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Haih Or Amortecedor [CD]

Os Mutantes Audio CD
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When the members of the legendary "Tropicalia" band Os Mutantes took the stage before an audience of thousands at the Hollywood bowl a few years back, it seemed one of the greatest secrets in modern music was finally out. The seminal band whose ethereal absurdist pop music had inspired so many prominent musicians since their breakup decades before, were back. This time the world ... Read more in Amazon's Os Mutantes Store

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  • Audio CD (7 Sep 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: ANTI
  • ASIN: B002JRZS0Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,664 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hymns Of The World P.1 (Intro)
2. Querida Querida
3. Teclar
4. 2000 e Agarrum
5. Baghdad Blues
6. Careca
7. Mensageiro
8. Anagrama
9. Samba Do Fidel
10. Neurociência do Amor
11. Nada Mudou
12. Gopala Krishna Om
13. Hymns Of The World P.2 (Final)

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BBC Review

Tropicália has thrived in a spirit of contradiction since its inception more than 40 years ago. In mid-60s Brazil, with a military junta recently installed in government and CIA involvement suspected in the coup, anger at US imperialism simmered on the political left.

The Tropicálista group comprised musicians, poets and visual artists, and managed to rile militarist and dissident alike. Their playful mix of absurdism and protest landed them in hot water with censorious government-types – several exponents were tortured and exiled – but their cannibal art manifestos and appropriation of American rock and psychedelia into traditional Brazilian styles infuriated the artists and folkies of the left, too. Think Dylan’s Judas moment, only with heightened political consequences.

Anyway, the group behind the most celebrated artefact of that era, the freewheeling Os Mutantes LP of 1968, is no longer the group that sits before us. Os Mutantes aka The Mutants was initially the conception of two brothers, Arnaldo Baptista and Sérgio Dias Baptista, and vocalist Rita Lee. The band underwent many line-up changes with Dias as the lynchpin until its dissolution in 1978.

Dias briefly teamed up again with brother Arnaldo for a string of reunion shows in 2006, after a glut of Tropicália compilation releases handed them an international cult, but Baptista departed to continue solo pursuits. Lee was nowhere to be found, sniping that the band was just an opportunity for the brothers to "earn cash to pay for geriatry".

If that’s the case, then so be it: the band's first album in 35 years does a fine job of preserving the anarchic spirit – if not the personnel – of the original line-up. Granted, it’s a far slicker production than the fearless, spit-and-polish jobs of yesteryear, but there’s a freshness and purpose here that puts most veterans of the era to shame. Opening with a recording of Vladimir Putin addressing the Russian army, we segue straight into Querida, Querida, which reimagines Carlos Santana through the corrupting lens of Sparks.

Along with the sophisticated psych of Teclar, it’s one of several highlights to boast a co-writing credit for Tropicália luminary Tom Zé, while the terrific, lounge-lizard funk of O Careca belongs to samba-rock legend Jorge Ben Jor. A conspicuous roll-call, all told, for a head-turning comeback. --Alex Denney

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mutant Wonderworld 7 Sep 2009
Format:Audio CD
35 years between albums must surely be some kind of achievement.

Brazilian band/collective Os Mutantes (The Mutants)
have been through a great many line-up changes and
reincarnations since their formation in 1966.

I am completely unfamiliar with their earlier work and
'Haih Or Amortecedor' (their first studio album since 1974)
has been both a revelation and a real ear-opener for me.

Sandwiched between an introductory speech by Vladimir Putin to the
Russian army and a postscript of wildly out-of-kilter martial mayhem is
a collection of 11 marvellously sureal and varied compositions.

Psychedelic-Latino-Wehrmacht Cabaret-Swing-from Mars !!

The good-natured sunny melody of 'Tedar' tacitly demonstrates
the band's inate musicality and versatility. The central vocal
performance and harmonies are loose-limbed and delightful.

The slightly sleazy jazz of 'Baghdad Blues', with its stunning
woodwind and brass arrangement is another real highlight.

The limber "sha la la's" of 'Anagrama' made an Old Wolf smile.

'Samba Do Fidel' demonstrates both affection and cheeky disrespect
for the idiom within the same context. It's a complete hoot !

'Neurociencia Do Amor' is so full of wonderfully elegant ideas
it seems in danger of bursting at the seams. Stunning !

'Nada Mudou' is probably the album's finest and strangest moment.
Full of quasi-vaudevillian energy. Complex, barmy and utterly magical.
It's very hard to describe just how unique these sounds are.

'Gopala Krishna Om' nails the band's hippie heritage to the mast !

In a world full of musical riches Os Mutantes and their consummate
creation deserve a chair at the top table with the best of the best.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Neo band 31 Jan 2010
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This was supposed to be another album of Mutantes with Arnaldo Baptista and Zelia Duncan, or Rita Lee perhaps, but all of them declined. However this is a great album with nice songs and a quite good recording work was done here. It is somewhat strange calling this band "Os Mutantes". It's more like a great and innovative Sergio Dias band. I still like to call Os Mutantes that original line up with Rita Lee, Arnaldo Baptista and Sergio Dias. If you want to discover the great sound of Mutantes, or if you are a beginner, try first "Os Mutantes" (1968), "Mutantes" (1969), "A Divina Comedia ou Ando Meio Desligado" (1970), "Jardim Eletrico" (1971) and "Mutantes e seus Cometas no Pais dos Baurets" (1972). This is their essential discography. "O A eo Z" (1973) and "Tudo Foi Feito Pelo Sol" (1974) without Rita Lee are ok rock albums but only for the hardcore fans, IMHO. I am a fan of Sergio solo works and one of the few owners of his rare 1st solo album on cd. In my point of view Mutantes were that unique line up. Their solo works are also very interesting but goes in a different way.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some of the magic is back. 25 July 2010
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In one of the most anticipated reunions of recent decades (they were heavily lobbied by Kurt Cobain and Beck among others to reform, but politely declined for years), Os Mutantes returned to the studio and produced an album that reaches for the heights they once knew. It's a sincere and well-made Brazilian rock album with the requisite stylistic switch-ups and unconvential arrangements fans will expect, and if that sounds like damning with faint praise it very well might be. Something was lost in the intervening decade, although it certainly wasn't talent or effort.

One of the things that made Os Mutantes' absurdist pop/psychedelia so groundbreaking (especially for their first 4 or 5 albums) was the actual ground that it broke. The Tropicalia movement was across-the-board in the Brazilian arts, a slyly confrontational creative juggernaut that the government definitely felt threatened by. They jailed and exiled Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil -- pop stars -- after all. 35 years later, the political charge their unconventional, fearless songs once held is obviously absent, leftism isn't the dangerous occupation it once was. One of their songs was even used in a McDonald's commercial!

Mostly, that's intangible on "Haih" in strictly a musical sense. The production style still alternately bites the ears and then sweetly seduces them, often in the same song. To modern listeners, the most revolutionary aspect of the late 1960s/early 1970s band was their sonic versatility. One of the Baptista brothers was gifted with electronics and built all their guitar effects and pedals, as such things were expensive and hard to come by in Brazil. The new album was recorded with modern equipment however, and these more conventional "rock" sounds don't necessarily mesh with Os Mutantes' eclectic approach. Arnaldo Baptista and Rita Lee are absent as well, two key components to the band's mercurial chemistry. While Bia Mendes is an agile singer, the timbral differences and her more restrained presence than Lee make her contributions seem slight, and even forced sometimes.

My reservations with the new album all boil down to a pervasive stiffness, the sound of Sergio Dias (the only remaining original member) trying to put on a three-decades old musical costume instead of just going wild in the studio as his younger self and the other former band members did, to amazingly documented effect. That first classic run of albums is essential listening for everyone (and I mean everyone), whereas "Haih" is really only essential listening for established fans. It's good to have this band back, more or less, but I hope if they stick around and keep producing albums they let loose a little more and don't try to play to peoples' expectations of who they should be as much.
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