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4.01 | 92 ratings | 10 reviews | 37% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1968

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Panis et circenses (3:40)
2. A Minha Menina (4:45)
3. O Relógio (3:32)
4. Adeus Maria Fulô (3:06)
5. Baby (3:02)
6. Senhor F (2:36)
7. Bat Macumba (3:10)
8. Le premier bonheur du jour (3:40)
9. Trem Fantasma (3:19)
10. Tempo No Tempo (1:49)
11. Ave, Gengis Khan (3:51)

Total Time 36:30

Line-up / Musicians

- Rita Lee / vocals, flute, percussion
- Sérgio Dias Baptista / guitars, vocals
- Arnaldo Dias Baptista / keyboards, bass, vocals

- Rogério Duprat / orchestral arrangements
- Jorge Ben / vocals & acoustic guitar (2)
- Dr. César Baptista / vocals (11)
- Clarisse Leite / piano (6)
- Dirceu / drums
- Gilberto Gil / percussion (7)
- Cláudio Baptista / electronics

Note: The actual instrumentation could not be fully confirmed at this moment

Releases information

Artwork: Olivier Perroy

LP Polydor ‎- LPNG 44.018 (Brazil, 1968) Mono audio
LP Polydor ‎- LPNG 44.018 (Brazil, 1986) Stereo
LP Polysom ‎- LPNG 44.018 (2015, Brazil) Mono audio

CD Polydor ‎- 829 498-2 (1992, Brazil)
CD Polydor ‎- LPNG 44.018 (2006, Europe)

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OS MUTANTES Os Mutantes ratings distribution

(92 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(37%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(39%)
Good, but non-essential (16%)
Collectors/fans only (7%)
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Review by Atkingani
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
4 stars Think about it 1: Brazil was totally outside the musical mainstream in the 60s (and still partially is) and basically the only thing gringos knew about us were flamboyant epic sambas like Barroso's 'Aquarela do Brasil' or some jazz-influenced bossa nova.

Think about it 2: Mutantes' core members: Rita Lee and brothers Arnaldo and Sergio Dias Baptista were doing experimental and proto-psychedelic music since they were teenagers in 1964-65 (although with a different band name).

Think about it 3: Mutantes achieved an extraordinary deed of becoming really proto-prog masters. After being discovered in Europe and North America in the 70s they start to shine brilliantly.

The majority of the album songs are now part of the Brazilian imaginary collective, even covers like 'Minha menina' that became much better known through Mutantes version.

Try 'Panis et Circensis', experiment 'Bat macumba', eat 'Ave Gengis Khan', drink 'Trem fantasma' and you'll be entirely satisfied.

A clear 4-star work edging the mastering step!

Review by ZowieZiggy
2 stars According to Floco, a fellow reviewer, I quote "anyone who didn't rate this album with 5 stars cannot be said to have any knowledge about overall rock n roll".

First of all, this album has nothing to do with rock'n'roll. And even if I am really looking deep and deeper, I can hardly find lots of psyche mood in this album (even if a short portion of "O Relógio" can be related to this style). Some pleasant Brazilian music ("A Minha Menina"), nice melodies but little to write home about: this is what you can expect from this debut album.

And even if some might be laudatory about a song like "Adeus Maria Fulô", I can't. Below average in terms of prog. Not to mention that psychedelia is absolutely alien to this song. And the syrupy "Baby" is far from my meaning of prog music.

This album might have been a local curiosity at the time of release (1968) but "Senhor F" and its fifties jazzy style doesn't move me at all. Ethnic African rhythms, but so boring, during "Bat Macumba" won't change my opinion about this album. Totally overrated.

This release was not a great experience as far as I am concerned. Just listen to the extremely poor "Le Premier Bonheur du Jour" and its very weak lyrics (in French, so unfortunately I am able to understand) to be convinced. A fantastic press nextT type of song (but "Trem Fantasma" is on par, believe me).

All in all, this is a boring album. Prog sounds are scarce and inspiration is about the same level. I even wonder why I rate this one with two stars. Actually, "Tempo no Tempo" should have prevented me to do so, but I am generous in this case. Even if I "don't have any knowledge about overall rock n roll".

One of the very few (but again poor) psyche song might well be the closing number. But "Ave Gengis Khan" is too much disjointed and isn't really appealing.

Review by Easy Money
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
3 stars What a wonderful, wacky and bizarre album this is. Brazilian folk, psychedelic rock, snippets of avant-garde, traditional Brazilian percussion ensembles and 60s teen pop all come together in an outrageously original mix that is full of surprises and lots of great tunes. If your idea of psychedelic rock is commercialized efforts like Sgt Peppers, forget it, this is the real deal; raw, naïve and non-contrived 60s psychedelicosis.

Like a lot of the more primary psychedelic bands of their era, the Mutantes mix their music their own way and ignore all the standard conventions of the time. Most instruments on here that receive special treatments, such as distortion or tremelo, are turned up high in the mix as if to make sure you didn't miss the 'weird' part. Twangy fuzzed out guitars leap out of the speaker and into your room when they make their bold entrances. Likewise the arrangements of the Mutante's tunes are naively experimental and occasionally complicated as they chop up standard verse/chorus structures with found sounds, avant episodes and excursions that recall theatre or cabaret.

This album is highly recommended for fans of 60s psychedelic rock, this is so much better than all that derivative music that the big labels put out in an attempt to copy bands such as this.

Review by Warthur
4 stars Os Mutantes' debut album finds the gang playing in the then-hot Tropic'lia style, a distinctly Brazilian flavour of psychedelic music filtered through local musical styles. Adding a little samba to your psych turns out to be a decidedly worthwhile experiment, and the Baptista brothers (along with female vocalist Rita Lee) execute it magnificently without a hint of trepidation or hesitancy.

It's all the more impressive when you consider that the military government of Brazil at the time viewed the Tropic'lia scene with deep suspicion (and indeed would arrest several of its core members in the same year this album came out). We should be glad that Os Mutantes managed to defy the hostility of the authorities and get this music out for the world to enjoy.

Review by siLLy puPPy
COLLABORATOR PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams
5 stars While the psychedelic rock scene of the 60s is primary attributed to English acts such as Pink Floyd, Cream, The Pretty Things and Traffic or more importantly the California scene from bands like Jefferson Airplane, The Doors, Love, The Mothers of Invention or Spirit just to name a few examples, the movement was actually quite popular all over the world. Psychedelic Khmer rock invaded Cambodia like Dengue Fever, Colombia, Peru and Mexico got the bug and were infusing psychedelic rock features into cumbia, salsa and other Latin music forms and India which influenced the world of psychedelia in the first place by offering the trippy hypnotic effects of drones and ragas was adopting Western lysergia into its own sitar playing styles and Bollywood grooves. However out of all the non-European and North American acts to make the biggest impact and produce some of the most memorable albums that sound as mind blowing 50 years on as the day they were released comes from the Brazilian act OS MUTANTES.

Portuguese for The Mutants, this world renowned act began as a trio in 1966 Saõ Paulo by the brothers Sérgio Dias Baptista (guitars, vocals) and Arnaldo Dias Baptista (keyboards, bass, vocals) who were in an all-male band called The Wooden Faces before meeting vocalist Rita Lee who was in an all female band named The Teenage Singers. The three hit it off and created a band with the name of Six Sided Rockers but incorporated other talented artists to help out with the extra effects with the most significant roles going to Rogério Duprat who crafted Beatles-esque orchestrations and Cláudio Baptista who build many homemade instruments and also crafted unique electronic effects unheard of at the time. The core trio that made up the band also employed the assistance of Clasrisse Leite on piano, Dirceu on drums, Gilberto Gil on other forms of percussion along with a few guests that appear on their eponymously titled debut album that appeared in in the summer of 1968.

The band settled for its current name OS MUTANTES literally at the last minute as they were about to perform on a Brazilian TV program. The name has stuck ever since and this particular era is considered some of the best of the best in terms of the psychedelic rock and pop that emerged from any part of the world much less just Brazil. What makes Brazilian psychedelic rock stand out so much from the world of Anglo-rock was that it revolved around the Tropicália scene which arose in the late 60s and infiltrated not just the music scene but also film, theater and poetry. The scene slickly amalgamated traditional Brazilian musical styles such as bossa nova, samba, baião, afoxé, frevo and even Portuguese fado with the world influences of psychedelic rock and baroque pop. The result was a scrumptious mix of Latin melodic sensibilities laced the avant-garde experimentalism that placed consonance and dissonance together on the dance floor and watch them unite to create something wildly unique and utterly irresistible.

This self-titled debut could rightfully be referred to as orchestral psychedelic pop that skillfully blends Beatles inspired melodies with traditional Brazilian musical flavors and then adds select moments of everything from electronic freakery to musique concrète and psychedelic guitar fuzz effects. Although the album doesn't even hit the 37 minute mark its covers a lot of diverse grounds with each track offering a completely different emotive expression and flavor of world fusion. While sung in Portuguese, the harmonies are utterly brilliant and the vocal lines are quite inventive. The album includes two covers, the first "Le Premier Bonheur Du Jour" from Françoise Hardy and sung in the French language and the second a reinterpretation of the Mamas & Papas track "Once Was A Time I Thought" translated into Porguese as "Tempo No Tempo" and given the OS MUTANTES magical treatment. Add to that plenty of that 60s psychedelic organ warmth and a swinging 60s go-go bass groove. The album ends with a crazy collage effect over nice 60s groove music in the form of "Ave Genghis Khan."

This classic is truly a masterpiece of the ages and while not as progressive as many make it out to be, it surely is a classic of the world of psychedelic pop and rock from the era. Yeah, it's totally dated but in this case that is a good thing because it takes you back to the time and place from whence it sprang forth and for those of us who are clueless as to what the scene of 60s Brazil may have been like, this little gem pretty much sums it up in 11 tracks. You don't have to understand Portuguese for this brilliant wild display of fusion to blow you away. OS MUTANTES' debut is every bit as good as a Beatles album with a plethora of influences that ranges from The Fab Four to pastoral French pop, the baroque crossover of The Swingle Singers and the California hippie guitar fuzz of Jefferson Airplane and Spirit all dished out in a groovy swinging Latin vibes from homegrown musical flavors. Add to that extremely bizarre counterpoints in the form of highly experimental touches via the electronics and other unexpected sound effects and you're guaranteed to find this album instantly addictive and begging you to put it on again and again. The down side of the early OS MUTANTES albums were that the awful albums covers don't do the music justice but then again i'm rating the music and it more than makes up for any lack of visual accompaniment.

Latest members reviews

5 stars I hate how the brazilian music is totally overlooked and underrated by the others. Sounds like our country is only for samba/bossa, favela and carnival. It would be the same if I said that USA are just a home for cowboys, the entire Africa is a place for hungry children and Australia is a g ... (read more)

Report this review (#959565) | Posted by VOTOMS | Wednesday, May 15, 2013 | Review Permanlink

5 stars For some reason,the new music that was being made in Brazil in the late 60's had something quite worthy of attention.Few managed to incorporate the summer of love so well(and then turn it into something of their own),as did the young generation of upcoming musicians in the country at the tim ... (read more)

Report this review (#705519) | Posted by Jugband Blues | Monday, April 2, 2012 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Awesome debute album, showing Mutantes´ ability to be creative, great musicians and jokers. Listen carefully to the arrengements made by Duprat, one of the responsible for Tropicália, a movement that created the first trully brazilian rock. ... (read more)

Report this review (#128936) | Posted by troelstra | Monday, July 16, 2007 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Definitively, a masterpiece!!! "Panis et Circensis" is truly a psychedelic anthem and "Baby", one of the greatest hits of Brazilian music ever! What makes this album a masterpiece is the pioneerism of Os Mutantes on improvising musical instruments out of some utensils such as sprays and some othe ... (read more)

Report this review (#28663) | Posted by | Monday, May 16, 2005 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Anyone who didn't rate this 5 stars cannot be said to have any knowledge about overall rock n roll. This is the debut album from the band that would grow to be Brazil's finest, and then prove to be the best band ever without achieving world-wide recognition. Dudes, this has "FIVE-STAR" written ... (read more)

Report this review (#28661) | Posted by | Wednesday, September 15, 2004 | Review Permanlink

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