Wed, Dec. 2, 9pm EST - 'A Divina Comédia Ou Ando Meio Desligado' by Os Mutantes

If you've never heard of Os Mutantes before I am pleased to be introducing you to this unique and brilliant band. Formed in the second half of the 1960's, this Brazilian psychedelic band sounds like no other band I'm aware of. The original lineup had Rita Lee on vocals with the Baptista brothers, Sérgio Dias and Arnaldo Baptista, handling instrumentation. Sometimes considered the fourth member, older brother Cláudio César Dias Baptista created instruments and effects that helped shape the far out sounds obtained by 'The Mutants'.

Released in 1970, A Divina Comédia Ou Ando Meio Desligado (English title: The Divine Comedy or I Feel A Little Spaced Out) was the group's third effort.  With influences from the Beatles to bossa nova to the Brazlian Tropicália artistic movement, it is no wonder this album is so stunningly unique and fascinating.  Add in the group's propensity for experimentation and you can begin to imagine the possibilities that this work of art can offer.  If you've heard this album before you are undoubtedly aware of its depth and the possibility of discovering something new with each listen. If this is your first spin, be prepared to be blown away.  To wet the palate without giving too much away, here are the track titles with some approximate english translations:

1. Ando Meio Desligado (I Feel A Little Spaced Out)
2. Quem Tem Medo De Brincar De Amor (Who fears playing with love)
3. Ave, Lúcifer (Hail, Lucifer)
4. Desculpe, Babe (I'm Sorry, Baby)
5. Meu Refrigerador Não Funciona (My refrigerator doesn't work)
6. Hey Boy
7. Preciso Urgentemente Encontrar Um Amigo (I need to find a friend urgently)
8. Chão De Estrelas (Starry Ground/Floor of Stars)
9. Jogo Da Calçada (Sidewalk Game)
10. Haleluia
11. Oh! Mulher Infiel (Oh! Unfaithful Woman)

Join the Brazilian psychedelic party with "Album Night" on Wednesday, December 2nd at 9pm and listen to the classic A Divina Comédia Ou Ando Meio Desligado by Os Mutantes. You won't be disappointed!

40 comments

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Hi Everyone, Here are some links related to the album for your reading and viewing pleasure: Good album review: https://www.headheritage.co.uk/unsung/review/1755/ Quick album review: http://www.allmusic.com/album/a-divina-comédia-ou-ando-meio-desligado-mw0000231423 Live video for "Preciso Urgentemente Encontrar Um Amigo”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unZYqNYuRxc Portuguese lyrics: http://letras.mus.br/mutantes/discografia/a-divina-comedia-ou-ando-meio-desligado-1970/ English translations: http://www.notbored.org/os-mutantes-lyrics.html http://www.luakabop.com/os_mutantes/cmp/lyrics1.html See you at 9 EST on the 2nd!

    Hi Everyone,

    Here are some links related to the album for your reading and viewing pleasure:

    Good album review:
    https://www.headheritage.co.uk/unsung/review/1755/

    Quick album review:
    http://www.allmusic.com/album/a-divina-comédia-ou-ando-meio-desligado-mw0000231423

    Live video for "Preciso Urgentemente Encontrar Um Amigo”:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unZYqNYuRxc

    Portuguese lyrics:
    http://letras.mus.br/mutantes/discografia/a-divina-comedia-ou-ando-meio-desligado-1970/

    English translations:
    http://www.notbored.org/os-mutantes-lyrics.html
    http://www.luakabop.com/os_mutantes/cmp/lyrics1.html

    See you at 9 EST on the 2nd!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Hello everyone and welcome to “Album Night”! If you’re a new visitor please read this one quick but important note for the event: *** Please make sure to periodically refresh your browser during the event so you can see all the comments as they are posted. The site will not automatically update on its own. *** If you’re a frequent visitor you already know this well. Of course, if anyone has any suggestions on how to improve this system and remove the need for the refreshes, I’m all ears. And with that I wish you all a great listening experience this evening! We’ll be kicking off promptly at 9pm EST

    Hello everyone and welcome to “Album Night”! If you’re a new visitor please read this one quick but important note for the event:

    ***
    Please make sure to periodically refresh your browser during the event so you can see all the comments as they are posted. The site will not automatically update on its own.
    ***

    If you’re a frequent visitor you already know this well. Of course, if anyone has any suggestions on how to improve this system and remove the need for the refreshes, I’m all ears. And with that I wish you all a great listening experience this evening! We’ll be kicking off promptly at 9pm EST

  • John T

    John T Eastchester

    Hi there, This will be the first time I have heard this album. I know of the group but never listened to their music so it I ma looking forward to this evening.

    Hi there,

    This will be the first time I have heard this album. I know of the group but never listened to their music so it I ma looking forward to this evening.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    I think you'll be pleasantly surprised John. Thanks for tuning in!

    I think you'll be pleasantly surprised John. Thanks for tuning in!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    "Album Night" officially starts now! Start track 1 (hit play or put the needle down on side A) of 'A Divina Comédia Ou Ando Meio Desligado' by Os Mutantes. Share your thoughts right here as you listen!

    "Album Night" officially starts now! Start track 1 (hit play or put the needle down on side A) of 'A Divina Comédia Ou Ando Meio Desligado' by Os Mutantes. Share your thoughts right here as you listen!

  • John T

    John T Eastchester

    I should add that I read the review that you provided in your comments and was surprised to see the comparison to Freak Out!

    I should add that I read the review that you provided in your comments and was surprised to see the comparison to Freak Out!

  • John T

    John T Eastchester

    The first track has that late 60's feel to it. Lots of harmonies and organ which was a signature sound back then. I wouldn't call it psychadelic but it has a very west coast sound.

    The first track has that late 60's feel to it. Lots of harmonies and organ which was a signature sound back then. I wouldn't call it psychadelic but it has a very west coast sound.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Hopefully it holds up in that regard!

    Hopefully it holds up in that regard!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Don't worry it will get weirder and more psychedelic sounding... :)

    Don't worry it will get weirder and more psychedelic sounding... smile

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Btw, John, I just emailed you the lyrics if its easier to follow along than the links.

    Btw, John, I just emailed you the lyrics if its easier to follow along than the links.

  • John T

    John T Eastchester

    I haven't listened to much Brazilian music but have a number of Tom Ze albums. They both have a different but idiosynchratic sound that cannot be called commercial by any stretch. Lots of sound effects. I find this surprising.

    I haven't listened to much Brazilian music but have a number of Tom Ze albums. They both have a different but idiosynchratic sound that cannot be called commercial by any stretch. Lots of sound effects. I find this surprising.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    "Ave, Lúcifer", track 3, starting now. This is definitely a good track

    "Ave, Lúcifer", track 3, starting now. This is definitely a good track

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    The sound effects really make it very different sounding, which is one of the things I find appealing about their music. I didn't realize until after researching this album that the other Baptista brother created a lot of the pedals and such that helped define their sound

    The sound effects really make it very different sounding, which is one of the things I find appealing about their music. I didn't realize until after researching this album that the other Baptista brother created a lot of the pedals and such that helped define their sound

  • John T

    John T Eastchester

    Thanks for the lyrics John. Just as weird as the music. It confirms the last 60's influences. This could have very easily been recorded in LA along with other similar groups like Love, Clear Light and the late great Autosalvage.

    Thanks for the lyrics John. Just as weird as the music. It confirms the last 60's influences. This could have very easily been recorded in LA along with other similar groups like Love, Clear Light and the late great Autosalvage.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Desculpe, Babe (I'm Sorry, Baby) is a simpler song, but I find something very endearing about it

    Desculpe, Babe (I'm Sorry, Baby) is a simpler song, but I find something very endearing about it

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    "Meu Refrigerador Não Funciona", track 5, starting now. One of the weirder ones, but really good too. Over 6 minutes

    "Meu Refrigerador Não Funciona", track 5, starting now. One of the weirder ones, but really good too. Over 6 minutes

  • John T

    John T Eastchester

    Listening now to My Refrigerator Doesn't Work but have no idea what the lyrcis mean even in English. Has that spooky experimental feel to it.

    Listening now to My Refrigerator Doesn't Work but have no idea what the lyrcis mean even in English. Has that spooky experimental feel to it.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    I love that organ sound. The one they are using has a very used sound to it which is a perfect fit to the song. Something highly polished would not have worked. Very 60's sounding as you noted earlier.

    I love that organ sound. The one they are using has a very used sound to it which is a perfect fit to the song. Something highly polished would not have worked. Very 60's sounding as you noted earlier.

  • John T

    John T Eastchester

    Amazing how they assimilated so much of the pop studio experimentalism that the Beatles and Mothers made popular.

    Amazing how they assimilated so much of the pop studio experimentalism that the Beatles and Mothers made popular.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Many of these songs sound like they could have easily been created under the influence of hallucinogens. Hard to follow their train of thought sometimes. Musically though they are pretty coherent

    Many of these songs sound like they could have easily been created under the influence of hallucinogens. Hard to follow their train of thought sometimes. Musically though they are pretty coherent

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    "Hey Boy" is so radically different than its predecessor. Kind of drags you out of the hole they were bringing us down

    "Hey Boy" is so radically different than its predecessor. Kind of drags you out of the hole they were bringing us down

  • John T

    John T Eastchester

    Hey Boy is soemthing completely different - almost doo wop. You can see how they immersed themselves in the US music scene over many styles. The more you listen the more accessible the musuc becomes.

    Hey Boy is soemthing completely different - almost doo wop. You can see how they immersed themselves in the US music scene over many styles.

    The more you listen the more accessible the musuc becomes.

  • John T

    John T Eastchester

    Oh gee I didn't see that car accident coming. Another west coast reference - drag racing.

    Oh gee I didn't see that car accident coming. Another west coast reference - drag racing.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    yeah, it is interesting to hear those influences John. Many heard those records and couldn't get a grip on them, so it's kind of amazing that they did it in Brazil, which you don't really think of as a pop mecca back then

    yeah, it is interesting to hear those influences John. Many heard those records and couldn't get a grip on them, so it's kind of amazing that they did it in Brazil, which you don't really think of as a pop mecca back then

  • John T

    John T Eastchester

    Do you consider this their best album?

    Do you consider this their best album?

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Admittedly, this is the only album I actually own other than their greatest hits album "Everything is Possible". I haven't listened to the others one enough to make that assessment fairly. But every time I listen to them I want to hear more. The greatest hits album is fantastic of course but somewhat lacks the fluidity and coherence of an actual album, not surprisingly of course

    Admittedly, this is the only album I actually own other than their greatest hits album "Everything is Possible". I haven't listened to the others one enough to make that assessment fairly. But every time I listen to them I want to hear more. The greatest hits album is fantastic of course but somewhat lacks the fluidity and coherence of an actual album, not surprisingly of course

  • John T

    John T Eastchester

    I think Chao De Estrelas is the first track that doesn't seem to work or fit in. Over done would be putting it lightly.

    I think Chao De Estrelas is the first track that doesn't seem to work or fit in. Over done would be putting it lightly.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Btw, I did see them play in the city about 5 years ago. I think one of the Baptista brothers was the only original member still in the group. They played some classics which were great but the new stuff wasn't as good. I actually own one of the newer albums, though I don't really consider it a Mutantes album since the lineup and therefore sound was different

    Btw, I did see them play in the city about 5 years ago. I think one of the Baptista brothers was the only original member still in the group. They played some classics which were great but the new stuff wasn't as good. I actually own one of the newer albums, though I don't really consider it a Mutantes album since the lineup and therefore sound was different

  • John T

    John T Eastchester

    They continue to perform and record don't they - at least in some configuration?

    They continue to perform and record don't they - at least in some configuration?

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Yeah, "Jogo Da Calçada", gets back to the Os Muntantes sound. But I like the fact that they experiment, even if it feels overdone sometimes

    Yeah, "Jogo Da Calçada", gets back to the Os Muntantes sound. But I like the fact that they experiment, even if it feels overdone sometimes

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    I kind of like the way back in the 4 track days the drums were only on one channel, rather than down the middle and huge sounding like today

    I kind of like the way back in the 4 track days the drums were only on one channel, rather than down the middle and huge sounding like today

  • John T

    John T Eastchester

    Haleluia sounds like church music. Dare I say a Procol Harum influence. I really like the lead guitar player especially when he solos and stretches things out.

    Haleluia sounds like church music. Dare I say a Procol Harum influence.

    I really like the lead guitar player especially when he solos and stretches things out.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    "Oh! Mulher Infiel", last track, starting now.

    "Oh! Mulher Infiel", last track, starting now.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Yeah, definitely has the church music sound. Never thought of the PH influence. Interesting

    Yeah, definitely has the church music sound. Never thought of the PH influence. Interesting

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    I like the reprise in this final track. Makes for a good ending. Can't believe the album is over already though!

    I like the reprise in this final track. Makes for a good ending. Can't believe the album is over already though!

  • John T

    John T Eastchester

    They really sound like they are having fun on the last track. A fitting finale to a weird but fun trip. Who would have thought? I would be interested in knowing how popular they became in Brazil.

    They really sound like they are having fun on the last track. A fitting finale to a weird but fun trip. Who would have thought?

    I would be interested in knowing how popular they became in Brazil.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Well, that concludes the final "Album Night" of the year. "Album Night" will return in the new year with an album to be determined. If you have any ideas let me know! Thanks for joining "Album Night" John. I hope you enjoyed your first exposure to "The Mutants"!

    Well, that concludes the final "Album Night" of the year. "Album Night" will return in the new year with an album to be determined. If you have any ideas let me know!

    Thanks for joining "Album Night" John. I hope you enjoyed your first exposure to "The Mutants"!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Good question John. I suspect they must have been fairly popular if they performed on some tv shows and were able to record numerous albums. The bigger question may be how popular they were (if at all) in the states back then

    Good question John. I suspect they must have been fairly popular if they performed on some tv shows and were able to record numerous albums. The bigger question may be how popular they were (if at all) in the states back then

  • John T

    John T Eastchester

    A nice way to the end the year's series John. You selected lots of classic albums this year. Looking forward your choice to open 2016! Happy Holidays!!

    A nice way to the end the year's series John. You selected lots of classic albums this year. Looking forward your choice to open 2016! Happy Holidays!!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Thanks John. Same to you! And thanks for your continued support of "Album Night"!!!

    Thanks John. Same to you! And thanks for your continued support of "Album Night"!!!

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