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Mutantes - Os Mutantes [Import]

Os MutantesAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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When the members of the legendary "Tropicalia" band Os Mutantes took the stage before an audience of thousands at the Hollywood bowl a few years back, it seemed one of the greatest secrets in modern music was finally out. The seminal band whose ethereal absurdist pop music had inspired so many prominent musicians since their breakup decades before, were back. This time the world ... Read more in Amazon's Os Mutantes Store

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal Music
  • ASIN: B00000G8X5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,262 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Back in catalog. Compilations with some of the best MPB, Samba and instrumental Brazilian artists. Old ref. 8294982 Voltando ao catalogo. Ant Ref:8294982. De retour au catalogue. Universal. 2006

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ave, Os Mutantes April 18, 2005
Format:Audio CD
It takes a connoisseur of psychedelic rock and pop to know of (drumroll please) Os Mutantes. This short-lived Brazilian band made some of the most memorable psychedelic pop of the 1960s -- which is really saying something, given the era that they thrived in. Call it psychetropicalia.

And their self-titled debut is probably the best work they ever did, without a single dud track. "Panis et Circenses" kicks things off with a horn solo, and then with a stretch of swooning acid-pop and some angelic-sounding voices. From there on, we get a fun, perky pop song laced with more horns, keyboards and wacky sound effects.

The stuff that follows is much in the same vein, from the buzzing and swooning keyboard splendor of "Baby," the downtempo warbles of "Le Premier Bonheur du Jour," and other songs full of Brazilian spunk, sonic clutter, sixties guitar solos, piano ripples, and catchy little songs that never get old. Rooted in Brazilian tropicalia, the music has quite a few quirks and twists, but surprisingly it never becomes too weird to alienate listeners.

Os Mutantes was initially formed by Arnaldo and Sergio Baptista, who later added Rita Lee and their brother Claudio. Though the band didn't last very long, they developed a reputation for twiddling with basic Brazilian pop -- while they stayed happy and accessable, they also added in distortion, feedback, non-catchy stretches of noise, and other sound experiments. It sounds fun, doesn't it?

And actually, it is a lot of fun. The trippy bossa nova/psychedelic rock/catchy pop isn't as heavy as it sounds, but instead goes for a light, playful, deeply stoned vibe.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An eclectic classic July 31, 2006
By Erik
Format:Audio CD
There was lots of experimentation used in this album, some would say to the point of recklessness, but from the abrupt song changes to the blistering fuzzed-out guitar laid on top of tropicalia tracks, it all works, and makes for a truly amazing sounding album. Early on, Os Mutantes put out sounds ranging from tropicalia to bright 60s pop to tender ballads to blistering guitar distortion and feedback, sometimes all in the same song. The first 30 seconds of the first song of the album alone consists of fanfare, soft vocal harmonies, and bright pop meloldies with racing trumpets in the background. Even though I don't speak a word of Portuguese, I thoroughly enjoyed this album, and I got into this album more than I ever got into any album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And now for something completely different. April 18, 2013
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It is agreed by many cogniscenti that three of the weirdest landmarks in the history of rock are Dr John's "Gris Gris, The Night Tripper", Captain Beefheart's music, especially "Trout Mask Replica", and Sly Stone's "There's A Riot Going On". Well, to this list of off-beat masterpieces must be added this album by the Brazilian psychedelic rock band Os Mutantes of the late 60s. It confirms that the production brilliant and innovative rock music of that gorgeous period of unparalleled creativity had no boundaries. The zeitgeist was universal. This album is sheer genius, and improves, as all good music does, with every listening. I think that no collection of late 60s and early 70s hippie music would be complete without it, and therefore recommend it very highly The music is well written, brilliantly executed, so very inspiringly creative and the remastering is superb. I just love it!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Os Mutantes were a bunch of crazy fellers (and one fellerette) who blasted their way out of Sao Paulo with this, their 1968 debut album. Their sound (influenced by Brazil's "Tropicalia" movement, which combined traditional art forms with modern European ans American ones) was an intoxicating mixture of rock, psyhedelia, bossa nova, and whatever else the group could get its hands on. It was a crazy, energetic sound, drenched in psychotic fuzz guitars, galloping rhythms, freaked-out keyboards, sunbaked vocals, and wonky horn sections that bounce in and out of the mix with admirable abandon. It's a mixture that promises an insane good time, and on the best tracks here, that's exactly what it delivers: "Panis Et Circensis" opens the album with some blasting horns and a delerious, infectious melody. "A Minha Menina" is pure laid-back insanity, an irresistable blast of sunsplashed vocals, rumbling conga(-like objet)s , and an unpreidentedly catchy buzzing guitar. A rollicking good time. There's also "Bat Macumba," an all-out pounder with some of the coolest guitars, EVER. "Baby" is a sensual, lopsided ballad, and "Ave Genghis Kahn" is as wigged-out as anything early Pink Floyd ever did.

Unfortunatly, not everything on the album is as mind-blowing as those five. "Senhor F" and "O Reloio," although they meet their requisite craziness quota, are largely forgettable. The album also begins to drag towards the end, with "Le Premier Bonheur Du Jour" and "Tempo No Tempo" not rising to the standards set by the best songs here. The dreamy "Trem Fantasma" is a little better, but it still manages to overstay its welcome by a couple of minutes.

Still, even the worst songs here still have something going for them, and the sound of the album is so unique that it's refreshing to hear it in any form. Connoisseurs of psyched out rock and "world music" (gosh, I hat that term) would do well to chek this out.
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