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Although I’ve been being quiet, I’ve actually been listening to lots of music that I had never heard before. I have developed a mini-obsession with the Brazilian singer Claudia, an obsession that is pretty frustrating because of the generic nature of her name. It’s about as easy to find out information about her as it is for the Italian singer ‘Christy’. The good news in the case of Claudia however is that unlike Christy, she did put out several albums, including at least four in the years 1967 to 1972. I now own a couple of these (Voce and Deixa eu Dizer), and have heard one more that completely bowled me over (Jesus Christo). None of these other than Voce have been released on CD (and even the Voce CD seems to be impossible to get hold of), but they are all pretty superb, with a particular kind of jerky, brassy late-60s pop sound that seems to have been peculiar to Brazil in the late 60s and early 70s. Here‘s a little mp3 file (from Claudia’s ‘Frente Fria’) to illustrate the kind of sound I’m talking about.

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