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Limited vinyl LP pressing. Digitally remastered reissue. Banda Black Rio's Maria Fumaca is one of the strongest Brazilian samba-disco-funk-soul-fusion albums of all time. Banda Black Rio was formed in 1976 by the late Oberdan Magalhães in Rio de Janeiro. They revolutionized 'black instrumental music' at the time with their Brazilian re-interpretation of soul, jazz, funk and disco grooves, inspired by the likes of Tim Maia and reminiscent of Kool & The Gang and Earth Wind & Fire during their most on-point period of the 1970's. Maria Fumaca is the group’s first album, originally released by Atlantic in 1977; a record that bought the group worldwide fame. The title track is a real stand-out for us and a long term firm favorite. 'Miss Cheryll', more of a disco/ AOR jam, was released by RCA UK in 1980 as the track become popular within several London scenes. Maria Fumaca features in a list of the 100 greatest Brazilian albums of all time published by Rolling Stone Brazil, coming in at #38.
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NM (Near Mint) Appears unplayed and will bear no marks, sleeve scuffs, or scratches.
EX+ (Excellent) May have one or two visible imperfections (i.e. sleeve scuffs, faint scratches, or other superficial marks) that will not affect playback.
VG+ (Very Good+) A few visible imperfections. These may include sleeve scuffs, light scratches, or other superficial marks.
VG (Very Good) Similar imperfections found on VG+ records but in slightly greater numbers. Records graded VG and above will typically not have any scratches that are deep enough to be felt with a fingernail.
VG- (Very Good-) A number of visible imperfections; the presence of a considerable number of light scratches will force a VG- grade, as will the presence of significant isolated defects such as scratches deep enough to be felt with a fingernail.
G (Good) Record can be played without skipping, but will have significant surface noise, scratches, and visible groove wear. G+ and G- are used to indicate stronger and weaker copies within this range.
*SW/DNAP* Slight warp, does not affect playback
*QUAD* Quadraphonic Sound, similar to today’s surround sound
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