On a balmy Brazilian night in February, 1981, a crowd gathered in Rio de Janeiro’s Gávea neighbourhood under the iconic dome of the city’s Planetário (Planetarium). Alongside musicians like Helio Delmiro and Milton Nascimento (who were in the audience that night), they were there to see the great ”Bruxo” (sorcerer) Hermeto Pascoal live in concert, with his new band formation which would become known simply as ”O Grupo” (The Group). Most of the compositions performed that night at the Planetário had never been recorded before, and many are unique to this album, including the wild ‘Homônimo Sintróvio’, the exaltant ‘Samba Do Belaqua’, ‘Vou Pra Lá e Pra Cá’ and ‘Bombardino’, which features Hermeto’s wonderfully absurd call and response mouthpiece soliloquy. Then there’s the stunning 7/4 Samba ‘Jegue’ which builds with inventive dissonance, before releasing yet another celestially colourful, celebratory refrain. The show also features the first recorded performances of ‘Era Pra Ser e Não Foi’ and ‘Ilza na Feijoada’ (inspired by Hermetos’ wife Ilza’s famed black bean and meat stew), which Hermeto later recorded on his 1984 studio album ”Lagoa Da Canoa Município De Arapiraca”. Across the recording of the Planetário concert, wild improvisation meets groovy, virtuosic vamping on progressive, extended psychedelic jams. The tracks are generally built around a beautiful, transcendent melody; instantly recognisable as being Hermeto’s, and for the most part, the musicians then solo over extended two chord vamps. There’s a plethora of powerfully delivered rhythms, wild solos and the performances are punctuated by Hermeto’s unpredictable, at times comical sonic antics.