Brazilian 60s and 70s musical treasures

When people ask me what music I’m into it often leaves me speechless right there on the spot, absolutely dumbstruck and clueless what to say. What might seem as an innocent question, in reality is probably the most difficult, if not an impossible question for me. Seriously, what can you possibly say that could reflect your musical interests and still be understandable for others? This is especially difficult if I don’t know the person in question too well and can’t judge his or her own musical preferences. For instance, do I tell them I like psychedelic stoner rock? They might not get the phrase. Or should I just say very loud rock? In that case they might think I like Metallica and Linkin Park! So that’s probably a bad idea also.

Often I just try to escape the question by saying I like many different kinds of music as long as it has a certain depth to it and was made by musicians who show a clear passion for their art. Hey, sometimes this even works! But other times people obviously find it too abstract and demand some clarification. In that case I try to name a couple of genres, just like I did on the staff page. Luckily people are often satisfied with that explanation – albeit a little puzzled – and if not I offer them to make an introductory mixtape. Lately I’ve discovered that of all the genres I usually mention, Brazilian psychedelica from the 60s and 70s catches the most attention. It seems that people are most curious about this genre, they often don’t get a good grasp on what to expect from it.

But what sets Brazilian music apart from other music? I am by no means an expert on this subject, but I can at least give you a glimpse of my own personal views. For me it’s the freedom in the arrangements; the rich and lavish percussion and the eclectic and ever-evolving structures of strings, flutes and other instruments. The songs are often overflowing with widely ranging instruments and many different kinds of percussion, all working together on a subtle, yet highly rhythmic groove. Soft melodies can effortlessly flow into hard grooving drum beats. There’s a positive and upbeat energy radiating from every note played even when the musical subjects are reflective and sedate, which is a nice change to the gloom of most of their foreign counterparts.

My interest in Brazilian music is only from the last two years or so. One of my favorite radio shows Hatch on WFMU has been playing the occasional Brazilian tune for the last couple of years. This, combined with the excellent Satwa reissue on Time-Lag and later their Marconi Notaro reissue, finally led me into a whole new world of Tropicália and strangely infectious and hard grooving psychedelic rock.

Hopefully I can do the same for you with this collection of songs, taken from some of my favorite Brazilian late 60s and early 70s bands and records.

  1. Ronnie VonMeu Nôvo Cantar
    Ronnie Von (1968; reissue on Discos Mariposa, 2006)
  2. Paulo Bagunça e a Tropa MalditaGrinfa Louca
    Paulo Bagunça e a Tropa Maldita (1973; reissue on Discos Mariposa, 2006)
  3. Joyce e Nelson AngeloVivo Ou Morto
    Nelson Angelo e Joyce (1970; reissue on Discos Mariposa, 2006)
  4. Rubinho E Mauro AssumpçaoSozinho Não Estou
    Perfeitamente, Justamente Quando Cheguei (1972; reissue on Discos Mariposa, 2006)
  5. Lula Côrtes & Zé RamalhoNas Paredes da Pedra Encantada, Os Segredos Talhados por Sumé
    Paêbirú (1975; reissue on Mr Bongo Records, 2008)
  6. SatwaSatwa
    Satwa (1973; reissue on Time-Lag, 2005)
  7. BangoGeninha
    Bango (1970; reissue on Shadoks, 2005)
  8. Os MutantesA Minha Menina
    Os Mutantes (Omplatten, 1968)
  9. Marconi NotaroDesmantelado
    No Sub Reino Dos Metazoários (1973; reissue on Time-Lag, 2006)

Pictures: Eduardo Azeredo

For more Brazilian music you can also have a look at the excellent blog Brazilian Nuggets.

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Category: Acoustic, Rock

20 Responses

  1. Moka says:

    Your posts always bring a huge smile to my face, bubba. I’m a huge fan of psychedelic brazilian myself and this post pleases me immensely at the moment, the scope of music you cover on the post is impressive.

    Today I’ve been hearing too much Caetano’s early albums and also Baden Powell (one of my favorite guitarists of all time)- I’d recommend you Lo Borges self-titled album released 1972 and reissued 2005, Carlos Maria Trindade & Nuno Canavarro’s “Mr. Wollogallu” and of course all of the albums listed on your playlist. There’s many more but I have to come back at you because I’m a bit ofuscated at the moment. Thank you :).

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  3. Sam says:

    I love os mutantes. Good post!

  4. Carlos Maria Trindade and Nuno Canavarro are portuguese, not brazilian. Oh, and “Mr. Wollogallu” came out in 1991.

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  6. white silk says:

    Nice post, for sure – Brazilian psychedelic music seems to often get the shaft when it comes to attention on music from Brazil. Most people tend to veer towards Bossa Nova, Samba, or Tropicalia (all rightfully so) but there’s some real gems in the psychedelic sounds that came from Brazil, notably in the 70′s.

    Another artist to check out is Arthur Verocai – he only put out 1 album (self-titled) but, similar to Nelson Angelo & Joyce’s album, it’s chock full of great instrumentation with an array of trippy sounds. It’s too bad he didn’t produce more of his own material b/c it’s great stuff but I understand he produced any number of other Brazilian artists.

    In addition to the Brazilian Nuggets blog you mentioned in the post, make sure to hit up Loronix as well. That blog is a real treasure trove of ‘lost-in-the-shuffle’ Brazilian music!!

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  11. rant says:

    Now I know why Nektar tour Brazil so often. Check out their Journey to the Centre of the Eye and Recycled cds for proof.

  12. Moka says:

    3 persons have wrote me asking for the paebiru album. The excellent blog bubba recommends, “brazilian nuggets” recently uploaded the full lp. If you’re interested follow this link:



  13. Raphael says:

    Hey Bubba.. thats an amazing website of Brazilian psychedelica from the 60s and 70s:

  14. bruno says:

    Hey… I know this isn’t a recent post but I think it’s the right place for this comment… I’m brazilian, and I think tou guys may like a brazilian band called “Los hermanos”… they’re rather actual, and not psychodelic, but they are a good band… also recommend some of the more actual works of zé ramalho. Alceu valença is also good, so is Tim Maia… And, of course, some new and independent bands, like “Charme chulo”, “Alma máter” and “Acidogroove”.

  15. Hi Bubba, great blog!
    just to update your info on Paebiru, 2008 sees a further reissue from us at Mr Bongo. Available on CD and Gatefold 2XLP. Cheers, Bongo

  16. Joris Kniep says:

    Would you be interested in swapping links with us (Mr Bongo, we signed Lula Cortes and Ze Ramalho)? We can swap links for our blogsite (http://mrbongorecords.blogspot.com/) or our main website (www.mrbongo.com)
    Let me know if you’re interested.

    Kind regards,

    Joris Kniep

  17. Gordon lost somewhere in Wendatland, Québec. says:

    Merci Raphael(Via MOKA) pour brazilian nuggets
    Beaucoup de `Good Stuff`…<8^)…

  18. Joe says:

    Holy fuck yes — this is exactly what I needed. Thanks!

  19. Antonius says:


    I have many rare Brazilian vintage records of psychedelic, progressive, bossa, mpb, forró, samba, etc.

    If somebody needs Brazilian music vinyl, CDs, DVDs please contact me

    All the best !


The song makes its imprint
in the air, making itself felt,
a felt world. Here, there,
the stunned silence

of knowing I will not remember
what I heard;

futures that will never happen,
a fluidity we cannot achieve
except as a child
creating possibility.

This is the untranslatable song
hidden in the earth.

-Untranslatable Song [1]