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31 May 2017

Rita Lee (Os Mutantes)‎ “Hoje É O Primeiro Dia Do Resto Da Sua Vida"1972 Brazil Psych Experimental





Rita Lee (Os Mutantes)‎ “Hoje É O Primeiro Dia Do Resto Da Sua Vida"1972 Brazil Psych Experimental
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This is former Os Mutantes member Rita Lee's second solo album, recorded in 1972, the same year as Mutantes recorded their E Seus Cometas No País Dos Baurets album (the group's last album with the original bandmembers). To an even higher extent than on Lee's first solo effort, Build Up, fellow Mutantes front figures Arnaldo Baptista and Sergio Dias have made significant contributions to this album, performing on the tracks and writing much of the material. As one might expect, then, the sound and style of this album bears much resemblance to the sound and style of the official Mutantes albums. There is plenty of cheeky inventiveness, psychedelic and goofy sound effects, fine melodies, and loving parodies of other musical genres -- for example, bossa nova. And in the midst of all this playfulness, there is also room for gloomier emotions and undertones. The album definitely contains several very fine moments; as for example the keyboard dominated "Vamos Tratar da Saúde" and the space rock of "Superfície do Planeta." But in spite of all the obvious merits of this album, on a few occasions it seems to lack some of spontaneity that characterized earlier Mutantes albums. It also feels natural that this album was the last occasion on which Lee and Baptista would team up to make a recording. Hoje É o Primeiro Dia do Resto da Sua Vida is a very fine album indeed, but it doesn't quite reach the same overall class as Mutantes' brilliant first three albums. Nevertheless, any fan of the music of Mutantes or psychedelic rock should find great pleasure in listening to this album................

This, for me, is one of the best albuns by the Mutantes. It is not really a truly solo album by Rita, as it is cleary a creation of the groups' Brazilian "antropophagic" psychodelia; particularly because the album was produced by Arnaldo Baptista. It does sound a bit like progressive music (but I like it...) given that the group was all listening to Yes and ELP for days and days on their acid trips, and because Liminha was revealing his influences too (a pick on a Rickenbaker bass, Chris Squire...). It was hilarious to read from a fans' comment at Amazon that the song "Tapupukitipa sets a righteous strident chant of an Indian word..." Whoever wrote this had no idea what to say (and didn't really understand the Mutantes' spirit) since the true story is that the group just invented this word as an onomatopoeia of the unpublisheable Brazilian expression "vai pra.... pariu" (some MUCH worse than "go to hell") as a playful joke with the censors. This and more is revealed in Carlos Calado's book "Os Mutantes: The True Psychedelic Adventures of a Band from Brazil", availabe in English. All interested in this incredible group should read the book and buy all the albums (CDs) of course :).........By Vicente Del Rio.......

By '72 Os Mutantes were on the verge of becoming a prog-rock band and Rita Lee stood on the brink of success as a Brazilian rock diva; both paths would borrow heavily from Yankee pop/rock trends. However, the entire group cut one last great album (with Lee inaptly given top billing) in that year - "Today is the first day of the rest of your life."
This album can be seen as an immediate successor to Tropicalia and contains elements of what's being called the "post-Tropicalia sound": the continued ironic juxtapositions of Brazilian elements with Pan-Latin and prevailing American/European stylings, but tinged by a slightly-subdued, darker, less-youthful energy that bespeaks the oppression of the Brazilian dictatorship (Veloso and Gil were still in exile when the album was recorded) as well as the drug fallout and loss of optimism shared with their Northern counterparts.
That's not to say the humor is gone - "Tapupukitipa" sets a righteous strident chant of an Indian word over a distinct early-70s clavinet-driven funk-rock groove that dissolves into group spoken-word, and the opening track coaxes an image of Dee-Lite's Lady Kier cutting a musical "toast to health" in Electric Ladyland Studios in 1969, given spine by the great bassist Liminha. In typical Mutantes fashion, Latin styles such as tango and bossa nova are skewered lovingly. But Arnaldo Baptista sounds like a man in decline, and the general feel is of a group of tired carnival entertainers putting on an heroic final show to a litter-strewn venue.........ByDerrick A. Smith.............

Following the Mutantes style, it was cdredited to Rita Lee Jones as a solo labum, but it wasn't: It is just another genuine Mutantes album, although the last with Rita as a member of the crew. And I love this album, because the whole band shows an fantastic developing as musicians. Arnaldo Baptista is the producer, once more, and many of the compositions were written by him and Lee Jones. This album was made in a late psychedelic style (well, remember that the rest of the world uses to be some years behind U.S.A. and Western Europe in terms of international cultural trends), but full of talent. Lee Jones and Baptista talents. They were really great together. Listen carefully to "Vamos Tratar da Saude", "Hoje e o Primeiro Dia do Resto da Sua Vida", "De Novo Aqui Meu Bom Jose", "Frique Comigo" and "Tapupukitipa" (the last, written to be a kind of answer to 70's Brazilian Military Government censorship - in cifrated language, the title means something similar to "F... you")......By Fernando Fonseca.........

A pretty solid album, and really, for all intents and purposes, an Os Mutantes album, since Sergio and Arnaldo both perform on here, as does fill-in member Arnolpho Lima (aka Liminha). Brazilian fans of Lee's later pop-rock material probably won't like this disc much, but if you're into the freaky psychedelic stuff, this is one of her very best records. The approach is very Mutantes-ish, though in reality this is way better than most of the band's official albums. Sure, it's just as goofy and clunky, but the ideas and mood are more sustained from track to track, and as an album it hangs together much better. Prescient parodies of lounge music and lumpen boogie rock seek a detente with some seriously artsy/psychedelic efforts, including music concrete and cute tape loop effects... very similar in tone to Caetano Veloso's album, "Araca Azul," from the same year. I dunno if this is something you'd put on when you had company visiting, but if you've come this far with the whole Tropicalia thing, then you should certainly check this one out. (Originally reviewed January, 2002)...By DJ Joe Sixpack...........

Technically Rita Lee's second solo album, this is really Os Mutantes' fourth and final album. Both Baptista brothers are playing and singing all over it, and one of them produced it. The Mutantes always had a practical joke-y side to their stuff, but on their first three albums, the shenanigans were an undercurrent, with the strength or their songwriting, the experimental nature of their playing, and Lee's mesmerizing voice, being the central forces of their sound. But this is the album where the hijynx overtake the quality of the material and render them a novelty act. There are war whoops, a song where one of the guys in the band does a kind of Elvis impression, studio banter between songs . . . everything but good material. Still, this IS Rita Lee and the Baptistas, so all is not lost; there are two somewhat worthwhile tracks, the opener and track 9, and even on songs that fall flat, Lee's voice is a pleasure to listen to. Diehard Mutants fans will want to hear this, but nobody else needs it........By Brian J. Greene.........

In recent days the most talked about on the net is the launch of Box Dos Mutantes. It contains the first 5 discs of the band and another one of out-takes. About this material I will not address at the moment, because the idea of the text is to speak of a disc of my collection. And why the hell did I start the text talking about Blessed Box? Because there is a disc disguised as Mutantes, for a marketing move of the label, in 1972 is born the second solo album of Rita Lee's career: Today is The First Day of the Rest of Your Life, but in fact it is a Mutantes album. For in it every band participates, that is, a somewhat brazen way to leverage the rocker's career. Coincidentally or not, it leaves the band in the same year.
The album already opens with the pauseira Vamos Tratar da Saúde, the guitar and the bass line are incredible, as well as the vocalization embodying the chorus. Then the second track, Beija-me Amor, is a bolero with a vigorous guitar intro and soon afterwards it becomes a sort of march, getting nervous at the end with a heavy hammock by Arnaldo Mutant comic way of being. The following song gives title to the album, Today is The First Day of the Rest of His Life, written by the Baptista brothers with the introduction of a music box and then a keyboard doing the melody along with a heavy bass from Liminha and the guitar Sergio travels making some very futuristic links at the time and Dinho Holding the groove on drums. The next track, Teimosia, has a roots footprint, with a tribal climate where percussion dominates the entire song. To end A's side, the psychedelic pop Frique Comigo, with voices full of effects, all improvising in the end flirting with progressive rock to Emerson, Lake and Palmer.
The other side begins with an electric samba, Amor Branco and Preto, with a lyric honoring the Corithians football team, with a moog crazy solo at the end of the song. Then one of the coolest of the album, Tiroleite, a country rock that has a bluesy intro. The letter is a description as it is nice to live in the countryside. Rita shares the vocals with Arnold. The next song, Tapupukitipa, is more a rock n 'roll with a psychedelic \ progressive footprint, where the keyboard stands out, with a letter of only one verse that is a kind of indigenous greeting. Before the next song has a vignette as if the band was discussing the production of the album. Then, next comes the beautiful New Here My Good Jose, a ballad that would be version 2 of the song Meu Bom José from his first album. The album ends in a great way with Surface of the Planet, psychedelia with progressive rock, full of travels and virtuosity. A foreboding of what the band would be like. Rita shares the vocals with Sérgio, who sings more than she does in this track.
Therefore, my friends, Today is "Hoje É O Primeiro Dia Do Resto Da Sua Vida", I consider it to be a disc of the Mutants, because everyone participates directly in it. Indispensable in the collection of any lover of Brazilian psychedelia, because the album is incredibly fantastic. I have a reprint of 1985 that came out by the Afonso Cheap stamp, I got it from a great friend, simple cover. The original edition is double layer laminated by Polydor seal and rare to find.....by...Dimas Marques................

Musicos

Arnaldo Dias Baptista : Sintetizador
Arnaldo Dias Baptista : Coro
Liminha (Arnolpho Lima Filho) : Baixo Elétrico
Liminha (Arnolpho Lima Filho) : Coro
Lúcia Turnbull : Coro
Rita Lee : Coro
Ronaldo Leme : Bateria
Sérgio Dias Baptista : Coro
Sérgio Dias Baptista : Guitarra


Tracklist
A1 Vamos Tratar Da Saúde 3:05
A2 Beija-me Amor 4:00
A3 Hoje É O Primeiro Dia Do Resto De Sua Vida 4:09
A4 Teimosia 2:03
A5 Frique Comigo 3:24
B1 Amor Branco E Preto 2:10
B2 Tiroleite 3:39
B3 Tapupukitipa 5:10
B4 De Novo Aqui Meu Bom José 4:13
B5 Superfície Do Planeta 4:15


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