Erasmo Carlos

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This guy had three albums re-released by Light In The Attic recently. At first I think I gave them short shrift because they weren't quite as amazing as the Marcos Valle records they put out - but really, not much is.

He got his start with Roberto Carlos in the Jovem Guarda movement of clean young kids playing well behaved Pop, and I think you can kinda tell that there's a certain bubblegum element even in the LITA-reissued albums, which are supposed to be his big emancipatory statements. Not that bubblegum's a bad thing!

Apparently most of his career is as a "romantic" singer - I don't know whether that kind of schmaltz will ever be championed by music geeks outside Brazil much (if there hasn't been a Julio Iglesias reassessment yet...). Haven't heard any of that yet.

One thing I like about the Brazilian Pop scene of that era is how almost everyone was a songwriter but also avidly covering everyone else - Erasmo Carlos has co-written tons of songs with Roberto Carlos, but the three LITA albums all have a buncha covers too - Caetano Veloso, Marcos Valle, Jorge Ben, etc.

I also like his look - this burly dude singing these sweetly psychedelic numbers.

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 4 September 2018 14:10 (four years ago) link

Love him. Sonhos e Memórias 1941-1972 is the best of the LITA reissues and, on some days, my favorite Brazilian album of all time. Gorgeous, wistful melodies/chord progressions buoyed by airy light-psych arrangements.

J. Sam, Tuesday, 4 September 2018 16:33 (four years ago) link

Don’t really know anything about Erasmo Carlos, but the name and your descripion of him brought back a very vague memory.
“Cachaça Mecânica” was a minor hit in the Netherlands in 1976. I remember this (lip-synch) performance on the Dutch chart show of the time:

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 4 September 2018 16:40 (four years ago) link

i picked up these reissues and the marcos valle ones and i think i am enjoying these more than the valle!

this song in particular

the late great, Tuesday, 4 September 2018 20:20 (four years ago) link

cool original, cool cover

velko, Wednesday, 5 September 2018 04:32 (four years ago) link

breastcrawl that's very cool trivia! Wonder if the audience had any idea how sad those lyrics are.

Relistened to Carlos, Erasmo today. Had never noticed how much "Em Busca Das Canções Perdidas" is an exotica song - the lyrics too!

"É Preciso Dar Um Jeito Meu Amigo" sounds a lot like a Serge Gainsbourg track; Brazil seems to be the only place that sound was influential on at the time.

i picked up these reissues and the marcos valle ones and i think i am enjoying these more than the valle!

Oh wow. I guess some of the reasons I love those Valle albums so much are extra-musical - the guy's increasing anger and desperation at the military dictatorship, the drowning expression on Previsão Do Tempo. I love how he recruited a different legendary outfit for each record. And he's a badass lyricist.

Would really like to catch up on some other stuff of Erasmo Carlo's, a bit scary with that huge a discography! I'm molded enough by ILX contrarianism to want to check out some of the romantic singer stuff, but I also bet dude's psychedelic and MPB leanings strech further than the albums we've gotten. Off to youtube...

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 5 September 2018 11:01 (four years ago) link

breastcrawl that's very cool trivia! Wonder if the audience had any idea how sad those lyrics are.

I can pretty much guarantee you they didn’t. It was probably perceived as a nice, breezy, summery song, slightly exotic, with perhaps just a hint of saudade. It might have actually been the first Brazilian song to become a hit in Holland. (“Garota de Ipanema”, its fame and popularity notwithstanding, never had been, for example). Why this song, I have no idea.

Either way, I’m really enjoying having the song in rotation right now, and I will check out the lyrics!

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 5 September 2018 21:50 (four years ago) link

I also came across another bit of Erasmo Carlos-related Dutch chart trivia that was quite shocking to me: Turns out this massive 1987 Dutch hit was a cover of “Verde e Amarelo” by Roberto Carlos, which was co-written bij Erasmo!

(A previous hit by this band (VOF De Kunst) went the other way. They remade their Dutch “Suzanne” as the English “Susanna”, and scored an international smash with it as The Art Company. It was covered in many languages, including Spanish (by Ricky Martin among others). A Portuguese version would have been the icing on the cake, but I couldn’t find one.)

(So much trivia it hurts...)

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 5 September 2018 22:19 (four years ago) link

"É Preciso Dar Um Jeito Meu Amigo" has very striking lyrics

I came from far away
And the trip was so long.
And on my walk
Obstacles on the road but here I am

But I'm ashamed.
With the things I saw
But I will not be silent in comfort
accommodated like so many out there

You have to find a way, my friend.

You have to find a way, my friend.

Rest is no use.
When we wake up, how much has happened

The children are taken
by the hand of great people
Who brought me so far and left me
left like so many out there

You have to find a way, my friend.

You have to find a way, my friend.

Rest is no use.
When we get up, how much has happened ...

the late great, Wednesday, 5 September 2018 23:18 (four years ago) link

especially in our current political moment

the late great, Wednesday, 5 September 2018 23:19 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

really enjoying those 3 solo albums, thank you all for recommending

was told by a Brazilian friend that many are critical of the Jovem Guarda since it seems wilfully ignorant of political issues (and some say it was supported by the regime)

niels, Tuesday, 25 September 2018 09:34 (four years ago) link

two months pass...

my top artist on spotify this year

niels, Thursday, 6 December 2018 15:41 (four years ago) link

niels, to give some more context to the Jovem Guarda thing you mentioned: yes, they were definitley the Clean Young Kids that you could take home to your parents, like Cliff Richard in the UK or the yé-yé ppl in France. Politicized performers and folkies (using this shorthand though there's a lot of differences between the type of people defending "traditional" music in Brazil and yr Pete Seegers) despised them not only for this, but also for the American influence on their sound, which they would view as cultural imperialism. HOWEVER this also means that once the Tropicália heads came along, those guys were way more sympathetic towards the Jovem Guarda, since they too loved American and British Pop music. Gal Costa and Maria Bethânia covered Roberto/Erasmos songs, Caetano Veloso wrote a song for Roberto. And these were super-credible opponents of the regime.

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 6 December 2018 16:18 (four years ago) link

that is very good info, thanks!

I was scanning the youtube channel you recommended on another thread (vinil something) for Erasmo records but didn't find any, I get the feeling a doc on him could be p interesting

niels, Thursday, 6 December 2018 16:41 (four years ago) link

three years pass...

Noooo. Will be respectfully blasting Sonhos E Memórias 1941-1972 today

J. Sam, Tuesday, 22 November 2022 19:37 (two months ago) link

Strange when deaths follow each other, I heard minutes ago about Pablo Milanés passing away.

Nabozo, Tuesday, 22 November 2022 20:32 (two months ago) link

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