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Sergio Mendes & Brazil 66 - Look Around (1968) [Japan 1993]

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Sergio Mendes & Brazil 66 - Look Around (1968) [Japan 1993]
Artist: Sergio Mendes & Brazil 66
Title Of Album: Look Around [Japanese Edition]
Year Of Release: 1993 (1968)
Label (Catalog#): A&M Records [POCM-1881]
Country: Brazil
Genre: Jazz, Latin Jazz, Bossa Nova
Quality: FLAC (image+.cue+.log,scans)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 30:28
Full Size: 210 MB

Sergio Mendes took a deep breath, expanded his sound to include strings lavishly arranged by the young Dave Grusin and Dick Hazard, went further into Brazil, and out came a gorgeous record of Brasil '66 at the peak of its form. Here Mendes released himself from any reliance upon Antonio Carlos Jobim and rounded up a wealth of truly great material from Brazilian fellow travelers: Gilberto Gil's jet-propelled 'Roda' and Joao Donato's clever 'The Frog,' Dori Caymmi's stunningly beautiful 'Like a Lover,' Harold Lobo's carnival-esque 'Tristeza,' and Mendes himself (the haunting 'So Many Stars' and the title track). Mendes was also hip enough to include 'With a Little Help From My Friends' from the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper LP. As things evolved, though, the one track that this album would be remembered for is the only other non-Brazilian tune, Burt Bacharach's 'The Look of Love,' in an inventive, grandiose arrangement with a simplified bossa beat. The tune just laid there on the album until Mendes and company performed it on the Academy Awards telecast in 1968. The performance was a sonic disaster, but no matter; the public response was huge, a single was released, and it become a monster, number four on the pop charts. So much for the reported demise of bossa nova; in Sergio Mendes' assimilating, reshaping hands, allied with Herb Alpert's flawless production, it was still a gold mine.


01. With a Little Help from My Friends 2:38
02. Roda 2:26
03. Like a Lover 3:55
04. The Frog 2:45
05. Tristeza (Goodbye Sadness) 2:57
06. The Look of Love 2:46
07. Pardizer Adeus (To Say Goodbye) 3:08
08. Batucada (The Beat) 2:23
09. So Many Stars 4:30
10. Look Around 3:00

Sergio Mendes — Organ, Piano
John Pisano — Piano
Bob Matthews — Bass, Vocals
João Palma — Drums
Jose Soares — Percussion, Vocals
Lani Hall — Vocals
Janis Hansen — Vocals
and others...

Sergio Mendes & Brazil 66 - Look Around (1968) [Japan 1993]

Sergio Mendes & Brazil 66 - Look Around (1968) [Japan 1993]

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