11 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

A year after this experimental Brazilian outfit’s 1968 debut, Revolver-era Beatles were still a potent influence on the Baptista brothers and lead vocalist Rita Lee. However, this follow-up album’s challenging collage of sounds was delivered with a lighthearted, satirical spirit more akin to Frank Zappa. The theatrical songs blend lush strings and chirping woodwinds with fuzzed-out psychedelic swagger. Emboldened by the voracious eclecticism of Tropicália, instruments like theremin, autoharp and Hammond organ are joined by found-sound snippets recorded from Brazilian television. Impressively, the results cohere into an exuberant psych-pop record. The album’s reputation grew in the decades after its release and was referenced decades later by the likes of Kurt Cobain and Beck.

EDITORS’ NOTES

A year after this experimental Brazilian outfit’s 1968 debut, Revolver-era Beatles were still a potent influence on the Baptista brothers and lead vocalist Rita Lee. However, this follow-up album’s challenging collage of sounds was delivered with a lighthearted, satirical spirit more akin to Frank Zappa. The theatrical songs blend lush strings and chirping woodwinds with fuzzed-out psychedelic swagger. Emboldened by the voracious eclecticism of Tropicália, instruments like theremin, autoharp and Hammond organ are joined by found-sound snippets recorded from Brazilian television. Impressively, the results cohere into an exuberant psych-pop record. The album’s reputation grew in the decades after its release and was referenced decades later by the likes of Kurt Cobain and Beck.

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