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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."