Crystal Illusions

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
The sound and band that served Sergio Mendes well on Fool on the Hill remain intact on Crystal Illusions, with few modifications. Dave Grusin is right there with a lush, haunting orchestral chart when needed; Lani Hall is thrust further into the vocal spotlight, as cool and alluring as ever in Portuguese or English. Mendes remained on the lookout for fresh Brazilian tunes, and he came up with a coup, one of the earliest covers of a Milton Nascimento tune to reach North America, "Vera Cruz" with Hall's English lyrics, it became "Empty Faces", as well as Dori Caymmi's "Dois Dias." The two singles, the perky "Pretty World" and sax-streaked cover of Otis Redding's "The ...
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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
The sound and band that served Sergio Mendes well on Fool on the Hill remain intact on Crystal Illusions, with few modifications. Dave Grusin is right there with a lush, haunting orchestral chart when needed; Lani Hall is thrust further into the vocal spotlight, as cool and alluring as ever in Portuguese or English. Mendes remained on the lookout for fresh Brazilian tunes, and he came up with a coup, one of the earliest covers of a Milton Nascimento tune to reach North America, "Vera Cruz" with Hall's English lyrics, it became "Empty Faces", as well as Dori Caymmi's "Dois Dias." The two singles, the perky "Pretty World" and sax-streaked cover of Otis Redding's "The Dock of the Bay," are nice slices of Mendes pop, though they were not significant hits. And yes, Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 did take a large risk on the title track, a lengthy, kaleidoscopic treatment of an Edu Lobo tune that, inspired perhaps by "MacArthur Park," shattered radio's time barrier at seven minutes and 50 seconds. Yet while Grusin goes into a psychedelic freakout, we get a rare chance to hear Mendes stretch out a bit on electric piano. Weird and overblown, but wonderful.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/26/2006
  • Label: A&M
  • UPC: 602517052468
  • Catalog Number: 000742602

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 Primary Artist
Sergio Mendes Indexed Contributor, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Lani Hall Vocals
Rubens Bassini Percussion
Oscar Castro-Neves Guitar
Dave Grusin Conductor
Karen Philipp Vocals
Dom Um Romão Percussion, Drums
Sebastian Neto Bass
Technical Credits
Sergio Mendes Arranger, Composer, Producer
Dorival Caymmi Composer
Edú Lobo Composer
Milton Nascimento Composer
Herb Alpert Producer
Steve Cropper Composer
Otis Redding Composer
Johnny Guarnieri Composer
Antonio Adolfo Composer
Lani Hall Composer
Nacio Herb Brown Composer
Alan Bergman Composer
Marilyn Bergman Composer
Dave Grusin Orchestration, Orchestral Arrangements
Gus Kahn Composer
Larry Levine Engineer
Nelson Motta Composer
Marcos Valle Composer
Tom Wilkes Art Direction
Tião Neto Composer
Tiberio Gaspar Composer
Paulo Sérgio Valle Composer
Bryan Koniarz Reissue Producer
Kazumi Matsumoto Reissue Design
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