Rare and highly sought after in its original format, Os Brazōes self-titled album was originally released on RGE Discos in 1969. It is a psychedelic masterpiece that fuses samba, rĘnĘb and rock ĘnĘ roll influences using fuzz guitars, synths, percussion, lush vocals and effects.
Os Brazōes formed in Rio de Janeiro in the late 1960Ęs. They supported Tom Zé and backed Gal Costa during her Tropicalia period, yet apparently never recorded in the studio with her. The album is peppered with alternative versions of songs by the movementĘs stars, including Gilberto GilĘs °Pega a Voga, CabeludoĘ and Jorge Ben and ToquinhoĘs °Carolina, Carol BelaĘ. But Os Brazões manage to make them their own with their unique interpretations.
ItĘs on their own songs that Os Brazões really shine. Their wide sonic palette presents the listener with moments of dense beauty, experimentation and some serious funk. Exploring this mix of covers and self-penned songs, you get a genuine feeling for the influences, tastes and direction of the band. Os Brazões produced a classic of the Tropicalia movement and itĘs a record that probably deserves to be ranked alongside Os MutantesĘ early output.
"...grounded in samba, but with layers of psychedelic rock on top... the original numbers rock the hardest – 5/5." MOJO Magazine. RSD Black Friday 2021 Edition features original artwork and orange splatter vinyl.