Real Gone Music
Real Gone Music reissues Severino Dias de Oliveira a.k.a. Sivuca, a small, wizened man (often somewhat uncharitably described as ‘gnomish’) whose dazzling virtuosity on accordion, guitar, and keyboards’coupled with a powerful singing voice that belied his small stature’made one instantly sit up and take notice.
Sivuca started making records back in the mid ’50s, and recorded for a number of labels in the States, including Reprise and RCA, but it is this record, made in 1973 for the Vanguard label, that is the one that collectors worldwide have zeroed in upon. And with good reason; it offers the same beautiful blend of styles found on those Airto records, but with an emotional shading all its own, a joyfulness paradoxically infused with melancholy, best expressed on Sivuca‘s mesmerizing take on Bill Withers’ oft-covered ‘Ain’t No Sunshine,’ which is likely to become your favorite version.
For its first-ever vinyl reissue, Real Gone Music is pressing 750 copies in purple vinyl. You will spin this one repeatedly, we promise!