Mutantes Live: Barbican Theater, London, 2006

Os Mutantes. Luaka Bop.


Os Mutantes were the rock and roll component of the Tropicália movement that energized Brazilian music in the late ’60s and gave the world great singer-songwriters like Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil. This two-disc set, capturing the group’s first performance in over three decades, marks a personal as well as musical reunion, bringing together long-estranged siblings Sérgio Dias and Arnaldo Baptista. Mutantes Live is pure joy from the first giddy note, mixing delirious psychedelia, Zappa-style absurdity, Beatlesesque grandeur, and a funky sense of swing, all held together—barely—by breathtaking melodies. An instant cure for the blahs.

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