QUARTETO 1111- Singles and EPs (POP PSYCH 1967) CD

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A band that featured the most legendary musician in Portuguese pop music history (Jose Cid, widely renowned in mellotron and progressive music circles), and yet this is the first chance we’ve had to hear anything by his legendary group.

What we find is a very nicely packaged fifteen track collection of delicious melodic pop/psychedelia that leads off with Quarteto 1111’s striking debut single ‘A Lenda De El-Rei D. Sebastiao’ from 1967, a song which changed the course of pop music in Portugal.

As with any band of quality in that heady time, Quarteto 1111 (Jose Cid in particular) had run-ins with the politicos, which caused some of their output to be suppressed; yet, here are tracks from every year between 1967-1971, including their two English language songs ‘Ode to the Beatles’ and ‘Back to the Country’; the Beatles were obviously a very big influence on Quarteto 1111, which is evident in everything from melodic construction of the songs, to use of backward tape effects, instrumentation, string arrangements, etc.)

Booklet has some notes on the band’s history, emphasizing the importance of ‘A Lenda De El-Rei D. Sebastiao’. A poetic band, well-represented.


1 A Lenda De El-Rei D. Sebastião 3:30
2 Os Faunos 2:38
3 Gente 2:59
4 Balada Para D. Inês 2:46
5 Partindo-Se 3:06
6 Dona Vitória 2:20
7 Nas Terras Do Fim Do Mundo 3:17
8 Meu Irmão 4:34
9 Domingo Em Bidonville 2:14
10 João Nada 3:33
11 As Trovas Do Vento Que Passa 3:35
12 Epílogo 2:51
13 Back To The Country 5:21
14 Ode To The Beatles 3:14
15 Uma Nova Maneira De Encarar O Mundo 3:46