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A year after this experimental Brazilian outfit’s 1968 debut, Revolver-era Beatles were still a potent influence on the Baptista brothers and lead vocalist Rita Lee. However, this follow-up album’s challenging collage of sounds was delivered with a lighthearted, satirical spirit more akin to Frank Zappa. The theatrical songs blend lush strings and chirping woodwinds with fuzzed-out psychedelic swagger. Emboldened by the voracious eclecticism of Tropicália, instruments like theremin, autoharp and Hammond organ are joined by found-sound snippets recorded from Brazilian television. Impressively, the results cohere into an exuberant psych-pop record. The album’s reputation grew in the decades after its release and was referenced decades later by the likes of Kurt Cobain and Beck.

Biography

Formed: 1965 in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Genre: Brazilian

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '00s, '10s

Though rarely heard outside their Brazilian homeland (especially during the first phase of their career), Os Mutantes were one of the most dynamic, talented, radical bands of the psychedelic era -- quite an accomplishment during a period in which most rock bands spent quality time exploring the outer limits of pop music. A trio of brash musical experimentalists, the group fiddled with distortion, feedback, musique concrète, and studio tricks of all kinds to create a lighthearted, playful version...
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