Classic AOTW BOSSA RIO (SP-4191)

Discussion in 'Look Around: Sergio Mendes/Brazilian Music Forum' started by Harry, Nov 15, 2011.

What is your favorite track?

  1. SAIUPA (Por Causa De Voce Menina)

    4 vote(s)

    1 vote(s)
  3. WAVE

    0 vote(s)

    0 vote(s)
  5. TODAY, TOMORROW (Boa Palavra)

    1 vote(s)

    0 vote(s)
  7. NANA

    0 vote(s)

    1 vote(s)
  9. VELEIRO (Sailboat)

    0 vote(s)

    0 vote(s)
  11. CANCAO do SAL (Sultry Song)

    2 vote(s)
  1. Harry

    Harry Charter A&M Corner Member Moderator Thread Starter

    Bossa Rio
    A&M SP-4191


    Also released on CD in Japan as POCM-1883 and on Cherry Red/Rev-Ola in the UK as CRREV277


    Side One:
    1. SAIUPA (Por Causa De Voce Menina) (Jorge Ben) 2:08
    2. DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE (Bacharach-David) 2:43
    3. WAVE (Antonio Carlos Jobim) 3:07
    4. DAY BY DAY (S.Cahn-A.Stordahl-P.Weston) 2:35
    5. TODAY, TOMORROW (Boa Palavra) (Caetano Veloso-Norman Gimbel) 2:47
    6. UP, UP, AND AWAY (Jim Webb) 3:08

    Side Two:
    1. NANA (Moacir Santos-Mario Telles) 2:00
    2. OLD DEVIL MOON (E.Y.Harburg-Burton Lane) 3:15
    3. VELEIRO (Sailboat) (Edu Lobo-Torquato Neto) 3:10
    4. GENTLE RAIN (Luiz Bonfa) 4:53
    5. CANCAO do SAL (Sultry Song) (Milton Nascimento) 4:53

    This album also available on stereo tapes / BOSSA RIO / SP 4191

    BOSSA RIO acknowledges the use of the LOWREY ORGAN / Producer: SERGIO MENDES / A SERRICH PRODUCTION / Recording Engineer: LARRY LEVINE / Recorded at A&M Recording Studios / Art Direction: TOM WILKES / Photography: JIM McCRARY / This recording employs the HAECO-CSG System and may be played either monaurally or stereophonically. Write for a free full color A&M Record Catalogue / A&M Records, 1416 North La Brea, Hollywood, California 90028

    (uncredited on the LP)
    BOSSA RIO is:
    Vocals: Gracinha Leporace and Pery Ribeiro
    Flute: Pery Ribeiro
    Drums: Ronald Mesquita
    Piano: Osmar Milito
    Organ: Manfredo Fest
    Bass: Octavio Bailly,

    Additional musicians:

    Guitar: Oscar Castro Neves
    Percussion: Rubens Bassini

  2. Rudy

    Rudy ᕦ(ò_óˇ)ᕤ Site Admin

    This is a mixed one for me. The cover versions of pop songs sound a bit trite to me, like Brasil '66 Vol. 2. But the Brazilian tracks are indispensible. I tend to play only "Saiupa," "Boa Palavra," "Veleiro" and "Cancao do Sal" on this album, and they make me wish they'd done more of the same. Their follow-up Blue Thumb album also has some highlights--they do a unique arrangement of "Spinning Wheel" in 7/4 time, reminding me more of Mendes's more inventive arrangements on the Brasil '66 albums (such as "Norwegian Wood"). Plus, they cover "Zazueira" on that record.

    Interesting that the English translation for "Cancao do Sal" is wrong--I believe it is "Salt Song" (aka salt workers song, related to salt mining), as I've seen this song listed elsewhere (including on Milton Nascimento's own album, Courage).

    Too bad we did not see more of this group...

    P.S. HAECO-CSG must die. :uhhuh:
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2018
  3. LPJim

    LPJim Well-Known Member Moderator

    It would be nice to know what happened to Manfredo Fest's planned solo album, SP 4193. I've got a promo copy of a single, "Misturada"/"O Ovo (the Egg)" on A&M. His instrumental albums for other labels are quite interesting too.
  4. Rudy

    Rudy ᕦ(ò_óˇ)ᕤ Site Admin

    Fest had some excellent albums on the dmp Records label. I felt that his debut album there, Braziliana, was the best of the bunch. I believe he also recorded for Concord after leaving dmp. I've used Braziliana as a demo disc when auditioning audio components.
  5. Dave

    Dave Well-Known Member

    You mean this?:

    -- Dave :winkgrin:
  6. Harry

    Harry Charter A&M Corner Member Moderator Thread Starter

    I remember hearing a couple of songs from the album on the radio and putting it at the top of the list to buy the next tie I was at a record store. The sound was so close to Brasil '66 that I just naturally went for it. Finding out that the album was not only on A&M, but produced by Sergio Mendes made it all the more appealing.

    Today, given the fact that Gracinha Leporace has graced so many of Sergio's albums, it really *is* like another Sergio Mendes album.

    Though the cover songs grabbed be early on, today I'd list "Saiupa" as my favorite.

    ..."Down With HAECO-CSG!", online...
  7. JMK

    JMK Well-Known Member Contributor

    Sergio told me A&M pulled the plug on the Fest album, he didn't say why.

    There are a ton of gorgeous Fest releases from Brasil, I highly recommend all of them.
  8. Rudy

    Rudy ᕦ(ò_óˇ)ᕤ Site Admin

    The one I really want is Brazilian Dorian Dream. A few of the songs on that album he would re-record on this dmp Records releases, including the title track, "Facing East" and "Jungle Cat."

    You'd think with all the attention A&M's Brazilian music has gotten in recent years, that they would have issued the Fest album. Thing is, how many (except ardent A&M or Fest fans) even know it exists in the vaults?
  9. Dave

    Dave Well-Known Member

    How this group never made the same impact as Sergio is a mystery... I thought the 2nd album on Blue Thumb was equally good, although A&M was clearly not in support of it other than it being recorded at their studios...

    But this LP has its quaint offerings in its cover versions of pop songs such as the wayward "Do You Know The Way To San Jose?", "Up, Up And Away", "Old Devil Moon", "Day By Day" and I, too, am a fan of the many versions of "Cancao de Sal (Saltworker's Song)"...

    My nomination of a favorite goes to "Saiupa (Por Causa De Voce Menina)", the only song I had liked at first, but I have grown more appreciative of this group & their works more 'n' more over the years...

    Somehow I can picture a promo copy of this w/ white LP label & the gold "HAECO CSG" sticker on it; I'm fairly open to the "mastering concept" as I've had A&M's with it, of varying quality... Although it's hard, in my opinion to really see the grooves where a next song starts & the previous one ends--that's really the one fault I find...

    -- Dave
  10. JMK

    JMK Well-Known Member Contributor

    There's actually no album, just the two sides that were released as a 45, at least that was my understanding.
  11. This is one album that I've thought about getting for some time, but kept putting it off and forgetting about it. From the clips I've heard on YouTube, I like their sound. It's different from SM & B'66 and has its own verve to it. I'll have to make a point of getting this for Christmas.
  12. How I love this album (and the followups which were not A&M). I appreciate the latin inflected covers of American pop tunes too. It was all part of the package.

    For more excellent late 60s / early 70s soft vocal bossa of this ilk (in addition to this and Brasil 66 and Tamba 4 of course), check out:

    Triste Janero
    The Carnival
    Conjunto Sambacana
    Quarteto Forma

    ... and many more! I'm blanking out on other artists at the moment (I'm at work away from my collection) but I picked up a lot of this stuff while in Tokyo this past summer and I'd be happy to share a more comprehensive list by PM.
  13. Rudy

    Rudy ᕦ(ò_óˇ)ᕤ Site Admin

    I've wanted to find that album by The Carnival (essentially, a few members of the original Brasil '66 line-up, post-Sergio). Luckily there are some sealed copies on vinyl still out there.

    One thing bothering me in recent years is that the English translation of the last song should be something like "The salt worker's song", not "sultry song" which is totally wrong. I have seen this track done by others with a more correct translation, and roughly translated, the lyrics speak of working in the salt mines.
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  14. Rudy

    Rudy ᕦ(ò_óˇ)ᕤ Site Admin

    I didn't make the connection until now.

    I was listening to the Moacir Santos album Coisas, and after about two minutes of "Coisa No. 5" I started to recognize the melody. Sure enough, in the credits, he is listed as the composer of "Nana" on this album. Mario Telles would have done the vocals--the Coisas (roughly translated as "things") are all instrumentals.

    Of course, "Ratatouille" on Herb's Coney Island is a remake of "Coisa No. 1" (although Herb's rendition draws a lot more from the Baden Powell interpretation than Cantos' original).

  15. Rudy

    Rudy ᕦ(ò_óˇ)ᕤ Site Admin

  16. JMK

    JMK Well-Known Member Contributor

    Moacir's tunes seemed to get alternate titles more than a lot of his compatriots. Check out "Maracatu" and "April Child":

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  17. Mike Blakesley

    Mike Blakesley Well-Known Member Moderator

    The BOSSA RIO album is available on Amazon for streaming as of right now, anyway.
  18. Rudy

    Rudy ᕦ(ò_óˇ)ᕤ Site Admin

    Qobuz also has the first Bossa Rio album. Nothing on Alegria though.

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