Friday, October 24, 2008

Cross Dressers!

Rolando & Luiz Antonio - Meu Coração É Um Pandeiro Ou... RCA Victor FPL-1 0117 (Fra) (1976)

Luiz Antonio was born in Tatui in the state of São Paulo and was in such bands as Pigalle, Som Okey 5 and Biriba Boys. Most notably, in 1972, he left for Barcelona and cut the immortal 'Brasil Aquarius y Luiz Antonio' LP. It was there in 1974, he met Rio born singer Rolando Faria, at that time in the group 'Ronie & Central do Brasil' (already posted on this blog).

France became their home and together they toured as Les Étoiles, adopting transvestite personas on stage as they brought Brasilian music to European concert-goers. From the 3 studio albums they recorded in France - this is their debut and what a belter.

Lots of great party-driven samba inflected tunes - the funky 'Chica-Chica-Boom-Chic' and 'Alô, Alô' were lifted for the single and amply demonstrate this. Other highlights for me include their beautiful harmonising on 'Você' and a killer rendition of Joyce's 'Nacional Kid'.

1) Chica-Chica-Boom-Chic
2) Você
3) Viola-Violar
4) Côco Verde
5) Estão Batendo
6) Antes Que Eu Volte A Ser Nada
7) Sol Negro
8) Nacional Kid Ou Brasileiro
9) Jeanne, La Française
10) Alô, Alô


Quimsy said...

Solomon said...

Thank you.

avocado kid said...

my heart is a pandeiro too

Simon666 said...

Thanks Quimsy,
enjoying particularly the slower ones here - you're right about "Voce", great stuff. Trying to imagine them playing this live in drag, but can't quite make the connection ?!?!
thanks again

lindo0107 said...

Great tunes, Quimsy. What about the two others albums?

Jonrom said...

muchas gracias

Tim said...

Absolutely fantastic! Thanks! I can't stop listening to this unearthed gem. There are a few videos available on Youtube that kind of make your head spin.

begoña said...

muchisimas gracias,llevo años buscandolo.lo tengo en vinilo pero no lo podia escuchar.Eran geniales sobre todo en este disco.