Vol. 1


Vampisoul present a reissue of Sebastião Tapajos and Pedro Dos Santos's Vol. 1, originally released only in Argentina in 1972. The ION studios, located in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Balvanera, have been the usual setting for recordings by Argentine artists as popular as Les Luthiers or Charly García. In the early 1970s they also hosted Brazilian guitarist Sebastião Tapajos for several sessions accompanied by other musicians such as Arnaldo Henriques, Maria Nazareth, or Pedro "Sorongo" Dos Santos. Two albums would be published in the Argentine record label Trova of the recordings along with the latter. Following the success of our recent reissue of several recordings from these sessions -- Vol. 2 (VAMPI 212LP) Tudo É Moda (VAMPI 45073EP) -- Vampisoul present this Vol. 1. The connection between the delicate guitar of Tapajos and the surprising experimental percussion of Pedro Dos Santos, based on unusual objects such as spoons, deodorant containers or matchboxes, creates extraordinary beauty throughout the 12 songs on the album. The sound of the flute is another of the ingredients present in several of the songs and, although his actual involvement is not confirmed on the sleeve credits of the album, everything seems to indicate that Danilo Caymmi was the musician invited to accompany the Tapajos-Dos Santos duo. Since its first release in 1972, this album has been highly sought after by all Tapajos fans, both inside and outside Brazil, becoming a title hard to get hold of due to the fact that it was initially only published in Argentina. Years later, when Brazilian rhythms were incorporated, along with jazz, to the spectrum of sounds regularly played at London clubs and a renewed interest in this album arose. The general vibe of this solid album is driven by an exquisite and delicate dialogue between the guitar of Sebastião Tapajos and the rhythmic approach provided by Pedro Dos Santos that generates ambiences of unusual beauty and depth, like the outstanding "Himalaya". Also includes the killer Afro-samba "Mungangá", the experimental percussion numbers "Cantico del Agua" and "Solo De Bambu" and the hypnotic groover "Sorongaio". It is a necessary addition to the much-hailed Pedro Dos Santos album Krishnanda in the collection of anyone with an interest in the most adventurous sounds of Brazil and also an essential work in the discography of Sebastião Tapajos.