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One of the FINEST albums to be released during the worldwide psychedelic wave, it pounds pretty much every Beatles recording into the ground and then turns around and smashes everyone else. Forget Sgt. Pepper, forget Pet Sounds, forget everything you thought you knew and then put this on and break off the buttons, because if you're like me, you'll never want to stop listening to it.
My god, this is a great album. Start to finish. From the majestic opening music, more like a Roman ceremony than a rock album, to the last triumphant lament of the last song, you will be enthralled and your mind will develop new sections just to take it all in.
Thank goodness these albums are now available with English translations, but to tell the truth, you don't need them. Even if you don't understand what it is they're saying, you know that it is good. And let's be honest, psychedelic music is usually better when you can't understand what they're saying, because they're usually saying something highly laughable. Not here though. Look at the lyrics and understand we are dealing with an intelligence that far surpasses the dada of anything John and Yoko ever cooked up.
So, turn your back on the status quo idea of what is a landmark recording of the psychedelic era. and turn towards the Mutantes. And let them love you.
You know you want it.
Within the first few minutes a roaring crowd, angelic voices, funky guitars, flutes, "Bohemian Rhapsody"-style vocals, and swirling psychedelic march music replace eachother one-by-one, in a deliberately disorienting collage of craziness. No, the 1960s greatest nonconformists weren't the dour-yet-stoned Pink Floyd, nor smoky southern pacifist blues-bikers The Allman Brothers, nor the dandy incense-and-peppermints set, nor students of the Maharishi, nor even the art-damaged Velvets. They were from Brazil.
A group that has been long known to the sample-happy Beck and the cosmopolitan funkateer David Byrne, Os Mutantes evaded the radar of most of the English-speaking world. Psychedelic tropicalia in Portuguese, anyone? Byrne corrected this oversight somewhat with the "Everything is Possible!" compilation on his own boutique label, Luaka Bop -- a tasty sampler that draws heavily from the classic lineup of the first three Mutantes albums.
The core trio that would record the most classic and revered albums of the Os Mutantes canon stormed out of the gates with their debut self-titled album, a twisting and invigorating blast of South American funk, distorted guitars and sweet ballads.
The second album, "Mutantes," finds the band stretching out even further, delivering two instant classics: Fuga Nº II and the crawling flanged-and-processed vocals of Dia 36.Read more ›
Yes, it's mostly in Portuguese, but I've reached that point where you worry that knowing for sure what they are saying might be disappointing.
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Os Mutantes created some of the most fun, melodic, and rhythmic music of the 1960s Brazilian music scene. Read morePublished on October 6, 2005 by ewomack
The buffoon who wrote the last review is obviously a little bitter, as he is hiding in the kitchen at one of the best parties I have ever been invited to: Os Mutantes. Read morePublished on March 22, 2004 by M. B Coleman
my son gave me this CD. It's all a bunch of silly noises. Ok if you think mickey mouse cartoons are high art, I'll stick to Beethoven, thanks.Published on April 25, 2002
I can't write long...all I know is that this album is so supremely creative & innovative that I find I can't stop listening to it! Read morePublished on June 15, 1999 by Stan
Bought the album on a whim, and I can't stop listening to it...really...it's turning into a problem. I can't work!
The Who in Portugese! Can't get enough.
What we have here is a Brazilian equivalent of the Beatles: a few exceptionally talented kids who heads get pumped full of American (and British invasion) music as well as European... Read morePublished on May 3, 1999 by email@example.com