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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Lost in the Flood, Lost in the Fire: Lula Côrtes e Ze Ramalho- Paêbirú (1975)


This gem of Brazilian psychedelia is, or was, extremely rare-- supposedly because most of the original pressings were lost in a flood (according to wiki, others) or a fire (allmusic). But this cult item of intrigue needs no myth to validate it. It's just excellent.

A double album with each side addressing a different element, it jumps from free-folky jams, to achingly pastoral instrumentals, to ethereal psych-jazz, to almost krautrock in the vein of Can's ethnological forgeries... from improvisation to composition. In a way, it resembles the patchwork of Pink Floyd's studio section from Ummagumma, but, you know, way more beautiful. Maybe that's a useless comparison.

Anyway, this is an amazing record. It's just beautiful, surprisingly weird, undeniably savvy, both experimental and traditional.

Paêbirú 320

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

everyone should hear this!

dale flannels said...

seconded. this is music for everyone to love! the whole fambly!

Anonymous said...

as Richard M Nixon would've said to Benito Mussolini outside that gas station, if he'd had the chance and the dialect:

hey, man, I dig what you do.

M.