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|Ultimate Portuguese Prog Guide|
The purpose of this list is to share some of Portugal's best musical output.
1969 | The birth
Arguably, the first prog rock album made in Portugal. Epopeia is strongly influenced by Baroque pop and folk, having an elaborate 60's styled production but boasting a homely feel that undercuts any excess. Some lyrics reflect Portugal at the time, and others are based on epic poems like Homer's Odyssey, and Luís de Camões' Os Lusíadas. A key record to get into.
1970 | Cid's first steps
Before turning himself into a successful radio-friendly pop songwriter, José Cid was one of prog founders in Portugal. This debut record displays Cid youth influences such as the Beatles and Beach Boys. Therefore, the music is simple and catchy.
1973 | Political satire
Similar to Procol Harum, Petrus Castrus mixes prog, art and pop rock. Recorded in Paris to avoid national censorship, Mestre is a quite political album, and features poems of some well-known Portuguese poets, such as Bocage, Alexandre O'Neill, Ary dos Santos, Fernando Pessoa e Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen.
Onde, Quando, Como, Porquê, Cantamos Pessoas Vivas
1975 | Post-dictatorship statement
Based on José Jorge Letria's poem, José Cid deliverers a 30-minute masterpiece full of mellotron melodies. Rather a political statement, this record is like some songs paste together to form a one whole composition.
|5||Banda do Casaco|
Dos benefícios dum vendido no reino dos bonifácios
1975 | Surrealism
The first thing about this album is how weird it is. Full of sense of humor, the music is totally unpredictable and full of experimental qualities, a mix of folk-rock with psychedelic elements. Its lyrics are so bizarre, almost everything makes no sense or have a double meaning. If you like weird stuff, this is your cup of tea.
|6||Carlos Alberto Vidal|
1976 | Forgotten work
Carlos Alberto Vidal is known for his persona Avô Cantigas, a children music project, but he also was into prog. The music is simple, but effective, the arrangements are quite good really, and it has a little of everything: jazz, pop and art rock.
Mistérios e Maravilhas
1977 | Dramatic symphonic act
With Tolkien inspired lyrics, Mistérios e Maravilhas (or Mysteries and Wonders) is an mad journey, and one of the best albums here. Musically, its complex and long, mostly every track is instrumental. Today, Tantra is known as one of few Portuguese acts with a high musical standard.
10,000 anos depois entre Vénus e Marte
1978 | To infinity and beyond
Probably, the most well-known Portuguese prog album, and the only one featuring in some "Best Prog Albums of All Time" lists. Cid take us on a space journey and nails every song. This is a pretty much a flawless album, and Cid at his best, his prog talent shines like never did before. He goes from symphonic prog to hard rock, passing through some Classical influences. A must for every prog fan.
Ascensão e Queda
1978 | History lesson
Despite not being an excellent album, Ascensão e Queda is quite original. The Castro brothers create a theatrical-like tale about Portugal history. The band left their art rock behind, focusing on melody and album conception, incorporating a somewhat operatic style. An unique entry.
1979 | The death
After 1980, the Portuguese music industry saw synth pop, blues-rock, post-punk and ska as the things to go. Therefore, the prog acts ended up having no space, and were viewed as outdated music and with little commercial potential. This is the reason why prog rock bands broke up or changed its sounds to a more radio-friendly one. And this record represents Portuguese prog rock's final entry.
|I had to write this shit twice because some error occurred. |
Anyways, enjoy the music.
|Nice dude. Tantra sounds interesting, seems to be the Portuguese answer to Andalusian Triana. You ever heard of them?|
|It's possible. No, Dewinged, but gonna give them a listen.|
|4 is gorgeous so I oughtta check the rest of these|
|Only know Cid and 1111 but I'm curious if this list rings any bell...in fact I'm really surprised the great Avo Cantigas being a prog-rock man...besides Avo Cantigas, Carlos Alberto Vidal had other children songs such as Gafanhoto Chicolista lol. I have a question is in any of this albums Sergio Godinho? |
|Lol, DD. Sérgio Godinho?|
|Yeah...I was asking if by any chance he was in any of those projects, once I'm not familiarized with Tantra or Petrus Castrus or Filarmonica Fraude...gueesing not with your answer lol and now I'm thinking he had a lot of kid's music too (Os amigos do Gaspar) ahah sorry I'm drifting here|
|fuck, all of these look fantastic. gonna have a busy afternoon now |
|He might have helped Petrus Castrus recording overseas, not sure but possible. José Mário Branco played vibes on Mestre, so they surely knew other exiled musicians.|
|FMIIiiii (I listen to that now and then lol) my father said he went to a Jose Mario Branco's concert in post 74 and left in the middle cause he started to get REALLY offended. |
|Haha, that's awesome!|
|Hahah Carlos Alberto Vidal? I had no idea he had a progressive portfolio |
|how did you know?|
|yeah right!? ahahah who knows? keeping this thread alive and maybe I'll check it some day|
|Avo Cantigas goes prog?|
|"how did you know?" cause he is mainly a children's singer called Avo (Grandpa) Cantigas (Songs), from our infancy...we wouldn't have guess he went rock prog before lol|
|Really dig these covers, might check one of these|
|"Avo Cantigas goes prog?"|
Who knew, right?
|One of my best friends is of Portuguese descent and loves prog... wonder if he knows these bands or if its in his blood|