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Casa Das Maquinas "Casa Das Maquinas" (Som Livre, 1974)
The first album from a rock band that came out of the ashes of two groups, The Clevers and Os Incriveis. This is a prime example of mid-1970s Brazilian rock mimicking the trends up North, in the good old U. S. of A. This is an almost perplexingly diverse offering, kicking off with the KISS-ish heavy rock of "A Natureza," sliding next into a prog-psychedelic recitation tune worthy of tropicalista Tom Ze. The hard-rock side of their work gets lost for a few tunes as the band slides into a soft-rock sound, more in line with the AOR ("album oriented rock") that dominated the American charts at the time... Plenty of bands come to mind: Procol Harum, Three Dog Night, The Isley Brothers, maybe a dash of Cheap Trick or Styx. For a comparison in the Brazilian sphere, late-vintage Os Mutantes comes to mind, when the band had settled into its pop-prog mode. And, yeah, if you like those old Mutantes records, you'll want to check this out as well. It's a surprisingly strong offering, if a bit cheesy at times. Worth checking out!

Casa Das Maquinas "Lar De Maravilhas" (Som Livre, 1975)

Casa Das Maquinas "Casa De Rock" (Som Livre, 1976)
Reissued as part of Som Livre's "Perolas" series...

Casa Das Maquinas "Ao Vivo Em Santos" (1978-ish)
Apparently, there's also this pirate LP that captures the band live, in 1978. No info on the album's provenance, etc.

Cascabulho "Fome Da Dor Da Cabeca (Hunger Gives You A Headache)" (Piranha, 1998)
An interesting mix of manguebeat and forro from this inventive group out of Recife. They stick to their Northeastern roots throughout, although the introduction of rock and rap elements is pretty smooth and effective. A little less aggressive and overblown than contemporaries such as Chico Science or Lenine, these guys have less punch, but sound more subtle. This album didn't blow my mind, but I liked it and think it's definitely worth checking out.

Cascabulho "E Caco De Vidro Puro" (Atracao, 2003)

Cascadura "#1" (1997)

Cascadura "Entre!" (1999)

Cascadura "Promo" (2002)

Cascadura "Vivendo Em Grande Estilo" (Tratore, 2004)

Cascadura "Bogary" (Tratore, 2006)

Cascatinha & Inhana -- see artist discography

Casquinha (Da Portela) "Casquinha Da Portela" (Luanda, 2001)

Cassiano -- see artist discography

Marinho Castellar "...E Banda Disritmia" (1980)
A kooky collision of hippiedelic, difficult-listening folk-freak indulgence and undefinable regional Brazilian influences... This starts out with a fairly straightforward, sweet-sounding acoustic number, and just gets weirder and weirder and more challenging and odd. The male-female vocal tradeoffs bring Os Mutantes to mind, but this never gets as loud as they do, or strays as far from a central style. Lots of Nana Vasconcelos-y percussion and headphone-oriented fillips drift in and out of most songs -- goofy guitar riffs, a triangle here and there, doo-wahh choruses, just because -- anchored by delicate, folkish songwriting and gentle vocals. Is Castellar undercutting himself with all the distractions? Maybe, but he manages to make the mishmash listenable and pleasant, so I'd say not. Some songs may get on your nerves, but the album itself is delightfully weird and definitely worth a spin!

Mario Castro-Neves -- see artist discography

Oscar Castro-Neves -- see artist discography

Casuarina "Casuarina" 2005 (Biscoito Fino, 2005)

Casuarina "Certidao" 2007 (Biscoito Fino, 2007)

Casuarina "MTV Apresenta Casuarina" (Sony Music, 2009)

Casuarina "MTV Apresenta Casuarina" (Sony Music, 2009) (DVD)

Casuarina "Trilhos/Terra Firme" (Warner, 2011)

Catui "Catui" (Terra Nova, 1987) (LP)

Pericles Cavalcanti "Baiao Metafisico" (Trama, 1999)
An impressively diverse, warmly engaging set which starts out with a slightly modernized version of the classic 1930's samba cancao sound, and moves into light pop-funk reminiscent of Gilberto Gil's early '70s work, quiet acoustic numbers that recall Caetano Veloso's softer side, and a few glitzy jazz-tinged tracks that are closer to the contemporary dance scene. Cavalcanti has a very pleasant voice, and a nice way around a melody -- all but two of the songs on here are his original compositions; the other tracks include the aptly-named "Caleidoscopico," a Herbert Viana song, and a fine Portuguese-language cover of Bob Dylan's "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue," translated by Cavalcanti and Caetano. All in all, this is an album well worth checking out... Definitely recommended!

Pericles Cavalcanti "Blues 55" (Tratore, 2004)

Pericles Cavalcanti "O Rei Da Cultura" (Tratore/DeleDela, 2007)

Nelson Cavaquinho -- see artist discography

Danilo Caymmi -- Dorival's son. see artist discography

Dori Caymmi -- Dorival's other son. see artist discography

Dorival Caymmi -- Father to Danilo, Dori and Nana Caymmi. see artist discography

Nana Caymmi -- Dorival's daughter. see artist discography

Henrique Cazes - see artist discography

Cazuza - see artist discography

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