Sunday, May 26, 2013

RCA EPs - 1963-1967

In the 1960s extended-plays or compactos-duplos as they were commonly known, were somewhat popular in Brazil for those who didn't have enough money to buy albums - also called 'long-plays' - but had a few spare cruzeiros (the Brazilian currency) to splurge on something that lasted longer than just a single. 

Some record companies, like CBS (Columbia Records) released albums (12 tracks) and then proceeded to release 3 extended-plays out of those LPs having 4 tracks each. That worked only for very popular acts like Roberto Carlos who kept on selling compactos-duplos all through the year. 

RCA Victor usually released extended-play combining tracks from different albums of the same artist. Extended-plays were really interesting in their combination of songs. Their sleeves could be real works of art made out of thicker card-board paper than the singles (compactos-simples). 

Here is a partial list of extended-plays - a.k.a. compactos-duplos - released by RCA Victor between 1962 and 1970.

What one realizes looking at this partial list of foreign compactos-duplos released by Brazilian RCA Victor is that the Italian 'invasion' actually expelled the Spanish out of the Brazilian market. Chilean, Mexican and Argentine acts were sent into 'exile' when the Italian came in. 



LCD-3011 - O Trovador do México - Miguel Aceves Mejia
Eso merece un trago / La malagueña / Que seas feliz / Por tu orgullo

3016  -  Tata Dios  -  Miguel Aceves Mejia 
Tata Diós / Alma de acero / La Cecilia / A donde se hallas

3027  -  The Twist  -  King Curtis Combo

3028  -  Bailando la chunga  -  Perez Prado e sua Orquestra

3029  -  Teresa Tarouca

3031  -  Neil Sedaka
Breaking up is hard to do / I go ape / No vacancy / You mean everything to me

3032  -  Ernesto Hill Olvera
Quiereme mucho

3033  -  España cañi  -  Terig Tucci e su Orquestra
España cañi / El gato montés /  La morena de mi copla / Novillero

3036  -  Rancheiras  -  Miguel Acevers Mejia

3037  -  Rancheiras  -  Miguel Aceves Mejia
Ella / Guitarras de media noche / Tu recuerdo y yo / Cuatro camiños

3038  -  Célebres marchas americanas  -  The Cities Service Band of America - Paul Lavalle
Washington Post March / The High School Cadets / El Capitan / Sempre fidelis / Stars & stripes forever

3045  -  Libertad Lamarque
Te sigo esperando / Bandoneon arrabalero / Adiós Pampa mia / Sus ojos se cerraron

3048  -  Quem ama vive cantando  -  Miguel Aceves Mejia
Amor se dice cantando / La espiga / La malagueña / Está sellado

3049  -  A voz sexy de Ann-Margret

3050  -  Valsas de Strauss  -  George Melachrino
Rosas do sul / Valsa de 'O morcêgo' / Valsa do Imperador / Vinho, mulheres e canção

3053  -  Dance com Floyd Cramer
Jambalaya twist / Your cheatin' heart / Java / Lovesick blues

3054  -  Joselito canta seleções de seu filme 'El caballito blanco'
El emigrante / Princesita / Lucerito / El pastor

3055  -  Tema de amor de 'Phaedra'  -  Henry Mancini
Phaedra / Hatari / Sally's tomato (from 'Breakfast at Tiffany's) / Fluter's ball

3056  -  Sacha Bossa Nova  -  Sacha Distel
Loin te toi (Recado) / Viens danser la Bossa Nova / Desafinado / Eso beso

3057  -  Perry Como
Caterine / Route 66 / Mandolins in the moonlight / Linda

3058  -  Paul Anka
Eso beso (That kiss) / A steel guitar and a glass of wine / Every night / There you go

3043  -  Cuando calienta el sol - Antonio Prieto
Cuando... / Cara de payaso (Palhaçada) / Aria di neve / La elegida

3064  -  Rita Pavone
La partita di pallone / Come te non c'è nessuno / Alla mia età / Clementine Cherie

3065  - Tito Mora
Escucha Señor / Gina / Amor, mon amour, my love / Recuerda

3066  -   Sylvie Vartan
Résponds-moi / Tous mes  copains / Le vacance se suivant / Ne le deçois pas

3067 - Nico Fidenco
Non è vero / Una voce d'angelo / Una donna nel mondo / Su nel cielo

3068  -  Marco Antonio Muniz

3069  -  New sound... -  The Marty Cooper Clan

3070  -  Donatella
L'abbraccio / Se potessi / Fino alla fine / Attento a te

3072  -  Mr. Lucky  -   Henry Mancini
Mr. Lucky / Green onions / Floating pad / Your father's feathers

3074  -  Annamaria - Sergio Endrigo
Io che amo solo te / Aria di neve / Annamaria / Basta così

3076  -  Adorabile Rita Pavone
Datemi un martello / Cuore / Quando sogno / Pel di carota

3077  -  O mio Signore - Edoardo Vianello
Abbronzatissima / Umilmente ti chiedo perdono / O mio Signore / Ti amo perchè

3078  -  Sensazionale Rita Pavone
Scrivi / Sul cucuzzolo / Si fossi un uomo / Non è facile avere 18 anni

3079  -  Miguel Aceves Mejia
Siete leguas / El jinete / Cu cu ru cu cu paloma / El pescado nadador

3080  -  Antonio Prieto
El reloj / Sabrá Dios / El pecador / Violetas imperiales

3081  -  Meglio stasera - Henry Mancini
Meglio stasera / Drink more milk / Charade / Bateau Mouche

3082  -  Ma vie  -  Alain Barrière
Ma vie / Un été / Elle était si jolie / Plus je t'entends

3083  -  Kissin' time - Rita Pavone
Kissin' time / Just once more / Lipstick on your collar / Splish splash

3084  -  Era d'estate  -  Sergio Endrigo
Era d'estate / Oggi è domenica per noi / Ti amo / Ora che sai

3085  -  Con te sulla spiaggia  -  Nico Fidenco
Con te sulla spiaggia / Ma dai! / A casa d'Irene / Mi devi credere

3086  -  In ginocchio da te  -  Gianni Morandi
In ginocchio da te / Parli sempre tu / Non son degno di te / Se puoi uscire una domenica sola con me

3087  -  Cotton candy  -  Al Hirt, piston
Cotton candy / Java / Hello Dolly / A man in the horn

3089  -  A pantera côr-de-rosa  -  Henry Mancini
The Pink Panther / Cortina / A shot in the park / Latin snowfall

3090  -  Joselito
Granada / La malagueña / La golondrina / Corderita primorosa

3091  -  Miguel Aceves Mejia
Bala perdida / Luz de luna / Las Isabeles / Cielo rojo

3094  -  Tremarella - Edoardo Vianello
Tremarella / Da molto lontano / Patatina / Guarda come dondolo

3095  -  Sabor a mi  -  Perez Prado e sua Orquestra
Sabor a mi / La rubia / Peg o' my heart / Surfside 6

3097  -  Incredibile Rita Pavone
Viva la pappa col pomodoro / La forza di lasciarti / San Francesco / Lui

3101  -  Star dust  -  Al Hirt, piston
Sugar lips / Star dust / Over the rainbow / I love Paris

3107  -  Nico Fidenco
L'uomo che non sapeva amare / Luna malinconica / Jean Harlow / La donna che non sapeva amare

3112  -  Il mondo  -  Jimmy Fontana
Il mondo / Piano piano / Quello che è stato è stato / Davanti a te

3113  -  Rita Pavone - Solo tu
Supercalifragilistic-espiralidoso / Solo tu / Il plip / Stasera con te

3114  -  ... E più ti amo - Alain Barrière
... E più ti amo / Vorrei / Era troppo carina (Elle était si jolie) / Quattro ragioni per non amarti

3115  -  Si fa sera  -  Gianni Morandi
Si fa sera / Ho chiuso le finestre / Se non avessi più te / È colpa mia

3125  -  The Rokes
Non far finta di no / Bisogna saper perdere / Piangi con me / Ascolta nel vento

3126  -  La fisarmonica  -  Gianni Morandi
La fisarmonica / Povera piccola / Notte di Ferragosto / Mi vedrai tornare

3127  -  Luigi Tenco  (1967)
Ciao amore ciao / E se ci diramo / Se sapessi come fai / Un giorno dopo l'altro

3130  -  Carmelo Pagano  (1967)
L'amore se ne va / Questa volta / Vivrò (My prayer) / Va

3131  -  Jefferson Airplane
Somebody to love / My best friend / White rabbit / How do you feel?

3132  -  Al Hirt
Music to watch girls by / Puppet on a string / Honey pot / Calypsoul

3135  -  Love theme from 'Romeo and Juliet' - Henry Mancini
A time for us / The windmills of your mind / A man, a horse and a gun / The party

3135  -  Luigi Tenco - Vedrai, vedrai
Vedrai, vedrai / Io sono uno / Io vorrei essere là / Oguno è libero

3136  -  Tenerezza - Gianni Morandi
Tenerezza / Mille e una notte / Israel / Dammi la mano per ricominciare

3137  -  Festival di San Remo 1968 -  Il posto mio - Domenico Modugno / Gli occhi miei - Dino
La farfalla impazzita - Paul Anka / Le opere di Bartolomeo - The Rokes

3141  -  Gianni Morandi
Scende la pioggia / In ginocchio da te / Il giocattolo / Non son degno di te

3154  -  Nilsson   (1970)
I guess the Lord must be in New York City / Rainmaker / Everybody's talkin' / She sang hymns out of tune

3155  -  Midnight cowboy  -  Henry Mancini
Midnight cowboy / Nathalie / Theme from 'The Fox' / Moon ligtht sonata

Miguel Aceves Mejia - LCD-3011 - Mexico's Troubador was famous in all of Latin America, including Brazil whose native tongue is Portuguese but is able to understand Spanish fairly well. The EP back-cover carried his biography and curiosities about his career.

Breaking up is hard to do - Neil Sedaka - LCD-3031
Terig Tucci, Argentine band-leader plays 'España cañi' - LCD-3033; España cañil's back-cover
Rancheiras - LCD-3036 - Miguel Aceves Mejia
Rancheiras - LCD-3037 - Miguel Aceves Mejia
Libertad Lamarque - Adiós Pampa mia - LCD-3045
Miguel Aceves em seleções do seu filme 'Amor se dice cantando' - LCD-3048.
Valsas de Strauss - George Melachrino - LCD-3050
Dance com Floyd Cramer - LCD-3053
Joselito - El caballito blanco - LCD-3054
'Phaedra' a Jules Dassin's production - Henry Mancini - LCD-3055
Sacha Bossa Nova - LCD-3056 - chansonier Sacha Distel make inroads in the Bossa Nova trend, singing 'Desafinado'
Paul Anka's 'Eso beso' - LCD-3058
Antonio Prieto - LCD-3043 - Chilean Antonio Prieto sings 'Aria di neve' in Italian, a gloomy song written by Sergio Endrigo. Antonio's brother, Joaquin Pietro worked as an arranger at RCA Italiana in Rome. Note 'Cara de payaso' is Brazilian famous samba 'Palhaçada' made famous by Miltinho. 
Rita Pavone - LCD-3064 - This EP was Rita Pavone's first recording released in Brazil. It contained 'La partita di pallone', her 1st hit in Italy; 'Come te non c'è nessuno' her 1st # 1 in Italy; 'Alla mia età', her 3rd single and 'Clementine Chérie', a B-side. Actually it is the very 1st Italian compacto-duplo starting a trend towards Italian releases instead of Spanish-speaking discs. All of sudden, Brazilians realized there was a language such as Italian... and their music was very interesting. Pavone's first ever release in Brazil had liner notes written by Teddy Reno, her manager. 
Nico Fidenco LCD-3067  (1963)
Donatella - Fino alla fine - LCD-3070; Donatella Moretti's original Italian sleeve.
Mr. Lucky - Henry Mancini - LCD-3072
Annamaria - Sergio Endrigo - LCD-3074
Adorabile Rita Pavone - LCD-3076 - This was the best selling EP of 1964. It contains 'Datemi un martello', Pavone's greatest hit in Latin America; 'Cuore', probably Pavone's best ever song; 'Quando sogno' an American ever-green (On the sunny side of the street) transformed into a hully-gully and 'Pel di carota', a tongue-in-cheek dittie taken from her 1st Italian album but that had not been released in Brazil up to that moment.
O mio Signore - Edoardo Vianello - LCD-3077
Sensazionale Rita Pavone - LCD-3078 - This EP is an example how hybrid they could be. 'Scrivi' was Pavone's latest recording she had recorded in the US in May 1964; 'Sul cucuzzolo' was from her 1st album; 'Si fossi un uomo' was a German song she'd recorded for the German market in late 1963 and then sang it in Italian for her 2nd album; 'Non è facile avere 18 anni' was the main track in her 2nd album.
Miguel Aceves Mejia - LCD-3079
Prieto - Antonio Prieto - LCD-3079
Meglio stasera - Henry Mancini - LCD-3081 - 'The Pink Panther' turned out to be a gold mine for Henry Mancini whose sound-track was hailed as one of the best thing coming out of Hollywood to date. 'Meglio stasera' with lyrics by Migliacci was released as a single and EP. 
Ma vie - Alain Barrière - LCD-3082 - This was the best selling EP of 1965. It contains simply the best from Barriére's album.
Kissin' time - Rita Pavone - LCD-3083 - This is a rarity as Rita Pavone in English was not as popular as she had been in her native tongue. Pavone's American album was released in November 1964 but this EP was released in early 1965. It contains 'Kissin' time' that Brazilian RCA thought would become a hit (it was not); 'Just once more' which was translated into Spanish as 'Pido paz' and went to #1 in Argentina; 'Lipstick on your collar' an old Connie Francis tune from 1959 and Bobby Darin's 'Splish splash' from 1958. The A-side were songs from Pavone's 1st US album and the B-side were songs from 'Small Wonder', her 2nd album for the American market.
Era d'estate - Sergio Endrigo - LCD-3084
Con te sulla spiaggia - Nico Fidenco - LCD-3085
In ginocchio da te - Gianni Morandi - LCD-3086
Henry Mancini's Pink Panther - LCD-3089 -
Al Hirt - LCD-3087
Joselito LCD-3090 still sold records in 1965. He had been huge in 1958 and 1959 appearing in very popular films like 1956's 'El pequeño ruiseñor', 1957's 'Saeta del ruiseñor' and 1958's 'Escucha mi canción'.
Miguel Aceves Mejia - LCD-3091 - From among the many Spanish-speaking acts we had before the Italians invaded Brazil, Miguel Aceves Mejia was probably the only one who survived the onslaught of the Italians. 
Tremarella - Edoardo Vianello - LCD-3094 
Sabor a mi - Perez Prado e sua Orquestra - LCD-3095
Incredibile Rita Pavone - LCD-3097 - In mid 1965, Rita Pavone had already been to Brazil twice. Her first tour in June 1964 was sensational; her 2nd visit in April 1965 wasn't that great even though she was faultless. The problem with Pavone's 1965 tour was her repertoire. She and her manager thought Brazilians would be enchanted by 'Viva la pappa col pomodoro' a tarantella that had been the opening theme of a TV series shown in Italy earlier that year. Brazilians thought it a big yawn but Rita & her manager didn't quite get it. Rita Pavone squandered a good will capital trying to foster a song that nobody liked. 'La forza di lasciarti' is a superb song... if only it had been included in her live performance... 'San Francesco' had been a single in Brazil, but let's be honest, what teen-ager wants to hear a song about a saint who lived in the 11th Century? 'Lui' is a fantastic tune too... but maybe it was too little too late?
Star Dust - Al Hirt - LCD-3101
L'uomo che non sapeva amare - Nico Fidenco - LCD-3107 - plus 'La donna che non sapeva amare' (Jean Harlow)... it seemed like no men or women knew how to love!
Il mondo - Jimmy Fontana - LCD-3112
Solo tu - Rita Pavone - LCD-3113 - After more than a year with no new material, RCA finally releases this EP in mid-1966. 'Supercalifragilistic-espiralidoso' is hideous. Young people fled from Rita Pavone like fleeing from crazed African bees... 'Il plip' is another anomaly, an irritable song with very discordant sounds. Then they get two beautiful songs like 'Solo tu' and 'Stasera con te' and squander them in the same disc. And worse of all... Brazilian RCA didn't pay any attention at all to those releases. They simply put out the records and did nothing about them. They bombed! They didn't get air play and they died before they could  reach the beach. That was the end of Rita Pavone in Brazil as we know.
LCD-3114 - Alain Barrière who started himself a mini-French invasion with 'Ma vie', turns coat and joins the Italians, recording his originals in the Dante's tongue. 
Si Fa Sera - Gianni Morandi - LCD-3115
The Rokes (3116) with 'C'è una strana espressione nei tuoi occhi' / 'Walking the dog' / 'Grazie a te' / 'Hi-heel sneaker'
The Rokes' second & last EP (LCD-3125)
Gianni Morandi's 3rd EP (3126)
'Ciao amore ciao' (Goodbye love, goodbye) was a hit as a single and as an EP (compacto-duplo). Luigi Tenco started recording for Joke, switched over to Ricordi and finally landed at RCA Italiana where he recorded for less than 2 years before he shot himself in the head at San Remo on 27 January 1967. 
The liner notes written in the EP's back cover by Waldyr Santos tries and gives an idea of how intricate and downright depressive Luigi Tenco's songs had been. Tenco was an angry young man who wrote songs about how love could be a one-way street... one gives all of oneself and gets nothing in return. In 'Tu non hai capito niente' (You haven't understood a thing) he is angry with his lover because she could not understand what he meant. Luigi Tenco had a bit of the nihilist in him too; 'Un giorno dopo l'altro' (One day after the other) shows a young man bored with the world and himself. 'Ciao amore ciao' nevertheless is his darkest song. He short of confess that living is meaningless and nothing makes sense. 
Carmelo Pagano - LCD-3140 - Carmelo was one of the last new Italian acts to be released in Brazil in 1967, before the Italian wave subsided. By 1968 less and less Italians were heard on the radio due to the rapid Americanization of Brazilian culture and air-waves. 
Henry Mancini - LCD-3135 - Mancini plays Nino Rota's theme from 'Romeo and Juliet' and went to #1 at the Billboard charts; back-cover of many compactos-duplos (EP)
Vedrai, vedrai (LCD-3135) tried to cash in Luigi Tenco's death furor 1 year after his suicide. There was not new material to release so they re-hashed what was possible.
Tenerezza - Gianni Morandi - LCD-3136  (1968)
Festival de San Remo '68 - various - LCD-3137
Scende la pioggia - Gianni Morandi - LCD-3141
Nilsson - Everybody's talking - LCD-3154 - Nilsson's recording was part of 'Midnight Cowboy's sound-track and it was a huge hit in the US and world-wide.
Henry Mancini - Midnight Cowboy - LCD-3155 - Mancini only plays the tunes from 1969's hit 'Midnight Cowboy'.

4 comments:

  1. Uma verdadeira volta ao passado ao ler e ver essas fotos de compactos. Lembrei dos meus tempos de garimpagem nas lojas de discos, sem dinheiro para comprar. Um verdadeiro tesouro musical. Parabéns Carlus.

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  2. Oi Wilton, obrigado pelo comentário. É sempre revigorante ouvi isso. Demora fazer uma postagem assim, mas parece que a vida da gente vai passando em 'video-tape' (agora seria digital) e a gente vai aprendendo com a pesquisa. Só agora notei que a Invasão da musica italiana tomou o lugar da musica hispano-latina que vinha do Mexico, Espanha, Argentina, Chile (Gatica, Prieto etc.) etc. Só agora descobri que o 1o. compacto-duplo italiano lançado pela RCA Victor foi o 'RITA PAVONE'... pretendo fazer postagem semelhante com os LPs... que são mais completos... agora tenho que achar tempo... abraços!

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  3. ah, Wilton, só uma explicação: o fato da postagem estar em inglês é que a maioria absoluta dos visitantes a esse blog é dos Estados Unidos... então já que Maomé não vem à montanha, a montanha vai a Maomé... rs.

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  4. Infelizmente a memória dos brasileiros não é das melhores. Temos que nos aproximar de quem realmente gosta do que gostamos. Precisamos nos adaptar.

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