Os Mutantes – Os Mutantes (1968)

AllMusic Review: The band’s debut album, Os Mutantes, is far and away their best — a wildly inventive trip that assimilates orchestral pop, whimsical psychedelia, musique concrète, found-sound environments — and that’s just the first song! Elsewhere there are nods to Carnaval, albeit with distinct hippie sensibilities, incorporating fuzztone guitars and go-go basslines. Two tracks, “O Relogio” and “Le Premier Bonheur du Jour,” work through pastoral French pop, sounding closer to the Swingle Singers than Gilberto Gil. Though not all of the experimentation succeeds — the languid Brazilian blues of “Baby” is rather cumbersome — and pop/rock listeners may have a hard time finding the hooks, Os Mutantes’ first album is an astonishing listen. It’s far more experimental than any of the albums produced by the era’s first-rate psychedelic bands of Britain or America. — John Bush

Track Listing:

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “Panis et Circenses” Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso 3:40
2. “A Minha Menina” Jorge Ben 4:45
3. “O Relógio” 3:31
4. “Adeus, Maria Fulô” Sivuca, Humberto Teixeira 3:06
5. “Baby” Caetano Veloso 3:01
6. “Senhor F” 2:35
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. “Bat Macumba” Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso 3:10
8. “Le premier bonheur du jour” Franck Gérald, Jean Renard 3:39
9. “Trem Fantasma” Caetano Veloso, Arnaldo Baptista, Rita Lee, Sérgio Dias 3:18
10. “Tempo no Tempo” John Phillips – Version: Arnaldo Baptista, Rita Lee, Sérgio Dias 1:47
11. “Ave Genghis Khan” 3:48


Schill Score: 1/10

Schill Comment:  I know this is supposed to be experimental and groundbreaking, but in reality it’s nothing but a bunch of abstract noise


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