Friday, 25 July 2008

Samba Soul - Samba Soul

64 MB
256+ VBR LAME mp3
Vinyl rip & scans from RCA APL1-2623


Arranged By, Conductor - J.P. Soares
Backing Vocals - Coral Joaosinho
Bass [Guitar] - Claudio (3)
Conductor - Spala Elias Sloan
Drums - Chicao
Engineer - Joaquin J. Lopes , Walter Lima
Guitar, Violin - Antenor , Heraldo , Ricardo (9)
Horns [Pistons] - Buda (3) , Butina , Felpa , Paidetti E. Lele
Mixed By [Disco Mix By] - Warren Schatz
Percussion - Jose Pereira , Rubao
Piano - Eduardo Assad
Saxophone [Alto] - Demetrio , Lambari
Saxophone [Baritone] - Carlos Alberto
Saxophone [Tenor] - Balao
Strings - Symphonic Orchestra Of Sao Paulo
Trombone - Arlindo , Bill (8) , Firmo E. Gagliardi
Trumpet - Kathy (4)

1 Garota De Ipanema / Manha De Carnival
2 Chove Chuva / Mas Que Nada
3 Cidade Maravilhosa
4 Mambo No. 5
5 Está Chegando A Hora
6 Voce Abousou

The legendary album dearly clutched to the heart by hip hop & house producers world-wide as a goldmine of the cleanest, funkiest, tightest disco breaks you could hope for. As a listening experience it holds up fairly well on its own, with well-arranged takes on Brazilian standards and superb production values. The strings aren't as sappy as they can tend to be on this type of affair and even the weird chipmunkish quality of the backup singers holds a kitsch charm that's not nearly as annoying as the plethora of soulless choral accompaniment to be found in the disco genre. Obviously it's more suited to revving up for a night of clubbing or to be slapped on at a party if you want to kick it up a notch bit - both "Mambo No. 5" and, to a lesser extent, the "Cove Chuva / Mas Que Nada" medley will kill it on a floor when dropped at the right time in a set.

Motown67 over at Soul Strut basically says it all:

This album contains Mambo No. 5, which I had been looking for on 12” or 45, but I was just as happy to pick it up on LP. The record was recorded in Brazil and is Disco, but it’s got great b-boy drum & conga breaks galor (sic) like the two in Garota De Ipanema/Manha De Carnaval, the three in Chove Chuva/Mas Que Nada which isn’t a bad tune in itself even with all the strings, the three in Cidade Maravilhosa, the one in Esta Chegando A Hora, and of course there’s Mambo No. 5, the best overall song that was featured on UBB, that has three drum breaks of its own in between a Latin/Brazilian dance track.

Yeah, that's pretty much the classic reaction when a digger who's been hipped to "Mambo No. 5" through its appearance on Ultimate Breaks n Beats Vol. 25 gets to hear the whole album. If you find this at an affordable price, snatch it up immediately since it tends to fetch at least a fiddy unless the seller don't know what they got. Their other LPs, Do It and Once Again, just aren't up to par and nowhere near as good so don't get fooled into paying large sums as they can be picked up for a tenner or less on the intertubes.

Now you can hear this classic Brazillian disco breaks workout courtesy of Soundological HERE or HERE.


J Thyme...kind said...

Dude, Forget Brasilian Disco & try the pure Samba of the 70's. Although - Meu Balanço [1975 CBS] by Waltel Branco is a flawless session that will not disappoint. Really.
Stop by my page & give this Samba a try. It's the real soul of Brasil. No lie. Signed, NYC

J Thyme...kind said...

This record is so CHEESY!! Samba kicks harder then this. This is something only a sampler would find interest in. There's way better over here then this.

J Thyme...kind said...

Antônio Carlos & Jocafi "Mudei De Ideia" [1971 RCA Victor] on my page. Mops the floor with this.
Meu Balanço [1975 CBS] by Waltel Branco too.

cheeba said...

O yes, cheesy it is! Most of the good stuff I have is already locked down - by peeps such as yourself! I'm heading over to check that Branco right away.

It's here for two reasons mostly: it's a rare OOP joint and sought after by samplers.

J Thyme...kind said...

Cheeba, That - Meu Balanço [1975 CBS] by Waltel Branco would certainly be my pick for you. Fat as shit for a sample or two & a fantastic spinner & it was the premiere re-issue on the Mr. Bongo UK imprint. Buy the vinyl!!

cheeba said...

I'll definitely have to search it out. You can't go wrong with Mr Bongo! I'm also anxious to dig further into your site!

J Thyme...kind said...

Here's a Rapidshare link for that Waltel Branco LP.
You'll love this Bro.

J Thyme...kind said...

Cheeba, I'll offer a little scoop on the Branco set. He's a big band leader & superb guitar player. The band leading on this out does even Quincy Jones. Plus, there's a nice blend of over the top arranging meets Jazzy Lounge meets Disco meets Funk to keep any ear engaged in the proceedings. This record is a total sleeper. Listen for Waltel's sweet runs on the fretboard. This is a fat ass session!

cheeba said...

J, you weren't kidding! It's an amazing album! No wonder Bongo put it out 1st. I'll definitely have to get it on wax. Thanks for the tip!

Gianni said...

buone sonorità.
non conoscevo questo release.
ringrazio cheeba per avermene dato la possibilità.