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Sergio Mendes and Brazil '66 - Stillness: The Original Classic 1970 Brazil Album
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This classic and groundbreaking album was recorded in Los Angeles in 1970, at a time when Sergio Mendes was at the height of his commercial status with his incredibly successful musical blend of Brazilian flavours and American pop sensibility. 'Stillness' was a decisive break away from commercial pop towards a more serious and mature sound. p>Powerful new vocal songs such as Stillness and Righteous Life signified a new era in the music of Sergio Mendes. The Brazilian influence is, if anything, even more pronounced than before as Mendes and guitarist Castro-Neves - originally two central figures in the Bossa Nova scene in Rio de Janeiro in the early 1960s - dig deep into Brazilian music with amazing versions of Gilberto Gil's Viramundo and Caetano Veloso's Lost in Paradise. p>But what is new about this album is the perfect blending of this Brazilian sensibility with the deep West Coast sound at the start of the 1970s. Mendes augments his Brasil '66 group with Los Angeles players to stunningly interpret songs by Buffalo Springfield (For What It's Worth), Joni Mitchell (Chelsea Morning) and Blood, Sweat and Tears (Sometimes in Winter), creating a fantastic unique and mature new sound.
Long-regarded a cult classic due to the club tracks 'For What It's Worth', 'Viramundo'', and the spiritual and musical depth of tracks such as Stillness and Righteous Life, Stillness' is a tour-de-force album.
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at least three times, but I kept giving it away because
I thought it was so special. Alas, I couldn't find it
any longer, and made do with a poor taped copy until
I finally lost it as well. Hearing this again in CD
format, without the scratches, is truly a delight. All
the songs are as good as I remember, and listening to
it brings me back to a simpler time, when anything
was possible. Now I'm motivated to pick up several
other CD's by them. Where to begin...
Sometimes In Winter. Gracinha Leporace contributes a fine vocal performance on Lost In Paradise, and Mendes himself takes a rare solo on Cancao Do Nosso Amor. Let's hope that the folks at A&M will re-release all of Lani Hall's solo albums in the near future.
'Stillness' Sergio Mendes's Brazil 66 weave a lovely,melodic
musical tapastry that's very sunny and stripped down.A deeply
funky version of Buffolo Springfield's hit "For What It's Worth" is easily the highlight of this disk but the title cut is very genuine and quiet and makes a wonderful musical point.
If one is inclined towards liking that kind of music most of
the rest of this album is cut in a similar vein by likening
1960's folk-rock with Brazillian pop-in my opinion a wonderful
conbination of styles.A bouncy,jazzy version of Joni Michell's
"Chelsea Morning"will get anyone moving and I can't say
anything bad about this album!Really,can you?