Transa (album)

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Studio album by
GenreMPB, tropicália
ProducerRalph Mace
Caetano Veloso chronology
Caetano Veloso
Caetano e Chico - juntos e ao vivo

Transa is the fourth album by Brazilian musician Caetano Veloso, released on 1972 by PolyGram. Like its predecessor, it was recorded while the artist was exiled in London,[1] though he returned to Brazil shortly after completing it.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 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.[3] 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.[4] Its success would set up the failure of the much more unconventional followup, Araçá Azul.[3] On August 2016, Pitchfork elected "You Don't Know Me" as the 73rd best song from the seventies. Journalist Kevin Lozano writes:[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Caetano Veloso except where noted.

Side one
1."You Don't Know Me"3:50
2."Nine Out of Ten"4:55
3."Triste Bahia" (Caetano Veloso, Gregório de Matos)9:32
Side two
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


Adapted from the book Tropical Truth.[3]

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


  1. ^ a b Lozano, Kevin (22 August 2016). "The 200 Best Songs of the 1970s - Page 7". Pitchfork. Condé Nast. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  2. ^ Neder, Alvaro. "Transa". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-2-8.
  3. ^ a b c Veloso, Caetano (2002). Tropical Truth. Isabel de Sena (trans.). New York: Knopf. p. 350. ISBN 0-375-40788-X.
  4. ^ "Os 100 maiores discos da música brasileira" (in Portuguese). Umas Linhas. 2007-12-20. Archived from the original on 2009-10-08. Retrieved 2009-04-20.