Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Arthur Verocai ‎ – Arthur Verocai (1972)

Style: Jazz-Funk, MPB, Psychedelic
Format: CD, Vinyl, Cass.
Label: Continental

01.   Caboclo
02.   Pelas Sombras
03.   Sylvia
04.   Presente Grego
05.   Dedicada A Ela
06.   Seriado
07.   Na Boca Do Sol
08.   Velho Parente
09.   O Mapa
10.   Karina (Domingo No Grajaú)

Bass – Luis Alves
Drums – Pascoal Meirelles
Drums, Percussion – Robertinho Silva
Guitar – Arthur Verocai
Percussion – Pedro Sorongo
Piano, Electric Piano – Aloisio Milanez Aguilar
Saxophone, Flute – Oberdan Magalhaes
Tenor Saxophone – Nivaldo Ornelas
Trombone – Serginho Trombone
Trumpet – Paulinho Trompete

Mr. Bongo has released its definitive reissue of Arthur Verocai’s self-titled debut album. Mastered in 2012 from the original Continental master tapes and supervised by Arthur himself, the reissue arrives in the original replica gatefold artwork. 
Released in 1972 in the context of repressive Brazilian military dictatorship, the 29-minute masterpiece joins the dots between Bossa nova, samba, jazz, MPB, psychedelics and funk. The LP has been sampled by the likes of MF Doom, Ludacris & Common, Little Brother, Jneiro Jarel aka Dr Who Dat?, Dibiase and Action Bronson, amongst others. 
Original pressings are a thing of lore on the secondary market (selling for upwards of £2,000). “For a very long time, we have been trying to re-issue this record; a true and complete album masterpiece in every sense of the word, considered by many people to be one of the greatest ever made, regardless of genre,” says the label. 
Last month, Mr. Bongo celebrated the Brazilian legend with a “global record collection” pop-up in association with Rappcats. The Vinyl Factory also hosted Mr Bongo on the Klipschorn sound system at Brilliant Corners in London as part of our on-going VF Sessions series.
 Amar Ediriwira / The Vinyl Factory

The Durutti Column ‎– Without Mercy (1984) (1998 Reissue)

Style: Abstract, Ambiet
Format: CD, Vinyl
Label: Factory once, London Records

01.   Without Mercy 1
02.   Without Mercy 2
Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say
03.   Goodbye
04.   The Room
05.   A Little Mercy
06.   Silence
07.   E.E. 4:37
08.   Hello(w)
Related Works
09.   All That Love And Maths Can Do
10.   The Sea Wall

Guitar, Written-By – Vini Reilly
Percussion – Bruce Mitchell
Saxophone – Mervyn Fletcher
Trombone – Richard Henry
Trumpet – Tim Kellett
Violin – Blaine Reininger
Producer – Vini Reilly

Marking a further progression in the overall Durutti sound, Without Mercy both an expanded lineup and sense of what could be done with Reilly's compositions. Consisting of a two-part full-album instrumental piece, Without Mercy integrates the slight hints of classical orchestration and accompaniment from Another Setting more fully via a slew of additional players. Besides the indefatigable Mitchell on percussion and Reilly on guitar, bass, and keyboards, performers on everything from viola to cor anglais and trumpet flesh out Without Mercy's sound to newly striking heights. Reilly's work on piano sets the initial mood for the song, a sound by now as intrinsic to Durutti's approach as his guitar work, capturing both tender beauty and deep melancholy just so. Manaugh Fleming's oboe and Tim Kellet's trumpet start to step in as well as Reilly's guitar, adding in here and there as needed while the track unfolds further to another typically brilliant Reilly guitar solo. From such a striking start, the song continues to unfold over the album's full length. It's very self-consciously romantic (track and album are in fact named for Keats' noted poem La Belle Dame Sans Merci), but the combination of new and old instruments, plus the continuation of the unique Durutti sheen and shine in the recording quality, results in quietly touching heights. Blaine Reininger's viola and violin and Caroline Lavelle's cello add even more classical atmosphere, while the restraint they exercise as well as all the other performers prevent things from becoming a bloated prog-rock monstrosity. Then again, the funky horns and beats about eight minutes into the second part don't hurt either. Even at its busiest, reflection and subdued but not inactive performing are the key, with clear echoes of Erik Satie's work at many points, while Reilly is almost always, either via keyboards or his guitar, front and center. The 1998 reissue matches a slightly earlier CD version with the inclusion of the Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say EP. Also appearing are two separate, very stripped-down pieces recorded around the same time, one of which, the wonderful "All That Love and Maths Can Do," features violist John Metcalfe in his first recorded effort with Durutti.
Ned Raggett / AllMusic

The Durutti Column ‎– Another Setting (1983) (Reissue 1998)

Style: Abstract, Indie Rock
Format: CD, Vinyl
Label: Factory

01.   Prayer
02.   Response
03.   Bordeaux
04.   For A Western
05.   The Beggar
06.   Francesca
07.   Smile In The Crowd
08.   You've Heard It Before
09.   Dream Of A Child
10.   Second Family
11.   Spent Time
Amigos Em Portugal
12.   Amigos Em Portugal
13.   Menina Ao Pe Duma Piscina
14.   Lisboa
15.   Sara E Tristana
16.   Estoril A Noite
Dedications For Jaqueline
17.   Favourite Descending Intervals
18.   To End With

Cor Anglais – Maunagh Fleming
Percussion – Bruce Mitchell
Trumpet – Simon Topping
Producer – Chris Nagle
Producer, Performer, Written-By – Vini Reilly