Almost everything has been said on the early reviews about these fabulous guys who shocked Brazil back in the 70's.
Just to remind that, at that time, Brazil was passing through a terrible military regime, with lots of oppresion acts against intelectuals politicians, students and of course artists.
Besides that, and also because of that, it was very hard to have a rock band in Brazil, and even more to record an album and make success.
Secos & Molhados (an expression that refers to a banquet with lots of food - Secos (dry) and drinks - Molhados (wet))
Secos e Molhados appears, in 1973, with 4 guys, with heavy make up, dreesing like hippie gipsys shakin'their hips with a hybrid sex appeal.Can you imagine that impact into middle class ordinary families and hard line generals?
The music, well, it's a mix of psychodelic rock, with folk and brazilian pop music, and the lyrics were made by poets, or even real poems turned into music.
They made huge success, hitting number 1 in a time that rock and roll were only for die hard fans. But, success sometimes, does great damages for unprepared minds. Ney, the lead singer, left the band, soon after the second album was released, saying that money had been stolen and business were going unfair at that point. And that's pratically the end. Further attempts to remake the band with new line ups simply flopped.
The first record has everything you need to know and listen from this band. In a way, sounds like gathering Pink Floyd with Joni Mitchell, Byrds, Grateful Dead and Cat Stevens.
The major tune i believe it is "Rosa de Hiroshima - Hiroshima's rose" a small tune based on a poem by brazilian's writer Vinicius de Moraes about the nuclear bomb in Japan, but also as a clear reference to what was going on in Vietnam at the time.
The second album follows the same formula, but not with the same impact, it is uneven, wth some tunes sounding unfinished, something made in a hurry to continue the success. However there are good songs like "Tercer mundo" (third world), a small flamenco tune sung in spanish (based on a poem by argentinian's Julio Cortazar)and "Flores Astrais" - Astral flowers.
This edition does a great job. People like who had the original records, are able to listen to many things hidden or erased from the previous releases, the guitars sound clearer and louder and synthetizers too.
There's also those stories about the make up, well, they were there in 1973, Kiss first recordered and appeared with make up in 1974, and Secos & Molhados made a presentation for a TV show in Argentina in 1973 when, some say, Kiss' agent watched and stole the idea. Anyway, truth or not, who would give the credits to brazilian guys? Forget it, show business has a lot of stories just like that. LIsten to the music and enjoy your banquet.