In the 1970s, Brazilian rock'n'roll followed along on several parallel paths, which only occasionally intersected. Many of the groups from the heavily commercialized, early-60s prefab jovem guarda teenybopper scene kept making albums well into the 1970s. Generally speaking, these continued along the pop cover-tunes path of their earlier work, or dipped even deeper into bland pop vocals, as with Roberto Carlos, the king of the scene. Many of the great tropicalia artists who pioneered psychedelic rock in Brazil moved on to become the superstars of the "MPB" scene, which also turned towards an increasingly-ornate pop direction; some -- like Jorge Ben -- delved into funk and soul-flavored groove music.
A handful of artists pursued (more or less) straight-ahead rock music... Many were inspired by the inroads made by the tropicalia movement, but keeping up with the times, they spun off in different directions. Ex-Mutante Rita Lee became something of a stadium rocker, and several prog bands flourished in the mid-'70s, while a few hardcore rockers and psychedelic bands also roamed the land. To be honest, I haven't heard all that many of these records... but as I check them out, I'll add my reviews to the Slipcue site.
The cover art was all psychedelic, but the music is fairly reserved... It's basically folk-tinged rock, clearly within the troubadour tradition set by Chico Buarque, Geraldo Vandre and the like. This won't blow your mind, but it's a nice record, worth checking out for a glimpse at the music of the time.
Ednardo "O Azul E O Encarnado" (BMG, 1977)
Pleasant stuff from Fortaleza, in the Northeast, this gets goofy, but it's not bad... A folk-tinged rock balladeer, perhaps midway between early Novos Baianos and Joao Bosco, with just a hint of forro in the mix. These mid-'70s albums by Ednardo do Ceara didn't blow me away at first, but they kinda grew on me after a while. Although he's not a dazzling performer, Ednardo displayed only minimal cheesiness, at least this early in his career. The O Azul album, which features guest appearances by Raimundo Fagner and Roberto de Recife, drifts into questionable areas, but is nowhere near as excessive as much of the mainstream MPB of the time. Both these records were re-released together as a single CD in 2001, and it's a pretty good bargain. (For more info on Ednardo, check out Clique Musique.) (NOTE: both albums were re-released as a single CD.)
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