Alucinolandia: Vinyl LP
Label: Mr Bongo
Release Date: 25th March
Take a step through a tropical curtain, a room serving brightly coloured drinks, terracotta floors, garishly coloured walls that look tacky in the UK but you're in Brazil and it just looks exotic, people young and old dancing, people smiling and couples flirting with a cheeky seduction, which again, in England doesn't work but you're in holiday mode, you let yourself be free and enjoy some samba, some bossa nova, some easy jazz groovers, those drinks with a sparkler are really going straight to your head and your teeth feel furry but you're just having too much fun escaping to a little holiday in Brazil where it's a 60s party everyday and that's this record.
For those who dig: swinging 60s exotica, bossa nova, samba and a good groovy 60s time Brazil style.
Some things take time to happen, some things perhaps take a bit longer than they should but, finally, we are delighted to present an issue of the iconic, and sought-after, Brazilian album 'Alucinolandia' by Zito Righi e Seu Conjunto from 1969.The trippy, surrealist 60s cover design with hands holding eyeballs is somewhat confusing
Rather than the stoner acid rock record that the art may suggest, 'Alucinolandia' is actually a quintessential 60s gem, mixing samba, MPB, bossa nova, quirky organ- led mod- jazz groovers and easy- listening crooners with a relaxed cool swagger.Zito Righi aka Isidoro Righi, the Brazilian saxophonist, instrumentalist, conductor and composer brought together an illustrious cast for this masterpiece, including the much- loved vocalist Sonia Santos. Sonia delivers a masterclass on the album's opener, and maybe its crown-jewel 'Poema Ritmico Do Malandro'. The song is fierce and driving with an enticing funk intro that bursts into a Samba / Batucada workout. A real monster that works magic on the dancefloor. Sonia would later re- visit this track in 1971 on a recording for Copacabana Records, which Mr Bongo released as part of the Brazil45 series. The Brazilian songwriter Roberval penned three tracks on the record, including another highlight and the far too short 'Birimbau'; a catchy Brazilian jazzy-samba dancer at its finest. Other musicians include the drummer Fernando who also recorded with the greats Dila & Guilherme Coutinho.
The fact the record was released in 1969 meant it was probably a bit out of step with its contemporaries in comparison to the works of artists such as Os Mutantes, Gilberto Gil et al. The core of 'Alucinolandia' is that of a more optimistic early to mid-sixties party feelgood vibe rather than the angsty, psychedelia, and rebellion of the Tropicália movement. Over 50 years since its release, the work can finally be judged on its own merit; and what a beauty it is.
Poema Ritmico Do Malandro
Somos Todos Irmaos
Once In A While
Love Is Here To Stay
Isn't A Dream
Sou Feliz Aqui