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Sergio Mendes Audio CD
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Every time I make a new album,” states the legendary Brazilian maestro Sergio Mendes, “it’s a new musical adventure.” Over the course of a career that has amassed an astounding track record of 35-plus albums made and millions sold, Mendes has embarked on many adventures, highlighted by his early ‘60s Bossa Rio Sextet outings in Brazil, his worldwide breakthrough ... Read more in Amazon's Sergio Mendes Store

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collectables
  • ASIN: 5554025269
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hing Hen Hou're Hinning 7 Dec 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Only one track from this CD need be heard and you'll be h h h humming it all day long. A catchy little tune which will undoubtedly spend it's entire life as the 'music bed' for the Talksport 1053/1089am Birthday Spread Game! I know not the title only that it goes "Ho Ho he hoo ha!" pretty much all the way through until, if you listen close enough, Pele lobs in a delightful 'Binky Baha' just as the final whistle is about to blow - a reference to the revered and emeritas (sp) Binky Dawkins of Abroath Univerity. The master of the beautiful game gets right inside your head and leaves you with a one track mind!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soundtrack for the Swinging Sixties 23 Sep 2001
By Reginald D. Garrard - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This 3-LP compilation is a must-have for fans of Mendes, as well as those who love music with a Latin flair. Disc One consists of, as the title suggests, a live performance at San Francisco's El Matador club and the soundtrack to a film about fellow Brazilian the legendary soccer great Pele. Both exhibit Mendes masterful piano playing and superb vocals from the members of Brasil '65, '66, '67, respectively. These long out-of-print releases are a welcome addition to any music-lovers' collection.
But, it is disc two, "Sergio Mendes' Favorite Things" that is the real find. Featuring Mendes's trademark arrangements, the disc soars, as it is an instrumental journey into the sultry music that typified the decade. Highlights are "My Favorite Things, " "I Say a Little Prayer," the Dionne Warwick hit, "Comin' Home Baby," and "Boa Palavra (The Good Word)."
Should Mike Myers decide to have his alter-ego "Austin Powers" take another trip back to groovy days of the late 60's, this will be the perfect music with which he can travel.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars three unrelated albums 30 July 2002
By gw - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Except for Sergio's presence, these three albums have little in common. Most enjoyable for me is the live performance by Brasil '65, which is just plain, honest music. The Pele soundtrack is, well, a soundtrack and full of Hollywood mush. By the time we get to "My Favorite Things," Sergio's spare piano is lost in a soup of arrangement styles that were popular in the '60s. Listen to it as a '60s setpiece. Once in awhile Sergio comes up for air and it's bliss, but this has not aged well and wasn't worth much when it was new 35 years ago, IMHO. Buy "Beat of Brazil" and "Swinger from Rio" to hear the real Sergio.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sérgio sem Brasil '66 27 May 2013
By Annie Van Auken - Published on Amazon.com
In 1968, Sérgio Mendes took a break from A&M Records and Brasil '66 to record a solo LP for ATLANTIC entitled SERGIO MENDES' FAVORITE THINGS (SD 8177). Released in Jan '68, the 45 of "I Say a Little Prayer" peaked at #21 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart and was a Bubbling Under #106, Pop.

Dave Grusin arranged, conducted and played organ on these sessions. Sérgio is heard on piano, harpsichord and electric piano. Tom Scott, on loan from ABC, plays flute, soprano sax and piccolo. John Pisano, guest guitarist on Brasil '66's A&M debut album, is here on guitar. Larry Knechtel plays fender bass, Joe Mondragon, bass. Dom Um Romeo's the drummer, Joao Donato and Moacir Santos, percussionists.

Grusin wisely avoids drowning these tracks with sugary strings, but uses them sparingly. "Tempo Feliz" is a rhythm-prominent upbeat samba, and a highlight. Sérgio's interpretation of "A Banda" is most unique: an opening solo honky tonk piano gives way to a syncopated military beat number featuring a tuba. The track ends as it began, with a fade-in of the slower solo piano.

Mendes mans a harpsichord on "Boa Palavra" and an electric piano set for harpsichord on O Mar é Meu Chão. The program's bouncy finale, "So What's New," is familiar and another highlight.

[2:52] My Favorite Things
[2:34] Tempo Feliz (Happy Times)
[2:26] Ponteio
[3:21] Veleiro (The Sailboat)
[2:30] A Banda (Parade)

[2:08] I Say a Little Prayer
[3:00] Comin' Home Baby
[3:08] Boa Palavra (The Good Word)
[3:24] O Mar é Meu Chão (The Sea is My Soul)
[3:01] So What's New

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Brazilian Jazz / Great Collectible 8 Sep 2005
By Papetti - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have to totally disagree with the previous reviewer; this 3CD compilation is an absolute knock out for those who really know.
1) First of all, these three CDs separately have been Out Of Print for ages and are almost impossible to get; but here you have them at a fantastic affordable price.
2) Second, for those who really know Sergio Mendes' work and have a collection of his, this compilation is a true treasure; and...
3)Third, Sergio's Music around that time was already in high demand, and here you have collaborations with people like Wanda Sah, Oscar Castro-Neves, Gerry Mulligan, Laudir de Oliveira, Dave Grusin, Tom Scott, John Pisano, Joao Donato, Moacir Santos, Dom Um Romao and Pele among many more.
Only for educated ears and educated and serious collectors, period.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Retro Brazil 2 Oct 2005
By Antoine Chevetre - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
These tunes take you to a different time and place yet still feel contemporary. If you are interested in the sounds of Brazil, Sergio Mendes definitely provides plenty of material. So sit down or stand with the beautiful people, make some caparinias, enjoy the conversation, and let Sergio Mendes take you away.

Oh yes, have someone else start the barbeque!
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