RFI, S&D: Marcos Valle

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I keep hearing the name bandied about with enthusiasm, but somehow I have completely managed to miss the boat on this guy. (The only Valle I have knowingly heard was a then-new album playing in a record store in Florence about a year and a half ago; it sounded pretty nice, if a bit adult-contempo smooth for my usual tastes.) Can anyone please give me the basic rap, a bit of the flavor, and/or any five-star recommendations or musts-to-avoid?

Lee G (Lee G), Tuesday, 22 October 2002 13:18 (nineteen years ago) link

get 'the essential marcos valle volume 2' on mr bongo. tracklisting below:OS GRILOS

for some reason i have never got round to picking up volume 1, but this is great, varied collection, all good. i also have samba 68 but this isn't so good, kind of one paced and a bit lacklustre...

gareth (gareth), Tuesday, 22 October 2002 13:25 (nineteen years ago) link

I like "Samba 68", although Gareth's right about it not being very varied. But it's mid-price and his wife shares vocal chores and they sound like an enviably swinging couple. He's put out two or three albums on Far Out Recordings over the last couple of years, which I think are a bit more electronic, but I haven't heard them, so don't take my word for it. There was also at least one track on the Blue Brazil compilations.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller), Tuesday, 22 October 2002 13:47 (nineteen years ago) link

There's an album called Garra fromt he early 70's thats pretty fine and a bit varied and odd in having strange and varied musical noises.

tigerclawskank, Wednesday, 23 October 2002 14:37 (nineteen years ago) link

In 2001, EMI-Toshiba in Japan issued remastered cd's of several of Valle's terrific late 60's/early-to-mid 70's albums, including Garra, Previsão Do Tempo, Viola Enluarada, his self-titled 1970 and 1974 albums, and others. These cd's tend to be VERY pricey, and none of the albums is much more than 35 minutes in length, to boot.

But for the curious who might like to take a chance on just one MV cd - aside from the very fine Mr Bongo compilations mentioned above - there's a Japanese best-of entitled Marcos Valle For Café Apres-Midi, which was released concurrently with the other EMI-Toshiba reissues.

Definitely worth hearing if you're off-kilter-Brazilian-pop-inclined in the slightest!

Valle fan, Wednesday, 23 October 2002 22:58 (nineteen years ago) link

two years pass...
garra is good, for definite, but what about the 1974 lp, the one where he is in bed in a hotel room and its kind of red.

and provisao do tempo (where hes underwater in a swimming pool). the title track is great, but what about the rest

and vila sesamo (this is a soundtrack to something?)

any of these worth picking up?

i havent found a decent site, which lists exactly which tracks are on which album, and what chronology there is. a detailed discography, thats what i mean,

charltonlido (gareth), Thursday, 19 May 2005 06:50 (seventeen years ago) link

i heard vento sul recently, i htink this is between provisao do tempo and that 74 lp, its quite nice, but more laid back than i thought. i want to hear this 1974 lp more really!

charltonlido (gareth), Thursday, 26 May 2005 17:28 (sixteen years ago) link

Don't sleep on 2003's album "Contrasts," it's dope dance music

Haikunym (Haikunym), Thursday, 26 May 2005 18:27 (sixteen years ago) link

nine months pass...
"Vila Sesamo" is the soundtrack to the Brazilian "sesame street", circa '74 or so. If that sounds appealing, then it is exactly as good as you want it to be, although I imagine a basic working knowledge of portuguese would dull some of the charm (but maybe not). I know it came through dusty groove recently alongside a slew of reissues from "Som Livre", I also grabbed Tom Ze's "Nave Maria" (good, but lots of tunes that appear elsewhere in re-recordings) and "Brazilian Octopus", a sort of twisted early-bossa-jazz combo featuring Hermeto Pascoal on flauta.

Anyway, if this kind of thing looks interesting i'd checkout the dustygroove site/store post haste, there are some other amazing records among these reissues as well.

bangelo (bangelo), Monday, 13 March 2006 16:18 (sixteen years ago) link

three months pass...
fuck, "vento sul" is incredible. also finally heard provisao do tempo but haven't given it quite enough time yet.

bangelo (bangelo), Monday, 19 June 2006 18:31 (fifteen years ago) link

I'd say all his albums from 1968 (maybe before - but I've not heard them) until 1973-ish will do it for you - except Samba 68 which is rather cheesy and insubstantial, and seemingly geared to the American market.

I think my favourite for all-round consistency, tunefulness and general grooviness is Mustang Cor De Sangue. But others like Vento Sul, Garra, the one with the bed on the cover etc are all incredibly varied and all-round fab. Often he includes some really out-there, experimental tracks, too, as well as the odd acid-rock freakout (esp. on Vento Sul), not to mention the odd lush, Morricone-esque piano-and-strings-based instrumental. He really was a genius in his day.
These albums are a bastard to track down, though. Some of them I only have on dodgy vinyl reissues of dubious provenance - and on which the sound quality is pretty chronic.

eyesteel (eyesteel), Monday, 19 June 2006 20:22 (fifteen years ago) link

six years pass...

Light In The Attic reissues


buzza, Saturday, 5 January 2013 22:44 (nine years ago) link

one month passes...

thinking of picking these up tonight. all of the reissues sound dope

buzza, Sunday, 3 March 2013 01:16 (nine years ago) link



buzza, Thursday, 14 March 2013 08:16 (nine years ago) link


buzza, Thursday, 14 March 2013 08:25 (nine years ago) link

one month passes...


buzza, Thursday, 2 May 2013 06:48 (nine years ago) link




Moka, Thursday, 2 May 2013 07:00 (nine years ago) link

eight months pass...

Previsão do Tempo, what a great album

Shin Oliva Suzuki, Saturday, 1 February 2014 22:24 (eight years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Previsão do Tempo, what a great album

― Shin Oliva Suzuki

Here here. Been listening to this album a lot recently and every track is killer. Valle is up there with Veloso as my favourite Brazilian musician (don't get the love for Jorge Ben).

'Vento Sul' is not far behind. Picked up the Light in the Attic reissue last year.

millmeister, Thursday, 20 February 2014 13:08 (eight years ago) link

one year passes...

He's playing Glasgow Jazz Festival in June. How is he live? Is it worth trying to go if I'm a little interested?

NWOFHM! Overlord (krakow), Tuesday, 5 May 2015 15:08 (seven years ago) link

one year passes...

Somebody was just selling Garra on Amazon for £3.33 or thereabouts. Not heard it yet but cued up next after the Allman Brothers i have on now.

Stevolende, Tuesday, 18 October 2016 16:15 (five years ago) link

a recent live set by him just went up on Dime
6 days old set live in Brazil

Stevolende, Sunday, 23 October 2016 00:00 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

Those four albums Light In The Attic reissued are amongst my favourite music ever produced. Also really love the funky <i>Vontade De Rever Você</i>; haven't totally gotten into the self-titled one from the early 80's tho.

Anyone excited to see him w/ Azymuth? Playing all over the place, I'll see him in London.

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 3 September 2018 09:29 (three years ago) link

three years pass...


Telenovela soundtrack almost entirely written by the Valle brothers. If you ever wanted the Valle take on John Barry check out "Ligação".

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 9 May 2022 15:22 (one week ago) link

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