28 March 2007

Even for those insane collectors who must hear every progressive rock obscurity, Lula Côrtes e Zé Ramalho is an unknown name. Released in Brazil in 1975, original copies disappeared in a great fire, producing an album that has to be considered one of the rarest of them all. This is not just another low budget obscurity, but a highly-produced and brilliant effort. Once this music is heard by the masses, Lula Côrtes will find its rightful place amongst the all-time greats. One imagines that Brazil in the early 1970s would produce a kind of uninhibited tribal psychedelic rock band that would rival the experimental wonders in Germany like Guru Guru or Amon Düül II. Imagine a direct cross of Swedish cosmic psychedelic pioneers Älgarnas Trädgärd and the progressive folk of Los Jaivas from Chile. Take the traditional instruments of the Mayans, Incans, and early Spanish settlers, and combine it all with unearthly chanting and singing, then mesh with jazzy elements like flute and sax. Now add a dash of classical with piano and zither. Shake three times and add a huge scoop of completely freaked-out, free-from-boundaries electric fuzz guitar, organ, and psychedelic jamming. The result is the musical realization of a mescaline dance party. One has absolutely no idea what the music will do next, but rest assured it will be well-played, intense, imaginative, and emotional. How exciting it must have been to do music like this; each composition could be improvised in a number of ways every night. The combinations are endless. Music of this nature, like the album itself, is completely extinct.

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