Os Mutantes – A Minha Menina

• “A Minha Menina” set to a picture of the housing album cover. Thanks to Svanelicorne.

8.5 “Excellent Psychedelia from Brazil”

From their self-titled debut LP (Polydor LPNG 44.018) released in 1968.

In the summer of ’68, South American hipsters in the know were groovin’ to Os Mutantes (The Mutants), an adventurous trio est. 1966 in São Paulo. They absorbed the sound of the world and fed it back via Brazilian sensibilities. How much better things would be if there were more like them around the globe. The core three wrote all of the songs and were: Rita Lee (vocals, recorder, autoharp, percussion); Sérgio Dias (vocals, guitars) and Arnaldo Baptista (vocals, keyboards, bass). They were brave to be doing what they were doing – the right wing regime were out to clamp down on long- haired good-time Pedros, and members of their circle were forced to flee the country in ‘68. Like all good artistic statements, they simply had to bide their time until word got out; nearly 50 years on folks are still turning on and tuning in to this snazzy freak out.

You can check out the rest of my album reviews for 1968 here.

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