Os Mutantes (album)

Os Mutantes is the debut eponymous album by the Brazilian tropicalia band Os Mutantes. It was originally released in 1968 by Polydor and blends traditional Brazilian music styles with American and British psychedelia. The album includes a cover of The Mamas & The Papas' "Once Was a Time I Thought", translated into "Tempo no Tempo",[5] and a cover of "Le premier bonheur du jour", previously recorded by Françoise Hardy. It was reissued in 1999 on Omplatten Records and again in 2006 by Omplatten's (and Polydor's) parent company, Universal Records.

Os Mutantes
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ReleasedJune 1968 (1968-06)
RecordedDecember 1967 – January 1968
StudioPhilips Studios, Brazil[1]
ProducerManoel Barenbein
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Professional ratings
Review scores
About5/5 stars[2]
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[3]

The album has received critical acclaim around the world, and was put at #12 on Mojo magazine list of "50 Most Out-There Albums of All Time".[6] It appears at number 9 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of 100 greatest Brazilian albums of all time. It is also listed at 39 on the Rollingstones Top 40 Stoner albums.[7] It also appears at number 9 on the Rolling Stones's 10 Greatest Latin Rock Albums of All Time.[8]


Os Mutantes debuted at a TV Record show, which went on air before the Jovem Guarda show, called O Pequeno Mundo de Ronnie Von. The band was in charge of the soundtrack, mostly playing rock versions of erudite compositions, and also covering hits of The Beatles and other bands. After their debut, the band was invited to be a part of many other shows, including Jovem Guarda itself, but they ended up being rejected because they wouldn't accept the many instruments the band would use on stage.

In 1967 they met Gilberto Gil, through Rogério Duprat. They recorded two songs with Gil: "Bom Dia" and "Domingo No Parque"; with the last one, they participated of the tropicalist debut in the III Festival de Música Popular Brasileira (Third Festival of Popular Brazilian Music), where they were awarded with the second place. After that, they started to get more involved with the tropicalist movement, being a part of memorable moments such as the presentation of the song "É Proibido Proibir" (It's Forbidden to Forbid) at the III Festival Internacional da Canção, where they got booed; and at the show Divino, Maravilhoso, the last major tropicalist manifestation. The band was also a part of the "manifest-disc" Tropicália ou Panis est Circenses, one of the greatest albums of Brazilian music, participied in Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso albums and made television commercials and jingles for Shell.


AllMusic called the album "a wildly inventive trip that assimilates orchestral pop, whimsical psychedelia, musique concrète, found-sound environments, [as well as] fuzztone guitars and go-go basslines," concluding that "it's far more experimental than any of the albums produced by the era's first-rate psychedelic bands of Britain or America."[3] Crawdaddy stated that non-Portuguese speakers "might have no idea what the psychedelic popsters are singing about, but the wild inventiveness and playful hooks of their debut speak loudly enough. The record was deeply influenced by the music coming out of the US and the UK at the time, but [...] Os Mutantes were breaking new ground."[4]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Arnaldo Baptista, Rita Lee and Sérgio Dias except where noted.

Side one
1."Panis et Circenses"Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso3:40
2."A Minha Menina"Jorge Ben4:45
3."O Relógio" 3:31
4."Adeus, Maria Fulô"Sivuca, Humberto Teixeira3:06
5."Baby"Caetano Veloso3:01
6."Senhor F" 2:35
Side two
7."Bat Macumba"Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso3:10
8."Le premier bonheur du jour"Franck Gérald, Jean Renard3:39
9."Trem Fantasma"Caetano Veloso, Arnaldo Baptista, Rita Lee, Sérgio Dias3:18
10."Tempo no Tempo"John Phillips - Version: Arnaldo Baptista, Rita Lee, Sérgio Dias1:47
11."Ave Genghis Khan" 3:48


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  1. ^ a b Various Mojo Magazine (2007-11-01). The Mojo Collection: 4th Edition. Canongate Books. p. 130. ISBN 978-1-84767-643-6.
  2. ^ About.com review
  3. ^ a b Allmusic review
  4. ^ a b "Crawdaddy! review". Archived from the original on 2009-08-14. Retrieved 2008-03-26.
  5. ^ Bush, John. "Os mutantes". Allmusic. Retrieved 14 July 2010.
  6. ^ "Mojo Magazine's 50 Most Out There Albums - RYM/Sonemic".
  7. ^ "Os 100 maiores discos da música brasileira". Rolling Stone Brasil. Archived from the original on 16 June 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2010.
  8. ^ Lechner, Ernesto (19 November 2012). "The 10 Greatest Latin Rock Albums of All Time". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Os mutantes". Discos do Brasil. Retrieved 14 July 2010.

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