Song No. 53 — Volta Por Cima | Paulo Vanzolini (1962)

Noite Ilustrada - Noite Ilustrada (1963) a

Volta Por Cima was introduced in October 1962 by Noite Ilustrada on his single Volta Por Cima b/w Lua Triste which was reissued in February 1963 with Sim Ou Não on the flipside. The samba became an instant success, reaching number 3 of the year-end charts of 1963.

Paulo VanzoliniOriginally offered to several singers who refused to record the song, Volta por Cima was picked up by Mário de Souza Marques Filho aka Noite Ilustrada during his series of appearances at the bar Moleque in São Paulo where regular guests used to do the backing vocals while he was performing the song. This gushing enthusiasm lead producer Alfredo Borba to record Volta por Cima with Noite Ilustrada. The arrangement was provided by Portinho who also issued his own version on single the following year.

Other notable vocal versions were recorded by Oswaldo Nunes, Mauricy Moura, Roberto Silva and Dóris Monteiro, the latter accompanied by Walter Wanderley.

Selected recordings of Volta Por Cima:

1. Noite Ilustrada from the singles Volta Por Cima b/w Lua Triste (1962, Philips P-61.143-H-1) and Volta Por Cima b/w Sim Ou Não (1963, Philips P-61.187-H-1) and the album Noite Ilustrada (1963, Philips P 632.125 L)

Noite Ilustrada - Noite Ilustrada (1963) a    Noite Ilustrada - Noite Ilustrada (1963) b

2. Fats Elpídio from the album Samba ba Madrugada (1962, Masterplay MDL 13022)

Fats Elpídio - Samba ba Madrugada (1962) a    Fats Elpídio - Samba ba Madrugada (1962) b
Art work for Samba da Madrugada with photograph by Mafra

3. Oswaldo Nunes from the album Oba! (1962, Mocambo LP 40088)

Oswaldo Nunes - Oba (1962)

4. Portinho from the album Fogo nos Metais (1963, Philips P 632.138 L)

Portinho — Fogo nos Metais (a)    Portinho — Fogo nos Metais (b)

5. Dóris Monteiro from the album Gostoso é Sambar (1963, Philips P 632.130 L)

Dóris Monteiro - Gostoso é Sambar (1963) a    Dóris Monteiro - Gostoso é Sambar (1963) b
Art work for Gostoso é Sambar by Paulo Brèves with photograph by Mafra

6. Héctor Costita aka Don Júnior from the album Sambas No. 2 (1963, RGE XRLP 5208)

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7. Hélio Mendes from the album Week-end no Rio (1963, Musiplay LPM 1107)

Hélio Mendes - Week-end no Rio (1963)

8. Roberto Silva from the single Volta Por Cima b/w Pisei Num Despacho (1963, Copacabana 6.500)

9. Sylvio Viana from the album Rio à Noite (1963, RCA Victor BBL 1228)

Sylvio Viana - Rio à Noite (1963) a    Sylvio Viana - Rio à Noite (1963) b

10. Papudinho & Carlos Piper from the album Um Piston Bossa Nova (1963, Philips P 632.157 L)

Papudinho, Carlos Piper — Um Piston Bossa Nova

11. Corisco & Os Sambaloucos from the album Show de Bossa (1963, Philips P 632.156 L)

Corisco & Os Sambaloucos - Show de Bossa (1963) a    Corisco & Os Sambaloucos - Show de Bossa (1963) b
Art work for Show de Bossa by Paulo Brèves

12. Os Diplomatas no Samba & Paulo Roberto from the album Os Diplomatas no Samba com Paulo Roberto ao Orgão (1963, Philips P 632.148 L)

Os Diplomatas no Samba & Paulo Roberto - Os Diplomatas no Samba com Paulo Roberto ao Orgão (1963) a    Os Diplomatas no Samba & Paulo Roberto - Os Diplomatas no Samba com Paulo Roberto ao Orgão (1963) b

13. Mauricy Moura from the album Onze Sambas e uma Capoeira (1967, Marcus Pereira MPL 1020)

Various - Onze Sambas e uma Capoeira (1967)

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VOLTA POR CIMA

Chorei, não procurei esconder • Todos viram, fingiram • Pena de mim, não precisava • Ali onde eu chorei • Qualquer um chorava • Dar a volta por cima que eu die • Quero ver quem dava • Um homem de moral não fica no chão • Nem quer que mulher • Venha lhe dar a mão • Reconhece a queda e não desanima • Levanta, sacode a poeira • E dá a volta por cima

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4 thoughts on “Song No. 53 — Volta Por Cima | Paulo Vanzolini (1962)

  1. The version of this tune by Dóris Monteiro is absolutely beautiful! It may be – 20 degrees and snowing outside here, but the weather is fantastic inside my apartment. Thanks AD

    1. Actually, it was Doris‘ version why I decided to feature this song—she is brilliant, and to me this is one of her best recordings.

  2. This is great samba! Mauricy Moura’s version also rocks. Maybe I should listen to all of them before commenting :)

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