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Psychedelic/Space Rock • Brazil


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Founded in São Paulo, Brazil in 1966 - Disbanded in 1978 - Reformed in 2006 - Activity unknown since 2014

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 : : :

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3.90 | 83 ratings
Os Mutantes
1968
3.93 | 80 ratings
Mutantes
1969
3.51 | 55 ratings
A Divina Comédia Ou Ando Meio Desligado
1970
3.14 | 49 ratings
Jardim Elétrico
1971
3.28 | 44 ratings
Mutantes E Seus Cometas No País Do Baurets
1972
2.46 | 29 ratings
Rita Lee: Hoje É O Primeiro Dia Do Resto Da Sua Vida
1972
4.01 | 116 ratings
Tudo Foi Feito Pelo Sol
1974
4.13 | 109 ratings
O 'A' E O 'Z'
1992
3.14 | 28 ratings
Tecnicolor
2000
2.82 | 16 ratings
Haih... Or Amortecedor...
2009
3.95 | 13 ratings
Fool Metal Jack
2013

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

3.68 | 32 ratings
Ao Vivo
1976
3.67 | 12 ratings
Ao Vivo - Barbican Theatre Londres 2006
2006

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OS MUTANTES Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

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)

3.90 | 22 ratings
Cavaleiros Negros / Tudo Bem / Balada Do Amigo
1976

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 Cavaleiros Negros / Tudo Bem / Balada Do Amigo by MUTANTES, OS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1976
3.90 | 22 ratings

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Cavaleiros Negros / Tudo Bem / Balada Do Amigo
Os Mutantes Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by patrickq
Prog Reviewer

2 stars The three songs comprising this EP are included as bonus tracks on the remastered version of Tudo Foi Feito Pelo Sol, os Mutantes' 1974 album. A little bit of background, as I understand it: between 1967 and 1974, this Brazilian band recorded eight albums, two of which wouldn't be released for decades. After releasing albums on a near-yearly basis, os Mutantes' only release between Tudo Foi Feito Pelo Sol and the band's breakup in 1978 was this "Cavaleiros Negros" / "Tudo Bem" / "Balada do Amigo" EP.

By 1974, Brazil had been controlled by a military dictatorship for a decade, and was also at the peak of its milagre econômico brasileiro, indeed an amazing period of economic growth. It was also at this moment that a slow and uneven process of democratization began. Nonetheless, the regime continued to brutalize its citizens and suppress their speech, among other atrocities.

Against this backdrop, os Mutantes appear to have risen in stature as the economy improved, reaching their apex with Tudo Foi Feito Pelo Sol in 1974. My guess is that "Cavaleiros Negros," "Tudo Bem," and "Balada do Amigo" were the only songs the band could come up with during this period (indeed, in recent decades, they seem to have emptied the vault of their previously unreleased 1970s recordings). Unfortunately the songs here pale in comparison to their 1974 album, with only the a-side even approaching the quality of Tudo Foi Feito Pelo Sol. "Tudo Bem" (meaning "All Right" or "Okay") is uninspired hard rock, while "Balada do Amigo" ("Friend's Ballad" or "Ballad of the Friend") is a little sappy for my taste, although perhaps if I understood the language I'd feel differently. Either or both of these songs could've been Tudo Foi Feito Pelo Sol outtakes.

"Cavaleiros Negros" ("Black Night") has its moments, and since the other songs are, in essence, b-sides, this is the song on which I'm basing my rating. Of the nine os Mutantes songs of which I'm familiar, this one is the most Yes-like, although the Emerson, Lake and Palmer influence is equally strong. The first half of the song sounds like it's being played by Emerson and Squire, while the second sounds like Tales from Topographic Oceans-era Squire and Wakeman. (Its closure reminds me of the ending to Squire's Fish Out of Water as well.) It's this second half that's the strongest part of the EP, partly because it lacks the overemoted vocals of the preceding section.

Since all three songs are available on newer editions of Tudo Foi Feito Pelo Sol, the "Cavaleiros Negros" / "Tudo Bem" / "Balada do Amigo" EP is by no means essential to anyone but a diehard os Mutantes completist, who will of course already possess it. But if you already have an older version of Tudo Foi Feito Pelo Sol, I wouldn't suggest upgrading just to get these three songs.

 Tudo Foi Feito Pelo Sol by MUTANTES, OS album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.01 | 116 ratings

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Tudo Foi Feito Pelo Sol
Os Mutantes Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by patrickq
Prog Reviewer

3 stars According to Google Translate, the Portuguese title of this album is equivalent to "Everything Was Done by the Sun" in English.

The opening trio of songs, "Deixe Entrar Um Pouco D'Água No Quintal" ("Let a Little Water Go in the Backyard"), Pitágoras ("Pythagoras"), and Desanuviar ("Unwind," or possibly "Brighten") sounds in places like San Francisco groups Santana and Jefferson Airplane - - especially in the verse and chorus sections. But in other passages I hear Genesis and Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Both the psychedelic and symphonic influences recur throughout Tudo Foi Feito Pelo Sol. Interestingly, some passages make me wonder whether os Mutantes may have influenced bands like Styx and Supertramp, or if there were mutual influences at work.

Later, on "Cidadão Da Terra" ("Earth Citizen," or more likely, "Citizen of the Earth") and "O Contrário Do Nada É Nada" ("The Opposite of Nothing is Nothing"), the band strays more obviously into what today we'd call "classic rock," even sound a bit like Creedence Clearwater Revival on the latter. The eclectic "Eu Só Penso Em Te Ajudar" ("I Only Think About Helping You") also has contemporary rock aspects but moves into progressive territory soon enough.

The sound quality is OK, though below what I'd expect from a remastered recording from 1974. However: I downloaded this from freegal, a platform which doesn't provide much information about its music files. The website says "1974 Som Livre," but since the download includes bonus tracks, it seemed safe to assume that I've been listening to Som Livre 0500-2, a 2006 reissue.

Tudo Foi Feito Pelo Sol is a good period piece. Apparently it has historical importance as well in the realm of Brazilian rock music. I'd recommend it to 1970s prog enthusiasts interested in the scene outside of Europe and North America.

 Tudo Foi Feito Pelo Sol by MUTANTES, OS album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.01 | 116 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
4.01 | 116 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
4.01 | 116 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 | 80 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
4.01 | 116 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 | 109 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
3.90 | 83 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 | 13 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.

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