Friday, 7 October 2011

***Various Artists - Posições (Brazilian 1970s Bliss!)***

VA - Posições
Brazil - 1971

Amazing Brazilian Compilation Ep from the early 70s featuring the best of the Brazilian Avant-Tropicalia Scene. Incredible recordings that seem to have been all recorded in the same studio. It all sounds very consistent for a compilation of this era.

Mind blowing stuff!

One of the remarkable factors inBrazilian music during the early 70’s was the experimentalism. The lack and inversion of rules and as well as the freedom’s idealism echoed from Europe and the United States and entered in Brazil. Here we see this factor in bands that appeared between the end of the 60’s and the first years of the 70’s. Bands consolidated inRio de Janeiro; influenced by the “carioca” way, some jazz sources and by the psychedelic rock.

In 1971 the Odeon launched a collectiveLP, "Posições“( Positions), with four new bands. One Som Imaginario (Imaginary Sound) was not unknown (with one record from the last year); the others A Tribo (The Tribe) , Equipe Mercado (Market Team) and Modulo 1000 (Module1000) were pretty new bands, and from this record didn’t get so far, as bands. As musicians many of the participants of the bands, mostly from A Tribo and Som Imaginario, became very famous, with long term carriers.

A TRIBO (1971)
A Tribo was a band formed by beginning young musician’s : the Carioca singer Joyce, the violinist Nelson Angelo and the guitarist ToninhoHortafrom Minas Gerais , the bass player Novelliand the percussionist Naná Vasconcelos from Pernambuco. Nana and Nelson Angelo were playing in the Free Quarteto, a mix of Bossa Nova and Jazz quartet.In 1970, the two musicians joined the Luiz Eça and Sagrada Family band. There they met the singer Joyce. Nana, Nelson and Joyce called ToninhoHortaand Novelliand formed the Tribe. Together they made some compositions of they own and played covers from Milton Nascimento and Danilo Caymmi. In 70 they were at the V International Festival of the Song with “Onoceonoekoto” (Nelson Angelo). The same year they participated in the collective “Posições” and also recorded a Compact Disc. The sound from A Tribo is very interesting. It discloses the symbiosis of rising talents with the voice of Joyce, Novelli's bass, the arrangements of Nelson Angelo, the guitar of Toninho Horta and the creativity and improvisation of Naná Vasconcelos, who after some months left the band for a solo career. Nenê replaced him. However the band did not last very much beyond 1972, but all the band’s participants had a verysuccessfulcarrer after that.

EQUIPE MERCADO (1971) EQUIPE MERCADO was a band created in Rio de Janeiro during 1970. The band had a verycreative and illustrious singer, Diana, allied with the songwriter Stul (guitar, piano and voice); Leugruber (guitar), RicardoGinsburg (guitar), Carlos Graça (battery) and Ronaldo Periassu (percussion). The band was influenced greatly by psicodelic rock, but it also abided by the Brazilian melodic lyricism. Beyond the participation in the collective “Posições” the group released a compact with the music: “Campos de Arroz” and “Side b rock” in the same year. The band ended the same year. In 1972 Diana and Stul launched another compact disc, presenting themselves as a couple, but, unfortunately they didn’t record anything else.

MODULO 1000 (1971) MODULO 1000 was a quartet formed by Daniel (guitar andvocals, Luis Pablo (guitar), Eduardo(bass), Candinho (battery) in Rio De Janeiro in 69'. Dispite its short duration it left a great influence for the progressive rock bands that were to follow. Modulo 1000 mixed blues, rock and a touch of ballad. The participation of the band in the “V International Festival of the Song” culminated with a compact launched by Odeon with: “Big Mamma” and “Isto Não Quer Dizer Nada”. Still in 70' they would participated in the collective “Posições”. In 72', they launched the only LP of the history of the band, the cult: “Não Fale Com as Paredes “(“Do not speak with the Walls”).

SOM IMAGINÁRIO (1971) In 1971 SOM IMAGINARIO debuteda new record, without the singer and pianistZé Rodrix that followed to play with Sá and Guarabira. As well as the previous record (commented in the Saudosas Bolachas/1970) it was directed by Zé Rodrix, in this new one was directed by the Frederiko. The guitarist occupies this rank and so, the record is presents much more dense and radical that the first one; and the most anarchical possible. At this time, the record does not give many concessions commercial standards. The record opts to a sonorous radicalization. Breaking for dissonance and hardcore. The record has the preciosism of Wagner Tiso keyboard , Luiz Alves (bass), Robertinho Silva (battery), Frederiko (guitar) and Tavito (guitar). From this record “Som Imaginario” (1971) Odeon Records used the song: “Nova Estrela” (Wagner Tiso/Frederyko) to place in the collective “Posições”.

01. Kyrie - "A Tribo"
02. Marina Belair - "Equipe Mercado"
03. Curtíssima - "Módulo 1000"
04. A Nova Estrela - "Som Imaginário"
05. Ferrugem E Foligem - "Módulo 1000"
06. Peba & Pobó - "A Tribo"