Sergio Mendes [1975]/Magic Lady

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Sergio Mendes spent the '70s straying very far from his Brazilian roots. The Sergio Mendes album from 1975 is very much in the smooth soul/quiet storm bag and Magic Lady from 1978 is a straight disco record. Neither of the records are the disasters you might have already pegged them as. Sergio Mendes is actually a small pleasure and Magic Lady, while overly smooth, isn't an embarrassment. The best part about Sergio Mendes is the sweetly harmonizing vocals of Bonnie Bowden and Sondra Catton and the laid-back groove that percolates throughout the album. The songs are all covers. Some like the Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun" or Donny Hathaway's "Someday We'll All Be Free" have ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Sergio Mendes spent the '70s straying very far from his Brazilian roots. The Sergio Mendes album from 1975 is very much in the smooth soul/quiet storm bag and Magic Lady from 1978 is a straight disco record. Neither of the records are the disasters you might have already pegged them as. Sergio Mendes is actually a small pleasure and Magic Lady, while overly smooth, isn't an embarrassment. The best part about Sergio Mendes is the sweetly harmonizing vocals of Bonnie Bowden and Sondra Catton and the laid-back groove that percolates throughout the album. The songs are all covers. Some like the Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun" or Donny Hathaway's "Someday We'll All Be Free" have interesting arrangements, while some like Stevie Wonder's "I Believe When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever" have hackneyed or meandering arrangements. Best to call it a mixed bag and cherry-pick the three or four good songs. Unlike Sergio Mendes, which actually has some emotional weight, Magic Lady is total disco fluff that sounds like it was made by the house band on the lido deck of the Love Boat. Every track has the same frothy beats and cooing vocal combo topped off with shimmering strings, synth-drum fills, and choogling percussion. By the time the disc is over, you sort of have to admire Mendes and company for so fully appropriating the disco ethic and becoming a faceless disco machine. Only the occasional piano run that peeks out from behind the sequins gives any clue that Mendes was once a semi-respected musician. Not that respect will pay the bills. By the '70s, jazz sure didn't, nor did bossa nova. Mendes did the best he could and 30 years later Collectables was there to make sure the listening public knew it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/12/2005
  • Label: Collectables
  • UPC: 090431767023
  • Catalog Number: 7670
  • Sales rank: 57,497

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sergio Mendes Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Percussion, Piano
Jerome Richardson Flute
Tom Scott Saxophone, Soloist
Chuck Rainey Bass, Bass Guitar
Clifford Coulter Piano
David T. Walker Guitar
Michael Sembello Guitar
Bonnie Bowden Amaro Vocals
David Amaro Guitar
Bonnie Bowden Vocals
Dennis Budimir Guitar
Emilio Castillo Horn Section
Chuck Findley Trumpet, Soloist
Steve Forman Percussion
Mic Gillette Horn Section
Benard Ighner Guitar
Stephen "Doc" Kupka Horn Section
Harvey Mason Sr. Drums
Lenny Pickett Horn Section
Raymond Lee Pounds Drums
Carol Rogers Vocals
Marietta Waters Vocals
Oscar Neves Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Nathan Watts Bass, Bass Guitar
Paolo Costa Percussion
Adams.Greg Horn Section
Laudir DeOliveira Percussion
Sondra Catton Vocals
Sebastian Neto Percussion
Technical Credits
Sergio Mendes Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production, Personnel
George Harrison Composer
Donny Hathaway Composer
Jerome Richardson Personnel
Tom Scott Personnel
Gene Lees Composer
Chuck Rainey Personnel
Clifford Coulter Composer, Personnel
David T. Walker Personnel
Michael Sembello Composer
Bob Alcivar Vocal Arrangements
Bonnie Bowden Amaro Composer
David Amaro Composer, Personnel
Ron Beck Composer
Thom Bell Composer
Alan Bergman Composer
Marilyn Bergman Composer
Craig Bickhardt Composer
Bonnie Bowden Personnel
Dennis Budimir Personnel
Linda Creed Composer
Dave Grusin Producer, Orchestration, Audio Production
Chuck Findley Personnel
Steve Forman Personnel
Geoff Gillette Engineer
John Golden Mastering
Benard Ighner Composer, Personnel
Harvey Mason Sr. Personnel
Raymond Lee Pounds Composer, Cut, Personnel
Pam Sawyer Composer
Phil (Boogie) Schier Engineer
Marietta Waters Composer
Stevie Wonder Composer
Oscar Neves String Arrangements, Personnel
Leon Ware Composer
Nathan Watts Composer, Personnel
Adams.Greg Horn Arrangements, Personnel
Laudir DeOliveira Personnel
Sondra Catton Personnel
Sebastian Neto Composer, Personnel
Dewayne Valentine Sculpture
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