- Audio CD (1 Feb 1999)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Omplatten
- ASIN: B00000IABN
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,131,659 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|1. Ando Meio Desligado|
|2. Quem Tem Medo De Brincar De Amor|
|3. Ave, Lucifer|
|4. Desculpe, Babe|
|5. Hey Boy|
|6. Meu Refrigerador Nao Funciona|
|7. Preciso Urgentemente Encontrar Um Amigo|
|8. Chao De Estrelas|
|9. Jogo De Calcada|
|11. Oh! Mulher Infiel|
By late 1969, the brothers Baptista (Sergio-guitar,vocals; Arnaldo-keyboards,vocals,Rita's boyfriend) and vocalist Rita Lee had seen a quick collapse of the core of the movement they shared in, as founders Gil and Veloso were arrested and deported from Brazil. They were also on the government's hit list due to their obvious support of the movement, and by 1969, they had gone into hiding, living by themselves. The living was similar to that of Love in 1967-8 LA- decidedly weird and heavily drug laden.
From this period came "A Divinia Comedia...", their 3rd album, and by far, my favorite Mutantes lp. A glorious blend of schmaltzy bossa nova mixed with British invasion-esque sensibilities in 1 song, pure fuzzed/freaked out psychedelia the next, surrealist painting the following, the lp does not suffer from predictability, to be sure. Nor does it suffer from sub-par musicianship. Sergio shines on this lp, showing off his increasingly virtuoso guitar playing, whether on ballads like "Desculpe, Baby" or on out n out freak outs like the lp's finale, "Oh! Mulher Infiel," a sonic blitzkreig of scary proportions. Arnaldo's organ riffs throughout the lp range from sinister to perfectly tasty- all perfect within the context of the tracks.
From start to finish, "A Divinia Comedia.." is a topsy-turvy, pot-laden hallucination that comes across as sincere. An odd choice of words, I know, but this is an odd album. Rare are so obviously drug-influenced lps so well crafted and so well executed, but this is one of them.
My favorite of all Os Mutantes lps, (and I own all of them) "A Divinia Comedia" is a glorious product of its time and circumstance that holds more than its own versus the music of today.
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