The Ritchie Family, Brazil, 20th Century Records T-498, 1975
The Rio Olympics just wrapped up, and I think it was a smashing success. I was hoping to feature a perfect copy of a $2 bossa nova record today, but this was as close as I could get. It’s as Brazilian as a 1975 New York disco album ever got, and it’s a fun studio concept album. The big hit was a modern arrangement of the 1930’s standard Tangerine, and the 8:00 version of Frenesi is another stand out track. There’s a Carmen Miranda type model wearing fruit on her head smiling at a parrot naturally enough, and sharp Olympic watchers will note she’s standing overlooking Copacabana Beach and Sugarloaf Mountain. Somewhere down there is a gas station missing a restroom door.
Sharp record collectors will also note the name of the producer, Jacques Morali. Names like his are all though the vinyl era of the music business, and before he hit the huge time with Casablanca Records and The Village People, he produced projects like The Ritchie Family. It might seem odd to look for records produced by someone, rather than the artist, but it makes sense in this case, and I can hear the lineage to the later disco era here.
Cost: $2, $827 Remaining