A Guide to Puerto Rican Music (Book + CD)
One of the near legendary Audi-Book series compiled by Toyo Nakamura, Japan's most respected music journalist who died in 2011. Long out of print, a few copies have recently surfaced. The Audi-book label was active between 1989 and 1997 and was mostly compiled fromToyo's extensive collection of 78s and LPs. A5 size digipack style with book (in Japanese) and CD. Released to coincide with an exhibition at the Musashino Art University Museum and Library called, The Century of Popular Music, Tracing the Dynamism of 20th Century Popular Music Through the Toyo Nakamura Collection. This edition focuses on vintage music from Puerto Rico, a mix of Spanish and African influences.
1. Maldito Amor / Manolín Morel Campos 2. Cachita / Rafael Hernández 3. Perfume De Gardenia / Cuarteto Victoria 4. Son Tres / Davilita 5. Mi Gallo De Pelea / Conjunto Típico Ladí 6. La Parranda / Chuito El De Bayamón 7. Para Que Me Acariciaste / Ramito 8. Maria Elena / Tonin Romero 9. El Gallo Espuelerico / Mon Rivera 10. Están Tirando Bombas / El Canario y su Groupo 11. Carimbó / Cuarteto Mayarí 12. Cuando Vuelvas / Cuarteto Flores 13. El Último Adiós / Cuarteto Flores 14. Locura De Amor / Bobby Capó 15. No Pierdas Este Disco / Johny Albino Y Su Trío San Juan 16. Nuestro Juramento / Virginia López 17. Yo Canto / Johnny López 18. Ya Empezo / Noro Morales 19. El Bombo? De Elena / Cortijo & Su Combo 20. Candela / Cortijo & Su Combo
La Voz de la Ternura
Compilation of rare tracks by Virginia Lopez, born in New York to immigrant parents from Puerto Rico. Signed to RCA she lived and worked out of Mexico City in the 1950s.
1. Siete Notas De Amor 2. Solo Pra Ti 3. Celoso 4. Verdad Amarga 5. La Vida Es Un Sueño 6. Miedo De Quererte 7. Cariñito Azucarado 08. Tus Promesas De Amor 09. Por Equivocacion 10. Cuando Vayas A Partir 11. Soy Tan Feliz 12. Ahora Seremos Felices 13. Obsesión 14. Nuestra Juramento 15. Fichas Negras 16. Luna De Miel En Puerto Rico 17. Y Entonces 18. Nunca 19. Solamente Una Vez 20. Noche De Luna 21. Mucho Corazón 22. Amar Y Vivir 23. Besame Mucho 24. Preciosa 25. Lamento Borincano 26. En Mi Viejo San Juan
Elizete Cardoso (1920-90) was one of Brazil's greatest musical figures. Over nearly seven decades she sung many styles of Brazilian music, with most rooted in samba. One of her nicknames was A Divina, the Divine One. This album contains recordings from throughout her career, from the earliest to the latest, and includes rare tracks and photos. 23 tracks.
RENATO MOTHA E PATRICIA LOBATO
Japanese produced recording and release of Brazilian singer and percussionist Patricia Lobato together with singer and guitarist Renato Motha. Original songs beautifully performed in a soft, sophisticated style.
1. Alegre ou triste? 2. De vez em quando 3. Chega de melancholia 4. Salto alto 5. Entre 6. Planos 7. Meu melhor delirio 8. Nosso estranho mundo 9. Formas 10. Uma vez em Paris
Gil Luminoso - Voz & Violao (cardboard gatefold sleeve)
Japanese version of album originally released in 1999, delicate, acoustic versions of some of his classic songs from the past four decades. Beautifully packaged.
1. Preciso Aprender a So Ser (Gilberto Gil) 2. Aqui e Agora 3. Copo Vazio 4. Retiros Espirituais 5. O Seu Amor 6. Tempo Rei 7. O Som da Pessoa 8. Cerebro Eletronico 9. A Raca Humana 10. Voce e Voce 11. Super-Homem - A Cancao 12. Rebento 13. Metefora 14. Meditaco 15. O Compositor Me Disse
O Maestro Do Brasil
Compilation from Rice Records Japan of one of the greats of Brazilian music. Pixinguinha is probably the greatest choro composer, the original carnaval music, played on including flute, guitar, cavaquinho, trumpet, trombone and soprano sax. This superb collection of 24 tracks features several Pixinguinha classics including 'Lamento' culled from rare 78s and LPs, digitally remastered for CD.
Ao Vivo Em Montreal
Japanese release of live recording at the Montreal Jazz Festival in 1986, featuring a band including Jaques Morelenbaum, Paulo Jobim, Danilo Caymi and others. Digipack packaging.
1. Samba de Uma Nota So 2. Agua de Beber 3. Chega de Saudade 4. Two Kites 5. Wave 6. Borzeguim 7. Falando de Amor 8. Gabriela 9. A Felicidade 10. Samba do Aviao 11. Waters of March 12. Garota de Ipanema 13. Samba de Uma Nota So
Compiled by Makoto Kubota, second volume of Nordeste Atomico. More killer tracks from the Brazilian northeast and includes the unreleased Mio Mazda meets DJ Dolores on the deep samba mix of Cha De Camara and a field recording by Makoto Kubota. 17 pulsating tracks.
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A Voz do Samba
Produced by Katsunori Tanaka in 1991, an album of real Brazilian samba. Monarco became a member of the Velha Guarda da Portela in 1950 a group of composers from the legendary Portela samba school. His sambas have been recorded by many greats such as Martinho da Vila, Paulinho da Viola, Beth Carvalho, João Nogueira, Maria Creuza, Zeca Pagodinho and Clara Nunes. His first solo album as an interpreter was released in 1976 and this album was was first ever CD released only in Japan. Fantastic, bright, infectious stuff.
Encanto da Paisagem
Recorded in Rio in 1986, Sargento was a part of the legendary Mangueira composer's group in the 1950s. Joined A Voz do Morro, and was included on the album "Roda de Samba 2". Composed many hits such as "Agoniza Mas Não Morre", "Idioma Esquisito", "Falso Amor Sincero" and others. Musicians include Rafael Rabello, Henriques Cazes (also co-producer) and a young Marcos Suzano.
VELHA GUARDA DA PORTELA
Velha Guarda da Portela
Velha Guarda da Portela, the old guard of the Portela tradition are a group of veteran musicians from one of Brazil's most historical escola de samba, situated in Oswaldo Cruz, just outside Rio. Their infectious samba is typified by its communal feel with wild beats and joyous chorus parts. In 1986 Japanese producer Katsunori Tanaka traveled to their hometown to rehearse and record with them over several months. This album conveys the intimate atmosphere of a 1950s samba party played by master musicians from a 70 year old tradition, way before the modern glitz took over. Many of these musicians have subsequently died, but their music lives on with these glorious recordings of classic Portela samba.
VELHA GUARDA DA PORTELA
Homenagem a Paulo da Portela
Another brilliant vintage samba album from the fantastic samba group recorded in Rio in 1989. Co-produced by Katsunori Tanaka with Henrique Cazes and Paulao, this one includes Paulao, Osmar, Alberto Lonato, Monarco, Francisco Santana, Casemiro, and Cabelinho.
No Tempo de Noel Rosa
A legend of Brazilian samba,, Noel Rosa died aged 26 in 1937. A prolific composer he wrote about 250 classic songs, 24 of which are included on this album. He dropped out of school and soon joined the group Bando dos Tangaras playing guitar. He sold some of his sambas to singers such as Mário Reis, Francisco Alves and Araci de Almeida. A sufferer of tuberculosis he was hospitalized for long periods before his death. Following his death he was in danger of being forgotten, but now is regarded as a legendary and fundamental figure of Brazilian music.
Poeta da Vila
The second volume of the Brazilian samba legend has 26 tracks, lovingly compiled and with rare photos.
Wilson Moreira is one of the top samba composers, behind many a great samba tune. He was a tamborim player at the Agua Branca samba school, later becoming passista (stylistic dancer) and founding a composer's wing. In 1965, he started his career as a singer and joined the composer's wing of the Portela samba school. He didn't release his first album until 1986, this album recorded in 1989 being his second album, only released in Japan and more recently Brazil.
GUILHERME DE BRITO
Guilherme de Brito is slightly less known than other samba composers produced by Katsunori Tanaka in Rio de Janeiro, but this one recorded in 1988, is up to the usual high standard. Great songs and performance by musicians including Rafael Rabelo, Henrique Cazes, Chiquinho and Joel Nascimento.
Superb female samba singer recorded in 1989 featuring a host of different musicians, including the groups Velha Guarda da Portela, Orquestra de Cordas Brasileiras and Corao de Amigos. Great songs and singing.
A Bossa de Sempre
Ciro Monteiro was one of the greatest samba singers of all time, arguably alongside Carmen Miranda, Francisco Alves or Noel Rosa. His regular partner was Dias da Cruz. In 1939 he had a hit with "Mania da Falecida" followed in 1940 with "Beijo Na Boca" and the 1941 with "O Bonde de São Januário" which won the Carnival contest that year. Other hits on this album include "Os Quindins de Yaya" "A Mulher Que Eu Gosto" In 1953, he had success with "Escurinho", which this album concludes with and it's B-side "Tem Que Rebolar".
Choro Around The World
Choro is Brazilian instrumental music played on cavaquinho (small guitar), plus on this album, viola, violin, flute, clarinet, sax, percussion and contrabass. Led by the excellent Henriques Cazes, this fine groups plays songs suited to the choro style from Japan, Cuba, Venezuela, Hawaii and even China in addition to Brazil. Wonderful album recorded in Rio, produced by Katsunori Tanaka.
PIXINGUINHA E BENEDICTO LACERDA
First class CD of Brazilian choro - the original carnaval music, small combos of flute, guitar, cavaquinho with it's roots in Portuguese fado. Pixinguinha is sometimes called the father of Brazilian music, the greatest ever composer of choro and saxophone player, Benedicto Lacerda the greatest flute player. The treasured recordings date from between 1946 and 1951.
ENRIQUE CAZES AND GRUPO DO CHORO 1900
Old style Chorro, an instrumental music, played on cavaquinho (similar to ukulele) flute, viola and percusssion.
Henrique Cazes apresenta Uma Historia do Choro
Fascinating document that traces the history of choro, that begins and ends with new recordings. In between the listener is taken on a chronological journey starting in 1904 and ending in 1949. All the greats of the genre are represented, artists that went on to influence generations of Brazilian musicians since.
NELSON SARGENTO, GUILHERE DE BRITO, MONARCO AND OTHERS
Veteran Brazilian samba musicians get together to recall the samba of a bygone era. Sounds like the Brazilian Buena Vista? Maybe, but it's actually an excellent, charming CD.
Sambistas de Bossa
Vintage recordings from the 1930s and onwards of the original funky style bossa nova.
Samba e Isto 2
Excellent compilation album of 'authentic' Brazilian samba, by veteran musicians.
O Rei do Baiao
Legendary accordionist and singer, Luiz Gonzaga, the king of baiao, was the first big star of Brazilian nordestino styles, especially forro. Born in 1912, during the 40s he had many hits all included on this fantastic compilation.
BANDO DA LUA
Vintage recording of legendary group featuring the fantastic Carmen Miranda. Roots of samba, bossa nova and other styles of music.
LA NINA DE LOS PEINES
La Reina Del Cante Flamenco
Wonderful collection of a flamenco legend. Pastora María Pavón Cruz. Seville, 1890 - 1969 was probably the most important ever woman singer in the history of flamenco. Undeniably the greatest singer of tangos, which she performed in an extraordinarily profound way, also petenera, the saeta, the greatest of the styles in Seville, in short the complete flamenco singer. In 1996 the Council for Culture of the Regional Government of Andalusia declared her voice an National Asset of Cultural Interest. These recordings date from the 1910s to 40s. Billy Holiday was among her admirers.
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Forget the Bolivian cliche panpipes. A deeply strange album of Medeival voices and sounds with Bolivian traditional instruments and electronic accompaniment.
A real grower.
All that you might expect, harps, marimbas, mariachi. Artists include Los 3 Amigos, Marimba Nandayapa.