Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 - Greatest Hits
The finest '60s cuts by these Latin-pop legends. Their hit versions of Mas Que Nada; Night and Day; The Look of Love; Scarborough Fair , and The Fool on the Hill join Like a Lover; So Many Stars , and more!
A bridge between bossa nova and 1960s pop, Sergio Mendes' music was easy listening, vaguely psychedelic pop, light jazz, and bossa nova all rolled into one. Mendes and Brasil '66 (which featured Mendes on keyboards and a revolving cast of two female vocalists, bass, guitar, drums and percussion) had a number of hits from the mid-'60s to the early-1970s that are included here. Getting his professional start playing and arranging for Antonio Carlos Jobim and Joao Gilberto, Mendes typically filled out his proper albums with updated versions of popular songs written by the Brazilian masters as well as some of his own tunes his tunes "Look Around" and "So Many Stars" are included. But this collection really surveys his interpretations of pop tunes of the day, some of which were never hits for Mendes. The small combo's light touch and rich vocal harmonies make for pleasant if kitschy covers of hits like the Beatles' "Fool On The Hill" and "Day Tripper," Burt Bacharach's "The Look Of Love," and others. --Tad Hendrickson
Title Tracks for Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 - Greatest Hits
- 1. Mais Que Nada (Ma-sh Kay Nada)
- 2. Scarborough Fair
- 3. With A Little Help From My Friends
- 4. Like A Lover
- 5. Look Of Love
- 6. Night & Day
- 7. Fool On The Hill
- 8. Going Out Of My Head
- 9. Look Around
- 10. So Many Stars
- 11. Daytripper
- 12. Pretty World
Average Customer Review
(125 customer reviews)
Brazil '66 Deserves Better Than This Inferior Collection, June 23, 2005
Gavin B. (St. Louis MO)
A thorny issue with Mendes fans is a great deal of his music from his native Brazil is conspicuously absent from this album. "Greatest Hits" contains the sublime "Mais Que Nada" but excludes the rest of their tropicale repetoire that covered Brazilian composers like Jorge Ben, Joao Gilberto and Antonio Jobim. Since Sergio Mendes was largely responsible for making Americans aware of Brazilian songwriters, the omisson is bewildering.
The primary complaint is the 12 song, the less than 30 minute runtime of "Greatest Hits." It's an embarrasingly thin compilation of any artist, particularly since Mendes was prolific at the height of his career.
Apparently AM producer and owner, Herb Alpert's.
Excellent musical blend of jazz, samba and rock., November 19, 1999
By A Customer
This CD provides a wonderful snapshot of a truly unique kind of music. Sergio Mendes captured the strange mood of a genuinely bizarre era in which musical experimentation flourished and no combination of sound was considered too outlandish. Mendes and his talented group managed to combine elements of jazz, rock, pop and samba, creating what can only be described as an exotic listening experience. It's a shame that all of their various albums aren't available on CD. Whenever I hear their music, I'm back in the '60s, when everything seemed possible and there were no limits on the creative mind.
A Remarkable Journey To A Warm, Sweet Place, May 29, 2004
Dean Anderson (New York, New York)
Sergio Mendes is a contemporary of Antonio Carlos Jobim, one of the greats from the Latin Jazz scene, Burt Bacharach, the legendary pop composer, and John Lennon and Paul McCartney, as well as singer/songwriter Paul Simon. Mendes was clever enough to use what he knew was good material (Cole Porter? Ok. That's not bad!) and got his group, headed by the beautiful voice of lead singer Lani Hall, and put the Brasil flavor on these familiar songs, completely reinventing them in a way that sounds fresh and exciting, even today!
Besides the group's signature song sung in Portuguese, "Mais Que Nada" (now very familiar to anyone who has seen the "Austin Powers" films), there are several songs written and co-written by Mendes, and the arrangements are top notch. They don't.