Lula Côrtes – Rosa De Sangue - Polysom
Polysom official reissue of this monster rarity. Originally custom pressed in 1980, ‘Rosa de Sangue’ is the closing chapter of the amazing Recife psychedelic movement that flourished and centred around the work of Lula Côrtes, beginning in 1973 with the release of Satwa, and the creation of ‘abracadabra’, Lula’s loose art/music/design collective. “I want to close all of this with a golden key”… and a golden key it is.
Entering a small local studio with a head full of songs and his freshly road tested ‘mountains band’, Lula created an album simply overflowing with ideas. Along with his power trio backing, he was further assisted by many old friends dropping in, including, among many others: Alçeu Valença, Flaviola, Zé de Flute & Paulo Rafael.
The sound veers from crazed ethno folk-rock, to magical, gentle, jungle folk psych zones, to hard hitting, coke dusted fuzz rock, to insane mutant disco dance floor groove, to tweaked Americana, to acid vocal raga trance, and way beyond… … at some point while the album was being recorded & pressed Lula signed a major label contact which would produce 1981’s far tamer ‘O Gosto Novo da Vida’ LP.
When his new label got wind of ‘Rosa de Sangue’s eminent release, they were displeased to say the least. As soon as the pressing was complete, the entire small edition was seized and destroyed, making this album by far Brazil’s rarest. So rare, in fact, that even among the most hardcore Brazilian collectors the original LP is often only rumoured to exist, often cited as ‘unreleased’… a few copies did however survive.