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AVE SANGRIA

Prog Folk • Brazil


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Founded in Recife, Brazil in 1969 as "Tamarineira Village" - Disbanded in 1982 - Reformed in 2014

The northern Brazilian band AVE SANGRIA began as the TAMARINEIRA VILLAGE around 1969 but were renamed before releasing their only album in the mid-seventies.

The band's music includes a unique blend of acoustic, ethnic instrumentation and percussion, electric and sometimes fuzzed guitar, disjointed rhythms and what can only be characterized as a glam-rock persona consisting of outrageous dress and makeup, exaggerated stage movements and often falsetto vocals.

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4.36 | 41 ratings
Ave Sangria
1974
5.00 | 1 ratings
Vendavais
2019

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5.00 | 2 ratings
Perfumes Y Baratchos
2015

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 Ave Sangria by AVE SANGRIA album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.36 | 41 ratings

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Ave Sangria Prog Folk

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

4 stars AVE SANGRIA (Sangria Bird as evidenced on the rather bizarre album cover) was a rare example of a progressive folk rock band that came from the western most part of Brazil in the Pernambuco region and released this one specimen of progressive psychedelic folk rock in 1974. While psychedelic folk that mixed in European progressive rock was unusual in Brazil, there were other bands such as Alceu Valença, Flaviola, Bando do Sol, Lula Côrtes, Marconi Notaro and Lailson that ventured down the same path and like their more famous contemporaries Os Mutantes utilized their own native Brazilian musical styles to add flavor into a more European derived sound.

The band started out under the name Tamarineira Village but took the advice of a gypsy friend who suggested the admittedly better band name AVE SANGRIA. The band consisted of Marco Polo (vocals), Ivson Wanderly (guitar), Paulo Raphael (guitar, synthesizer, vocal, Almir de Oliveira (bass), Israel Semente (drums) and Agrício Noya (other percussion) and together would craft their one and only self- titled album that found the band the subject of military and government censorship for their hippie ideals and outlandish stage performances where they wore lipstick, kissed each other and talked dirty on stage. They sort of had a punk attitude and a glam rock image but were considered extremely shocking by the 1970s conservative values of Brazilian culture. Lyrics are exclusively in Portuguese.

Bandleader Marco Polo was a former legal scholar and led an unsuspecting sheltered band out of their home enclave of Recife and took them to the wild and crazy big city of Rio de Janeiro and without any recording experience under their belts the band successfully created a splendid album that mixed the disparate elements of 60s based psychedelic folk and rock, progressive rock and the Brazilian musical styles of samba and xote. Like most Latin American based traditional musical styles, AVE SANGRIA's addition of their own local flavor allows a super catchy, instantly infectious mix of musical styles that offered the band a small amount of success within Brazil but never caught on beyond its borders. Unfortunately the band ruffled all the wrong feathers and found themselves censored and harassed by the government which ultimately led to their disbanding and only leaving behind this one and only album.

Despite all the censorship, the album sold fairly well in some parts of Brazil but not enough to keep the interest of record companies upon which bands were utterly dependent in those days particularly in far flung regions of the globe. AVE SANGRIA crafted a beautiful mix of rock and folk tinged with progressive elements and local homegrown extras. While this album would fall into the obscurity bin for most of its existence after its initial release, it has been reissued on a remastered CD formate in 2014 but nonetheless remains hard to find, at least for a decent price. In this case, the internet is your best friend. AVE SANGRIA's one and only album is an excellent mix of Brazilian and European folk, nice heavy guitar rock workouts and tasty solos. Even the synthesizers scream the early 70s. This one deserves to be rediscovered.

 Ave Sangria by AVE SANGRIA album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.36 | 41 ratings

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Ave Sangria Prog Folk

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

5 stars A gem of Brazilian psychedelic hippy folk-rock. At points it seems a little reminiscent of the folkier moments in David Bowie's early discography, but such influences are quickly mastered and integrated into a distinctly Brazilian take on the general style. The use of keyboards and synthesisers are for the most part understated but give a refreshing twist to proceedings. Had this emerged in, say, California in the 1960s people would have been all over it; as it stood, Ave Sangria don't seem to have gained much traction outside of Brazil, which is a shame because this is an excellent example of its particular style.
 Perfumes Y Baratchos by AVE SANGRIA album cover Live, 2015
5.00 | 2 ratings

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Perfumes Y Baratchos
Ave Sangria Prog Folk

Review by GKR

5 stars Marco Polo (vocalist) says in recent interview, while praising and thanking the new generation of fans that permit Ave Sangria to continue touring and presenting in important festivals nowadays in Brazil that this generational lap was something trully important on themselves, showing that the conservatives in the 70's were, after all, wrong.

Hearing to "Perfumes Y Baratchos", I couldnt agree more. AVE SANGIRA made themselves in the way they could, managing to self promote the band, putting their artworks themselves in the towns they're gonna to present and trying to escape the police - who would try to cancel the concert in any way, mainly just for fun, to ruin the gathering of "leftists", "hippies", and so on...

This album is a gift for those who follow tha band since the begning and to the new generation of fans (as I guess I am). The quality of the sound is surprinsingly good, given the conditions of the times, and cointains several tracks not present in their debut. Aditionally, great improvisations and instrumental passages shows the quality of this musicians (almost no one continue being a musician). Epics like "Vento VEm" e "Geórgia a Carniceira" goes along with the great and shorts "Grande Lua" and "Sob o Sol de Satã". A great presentation, regarded by the band itself one of their bests, that encapsulates the seventies and deliver to you with what nostalgy have best.

I wish I were there.

5 Stars.

 Ave Sangria by AVE SANGRIA album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.36 | 41 ratings

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Ave Sangria Prog Folk

Review by GKR

5 stars "Nada de novo no front/ E na retaguarda também/ Tudo normal desde ontem/ Quando houve sol e alguém/ Cantou... yê, yêi.."

Probably the favorite among the cult following of brazilian prog-heads, psychdelic and even modern hippies. AVE SANGRIA are among the various groups of Brazil that was not able to make a carrier out of music (sadly). Their history is a very interesting one: from self-financing and almost paying to play in places since the persecution of the right-wing dictadorship (thanks, 'murica), one after the other, is a miracle that they actually managed to record an album.

Their sound is more psychdelic than folk. However, the traditional music made a obvious appearence. I have a taste for successful mix of acid guitar with folk arrangements and Ave Sangria sure can do it. From "frevo" to LSD and back, we do have to praise artists who can make such good music, invade the imaginary of the young while escape (or try to) from all adversity to find something new in the front.

4.5 stars rounded to 5.

Thanks to ClemofNazareth for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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