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Founded in São Paulo, Brazil in 1966 - Disbanded in 1978 - Reformed in 2006

OS MUTANTES was a Brazilian band formed in the late sixties, pretty much influenced in the beginning by the BEATLES and by the Brazilian musical scene at the time (the movement called Tropicalia, which they participated then). In the beginning, the band was formed by Rita Lee (vocals and percussion), Sergio Dias (guitar and vocals) and his brother Arnaldo Baptista (bass, keyboards and vocals), with Ronaldo "Dinho" Leme on drums as invited musician. They were very psychedelic at their first formation (sounding more or less to BEATLES´s "Sgt. Peppers"), filled with a touch of humour and experimentalism, then they "evolved" to a very progressive "like YES" style in the end.

Their first album, untitled "Os Mutantes", was a break down in the Brazilian scene, since they brought with their music the experimentalism that was missing in our music. They participated constantly in TV music festivals, and since they were one of the first Brazilian band to play with electric guitars in those festivals, the crowd (formed basically by close minded students and musicians) frequently boo then through the whole festival! Then they continuously keep evolving (and done one of the greatest psychedelic album that I ever have the pleasure to hear, called "A Divina Comédia or Ando Meio Desligado") till one album called "Hoje é o Primeiro Dia do Resto das Nossas Vidas", where they begin to show the prog influence brought by YES (actually this album is credit to Rita Lee, but since they all participated and produced it, it's considered to be a MUTANTES album). And with Rita Lee leaving the band to pursuit a solo career, Sergio and Arnaldo left the psychedelic style to fully embrace the prog style, with their last two studio albums: "O A e o Z" e "Tudo Foi Feito Pelo Sol" (this one was done with only one of their first members, Sergio Dias, since Arnaldo left the band due to LSD problems, pretty much like Syd BARRETT from PINK FLOYD).

It's a highly recommended band to everyone who enjoys experimentalistic psychedelic humorous kind of music of the late sixties and early seventies, and the last albums to those who also like YES prog style.

: : : Yuri Ismael, BRAZIL : : :

See also: WiKi

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3.89 | 78 ratings
Os Mutantes
1968
3.93 | 74 ratings
Mutantes
1969
3.49 | 51 ratings
A Divina Comédia Ou Ando Meio Desligado
1970
3.10 | 45 ratings
Jardim Elétrico
1971
3.24 | 40 ratings
Mutantes E Seus Cometas No País Do Baurets
1972
2.42 | 27 ratings
Rita Lee: Hoje É O Primeiro Dia Do Resto Da Sua Vida
1972
4.07 | 108 ratings
Tudo Foi Feito Pelo Sol
1974
4.13 | 104 ratings
O 'A' E O 'Z'
1992
3.13 | 27 ratings
Tecnicolor
2000
2.79 | 15 ratings
Haih... Or Amortecedor...
2009
3.95 | 12 ratings
Fool Metal Jack
2013

OS MUTANTES Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.65 | 30 ratings
Ao Vivo
1976
3.67 | 12 ratings
Ao Vivo - Barbican Theatre Londres 2006
2006

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2.87 | 11 ratings
Os Mutantes - Everything Is Possible!
1999
4.40 | 5 ratings
A Arte De Os Mutantes
2006

OS MUTANTES Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.46 | 21 ratings
Cavaleiros Negros / Tudo Bem / Balada Do Amigo
1976

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 Tudo Foi Feito Pelo Sol by MUTANTES, OS album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.07 | 108 ratings

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Tudo Foi Feito Pelo Sol
Os Mutantes Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Tarcisio Moura
Prog Reviewer

4 stars For such well known, groundbreaking and respected band like Mutantes, Tudo Foi Feito Pelo Sol got surprisingly few comments and reviews, which contribuited to my desire to write mine. By the time this album was out the only remaining original band member was guitarist Sergio Dias Baptista. Mutantes had lost not only the creative mind of Arnaldo Dias Baptista but also the services of the celebrated bass player Liminha (who would in future years become one of the best and most sought of producers in south america). Sergio was never really comfortable as a band leader and although he did find excellent musicians to fill in the blanks, the group never regain their former status or groundbreaking production. Still, they were capable of delivering a superb prog album with Tudo Foi Feito Pelo Sol.

When it came out it was met by a good reception from the prog audience in Brazil - it sold pretty well for the style - and, not entirely surprising, received some quite harsh remarks from critics, who called them mere copycats of "foreign music". Without Arnaldo Dias Batista genial touch and Rita Lee's penchant for mockery Mutantes were incapable of being the anarchic, original and musical mixed bag they once were famous for. And although part of it was true, I (and many others) always felt the "new" Mutantes did have their own take of prog music and some of their brazilian roots were still there.

Listening to the album nowadays I still think they were really fantastic and wish this line up could hold on and deliver a follow up (personnel changes plagued the band from then on), but they would not. Songs like the instrumental Pitagoras, Desanuviar and the title track are fine prog tunes that made us feel so proud of having our own symphonic progressive band during the heyday of the style. We were starving for something like that! Other more rocking tracks like O Contrario de Nada ' Nada and Eu So Penso em Te Ajudar were also good ones and sure live favorites to dance to, but clearly were not the best of their repertoire (a whole prog album would be more fitting, but then they'd be even more criticized if they did so). Anyway, the point is: all songs are at least good, inspired and very well performed and produced. That in a time when recording facilities in Brazil were few and people who actually knew how to use it even rarer. The instrumental parts are really powerful but one thing that really stands out for me are the vocals: although Sergio does not have the greatest voice, he knew how to sing even the most difficult parts and the harmonies were elaborated, original and spot on, something most brazilian bands lacked badly, then and now.

All in all a very good prog album that stood well the test of time. I know it is not like their previous works, but it is an excellent effort, specially if you like symphonic prog, with strong Yes and Italian influences.

 Tudo Foi Feito Pelo Sol by MUTANTES, OS album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.07 | 108 ratings

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Tudo Foi Feito Pelo Sol
Os Mutantes Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by apps79
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3 stars Reputedly the reason why Polygram did not release ''O "A" e o "Z" in time was because the members of Os Mutantes were recording the album under the experience of LSD drugs.This prooved to be a fact, when Arnaldo Baptista left the band in 1973, following depression symptoms due to the use of LSD and the end of his marriage.Dinho Leme also left the band in 1974, followed by Liminho, who abandoned the ship after inner disagreements.Sergio Dias Baptista found himself alone, but decided to move on with new members.Tulio Mourao on keyboards, Antonio Pedro on bass and Rui Motta on drums, all joined in the same year and the new formation recorded the album ''Tudo foi feito pelo sol'' for the Som Livre label.

Change of members brought reasonably a slight change in sound for Os Mutantes, which remained deeply progressive but a bit more on the psychedelic side compared to the more symphonic sound of their non-released previous sessions.All newcomers had fully adapted the band's spirit towards intricate and challenging arrangements and the style presented here is a YES/FLASH-influenced Progressive Rock with less emphasis on symphonic arrangements and a tendency towards innovative rhythms and atmospheres with Classical, jazzy and spacey nuances.Of course the piano interludes and the frantic time signatures are still involved in the music of Os Mutantes, there is also a good bunch of interplays with a British Prog color, but the addition of the former psychedelic elements and the surface of jazzy lines led the band towards more loose structures with long instrumental parts.Acoustic inventions and changing keyboard parts may remind of the mighty GENTLE GIANT or compatriots TERRENO BALDIO at some point with the band still sinking into complex Progressive Rock patterns.You should pay attention though to the softer textures with the synths and the calm rhythms in evidence, the creation of spacey keyboard soundscapes and the smooth vocal department.''Tudo foi feito pelo sol'' sounds like a mix of the old and new Os Mutantes in the very end.It's still a very British-sounding band, which now explores the more outlandish vibes of PINK FLOYD along with the return of some early textures from their psychedelic days.

Interesting even if a bit of a chaotic release without certain consistency.A mixture of extended psychedelic and spacey instrumentals with captivating inspirations from Classic Prog and Jazz Rock.Recommended.

 Tudo Foi Feito Pelo Sol by MUTANTES, OS album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.07 | 108 ratings

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Tudo Foi Feito Pelo Sol
Os Mutantes Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Coming at a point in Os Mutantes career where the influence of that distinctly Brazilian style of psychedelia known as tropicalia had ebbed from their music to be replaced by wide-ranging and globally informed progressive rock, Tudo Foi Feito Pelo Sol is a convincing prog workout that makes space for extended instrumental jams which combine a few psychedelic undertones with a decent standard of musicianship. Fumbling around for a new direction in the wake of the departure of a number of key members of the band, at points the combination puts me in mind of early Krautrock bands, particularly a less Middle Eastern-flavoured Agitation Free or a less tripped-out Amon Duul II. In short, it's the sound of Os Mutantes entering a mutated maturity, though I keep getting the nagging feeling whilst listening to it that I'd be happier just giving Tanz der Lemminge another spin.
 Mutantes by MUTANTES, OS album cover Studio Album, 1969
3.93 | 74 ratings

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Mutantes
Os Mutantes Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars True to their name, Os Mutantes began to mutate strangely after their debut album, leaning more heavily on the experimental and psychedelic side of their sound whilst never quite losing touch with their tropicalia roots. This second album finds them mutating into Brazil's answer to the Mothers of Invention, with a wild sense of humour and modernist classical musical influence shaking up the band's approach and prompting them to offer more unconventional song structures and compositions. Guest performances from Rogério Duprat on Magica and the duo of Zé do Rancho and Mariazinha on Dois Mil E Um further enrich the group's sound.
 Tudo Foi Feito Pelo Sol by MUTANTES, OS album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.07 | 108 ratings

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Tudo Foi Feito Pelo Sol
Os Mutantes Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by GKR

5 stars Tudo foi feito pelo sol, marks the first record with full control of Sergio Dias. Although I do prefer "o A e o Z", this album stands behind only in genre, not exactly in composition and musicianship. The strong presence of keyboards with the setady rythm of a clear Chris Squire influence made this version of the Os Mutantes a even more hippie version of Yes.

If the last work have a more steady persona of the band, this is a clear venture inside the world of Yes and the Sgt. Pepper, as the indian passages as there to demonstrate.

The five stars, thinking in this two works, that come as a pair ("Tudo foi feito..." and "o A e o Z") is more in the establishment of Os Mutantes as a true Progressive/Psychdelic band - and even definign the style itself.

 O 'A' E O 'Z' by MUTANTES, OS album cover Studio Album, 1992
4.13 | 104 ratings

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O 'A' E O 'Z'
Os Mutantes Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by GKR

5 stars I certainly did not expect such an ecletic sound. That was my biggest surprise.

I gave some 5 and 4 stars to some albums of the MUTANTES, but I addmit that was without passion. For the O 'A' E O 'Z', however, I truly believed in this 5 stars.

The first track is already ambitious, and gain more breath with the second track and again with the "Você Sabe", probably the best acoustic song Brazil ever produced. The album has no low point. One can even not be a fan of psychdelic-Yes influenced music (as is my case), but cannot ignore the quality and consistency of this album.

5 stars, for me, in the Top 5 of Brazilian albums.

 Os Mutantes by MUTANTES, OS album cover Studio Album, 1968
3.89 | 78 ratings

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Os Mutantes
Os Mutantes Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

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.

 Fool Metal Jack by MUTANTES, OS album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.95 | 12 ratings

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Fool Metal Jack
Os Mutantes Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by VOTOMS

4 stars I haven't tried their previous one yet, "Haih... or Amortecedor...", so the last Mutantes impression that I have on my mind is their two and great progressive efforts at 73/74. The results are a band back in the psychedelic way, but in a experimental modern manner (non- commercial) and heavier at the first tracks. I miss the prog keyboards. The tropicalia scene masters are not the same, because the band formation is not the same. And the songwriting aren't portuguese anymore. But I'm talking about the enjoyment of this album, and it's worth.

The album begins with the neilyoungish folk The Dream is Gone. It's a good track, a good opening. So, it's followed by the main title Fool Metal Jack, a heavy psychedelic noisy song. I really love it. Very very very relevant! Picadilly Willie is a heavy psychedelic blues, out of cliche and sameness. At the fourth track, Ganjaman, we have some kind of tribal beatles, and trust me, it works. The drums are the higher point here. Look Out is another heavy rock psychedelic oriented. Eu Descobri is the portuguese singing (female vocals) from Fool Metal Jack, an acoustic song. I like this too. Time and Space is an experimental track, but some vocal flaws. To Make It Beautiful is a cool soft rock. Once Upon a Flight is an awesome track IMO, a mix of folk, psychedelia and metal guitars. Oh, and the keyboards are cool at this track, but it could be more apparent. Into Limbo could be better, weak vocals sometimes. But it's a good one, at the album level. Bangladesh is the weak side of this album, a folkish boring track. Valse LSD it's atmospheric and acoustic, and it fits right as an ending track.

This is not an essential album for any collector, Os Mutantes history has ended long ago. But this one is an excelent addition.

 Tudo Foi Feito Pelo Sol by MUTANTES, OS album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.07 | 108 ratings

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Tudo Foi Feito Pelo Sol
Os Mutantes Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by VOTOMS

5 stars Os Mutantes last album, for real. After O 'A' E O 'Z', those guys keep the prog rolling, and this is one of the best prog albums from Brazil. It was underrated by media. From the first track, Deixe Entrar Um Pouco D'Água No Quintal (one of the highlights of the album) to last, I have not found a bad song. The keyboards/moog here are wonderful. Os Mutantes reaches the top of the brazilian progressive rock. If the whole world knows the brazilian hard times and history that Os Mutantes and other bands from the same era have lived, they would be placed beside the most influential prog rock bands.
 O 'A' E O 'Z' by MUTANTES, OS album cover Studio Album, 1992
4.13 | 104 ratings

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O 'A' E O 'Z'
Os Mutantes Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by VOTOMS

5 stars Wow! Rita Lee has left the band, and then, Os Mutantes have found their own way into progressive rock. And this was awesome! O 'A' E O 'Z' is Another masterpiece from Os Mutantes, but this time, into progressive rock. The first and main track strikes with majestic keyboards, mellotron and organ a la ELP and some kind of Genesis feeling. I can feel the band emanating energy at this point. Rolling Stones, the second track, offers a very nice bassline and hammond solos. Você Sabe is another great track, acoustic and progressive. The vocals remind me of Yes at times. Hey Joe is an epic symphonic song with very pleasent passages. Uma Pessoa Só goes better and better, and the second half of the song are probably one of the best times at this album. The ending track lyrics, song and title, Ainda Vou Transar Com Você, is where the band shows that their early sense of humor didn't die, but it's the worst song here, but it's not bad at all.

Better than Os Mutantes psychedelic debut? Maybe. This is the first progressive victory by the band. Must check.

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