- Lyrics and liner notes translated from the Portuguese by Wendy Bazilian.
- Os Mutantes: Arnaldo Baptista, Sergio Baptista (vocals, various instruments); Rita Lee (vocals, tambourine).
- Reissue producers: Johan Kugelberg, Jeff Gibson.
- Includes liner notes by Fabio Rodrigues.
- Os Mutantes: Rita Lee, Sergio Dias, Arnaldo Baptista.
- Personnel: Jorge Ben (viola).
- Liner Note Author: Fabio Rodrigues.
- One of the embodiments of Brazil's crash into the counter-culture of the '60s, Mutantes (Mutants) weren't just a great pop-rock group, they were boundary-smashing revolutionaries. As part of that country's late-'60s Tropicalismo movement, the trio helped modernize distinctly Brazilian sounds, scuzzying the samba rhythms of Carnaval with fuzzed-up electric guitars, and blowing a weird avant-garde breeze into the smooth hair of conservative bossa nova culture. Rita Lee and the Baptista brothers (Arnaldo and Sergio) made music wholly reminiscent of REVOLVER-era Beatles, mixing in Stockhausian sonic collages, Zappa's sense of absurdity, and a Brazilian love of the groove.
- The liner notes included in Omplatten's reissue of the band's self-titled 1968 debut describe the historical context for the band's importance, but the musical pleasure of OS MUTANTES is far less cerebral. Interpreting the songs of their Tropicalismo compadres (Caetano Veloso, Gilbeto Gil, Jorge Ben), they infused Brazilian folk forms with modern studio touches--brass fan fares, found-sound effects, psychedelic vocal harmonies, etc. It is essentially shagadelic mid-'60s pop, with Lee's innocent vocals dripping with irony and Rogerio Duprat's arrangements as forward thinking as anything that emerged from LA or London at the time. OS MUTANTES sounds as fresh as any recording of the period.
Rolling Stone (6/24/99, p.68) - 4 1/2 out of 5 - "...Panis et Circensis (Bread and Circus)...suggests what Pink Floyd might have sounded like if Syd Barrett's brain had been baked by the sun and string bikinis at Copacabana..."
The Wire (4/99, pp.68-9) - "...still carries an electric punch powerful enough to wind the unwary listener..."
Mojo (Publisher) (6/00, p.122) - "The 1st and arguably the best album by [Os Mutantes]....fusing material by Gil, Veloso, Humberto Teixiera and Jorge Ben with Byrdsian sounds, bits of wacky Beatlebop and even...moments of pure The Mamas And The Papas..."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.52) - Ranked #12 in Mojo's "The 50 Most Out There Albums Of All Time" - "This is their finest moment."