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Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66: Ye-Me-Le
A&M Records SP-4236

Produced by: Sergio Mendes
Arranged by: Sergio Mendes
Released: 1969

1Wichita LinemanJimmy Webb2:48
2Norwegian WoodLennon-McCartney3:53
3Some Time AgoSergio Mihanovich2:24
4Moanin'Bobby Timmons3:05
5Look Who's MineM. Valle-P. Valle-A.Bergman & M. Bergman3:35
6Ye-Me-LeLuis Carlos Vinhas-Chico Feitosa2:27
7Easy To Be HardJames Rado-Gerome Ragni-Galt MacDermot2:45
8Where Are You Coming From?Dori Caymmi-Nelson Motta-Lani Hall4:05
9MasqueradeLeonard Haynes-Ron Rose3:37
10What The World Needs NowBacharach-David2:14

Not quite as listener friendly as the previous Brasil '66 albums, there are some good tracks here nonetheless. Mendes cooks up some clever arrangements for "Norwegian Wood" and "What The World Needs Now". "Ye-Me-Le" and "Masquerade" are also standouts.

Album Jacket Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66: Greatest Hits
A&M Records SP-4252

Produced by: Herb Alpert & Sergio Mendes
Released: 1970

1Mas Que NadaHerb Alpert Presents
2Scarborough FairFool On The Hill
3With A Little Help From My FriendsLook Around
4Like A LoverLook Around
5Look Of LoveLook Around
6Night And DayEquinox
7Fool On The HillFool On The Hill
8Going Out Of My HeadHerb Alpert Presents
9Look AroundLook Around
10So Many StarsLook Around
11DaytripperHerb Alpert Presents
12Pretty WorldCrystal Illusions

This is the Brasil '66 entry of A&M's Greatest Hits packages. While it doesn't get very adventurous in track selection, it does highlight the most popular songs in the Brasil '66 repertoire. It only touches the first five Brasil '66 albums, with a token nod to Crystal Illusions by including "Pretty World".

Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66: Stillness
A&M Records SP-4284

Produced by: Sergio Mendes & Herb Alpert
Arranged by: Sergio Mendes (orchestrations by Dick Hazard)
Released: 1970

1StillnessPaula Stone2:40
2Righteous LifePaula Stone3:15
3Chelsea MorningJoni Mitchell2:56
4Cancao Do Nosso AmorSilveira-Medeiros3:46
5ViramundoGilberto Gil-Jose Carlos Capinan3:02
6Lost In ParadiseCaetano Veloso3:43
7For What It's WorthStephen Stills3:36
8Sometimes In WinterS. Katz4:43
9Celebration Of The SunriseSebastiao Neto-Oscar Castro Neves1:45
10StillnessPaula Stone1:28

A radical departure from anything that had gone before, Stillness remains the one album that Brasil '66 fans either love or hate. Most complaints about it center on the fact that the familiar bossa sound of the earlier records was now mostly gone. Nonetheless, Stillness is arguably one of the most fluid albums of Mendes' career. It takes its cue from the work of many of the singer/songwriters of the day (Carole King, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, etc.), with thoughtful lyrics and often delicate arrangements. It is a almost a concept album, with the theme expressed in the title song -- the words of which are even printed on the front cover -- and an outdoorsy, peaceful feeling running through many of the other lyrics. (This feeling is also reflected in the cover photos, which were shot in a rural setting.) Stillness is also Lani Hall's final album with Mendes; she left the group during these sessions and was replaced by Gracinha Leporace, who does lead vocals on several songs. Standout tracks include "Chelsea Morning" and "Viramundo," both of which contain traces of the earlier Brasil '66 sound; "Righteous Life" and Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth," both of which reflect the mood of late '60s America through their lyrics; and the very pretty "Sometimes in Winter," featuring an elegant orchestral arrangement by Dick Hazard.

Stillness has never been released on CD; however all except one of its songs can be found on the Polydor/A&M UK compilation, "The Very Best of Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66."

Reviewed by Mike Blakesley

Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66: Foursider
A&M Records SP-3522

Produced by: Sergio Mendes & Herb Alpert
Released: 1972

1Mas Que NadaHerb Alpert Presents
2One Note Samba/Spanish FleaHerb Alpert Presents
3Bim BomEquinox
4Look AroundLook Around
5(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The BayCrystal Illusions
6Watch What HappensEquinox
7With A Little Help From My FriendsLook Around
8Look Of LoveLook Around
9Norwegian WoodYe-Me-Le
11After MidnightPais Tropical
12Chelsea MorningStillness
13Fool On The HillFool On The Hill
14For What It's WorthStillness
15DaytripperHerb Alpert Presents
16Crystal Illusions (Memorias de Marta Sare)Crystal Illusions
17Pais TropicalPais Tropical
19Laia Ladaia (Reza)Fool On The Hill
20Promise Of A FishermanPrimal Roots
21After SunrisePrimal Roots

Foursider, the two-LP compilation, attempts to highlight all of the Brasil '66 and Brasil '77 albums recorded for A&M. For the most part, it avoids many of the obvious selections and takes a few chances. It is also a fine companion to Greatest Hits, as there are only a few duplicated tracks. Available on CD!

Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 - '86: Classics Vol. 18
A&M Records CD-2516

Released 1987

Album information and review pending...