Tuesday, June 9, 2009
I'd take this album over just about anything else going on in the entire world in 1968. Hands down, this album beats the crap out of any sort of psychadelia coming out of Britain or the U.S. at the time, set apart by a unique pop sensibility and liberal doses of traditional South American music. Os Mutantes were pioneers in the Tropicalia movement, and their peers included Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, and Jorge Ben. At the onset of Os Mutantes' popularity in the mid-to-late 60's, psychedelic music was so misunderstood and frowned upon by Brazilian society* that they had to be marketed as a "children's music" band, and played shows in classrooms and school auditoriums. In retrospect, it's ironic that such sophisticated and complex music was treated that way.
This is a masterpiece, straight up, and as an added bonus your girlfriend will dig it, too.
*Actually, suppressed by the Brazilian military/government. Thanks for the tip, Emerson.