Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66

Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66


Sergio Mendes (arrangements, piano, vocals), Bob Matthews (bass, vocals), Joao Palma (drums), Jose Soares (percussion, vocal), Lani Hal, Bibi Vogel (vocals)

A&M 4116

Speakers Corner Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

Discontinued : last copy available!...

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A1 - Mas Que Nada
A2 - One Note Samba / Spanish Flea
A3 - The Joker
A4 - Going Out Of My Head
A5 - Tim Dom Dom
B1 - Day Tripper
B2 - Agua De Beber
B3 - Slow Hot Wind
B4 - O Pato
B5 - Berimbau 

Recorded in 1966

After bouncing around Philips, Atlantic, and Capitol playing Brazilian jazz or searching for an ideal blend of Brazilian and American pop, Sergio Mendes struck gold on his first try at A&M (then not much more than the home of Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass and the Baja Marimba Band). He came up with a marvelously sleek, sexy formula: dual American female voices singing in English and Portuguese over a nifty three-man bossa nova rhythm/vocal section and Mendes' distinctly jazz-oriented piano, performing tight, infectious arrangements of carefully chosen tunes from Brazil, the U.S., and the U.K. The hit was Jorge Ben's "Mas Que Nada," given a catchy, tight bossa nova arrangement with the voice of Lani Hall soaring above the swinging rhythm section. But other tracks leap out as well; the obvious rouser is the Brazilian go-go treatment of the Beatles' "Day Tripper," but the sultry treatment of Henry Mancini's "Slow Hot Wind" and the rapid-fire "Tim Dom Dom" also deserve mention. 

This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head, and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas. More information under