Forro, Nordeste, Nordestinas, Luiz Gonzaga - Northeastern Brazil

A Listmania! list by Robert Keith "Baskervilles" (New York, NY USA)
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The list author says: "My favorite music from Brazil is from the northeast. There are multiple styles, but I am partial to Forro. Forro is hyper melodic, and is usually played with accordion, triangle and bass drum (zabumba). My favorite Brazilian music, which began with an interest in Tropicalia, usually has touches of Nordeste and Forro in the musical recipe. I don't speak Portuguese, so my recommendations are based almost entirely on melody, sound and groove. When Forro is well produced, it is great. When it's overproduced, it sounds like dreadful Holiday Inn music.

Luiz Gonzaga, sometimes credited with inventing Forro and Baiao, released many albums in his lifetime. There are gems scattered across his albums and plenty of filler. Many Gonzaga albums are out of print. Hopefully, this list will help music fans find some of the better albums from Gonzaga and Northeastern Brazil."
Brazil Classics 3: Forro Etc
1.  Brazil Classics 3: Forro Etc by Luiz Gonzaga
The list author says:
  "This is a great place to start.  It's also an excellent study in production and attitude being important.  This David Byrne comp turned me on to Forro, the upbeat Northern music most often played with accordion, triangle and zabumba (bass drum).  There are some wonderful classics here, along with some badly produced 80s Forro.  It's a genre that is either unbelievably great or unbearably mediocre."
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Meus Momentos
2.  Meus Momentos by Luiz Gonzaga
The list author says:
  "1973 - 1974.  This is some of Luiz Gonzaga's best work.  Milton Miranda's EMI production house supplements the sound with electric guitar, bass and paint peeling mixes.  This CD contains most of his out-of-print EMI / Odeon output from the early 1970s.  There are a few duds, but most of this is great.  O Fole Roncou, Sangue de Nordestino, Retrato de Um Forro and O Bom Improvisador are classics."
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NOVA BIS
3.  NOVA BIS by Luiz Gonzaga
The list author says:
  "Compilation.  Early 70s mix of EMI and RCA tracks.  This has a similar track listing to Meus Momentos but over half is throw away.  A few great tracks, like O Bom Improvisador and Baiao De Sao Sebastiao, available on Meus Momentos, are missing from Nova Bis."
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Raizes Nordestinas
4.  Raizes Nordestinas by Luiz Gonzaga
The list author says:
  "Compilation.  O Fole Roncou, Baião De São Sebastião, Cavalo Crioulo, Fogo-Pagou, Sangue De Nordestino, from his prime EMI / Odeon era are here.  It's a pretty good comp, and the easiest one to find. There are enough good ones to peak your interest."
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Sao Joao Do Araripe
5.  Sao Joao Do Araripe by Luiz Gonzaga
The list author says:
  "1968.  This album is consistently good.  It's not quite on the level of his 73-74 period, but it's the best single RCA LP.  There are some wonderful upbeat numbers and nice, mournful, slow songs.  Great cover, too."
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Sanfona Do Povo
6.  Sanfona Do Povo by Luiz Gonzaga
The list author says:
  "1964.  This is one of the better early 60s LPs, but there is a lot of filler here.  Flourishes of flute peek in and out of the mix and female backing vocals are slightly disconnected, which makes for a more interesting listen.  Fogo No Parana and Nega Zefa are excellent."
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Luiz Gonzaga & Fagner
7.  Luiz Gonzaga & Fagner by Luiz Gonzaga
The list author says:
  "1988. There are some decent songs on this album, but it desperately needs retooling.  The bland 80s production removes some of the guts."
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50 Anos De Chao
8.  50 Anos De Chao by Luiz Gonzaga
The list author says:
  "Compilation.  Many early Gonzaga classics are here.  His biggest hits were recorded in the 40s and 50s.  I prefer his 60s and 70s material, because the instrumentation was more varied and the production was better.  Most of the best later tracks are not on this one.  The book has some nice photos but features no discography, writing credits or release years."
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O Nordeste Na Voz De
9.  O Nordeste Na Voz De by Luiz Gonzaga
The list author says:
  "Compilation.  With many artists, earlier albums and singles are often better, but that isn't necessarily the case with Luiz Gonzaga.  This is an inexpensive and handy way to hear his early hits, mostly from the 40s and 50s.  I prefer his later albums, which sound better and are more instrumentally varied."
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20 Super Sucessos
10.  20 Super Sucessos by Jackson Do Pandeiro
The list author says:
  "Compilation.  Jackson do Pandeiro is nearly as famous as Gonzaga.  This is the finest available comp, and contains the sublime Morena Bela and other excellent 70s recordings.  Sadly, none of his 70s output has been reissued properly on CD."
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50 Anos De Ritmo
11.  50 Anos De Ritmo by Jackson Do Pandeiro
The list author says:
  "We get a whopping 50 songs here.  This is early stuff.  Liner notes with release dates would have been great, but the transfers are fabulous, even for some of the old 78s.  I recommend 20 Super Sucessos first."
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Brasil Popular
12.  Brasil Popular by Jackson Do Pandeiro
The list author says:
  "This is a really nice little comp.  It's the only CD comp with Jacinto Silva.  Why they didn't give each artist a full collection is strange, but the buyer wins some fine tracks from both artists, especially Silva."
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Popularidade
13.  Popularidade by Jackson Do Pandeiro
The list author says:
  "This is one crazy comp.  4 songs from 61/62, 4 from 1980 and a few in between.  It's all pretty good, but it leaves me wondering if the picked these songs because they were the cheapest to get licensed."
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Brasil Popular: Os 3 Do Nordeste
14.  Brasil Popular: Os 3 Do Nordeste by Os 3 Do Nordeste
The list author says:
  "Compilation. Great, Ballzy, Classic 70s Forro.  Outstanding singing, songs, production and playing.  Paint Peeling Forro.  Highly recommended."
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20 Super Sucessos
15.  20 Super Sucessos by 3 Do Nordeste
The list author says:
  "Compilation.  Paint Peeling Forro.  More great songs from Os 3 Do Nordeste."
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Popularidade
16.  Popularidade by Genival Lacerda
The list author says:
  "Recommended!  This is white hot, rip roaring Genival at his best, covering great songs from 1970-1972.  Ignore the bad covers (2 versions) and enjoy the music."
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Raizes Nordestinas
17.  Raizes Nordestinas by Genival Lacerda
The list author says:
  "Songs span from 1975-1981.  This is his "hit" period, but for non-Portuguese speakers, this isn't much fun.  His stellar period was right before this.  The music on Raizes is pretty bland."
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Brasil Popular
18.  Brasil Popular by Genival Lacerda
The list author says:
  "This compilation epitomizes dreadful, terrible sounding sterile, bland Forro.  Avoid this album."
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Trio Nordestino: 50 Anos De Sucessos No Forro
19.  Trio Nordestino: 50 Anos De Sucessos No Forro by Trio Nordestino
The list author says:
  "2 albums of Uplifting, Classic 70s Forro.  It's hard to find a great comp from Trio Nordestino.  Anything produced after 1980 is dreadfully overproduced.  This sounds like it was pulled straight from vinyl, but there are quite a few good songs here.  There is a CD of this compilation, but Amazon doesn't have it listed."
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Grades Sucessos V.1
20.  Grades Sucessos V.1 by Trio Nordestino
The list author says:
  "Compilation.  Too slick.  Avoid."
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Brasil Popular
21.  Brasil Popular by Trio Nordestino
The list author says:
  "Compilation.  Weird.  Murky inconsistent mastering and mediocre song choices."
$15.11

Brazil : Forro - Music for Maids and Taxi Drivers
22.  Brazil : Forro - Music for Maids and Taxi Drivers by Brazil Forro
The list author says:
  "This one is pictured in a bunch of books, but it's way too sterile for my tastes.  If I heard this one first, I may not even like Forro."
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Deep Samba-Nordeste Atomico Dois
23.  Deep Samba-Nordeste Atomico Dois by Deep Samba-Nordeste Atomico Dois
The list author says:
  "Compilation.  Fascinating contemporary Nordeste.  Forro is twisted in beautifully produced new sounds.  Definitely not samba.  Deep Samba is the 2nd part of a 2 part comp of Nordeste compiled by Makoto Kubota.  The first one (not listed on Amazon) is called Nordeste Atomico.  Highly Recommended."
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So Forro
24.  So Forro by Sivuca Dominguinho
The list author says:
  "Compilation.  There are a few good songs, but as usual, the production is so dreadful that it destroys the music.  Why on earth did they think that the 80s Holiday Inn drum kit with cheesy fills was a good idea?  Avoid."
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So Forro 2
25.  So Forro 2 by So Forro V.1
The list author says:
  "Compilation.  See previous review.  This is more of the same.  Avoid, unfortunately."
$22.73

Cada Um Belisca Um Pouco
26.  Cada Um Belisca Um Pouco by Sivuca
The list author says:
  "Slick jam by Forro's greatest accordionists.  The sound is a bit sterile, but the playing is ace.  All instrumental."
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Acoustic
27.  Acoustic by Gilberto Gil
The list author says:
  "Expresso 2222, recorded live, is done blazing Forro style, replacing the accordion with flute and guitar."
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Sound of Revolution 1968-69
28.  Sound of Revolution 1968-69 by Gilberto Gil
The list author says:
  "This blazing Gilberto Gil album really showcases his northeastern "roots" with an infusion of 60s psych with the help of Mutantes."
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Cantigas Incelencias Puluxias e Tiranas de Elomar
29.  Cantigas Incelencias Puluxias e Tiranas de Elomar by Xangai
The list author says:
  "Subdued and beautiful, this album is heavily influenced by medieval Portuguese music.  This music is gorgeous, slow, spare, classical and mournful.  Give A Meu Deus um Canto Novo and A Pergunta a listen.  A CD version of this is also available."
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Cartas Catingueiras
30.  Cartas Catingueiras by Elomar
The list author says:
  "My favorite Elomar album.  It's beautiful, unpredictable and mournful with lovely production."
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Na Quadra Das Aguas Perdidas
31.  Na Quadra Das Aguas Perdidas by Elomar
The list author says:
  "Gorgeous, unpredictable and more raw than Cartas Cantinguerias."
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Brassil Plays Brazil: Brass Music from Northeastern Brazil
32.  Brassil Plays Brazil: Brass Music from Northeastern Brazil by Quintetto Brassil
The list author says:
  "Classical Northeastern Brazil, played with horns.  Very tasteful.  It reminds me of Ennio Morricone's Spaghetti Western soundtracks."
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Os Afro Sambas/Vontade
33.  Os Afro Sambas/Vontade by Baden Powell
The list author says:
  "1966 - Os Afro Sambas is my favorite Brazilian album.  De Moraes and Powell wanted to capture the mournful side of the Northeast, and they nailed it, creating something that sounded new in the process."
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Brazil: Songs of Protest
34.  Brazil: Songs of Protest by Zelia Barbosa
The list author says:
  "60s album in a similar mold to Os Afro Sambas.  It's not quite as sublime, but it's still well worth having."
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Dos Labutos
35.  Dos Labutos by Xangai
The list author says:
  "Contemporary.  Gilberto Gil and Forro fans will find a LOT to like here.  It's beautifully, tastefully produced and uplifting.  In fact, it may leave your head spinning.  Recommended!"
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Bonfires of Sao Joao
36.  Bonfires of Sao Joao by Forro in the Dark
The list author says:
  "Contemporary New York band.  This is a cool and unusual LP.  There is a mix of grooves with a focus on flute sounds over accordion.  There are jazz and bossa flourishes throughout.  It's a nice LP that doesn't beat you over the head."
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Pisada E Assim
37.  Pisada E Assim by Maciel Salu & Terno Do Terreiro
The list author says:
  "Contemporary.  There are some wonderful, interesting melodic heavy nordeste numbers here.  Gaiola De Saudade is great.  Some of the rootsier elements may be off putting, but there are lots of interesting ideas in the musical pool."
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Piano De Fole
38.  Piano De Fole by Rob Curto
The list author says:
  "Contemporary.  This is a wonderful album by New York artist Rob Curto.  Lots of great jazz and nordeste flourishes throughout."
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The Brazilian Sound: Samba, Bossa Nova, and the Popular Music of Brazil
39.  The Brazilian Sound: Samba, Bossa Nova, and the Popular Music of Brazil by Chris McGowan
The list author says:
  "This gives a decent overview of classic Northeastern Brazilian music, but some featured artists and recommendations are dodgy and outdated."
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Focus: Music of Northeast Brazil (Focus on World Music Series)
40.  Focus: Music of Northeast Brazil (Focus on World Music Series) by Larry Crook
The list author says:
  "This is a deep, academic overview of how music in northeast Brazil took shape.  If you are a musician or enthusiast and you want to know what some of the obscure instruments are and how they are used, this is a neat reader.  It's the only English textbook on the history of Northeast Brazil and the role of music there."
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