OS MUTANTES - SAO PAULO 1978 [RITA LEE R.I.P. 1947 - 2023]

April 22, 2017 – 5:24 am

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RITA LEE R.I.P. 1947 - 2023

Rita Lee, the legendary Brazilian musician, composer and founder of the trailblazing band Os Mutantes, has died on May 8 at 75, prompting emotional tributes to Brazil’s undisputed “Queen of Rock”. Lee was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2021, memorably nicknaming her tumour “Jair” - a sardonic reference to Brazil’s widely loathed then president, Jair Bolsonaro. The pioneering artist and feminist icon, who sold more than 55 million records during a six-decade career, went into remission last year but died at her home in São Paulo on Monday night.

“At this moment of profound sadness, the family thanks everyone for their affection and love,” read a message on Lee’s Instagram account, inviting fans to a public wake at the city’s Parque Ibirapuera, one of Latin America’s largest parks. News of Rita Lee’s death sparked an outpouring of emotion and reverence towards one of the most important figures in contemporary Brazilian music.

“I’m a wreck. The Greatest has left us… There will never be another Rita Lee,” tweeted the Brazilian rock singer Pitty. Brazil’s culture minister, the singer and composer Margareth Menezes, hailed her as a “revolutionary woman”. “The world has lost one of the most unique and incredible people who ever existed,” one of her sons, João Lee, wrote on social media. “What an intense and spectacular life you had. Admired and loved by so many people. So ahead of your time.”

“Comadre Rita, Anibal, cabrinha, caprichosa capricorniana, amiga,” tweeted Gilberto Gil. “Rest, my sister. I love you.” Os Mutantes member Baptista credits Lee for the “circus feel” of the band, including its humor, costumes and instruments played, like the theremin. Even the current president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, declared three days of mourning and called Lee “one of the greatest and most brilliant names in Brazilian music.” “The angels sing,” Dias shared in a statement. “The archangels lower their eyes and God bows to let her go by… my love… she went to meet love.”

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Sao Paulo 1978 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Teatro de Arena, Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil; June 6, 1978. Very good soundboard.
Os Mutantes was formed in São Paulo in 1966 by two brothers: Arnaldo Baptista (bass, keyboards and vocals) and Sérgio Dias Baptista (guitar and vocals), and lead singer Rita Lee. Os Mutantes (”The Mutants”) are an influential Brazilian psychedelic rock band that were linked with the Tropicália movement of the late 1960s. After a hiatus from the late 1970s to the early 2000s, the band reunited in 2006, touring and recording new material. In the ’70s, the band moved in a progressive rock direction with the album O A e o Z, recorded in 1973 but released only in 1992 due to disagreement with the record company. - wikipedia

Influenced by Hélio Oiticica’s art installation of the same name, Tropicália drew from the cultural concept of antropofagia, or the cultural and musical cannibalism of all societies. Hence Tropicalia fused rock with Brazilian and African rhythms. It also drew from poetry and theatre.

Thanks to original uploader Socram; and to rpm8866 for keeping the show alive at Dime.


To me it’s a mono soundboard, but a friend of mine guessed it’s a stereo record with little separation on channels. [Ed: Audacity indicates this is not a mono recording.] Although sound quality is excellent, all between-songs is missing, tape cut a few seconds before end of each song, I smoothed them best I could. Last seconds from very last song is also missing, I did a fade out. Vocal on first two songs is very low in the mix.

Also did some corrections with Wavelab (all on CD 1), due cuts on tape:
- track 1: fade in/out on 8:19
- track 3: fade in/out on 3:28
- track 3: patch on 3:48 to 3:50
- track 7: fade in/out on 6:24

master reel(?) > reel > cdr > cdr > wav > flac (level 5, align on sector boundaries)

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Disc 1
Track 101. Arena/Ando Meio Desligado 15:39
Track 102. Panis Et Circense/Falsifiquei A Sua Caderneta 5:40
Track 103. Frutificar 6:13
Track 104. Semente da Paixao 4:49
Track 105. Aurora Boreal 6:57
Track 106. Mensageiro da Ladeira (Pororoca) 2:30
Track 107. Genesis 9:56
52 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Amanhecer 3:08
Track 202. Paranoia 6:49
Track 203. Te Encontrar 5:54
Track 204. Cidadao da Terra 5:25
Track 205. Magia e Coracao 4:47
Track 206. De Que Vale Meu Rock ‘n’ Roll 10:48
Track 207. Rock ‘n’ Roll City 9:54
47 mins

Sérgio Dias - vocals, guitars
Ruy Motta - drums, percussion, backing vocals
Luciano Alves - keyboards
Fernando Gama - bass, vocals
Eunice Matos - backing vocals

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  1. 3 Responses to “OS MUTANTES - SAO PAULO 1978 [RITA LEE R.I.P. 1947 - 2023]”

  2. No Rita Lee on this one but I didn’t have it so Thank You BigO

    By sking on May 12, 2023

  3. You’re welcome to it Skiingy, it’s shit.

    By Walter on May 14, 2023

  4. y’all better stop picking on me. you keep picking on me and i’ll hit you with my purse

    By swappers on May 14, 2023

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