Transa (album)

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Studio album by Caetano Veloso
Released 1972
Genre MPB, tropicália
Length 37:13
Label Polygram
Producer Ralph Mace
Caetano Veloso chronology
Caetano Veloso
Caetano e Chico - juntos e ao vivo

Transa is a 1972 album by Brazilian musician Caetano Veloso. Like its predecessor, it was recorded while the artist was exiled in London, though he returned to Brazil shortly after completing it.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

Caetano calls it "one of my favorite records", feeling that it reaches a level of musicianship he was unable to achieve on previous albums.[1] It also proved popular with the Brazilian public, due partly to its inclusion of a new version of the old samba "Mora na Filosofia", originally by Monsueto Menezes. It was listed by Rolling Stone Brazil as one of the 10 best Brazilian albums in history.[3] Its success would set up the failure of the much more unconventional followup, Araçá Azul.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Caetano Veloso except where noted. 

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "You Don't Know Me"   3:50
2. "Nine Out of Ten"   4:55
3. "Triste Bahia" (Caetano Veloso, Gregório de Mattos) 9:32
Side two
No. Title Length
4. "It's a Long Way"   6:05
5. "Mora na Filosofia" (Monsueto, Arnaldo Passos) 6:16
6. "Neolithic Man"   4:42
7. "Nostalgia (That's What Rock'n Roll Is All About)"   1:20


  • Caetano Veloso - guitar, vocals
  • Macalé - guitar, musical direction
  • Moacir Albuquerque - bass
  • Tuti Moreno - percussion
  • Áureo de Sousa - percussion


  1. ^ a b c d Veloso, Caetano; translated by Isabel de Sena (2002). Tropical Truth. New York: Knopf. p. 350. ISBN 0-375-40788-X. 
  2. ^ Neder, Alvaro. "Transa". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-2-8.
  3. ^ "Os 100 maiores discos da música brasileira" (in Portuguese). Umas Linhas. 2007-12-20. Retrieved 2009-04-20.