceral, and thrillingly authentic garage psych with enough contemporary awareness to pull in the casual punters too. Nice. .................by Nathan Ford................

Tracklist
The Man From The CIA
Frying Pan Death Witch Blues
Marianne
The Dark Part Of My Mind
Hey Joe
Readin' Your Will
Fly On The Wall
Satisfaction
Action Woman
Thought Machine
Searching
San Antonio Hunting Song

Wanderléa ‎ “Vamos Que Eu Já Vou” 1977 Brazil Pop Funk Fusion





Wanderléa ‎ “Vamos Que Eu Já Vou” 1977 Brazil Pop Funk Fusion
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discography…………
It is not clear to what extent it may or may not be interesting for an artist to be stereotyped by walking only in one direction throughout his career. 
Wanderléa, with this album, exorcised once and for all the image of “Ternurinha”, in a versatile and vigorous album. 

The album is the work of the period in which she was married to the multifaceted Egberto Giismonti and by the amount of synthesizers and experiments, there is no doubt that this work was signed by him, 

This was the ninth album of the singer’s career, and it was the size of the experiment, seen in tracks like “Calypso”, the singer actually singing a song with all the characteristics of this musical genre, strolling through the virtuosity of the track “Before the City Durma ”(which features a belly [guitar solo by Altay Veloso, abusing the distortions]), the romantic" Things of Life “, Dance Mineira (which is a clear demonstration of the African congado) and the title track that is simply Contagious and shows the vocal potential of the singer in a broken and surprising harmony; Among other tracks. 

Wanderléa proves in this work that it deserves to be among the great female voices in the history of our music, only for this album; This is very clear …………. 

A very beautiful and very rich record in the arrangements, due to the presence of the master Egberto Gismonti taking care of this part and also playing several instruments. It was the rest of the team that is practically the same as the album Carmo do Gismonti already posted here on the blog ie: Robertinho and Luiz Alvez do Som Imaginário in the kitchen with the help of the super bassist Waldeci Ney who played the second lineup of Black Rio Band with his Electric bass full of slaps and effects contrasting with the acoustic bass of Luiz and more Ubiratan in the percussion and Altay Veloso that besides great guitarist is a super composer and helped with 3 songs that are perhaps the best of the LP. 

The disc has a mix of various rhythms, funk, progressive rock, calypso, samba, baião among other things, highly recommending. 

Forget about the pop and behaved little girl from the time of the Jovem Guarda and enjoy this beautiful album………….. 

Mùsicos: 

Egberto Gismonti - Teclados, pianos, violão e arranjos 
Robertinho Silva - Bateria, Percussão 
Luis Alves - Baixo 
Valdecir - Guitarra 
Altay Veloso - Guitarra 
Ubiratan - Percussão 

Tracklist 
01 - A terceira força 
(Erasmo Carlos - Roberto Carlos) 
02 - Poema para Léa 
(Paulo Diniz - Juhareiz Correya) 
03 - Antes que a cidade durma 
(Altay Veloso) 
04 - Calypso 
(Egberto Gismonti - Geraldo Carneiro) 
05 - Coisas da vida 
(Rosinha de Valença) 
06 - Café 
(Egberto Gismonti) 
07 - Vamos que eu já vou 
(Altay Veloso) 
08 - Carmo 
(Egberto Gismonti - Geraldo Carneiro) 
09 - A felicidade bate a sua porta 
(Gonzaguinha) 
10 - Educação sentimental 
(Egberto Gismonti - Geraldo Carneiro) 
11 - Relva verde 
(Altay Veloso) 
12 - Dança mineira 
(Aécio Flávio - Tibério Gaspar) 

“A TERCEIRA FORÇA” 

Piano e Sintetizadores – Egberto 
Baixo Elétrico – Waldecir 
Bateria – Robertinho 
Percussão – Ubiratan 
Guitarra – Altay 
Coro – Golderança 
Arranjo e Orquestração – Egberto 
Regência – Gaya 


“POEMA PARA LÉA” 

Piano – Egberto 
Baixo Elétrico – Waldecir 
Bateria – Robertinho 
Guitarra – Altay 
Coro – Golderança 
Arranjo e Regência – Egberto 


“ANTES QUE A CIDADE DURMA” 

Violão Solo c/ Bi-Phase 
jue Distortion, Piano 
Elétrico e 
Sintetizadores – Egberto 
Guitarra – Altay 
Baixo Elétrico c/ Funk 
Machine – Waldecir 
Baixo Elétrico – Luiz Alves 
Bateria – Robertinho 
Percussão – Ubiratan 
Arranjo e Orquestração – Egberto 
Regência – Gaya 


“CALYPSO” 

Kalimba, Tonton e 
Sintetizadores – Egberto 
Bateria – Robertinho 
Agogô – Luiz Alves 
Xequerê – Ubiratan 
Arranjo – Egberto 


“COISAS DA VIDA” 

Violão, Piano e 
Sintetizador – Egberto 
Guitarra – Altay 
Baixo Elétrico – Waldecir 
Bateria – Robertinho 
Percussão – Ubiratan 
Arranjo e Orquestração – Egberto 
Regência – Gaya 


“CAFÉ” 

Violão e Piano – Egberto 
Baixo Acústico – Luiz Alves 
Bateria – Robertinho 
Cuíca – Marçal 
Arranjo e Orquestração – Egberto 
Regência – Gaya 


“VAMOS QUE EU JÁ VOU” 

Violão Solo c/ Bi-Phase 
e Distortion 
e Sintetizadores – Egberto 
Guitarra – Altay 
Baixo Elétrico c/ Funk 
Machine – Waldecir 
Baixo Elétrico – Luiz Alves 
Bateria – Robertinho 
Percussão – Ubiratan 
Coro – Golderança 
Arranjo e Orquestração – Egberto 
Regência – Gaya 


“CARMO” 

Violão, Piano e 
Percussão – Egberto 
Baixo Acústico – Luiz Alves 
Bateria – Robertinho 
Arranjo e Orquestração – Egberto 
Regência – Gaya 


“A FELICIDADE BATE A SUA PORTA” 

Violão Solo c/ Bi-Phase 
e Distortion 
e Sintetizadores – Egberto 
Guitarra – Altay 
Baixo Elétrico – Waldecir 
Bateria – Robertinho 
Arranjo – Egberto 


“EDUCAÇÃO SENTIMENTAL” 

Viola 12 cordas, 
Viola 10 cordas, 
solo, e 
Sintetizador – Egberto 

Baixo Elétrico – Waldecir 
Bateria – Robertinho 
Percussão – Ubiratan 
Arranjo – Egberto 
Guitarra – Altay 


“RELVA VERDE” 

Violão, Escaleta e 
Piano Elétrico – Egberto 
Guitarra – Altay 
Baixo Elétrico – Waldecir 
Baixo Acústico – Luiz Alves 
Bateria – Robertinho 
Percussão – Ubiratan 
Flauta Solo – Meirelles 
Arranjo e Orquestração – Egberto 
Regência – Gaya 


“DANÇA MINEIRA” 

Violão, Tonton 
e Sintetizador – Egberto 
Baixo Acústico – Luiz Alves 
Baixo Elétrico – Waldecir 
Guitarra – Altay 
Bateria, Berimbau 
e Agogô – Robertinho 
Bacia e Pandeiro – Ubiratan 
Coro – Golderança 
Arranjo – Egberto  

Ronnie Von "A Máquina Voadora" 1970 Brazil Psych Rock

Ronnie Von  "A Máquina Voadora" 1970 Brazil Psych Rock 
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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 ...........by.... Luther Blissett .......~





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



Recommended albums: 
1969 - Ronnie Von 
1969 - A Misteriosa Luta do Reino de Parassempre Contra o Império de... 
1970 - Máquina Voadora 

Discography: 
1966 - Ronnie Von - Meu Bem 
1967 - O Novo Ídolo 
1967 - Ronnie Von 2 
1967 - Ronnie Von 3 
1969 - Ronnie Von 
1969 - A Misteriosa Luta do Reino de Parassempre Contra o Império de... 
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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Ronnie Von "Ronnie Von" 1968 Brazil Psych Rock 

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