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Lula Côrtes & Zé Ramalho – Paebiru.

Special edition 2/LP pressing, finished in Japanese-made gatefold to exactly match the original release, including an 8 page jacket size booklet.

Paebiru is the culmination of collaborations between Brazilian artists Lula Côrtes and Zé Ramalho. It is a celebrated Brazilian psychedelic concept album about the world’s four elements, lost to time in a warehouse fire in 1975. In Brazil, from the late 1960s onward, Caetano Veloso, Jorge Ben, Tom Ze, Os Mutantes, Rogerio Duprat and many others blended elements of psychedelic rock, jazz and indigenous folk with more ‘classicâl’ instrumentation and urban Brazilian styles such as bossa nova and samba.

As much a political movement as a cultural one, Tropicalia, as it came to be known, presented artists as a whole were interested in using artistic expression to remove established colonial barriers and to speak up against a repressive government. It ended in the early 1970s. Recife’s Abracadra collective, which centered around Côrtes, Ramalho, Marconi Notaro, Lailson and other unsung hero from Brazil’s north, took up Tropicalia’s call. With Paebiru, a post-Tropicalia masterpiece, we find the entire range of 1970s hippie Brazilian musician culture in four sides.