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Fool on the Hill
     

Fool on the Hill

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by Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66
 
Having hit upon another smash formula -- cover versions of pop
ock hits backed by lavish strings, a simplified bossa nova rhythm, and the leader's piano comping -- Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 produced two more chart-busting singles, again turning to the Beatles for sustenance with the title

Overview

Having hit upon another smash formula -- cover versions of pop
ock hits backed by lavish strings, a simplified bossa nova rhythm, and the leader's piano comping -- Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 produced two more chart-busting singles, again turning to the Beatles for sustenance with the title track (number six) and Simon & Garfunkel for "Scarborough Fair" (number 16). But again, the bulk of the album was dominated by Brazilians, and by one in particular: the hugely gifted Edu Lobo, whose dramatic "Casa Forte" and infectious "Upa, Neguinho" were the best of his four songs. The tracks were longer now, the string-laden ballads (arranged by Dave Grusin) more lavish and moody, and Lani Hall emerged as the vocal star of the band, eclipsing her new partner, Karen Philipp (although Hall is upstaged on "Lapinha" by future Brasil '77 member Gracinha Leporace). Even though he had become thoroughly embedded in the consciousness of mainstream America, Mendes still managed to have it three ways, exposing first-class tunes from little-known Brazilian talent, garnering commercial hits, and also making some fine records. Cultural note: the striking foldout cover art, depicting Brasil '66 at sunset seated on top of a nude woman, somehow made it past the uptight censors of the day and no doubt boosted sales; it was Mendes' highest-charting album at number three.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/28/2004
Label:
A&M
UPC:
0602498625828
catalogNumber:
000269102

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Performance Credits

Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66   Primary Artist
Sergio Mendes   Piano,Vocals
Lani Hall   Vocals
Rubens Bassini   Percussion
Oscar Castro-Neves   Guitar
Dave Grusin   Conductor
Gracinha Leporace   Vocals
Karen Philipp   Vocals
John Pisano   Guitar
Dom Um Romão   Percussion,Drums
Tião Neto   Percussion

Technical Credits

Sergio Mendes   Arranger,Producer
Edú Lobo   Composer
Herb Alpert   Engineer
Art Garfunkel   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Paul Simon   Composer
Lani Hall   Composer
Baden Powell   Composer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Dave Grusin   Composer,Orchestral Arrangements
Larry Levine   Engineer
Henry Lewy   Engineer
Paulo César Pinheiro   Composer
Tom Wilkes   Art Direction
Gianni Guarnieri   Composer

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