Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Som Imaginário-st,LP,1970,Brasil

A progressive rock band formed in the early '70s in Rio de Janeiro by a core of musicians from the Minas Gerais state, the Som Imaginário developed an influential career and also backed artists like Milton Nascimento, Elis Regina, Gal Costa, Fafá de Belém, Sueli Costa, Carlinhos Vergueiro, and Jards Macalé in live performances and recordings. The group was formed by Wagner Tiso (keyboards), Zé Rodrix (organ/percussion/voice/flutes), Robertinho Silva (drums), Tavito (12-string guitar), Luís Alves (bass), and Laudir de Oliveira (percussion), around which Toninho Horta (guitars) and Nivaldo Ornelas (saxes) eventually performed. Their biggest hits were "Feira Moderna" (Fernando Brant/Beto Guedes), "Hey Man" (Zé Rodrix/Tavito), "Cenouras" (Fredera), and "Nova Estrela" (Wagner Tiso). The group was formed to back up Milton Nascimento in his show Milton Nascimento, Ah! E O Som Imaginário, in 1970, at the Opinião theater (Rio de Janeiro). Soon afterward, Laudir left the group (he would work with Chicago), having been replaced by Naná Vasconcellos, who also left the group in the same year, while Fredera (guitar) joined it. In that same year, the group recorded its first LP, Som Imaginário, and participated in Nascimento's Milton. In 1971, the Som Imaginário did the film Nova Estrela, already without Rodrix. With Fredera, Alves, and Silva having left the group, Novelli (bass) and Paulo Braga (drums) were admitted. The third album, Matança do Porco (1973), had as its title track a Wagner Tiso composition that had been the theme of the Rui Guerra film Os Deuses e os Mortos (1970), and the album had as highlights "Armina" and "Nova Estrela," both by Tiso. ~ Alvaro Neder, All Music Guide
While not as countercultural as Os Mutantes or other Tropicalia artists, Som Imaginario shared with them a sense of pure musical inventiveness, and a love of psychedelic flourishes -- and they had a lasting impact upon MPB through their backup work for Milton Nascimento on some of his best albums. This rare first album is a killer -- and features fantastic organ and piano riffs, heavy guitars, and stunning songwriting, with lots of jazzy touches -- all very much in the best mode of the Minas Geras scene that also birthed Nascimento and Lo Borges. Wagner Tiso is on keyboards, but the whole band's great -- and the vocals are produced to a very cool effect -- and titles include "Hey Man", "Poison", "Nepal", "Pantera", "Super God", and "Morse".

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9 comments:

fuzztunnel said...

This is great... and their album Matanca do Porco is even better!
Thanks!

Anonymous said...

strangely, the link for Som Imaginário-st,LP,1970,Brasil now shares the link to the previous upload! http://rapidshare.com/files/41845045/stomuyamashta-1971-redbuddha.rar.html

Anonymous said...

Yeah, the link is incorrect! I'm desperate to find this album. Any help on the proper link would be much appreciated. Thanks.

chris said...

Try this one :

http://www.mediafire.com/?ymmymmdmunz

The Evil Clown said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you and thank you again, I was searching so bad for this lp and I couldn't find it anywhere to listen or buy. This is actually the first time I leave a comment so please let me say how much I love your blog and envy you for your huge collection of rare items. The effort you put in it for us is very appreciated. I will thank you another time for all the great music you let me know and for giving me the chance of listening to all of those records I was craving for but could not find anywhere.

Nick Jorgensen said...

Best. Music. Blog. Ever. I can't count the number of near-life-changing finds I've been hepped to via your site. Thanks!

UniDiverso said...

Gotta tell you, I've been looking for this album for years, decades even.
You guys are great.
Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

Thanx a lot!

Anonymous said...

!I MUST HEAR IT!