Sunday 13 October 2019

Os Mutantes - Os Mutantes (1968)

The debut album from this Brazilian band.

The band was a trio with a lineup of flute, guitars, drums, keyboards, percussion and vocals.
They had help from some other musicians who provided electronics, violin, guitars, bass, synths, vocals and orchestral arrangements.

Os Mutantes was one of the most important bands in the Brazilian popular music genre called Tropicalia. There are several compilation albums of that genre available on the net for those who are interested.

Os Mutantes took a much more psych and progressive rock direction than the rest of that scene. They released eleven albums and I will review most of them, if not all of them, this fall and winter.

...... Starting with the debut album.

It is evident that The Beatles from the Sgt Peppers Band era is a major inspiration for the band. Os Mutantes has just gone a much more Brazilian and insane route than The Beatles did.

There are some catchy beat tunes in between some rather funny psych songs and weirdness.

The good thing is that this really works. The catchy tunes are really good and the added weirdness with lots of female vocals of the better sort is really giving this album it's own style and character.

If the rest of their albums is this good...... I am up for a real treat and a good ride.

Check out this really good album.

3 points


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