A1. Flor Lilás / A2. O Rato Roeu / B1. Floresta Encantada / B2. Dourado Da Manhã
As long-time fans of this sublime four-track compacto 7" by the illustrious Brazilian duo Luli Lucinha e O Bando, we have floated the idea of reissuing this beauty for several years now. So finally, the time feels right to release this beloved gem back into the world.
Originally issued on Som Livre Records in Brazil in 1972, this rarity has long been lost to only but the most hardened Brazilian record collectors and those lucky few who own an original copy. The four genre-defying compositions blend elements of psychedelic rock, MPB and folk, and are glued together by the synergy of Luli and Lucinha's vocals and the outstanding arrangements by Zé Rodrix. Whether it be the lost Brazilian - psych anthem of 'Flor Lilás’, or the tripped-out folk - funk of 'Dourado Da Manhã’, the EP oozes magic and brilliance. The record also features the Brazilian percussionist, Alyrio Lima, who later became a member of the iconic Weather Report.
Luli (Heloisa Orosco Borges da Fonseca) and Lucinha's (Lucia Helen a Carvalho e Silva) records have become extremely sought - after in recent years. Their inclusion on John Gómez's superb 2017 'Outro Tempo' compilation helped spread the gospel about their beautiful folky, MPB, private press albums from the late '70s and '80s. Prior to their musical partnership back in 1965, Luli released a heavenly Bossa Nova 7" nugget entailed 'Baleiro' and a self - titled solo album on Philips Records, which are now also highly - prized by collectors.
Here at Mr Bongo, we feel Luli and Lucinha 's names should be more widely recognised and break out of their cult artist status. They should be rated up there amongst some of the progressive, left - field greats of Brazilian music of their era. Sadly Luli passed away in 2018 but left behind an inspiring musical legacy for us all to savour.