Picked this up several years ago from Mark at BAO (By Appointment Only) Records in San Diego. Being a fan of Brazilian music, I’m generally drawn to any 1960s or 1970s records from there, and the cover of this one definitely had the look. Based off of the title and song selection I expected some 60s pop sounds somewhere in between the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. As I reached into the cover to pull out the LP to give it a listen, I noticed that something appeared to be missing. It looked as if someone had taken a bite out of the album. Since I know vinyl isn’t particularly nutritional, nor does it taste good, I figured somebody at some point just dropped the record and it cracked. Even though the first two songs on both sides were affected, I dug the rest so much I still took it home, with the hope to “Mint Up” later.
Still haven’t seen another copy of this record, so instead of waiting another two years I figured I’d just post it now. Os Incríveis were a rock group out of Sao Paulo, that recorded quite a bit, up until the mid-1970s. I haven’t heard much of their later material, but this music is very pop oriented but with a little bit of an edge, sometimes in the fuzzy guitar playing, sometimes in the organ or in the gritty sound of the saxophone. While the best track on the album, “Vai, Meu Bem” was ruined by the bite someone took out of the album, there were still quite a few nice rockin’ instrumentals including the Booker T & the MGs-ish “Perdi Voce” and the surf rockin’ sound of “Nao Resta Nem Ilusao.” While I’m still interested to hear other work from the band, they change their tone and style, often in the middle of the same song, a bit too much for my tastes overall, so most of the vocal tracks I don’t particularly care for. But when they stick with a sound, the results are very very nice.