Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Rita Lee “Build Up” 1970 Brazil Latin Pop,Pop Rock


Rita Lee “Build Up” 1970 Brazil Latin Pop,Pop Rock
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An original member of the Os Mutantes, Brazils greatest pop group! Rita Lee’s extraordinary 1970 debut solo album featuring Mutantes with arrangements by Rogerio Duprat!!…..~ 


This is the first album Rita Lee recorded as a solo artist outside the legendary cult group Os Mutantes. However, as Mutantes members Arnaldo Baptista and Liminha both perform on this one, it could in fact almost be considered another Mutantes album. Build Up was also recorded in 1970, the same year that Mutantes recorded its brilliant third album A Divina Comedia ou Ando Meio Desligado. As one would expect under these circumstances, the music on Build Up sounds very Mutantes-like, with all the inventiveness, originality, and stylistic diversity that characterized the work of that group. Overall, though, this album doesn’t quite reach the same sensational artistic heights as Mutantes’ first three albums. Nevertheless, this is a very good album indeed and it definitely constitutes a worthy kick off for Lee’s long-lasting and highly successful solo career. There is no weak song on Build Up, but the beautiful “José,” the humorous yet somehow tasteful “Hulla-Hulla,” the elegant “Tempo Nublado,” and the cute “Viagem ao Fundo de Mim” deserve extra mentioning. There is also a very good version of the Beatles’ “And I Love Her.” Compared to the five albums Mutantes recorded with Lee as a member, the songs on Build Up are less rock-oriented, much less goofy, and more subtle. On all accounts, this album is definitely worth checking out for any fan of Os Mutantes or Rita Lee……by Philip Jandovský…..~


In the early 1970s, OS Mutantes  already brought in their luggage three albums and several hits. Stress had already hit the door and the group led by Rita Lee and the brothers Arnaldo and Sérgio Dias Baptista was on vacation. Quintet since the last disc, The Divine Comedy or Ando Meio Off(69), with the members Liminha (bass) and Dinho (drums) officiating, the Mutantes would await Rita Lee’s solo flight. Encouraged by the label’s board of directors, notably the then president André Midani, Rita - who had been performing several fashion, parades and happenings - ended up in a studio in São Paulo with her husband and band mate, Arnaldo Baptista, who would take over the musical direction, while Manoel Barenbein would produce the album and Rogerio Duprat would make the arrangements. Os Mutantes were not entirely present on this first solo album by Rita Lee because guitarist Sérgio Dias did not understand how good it was for the band that its members had parallel projects. The legendary Lanny Gordin ended up doing the beautiful solos. 

The repertoire tried to eliminate Rita of Os Mutantes , bringing diverse partnerships of her with Decade Elcio. But, casually, it was with the Joseph version of the original French Joseph (by Georges Moustaki), curiously signed by Nara Leão (who in the era lived in Paris and also versioned other songs), that this “Build Up” entered into history. Rita Lee’s career was soon followed by the project “ Tecnicolor dos Mutantes” in the late 1970s, filed in favor of Jardim Electrétrico (71) - until it was finally released by Universal Music in the year 2000, exact 30 years after its realization in Paris. 

When Os Mutantes wanted to record a second LP in 1972, after Baurets Country, the news that they could not (or should) do two jobs in the same year ended up leading to a “Brazilian way”: Today is the First Day of the Rest of their Life was eventually credited to Rita Lee, as if it were her second solo album . The singer eventually left the band in early 1973, riding the double Cilibrinas do Éden with her friend Lucia Turnbull for a few months and finally creating the group Tutti Frutti - who survived with Rita for five years. 

Tutti Frutti would be the third (or first?) Solo album by Rita Lee in 1973, but the band’s work did not please the board of directors of the record company which determined its filing because of the idea that Rita would record a truly solo record for Philips. Behind the Harbor is a Cityended up leaving in 1974, with the success Mother Nature finally solidifying Rita Lee as solo artist a few years after her first individual work. Tutti Frutti , the archived disc, came to be rescued and remastered for release in the year 2000, to fall again in limbo. …..~



These days he was traveling in a lot of ways unlikely to talk to Mick Jagger (since he likes Brazil and his pleasures, thanx Zé for the fantastic clip in Paraty, She’s the Boss …) and it’s obvious that to keep the attention of a popstar of that spanking I would have to ask a smart question, and well, I thought of something like “around 65, when you did Satisfaction you had an exact idea of ​​where you were going, that is, you imagined that soon after you would be recording things like JJFlash , Gimme Shelter , Honky Tonk , or were they simply on the road, enjoying the scenery and without much concern about where it was going to go? ” 
Okay, chat, I missed the chance to talk to an idol (there’s a story of my nephew who found Jimmy Page in Rio, well, he’s a little clumsy and long and it’s over for the next), he’ll excuse himself and pick up the phone . And what does that have to do with Rita Lee ? Well, she must have had the same dilemma, has not she? And the worst: he must have, in fact, ever talked to him. And I dreamed about Rita Lee these days too. She would do a show here in Curitiba, near São José dos Pinhais, I think in the bathed where they decided to make the Lupaluna. And in my dream I would talk to her. And she asked me what I wanted to hear on the show, and I was a disaster because I asked Cowboy Out Of Law. Well, at least she gave me a kiss on the mouth. And the best thing is that Rita who kissed me was the blonde of this cover there, from 1970, and not that redhead that built a shack in Alagoas. 
Ah yes: the disk. I’m rolling because the disc is weak. Despite the whims of the arrangements, the collection of songs leaves much to be desired. If it were not for Rita Lee , it would be an album destined to total oblivion, its value is merely historical (maybe it’s exaggerating, we’ll see later, but, um, it’s Rita Lee , today we know she can do more …). In theory it’s the first record of our queen. In practice it’s a Mutantes holiday album . Apparently they were testing the commercial potential of the brand name, Rita Lee . Still insisted years later with Today is the First Day of the Rest of His Life, until finally came one day that is, in fact, the first solo album of Rita, free of the Mutants and with the seed of Tutti-Frutti (which is the first released, because the first recorded was the Cilibrinas do Éden , disc that never left, well, that’s another story and I for a change I deviate, I deviate …). 
It is so on vacation that Sérgio Dias Batista was not interested in the project and goes on vacation for real. In the absence of Serginho who called to take over the guitar? Lanny Gordin ! Bitch who gave birth to him, what luxury … And the fact is that perhaps the presence of this one somewhat embarrassed others to the point of taking the project more seriously than it might have been with the brother / brother-in-law. And what Lanny brings to the record is the very first line. His phrases save, for example, the faintest Cloudy Weather . The highlights of the record are 2, or maybe 2 ½ songs … José is a version of Nara Leão for a chanson française ( Joseph de Georges Moustaki ), which became interesting. A tango calledPrisoner of Love, perhaps in another context, would be more pleasant, and the opening track warns: Success Here I Go (it took almost 10 years, but it was), just like the last one, a gospel-rock with airs of jam session : Eu Vou Me Save ! 

But where the record is good, it is very good, it is sensational: 

Hulla-Hulla is a Hawaiian song that could be the continuation of the story of that freed astronaut back to the blue planet. The instrumental work here is fundamental, I can not even fix the lyrics (I can change this lyrics for ’ Duck and not spoil the music’), especially the work of Lanny in a havaianissima slide guitar , which does not deform, does not smell or loose the cops, I never heard a lap steel in Brazilian music played with such mastery … 

Aha! But wait: that’s not all. Then comes an overwhelming and definitive version of And I Love Her ( Him ) by John and Paul (those there), and look to improve a Beatles song is not for anyone! The version starts with a fast double-tapped keyboard movement, interspersed with the rhythmic marking of the hi-hat. When Rita enters singing the accompaniment is the piano (and band in the background). Lanny will only come in to break everything after the chorus. Following an apotheosis to the Mutantes, he enters dragging and drowning the strings with wah-wah , as in those police serials of the 70s, a typical sound of negán, thing infomous in the repertoire of the Mutants. It’s only 15 seconds and I can see Steve Austin “running” accompanied by this guitar. 
Certainly Rita Lee did not know where she was going when she made this record. And undoubtedly this was one of its greatest merits, and what allowed such eclectic and experimental flights that left us a legacy worthy of admiration and even a touch of envy…..~






A Rita Lee solo album that has this ex-Mutantes singer in a set of material that sounds a lot like albums by singers like Nico or Jane Birkin, circa late 60’s. That is, the stuff’s sort of short tracks that would otherwise be classified as “pop”, but which has a sort of weird twisted edge to it, and a grander ideal than just a loose collection of songs. The sound’s large and arranged, and Rita’s voice is up front like a more restrained pop star, but there’s also this icy feel to it that’s very haunting. Includes a lot of originals by Rita and Elcio Decario, plus a cover of “And I Love Her”, by the Beatles. …~ 







Tracklist 
A1 Sucesso Aqui Vou Eu 2:41 
A2 Calma 3:13 
A3 Viagem Ao Fundo De Mim 2:45 
A4 Precisamos De Irmãos 2:39 
A5 Macarrão Com Linguiça E Pimentão 3:00 
B1 José 2:24 
B2 Hulla-Hulla 3:04 
B3 And I Love Him 3:02 
B4 Tempo Nublado 2:24 
B5 Prisioneira Do Amor 2:22 
B6 Eu Vou Me Salvar 2:30 

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