It’s officially the HALF WAY mark of this project 365 ~ daily dose of vinyl. How thrilling, yes? We are over 2000 views and have 86 AMAZING record blog followers.. that’s you all.. take a bow! Thank-you for your support, interest, feedback and comments! How fun!
With all the festivities of Canada Day and the half way mark I thought i’d come up with a brilliant album that I love and want to share and keep and listen to forever. But, non. You get Sergio Mendezs and his peeps ~live in Brasil ’66, The Greatest Hits ~just like I get him. lol. Have there been any good THE HITS records yet? Uh yes that vintage country one. Surprising. I tried so hard to like this album. Just WAIT til your hear the video below. It’s like cats screaming.
wiki: Sérgio Santos Mendes (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈsɛχʒiu ˈsɐ̃tuʒ ˈmẽdʒiʃ]; born February 11, 1941 in Niterói, Brazil) is a Brazilian musician. He has over fifty-five releases, and plays bossa nova heavily crossed with jazz and funk. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2012 as co-writer of the song “Real In Rio” from the animated film Rio. Mendes is married to Gracinha Leporace who has performed with her husband since the early 1970s. He has collaborated with many artists through the years, including the Black Eyed Peas, with whom he re-recorded a version of his original breakthrough hit “Mas Que Nada“.
When sales were tepid, he replaced his Brazilian born vocalist Wanda de Sá with the distinctive voice of Chicago native Lani Hall (who learned Mendes’ Portuguese material phonetically), switched to Herb Alpert‘s A&M label, and released Herb Alpert Presents Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66, an album that went platinum based largely on the success of the single “Mas Que Nada” (a Jorge Ben cover) and the personal support of Alpert, with whom Mendes toured regularly. The original lineup of Brasil ’66 was Mendes (piano), vocalists Lani Hall and Bibi Vogel (later replaced by Janis Hansen), Bob Matthews (bass), José Soares (percussion) and João Palma (drums). John Pisano guested as guitarist. This new line-up including Hansen then recorded two more albums between 1966-1968 (including the best-selling Look Around LP), before there was a major personnel change for their fourth album Fool on the Hill.