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Dreams Fantasies & Nightmares:
This is one of Brazil's top psychedelic groups and their albums are well worth tracking down. Formed in 1966, Mutantes made a few appearances on the "Jovern Guarda" T.V. show before teaming up with Gilberto Gill, who taught them how to mix rock 'n' roll with Brazilian culture. The backed Gil in 1967 when he appeared in the T.V. Record song festival and as three long-haired kids playing electrical instruments caused some controversy. This was a theme which accompanied them throughout their career. In 1968, they accompanied Caetano Veloso as he sang É Proibido Proibir at the International Song Festival in Sâo Paulo, wearing plastic clothes much to the outrage of some. Indeed, many wrote asking the event organisers to ban them.
In 1968, they participated in the seminal 1968 recording Tropicália Ou Panis Et Circensus along with Gil, Veloso, Tom Ze and Rogérlo Duprat.
Their 1968 debut was an album of considerable diversity and experimentation, which leads some to describe it as psychedelic. Elements of gimmickry and sound effects are apparent on the opening cut Panis Et Circenses and the finale Ave Gengis Khan. Others like Adeus Maria Fulo and Sentor F have those distinctive Latin rhythms, whilst Le Premier Bonheur Du Jour is a slow ballad with female vocals. Overall, diverse and interesting but not always entirely successful. Arnaldo apparently described the album as a mixture of Bosch and Salvador Dali.
A Divina Comédia Ou is also rich in diversity and experimentation. Ave, Lucifer, which opens with equisite female vocals, typifies this and ends with a beautiful swirl of Spanish guitar. The other highlights on an inconsistent album overall include Meu Refringerador Nâo Funciona, featuring good vocals and organ playing; Preciso Urgentemente Encontrar Um Amigo, which includes both of the former and distorted vocals and Haleluia, which as the title suggests has a choral feel and more upfront organ.
Mutantes E Seas Cometas No Pais Do Bauretz is musically diverse with very ethnic sounding cuts like Cantor De Mambo, acoustic material (Vida De Cachorro), funk/boogie (Dume Buggy), rock (A Hora E A Vez Do Cabelo Nascer), rock 'n' roll (the opening track) and the ambitious, wide-ranging title cut. An interesting, if not wholly successful, album.
"Posso Perder Minha Mulher, Minha Mãe, Desde que Eu Tenha o Rock and Roll" - (Arnaldo Baptista / Rita Lee / Arnolpho Lima Filho)
"Vida de Cachorro" - (Rita Lee / Arnaldo Baptista / Sérgio Dias)
"Dune Buggy" - (Rita Lee / Arnaldo Baptista / Sérgio Dias)
"Cantor de Mambo" - (Élcio Decário / Arnaldo Baptista / Rita Lee)
"Beijo Exagerado" - (Arnaldo Baptista / Rita Lee / Sérgio Dias)
"Balada do Louco" - (Arnaldo Baptista / Rita Lee)
"A Hora e a Vez do Cabelo Nascer" - (Arnolpho Lima Filho / Arnaldo Baptista)
"Rua Augusta" - (Hervé Cordovil)
"Mutantes e Seus Cometas no País do Baurets" - (Ronaldo Leme / Arnolpho Lima Filho / Mutantes)
"Todo Mundo Pastou II" - (Ismar S. Andrade "Bororó")
Arnaldo Baptista – keyboards, vocals
Rita Lee – vocals, percussion, keyboards
Sérgio Dias – guitars, vocals, sitar
Liminha – bass, vocals
Dinho Leme – drums, percussion