Boomkat Product Review:
Mr Bongo's Rozenblit reissue scheme follows up that crucial (and quite bonkers) Tom Zé LP with Lula Cortes' revelatory side of folked-up and tripped-out Brazilian psych-rock. 'Rosa De Sangue' was conceived in 1980 as the closing chapter to Lula's 'Abracadabra' art collective in Recife - which had existed since the release of his 1973 LP 'Satwa' - just prior to him signing the major label deal that resulted in the far tamer 'O Gosto Novo da Vida' LP in 1981. In all respects, it's a mindblowing album; deeply funky, headgone and far out there in the most exotic, jungle-wild sense of the phrase, and that's exactly why his new, major label contractors seized the entire pressing and destroyed it, almost understandably fearful of it's lush madness. However, mercifully some copies were stashed and the album lives to this day - albeit as the preserve of the most hardcore Brazilian collectors - and blessed with almost mythical status. The production levels are just superb, and the proliferation of ideas will send many reeling, cycling from heavyweight mutant disco funk to Indian raga trance via mind-bending Moog and chopped-out psychedelia, sometimes in the space of one track. Don't sleep on this, it's a peach!!!