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Thursday 13 August 2009

Far Out Faro...

... or possibly a Lisbon love-in, I'm not sure. After yesterday's dose of Australian psychedelia we bring you more of the same, but this time from Portugal.

The band's name is Quarteto 1111. I'm not sure whether that is meant to be pronounced Quarteto Mil, Cem E Onze (one thousand, one hundred and eleven) or Quarteto Um Um Um Um (one four times). According to Wikipedia they were formed in Estoril in 1967 and were considered to be the Portuguese Moody Blues. The lead singer, Jose Cid, went on to be a big star in Portugal and performed "Um Grande, Grande Amor" for them in the 1980 Eurovision Song Contest.

These two tracks are taken from a compilation of their EPs that I picked up in Lisbon a couple of years ago. They are "Os Monstros Sagrados" (1969) and "Maria Negra" (1970). I hope you like them.

Here is Jose's towering performance at the 1980 Eurovision. It is a jolly little number but a lot less memorable than his chin.

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